The landscape of Iceland stirs myth and encourages wonder. Volcanic peaks create spectacular skylines set against a foreground of glaciers and waterfalls. Soft, lush moss covers black lava fields. Natural ancient basalt pillars resemble church spires. This “Highlights of Iceland” tour immerses you in the fairytale qualities of Iceland, from steaming hot springs to the collected musings of a medieval scholar. Horses run through the plains. Waves crash against promontory bases. Fishing villages...
Reykjavik – Bright Lights, Big Icelandic City
Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland with a population of over 120,000 in 2015. Chic bars and artsy cafes belie add to the friendly ambiance, making the capital city feel more like a welcoming town. Your private transfer meets you at Keflavik International Airport and escorts you into the heart of the city. Two-story houses lace downtown with a rainbow of colors leading to the waterfront. The breeze carries the aroma of fresh grilled sausages from the stands at the center of the street.
You begin your tour with a visit to Hallgrimskirkja, the church that stands at the top of a hill with a tower reaching a height of 244 feet above the city streets. The white concrete in reminiscent of the winter landscape around the country. A statue of the 11th century explorer Leif Eriksson adorns the entrance, and was placed to commemorate the Viking’s 1000th anniversary of Iceland’s first parliament. You have an unfettered view of the city at large, from the pastel homes to the mountains across the city’s central lagoon.
At the Settlement Exhibition you find a fascinating archeological ruin and museum based around a 10th century longhouse. The display merges technology and archeology to provide a glimpse of the early life on the northern island. At the back of the museum you can see fragments of a boundary wall, which is the oldest man-made structure in Reykjavik. Technology helps explain the excavation of the area with a wrap-around panorama of the longhouse. The display takes you into the various layers of construction to better inform you about the cultural history but also the technological history of Reykjavik’s founders.
Golden Circle – Stunning Views
Hofn – Black Rocks and Glacier Walks
Lake Myvatn – Scenes of the East
Akureyri – Folksy Charm and Powerful Allure
Reykjavik – Embracing the Heat
Reykjavik – Familiar and Far Away
- Walk along a remarkable glacier to see the peaks and valleys of an ancient ice formation during a guided tour
- Horseback ride on a secluded beach at the edge of the valley where horses and their riders are revered
- Whitewater raft down the Hvita River to view the mixture of serene river banks and powerful rapids
- Witness the stunning waterfalls fed by glacial rivers careening across Iceland
- Stroll along a beach covered with black basalt sand
- Witness the natural force of the Strokkur geyser as it sprays hot water high into the air
- Look inside an active volcanic crater to find a turquoise heated pool
- Discover Iceland’s and Europe’s biggest hot spring with boiling water pouring out of the earth, superheated by a volcanic vent
- Understand a touch of Icelandic culture with a visit to a preserved church where a celebrated 13th-century scholar recorded history
The cities of Iceland feel like towns and the countryside encompasses marvels akin to fantasy. Your 7-day tour encompasses culture and thrilling activities to provide you with an unforgettable experience on the island near the Arctic Circle. Spend time in the summer exploring the coastline and hiking to the top of active volcanoes. Search the sea cliffs for nesting puffins and dip your toes into a celebrated natural hot spring. The locals welcome you to their country, eager to share their culture with visitors. The landscape highlights the line where beauty and drama meet.
Your highlights of Iceland tour begins with your arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Your private transfer escorts you to Reykjavik for a tour of Iceland’s largest city. Stroll the streets to see the thriving coffee culture and cozy café life. You can also have your first touch of Icelandic heritage at the Settlement Exhibition. Next, you have a guided tour of the Golden Circle, a route home to some of the country’s most popular sites. Visit Thingvellir National Park and Haukadalur geothermal area. Paddle down the Hvita River on a whitewater rafting tour and witness the two-tiered majesty of Gullfoss Waterfall.
The following day, you leave Reykjavik behind for the South Shore, making your way to the charming harbor town of Hofn. Meander the black sand beaches and see the unique coastal landscape at Dyrhólaey. Traverse Vatnajökull National Park, enjoy a Zodiac boat along Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and cross the ice surface of Skaftafell Glacier on a walking tour. Next, you drive along the secluded eastern edges of the country. Pass fjords and villages en route t Lake Myvatn. See the Martian landscape of Namaskard and witness the natural pillar formations at Dimmuborgir.
Spend the first half of the next day discovering the breathtaking splendor surrounding the Lake Myvatn Region. Continue your exploration of Iceland at the Folk Museum in Glaumbaer, followed by capturing the remarkable image of Godafoss. At Skagafjördur, you follow your guide through the valley and along the water’s edge for a sensational horseback-riding excursion. You make you way back to Reykjavik, stopping to witness the hot springs at Deildartunguhver. Take some time to enjoy the twin waterfalls of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar before visiting the medieval research institution at Snorrastofa. On your final day, you have a half-day tour of the Reykjanes Peninsula before arriving at the Keflavik International Airport for your flight home.
$3,180 per person (excluding international flights)
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