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