Reykjavik, Akureyri, Vik, Seydisfjordur
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Designed for the traveler who wants to seek the ancient and cultural origins of Iceland, this customizable 8-day adventure leads you on an expedition to understand Iceland’s past. Below the snow-capped mountains and long stretches of black sand beaches lies a historical past that begins with the first settlers of Iceland in the 9th century. Iceland is the home to the settings for memorable battles, vibrant trading posts, and many locations that Vikings once settled to tell their story. Book a...
Reykjavik - The Footsteps of Vikings
When you land at Keflavik Airport, your private transfer will drive you to Reykjavik, which is the world’s most northern capital. As you and your guide wander around the city, you will be provided with a relaxing introduction to Iceland. With every step that you take along the cobblestones below the snow-capped mountains, you will feel the history of the Vikings who laid the groundwork for Reykjavik to become a big city with a small-town vibe. After having dinner at the only Michelin-starred restaurant in the city, your guide will direct you to your luxurious accommodation for the remainder of the evening.
Reykjavik - Historic Fishing Sites
In the morning, your guide will escort you to Stykkisholmur, which is located in West Iceland near Snaefellsnes Peninsula. From there, you will venture to Gufuskalar, which is one of the oldest fishing sites in the country. Here, you will find Irskrabrunnur or the Well of the Irish, which has been in the area since the 9th century. After lunch, you will venture to Gudrunarlaug or Gudrun’s pool, where a small body of water is naturally fed from a hot spring. It is one of the oldest pools in the country, and it dates back about 1,000 years.
Akureyri - Back to the Middle Ages
After an Icelandic breakfast, you will transfer to Skagafjordur, where the famous Battle of Orlygsstadir took place. When you step onto the original battlefield and witness the monument that has been dedicated to the fight, you will be amazed. Your next stop will be Gasir. This area was once a major trading post in Northern Iceland during the Middle Ages. The cultural hub of Siglufjordur is known for being a picturesque town along with its award-winning Herring Era Museum. Here, the museum is split into three houses that depict the progression of their fishing process and how it turns fish into a meal or oil.
Akureyri - The Oldest Stone-Built Church
Today, you will visit Hofskirkja Cathedral, which was built in 1763 and is one of the oldest stone-built churches in Iceland. Nyibaer or New Farm in Holar is a captivating turf-house that was built in 1860. The name is misleading because the old farm was still standing when the new one was built, and people even lived here until 1945. You will step inside the turf-house and be met with an index of archeological artifacts and relics. Afterward, you will venture to Gvendarbrunnar, which is a well that was blessed by the bishop and later saint Gudmundur Arason. Then, you will come across a trail that leads up to Mount Gvendarskal.
Seydisfjordur - The Elemental Power of Iceland
This morning, you will travel to Asbyrgi Canyon or the Shelter of the Gods. Your guide will then direct you to the helicopter center, where you will take to the skies for a bird’s eye view of this magnificent canyon. You will touch down on the top of this emerald-cloaked canyon and be amazed by the rocky cliffs that surround you. After your tour, you will drive past the canyon to the northernmost point of the country. When you reach the Arctic Henge and the sacred ground that is similar to its predecessor, Stonehenge, it will have mystical qualities because it harnesses the power of the midnight sun.
Vik - Iceland’s Fourth-Largest Ice Cap
Kirkjubaer Abbey was Iceland’s first abbey and steeped in religious history. It has also been in operation since 1186. You will visit the abbey before transferring to Myrdalsjokull Glacier, which is the country’s fourth-largest ice cap. After the ice cap, your guide will lead you down to one of National Geographic’s Top 100 non-tropical beaches: Reynisfjara Beach. From there, you will travel to Reyniskirkja Church, which was finished in 1934. When you step onto the landscape and look out across the vast ocean, you will feel as if you have entered another world.
Reykjavik - The Power of Skalholt
This morning, you will visit Hofsstadir Historic Park, which is where a Viking longhouse sits. The longhouse was first built during the Settlement period from 870 - 930 AD, and the park retains much of the ancient feel that it possessed during that era. After your tour, you will transfer to Reykholt, which is the home of the Viking’s literature. Here, you will explore Snorrastofa Center, which is the cultural and medieval center of Reykholt. Skalholt is a historical site that is located on the Hvita River, and this will be your last stop of the day. It was the center of ecclesiastical power for 700 years but still remains a holy place in many Icelandic people’s hearts.
Reykjavik - Departure
This morning, your guide will lead you to Bessastadir, which is now the presidential residence but once played a prominent historical role in Iceland’s past. When you walk through the halls of the president’s home, only by invitation, you will feel the historical tug from Iceland’s previous dwellers. Afterward, you will travel to the village of Fludir. To conclude your adventure in Iceland, you will visit the Secret Lagoon and sink into its warm depths. After your spa-like experience, you will be transferred to Keflavik Airport for your flight home.
- Traverse in the same footsteps as Vikings who settled the area of Reykjavik, according to the Book of Settlements
- Transport yourself to the past as you explore Irskrabrunnur or the Well of the Irish that has been standing since the 9th century
- Delight in journeying to the original battlefield of one of the bloodiest battles in Iceland at Orlygsstadir
- Trek to the top of Mount Gvendarskal, where the well blessed by the bishop and Saint Gudmundur Arason lies
- Journey to the mythical capital of Huldufolk, where Odin’s eight-legged steed left a hoofprint at Asbyrgi Canyon
- Luxuriate at Reynisfjara Beach and explore one of National Geographic’s top 100 non-tropical beaches
- Wander back to the 9th century as you venture around the Viking longhouse in Hofsstadir
- Bask in the heated depths of the oldest geothermal pool in Iceland at the Secret Lagoon that was built in 1891
Iceland is a country that is known for its raw beauty and majestic surroundings, but it has profound roots in its historical and cultural past. As you traverse across the fascinating landscapes, you will be pulled in deeper once you learn the true stories behind all of the magnificent locations that you will be staying. During your stay, you will experience some of the most enthralling historical and cultural landmarks throughout the country. From Reykjavik, which was one of the first places to be permanently inhabited, to wandering around the cobblestones where Vikings laid the groundwork for Iceland to be the country it is today, you will be astonished to feel the history that lies within the city limits.
As you venture to Akureyri, you and your experienced guide will come across the location for one of the bloodiest battles within Iceland: the Battle of Orlygsstadir. When you reach the monument that will be dedicated to the battle, you will be able to imagine the feud that lies within the ground in stark contrast to the peaceful setting of Iceland today. Then, you will visit Gasir, which is home to one of the vibrant trading posts in the country. Afterward, you will indulge in a visit to Siglufjordur, where the infamous Herring Era Museum sits, and you can walk in the same footsteps as the fishermen from the past. The following day, you will drive to Asbyrgi Canyon, where Icelandic legend tells of how the eight-legged steed of Odin stepped upon the land, leaving behind a large horseshoe-shaped canyon. Your breath will be stunned at the striking vistas that you will see from your helicopter ride.
Next, you will climb to the top of the Myrdalsjokull Glacier to capture the gorgeous allure of the country’s fourth-largest ice cap. It will be a thrilling sight for you to see and will remain forever in your heart. On your way to Vik, you will stop at Reynisfjara Beach, which was voted one of National Geographic’s top 100 non-tropical beaches to visit. When you step foot onto the black sand, you will feel transported to another world, and you can stare out into the Atlantic Ocean’s waves as they crash against the rocks. You will travel to Reykholt, which is the cultural and medieval center of the country and where Snorri Sturluson once wrote his famous Prose Edda and the Heimskringla. The cultural nature of this tiny country will capture your heart, and you will want to return for more as your guide drives you to Keflavik Airport for your departure home.
$2,795 per person (excluding international flights)
Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.
The starting price is based on travel during the low season for a minimum of two travelers staying in shared 3-star accommodations. Please inquire for a custom trip quote based on your travel preferences and travel dates.
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