Relax as you are submerged in natural hot springs of Iceland with breathtaking views of sweeping valleys and striking mountains filling your eyes. You will never be able to choose your favorite moment from this vacation and will instead return home with incredible memories. Walk across ancient glaciers and listen as the crunching ice echoes in the air, and then witness the continental drift as tectonic plates pull apart with noticeable ridges. Puffins reside in the rock face as whales leap from...
Reykjavik – Arrive in Iceland and Explore the Capital City of Reykjavik
Your flight will arrive to Keflavik International Airport, and your private transfer will greet you at baggage claim. Outside of the airport, you will find wide-open spaces along the highway that overflow with greenery as the cobalt blue hues of the Atlantic Ocean overtake the horizon and the plains spread across the landscape to the distant hills. Once in Reykjavik, you can relax in the comforts of your luxury hotel located in the heart of the city as colorful buildings line the streets and Tjornin Lake divides the city in half.
Geese, ducks and arctic tern fill the waters as the streets of Old Reykjavik will fill with the aroma of grilled sausages and spiced mustard. The sausage stands are known all across the country for offering quality, fast, and fresh sandwiches to passersby. As you wander with a snack in hand, you can walk towards City Hall as it stands on the lakeshores and dips into the water, designed as if part of its edges sunk. A café inside of the lobby lets you sit eye level with the water, giving you the feeling of being partially submerged.
You can watch the birds cruise on the water’s surface surrounded by the aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans. A large three-dimensional map of Iceland adds to the chic and informative atmosphere. In the National Museum, you will have an introduction to the history of Iceland and Reykjavik. Artifacts encompass a millennium, from the Settlement in the 9th century to contemporary culture. Large swords and drinking horns accentuate the past, pointing to a stunning bronze figure of Thor.
Budir – Discover the Majesty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Geysir – Tour the Waterfalls, Rifts, and Geysers of the Golden Circle
Vik – Enjoy the Contrasting Landscape and Hot Spring at Landmannalaugar
Vik – Visit Skaftafell National Park to View Waterfalls and Glacial Lagoons
Reykjavik – Scenic Drive along the South Coast and Visit Skogar Museum
Reykjavik – Relish a Whale Watching Tour and the Blue Lagoon
Reykjavik – Depart for Home
- Relish the thrills as you watch whales spring from the waters in their natural habitat of the Atlantic Ocean
- Trek across the vast icy expanse of an offshoot of Vatnajokull Glacier during a glacier walk
- Enjoy the swirling patterns and exciting diving technique of puffins as they nest on the South Shore
- Learn about the historical and unique culture of Iceland at the Skogar Folk Museum, and see the medieval saga texts at the former National Library
- Discover the magnificent natural colors that paint the hills and mountains at Landmannalaugar
- Relax in the tranquil and soothing hot springs situated around the West and South, including the famous Blue Lagoon
- Stroll along black basalt beaches that lead to the marvelous basalt pills that look as though they support the entire coastal cliff
- Enjoy the distinctive landscape of Iceland, from the rock formations to the drifting steam from the geothermal activity
Soon you will be overflowing with stories of the mysterious world of Iceland, from its welcoming culture to the dramatic landscape. Your 8-day tour will encompass the splendor of the south and west and bring you along the scenic routes that are so amazing you will wonder if they are real. Your flight will land at Keflavik International Airport, and your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim to escort you to the heart of Reykjavik and your luxurious hotel. After some time to settle in, your guide will meet you and lead you on an immersive tour of Iceland’s capital city to explore the history, culture, and beauty.
Wake the next morning and your private transfer will bring you to Snaefellsnes Peninsula. There you will discover the unique properties of antique villages, and then traverse the waters to find the islands that speckle Breidafjordur Bay, including the rock formations at Djupalonssandur. The next begins your journey of the Golden Circle with your first stop at Deildartunguhver Hot Spring and the cultural center of Reykholt, home to Iceland’s famous medieval scholar Snori Sturluson. Pass waterfalls and lava fields en route to Thingvellir National Park, home to Icelandic heritage and fascinating landscape. See the famous geysers at Geysir and the power of Gullfoss Waterfall. The next day, make the fabulous journey to Landmannalaugar as the scenic drive is as exciting as the charming as the colorful hills of the region. Bask in the waters of the hot spring and stroll along the lava fields.
Make your way next into Skaftafell National Park for an unforgettable glacier trek, followed by a cruise along the iceberg-cad Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. The next day, begin the route back towards Reykjavik with a stop along the South Shore to take in the staggering sites, from black basalt beaches to fabulous basalt pillars. Visit the puffin colony at Dyrholaey and explore the Folk Museum in Skogar. Wake the next morning to set sail on the Atlantic for a half-day whale watching experience before easing into the comforts of the Blue Lagoon Spa. Conclude with one last leisurely morning before your private transfer will meet you at your hotel and escort you to Keflavik International Airport.
$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.
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