Keflavik, Hofn, Seydisfjordur, Egilsstaðir, Thingvellir, Hvammstangi, Heydalur, Vik, Reykjavik, Dyrfjoll, Skaftafell National Park, Geysir, Djúpivogur
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Iceland is for adventure and discovery. Bursting with captivating waterfalls and sprawling glaciers, Iceland is engraved with fjords and filled with distinctive wildlife in every corner. Your customized tour takes you along Iceland’s ridges and into the natural creases of the landscape to find bliss and drama, majesty and charm. Follow the Ring Road across plains and mountains to witness black basalt beaches and icy sea caves; hike through blossoming prairies spread across an isolated fjord....
Day 1 - 2
Vik – Fly to Keflavik and Enjoy a Scenic Drive to the Southern Village of Vik
Land at Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjavik Peninsula as the short blades of grass around the runway expand across the flatlands. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim to begin your journey through the stunning landscape of Iceland, first to the southern village of Vik. Your introduction to the landscape comes at Skogafoss Waterfall, your first stop on the scenic drive to Vik. The rectangular stream wraps around the horn of the mossy cliff nearly 200 feet wide and trundling down from a height of 82 feet; the water crashes into the waiting pool with thunderous crashes.
Rainbows glint in the beads of moisture. From the top of the precarious cliff, view the falls and look out to the recesses of the Atlantic Ocean. The closer you get to the village of Vik, the more the landscape reveals its natural majesty. Dyrhólaey is a small peninsula located on the south coast of the country; a large black arch of lava protrudes from the sea giving the region its name, which means, “door-hole.” In summer, puffins nest on the cliff faces and soar over the cobalt sea in search of food. When you reach Vik, the salty aroma of the sea blends with the earthy scent of the grassland and cliffs encircling the village
Day 3 - 4
Hofn – Trek Skaftafell National Park
In the morning, sunlight washes over the Black Beach near town. Jagged boulders rise out of the sea along the rugged cliff face; basalt columns frame the beach, resembling buildings blocks as they reach a height of 223 feet above the sea. The two small churches of Vik create a friendly and quaint ambiance set against the dramatic landscape of the southern coast. After breakfast, leave the village behind as you make your way to town of Hofn. Step out of the car at the edge of a mossy lava field as craggy, black lava rocks poke through the blanket of soft moss leading to the distant hills.
It resembles the landscape of a fantasy novel. The moss is soft on your fingers and slightly damp, but you don’t explore further because the greenery hides the treacherous dips and sharp edges of the cooled lava. At Skaftafell National Park, walk along the hiking trail to the Svartifoss Waterfall and Skaftafellsjökull Glacier. The park was established in the 1960s and encompasses more than 190 square miles of protected land. Walk along the low scrub and around the yellow cliffs to arrive at Skaftafellsjökull. The woods lead to a pool and stream formed by the glacial meltwater. Follow the movement of the water to its source, a stretch of ice shattered shingles rising to a 13-foot façade.
Day 5 - 6
Egilsstaðir – Visit the Laekjavik Coast
Wake up in the village of Hofn, which after the remoteness of the southeast feels like a vibrant city. On a clear day, look across the water to the sprawling pearl façade of Vatnajökull Glacier. Fishing boats venture out from the harbor before sunrise and return with nets filled with langoustines. Leave the village behind and stop in the town of Seydisfjordur, which stands at the edge of a small inlet leading to the Atlantic. Multicolored, wooden houses shine against a backdrop of snowcapped mountains as cascading waterfalls create a constant stream of splashing music outlining town.
Locals add a bohemian ambiance to the streets, showcasing their art, playing music, and sharing their crafts with one another and passersby. Trek to the edges of Dyrholafjoll Mountain Range where local mythology says that the ridged mountains stood as a doorway between Iceland and the nether world. Vast boulders frame indigo ponds as the verdant slopes fade to the rugged foothills of the meandering peaks. Reach the town of Djúpivogur, a place that embodies the “Slow Movement.” Antique buildings edge the mall harbor where boats to Berufjördur weigh anchor. Djúpivogur is the oldest town around the east fjords, founded in the 16th-century by German merchants who brought goods to trade with the island. The village holds a natural charm that embraces you before you continue to Egilsstaðir.
Day 7 - 8
Myvatn – Geothermal Activity
Wake up on a small farm outside of the hustle and bustle of Egilsstaðir. In the winter, see into the depths of night. The bright lights of the Aurora Borealis flicker against the regional darkness. In the summer, the sunlight spreads across the sky at all hours of the day. Rams graze on the lush grass as a haze dissipates with the warming sun, returning your view of the landscape’s vibrant glow as if the curtain have been pulled back. After your comforting breakfast, depart from the luxuries of the farm for the exciting surprises of the Lake Myvatn Region. Hverfell Volcano erupted more than 2,500 years ago leaving a massive crater in its wake.
The volcanic rim towers over the region, acting as the dominant landmark in the vicinity. Arriving in the area is like uncovering a gem, where starkly beautiful landscape meets otherworldly lava formations and steaming fumaroles. Dettifoss Waterfall reaches a height of 148 feet and a width of 330 feet. The water thunders down to Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon as you hear the rumble of the water from far away, adding to the powerful atmosphere and captivating image. Delve deeper into Iceland by visiting Grjótagjá Cave, near the base of Hverfell Crater. The underground natural thermal pool has a natural heat of 113 degrees Fahrenheit; its seclusion and reflective indigo waters provide a tranquil escape from the open space outside the cavern.
Day 9 - 10
Hvammstangi – Traveling to the Fjords
In the morning, the majesty of the region in stunning in the morning light. There are endless activities and breathtaking landscapes to experience around Lake Myvatn. From the top of Vindbelgjarfjall, you have a view of the volcanic region to the east spreading to the pseudo craters in the south. Turquoise and emerald waters from Lake Myvatn stand still against the pockets of lush shoreline. After breakfast, make your way towards the town of Hvammstangi, stopping at picturesque villages along the way. The town of Akureyri is Iceland’s second-largest city, behind Reykjavik.
Although the town boasts a population of 18,000 people, the streets buzz with lively cafes and a thriving nightlight. The city nestles against the head of Iceland’s longest fjord, which reaches a length of more than 37 miles. Snowcapped peaks tower above Akureyri’s soft-spoken skyline. In the summer, trees and gardens blossom, contrasting with the nearness of the region to the Arctic Circle. In the winter, locals enjoy exuberant festivals and celebrated skiing. Make the journey to Godafoss, which means Waterfall of the Gods. The water cascades along the arcing semi-horseshoe nearly 40 feet, feeding into the Skjálfandafljót River. The east side of the river provides a collection of views as the river below glistens an icy blue after the whitewater from the falls settles.
Day 11 - 12
Heydalur – View of Elaborate Fjords
Iceland’s dramatic landscape reaches its apex at Westfjords, where jagged cliffs rise above multihued beaches in the south. Central mountains drop into the water near the north as tiny, secluded fishing villages maintain their traditions far from the contemporary life of Reykjavik. Make your way to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve and enjoy the plunging waterfalls and lavish wilderness. The scent of ferns blends with the cool salty sea air as seals rest on the rocky shores after a morning of swimming in the cold waters. In the summer, wildflowers grow on the plateau overlooking the cliffs.
Purple and yellow petals accentuate the cobalt water, spreading to the horizon. Hike along the abundant terrain and run your hands through the mixture of flowers and grass. Snow sheets sporadically cover the foothills of the nearby mountains as foxes skulk through the moss-like grass in the prairie. Make your way to Dynjandi Falls, the largest waterfall in the region reaching a height of 320 feet along a tiered mountainside. The top of the falls reaches a length of 96 feet and widens to 196 feet at the base as the water rushes down the rocky layers, resembling icing on a tiered cake. Puffins nest on the nearby shores of Grimsey Island; their white breasts and black coats standing out from the billowing grass.
Reykjavik – Helicopter above the Golden Circle
Make your way south towards Reykjavik as the road meanders through the fantastical landscape. Travel over hilly ridges and in between split mountains. In the city, stop at a helicopter landing pad and board, eager to head into the sky. The tour takes you over the Golden Circle, an area of Iceland including Thingvellir, Gullfoss Waterfall, and Haukadalur Valley, an active geothermal valley. At Geysir, take in the gushing hot water spouts stimulated by volcanic activity. Strokkur is a reliable geyser that erupts every five to ten minutes, shooting an impressive plume up to nearly 100 feet in the air before disappearing into the earth. The sound of hissing fills the air around the geothermal area.
The Vikings established the first democratic democracy in Althing in the 10th-century, on land inside Thingvellir National Park. The American and Eurasian tectonic plates caused the valley to fissure; each year the plates move away from each other at an average rate of .36 inches. The river Oxara runs across the western plate and cascades off its edges into a series of waterfalls in a rocky stream below. Your view from the helicopter allows you to take in a complete panorama of the landscape, providing the enormity of the natural wonders and its remarkable beauty.
Reykjavik – The Blue Lagoon and Departure
Reykjavik is the largest city in Iceland, yet it maintains a friendly, small-town atmosphere. The white concrete façade of Hallgrimskirkja Church stands on a hilltop, making the central spire the tallest building in the city at more than 244 feet above the streets. Colorful buildings add to the vibrant ambiance that is shared by the people. Your private transfer meets you in the lobby of your hotel and escorts you to the famous Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in the Grindavik lava field. The mineral rich water reaches temperatures as high as 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
Superheated water is vented from a nearby lava flow, circulating clean and warm water into the lagoon every two days. The geological layers shaped by the volcanic soil create the inviting, mineral rich water. Dip your toe in and immediately feel the soothing comforts of the lagoon’s warmth. The water radiates a sapphire blue as steam rises along the surface, clouding the view of the surrounding lush hills. After your time in the lagoon, take a chance to rinse off the minerals from your skin before you continue to the airport for your flight home.
- Relish a scenic helicopter flight to take in the famous landmarks of the Golden Circle, including waterfalls, gorges, and ancient villages
- Traverse the Lake Myvatn Region in to discover volcanic craters and hidden caves
- Witness the enormity of Dynjandi Falls, the largest waterfall in Westfjord
- Hike along the trails of Westfjord in search of timid wildlife and animated puffins
- Walk along beaches paved with black basalt sand and outlined with rugged, block-like cliffs near the village of Vik
- Venture into ice caves and witness the stunning landscape of lush moss draped over zigzagging lava rocks
- Take a relaxing dip in the famous Blue Lagoon thermal spa to indulge in a moment of relaxation before your flight home
- Witness the charms of secluded villages along the edges of Iceland’s coastline, each welcoming with friendly locals and radiant structures
Once in Iceland, the majesty is palpable and the unique landscape is tangible. Your 14-day tour inspires you to bird watch and explore geology, it encourages you to hike, supports a daily scenic drive and creates an elaborate symphony of the elements. Geysers erupt hundreds of feet into the air; waves crash against outcroppings with naturally carved arches cut into the rocks. Volcanoes mark contemporary and ancient history across the countryside as seals bask in the spreading sunlight. Wildflowers blossom, contrasting with the rugged cliffs as each moment is personal, disarming, and unforgettable.
The adventure begins with your arrival at Keflavik International Airport. Your private transfer will meet you at baggage claim and lead you south to the village of Vik. En route to Vik, enjoy your first image of Iceland at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls and visit the small church that watches over the town. Next day, stroll along the basalt beach and see the Dyrhólaey Arch, along with the stunning cliffs known as Reynishverfi Rocks. En route to the town of Hofn, your scenic drive takes you along Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon and the mossy lava rocks.
Visit Jokulsarlon Lagoon and trek through Skaftafell National Park. Closer to Hofn, explore a series of ice caves. Then take your time in the small town of Seydisfjordur, with its panoramic view of Dyrfjoll Mountains and an immersive look at the culture of eastern Iceland. Drive along the Laekjavik Coast, and enjoy the scenic village of Djúpivogur en route to the city of Egilsstaðir. Then move into the sensational region of Lake Myvatn, home to the Krafla Power Station and the stunning Hverfjall Crater.
Explore the splendor of the region with the Myvatn Nature Baths. Witness the power and grace of Dettifoss Waterfall before traveling to the town of Hvammstangi, your base as you explore the fjords. Before you reach the quiet town, stop at the delightful city of Akureyri and see the wondrous cascades at Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss. Stop at a local farm at lunch to watch the horses trot along the landscape.
Trek across the fjords to discover the immense magnificence of the meandering water and pure landscape. Visit the Holmavik Museum of Witchcraft and Wizardry, along with a historic shipwreck. Next, drive to Reykjavik for a memorable helicopter ride over the Golden Circle. Witness erupting geysers and thundering waterfalls in this region of Icelandic history, all from above. Then venture out to the famous Blue Lagoon for a soothing dip in the geothermal water before making your way to Keflavik International Airport for your flight home.
$4,895 per person (excluding international flights)
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