Upon first look the landscape of Iceland can reduce some people to tears and inspire others to explore the dramatic heights of the mountains and sea cliffs. Your custom tailored tour encompasses small villages and secluded islands, erupting geysers and illuminating history. Lush grass hides the thick stone walls of a Viking longhouse. A colorful garden blooms at the foothills of an active volcano. Puffins nest in the ground near the cliffs of Iceland’s most southern point. From black sand beaches...
Reykjavik – Arrive in the Charming Capital City of Iceland
Your flight arrives at Keflavik International Airport on the Reykjavik Peninsula. The stubble-like grass around the landing airfield leads to the indigo blue water of the sea. Your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to the most northerly capital city in the world. Buildings shine with brightly painted outer walls as the aroma of grilled sausage emanates from the small stands scattered along the streets. Even in the summer, the evening air is crisp. Locals frequent chic bars and bohemian cafes, blending the cultural atmosphere of a small city with the community ambiance of a local town.
Snowcapped mountains fill the horizon and outline the city against the churning waters of the sea. Check into your hotel, and then stroll through the streets of the city and find quaint charm along with a Scandinavian sense of architecture and ambiance. Hallgrimskirkja is the largest church in the country and stands atop Skolavorduhaed Hill. The statue in front of the church depicts Leif Ericson, who landed on the shores of North America in the 11th-century. The church was erected in white concrete between the 1940s and 1980s, and the spire is visible from more than 12 miles away. The elevator leads to the top of the tower, reaching a height of nearly 245 feet above the city. Two columns framing the tower represent volcanic basalt, and you have an unadulterated view of the city, the central lake, and the distant mountains.
Höfn – Fly to Höfn and Traverse the Icy Expanse of the Vatnajökull Glacier
Vik – Travel along the Ring Road for the Scenic Drive of Skaftafell National Park
Hella-Hvolsvöllur – Trek along Reynisfjall Sea Cliffs and Explore Dyrholaey
Heimaey – View Hekla Volcano and Discover Culture and Landscape around Gullfoss
Heimaey – Visit Sea Caves and Search for Puffins on the Westman Islands