Venture into the often-overlooked landscape and culture of West Iceland, a region close to the capital city of Reykjavik in geography, yet light-years away in impression. Lava fields have carved tunnels beneath the imposing rugged plain as hidden caverns glow brightly blue beneath the imposing glaciers. Windswept beaches lead to spectacular pillared cliffs, and historical villages exhibit the medieval sagas of the island that reads like fantasy. Your custom tailored Iceland tour lets you embrace...
Reykjavik – Arrive in the Capital of Iceland and Tour the Vibrant Streets
Before you arrive at Keflavik International Airport, the most you may know about Reykjavik is that the city is the world’s most northerly capital. Your private transfer awaits your arrival at baggage claim, eager to welcome you to Iceland and escort you into the heart of Reykjavik. The population of the capital city is more than 120,000, and you will be enamored with the friendly atmosphere found along the streets and the welcoming smiles of the locals. Two out of three Icelanders call the city their home, and they fill the chic bars and sip their coffee and tea at the numerous artsy cafes.
Fishing trawlers and ships fill the bustling ports as pastel-painted homes create a rainbow of colors that rise above the verdant summer grass. Take time to freshen up in the comforts of your luxury hotel before you meet your guide in the lobby. Step out into the city for a combination of must-see sights and local life to gain a true sense of community in Reykjavik. Museums line the avenues of the Old Harbor as the Tjornin Lake splits the city in two. Films depict the eruption of the nearby volcanoes, and Northern Lights flicker against the backdrop of the cityscape.
You have a perfect view of the fishing boats as they sail across the water, and snowcapped mountains rise above the Harpa Concert Hall. Your guide leads you to Mokka, the first coffeehouse in Iceland, which opened its doors in the 1950s. Artists, writers, and philosophers enter in search of a place to sip strong espresso and discuss new ideas. The café continues its connection to the 1950s with an art deco style as the aroma of chocolate, fresh waffles, and rich coffee overtakes the scent of the sea that wafts through the streets.
Reykjavik – Full Day Tour of the Landscape around the Golden Circle
Budir – Enjoy a Scenic Drive to Budir and Hike the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Budir – Relish a Day at Leisure to Discover the Majesty of the Peninsula
Stykkisholmur – Explore Snaefellsjokull National Park for a Glacier View
Reykholt – Delve Deeply into the Past for a Historical View
Reykjavik – Scour the Landscape around Reykholt with a Day at Leisure
Reykjavik – Enjoy Blue Lagoon en route to the Airport for your Flight Home
- Discover the inspiring system of subterranean tunnels meandering beneath lava fields and glaciers as you venture towards the caverns’ end
- Witness the spectacular Snaefellsjokull Glacier and nearby glacial lagoon on a horseback-riding excursion across the western landscape
- Walk along the drifting tectonic plates of the North American and European continental shelf to see a physical embodiment of the earth’s movement
- Learn about the medieval history of Iceland through handmade replicated artifacts and preserved medieval sagas that resemble enchanting tales
- Explore Law Rock, the location of the first parliament of Iceland, one of the oldest assemblies in the world
- Glimpse at marine fossils etched into a mountaintop, telling stories of a time when the entire island resided beneath the Atlantic
- Embrace the culture and lifestyle of Reykjavik, a thriving metropolis with a strong community atmosphere
- Capture an image of whales breaching the ocean off the coast of Olafsvik on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Archeologists have found evidence of the Viking exploration in Iceland that led to the island’s settlement in the 9th-century. The landscape has a far older genesis visible in the volcanic peaks, tectonic plates, and marine fossils situated on mountain tops. Your 8-day tour encompasses the natural beauty and preserved history of the west, takes you to farms and beaches, cities and lagoons. Your discovery tour begins with your arrival at Keflavik International Airport as your private transfer meets you at baggage claim and escorts you to Reykjavik.
Enjoy an introductory tour of the nation’s capital to immerse yourself in both the must-see sites and the local, contemporary culture. Embark on an excursion around the Golden Circle, a touted travel route that offers many of the natural wonders. Witness geysers, waterfalls, and the celebrated Thingvellir National Park. Next day, head north to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and trek to the top of the Grundarfjordur and Helgafell mountains for a view of prehistoric and ancient Icelandic history.
Visit the town of Olafsvik and cruise along the fjords in search of the vibrant whale pods in travel by in the summer. Move deeper into the traditions of the region with a visit to a local farm/museum that produces a traditional fermented shark dish; take the opportunity to taste the dish alongside a shot of homemade schnapps. Get close to the foothills of Snaefellsjokull Glacier on a horseback-riding excursion for an open panorama of the landscape that surrounds you.
Next day, make your way to the town of Reykholt to tour the Saga Museum to offer insight into the rich history of the island. Search for lava caves and waterfalls around town as well, and then continue to find historical monuments and magnificent waterfalls around the region before you return to Reykjavik for the night. Complete your trip with a visit to the relaxing waters of the famous Blue Lagoon before you head to the Keflavik International Airport for your flight 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.
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