6 DAYS AROUND ICELAND
We operate this tour February 1st – November 30th
Departure: Mondays & Thursdays
Duration: 6 days.
219.990.- ISK per person Shared Room
249.990.- ISK per person Single Room
Guided tour in minibus
Glacier hike on Vatnajökull
GlacierHike at Egilsstaðir
Whale watching in Dalvík
Hotel room for 5 nights with breakfast
(Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Dettifoss and Goðafoss waterfalls
Deildatunguhver hot spring
Day 1: Golden Circle and South Coast
Please be ready at your pick up location in Reykjavík at 8:00. The pick up process takes up to 30 minutes, so depending on where you are located in Reykjavik you may have to wait a few minutes. The first day of this round trip is mostly focused on exploring the attractions of the famous Golden Circle.
We visit Þingvellir National Park which is recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for its geological and historical significance. It was here that the Icelanders founded their historic Parliament in 930 CE, Alþingið, one of the first democratic governments in the world. The Law Speaker had one of the most dramatic ‘platforms’ in the world from which to proclaim the law, the cliff of the mighty rift valley stood at his back. The Mid-Atlantic ridge runs right through Þingvellir, the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to edge apart, slowly widening the rift valley. The Geysir hot spring area will be our next destination. Geysir is the spouting hot spring which gave its name to this phenomenon, when the English word ‘geyser’ was adopted. Watch the Strokkur hot spring erupt great jets of hot water and steam every few minutes and see the bubbling fumaroles. The mighty Gullfoss waterfall is the final Golden Circle attracted. See the dreamy golden-hued mist rising from the spray as the Hvítá (the White River) pours down from Langjökull (the Long Glacier) roaring through the rugged canyon. Gullfoss drops 32 m in two stages.
On the way to our accommodation at a country hotel near the village of Vík, we will visit both Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is a very unusual waterfall because it is possible to walk behind the cascade, giving a unique vantage point.
Day 2: Vík – Skaftafell – Glacier Lagoon – Höfn
We explore the atmospheric Reynisfjara black sand beach with the glorious Reynisdrangar peaks and visit the basalt column cave. Then it is over to the glaciers!
We pass the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which houses one of the most famous and feared volcanoes beneath its ice, the capricious Katla. In good visibility you will get a glimpse of the great fire maestro! Witness the results of previous volcanic eruptions as we drive across the Eldhraun lava field to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a true oasis, with green birch forests and lush vegetation, a verdant jewel in the midst of the rough black sand desert.
We will take a three-hour glacier hike, guided by our specialist glacier guide, on an outlet glacier of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. Next on the agenda is the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Gaze in wonder at the magical iceberg filled lagoon and see the famous Diamond Beach, its coal black sands peppered with the glittering crystal, blue/white icebergs which have been washed ashore. You will feel you are in a film scene, and in a way you will be – footage of James Bond and other movies has been shot here. Our accommodation for the night will be at a guesthouse in the Höfn area, known as the lobster capital of Iceland.
Day 3: East Fjords – Djúpivogur – Egilsstaðir
Today we will explore the East Fjords of Iceland. We continue threading our way along the coastline, driving some narrow roads around Hvalnes, a very beautiful and remote peninsula, and the stretch around the Þvottárskriður landslides between Lóns and Álftafjarðar.
We will stop at Djúpivogur, a traditional small fishing village which is also home to a fine outdoor sculpture, Eggin í Gleðivík (meaning The Eggs of Merry Bay). There is then an invigorating hike to Hengifoss, Iceland’s second highest waterfall (128 m), we will also see the towering Litlanesfoss waterfall, the cascade is framed by giant hexagonal basalt columns. The hike takes about three hours in total. You will see a beautiful gorge where the layers from volcanic eruptions in ancient times can be seen in the colorful rock face. Following our hike we travel to Egilsstaðir, the night will be spent in a country hotel in the area.
Day 4: Dettifoss – Mývatn – Goðafoss – Akureyri
Today we are on our way to the north of the country. From Egilsstaðir, we drive over the wilderness around Möðrudalur, the highest farm in Iceland for generations and now the highest inhabited place and restaurant, at 469 m. We will stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, the voluminous flow is truly awesome! We then explore the mystical landscapes around the lake at Mývatn – from here it just gets more surreal – we head to the steaming lunar landscapes of the Námaskarð geothermal area. See boiling hot springs, steaming fumaroles and technicolor bubbling mud pots. The wonders continue when we visit the Hverfjall crater and the amazing Dimmuborgir formations, known as the Dark Castles!
The next stop is at Mývatn Nature Baths, in Icelandic these are called Jarðbóðin because the hot water comes straight up out of the earth. Bathe in the mineral rich alkaline water (36 – 40 C), the entrance fee can be added when booking or paid on site. For those do not wish to bathe, there is the option to stroll around and enjoy the exceptional views or relax in the cafeteria, there is a sun terrace for fine days! The wide and dreamy crescent shaped waterfall, Goðafoss, is the last stop of the day before we journey to Eyjafjörður, an outstandingly beautiful fjord with high mountains. Our accommodation for the night will be at a country hotel near Akureyri
Day 5: Whale watching in Dalvík – Siglufjörður -Tröllaskagi – Bifröst
In the morning you will have the opportunity to explore Akureyri, the Capital of the North. This very interesting and charming town is situated right in the heart of the mesmeric scenery of Eyjafjörður (the Island Fjord). Then it is off to Dalvík for your whale watching tour. During the 3-hour sail trip you can expect to spot humpback whales, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, and sometimes even a majestic blue whale. You will also get the chance to try your luck at sea angling. When we step ashore, we drive to Siglufjörður, a charming fishing village with a rich history before continuing around Tröllaskagi (the Troll Peninsula). The characterful small villages on this peninsula will really give you a good insight into how life was/is lived in the remote Icelandic villages. Our drive will take us through some thriving agricultural areas on our way to Bifröst, a small university centered community. Your accommodation for the night will be at a small hotel in Bifröst.
Day 6: Borgarfjörður – Reykholt – Hraunfossar – Hvalfjörður – Reykjavík
On this, our final day, we will find ourselves in West Iceland – an area which Lonely Planet voted as one of the best destinations in 2016. Borgarfjörður has many splendid sights and we will focus on these today. We stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring, the legendary waterfall, Barnafoss, (the Children´s Waterfall), and the Hraunfossarcascade, the atmospheric very low and wide falls where the water emerges, literally straight out of the lava field. Next on the agenda is the historic and picturesque site of Reykholt, home to Snorri Sturluson, the Icelandic historian, lawyer, politician, poet and the author of some Icelandic Sagas. See Snorralaug, Snorri´s pool, dabble your fingers and feel the temperature of the water in the place where Snorri is likely to have bathed! We will drive around scenic fjord, Hvalfjörður (Whale Fjord), on our way to back Reykjavík. We expect to arrive in the city around 5 – 6 pm.
CLOTHING & STUFF
GOOD WARM OUTDOOR JACKET – WATERPROOF
GOOD WARM PANTS – MAYBE ALSO THIN WATERPROOF PANTS
EXTRA SOCKS – THICK PAIR
GOOD OUTDOOR SHOES-HIKING BOOTS
SLEEPING MASK – ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE.
HAT / BEANIE – WARM FOR THE HEAD
SUNSCREEN – HAHAHAHA
Good to know:
ICELANDIC KRÓNA (IKR)
PLEASE CHECK EXCHANGE RATE BEFORE
ARRIVING IN ICELAND
ENGLISH WIDELY SPOKEN
CREDIT CARDS REIGN SUPREME,
EVEN IN THE MOST RURAL REACHES OF THE
PIN REQUIRED FOR PURCHASES . ATM’S
AVAILABLE IN ALL TOWNS.
MOBILE COVERAGE WIDESPREAD. VISITORS
WITH GSM PHONES CAN MAKE ROAMING
WESTERN EUROPEAN TIME ZONE (GMT/UTC; SAME AS LONDON), EXCEPT DAYLIGHT-
SAVINGS TIME IS NOT OBSERVED.
THE ONE AND ONLY CIRCLE
AMAZING LOCATIONS AND SURREAL SIGHTS
Meet travelers from all over the world and craft incredible memories
USE YOUR TIME WISELY
This six-day tour is a fabulous option for people who really want to make the most of their time in Iceland.
STAYING OFF THE BEATEN TRACK
You go further, explore more, straying off the beaten track. Get up close and personal with a glistening glacier, gushing geysers, majestic volcanoes and awesome waterfalls. Relax in the Nature Baths at Myvatn, watch the whales of the north, meet travelers from all over the world and craft incredible memories.
Discover unique sights
THIS IS ANOTHER PLANET
SKAFTAFELL IS A TRUE OASIS, WITH GREEN BIRCH FORESTS AND LUSH VEGETATION.