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Fire and ice, volcanic fury and soothing calm—Iceland is a land of poetic contrasts and this 12-day tour offers time enough to meet the locals and explore the famous geological formations. Visit lava fields, learn about glaciers as you walk across one, and soak in magnificent hot springs that both sooth and inspire. With whale watching opportunities, a farm lunch and visits to fishing villages for an introduction to local life, you'll soon discover there is more to this island nation than just good looks.
- Soaking in soothing hot springs and rivers.
- Learning about glaciers from your expert guide as you trek across one.
- Spotting puffins and other regional birds.
- Visiting fishing villages and farms for a taste of local life.
- Watching geology in action at the lava fields and volcanoes of Iceland.
Day 1 Reykjavik (1D)
Arrive at any time and transfer to hotel. Enjoy a language lesson and welcome dinner with our local guide.
Days 2-3 Hveragerdi (2B,1L)
Get your first taste of the geological wonders that have shaped Iceland on the Golden Circle tour, with a walk in Thingvellir National Park to Silfra fissure, with option for dry suit snorkelling into the fissure. After, we visit the Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot springs. On Day 3, we explore the Hveragerdi area and Reykjadalur Valley with a lazy soak in a natural hot stream. Option to go glacier river swimming, rafting or visit the geothermal park.
Days 4-5 South Shore Glaciers/Ho i Oraefum (2B,2D)
Explore the south shore with a walk behind Seljalandsfoss Waterfall and enjoy a picnic lunch at Skogafoss Waterfall. Drive to the black sand beaches then up to stunning Solheimajokull glacier where the infamous Eyjafjallajokull Volcano can be viewed on a clear day. Option to visit the Iceland Erupts exhibition. On Day 5, take an unforgettable ice walk on Virkisjokull Glacier, learning about its formations. This afternoon, explore historic Ingolfshofdi Cape to view puffins and razorbills.
Day 6 Eastern Fjords/Seydisfjordur (1B)
Visit Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon on 'wheeled boats' viewing luminous blue icebergs. Afternoon scenic drive through the fishing villages of the eastern fjords.
Days 7-8 Myvatn (2B,1L)
Visit a local guest farm in Skalanes to learn about local produce and history with a farm lunch and option to go hiking. On Day 8, visit Myvatn's geothermal lake, Dimmuborgir lava fields, natural maze and hot springs. Option to visit the natural baths.
Day 9 Akureyri (1B)
Whale watching at Husavik, then visit Godafoss 'horseshoe' Waterfalls and the old farmhouse of Laufas. Option to visit Akureyri Museum and the Laufás Museum.
Day 10-11 Reykjavik (2B)
Explore Akureyri before returning to Reykjavik. Option to visit Borgarness settlement centre or the Glaumbær Museum. On Day 11, take a culture and history tour of Reykjavik with option to visit the Blue Lagoon this afternoon.
Day 12 Reykjavik (1B)
Depart at anytime.
Arrival transfer - Welcome gift - Language lesson - Golden Circle tour, with a walk in Thingvellir National Park and visit Silfra fissure - Visit Gulfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs - Explore Hveragerdi area and Reykjadalur Valley with a soak in a natural hot stream - Walk behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall - Picnic lunch at Skogafoss waterfall - Visit black sand beaches and Solheimajokull glacier walk - Ice walk on Virkisjokull glacier - Explore Ingolfshdfoi Cape and enjoy birdwatching - Wheeled boat trip at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon - Visit fishing villages of the Eastern Fjords - Farm house visit for a local lunch - Explore Myvatn's geothermal Lake, Dimmuborgir lava fields, natural maze and geothermal springs - Husavik whale watching - Visit Godafoss horseshoe waterfalls and the Laufas farm house - Explore Akureyri and Reykjavik.
Group Size Notes
Max 16, Avg 12
11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners.
Allow EUR350-450 for meals not included.
Bus/van, walking, boat.
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