Days
9
Price from
$4,555USD

Walk among the glaciers, mountains and volcanoes that inspired ancient Norse mythology.

Explore the beautifully rugged landscapes of Iceland’s western peninsulas with soaring coastal cliffs, centuries-old volcanic glaciers and idyllic waterfalls. Enjoy a boat cruise between icebergs at Glacier Lagoon and trek around vast waterside craters. Visit charming fishing villages and walk the colourful streets of Reykjavik.


Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Country
Iceland
Style
Peregrine
Code
PEIK
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why we love this trip

  • Witness the breadth of Iceland's incredible natural phenomena – bubbling volcanic solfataras, rootless craters, glacial lakes and geothermal lagoons

  • Stunning no matter when you see it, Gullfoss is more than simply Iceland's largest waterfall. In the sun it’s graced by a dazzling rainbow

  • On your journey from Skaftafell, you'll drive through fields of lava created by Laki's famous volcanic eruption of 1783

  • Enjoy a balance of guided excursions and free time. Do some whale watching, go cycling or bathe in hot springs

  • In the Modrudalur Valley a local baker will ‘treat’ you to a pastry making demonstration. Astarpungur – translated into English this means “love-ball” – is a round donut-like pastry typical to the region

  • In the Hvolsvollur Valley our local friends will give you an insight into how the eruption of Eyafjallajokull volcano in 2010 has affected the lives of the residents in the area

Is this trip right for you?

  • Iceland can be very cold at any time of year, so it's important to bring appropriate clothing. On the rare occasion that your leader has to alter the itinerary due to adverse weather, alternative activities will be offered.

  • Many locations on this itinerary are remote, which means a few long drives of around 5 hours. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know your fellow travellers. Of course you will stop frequently for photo opportunities.

  • As accommodation on this trip is twin-share, single travellers will share a room with another traveller of the same gender. If you’d prefer not to share, a single-room supplement is available at an additional cost. (Note that hotels in Europe often don't have double beds, but rather two single beds that can be pushed together or apart.)

Itinerary

Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland's quirky capital, and settle into your hotel. A private airport arrival transfer from Keflavik Airport is included in the price of the trip. Please advise your travel agent of your arrival flight details at the time of booking. There are no activities planned for today, but if you arrive early, take a stroll and acquaint yourself with the world's northernmost capital. Perhaps take a trip to the National Museum to see the permanent exhibition on the history of Iceland from the 9th century to the present. As there is not much time spent in Reykjavik on this trip you may want to consider booking some additional days in the capital before or after your trip. Meet your fellow travellers and trip leader at 6 pm for a welcome meeting.
Accommodation
  • Hotel Klettur or similar - Reykjavik (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer from Keflavik Airport
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Today you’ll board your private vehicle and drive to Þingvellir National Park (Parliament Plains), the original location of Iceland’s first parliament from 930 AD and a geological phenomenon. From here enter the Borgarfjordur area and visit the stunning waterfalls of Hraunfossar (Lava waterfalls) and Barnafossar (Children’s waterfalls). Continue to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s hottest water spring. In the afternoon head to your overnight stay in the southern part of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Later meet up with the group for dinner.

Note: Driving time: Approx 5 hours, 350 km
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse Langaholt or similar - Snaefellsbaer (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Þingvellir (Parliament Plains)
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today you will continue around the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and its magnificent glacier Snaefellsjokull, an icecap covering a dormant volcano underneath. Places you’ll visit today include basaltic pebble beaches framed by strange lava formations, and Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs gives you access to the rich birdlife and other wonders of nature. Continue to the pretty town of Stykkisholmur with its famous modern church overlooking town, before driving to our overnight stay in Saudarkrokur in Iceland's north.

Note: Driving time: Approx 5 hours, 400 km
Accommodation
  • Hotel Mikligardur or similar - Saudarkrokur (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Snaefellsjokull, Arnarstapi & Stykkisholmur
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Drive around the impossibly picturesque Trollaskagi Peninsula and visit the small fishing town of Siglufjordur. Explore the compact town centre, dwarfed by towering mountains on three sides, and opening up to the fjord on its northern side. Continue to the town of Akureyri, Iceland's second town, where you will have the afternoon to enjoy at leisure. Perhaps visit the church or join a whale watching adventure from the town’s port.

Note: Driving time: Approx 3 hours, 200 km
Accommodation
  • Icelandair Hotel or Hotel Kea or similar - Akureyri (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Trollaskagi Peninsula, Siglufjordur & Akureyri
Optional Activities
  • Whale Watching - ISK9000
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Start the day by driving to the waterfall Godafoss, also known as The Waterfall of the Gods. Continue to Lake Myvatn, one of the most interesting geological and geographical areas of the northern hemisphere and in Iceland. Visit a number of geological anomalies lining the lake’s shorline, including the lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir and the pseudo-crater group at Skutustadir, and the boiling mud pots and sulphuric vents of Namaskard. From Lake Myvatn drive to the magnificent waterfall Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. In the Modrudalur Valley, a settlement in Iceland's highlands, a local baker will ‘treat’ you to a pastry making demonstration. Astarpungur – translated into English this means “love-ball” – is a round donut-like pastry typical to the region. Continue on to the town of Egilsstadir for your overnight stay.

Note: Driving time: Approx 5 hours, 400 km
Accommodation
  • Icelandair Hotel Herad or similar - Egilsstadir (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Solfatara Area, Dimmuborgir & Skutustadir Crater Group
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
This morning after breakfast continue along the beautiful coastal region of Iceland's East Fjords, with spectacular landscapes, high mountains and deep fjords. If you are luck you may spot a seal or two. Drive to the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon for an unforgettable boat tour on the milky blue waters and between floating icebergs, originating from Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest ice cap. In the afternoon you will arrive at your overnight stop at Skaftafell.

Note: Driving time: Approx 5 hours, 400 km
Accommodation
  • Hotel Skaftafell or similar - Skaftafell (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Boat Ride on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • East Fjords
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Visit Skaftafell National Park and walk to the tongue of the glacier of the same name. Drive over the black sands and lava formations caused by the Laki eruption of 1782-1783 (an event that has shaped Iceland's history and culture) to the village of Vik. From here continue to the beautiful scenery of Iceland's South Shore, with sights including the Solheimajokull glacier and the towering black rocks of Reynisdrangar. If the sky is clear you will be able to see Eyafjallajokull, the volcano that was responsible for grounding flights for several days in 2010. In the afternoon you will visit the waterfalls of Seljarlandsfoss and Skogarfoss before arriving at your overnight stop in the Hvolsvollur Valley. Here our local friends will give you an insight into how the eruption of Eyafjallajokull volcano in 2010 has affected the lives of the residents in this area of Iceland.

Note: Driving time: Approx 3,5 hours, 300 km
Accommodation
  • Hotel Fljotshlid Smaratun Farm or similar - Hvolsvollur Valley (1 night)
Included Activities
  • South Shore, Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Laki Lava Fields
  • Seljarlandsfoss & Skogarfoss Waterfalls
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
From Hvolsvollur drive to the geyser geothermal area for the spouting hot springs of Geysir (after which all other geysers were named) and Strokkur, the most reliable of the geysers, erupting every 10 minutes on average. Don’t stand downwind if you don’t want a hot shower. Then it’s on to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, where on a sunny day you can see rainbows shimmer in the spray above the waterfall. In the afternoon drive back to Reykjavik for a short city tour before checking into your hotel. The evening is free for you to explore the streets of Iceland’s capital. Perhaps join the locals in one of the many cafés aka pubs.

Note: Driving time: Approx 3 hours, 250 km
Accommodation
  • Hotel Klettur or similar - Reykjavik (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Golden Circle (Strokkur Geyser & Gullfoss Waterfall)
Optional Activities
  • Blue Lagoon - ISK9500
  • Whale Watching - ISK9000
  • Snorkelling in Silfra Fissure in Þingvellir National Park - EUR115
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your Icelandic journey comes to an end after breakfast on the last day. Those looking to extend their stay can arrange additional nights' accommodation at the time of booking the trip (subject to availability). Use your time in Reykjavik to soak up the local art scene and café culture or pay a visit to the bubbling Blue Lagoon, an absolute must when in Iceland.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

8 breakfasts, 6 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle

Accommodation

Comfortable hotel (8 nights)

Included Activities

  • Complimentary Arrival Transfer from Keflavik Airport
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • Þingvellir (Parliament Plains)
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls
  • Snaefellsjokull, Arnarstapi & Stykkisholmur
  • Trollaskagi Peninsula, Siglufjordur & Akureyri
  • Godafoss Waterfall
  • Solfatara Area, Dimmuborgir & Skutustadir Crater Group
  • Dettifoss Waterfall
  • Boat Ride on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • East Fjords
  • South Shore, Reynisdrangar & Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Laki Lava Fields
  • Seljarlandsfoss & Skogarfoss Waterfalls
  • Reykjavik City Tour
  • Golden Circle (Strokkur Geyser & Gullfoss Waterfall)

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