8 days

Iceland Walking & Nature

Iceland Walking & Nature

Svartifoss

Westman islands

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  • In a country where remarkable landscapes exist at every turn, it’s quite a feat to be known as one of Iceland’s gems. Skaftafell National Park lives within Vatnajokull National Park and was once a private manor farm. It boasts wonderful hiking trails, Europe’s biggest glacier, incomparable views of the Iceland’s highest peaks, extensive sand flats and the country’s most varied flora.

    Itinerary

    Day 1 - Reykjavik

    • Arrive in Reykjavik today, and settle into your hotel.
    • There are no activities planned for today, but if you arrive early we recommend getting out and exploring the worlds northernmost capital. Take a trip to to the National Museum. Boasting a permanent exhibition depicting the history of Iceland from the 9th century to present day.
    • Meet you your fellow group travellers and tour leader at 6pm for a welcome meeting.
    Hotel Klettur or similar

    Day 2 - Hvolsvollur

    • This morning we will start the day with a city tour around Reykjavik. We will visit the old harbour, the city center, Hallgrimskirkja church and the Pearl. We then continue by minibus to Þingvellir (Parliament Plaines), the location of the old parliament and a geological phenomenon. From there we drive to the Geyser geothermal area for a spouting hot spring and to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, where on a sunny day you can see a rainbow in the spray above the waterfall. We then continue onto our overnight stay Hvolsvollur where we will spend the next two night.
    Hotel Fljotshlid or similar

    Day 3 - Hvolsvollur

    • Today we travel along the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbor where we take a 30 minute ferry ride to he Westman Islands. We will explore Heimaey the largest of the Westman Islands and the site of the Heimaey eruption of 1973. We will walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only a few years ago and explore the flora of the new lava field.
    Hotel Fljotshlid or similar

    Day 4 - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

    • We carry on our Iceland adventure by driving to the magnificent place of Landmannalaugar, surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains. Landmannalaugar is an extraordinary beautiful oasis in the highlands, featuring colorful mountains and geothermal activity. From Landmannalaugar we continue through the highlands to Eldgja ("The Fire Fissure") and from there we drive to Kirkjubaejarklaustur where we stay for the next two nights.
    Hotel Geirland or similar

    Day 5 - Kirkjubaejarklaustur

    • We drive to the oasis at Skaftafell national park close to Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. At Skaftafell we take a walk towards the beautiful waterfall Svartifoss and another walk to the glacier tongue. From there we drive to the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) for a boat tour between the icebergs. We travel back to you our hotel for the night.
    Hotel Geirland or similar

    Day 6 - Reykjavik

    • Today we will drive through the lava of the Laki eruption in 1782-1783 to the beautiful scenery of Iceland's South Shore such as Solheimajokull glacier, the rocks of Reynisdrangar, black sands and the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljarlandsfoss. From there we drive to back Reykjavik.
    Hotel Klettur or similar

    Day 7 - Reykjavik

    • This morning we drive to the Reykjanes peninsula where the mid Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean. More than half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows, some of which are only a few hundred years old. We will visit boiling mud pools and hot springs before driving to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath before driving back to your hotel in Reykjavik.
    • This afternoon you will have some time to explore the city for the last time and join the group on an optional farewell dinner.
    Hotel Klettur or similar

    Day 8 - Reykjavik

    • Your tour will come to end this morning after breakfast.
  • What to Know

    What's Included

    • The services of Peregrine's expert English-speaking local tour leader
    • Sightseeing including entrance fees where relevant

    Not Included

    • International flights
    • Arrival and departure transfers
    • Departure taxes
    • Visas
    • Travel insurance (compulsory on all trips)
    • Meals (where not listed as included in the itinerary)
    • Optional additional tours or activities during free time
    • Gratuities for tour leader
    • Items of a personal nature
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