Reykjavik - Golden Circle (241 km)
After getting picked up from the hotel in Reykjavik, we will set our along the Golden Circlethe most popular tourist route in Iceland. If you wish to spice up your already exciting day, you can optional to take a horse riding tour. Along the way, we will visit Thingvellir National Park, the Geyser Geothermal Area and Gullfoss. We will spend the night at a place where is located far away from any light pollution, providing a fantastic opportunity to see the beautiful Auroras. We should be sure to watch the skies at night for a chance to see the Northern Lights.
Golden Circle, ICELAND
Iceland's Golden Circle is the country's most popular tourist route, featuring several of the top geological formations in the country, such as the geysers of Strokkur and Geysir, as well as the Gullfoss waterfall.
Considered the first geyser discovered by modern Europeans, the eruptions of Geysir can send boiling water up to 70 meters in the air. Only 50 meters away is Strokkur, another famous Icelandic geyser.
This waterfall in southwest Iceland is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations. It is a multi-tiered waterfall, which all empties into a crevice 32 meters deep.
You will have the pleasure of meeting the friendly and intelligent Icelandic horse. Appropriate for novices and experienced riders alike, you will take in the gorgeous Icelandic countryside from the saddle.
Thingvellir National Park, ICELAND
Thingvellir National Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular tourist destination in Iceland. Thingvellir has unusual tectonic and volcanic geological features and visitors can enjoy a wide array of activities including camping, hiking, and scuba diving.
Standard Hotel: Fosshótel Hekla / Stracta Hotel Hella or equivalent
Golden Circle - Selfoss - Vik (223 km)
Today we will head to the south shore of Iceland where we will take in views of the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. A bit further along, we will see the Solheimajokull glacier tongue towering over the black sands below. We can choose to go glacier hiking. Along the coast, we will see black sand beaches and sea stacks. Around dinner time, we will check into our accommodations in Vik.
Selfoss is the largest town in southern Iceland, the Icelandic Route 1 runs through the town on its way between Hverageroi and Hella.
This waterfall in Iceland is situated between the town of Selfoss and another waterfall, Skogafoss. At a height of 200 feet, it marks where the coastline of Iceland once was thousands of years ago.
Solheimajokull Glacier, ICELAND
Solheimajokull glacier is one of the stunning outlet glaciers originated from Myrdalsjokull ice cap. The glacier tongue extends in the length of eight kilometers with two kilometers in width.
There are many natural places of interest in the small beachside town of Vík, including puffin and arctic tern breeding grounds, a spectacular set of rock columns known as Reynisdrangar, and Dyrhólaey. There are also hiking trails, bird-watching trips, and horseback riding on the black sands or snowmobile on Mýrdalsjökull.
This waterfall in Iceland lies along the Skoga River where it once drained into the sea. The cliff at the top of the waterfall marks where the old coastline of Iceland was.
Standard Hotel: Puffin Hótel Vík/Hotel Katla
Vik - Skaftafell Nature Reserve - Jokulsarlon (175 km)
Your first destination of the day will be Skaftafell Nature Reserve. The second site will be the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The true highlight of this day would be a visit to a natural ice cave. If you are travelling between November and March, you'll visit a cave in Vatnajokull glacier in the afternoon; otherwise, you'll start the with a caving excursion at Myrdalsjokull glacier in the morning. You will spend the night in the southeast. Remember to check the skies for signs of the dancing Northern Lights.
Skaftafell National Park, ICELAND
The second national park, Skaftafell, is established in 1967 and about 400-500 square kilometres. It contains some of the most precious natural pearls of the country. The rugged landscapes, mountains and glaciers, the flora and the fauna have a magnetic influence on the visitors.
A large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breioamerkurjokull glacier, it developed into a lake after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.
Ice caves such as the one you will be exploring are rare and natural phenomena that have formed over extended periods of time. After the meltwater of spring begins to freeze each fall, locals of the area start their annual ice cave hunt, which is why the exact location of the caves changes each year.
his is a photographer’s paradise, with the blue ice washing up on the black sand shore creating a bewitching disparity in colour.
Standard Hotel: Fosshótel Vatnajökull / Hótel Höfn
Jokulsarlon - East Fjords - Egilsstaðir (158 km)
Today you will be exploring the beautiful and remote Eastfjords. Travelling through mountainous passes with the ocean to your left, your guide will make a number of stops along these meandering passages. As well as being known for its dramatic fjords, this area is characterised by its breathtaking beaches, littered with multi-coloured pebbles and rocks. We will also enjoy the views of picturesque fishing villages and spend the night in Egilsstaðir.
As well as being the largest town in the Eastfjords, it is also close to the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstaðaskógar and the lake Lagafljót in which a legendary water monster is said to reside.
Standard Hotel: Fosshótel Austfirðir/Lake Hótel Egilsstaðir
Egilsstaoir - Myvatn (174 km)
Today, we will travel to Lake Myvatn, known for its incredible geothermal landscape, including the Námaskarð, the Dimmuborgir lava formations. After exploring these wonders, we can relax in the soothing waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths. If the sky is clear of clouds, remember to look up for a chance to see the Northern Lights before you turn in for the night to your Myvatn accommodation.
This lake in northern Iceland is situated in an area of volcanic activity. The landscape is dominated by volcanic formations, and even the lake itself was formed from an eruption over 2,300 years ago.
If you didn't know any better, you would think that this area of volcanic and geothermal activity in northern Iceland was actually Mars! Travelers, be wary: though the landscape is fascinating, the sulfuric stench is pungent!
This large area is loaded with fascinating volcanic formations. The name Dimmuborgir means "dark fortresses," a reference to the ominous citadel-like shape of these structures. The area is one of Iceland's most popular natural attractions.
Standard Hotel: Fosshótel Mývatn / Vogafjós Farm Resort
Myvatn - Akureyri (91 km)
On your way from the Mývatn area, you will stop at the waterfall Goðafoss, which is rich with history as well as beauty.
As you drive through the Víkurskarð mountain pass, you can take in the stunning views of the surrounding Eyjafjörður fjord and snowy vistas. Soon you will enter Akureyri, where you can look forward to exploring the town, which is full of museums, shops and cafes. Also you can optional to join a whale watching tour from Akureyri harbour.
Nicknamed the Capital of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre. The area where Akureyri is located was settled in the 9th century but did not receive a municipal charter until 1786. The town was the site of Allied units during World War II.
Standard Hotel: Hótel Kjarnalundur/Hótel Akureyri
Akureyri - Reykholt (201 km)
Heading to the west, towards the village of Reykholt. As you pass through the Skagafjorour region, be sure to keep an eye open for Icelandic horses, as this is the only fjord in Iceland where horses outnumber people. Nearby, you will pay a visit to the largest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver, which provides hot water to the western towns Borganes and Akranes. The area is not only rich in history but boasts breathtaking landscapes too. You'll spend the night at accommodations in this beautiful region.
A village in the Western Region of Iceland, Reykholt has a rich history and was once the intellectual center of Iceland. Today, archaeologists continue to find medieval remains, scientists conduct research on the aurora borealis, and tourists enjoy attractions like the Hraunfossar waterfalls and nearby Deildartunguhver hot springs.
Deildartunguhver is a hot spring and popular tourist attraction near Reykholt, Iceland. On average, water from the spring emerges at 97 °C (206 °F) and some of the water is used to for heating in surrounding towns.
Standard Hotel: Fosshótel Reykholt/Hótel Húsafell
Snaefellsnes - Reykjavík (98 km)
Today, you will make a stop at Snafellsjokull National Park and Mount Kirkjufell. If you'd like to explore a bit more, there is an optional excursion to the Vatnshellir cave tour. When your excursion of this 90 km long peninsula comes to an end, you will head to Reykjavik. You can expect to arrive in Reykavík in the early evening but it is highly recommended that you do not plan to fly out the same night in case of any delays or bad weather.
A peninsula situated in western Iceland. It has been named Iceland in Miniature, because many national sights can be found in the area, including the Snaefellsjokull volcano, regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland.
Known for its jagged peak as well as its role in the TV show Game of Thrones, a mesmerising natural feature which many consider to be the most photographed mountain in Iceland
Snafellsjokull National Park
Named after the iconic glacier, Snæfellsjökull, at Djúplónssandur beach famous for its smooth black pebbles and interesting geology.
Vatnshellir Lava Cave
One of Iceland's largest lava caves, this underground dome is easily accessible and explorable with a good guide. You can try out your own Verne-esque adventure and go, at least partially, to the centre of the earth.