Golden Circle - Selfoss - Vik (299 km)
Today, we will travel along the Golden Circle, beginning with Thingvellir National Park, where we will see the Almannagja gorge. We will also have the chance to go snorkeling in the Silfra fissure. Next, we will see Geysir and Strokkur. After that, we will travel to Gullfoss waterfall and we can go snowmobiling or horseback riding on the Langjokull glacier. Then, we will see the volcanic crater of Lake Kerio before we continue on our way to see the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Along the coast, near Vik, we can stop to admire black sand beaches and dramatic cliff faces.
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.
Merely a stone's throw from it's sibling, Geysir, Strokkur is a fountain geyser near the Hvita River. It erupts every 8-10 minues, averaging about 15-20 meters high each time.
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.
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.
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.
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: Vik 3-star hotel
Vik - Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon (159 km)
Today, we will head to the beautiful Skaftafell Nature Reserve within Vatnajokull National Park. We can also choose to visit a natural ice cave within the Myrdalsjokull glacier. The area holds many trails for hiking, no matter what the skill level. Afterwards, we can stop by the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon, where we can take an optional boat tour and visit Diamond Beach.
Vatnajokull National Park, ICELAND
A preservation area in southeast Iceland. It used to be a manor farm and a national park, but has been a part of Vatnajökull National Park since its establishment in 2008.
Known as the black falls, this waterfall is one of the most popular sights in Vatnajokull National Park. The waterfall is surrounded by dark lava columns, which have provided inspiration for Iceland's architects.
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.
Standard Hotel: Jökulsárlón and Höfn 3-star hotel
Jokulsarlon - East Fjords - Egilsstađir (158 km)
Driving through the Icelandic countryside will feel like a rollercoaster ride as we journey today to the great Vatnajokull glacier. We will also enjoy the views of picturesque fishing villages and the east fjords. We will spend the night in Egilsstađir.
Standard Hotel: Egilsstađir 3-star hotel
Egilsstaoir - Myvatn - Akureyri (265 km)
Today, we will head to Lake Myvatn. On the way, we will drive through the Jokulsargljugur section on Vatnajokull National Park, visiting the incredible Asbyrgi canyon and Dettifoss. When we reach Myvatn, we can explore places like Manaskard Pas, the Skútustađagígar, the Dimmuborgir lava formations and Mount Krafla. In the nearby village of Husavik, we can take a whale watching cruise. Later on, we will take a dip in the soothing waters of the Myvatn Natural Baths. Afterwards, we will spend the night in Akureyri.
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: Akureyri 3-star hotel
Akureyri - Tröllaskagi Peninsula - Blönduós (145 km)
We will be able to spend the morning exploring Akureyri, visiting the local shops, museum and botanical gardens. Then, we will set out along the Trollaskagi peninsula, where we can choose to embark on a whale watch. We will continue to Skagafjordur, where we can take a horseback ride and revel in the mountain views before reaching the old fishing villages of Siglufordur and Hofsos. We will spend the night near Blonduos.
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: Blönduós 3-star hotel
Blonduos - Borgarnes - Reykholt - Reykjavík (392 km)
Today, we will explore West Iceland.. Our first stop of the day will be the Icelandic Settlement Centre in Borgarnes and Deildartunguhver, the largest hot spring in Europe. Further along, we will visit the captivating waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. History buffs may also want to take a detour to Snorrastofa, the medieval research institute in Reykholt. We can also opt to take an exciting tour of the caves near the Viđgelmir lava tubes or venture into the incredible man-made ice tunnels at Langjokull. We can even venture into a volcano by exploring the colorful magma chamber of Ţríhnúkagígur. On the way back to Reykjavik, we will take a short break at the Fossatuna waterfall, said to be guarded by a troll woman named Drifa.
Borgarnes is a town located 60 kilometers north of Reykjavik along the shore of Borgarfjorour municipality in Iceland. Popular tourist attractions include the Settlement Center (a twin museum exhibition), Bruouheimar (a unique center for puppet arts), Bjossarolo Park, and more.
This museum experience is like none other. Divided into two exhibitions, visitors can learn about the discovery and settlement of Iceland, and the adventures of Egil Skallagrimsson and his family. Both attractions are informative, action packed, and family friendly.
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: Reykjavík 3-star hotel