Iceland, the land of ice and fire, from its charming capital city Reykjavik to all its natural and geological wonders: exploding geysers, spectacular waterfalls, fields of lava and moss, dramatic glaciers close to red hot volcanoes, and the nesting sites of the iconic puffin and other seabirds. We hope you can join this exciting journey. Should you wish to extend your stay in Iceland, or elsewhere in Europe, please talk to us and we will happily discuss and help you with any additional arrangements.
On arrival you will be met by your Icelandic guide and transferred to your hotel (one group transfer provided on World Expeditions recommended flight. If you are arriving on alternate flights, a separate transfer can be arranged at an additional cost). In the evening there will be a welcome dinner at a local restaurant where your Guide will brief you on the adventures ahead. Overnight Centerhotel Miðgarður (or similar).
Today we set out exploring the wonders of Iceand and head to the Snæfellsnes, a 90-km long peninsula comprising a world of diversity. Snæfellsnes South includes spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past, saga sites and hiking trails. We will stop at selected places to get a better feel for some of the spectacular spots on our way to the western tip where we will spend the night. Overnight Fosshótel Hellnar.
The stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula has been nicknamed “Iceland in miniature” and we spend a full day exploring its northern shores, visiting selected places and even descending into the subterranean realms. Overnight Hotel Stykkishólmur.
We head to the upper reaches of Borgarfjörður valley today and the highland track Kaldidalur which will take us to the southern part of Iceland. We head to the upper reaches of Borgarfjörður valley today and the highland track Kaldidalur which will take us to the southern part of Iceland. We then head to the World Heritage Site Pingvellir NP, an important location in geological and historical terms. Here, where the Mid Atlantic Ocean Ridge surfaces create dramatic landscapes, the first National Assembly was established in the year 930. We stay overnight at Hotel Grimsborgir.
This morning we drive to Geysir geothermal area where the mother of all geysers, the spouting geyser Strokkur, errupts every 5 – 10 minutes. A short drive away is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, the Gullfoss, cascading down into the canyon of Hvíta River. In two giant steps the water falls 32 metres into a deep gorge. We then head to the Kerlingarfjöll massif and the Hveradalur valley which we will explore on foot. The scenery in the geothermal area of Hveradalir (hot spring valley) is comprised of mini glaciers, high energy steam springs and arctic vegetation which together creates an incredible and unique combination of colors. Overnight Hotel Grimsborgir.
We leave our wonderful hotel behind and set our course to the south shore and the Vatnajökull National Park. Along the South Coast you will see some of the most splendid and popular natural phenomena in Iceland. You will see two beautiful waterfalls, the 60 meters high Skógarfoss in the river Skógá and the unique Seljalandsfoss, also 60 meters high with a thin cascade and a foot path behind it at the bottom of the cliff. The black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar rise from the sea and the whole coastline to the west. Overnight Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon.
Skaftafell is a beautiful mountainous region in the south of Iceland on the southern edge of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. The rugged landscapes, mountains, glaciers, flora and fauna is a drawcard for many visitors to Iceland. Today we will explore some of the trails of Skaftafell, long considered the best walking in Iceland with its abundance of trails. We top off the day with a glacier walk on Svínafellsjökull glacier, where fully qualified glacier guides will lead us into the magical wonders of the ice. Return to our hotel for the night. Overnight Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon.
This morning we leave Skaftafell behind us to visit the headland of IngolfshöfoI and join the local farmers at Hofsnes for a guided tour to see puffins, skuas, guillemots and fulmars. We then continue further east and drive around the southernmost tip of Vatnajökull glacier, stopping at the magnificent glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón and enjoying a boat ride among the floating icebergs. The drive continues to the small town of Höfn, a lively fishing port with a bird reserve on the coastal wetlands. We take an afternoon flight to Reykjavík from the local airport and, clear skies permitting, we will see the vast Vatnajökull glacier and highlands. On arrival in Reykjavík we transfer to our accommodation. Centerhotel Miðgarður
Today is at leisure to explore Europe’s northernmost capital city and its superb architecture, or you may wish to take an optional excursion to visit Reykjavik’s famous ‘Blue Lagoon’. We'll join together this evening for a farewell meal at one of Reykjavik's local restaurants. Overnight Centerhotel Miðgarður.
Your tour concludes after breakfast. A private transfer will be arranged to the airport (one group transfer provided on World Expeditions recommended flight. If you are departing on alternate flights, a separate transfer can be arranged at an additional cost).
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