Day 1: Arrival:
Highlights: Reykjavik Art Museum Harpa Concert Hall Reykjavik Perlan The Sun Voyager
Approximate distance: ca100km / 62miles
Arrival in Iceland – The world’s northernmost capital city
Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport in Iceland, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The rest of the day is yours to use at your own leisure.
Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 (2:00 pm)
The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa is an ideal stop on the way to Reykjavik. Enjoy peaceful relaxation at a unique natural pool of mineral-rich geothermal water located in the middle of a lava field in the pure, beautiful Icelandic wilderness. The Blue Lagoon is known for its healing properties and its beneficial effect on the skin and attracts visitors from all over the world in search of health, relaxation and exotic experience. In addition to bathing in the lagoon, guests have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam-bath with white walls that resemble silica-mud and a cozy steam-bath carved into a lava cave. Guests can also stand beneath a small waterfall for an energizing massage.
Please note that admission to the Blue Lagoon must be booked in advance in order to guarantee access.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Reykjavik - Reykholt - Husafell:
Highlights: Borgarnes Settlement Center of Iceland Deildartunguhver Hraunfossar Barnafoss
Approximate distance: ca101km / 63miles
Whale Fjord- Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring – Magical waterfall
Today head to Borgarfjordur via the Hvalfjordur tunnel (tunnel toll not included in price). If you don´t want to take the tunnel, you can take the scenic coastal road instead (adds additional 17 km/10 miles to trip). Drive through Borgarnes town where you can learn about the first Viking settlers in the area at the popular Settlement Museum. Visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children’s Falls). Near Deildartunguhver you can indulge in hot spring relaxation at the new Krauma natural geothermal spa.
Tonight you are well situated to catch a glimpse of the famous Northern Lights if Mother Nature decides to cooperate.
Overnight: Borgarfjordur (West Iceland) (2 nights)
Day 3: Borgarfjordur - Langjokull Glacier:
Highlights: Snorrastofa – Reykholt
Approximate distance: ca50km / 31miles
Langjokull Glacier and Icelandic Sagas
Today explore the Borgarfjordur valley region and nearby areas. Langjokull Glacier offers exciting adventures such as exploring a man-made tunnel built into the icy-blue heart of the glacier. You can reach the tunnel by taking an adventurous ride up the glacier in a monstrous 18-wheeled vehicle. Once at the tunnel, you‘ll see glacier the from the inside and learn how these icy wonders are formed.
Another interesting area activity is a guided cave visit at the colorful Vidgelmir lava cave. If you’re interested in culture, visit nearby Reykholt, home of a medieval chieftain who penned some of Iceland‘s greatest Sagas. Visit scenic Husafell and stroll on paths with colorful stone paintings created by a local artist.
Overnight in West Iceland (Borgarfjordur area)
Day 4: Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir:
Highlights: Gullfoss Thingvellir National Park Geysir Laugarvatn Fontana Nature Baths
Approximate distance: ca290km / 180miles
National Park with Geological Wonders – The Golden Falls – Spouting Geysers
Today, visit the must-see sites in Iceland! Start with Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), famous for its history and geological wonders. Onwards to the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, formed by the waters of a glacial river. Continue to Geysir hot spring area with its lively bubbling pools and spouting geyser.
Optional activity: Laugarvatn Fontana Spa offers a relaxing environment of hot springs and steam baths. Hot, healing steam simmers directly from the ground through grids in the cabin floors of this wellness center, where nature meets tradition. An afternoon or evening visit to the open-air baths at Laugarvatn Fontana will also give you the opportunity to experience the ever-changing Icelandic weather, as the thermal baths can be enjoyed all year round.
Overnight in Hella/Hvolsvollur area.
Day 5: Waterfalls and Glacial Horizons:
Highlights: Skogafoss Skogar Museum Seljalandsfoss Vík Myrdalsjokull
Approximate distance: ca435km / 270miles
Thundering Waterfalls – Black sand beaches – Sea Cliffs & Stone Arches
Travel along the south coast, one of Iceland’s main farming areas. You’ll see many farms and shaggy herds of Icelandic horses as you head along the Ring Road. See the magnificent waterfall Skogarfoss, a site of hidden treasure. Nearby is the Skogar Folk Museum, well known throughout Iceland for being the best of its kind, with a collection of mementos from this region’s past housed in beautifully preserved old turf-roofed buildings. Make a stop in Vik village where you can admire stunning views of a black sand beach and the black basalt columns of Reynisdrangar. You‘ll also see glaciers from the road, including Myrdalsjokull and Europe‘s largest glacier, Vatnajokull.
Overnight in Hofn area.
Day 6: Glacial Wonders :
Highlights: Skaftafell National Park Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Vatnajokull
Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles
Vatnajokull Glacier – Western Europe’s Largest National Park – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs
Your hotel is perfectly situated to make a full day of exploring glacial wonders in Vatnajokull National Park, Western Europe‘s largest national park. Visit the park‘s majestic Skaftafell area, which is located between two glaciers and offers several winter hiking possibilities. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where blue, white, turquoise and black-streaked icebergs shift and dance. The mystical lagoon is enormous and has been the backdrop for many major feature films and programs, including Game of Thrones. It is a special place for photographers who enjoy the challenge of catching the icebergs in just the right light conditions. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for seals resting amid the glaciers.
Tonight, if the weather conditions are optimal, you might catch northern lights playing across the sky.
Overnight at Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Optional Tour: If you enjoy a taste of adventure you can experience glaciers close-up with a guided hike on one of the glaciers in the Skaftafell area. Your expert glacier guide will point out many unique features about glaciers during the hike.
Day 7: South Coast - Reykjavik:
Highlights: Seljalandsfoss Eyjafjallajokull Hveragerdi
Approximate distance: ca344km / 214miles
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall – Volcano Center – Geothermal Village
Drive along the scenic south coast back to the west. En route, visit Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can walk behind. You´ll also be passing through the landscape of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, famous for its 2010 eruption. Perhaps you´ll visit the new Lava Centre, an interactive exhibit where you can learn about how powerful volcanoes and earthquakes have formed Iceland.
The Bobby Fischer Center in Selfoss is dedicated to the world-famous American chess master who defeated Russian Boris Spassky in the 1972 Match of All Time in Iceland. Bobby Fischer lived his last years in Iceland and is buried in a nearby cemetery. During the winter, you can call in advance to make an appointment to visit the museum.
Visit Hveragerdi, a hot spring village famous for its geothermal greenhouses where flowers and vegetables are grown year-round. You might visit the historical Skyrgerdin (Skyr Factory), where you can see the original way that skyr (a delicious dairy product unique to Iceland) was made—and sample some of the products. Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon/early evening.
Overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 8: Departure:
Approximate distance: ca50km / 30miles
Breakfast at your hotel. Drop off your car at the airport before your flight home. ** Please be prepared to leave the hotel about 3 hours before the departure of your flight.