Day 3: The Capital of North Iceland, Lake Mývatn & Geothermal baths
In the morning we explore the town of Akureyri, visit the botanical garden, walk the streets and admire the panoramic view over the Eyjafjörður fjord. In the afternoon we travel to Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. Then we explore Lake Mývatn, famous for its strange lava formations at Kálfaströnd, its pseudocraters at Skútustaðir and its tephra cone Hverfjall. We end the afternoon relaxing in the Mývatn Nature Baths with a fantastic view over the whole area. There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid April.
Day 4: Lava Labyrinth, Hot Springs & Travel East
In the morning we walk in the lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. In the afternoon, we visit the hot spring area of Námaskarð with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moon-like surrounding to East Iceland. From June to August the tour includes a detour to the powerful waterfall Dettifoss.
Day 5: East Fjords
Today is a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords, also on route, we visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon we see Vatnajökull, Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Overnight in the town of Höfn. There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid April.
Day 6: Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Diamond Beach & South Coast
We start the day with a stop at Jökulsárlón, to explore the extraordinary glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, you might even see seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season, optional boat trips are available. We travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajökull and spend time at Europe’s largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment and Europe’s largest glacier. In the afternoon, a beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits us as we head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vík. In the small village of Skógar, see Skógafoss Waterfall which is 60 metres high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall, if you are prepared to get wet! Further west we stop at the Lava Centre and learn about Iceland’s volcanic activity. There is a possibility of seeing the Northern Lights during the evening from October to mid April.
Day 7: Icelandic Horses & Golden Circle
We explore classics today as we travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. We start the day at Friðheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur “the Churn” which erupts at 5 to 10 minute intervals. We continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls“, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 metres into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers in summer and winter. We travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As we return to Reykjavík, we take you for a short city tour to show highlights of the world’s northernmost capital. Northern Lights: From September to mid April, optional Northern Lights evening tours can be booked at the lobby of your hotel, should weather conditions be favourable.
Day 8: Depart Reykjavík
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Keflavik Airport by shuttle bus for your flight home.
Escorted Tour Includes:
- 7 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/WC
- 6 days escorted bus tour with English speaking guide/driver-guide
- Arrival & departure airport transfer by shuttle (no guide)
- Breakfast daily
- Natural History & Seal Museum in Hvammstangi
- Viðimýri Turf Church
- Mývatn Nature Baths including towel
- Visit to a stone collection
- Exhibition and 4K movie at Lava Centre in Hvolsvöllur
- 2x guided Northern Lights searches, subject to weather (Oct - April)
- Icelandic horse stables & geothermal greenhouse
- Entrance fees
- Wi-Fi on the bus
- Use of snow & ice grippers spike (for winter departures)
- Use of flashlight (for winter departures)
- Any private expenses
- Any additional services
- All meals not listed under "included"
- Single supplement (mandatory when in single room)
Hotels or Similar:
- Icelandair Hotel Natura
- Icelandair Hotel Akureyri
- Sel Hotel Mývatn
- Icelandair Hotel Hérað
- Hotel Höfn
- Hotel Eyjafjallajökull
Tour Prices are per person twin share in Australian Dollars. Conditions apply and group tours are subject to change and availability. Prices are subject to currency fluctuations. (gj)