The ultimate Icelandic Experience
This 10 day round trip tour of Iceland, is gives you a taste of most everything Iceland offers. Filled with impressions of a mostly untouched nature that puts up a show in each and every season of the year. Colors, light, drama, water, fire and ice.
Day 1 Reykjavik - Hveragerdi - Skálholt
We begin the journey with a visit to City Hall, where we get a first impression of the country and the planned route by viewing a big model of Iceland. Self-catering groups will be able to buy food in supermarkets. Then we leave the capital heading east, and in one hour reach Hveragerdi, the town of flowers and greenhouses. Large greenhouses with flowers and vegetables are heated with water from local hot springs. Even banana-trees and other tropical plants grow here. The tour then takes us to the former bishop's residence of Skálholt, which was the cultural centre of the country for more than 700 years. The tour continues to turf-farmstead from the viking era, discovered by archeologists some years ago, restored to its original condition and opened to visitors. The acccommodation tonight will be in the mountains.
Day 2 Landmannalaugar
After a one and a half hours bus ride through an amazing, wild landscape, we reach the region of Landmannalaugar. Because of milleniums of volcanic activity and the unique geology of the rocks, the mountains are awesome in colour, and sometimes even seem unreal. After a hiking trip in the area, a bath in the hot springs close to the mountain hut is one of the most unforgetable experiences of the journey. In the evening, we will be back in our accommodation.
Day 3 Hella - Skógar - Skógafoss - Dyrholaey - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Today we are heading back to the south coast again. The caves of Hella , which were used by the early settlers as accommodation and for storage, were probably used some centuries before the official settlement of the country by Irish monks. Today, the caves can be visited by tourists. From here, the tour takes us to the village of Skógar, where we visit one of the most famous history museums in the country,and also the impressive, 60 metres high Skógafoss waterfall. A short dis-tance away are to bird cliffs of Dyrholaey, where we can watch many species of birds, such as puffins, which are very typical for Iceland. From here the tour continues, with a stop at Vik village, to our accommodation close to Kirkjubaejar-klaustur.
Day 4 Skaftafell - Svartifoss - Jökulsárlón - Höfn
After a short bus ride we reach Skaftafell national park. From the visitor centre we set out on a four hours hiking tour through the park, with its very special vegetation. At several points we can enjoy the unique view of the huge glacier Vatnajökull and the black sandy terrain south of the glacier. One of the very special tourist attractions is the waterfall Svartifoss, with its unique basalt columns, one of the most photographed nature spot in the country. In the afternoon,the tour continues to the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón, where we can take a boat trip between very impressive and huge icebergs in special amphibia-vehicles. Our accommodation for the night will be close to the little town of Höfn.
Day 5 East Fjords - Hallormsstadur - Egilsstadir
Today the journey takes us, with some short stops, through the eastern fjords of Iceland. In the late morning, we arrive at a mineral museum which contains one of the biggest and most interesting mineral collections in the world. From here we leave the coast heading for the interior of the country, toward one of the most popular natural recreation areas of Iceland, Hallormsstadur, close to the town of Egilsstaðir. Here we see the largest forested area of the country, which is also famous as a holiday area for Icelanders. After a nice walk through the forest and a quick look into the forest station, we reach our accommodation close to Egilsstaðir in the late afternoon.
Day 6 Mývatn - Námaskard - Viti - Krafla
Today, the journey continues towards the Mývatn area. In the late morning we reach the unique sulphur field of Námaskard. Here we can see boiling mud pots contrasted against the colourful scenery of the sulphurous mountains. At this point we are near the Krafla area, which is one of the most active volcanic areas of the country. After a visit to the only maar of Iceland, the explosion grater Viti ("Hell" or "Inferno"), we begin an exploration of very recent and still warm lava fields, which were created by a series of eruptions of Krafla in the mid-1980s. We will return to our accommo-dation in the Mývatn area in the evening.
Day 7 Hverfjall - Dimmuborgir
After a short bus ride, we begin this morning's journey with a hiking tour up to the explosive crater Hverfjall. The two hours tour offers an amazing view of the Mývatn area. From Hverfjall, the hiking tour continues to the lava labyrinth Dimmuborgir. The afternoon is at the participants' own disposal, with the possibility of a horse riding tour with Icelandic horses, or a nice swim in a swimming pool close to our accommodation (not included in the price).
Day 8 Pseudo-craters - Akureyri
Before we leave the Mývatn area today, we will visit the pseudo-craters on the south side of the lake Mývatn. The tour then continues along the Ring Road westbound, to Goðafoss, not the biggest but certainly one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. In the early afternoon we reach the city of Akureyri, the "capital" of the north. Because of its very special atmosphere, the city is also called "the pearl" of the north. After a sightseeing tour by bus, the partcipants can explore the city by themselves. We will arrive at our accommodation close to Varmahlíð in the early evening.
day 9 Kjölur - Hveravellir - Gullfoss - Geysir
Today the tour takes us through the rugged Icelandic highlands on the Kjölur-road southbound. But before we leave the main road we get an extensive overview of the way of life and kind of buildings that were to be found in Iceland in earlier times, as we visit the history museum Glaumbær. In the early afternoon we reach the mountain hut at Hveravellir by the highland road. Hveravellir is located between the inland glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull. Here we have a chance to enjoy a nice bath in the warm springs close to the hut, and recover a little bit from our travels on the rough and dusty mountain road. The tour continues along the highland road to Gullfoss, "The Golden Waterfall," which is one of the main tourist attractions in Iceland. Only a few kilometres away is the valley of Haukadalur, which is truly an unforgettable experience and one of the highlights of the tour. It is the site of the original old Geysir, after which all other hot springs of its type have been named. After we have visited the hot springs and the interesting Geysir museum, we reach our nearby accommodation in the early evening.
Day 10 Nesjavellir - Thingvellir - Reykjavik
Today we visit the the geothermal power station Nesjavellir, located at the south side of the lake Thingvallavatn. We get an introduction to the possibilities of geothermal energy production in Iceland. Just a few kiometres awau is the historic parliamentary site of Þingvellir. During a nice walk in the area, tour participants will learn about the history of the place and get a first impression of the unique geology of Iceland. In the early afternoon we reach the capital Reykjavik again. On a sightseeing tour by bus, the group members will visit all the important tourist attractions of the city and get useful advice on how to explore the city later on by themselves. The tour ends this day at our accommodation in Reykjavik.