Day 1 / Sat Sept 21 Reykjavik
Halló og velkomin til Íslands! In other words, welcome to Iceland! Reykjavik, the Northernmost capital of the world, has a rich cultural life and something for everyone. In the late afternoon we’ll have our get-acquainted meeting, followed by dinner together.
Accommodation Hotel Storm (2N)
Day 2 / Sun Sept 22 Reykjavik
Today we explore the world famous Golden Circle. First stop is Thingvellir National Park where Icelanders founded the oldest active parliament in the world in 930 A.D. and we see where two tectonic plates meet. Next stop is the Geysir geothermal area where Strokkur geyser spouts hot water high in the air. Also located here is Old Geysir, which is the root of the English word. The final stop is the iconic and spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall.
Day 3 / Mon Sept 23 Akureyri
We depart Reykjavík today, heading towards the north of Iceland. On the way we visit the waterfalls of Hraunfossar (Lava Waterfall) and Barnafossar (Children's Waterfall). Both make for great pictures with braided rivulets that tumble over bright green mossy cliffs into bright turquoise waters.
Accommodation Hotel KEA (2N)
Day 4 / Tues Sept 24 Akureyri
Today is yours to do what you want. There is no shortage of activities to be found in Akureyri. There are several museums and galleries, whale watching excursions, an excellent botanical garden, or even trips to one of the nearby islands.
Day 5 / Wed Sept 25 Lake Myvatn
The otherworldly geo-thermal landscape surrounding the pristine beauty of Lake Mayvatn is this morning’s goal. We’ll see bubbling mud pools, the lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir, and the volcanic crater group at Skutustadir. We will also stop for an optional soak in the hot blue waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths. In the afternoon we drive to to the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, Europe's mightiest cascade. 96,500 gallons crest the brink per second. It’s so powerful the vibrations can be felt in the nearby rocks. The falls are 100 meters wide, with a 45-meter drop into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon below.
Accommodation Guesthouse Fjalladyrd
Day 6 / Thurs Sept 26 Egilsstadir
We will visit some of the many fjords of the east coast on our journey today. We’ll take in Borgarfjordur Eystri, famous for its birdlife and multicolored mountains. In the afternoon we’ll go to Seydisfjordur, famous for its rich art scene and blue church. We’ll then travel to Egilsstadir for our overnight stay.
Accommodation Hotel Eyvindara
Day 7 / Fri Sept 27 Glacier Lagoon
After breakfast, we’ll have a full day to appreciate the stunning Icelandic countryside, driving on a road that tightly curves with the sea through the coastal region of the East Fjords, enjoying spectacular views of high mountains, deep fjords, more spectacular waterfalls, glaciers, winding mountain passes, and quaint fishing villages. Our goal is one of Iceland's undisputed highlights, the glacier lagoon of Jökulsárlón. We’ll board an amphibious vehicle to cruise the lagoon and be amazed by some of nature’s finest work, surrounded by floating icebergs.
Accommodation Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon
Day 8 / Sat Sept 28 South Coast
Our final day of driving introduces us to Iceland's beautiful South Shore. We’ll observe sea bird colonies on the promontory of Dyrhólaey, view the amazing stepping-stone rock formations of Reynisdrangar, visit the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, and the dramatic otherworldly landscape of the Solheimajokull glacier along the way. We’ll also visit two last amazing waterfalls: mighty Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
Accommodation Hotel Ranga
Day 9 / Sun Sept 29 Kevlavik
This morning after breakfast, we head west towards Reykjavik or its airport (11:00AM). For those wishing to stay on, additional accommodation can be arranged in Reykjavik