Day 1 Reykjavik 9/21
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.
Hotel Storm (2 nights)
Day 2 Reykjavik 9/22
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 Akureyri 9/23
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.
Hotel KEA (2 nights)
Day 4 Akureyri 9/24
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 Lake Myvatn 9/25
Myvatn activities; Dettifoss
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.
Guesthouse Fjalladyrd (1 night)
Day 6 Egilsstadir 9/26
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.
Hotel Eyvindara (1 night)
Day 7 Glacier Lagoon 9/27
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.
Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon (1 night)
Day 8 South Coast 9/28
Dyrholaey; Reynisdrangar; Reynisfjara; Solheimajokull; Waterfalls
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.
Hotel Ranga (1 night)
Day 9 Kevlavik 9/29
This morning after breakfast, we head west towards Reykjavik or its airport (arrival 11:00AM+/-). For those wishing to stay on, additional accommodation can be arranged in Reykjavik
[Itinerary details & hotels subject to change]
8 nights accommodation; All breakfasts, 3 dinners, and 2 lunches; All tour transport; All tips (tour leader, guides, escort, drivers, group meals, hotel staffs); Full-time services of an Icelandic tour leader, Imprint escort, local guides; All entrances: Thingvellir NP, Geysir, Gullfoss, Hraunfossar, Barnafossar, Dettifoss, Reynisdrangar, Reynisfjara, Solheimajokull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss; All activities: Lake Mayvatn, Jökulsárlón cruise, and more.
Tour participants are responsible for the cost of drinks, free-time sightseeing and meals, and any expenditures of a personal nature.