Iceland - Fjords, Glaciers and Hot Springs
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Day 1: Arrive in Keflavik, Reykjavik City Sightseeing
Upon arrival in Keflavik, you are met by your Icelandic guide and our adventure begins. We will drive along the lavafields of the scenic north coast of Reykjanes Peninsula, a land version of the North Atlantic Rift Zone, to the colorful capital Reykjavik for breakfast. Then we go for a tour of the city and head for the downtown area. We enjoy a gentle walk around the city's central lake, and through its adjoining streets and parks to see the Parliament House and the City Hall. From the downtown area, we take a short drive to the western seashore of Reykjavik to see great views of Snaefellsness Peninsula and the surrounding mountains. We will also make a stop at Perlan, Hallgrímskirkja church and Harpa Music Hall.
Day 2: Golden Circle With a Taste of Iceland and Friðheimar Visit
Today we take an excursion of the so-called Golden Circle. Our first stop is Thingvellir National Park, the site of the oldest democratic parliament in the world. We go for a walk in the park and explore the sights of the old parliament. Thingvellir became Iceland's first National Park in 1928 due to its important social heritage and natural beauty. The park is also the location where the North Atlantic Rift dividing the American and European tectonic plate is the most clearly seen, through its canyons and large cracks. In 2004, Thingvellir National Park was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
Day 3: Historic Borgarfjörður & Waterfalls With Ice Cave Adventure
In the morning we start our circle tour of Iceland, beginning with a drive along Hvalfjörður fjord where one of the most important naval stations in the North Atlantic during World War II was located. We visit Reykholt, one of Iceland’s most historic sites and former home of the Saga writer, Snorri Sturluson (1179-1241) from 1206-1241. We stop at the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, and at Deildartunguhver; Iceland ́s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second).
Day 4: The Wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today we discover the mystical Snæfellsnes peninsula which is almost like a miniature of the whole country. There are white and black beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, incredibly rich trout lakes and salmon rivers, lush valleys, unique harbors in charming
Day 5: Breiðafjörður Bay, Látrabjarg, Patreksfjörður
From Stykkishólmur we take the ferry Baldur and cross the Breiðafjörður Bay. After approximately 3 hours sailing across this scenic bay with its innumerable amount of small islands we reach the West Fjords. We drive to Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Iceland and one of Europe’s biggest bird cliffs, before checking in to our accommodation for the night in the southern West Fjords area.
Day 6: The West Fjords & Dynjandi Waterfall
Today we continue our journey of the West Fjords, one of the most remote regions of Iceland. The landscape is breathtaking as we cross mountains and heaths and drive along the dramatic fjords at the foot of steep cliffs. We stop at Dynjandi, a beautiful waterfall that lies in the northern arm of the fjord Arnarfjörður and see the measures taken to protect the village Flateyri against avalanches.
Day 7: Horse Farm Visit and Culinary Workshop at Brimslóð Guesthouse
From the West Fjords we continue our drive to the northern part of Iceland. We will make a stop at Kolugjúlfur. It is a breathtaking sight to walk on the the viewing platform and watch the calm waters of the river suddenly leap and tumble onwards over so many impressive falls -
Day 8: Akureyri and the Marvels of Lake Mývatn
Today we begin with a drive through the Skagafjördur region, an area known for horse breeding and many Icelandic horses can be seen grazing in the fields of the Skagafjörður valley. We visit the lush botanical gardens of Akureyri, the capital of northern Iceland and the biggest settlement outside Reykjavik. Then we cross the mountains east of Eyjafjordur and stop at the famous Goðafoss falls where the law speaker of the ancient Althing – the Icelandic parliament - threw the statues of the Nordic gods, after the forced adoption of Christianity in AD 1000. The falls and its surroundings are considered of mystical nature. From the mist of the falls we head to Lake Mývatn, famous for its birdlife and volcanic formations. Lake Mývatn has the largest duck colony in Europe. Many other bird species are also found there, such as the great northern and red-
Day 9: Húsavík, Whale Watching, Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon, Egilsstaðir
The waters off the Húsavík coast are some of the best in the world for whale watching so in the morning we begin with a whale watching tour (weather permitting) on beautifully restored and seaworn oak boats, once used as fishing boats. Then we drive along the Tjörnes peninsula to Ásbyrgi, a beautiful horseshoe-shaped rock formation, and then on to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. We continue our journey to the east and cross the vast northern highland
Day 10: East Fjords, Höfn Area
A relaxing day as we head for the south coast, passing through charming fishing villages of the East Fjords. We stop in the small town of Fáskrúðsfjörður, famous for its French heritage and in Stöðvarfjörður we visit the interesting Petra’s Stone Collection. In Álftarfjörður we may see thousands of whopper swans in their season. In the afternoon we have the magnificent Vatnajökull glacier as a backdrop today as we explore the wonders of the southeast. We drive up Hoffellsdalur valley to one of the outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull before we head for the village of Höfn, the largest village on the southeast coast. The village is in a beautiful setting along side an estuary, with a magnificent view to the Vatnajökull ice cap. We have a relaxing afternoon to explore the town.
Day 11: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Vík Area
Our day starts with a scenic drive along the Vatnajökull glacier, which is the third largest icecap in the world and the largest one in Europe. We head to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a spectacular area where icebergs breaking off from the glacier float on the lagoon. Here, you will find the world's shortest glacial river that travels only 1,000 yards from the lagoon to the ocean. We will enjoy an amphibian boat tour on the lagoon. Our next stop is at Skaftafell National Park, a breathtaking area right under Vatnajökull glacier and known for its unique natural features and numerous hiking oportunities. Many wild flower species thrive in the shelter of the birch forest found on the lower slopes of the mountains, and if weather permits, you may get a view of the highest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjukur. We continue our journey across Skeiðarársandur with its vast stretches of black sand formed by mighty glacial river to the charming village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Then onwards across the enormous Eldhraun lava field and the black desert sands of Mýrdalssandur before we arrive in the small village of Vík where we find our accommodation for the night. Enroute, we stop at the beautiful Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon.
Day 12: South Coast With Lava Show, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík
This morning we begin with a refreshing walk at the Reynisfjara black sand beach where you have a great view of the Reynisdrangar pillars that rise from the sea just off the shore. We then enjoy a unique Lava Show in Vík – the only place in the world where you can safely experience
Day 13: Depart Reykjavík
The morning is free to spend at own leisure. Transfer to Keflavík International Airport for your flight homeward.
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