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Day 1: Arrival: Keflavik – Hveragerdi

Highlights: Hveragerdi

Arrival in the Land of Fire and Ice and Hot Spring Hike

Once you have landed at Keflavik Airport, please pick up your luggage and head through customs. Collect your rental car at the airport and proceed to your hotel.

Drive along mystical lava landscapes to the charming village of Hveragerdi for your overnight. Hveragerdi is one of the few sites in the world located directly on top of a geothermal area and, because of its many greenhouses heated by hot water from nearby springs, it is often called the “flower village.”

Overnight in the Hveragerdi area.

Please note check-in for most hotels begins at 14:00 – 16:00 (2:00pm-4:00pm).

Today’s Adventure Option:

Reykjadalur Hot Spring Hike If you arrive earlier in the day, you can get acquainted with Iceland’s landscape with a hike on the popular Reykjadalur trail. The trailhead is near Hveragerdi. Hike through a colorful valley with steam vents on well-marked trails leading to a hot spring river. The naturally heated water is ideal for a hot spring bath. Admission is free for the hiking trail and hot spring bathing

Good to Know

  • The hike to the hot spring is about 3 km (1.8 miles) each way and takes 1-1.5 hours each way. The trail does continue to other points of interest if you would like a longer hike
  • Hiking level- easy to moderate. There is some steep uphill walking in the beginning. The trail is well-marked
  • There are no changing rooms but there is a primitive changing area
  • Do your part to save nature by staying on the boardwalk around the hot spring pool
  • Hiking boots strongly recommended
  • Take some water and a snack- and don’t forget your swimsuit and towel
  • Bring a bag to keep your clothes dry while you bathe
  • Bring another bag to store your trash during the hike
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Day 2: Hveragerdi – Skogafoss – Seljalandsfoss – Reynisfjara Beach – Vik

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Skogafoss Waterfall Hekla Volcano Eyjafjallajokull Glacier Myrdalsjokull Glacier Reynisdrangar Cliffs

Waterfall Duo Glacier adventure – Powerful Waves and Black Sand Beaches

Follow Road 1 (The Ring Road) along the scenic South Shore route. Here you can see the perfect blend of waterfalls, volcanoes, and glaciers. Take some time to admire two famous waterfalls: Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. If the skies are clear, you’ll also be able to see the beautiful and famous volcanoes of Mt. Hekla (last eruption: 2000) and Eyjafjallajokull (last eruption: 2010). South Iceland is also home to Myrdalsjokull, a perfect location for enjoying some guided outdoor activities! Visit Reynisfjara beach with its surreal basalt formations and thundering North Atlantic waves.

Overnight in the Vik area.

Today’s Adventure Options:

Horseback riding Ride one of Iceland’s friendly, surefooted “Viking” horses on a guided tour. Follow excellent riding paths through scenic countryside. This tour is great for both novice and skilled riders, and you’ll make a four-footed friend! Duration: 1-hour riding | Includes: Guided horseback riding tour (in English) and safety equipment | Min. age: 7 years old

Black beach RIB speed boat adventure – Kick up your adrenaline with a thrilling speed boat ride. Feel the blood rush and excitement as you power alongside scenic volcanic beaches. | Duration: 30-minutes | Includes: Speed boat trip, use of float suit and life jacket | Min. age: 6 years old | Important: Minimum of 5 participants to guarantee tour departure

Glacier Walk Strap on crampons, grab and ice axe and follow an expert glacier guide into a breath-taking landscape of ice sculptures swirled with black sand. Learn about how glaciers are formed and constantly change. | Duration: 2-2.5 hours (1-1.5 hours on the glacier) | Includes: Guided tour (in English) and safety equipment (helmet, crampons, ice axe, harness) | Min. age: 8 years old

Glacial Snowmobiling See South Iceland from the top! Shoot across the top of Myrdalsjokull glacier on a snowmobile and enjoy the views far into the distance. Amazing photo opportunities await! | Duration: 2 hours (1-hour glacier truck ride up glacier and 1-hour snowmobile ride) | Includes: Guided tour (in English), Snowmobile ride (2 people per vehicle), Insulated coverall, helmet, snowmobile balaclava face mask | Min. age to ride snowmobile as passenger: 6 years old. | Important: Valid driver’s (automobile) license required to operate snowmobile

ATV Quad Express Gear up, board an ATV vehicle and head for the beach (crossing through some little rivers on the way)! Drive across the black sand beach and admire magnificent volcanic landscapes. | Duration: 1-hour | Includes: Guided tour (in English), ATV ride (2 people per vehicle), Insulated coverall, helmet, balaclava face mask | Minimum age: 5 years to ride an ATV. | Important: You need a valid driver’s license (car) to operate an ATV vehicle

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Day 3: Vik – Kirkjubaejarklaustur– Vatnajokull National Park – Hofn

Highlights: Vatnajokull National Park Skaftafell National Park Svartifoss Waterfall Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Hofn

Massive Lava Field – Glacier National Park – Europe’s Largest Glacier – Iceberg-filled Lagoon

Head over massive lava fields created by the 18th century Laki eruption. You will soon be in the vicinity of Vatnajokull National Park, named after the largest glacier in Europe, and you’ll see amazing views of Vatnajokull through the day.

We highly recommend visiting the Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park. This is a green oasis ringed by glaciers, truly a dramatic place for photos. A popular hiking trail leads to Svartifoss (the Black Falls), waterfalls framed in dark basalt columns. Near the park is the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon), where icebergs drift and collide with each other in a lake formed by Vatnajokull glacier. If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience, we recommend an amphibian boat tour amid the floating bergs.

Some icebergs have drifted up onto a nearby black sand beach that provides a dramatic setting for photos. Known as the Diamond Beach, this is a beautiful place to linger. You might even catch a view of seals sunbathing on the beach. Head eastward to the village of Hofn, which lies in the shadow of Vatnajokull glacier.

Overnight in the Hofn area.

Today’s Adventure Options:

Amphibian Boat Tour in the Glacier Lagoon – Sail amid the drifting blocks of ice, catching the beautiful details of the ice. You’ll learn lots of great facts about glaciers and even taste some ice. | Duration: 30 – 40 minutes | Includes: Guided boat ride in English, life jacket |

Extreme Snowmobiling on Vatnajokull GlacierFeel your spine tingle as you explore Europe’s largest glacier by snowmobile. Visit seldom-seen places and learn about glaciers and the secret volcanoes hidden under the ice. | Duration: 3-hours | Includes: Guided tour in English, snowmobile ride (2 people per vehicle), protective suit and gear | Minimum age: 6 years as a passenger | Important: A valid driver’s license (car) is required to operate a snowmobile

Coastal Puffin Safari Here’s a different experience! Take a fun, tractor-drawn hayride (cart) to the seashore. Then you’ll walk with your guide to an area where you’ll be able to view puffins in their natural setting. | Duration: 2.5-hours (1.5-hour easy hiking), some uphill walking involved | Includes: Guided tour (in English) with hayride | Minimum age: 6 years old

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Day 4: Hofn – Vik – Hvolsvollur

A day of outdoor fun in South Iceland

Take your time and enjoy the adventures of South Iceland as you head back along the Ring Road. Stop and catch a view of the Glacier Lagoon from a different angle and different light.

Overnight in the Hella or Hvolsvollur area.

Today’s Adventure Options:

Kayaking by the Glacier – Enter into the world of an iceberg-filled lake near Solheimajokull glacier. Paddle a kayak, following your guide as you head between glaciers drifting in the calm waters. | Duration: 2.5 hours (1-1.5 hours kayaking) | Includes: Guided kayaking tour in English, use of kayak, paddle, and dry suit | Minimum age: 12 years old

Canyon Zipline Adventure Take a hike through a breath-taking canyon, admiring views of rock formations and a waterfall. The hiking trail leads you to four different zipline platforms. You’ll feel your heart pump with excitement as you zip over amazing bird’s eye views of the canyon! | Duration: 1.5 – 2 hours (about 3 km/1 – 2 miles hiking total to reach zip platforms) | Includes: Tour in English by certified guides, all required safety equipment | Minimum age: 8 years old

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Day 5: Hvolsvollur – Golden Circle – Reykjavik

Highlights: Gullfoss Waterfall Geysir Hot Spring Thingvellir National Park

Famous Golden Falls – Bubbling Geysers – National Park

Today is open for you to explore the wonders of the Golden Circle region. Visit the amazing sites of Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir hot spring area. Gullfoss is considered by many visitors to be Iceland’s most beautiful waterfall. Geysir is an active geothermal field with many bubbling steam vents and spouting hot springs, including the famous Strokkur geyser. Continue to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Icelandic Viking parliament and a jewel of nature. Here you can see the meeting point between the North American and Europe continents. Several walking trails and hiking trails take visitors to historical points of interest.

Head to Reykjavik, where you have the rest of the day to enjoy Iceland’s fun capital city.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Today’s Adventure Options:

Gullfoss Canyon RaftingCatch the excitement of paddling through a magnificent canyon carved by a glacier river. It’s a perfect blend of gorgeous, rugged scenery and rushing rapids that both beginners and experts can enjoy. | Duration: 4-hours | Includes: River rafting by expert guides (guided in English), all rafting equipment, use of hot sauna and shower at rafting base camp | Minimum age: 11 years old

Silfra Snorkeling – Immerse yourself in the clearest snorkeling water in the world, Silfra fissure. You’ll float between two continents, an amazing experience. | Duration: 2.5-hours (including preparation) | Includes: Guided snorkeling trip in English, use of dry suit and other necessary snorkeling equipment, hot chocolate and cookies after the snorkeling trip | Minimum age: 12 years old

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Day 6: Departure from Iceland

Return to Keflavik International Airport.**

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive back to Keflavik International Airport** We recommend departing your hotel in Reykjavik no later than at least 3 hours before your flight departure. It takes approximately 1 hour to drive to the airport, and check-in will start 2 hours before your departure.

If you did not visit the Blue Lagoon earlier but have some free time today, you might want to use the opportunity en route to the airport. For this detour, please be sure to allow for at least 2-2.5 hours extra so you’ll have ample time at the lagoon. Your rental car should be returned to the airport service area, which is located only 2 minutes from the airport building. A shuttle will then transport you to the departure hall.

**Please note that the package price is based on 5 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 6, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 5-day rental is up and use our airport transfer.

Approximate distance: 50 km / 30 miles

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