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Day 1: Arrival:

Highlights: Reykjavik Hallgrimskirkja Tjornin The Sun Voyager Perlan The Blue Lagoon

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient Airport Direct transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel.

Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik’s old town area, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city’s outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jetlag. In the afternoon you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland’s nature and landscape.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.

Tonight, there will be an information meeting at your hotel. You‘ll meet your guide and travel companions and learn more about the tour.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Please note that most hotels begin check-in between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm).

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Day 2: Geysir - Gullfoss - Skogar - Dyrholaey - Vik:

Highlights: Hveragerdi Geysir Gullfoss Seljalandsfoss Skogafoss Dyrholaey

Exploding Geysers – Waterfalls – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore

Approximate Driving Distance: 325 km (201 miles)

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start your journey by  heading through the greenhouse village of Hveragerdi. Drive on to the Golden Circle natural wonders. Explore Gullfoss, the “Golden Waterfall”, and the nearby Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Geysir and Strokkur, as well as numerous other hot springs and boiling mud pools. Continue along the south shore and stop to admire the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before continuing to Dyrholaey* nature reserve. Continue to the village of Vik.

Dinner and overnight stay in the south coast area area.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season in spring, approximately mid-May until June 25th.

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Day 3: Vatnajokull National Park - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon - Hofn:

Highlights: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Skaftafell National Park Vatnajokull

Lava Fields – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Approximate Driving Distance: 279 km (173 miles)

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your journey on the Ring Road. Cross Eldhraun, the largest lava flow recorded on the planet in historical times. Visit Kirkjubaejarklaustur town, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. The tour continues over Skeidararsandur sands to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacial area within Vatnajokull National Park. Continue to the stunning Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to see the birthplace of icebergs. Throughout the day you will also enjoy magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull Glacier. Tonight dinner is on your own. Hofn has a nice selection of restaurants and cafes. The local specialty is langoustines (Norway lobsters), and you might enjoy the opportunity to try it for yourself!

Overnight stay in the Hofn area.

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Day 4: Hofn – East Fjords – Egilsstadir:

Highlights: Hofn Petra’s Minerals Reydarfjordur Faskrudsfjordur

Narrow Fjords – Steep Mountains – Picturesque Coastline – Legendary Lake Monster

Approximate Driving Distance: 259 km (161 miles)

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive from Hofn through Almannaskard pass, stopping to admire the majestic coastline. Continue to the towering mountains plunging vertically into the sea that form the magnificent East Fjords. Enjoy the amazing views: this is one of Iceland’s oldest regions with rugged mountain and coastal vistas. You’ll also pass villages, each with its own special history and charm. The road brings you to Egilsstadir town, located near Iceland’s largest forest and a lake said to be home to a legendary (friendly) monster. The area is also getting a name for itself for its excellent locally sourced cuisine.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Egilsstadir area.

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Day 5: Lake Myvatn Area:

Highlights: Dettifoss Myvatn Krafla

Highland Desert – Bizarre Lava Formations – Geothermal & Volcanic Wonderland

Approximate Driving Distance: 255 km (158 miles)

Breakfast at your hotel. Explore the empty vastness of the highland desert plateau Modrudalsoraefi as you head towards the Lake Myvatn area. On the way, stop at Dettifoss, Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfall. Continue onwards to Namaskard pass with its boiling mud pools and vibrant colors. Explore the natural beauty of the Lake Myvatn area, including the pseudo craters at Skutustadir and the Laxa Salmon River.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area.

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Day 6: Lake Myvatn Area – Akureyri - Siglufjordur:

Highlights: Dimmuborgir Godafoss Akureyri Trollaskagi – Troll Peninsula Siglufjordur

“Waterfall of the Gods” – Turf-roofed Folk Museum – The Beautiful Troll Peninsula

Approximate Driving Distance: 215 km (134 miles)

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by exploring the peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Visit the magnificent Godafoss waterfall and the old turf farm Laufas. Afterwards, visit Akureyri, the colorful northern “capital „of Iceland. The town has charming buildings and beautiful view of the Eyjafjordur Fjord. After spending some time in Akureyri, continue along the coastal roads of Eyjafjordur and the Troll Peninsula. This is a beautiful drive along steep mountains with amazing views over the Arctic Sea and black sand coastline. The destination is Siglufjordur, set in a beautiful fjord of the same name. This town has some of the finest timber buildings in the country, beautifully restored to their original glory. Siglufjordur is a very picturesque and easily walkable town for an evening stroll.

Dinner and overnight in Siglufjorður.

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Day 7: Skagafjordur – Borgarnes:

Highlights: Borgarnes The Herring Era Museum Skagafjordur Fjord

Historical Museum – Fertile Farmlands – Glacial Rivers – Unique Viking Horse Demonstration

Approximate Driving Distance: 310 km (193 miles)

Breakfast at your hotel. This morning visit Siglufjordur’s award-winning Herring-Era Maritime Museum. The museum recreates the atmosphere of the early 20th century, when Siglufjordur was transformed into a frontier boom town, thanks to a large migration of herring. Afterwards, head along majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, considered to be one of the finest places in Iceland for horse breeding. Enjoy an introduction to the unique Icelandic horse breed with its special fifth gait – the tolt. Continue towards the village of Blonduos, built on both sides of the river Blanda. Cross the Holtavorduheidi plateau into Western Iceland, a region rich in tales of Viking explorers and mythical creatures. Head through the scenic Borgarfjordur area to the beautiful town of Borgarnes.

Dinner and overnight stay in Borgarnes area.

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Day 8: Borgarfjordur – Thingvellir – Reykjavik:

Highlights: Hraunfossar Barnafoss Deildartunguhver

Europe’s Largest Hot Spring – Picturesque Waterfalls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO)

Approximate Driving Distance: 205 km (127 miles)

Breakfast at your hotel. Drive to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe. Stop to admire the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfalls where the brilliantly blue glacial water flows through black lava formations. Continue via Hvalfjordur fjord to Lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland’s largest lake and Thingvellir National Park. This UNESCO heritage site is where the world‘s oldest continuing parliamentary government was founded in the 10th century. It is also the place where the North American and European tectonic plates meet.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

 

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Day 9: Departure:

Highlights: Perlan Reykjavik Esja Reykjavik City Museum Laugardalur

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.

Transfer to the international airport for your departure flight. Airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

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