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Day 1: Arrival:

Highlights: Keflavik Reykjavik

Arrival in Iceland and transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik. Transfer is on your own, but we are happy to book a shared or private transfer for you. We suggest our Blue Lagoon transfer that gives you the chance to visit the world-famous geothermal spa on your way to Reykjavik.

The day is open for you to enjoy Reykjavik. If you arrive early, we suggest taking a stroll around Reykjavik. The Old Town area, the main shopping street and the Old Harbor area are great places to discover museums, galleries and restaurants. We also suggest a visit to one of the city’s geothermal swimming pools. Relaxing in the warm water and hot tubs is a great way to relax, and it is a great way to enjoy a traditional daily activity in Iceland. If you’d like to add in an activity, some of our favorite activities include whale watching in the afternoon or evening, horseback riding in a scenic lava-filled nature reserve near Reykjavik or visiting the beautiful Raufarholshellir lava cave. We’re happy to book one of these experiences, just let us know at booking time!

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Please note that check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)

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Day 2: Wonders of North Iceland - Akureyri:

Highlights: Akureyri

Flight to Akureyri Day of leisure Shops, restaurants, museums

Breakfast at your hotel. On your own, transfer to Reykjavik Domestic Airport (taxis are plentiful, and a taxi ride to the airport is generally 10 minutes from most hotels). Take a short Icelandair flight to Akureyri, the “capital” of North Iceland. Transfer on your own from Akureyri Airport to your hotel in the town. Taxis are available, and the cab ride is about 6 to 10 minutes.

Akureyri is located less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the Arctic Circle. The town has a surprisingly mild climate for its location, with summers and winters often being warmer than in the south of Iceland. You can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities year-round, but Akureyri is especially known for its great winter skiing on the nearby Hlidarfjall mountain, as well as the summer magic of golfing in the midnight sun on the world’s northernmost 18-hole golf course. Akureyri has a population of 18.800 residents. While it is considered a town it has a lively culture that rivals those of larger cities.

The colorful town has a wide range of shops, restaurants, galleries and museums. If you enjoy art, we recommend exploring the Listagil Street (the Art Ravine), full of art galleries, museums and the beautifully designed Akureyri church. The Old Town area gives a glimpse of how the town looked over 150 years, with beautifully preserved wooden buildings. Two historical museums, Nonni’s House (home to a famous children’s author) and the Museum of Akureyri, are both places we recommend.  If you’re interested in local food culture, we suggest joining the small-group Akureyri Food Walk tour. You’ll join a local guide and stroll the charming streets of the town, stopping to enjoy taste treats at area restaurants and coffee shops.

Overnight in Akureyri.

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Day 3: Lake Mývatn Sightseeing by Coach:

Highlights: Myvatn Godafoss Dimmuborgir Krafla

Guided small group tour Godafoss waterfall Lake Myvatn surroundings

Breakfast at your hotel. Start today with a fully- guided small group tour to visit all the highlights that Lake Myvatn has to offer. First, visit Godafoss waterfall on the way to Lake Myvatn. The story behind the falls’ name is utterly fascinating, especially for Viking enthusiasts. Easy foot paths lead to areas where you can see the lovely waterfall from different angles, a treat for photographers.

Continue to the Myvatn area, first stopping at the weird pseudo-craters of Skutustadagigar. Though they look volcanic, these craters were not formed by an eruption! Visit the mystic Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles), a series of lava pillars and strange formations. Take a walk through the Dimmuborgir area, where you can view amazing natural lava sculptures.  You’ll stop at the warm underground river in Grjotagja rift to see where locals used to swim in the old days before the water got too hot. Grjotagja is part of the Mid-Atlantic ridge that divides North America from Europe. Next you’ll visit the Hverir geothermal area with its boiling, brightly colored mud pools, steaming fumaroles and sulphur pits. The landscape here is truly surreal, and you might even feel as though you are walking on the surface of Mars!

The locals have harnessed the energy from nearby Krafla volcano in many ways, but one of the best ways is for relaxation. End your tour at the calming Myvatn Nature Baths, where you can relax in a brilliantly azure geothermal pool surrounded by lava fields with a great view over Lake Myvatn. The Nature Baths also have a wonderful natural steam bath that soothes sore muscles, as well as a Finnish sauna. After a day of natural wonders, your group return to Akureyri in the late afternoon. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the town’s fun atmosphere.

Overnight in Akureyri.

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Day 4: Day at leisure - Afternoon flight to Reykjavík:

Highlights: Akureyri

Flight to Reykjavik Optional tours

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer on your own to the Akureyri airport.

If your flight leaves in the afternoon/evening, you might want to book some optional tours or activities to enjoy in the Akureyri area. There are many enjoyable activities such as visiting the Beer Spa, horseback riding or taking a guided tour to the beautiful Troll Peninsula.

Board your Icelandair flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik and then transfer on your own to your hotel in Reykjavik. Enjoy the city’s fun dining and nightlife culture!

Overnight in Reykjavik.

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Day 5: Departure:

Highlights: Keflavik

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to Keflavik airport for your international flight.  Transfers are not included, but we are happy to arrange them for you. We recommend that you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your flight’s departure.

We are also happy to book additional nights for you in either Reykjavik or Akureyri, just let us know at booking time.

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