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Day 1: Arrival in Iceland:

Highlights: The Blue Lagoon Viking World The Giantess in the Mountain Keflavik Laugarvatn Fontana Nature Baths

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, collect up your luggage and head through customs. Pick up your rental car and make sure that you receive your Iceland Travel Companion tablet, chargers and protective case. Now you are ready to start your journey: Iceland awaits!

This day is open to your inspiration with several options available, depending on your flight arrival time. We recommend a visit to the world renowned Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, located just 15 minutes from the airport. The Blue Lagoon has a mystical appearance, but its unique restorative powers are quite real and ideal for regaining your energy after a long flight.

For history buffs with plenty of time on arrival day, we recommend a stop at Viking World museum, located in Reykjanesbaer, the town next to the international airport.

For the adventure seekers, ATV tours, buggy tours or hiking in Reykjadalur valley is a great choice.

Families can check out Vatnaverold geothermal swimming pool or the Giantess in the cave in Reykjanesbaer, check out the Wonders of Iceland exhibition in Perlan museum in Reykjavik or go on an easy caving tour in Raufarholshellir lava tunnel.

Continue towards Lake Laugarvatn and check into your Hotel Edda hotel where you will stay for the next 3 nights.  Nearby activities include Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths (entrance included), golf, horse riding  tours, trout fishing, walking trails and river rafting.

Overnight at Hotel Edda in Laugarvatn.

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Day 2: The Golden Circle:

Highlights: Thingvellir National Park Gjabakkahellir Geysir Gullfoss Skalholt

Start the day with breakfast at the hotel. The Golden Circle of natural wonders starts with the dramatic volcanic scenery of Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO). In a massive rift valley you see firsthand how Iceland is being pulled apart where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates converge.

After exploring the ancient site, your Golden Circle journey continues to the Gullfoss and Geysir area where you are introduced to the Queen of Icelandic waterfalls herself, Gullfoss. This majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm is situated on Hvita (White River) which is fed by Iceland‘s second largest glacier, Langjokull.  King of all geysers, the great Geysir resides nearby in a steamy geothermal field of bubbling mud and hot springs.  Geysir has not been active lately, but the nearby highly-active Strokkur geyser  shoots steaming hot water high into the air every ten minutes.

Another interesting site on the Golden Circle route for the history and culture buffs is Skalholt, a medieval cultural and religious center and the original “capital” of Iceland.  Today it is still a major cultural center with regular events, and a beautiful Lutheran Cathedral graces the site.

Culture and gourmet lovers should stop by Efstidalur farm II, Fridheimar Greenhouse or Farmers Bistro to learn about farming and cultivation in Iceland. We also highly recommend these places for lunch.

Adventure seekers can pump up this day by going river rafting or jet boating in Hvita river, snorkling in Silfra fissure or go snowmobiling in Langjokull glacier.

Families with older children can also go river rafting or jet boating in Hvita or go on a horseback riding tour. Families with younger children can visit Slakki petting zoo or visit a horse stable where the children can try sitting on a horse.

Overnight at Hotel Edda in Laugarvatn.

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Day 3: The South Shore:

Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull Skogafoss Seljalandsfoss Myrdalsjokull Katla Vík Eldhraun Lava Field Reynisdrangar Cliffs Dyrholaey

Begin your day with breakfast at the hotel. Today, you will drive along the scenic South Shore and the area near the infamous Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This is the site of the massive 2010 eruption that stopped international air traffic. We recommend a stop at the exciting interactive new Lava Center in Hvolsvollur, where you will discover the powerful volcanic and tectonic forces that shaped both Iceland and Earth. The center has interesting exhibits for all age groups.

Continue onwards, past the beautiful Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and Myrdalsjokull glacier, which covers powerful Katla volcano. In this area, known as Katla Geopark, is possible to go snowmobiling and glacier hiking on the glacier and hopefully get a splendid view over southern Iceland. It is also possible to join an ice cave tour that takes you into the glacier that covers Katla volcano.

Continue your journey and stop by the seafront village of Vik where you can grab a meal, buy souvenirs, stock up on drinks and snacks or fill the tank. Drive further east through the black sand desert of Myrdalssandur and the massive Eldhraun lava field, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on Earth.

Arrive at Fjardrargljufur, a magnificent and massive canyon that is about 100 metres deep and 2 kilometers long. The canyon has a river called Fjadra running through it. The canyon offers a short walking path up to the edge of the canyon where you can enjoy a spectacular view above the canyon. For hikers, longer hiking trails are also available.

Drive back to the Vik area and check out the famous Reynisfjara black beach with its impressive rock formations, Reynisdrangar cliffs and Dyrholaey promontory. Dyrholaey* is a rocky headland characterised by a black lava arch.  During the summer, thousands of sea birds and puffins nest here. An ideal stop for families and bird lovers.

Overnight at Hotel Edda in Laugarvatn.

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Day 4: Thjorsardalur valley and the Capital City Area:

Highlights: Hekla Thjorsardalur Hafnarfjordur Reykjavik Hallgrimskirkja

Start your day with breakfast at your hotel. Begin today‘s journey by driving to the beautiful Thjorsardalur valley with its interesting lava formations. Here you will get the best possible view of Hekla volcano, the most famous of all Icelandic volcanoes.

Stop by Hjalparfoss waterfall, a beautiful two stepped waterfall near the confluence of the rivers Thjorsa and Fossa that run through the valley. Close by, you will also find the Viking Age longhome replica of Stong where you can go visit and see how people lived during that time. The area was a flourishing community during the Viking Age but in 1104 the community was destroyed by a volcanic eruption from Hekla volcano. The Viking Longhome Stong was also used as one of the filming locations in season 3 for the popular tv show Game of Thrones.

Continue a little further up the road to the lush oasis called Gjain. This small valley features small waterfalls, beautiful ponds and various volcanic formations. Local myths claim that this area is home to many elves and hidden people.

After exploring the Thjorsardalur valley, drive west to the capital city area for your overnight stay in the beautiful harbor town of Hafnarfjordur. This lovely town almost became the capital of Iceland due to its excellent port location but ultimately lost to nearby Reykjavik.

The greater capital city area includes the capital of Reykjavik and the surrounding towns of Hafnarfjordur, Gardabaer, Kopavogur, Mosfellsbaer and Seltjarnarnes. Throughout the years, these towns have all grown together, making it difficult for visitors to tell them apart. It is very easy to get between places due to the short distances.

Some highlights in the capital city area include the downtown area of Reykjavik with its landmark Hallgrimskirkja church, Parliament, Harpa concert hall and Laugavegur shopping street. The town of Hafnarfjordur boasts a pretty downtown area with shops and restaurants, harbor view and Fjorukrain, a unique restaurant that serves traditional Icelandic food, Viking style!

For those wanting to further explore the capital city area, it is also possible to go directly to the capital city area from Laugarvatn.

Overnight at Hotel Vellir in Hafnarfjordur, capital city area.

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Day 5: Departure:

Highlights: Hafnarfjordur The Blue Lagoon Keflavik Viking World Kleifarvatn Gunnuhver Bridge Between Continents Lighthouses

Breakfast at your hotel.  Depart with plenty of memories and an adventure that will certainly impress and entertain your friends and family for years to come!  We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your flight.  The 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.

If your flight departs late in the afternoon, we recommend spending the morning either exploring Hafnarfjordur, Reykjavik or the Reykjanes Peninsula. Several natural wonders such as Gunnuhver hot spring, the Bridge Between Continents, Reykjanesta cliffs and Reykjanesviti lighthouse can be found in close proximity to Keflavik International Airport. You could also use the time to visit the famous Blue Lagoon or Viking World Museum before heading to the airport.

 

**Please note that the package price is based on 4 x 24-hour rental days starting at the time of rental. If your flight arrives early on day 1 and departs late on day 5, an additional supplement will be charged unless you choose to return the car in Reykjavik when the 4-day rental is up and use our our FlyBus departure transfer.

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