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Day 1: The Westman Islands

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss Vestmannaeyjar Eldheimar Exhibition

Transfer from pre-arranged bus stops in Reykjavík to the tour’s meeting point.  Please check your confirmation for your pre-arranged bus stop in Reykjavik. Please be at the pre-arranged bus stop no later than 15 minutes before the pick-up time.

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Start your tour with a visit to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall.

Travel along the farmlands of the south coast to Landeyjahofn harbour.  Take a 30-minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands, enjoying the view of islands and seabirds. The destination is Heimaey Island, the largest of the Westmans.  It is also the only inhabited island.  Visit windy Storhofdi Point with its fantastic views over the area.  (Between mid-May and the beginning of August you might see puffins here.) Take a walk up to the crater of a volcano that erupted only three decades ago.  Visit Eldheimar Museum, and learn about the famous 1973 eruption that covered many homes in lava.   You‘ll also see where vegetation has grown among the old lava flows.  The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the island on your own.

Overnight in the Westman Islands.  Dinner is on your own.  The Westman Islands have some great restaurant choices, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy exploring the options.

 

Approximate travel distance: 180 km / 112 miles

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Day 2: South Shore - Skogar – Vik

Highlights: Skogafoss Reynisdrangar Cliffs Dyrholaey Vík

Powerful Volcanoes – Amazing Waterfall– Black sand beaches

Breakfast at your hotel.  Take the ferry back from the Westman Islands and continue your South Coast exploration.  Pass  glacial rivers en route to Skogafoss waterfall. Continue on to the black sands of Reynisfjara beach.  You’ll certainly be amazed by the  powerful waves and amazing basalt column features carved by the powerful ocean.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area.

Approximate travel distance: 119 km / 74 miles

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Day 3: Vik– Skaftafell – Fjallsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Highlights: Vatnajokull National Park Vatnajokull Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Eldhraun Lava Field Skaftafell National Park

Skaftafell and Glacial beauty – Europes largest Glacier – Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you’ll be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, named after Europe’s largest glacier.  Cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on  Earth Visit the small town Kirkjubaejarklaustur, the former site of a 12th-century Catholic convent. Head onwards to Skaftafell, a beautiful glacier-ringed valley in Vatnajokull National Park.  Continue to the stunning Fjallsarlon Ice Lagoon to see floating icebergs.  Return to Vik for your overnight.

Dinner and overnight in the Vik area.

Approximate travel distance: 390 km / 242 miles

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Day 4: Gullfoss - Geysir - Thingvellir - Reykjavik

Lava Centre- Lively Geysers and Golden Falls – National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO World Heritage Site)

Breakfast at your hotel. Start with a visit  to the new Lava Centre, an interactive, high-tech exhibition about volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Afterwards,  head for the Geysir hot spring area to see the famous Strokkur, a hot spring that spouts every few minutes. Travel onwards to Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most impressive waterfalls. The next stop is Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking-age parliament met for centuries on the shores of Iceland’s largest lake. This is also where you can see the meeting point for the European and North American tectonic plates.

After some time to explore Thingvellir, head back to Reykjavik, where your tour ends.  The tour bus will drop you off at Bus Hostel, where you will be transferred to a pre-arranged bus stop in Reykjavik.

Approximate distance: 331 km / 206 miles

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