Highlights of Iceland

Guided tour

About Highlights of Iceland

Summary

See the best that Iceland has to offer in a week!

Duration: 8 days

This tour takes you around Iceland in a week. It offers an amazing variety of places to visit (glaciers, waterfalls and hot springs) with views of volcanoes including the famous Eyjafjallajökull.  A trip during which you will experience the unique landscapes of this mysterious island, from lava fields to woodland,from mountains and moors to bird-cliffs and tranquil bays.

Guaranteed departures: 17th June, 8th July, 15th July, 22nd July, 12th August
Minimum age:  6 years

Included

• Airport transfers
• Round trip in a private bus for 6 days (days 2–7)
• 2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavík with breakfast
• 5 nights in rooms with private facilities including breakfast
• 3 dinners in hotels outside Reykjavik
• English/Scandinavian speaking guide during the trip
• Entrance fee to Skógar museum and Petra’s Stone Collection
• Boat trip on Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon (approx. 30-40 minutes)
• Taxes and service fee.

 Not included

• Flights to Iceland (we can arrange these if required)
• Lunches
• Dinners in Reykjavik and in Akureyri
• Drinks with meals other than natural tap water & coffee/tea
• Personal travel insurance
• Optional visits and excursions
• Other not mentioned in the included section

 

Itinerary

  • Day One: Arrival

    Transfer from Keflavik airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik with the Fly Bus (included).

    Depending on your arrival time, we recommend that you take a trip to the famous Blue Lagoon Spa and have a swim in the geothermal warm water.

    Overnight at a 3* hotel in Reykjavik, Fosshotel Barón or similar

    Driving distance approx. 50 km

    Highlights

    • Blue Lagoon
    • Reykjavik

  • Day Two: Waterfalls and Akureyri the capital of the north

    After breakfast start your tour of Iceland by heading towards Borgarfjördur. You'll visit Reykholt and the splendid waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Then you make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Iceland´s largest hot spring (in terms of water production per second).  From Borgarnes drive to the north of Iceland through the Skagafjördur region, an area known for horse breeding and many Icelandic horses can be seen grazing in the fields of the Skagafjörður valley.  

    As you approach the village of Varmahlíð you'll make a short detour and visit the Glaumbær museum, which is one of the best preserved turf farmhouses in Iceland, located just north of Varmahlíð (not included in price).  Then on to Akureyri, the major town in North Iceland. You will have a chance to visit the town with its beautiful church and botanical gardens, or shop at leisure.  If you are up to it after a long drive you might even want to race your fellow travellers up and down the church stairs, a popular thing to do when in Akureyri.

    Overnight at a 3* hotel in Akureyri, Hotel Norðurland or similar

    Driving distance approx. 420 km

     Highlights

    • Waterfall Hraunfossar and Barnafossar
    • Deildartunguhver
    • Glaumbaer
    • Akureyri

  • Day Three: Waterfall and Lake Mvatn

    Heading for a day excursion to Myvatn, you'll stop en route at the Godafoss waterfall, (the waterfall of the pagan gods). Then to the Myvatn area where you spend the day exploring the wonders around the lake, which is one of Iceland's most interesting regions with fantastic volcanic formations, geothermal activity and the lake itself, teeming with bird life, particularly ducks. Take a walk at the Dimmuborgir lava formations and also a look at the Skutustadir pseudo-craters. Visit the amazing boiling mud pools and steam vents of Námaskard, and then the Krafla area, where a series of volcanic eruptions took place from 1975-1984.  Drive back to hotel for a second overnight stay.

    Second overnight at a 3* hotel in Akureyri, Hotel Norðurland or similar

    Driving distance approx. 250 km

    Highlights

    • Akureyri and Skútustaðir
    • Waterfall Godafoss
    • Lake Myvatn
    • Lava formations of Dimmuborgir
    • Námskarð
    • Krafla area

     

  • Day Four: Dettifoss Waterfall and sbyrgi

    In the morning drive to the charming fishing village of Husavik and from there continue round the attractive stretch of coastline of Tjörnes peninsula until you arrive at Ásbyrgi, a horse-shoe shaped gorge, reputed to be the hoof print of Odin’s eight-legged horse Sleipnir. Then to the mighty Dettifoss, Iceland's and Europe’s most powerful waterfall, which thunders 44 meters into a deep gorge.  You will literally feel the earth tremble beneath your feet so be careful around the edges as they may be slippery!  Then continue your trip through the desert highlands of Mödrudalur to the village of Egilsstadir, on the banks of Lake Lögurinn, in the center of Eastern Iceland.  If you are lucky you might catch a glimpse of the Lagarfljótsormurinn, a large creature that lives in Lake Lögurinn.

    Overnight at a 3* hotel in Egilsstaðir area, Hotel Hallormsstaður or similar

    Driving distance approx. 340 km

    Highlights

    • Husavik
    • Tjörnes peninsula
    • Ásbyrgi
    • Waterfall Dettifoss
    • Egilsstadir

  • Day Five: The East Fjords

    Today's journey takes you south through the sheltered East Fjords and their small fishing villages. Pass the villages of Reydarfjördur and Fáskrúdsfjördur before arriving in Stödvarfjördur where you have the option to visit Petra’s famous stone collection (entrance included). Next drive to Breiddalsvík and Djúpivogur, and finally head to Iceland’s Southeast Region to the village of Höfn, also known as the lobster capital of Iceland.

    Overnight at a 3* hotel Höfn area, Fosshotel Vatnajökull or similar

    Driving distance approx. 270 km

    Highlights

    • East Fjords
    • Petra´s stone collection
    • Djúpivogur
    • Almannaskarð
    • Höfn

     

  • Day Six: Skaftafell National Park , waterfalls and Icebergs

    This is a day with views of some of the country’s most spectacular landscapes. It starts with a drive along the southern side of Vatnajökull, Europe's largest ice-cap, to the glacial lagoon Jökulsárlón, where you'll sail out between the numerous icebergs that fill the lagoon (30 – 40 min. boat tour included). Next explore Skaftafell National Park, a breathtaking area right under Vatnajökull Glacier known for its unique natural features.  Many wild flower species thrive in the shelter of the birch forest found on the lower slopes of the mountains. Here you can choose between many different hiking trails through the park and visit beautiful waterfalls like Svartifoss (approx. 1 ½ hour hike – 4 km round trip). From Skaftafell continue over the Skeidarársandur black sand plains to Kirkjubæjarklaustur village and then on towards the village of Vík.  In Kirkjubæjarklaustur you'll stop at Dverghamrar, Dwarf Rocks, a peculiar and beautiful formation of columnar basalt thought to have been molded at the end of the Ice Age.  This is a protected natural monument. When you reach Vík there'll be time for a stroll on the black sand beach.  You need to be careful though because the strong waves have been known to swift careless observers out to sea. Drive towards Dyrholey, a 120 meter high bird cliff from which you can enjoy a unique view over Iceland’s south coast. Dyrholaey is also one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies in the summer time.

    Overnight at a 3* hotel in Vík area, Hotel Katla or similar

    Driving distance approx. 280 km

    Highlights

    • Vatnajokull glacier
    • Glacial Lagoon Jokulsarlon
    • Skaftafell National Park
    • Kirkjubaejarklaustur and Vik
    • Eldhraun lava field

  • Day Seven: Waterfalls and the Golden Circle

    Today starts with a visit to the waterfall Skógarfoss, and the Skógar Folk Museum (entrance included). This is one of Iceland’s largest museums covering life in Iceland in past centuries. Next a stop at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and after that proceed to two of the country’s most famous sites. The first of these is Geysir, where the hot spring Strokkur ejects its water column high into the air every 5–10 minutes and where numerous small springs boil and bubble. Then continue to Gullfoss, surely the country’s most famous waterfall, before driving to Thingvellir National Park. This is a historical site where the Icelandic parliament was founded in the 10th century.  Thingvellir is also one of the geological wonders of the world and there you will see astonishing fissures and lava fields. After visiting this remarkable site, continue to Reykjavik.

    Overnight at a 3* hotel in Reykjavik, Fosshotel Barón  or similar

    Driving distance approx. 300 km

    Highlights

    • Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls
    • Geysir hot spring
    • Waterfall Gullfoss
    • Thingvellir National Park

     

  • Day Eight: Departure

    Transfer to Keflavik Airport with the Airport Shuttle Bus for return flight (included in the price). Driving distance approx. 50 km

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