WELCOME to ICELAND:
Get on a Flybys shuttle bus from Keflavik Airport to Hotel where you will spend the night.
VOLCANO CRATER, SEALS, FJORDS & MOUNTAINS:
Meet your tour guide and depart from Hotel. Travel west, passing the town of Borgarnes and climb the Grábrók volcano crater. In the afternoon, visit a natural history & seal museum in a small fishing village in Northwest Iceland and stroll around the local Harbour. Further north, we stop at the turf church of Víðimýri which has been extensively restored to its original form and is widely considered one of the purest and most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We continue along the scenic fjord landscape and over several mountain passes until we reach Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland.
Overnight location is either at Iceland air Hotel Akureyri or on your own.
THU or SUN: THE CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND, LAKE MÝVATN & GEOTHERMAL BATHS:
In the morning, explore Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjorour fjord. In the afternoon, travel to an important spot in Iceland's history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Lake Myvatn, known for its geological wonders and active bird life during summer. Stop at the bizarre lava formations at Kalfastrond followed by a walk around the many pseudo craters and end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike.
Overnight location is either at Hotel Reynihlio or on your own.
LAVA LABYRINTH, HOT SPRINGS & TRAVEL EAST:
In the morning, hike in a lava labyrinth at Dimmuborgir "the dark castles", hoping to get a glimpse of the trolls who are said to live there. After an optional lunch, visit the hot spring area of Namaskaro with bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. We head through the uninhabited highlands and moonlike surrounding to East Iceland. With some luck you might spot an Arctic fox or see reindeer. From June to August the tour includes a detour to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park.
Overnight location is either at Hotel.
FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE:
Admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. En route, visit an interesting stone and mineral collection. In the afternoon, see Vatnajokull – Europe's biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Hofn, stop at Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs and explore the extraordinary site and eel seals swimming in arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded. Depending on the season, optional boat trips are available. Travel along the southern part of the glacier Vatnajokull and spend time at Europe's largest national park, which has Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier.
Overnight location Hotel.
SUN or WED: SOUTH COAST:
A beautiful drive with many natural wonders awaits you today as you head across the Eldhraun lava field, cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara near Vik. In the small village of Skogar, the Skogafoss waterfall which is 60 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west, stop at the Eyjafjallajokull Information Center and learn about living next to a glacier and an active volcano. Continue to the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall which plunges over the mountain. There is an interesting trail that goes behind the fall – if you are prepared to get wet! Overnight at Hotel.
MON or THU: ICELANDIC HORSES & GOLDEN CIRCLE:
Explore classics today as you travel the route of the Golden Circle sights. Start the day at Frioheimar, where you learn about the Icelandic horse, its special qualities and history and visit a geothermal greenhouse. Later on, see steam from the Geyser geothermal fields as you arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur "the Churn" which erupts at 5-10 minute intervals. Continue to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvitá River and attracts travelers in summer and winter. Travel inland to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. As you return to Reykjavík, go a short city tour to see the highlights of the world's northernmost capital.
Overnight at Hotel.
TUE or FRI: DEPARTURE HOME:
Head to Keflavik Airport.
DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is 1.665 km (1.032 miles) which is an average of 278 km (172 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.
NOTE: During the off season, from September to May, in rare cases, a change of itinerary might be necessary especially for winter programs in Iceland, should snow, road and weather conditions not allow following the scheduled itinerary, and certain outdoor activities/day trips might be cancelled. In this case no refund will be given, but GJ-Travel will try to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.