Day 1:ARRIVE IN REYKJAVIK, ICELAND.
Welcome to Reykjavik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and travelling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel.
Day 2:REYKJAVIK-HELLISHEI¿ARVIRKJUN-GEYSIR-GULLFOSS- THINGVELLIR-BORGARNES.
After an orientation drive of cosmopolitan Reykjavik, enjoy an interesting visit to the geothermal heat and electric POWER STATION in HellisheiOarvirkjun. Next, see the hot springs at the Geysir geothermal area and look forward to meeting the chef of the Geysir restaurant. Taste freshly baked bread, which is cooked using the heat from the hot springs, and served with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring, and a glass of Geysir schnapps, served at freezing point. Then, marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and stop in Thingvellir, a geological paradise. Here, you will walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates.
A real treat! At Hauganes, embark for an unforgettable experience: watch whales in their natural habitat! Continue to Akureyri for your overnight stay.
Day 4:AKUREYRI-GODAFOSS-LAKE MYVATN-BORGARFJORDUR EYSTRI.
During your orientation of the capital of northern Iceland, hear about the city’s history after it was established as a trading centre in 1602. Visit the BOTANICAL GARDEN, featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants. Then, admire GoOafoss, known as the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Myvatn, teeming with bird life in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, and stop at the Myvatn Nature Baths, a set of geothermally heated pools and steam baths. Before arriving in BorgarfjorOur Eystri, take pictures of the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss (road conditions permitting). You may even see puffins, known as the “clowns of the sea” (end of April to mid-August).
Day 5:BORGARFJORDUR EYSTRI-HOFN.
In the morning, enjoy a “Meet the Locals” walking tour and hear about life in the rural Icelandic countryside over the centuries. Follow the eastern coast, where the first Irish missionaries settled some 200 years ago, and arrive in Hofn.
Day 6:HOFN-LAKE JOKULSARLON-SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK- VIK AREA.
Highlight of the day is a stop at Lake Jokulsarlon, where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Watch how the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajokull, flows into the lake, forming icebergs. An exciting optional boat trip is available through the icebergs (mid-May to September, weather permitting). Drive through the national park at Skaftafell and arrive at your overnight hotel.
Day 7:VIK AREA-SELJALANDSFOSS-REYKJAVIK.
Along the South shore enjoy views of the Eyjafjallajokull volcano, well known for the eruption that generated the massive ash cloud in 2010, then stop at spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall before returning to Reykjavik. This afternoon, join an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon. Tonight, a farewell dinner awaits at one of Reykjavik’s fine restaurants to celebrate your Icelandic Adventure.
Your holiday ends with breakfast this morning.