16 May ICELAND – THE COMPLETE TOUR PROGRAMME
Iceland is still growing – expanding it’s landmass through volcanic activity.
With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this classic round tour covers the so called ring-road around Iceland and the magnificent Snaefellsnes peninsula with its spectacular landscapes and mystical powers. Experience an ever-changing landscape every day and learn about Iceland´s geology, culture, and history.
Day 1: Arrival
Arrival at Keflavik airport. Make your way to your hotel in Reykjavik
Accommodation in a 3 star hotel.
Day 2: Reykjavik – Hella
The first day of the round tour starts with a short (1 &1/2 hr) city tour around Reykjavik. Then we continue to Þingvellir (Parliament Plaines), the location of the old parliament and a geological phenomenon. From there we drive to the Geyser geothermal area for a spouting hot spring and to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, where on a sunny day you can see a rainbow in the spray above the waterfall. In the afternoon head to our overnight stay.
Accommodation in Hella area.
Day 3: Hella – Vik
We start our second day by visiting the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Then we stop to visit the museum at Skogar. From there we continue to the beautiful scenery of Iceland’s South Shore such as bird life at Dyrholaey, the rocks of Reynisdrangar, Solheimajokull glacier, and black sands. Accommodation in Vik area.
Day 4: Vik – Glacier Lagoon
On the third day the trip continues over the lava of the Laki eruption in 1782 -1783 and the black sands towards the oasis at Skaftafell national park close to Vatnajokull, Europe’s biggest glacier. At Skaftafell we take a walk towards the beautiful waterfall Svartifoss and another walk to the glacier tongue. From there we drive to the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) for a boat tour between the icebergs. Accommodation in Glacier Lagoon area.
Day 5: Glacier Lagoon – Modrudalur
Now the tour continues along the beautiful coastal region of the East Fjords, with spectacular landscape, high mountains and deep fjords. Then we drive to the town of Egilsstadir and from Egilsstadir we drive over mountain roads to Modrudalur valley, the highest inhabited place in the country, at 469 m (1,539 ft) above sea level. Accommodation in Modrudalur.
Day 6: Modrudalur – Myvatn
From Modrudalur we drive to the magnificent waterfall Dettifoss, Europe’s mightiest waterfall. From there we visit the natural phenomenon Asbyrgi. Then we continue towards the town of Husavik before driving to Lake Myvatn, one of the most interesting geological and geographical areas of the northern hemisphere. Recent and old volcanic activity has shaped the landscapes and the forces of nature are still at work. Among the interesting sights are a solfatara area with boiling and bubbling mud pots, lava that is still warm almost 30 years after the eruption, the lava labyrinth Dimmuborgir and the pseudo crater group at Skutustadir. Accommodation in Lake Myvatn area.
Day 7: Myvatn – Hrutafjordur
We start the day by driving to the waterfall Godafoss (The Waterfall of the Gods). From Godafoss we drive to Akureyri where we will first take a short city tour and then enjoy a free time in Akureyri. From Akureyri we drive to the town of Siglufjordur and then around the Trollaskagi Peninsula to our overnight stay. Accommodation in Hrutafjordur area.
Day 8: Hrutafjordur – Snaefellsnes
Today the tour continues around the Snaefellsnes peninsula and its magnificent glacier Snaefellsjokull. Among places that we visit are basaltic pebble beach, framed with strange lava formations, and Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs gives us access to the rich birdlife and other wonders of nature.Accommodation in Snaefellnes.
Day 9: Snaefellsnes – Reykjavik
Today we head towards Reykjavik to close our circle. First stop is at the old volcano Grabrok where we take a walk to the top. There we continue to Hraunfossar (Lava waterfalls) and Barnafossar (Children’s waterfalls). Then we will visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s water most hot spring. From there the tour goes directly to Reykjavik trough the Whale fjord (Hvalfjordur). Accommodation in a 3 star hotel.
Day 10: Departure
Departure. Make your way to Keflavik Airport.
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