Iceland - Summer Adventure

8 Days / 7 Nights

Iceland - Summer AdventureIceland - Summer Adventure

A Journey By Private Car

Daily departures between May to October

Embark on a truly magical journey through Iceland's most iconic landscapes and terrains. Explore the geysers, enter the magma chamber of a volcano, paddle your kayak at Glacier Lagoon and watch for whales aboard a thrilling speedboat ride. Sum it all up with the warm misty water at the Blue Lagoon! 

Journey's Highlights »

  • Stay at the hotels' category of your choice
  • Travel deep into a Magma Chamber
  • Soak in the healing geothermal waters at Blue Lagoon
  • Explore waterfalls, glaciers, geysers and the Golden Circle
  • Paddle your way through glaciers lagoons
  • Search for “Gentle Giants” on a whale watching excursion
  • Taste your way through a culinary tour
  • Shop in the capitol city of Reykjavik for unique and one of a kind Icelandic items

 


Itinerary

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  • Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland / Reykjavik / Inside the Volcano

    Arrival in Keflavik Airport and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon descend into a magma chamber of a volcano!
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    Welcome to Iceland!

    Upon arrival in Keflavik Airport, meet your private driver at the arrival hall. He / She will be carrying a sign with your name on it. You will then be transferred to your hotel, in Reykjavik. Your room will be ready for early check in, and you may enjoy breakfast at the main dining room.

    Enjoy the morning at leisure to recuperate from the overnight flight.

    In the afternoon meet your private driver / guide and make your way to the volcano. The tour begins once you meet your experienced guides and cave experts. Begin the moderate one hour long trek across the lava fields. Be sure to wear sturdy hiking boots as the terrain is uneven. You will reach a welcome cabin, once inside you will be sized for helmets and harnesses. Make your way to the top of the crater and begin decent into the center of the earth! The open aired elevator will lower you 120 meters, where the elevator drops onto the magma chamber's floor. There's no sound and the sky is only visible as a distant sliver of light. Once tethered from the elevator cage you are free to explore the chamber and cave floor. The distinctive colors tell a story. The parts of the cave baked by sulfur-rich gases are marked by yellow, while patches of cobalt blue show where chunks of rock have crashed from the walls. The walls eliminate with bronze glow. Although relatively little is known about the ecosystem here, the vivid colors on the rocks are attributed to clusters of microorganisms. Puffs of steam rising from the cavern's far corners has been spotted. As the Icelandic jokes goes "The elves are smoking”. The reality is that the puffs come from moisture evaporating and hits the surface of electric lamps, the only light sources in the cave.

    Clothing: Sturdy hiking shoes are important, warm outdoor clothing as the temperature inside the crater is always the same 5-6°C / 42-43°F.

    We then return to the city. Evening at leisure to enjoy the Reykjavik culinary scene.

  • Day 2 - The Golden Circle

    Private Golden Circle Tour, a visit to the geological wonder Thingvellir National Park, Strokku Geysir and Gulfoss waterfall (B)
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    Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore the city and specialty shopping opportunities.

    In the afternoon, meet your guide in the lobby of your hotel and depart for a full day tour of the Golden Circle. We start with a lunch at a local farm, not far from the national park. (Cost of meals to be paid locally).

    This private tour allows you to visit some of Iceland´s most stunning sights along the famous Golden Circle route. You’ll visit the historical and geological wonder Thingvellir National Park. There you can see where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Thingvellir has been on the UNESCO World Heritage list since 2004. Þingvellir (Thingvellir) is where the Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established in 930 and met up until 1798. The historical significance of the remains of Althing make this property a “must see”. It is said that remains from the 10th century are buried underground. Remains of agricultural use from the 18th and 19th century are also evident here.

    Next you’ll head to the Geysir geothermal area, the area is named after the biggest, and now mostly dormant geyser; Geysir and all geysers in the world owe their name to it. The biggest attraction today is the active Strokkur, which shoots up a column of water up to 30 metres (98 ft.) into the air every few minutes, a site not to be missed.

    The tour continues to Gullfoss, a two tiered waterfall in the river Hvita. Gulfoss quite literally means “Golden Waterfall” in Icelandic.; Gullfoss is a powerful waterfall located approximately 130 km inland from Reykjavík. In winter the view is spectacular when the waterfall freezes over into undulating waves of glistening ice. If you get to visit Gullfoss on a sunny day you will see that it is aptly named.; Gullfoss is one of the most popular attractions in Iceland and the waterfall is considered one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland.

    Return to your hotel.

    Meals included today: Breakfast

  • Day 3 - Snowmobile on E-15 and the Spectacular South Coast/ Glacier Lagoon

    The day begins with an exhilarating snowmobile ride atop E15 Volcano's glacier. Visits to Skogafoss Waterfall, Reynisfjara Beach, lava fields and Dyrholaey where you may spot a Puffin! Last stop is the village of Vik. (B)
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    After breakfast, meet your guide and depart towards the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, also known as 'E15', which became famous because of its violent eruption in 2010, where almost all air traffic between Europe and North America was interrupted. Snowmobiling on top of Eyjafjallajökull glacier is an unforgettable adventure that you will remember for a lifetime.

    When base camp is reached, you be have a safety breifing then get into your gear. Your super truck will journey you to the glacier where you will hop on your snowmobiles. Nothing beats this feeling! The snowmobile tour provides you with photo-opportunities like nowhere else! Take time to enjoy the breath-taking views over southern Iceland.

    After the snowmobile tour lunch will be at a local farmers hotel.. (payable onsite), here you have the chance to have either trout or Iceland lamb followed by an Icelandic desert The next highlight of the day is the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall; here you can walk behind the cascade for a unique view through the waterfall. Then just to the side of Seljalandsfoss there is a small canyon waterfall, named Gljufrabui that is worth a short visit. Continue to yet another beautiful waterfall, Skogafoss which often displays a beautiful rainbow.

    From skogafoss the road takes you to the black volcano beaches of the south. Here you find the Reynisfjara beach with the basalt columns standing tall. This is an idealic spot for a short walk and a few photos, but beware of the sneaky waves!

    Continue onward to Dyrholaey for some puffin spotting (April – September), this little island is one of the locations to see the puffins. Then your driver/guide will take you to other locations for a more intimate viewing of nature's spectacle, far from the crowd. Our journey brings us to Vik, a little village where perhaps you can look at some Icelandic wool sweaters. Then we move southeast where you will drive through one of the largest lava fields in the world with amazing lava formations and beautiful moss colors. In the late afternoon you will arrive at your hotel.

    Meals included today: Breakfast

  • Day 4 - Exploring & Ice Trekking Vatnajokull Glacier

    A unique private glacier trek on Svinafellsjokull awaits you. Continue towards Skaftafell for an easy hike to view one of Iceland's loveliest waterfalls; Svartifoss or Blackfalls. A stop at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon rounds out a perfect day. (B)
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    After a good breakfast we will continue the adventure with a focus on unique and private hiking and glacier hiking. Drive toward the Vatnajokull region, where you have a unique opportunity to experience and learn about the forceful interplay of volcanoes and glaciers. Vatnajökull, also known as the Water Glacier in English, is the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Iceland, and one of the largest in Europe. This massive glacier has many “glacier tongues” all of which have their own unique characteristics. A visit to Svinafellsjokull a glacier tongue, off of Vatnajokull glacier awaits you. Crampons an ice axe and helmet will be provided for you. Your expert guide will have you exploring ice formations and beautiful blue ice crevasses. Your sense of sound is heightened when you come to realize that the frozen world beneath your feet is slowly migrating toward lower land. After the glacier hike we will stop for a simple bite (to be paid locally) before we head towards Skaftafell and its unique beauty, part of Vatnajokull National Park. Here an easy hike awaits you to one of Iceland's´ loveliest waterfalls called Svartifoss or Blackfalls. Svartifoss is surrounded by impressive dark lava columns shaped as hexagonal. The hike takes approx. 2 hours and it´s ideal to bring some snacks. Before returning to your hotel we may make a quick stop at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon to catch the late afternoon sun reflecting on the lagoon.

    Meals included today: Breakfast

  • Day 5 - Jokulsarlon and kayaking on Glacier Lagoon / East Fjords / Lake Myvath

    The morning begins with a private kayaking tour on a glacier lagoon. Continue to Iceland's oldest area, the East Fjords. Visit to the Petra Sveinsdottir home and garden semi-precious stones museum. The evening is enjoyed in Myvatnssveit. (B)
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    We start early morning with an amazing private kayaking tour on a glacier lagoon called Heinabergslon, less visited by the crowed and the motor boats. At the lagoon you will gear up and get instructions before embarking on a truly magical glide through the frigid water. Here you can become part of the environment, paddle alongside the floating icebergs.

    The kayaks are a double kayak for 2 travelers (this traveler will have a guide paddling with him / her)If you would rather have a zodiac ride rather than kayak, that could be arranged.

    After the kayaking adventure, we set course for the north and the beautiful area called Myvatnssveit. The drive (about 5.5 hours if we made it non-stop) through East Iceland includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes.

    Geologically speaking, the East Fjords are one of the oldest areas in Iceland, and have the most diverse types of rocks and minerals. The magnificent exhibit of rocks at this museum have been collected over a lifetime by its owner Petra Sveinsdottir and are on display in her house and garden. More than 90% of the minerals and semi-precious stones were found in the surrounding Stodvarfjordur area. Petra began building her mineral collection when she and her husband bought their house in 1946. For the first time in her life she had somewhere to store all her stones. Once Petra ran out of room in the house she started arranging stones in her garden. The first few years of Petra’s museum, the visitors were a few Icelanders that wanted to see the stones, but bit by bit they grew in numbers and people from other countries started visiting. It was not long before thousands of guests visited Petra´s home each year. Today Petra’s Stone Collection receives between twenty and thirty thousand visitors each year and that makes Petra´s the most popular tourist destination in East Iceland.

    We will have lunch (pay locally) at the village called Egilstadir, located inland from the coast and is considered the hub of East Iceland, with the regional airport situated here. The landscape in this remote part of the island exhibits a rich variety in color and local folklore tells equally colorful tales of elves and other mythical creatures such as the Lagarfljotsormur, an ancient serpentine monster believed to be swimming in the depths Lagarfljot Lake.

    About East Iceland: The secluded beauty of east Iceland with its breathtaking fjords and charming fishing villages is only just beginning to be discovered by travelers. The landscape exhibits an extraordinary palette of colors in a contrast of extremes with narrow fjords, jagged peaks, toppling waterfalls, geothermal hotspots, lush forests and endless green valleys where you can truly experience tranquility with nature.

    We should reach Myvatnssveit and your hotel the late afternoon. Once at the hotel, enjoy a short evening walk in the surrounding area.

    Meals included today: Breakfast

  • Day 6 - Discovering the Unearthly Scenes of Lake Myvatn

    Set course for the spectacular Dettifoss waterfall. Continue to the Dimmuborgir or "dark cities" an area consisting of a massive collapsed lava tube. Continue to the beautiful Godafoss Waterfall, followed by a short hike to the spectacular Aldyjarfoss featuring some of the most spectacular lava walls. The late afternoon takes you to a relaxing bath at the geothermal nature baths. (B)
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    This morning, enjoy a relaxed breakfast. Meet your guide and depart on a wonderful adventure in the beautiful surroundings of Myvatnssveit.

    Myvatn region, is one of the most geologically active and stunningly beautiful areas in Iceland. There are also more species of duck here than anywhere in Europe. Myvatn lies on the north Atlantic ridge and therefor all this activity in the ground. We set course for one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. Dettifoss, this 144 foot high waterfall is the largest and most powerful waterfall in Iceland in terms of volume discharge, having an average water flow of 3,059,112 gallons per second! This is truly a very impressive sight.

    Then continue to the beautiful Dimmuborgir or 'dark cities'. The Dimmuborgir area consists of a massive, collapsed lava tube formed by a lava lake flowing in from a large eruption crater row to the East, about 2300 years ago.

    Visit the beautiful Godafoss Waterfall another spectacular waterfall in Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. As history has it, in the year 1000 the Lawspeaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði made Christianity the official religion of Iceland. After his conversion Þorgeir threw his statues of the Norse gods into the waterfall.

    If you are up to a short hike, we can visit the spectacular (yet less visited) Aldyjarfoss, featuring some of the most spectacular lava walls.

    In the late afternoon it´s great to enjoy a relaxing bath at the geothermal nature baths.

    Return to your hotel, located by Myvatn Lake with beautiful views over the lake.

    Meals included today: Breakfast

  • Day 7 - Husavik /Whale Watching / Akureyri / Reykjavik

    The morning brings you to Husavik for a speedboat whale watching adventure. Included is a visit to Puffin Island where you will see thousands of Puffins. Drive to Asbyrgi for a hike then continue to Namaskard the geothermal wonder of hot mud and steam springs. Back to Akureyri for your return flight to Reykjavik. (B)
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    Start this day after a good breakfast with a drive to Namaskard, situated on the north side of Iceland's Lake Myvatn, this geothermal wonder of hot sulfuric mud springs and steam springs (solfataras and fumaroles if you're a geology nerd) is otherworldly. Black rivers and bubbling pools of sulfuric mud cut through the landscape.

    Then continue to Husavik, the whale capital of the north! At Husavik depart on a whale watching adventure.

    With the speedboats we can cover more area in search for the gentle giants and it is therefore more likely for us to find the big whales. Normally we do not have to leave the bay to look for whales of any kind, but on this tour we focus on finding the bigger ones - further out. Nothing is guaranteed but on this tour, your chances to encounter some of the world's biggest animals ever increase - BIG TIME! We also include a visit to the Puffin Island, where you can experience thousands of puffins, the 'Clowns of the Ocean', during the nesting period (April 15th - August 20th). After the tour we leave Husavik and drive to magical Asbyrgi, this impressive canyon most likely formed by a catastrophic glacial flood. This sight is great for a hike, to enjoy this one of Iceland´s most beautiful locations to the fullest.

    Now it´s onto Akureyri and your return flight to Reykjavik in the late afternoon.  Private transfer to your hotel once in Reykjavik.

    Meals included today: Breakfast

  • Day 8 - Blue Lagoon / Depart Iceland

    Enjoy the Premium Package at the Blue Lagoon before departure home. (B)
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    This morning enjoy the premium package at the Blue Lagoon.

    The Blue Lagoon was formed in 1976 by happenstance from a neighboring geothermal power plant and has become one of Iceland's most treasured landmarks. Since it's inception travelers from near and far bathe in the unique water and apply the silica, algae and mud to their skin. It has been reported that those with psoriasis noticed an incredible improvement in their condition. The Blue Lagoon has developed natural products created from the the treasures of it's geothermal waters. Today, Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world.

    Your experience at the Blue Lagoon includes a private changing room and entry to the Exclusive Lounge – a sanctuary of relaxation with stunning views, a fireplace, reclining chairs, an attendant, food service, and direct access to the lagoon.

    Your Luxury Package Includes:

    Entrance to the Exclusive Lounge

    Private Changing Room

    Entrance to Blue Lagoon

    Silica Mud Mask

    Use of Bathrobe

    Use of Towel

    Slippers

    1st drink of your choice

    Algae Mask

    Table reservation at LAVA Restaurant

    Sparkling wine at LAVA Restaurant

    Spa Journey Product Set

    In the afternoon, we transfer to the airport for your homebound flight.

    Meals included today: Breakfast

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