Explore Iceland!

HW
Hilary Ward
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 8 - 12
Explore Iceland!
Iceland

Hilary Ward
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Duration: 7 days
Group size: 8 - 12

About this trip

Small on the map and enormous in person, Iceland barely feels like Earth at all. Isolated in the frigid North Atlantic and forged through centuries of volcanic upheaval and tectonic shifting, Iceland is staggering to look at and otherworldly to explore. The outdoors provide all the action you need: towering mountain peaks scratch the sky, massive glaciers scrape the earth, sprawling icefields stretch beyond the horizon, and gorgeous fjords dazzle the eye. And when you've had enough, head inside in weirdly wonderful Reykjavík and discover how the people lucky enough to live here full-time live.

inclusions

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Your Journeys Highlight Moment: Icelandic Farm Experience, Hvalfjörður
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Visit the LAVA Centre
  • Hveragerði geothermal garden
  • Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon
  • Take an ice walk on a glacier in Skaftafell National Park
  • Visit black sand beaches
  • Explore Vatnajökull National Park
  • Golden Circle tour including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir Hot Springs
  • Explore Snæfellsnes Peninsula including Snaefellsjokull National Park, Sagaland and Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotels (8 nts).

MEALS

8 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 1 dinner
Allow USD435-565 for meals not included.

TRANSPORTATION

Private minivan/bus, walking.

STAFF & EXPERTS

CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides.

exclusions

International airfare

trip insurance (highly recommended)

Tips or gratuities

Meals where not listed

optional activities

DO NOT BOOK AIRFARE

This trip will not run if the minimum number is not met.  Please do not make any air reservations until trip has been confirmed

Solo Travelers

There is no single supplement on this trip.  Solo travelers will be placed in a room with same sex traveler.

Available options

Itinerary

Day 1-9
Explore Iceland

DAY 1REYKJAVIK

Arrive at any time.

DAY 2REYKJAVIK/SKAFTAFELL

Discover the beauty of Iceland’s southern coast as we drive towards Skaftafell.Take in views of the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, whose 2010 eruption sent massive clouds of ash into the atmosphere of the North Atlantic. See the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and follow a hidden path through a canyon to the secluded falls of Gljúfrabúi. Stop in Hveragerði, nicknamed the “hot spring village,” where you will have the opportunity to taste bread baked in a hot spring. Then visit the Lava Center in Hvolsvöllur for a look at how volcanoes and earthquakes have shaped the island.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 3SKAFTAFELL

Continue exploring the southern shore, driving through sandy plains and moss-covered lava fields and stopping along the way at historical and geological sites. Visit Diamond Beach, scattered with icebergs that wash up on the black sands, and see iridescent ice formations in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Hike in Vatnajökull National Park to Svartifoss waterfall, framed by basaltic lava columns, and pause at a historic farmstead in Öræfi, home to one of Iceland’s best preserved turf churches.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 4SKAFTAFELL/VIK

Embark on a guided walk atop a glacier in Skaftafell National Park, which was incorporated into Vatnajökull National Park in 2008. Strap on a pair of crampons and get close-up views of intriguing ice formations, deep sinkholes, and rugged crevasses. Later, stroll along the black sands of Reynisfjara beach, capturing images of the towering Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 5VIK/GOLDEN CIRCLE/SELFOSS

This morning, learn about Icelandic cultural heritage at the Skógar Folk Museum and visit the awe-inspiring Skógafoss waterfall, opting to climb 400-odd steps to the viewing platform for spectacular vistas. Then set out on a tour of the celebrated Golden Circle. Visit the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and stand in awe before the steaming Geysir, from which the English word “geyser” derives.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 6SELFOSS/SNÆFELLSNES

Begin the day with a walk in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, where we’ll see the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Continue to a traditional Icelandic farm—located in the narrow fjord of Hvalfjörður—to learn about rural Icelandic life and enjoy a farm-to-table lunch. We’ll then make our way to the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland.

Exclusive Inclusions:

Your Journeys Highlight Moment Icelandic Farm Experience

Meals included:

Breakfast | Lunch

DAY 7SNÆFELLSNES

Spend the day exploring the peninsula, including Snæfellsjökull National Park and its mystical glacier-topped volcano, which Jules Verne wrote about in his novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. See Búðir church, a tiny black church perched in the middle of a lava field; the Lóndrangar sea stacks; the black pebble beach at Djúpalónssandur; and the iconic peak of Kirkjufell, featured in Game of Thrones.

Meals included:

Breakfast | Dinner

DAY 8SNÆFELLSNES/REYKJAVIK

Venture to Borgarfjörður, a picturesque fjord that has provided the setting for many of Iceland’s sagas. See the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls; and step into Reykholt, the homestead of the 12th-century writer Snorri Sturluson. We’ll also visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, whose water heats most buildings in western Iceland. Continue to Reykjavík for our final evening.

Meals included:

Breakfast

DAY 9REYKJAVIK

Depart at any time. 

Meals included:

Breakfast

Your Organizer


HW
Hilary Ward
My love of travel has led me to this point in my life, wanting to share it all with YOU!! I am excited to bring my curiosity for life and culture to a place that allows me to share discovery with like minded adventurers. LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN!