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10-Night Best of Iceland

Price: From $2,998 Per Person.
10 Nights

Prepare yourself to see Iceland the way it was meant to be seen, via the famous Ring Road. Over the course of 10 nights, you will make your way around the Island, stopping at well-known landmarks and dining on authentic Icelandic dishes.

Start your adventure with a 3-night stay in Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, where you will have the opportunity to visit the city’s top sights on a guided walking tour. During your stay in Reykjavik, you will also have time to visit the nearby world-famous Blue Lagoon, a relaxing and enchanting experience. Your final day in the capital features a day tour of The Golden Circle - complete with visits to Þingvellir, the powerfull Gullfoss Waterfall, and numerous local eateries. After exploring the Reykjavik area, you will head north and begin your loop along the Ring Road.

The Iceland tour includes stays in Hellnar, Blönduós, Mývatn, Faskrúðsfjörður, Hof, and Hekla and features a cave exploration tour of Lofthellir, a unique Zodiac Boat Iceberg Tour on Jökulsárlón Lagoon, and a once-in-a-lifetime glacier hike. Explore powerful waterfalls, mouth-watering Icelandic cuisine, giant glaciers, stunning black beaches, and other-worldly landscapes as you make your way around this enchanting island.

Tour Highlights

ACCOMMODATION

  • 10 Nights in Superior Icelandic Hotels

DINING

  • Delectable Breakfast Served Daily

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Reykjavik City Walking Tour
  • Blue Lagoon Comfort Bus
  • Golden Circle, Local Food Tour
  • Cave Exploration
  • Amphibian Boat Tour
  • Glacier Experience

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reykjavik City - Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour & Haunted Walking Tour
  • Gullfoss  - Marvel At the Breathtaking Waterfall
  • Djupalonssandur & Dritvik - Explore the Beautiful Pebbled Beaches
  • Krafla Lava Fields - Experience the Unique Active Volcanic Region 
  • Blue Lagoon - Visit the Country's Most Famous Geothermal Spa
  • Thingvellir - Walk Through the Rift Valley Between Two Continents
  • Kerid Crader - Visit the Striking Volcanic Crater Lake
  • Godafoss - See the “Waterfall Of the Gods”
  • Textile Museum Blonduos - Discover Homemade Icelandic Wool And Textile Creations
  • Lake MýVatn - Marvel at This Beautiful Lake
  • Dettifoss - Admire the Most Powerful Waterfall In Europe
  • Amphibian Boat Iceberg Tour On Jokulsarlon Lagoon -  See the Setting Of James Bond’s Die Another Day and See the Largest Glacier In Europe
  • Krysukvik Geothermal Area - Observe Active Hot Springs and Bubbling Mud Cauldrons
  • Dimmuborgir - Visit the Otherworldly Lava Fields & Formations
  • Diamond Beach - See Blue Ice Bergs Contrasting Sensationally Against the Volcanic Black Sand Beach

Reykjavik, Iceland

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Reykjavik - Reykjavik, Iceland

4 Star
Room Type: Atrium View Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 3:00pm

Check-out time: 12:00pm


Included Experiences

Reykjavik City Walking Tour

Reykjavik, Iceland
Explore the streets of Reykjavik on this 3-hour walking tour of Iceland’s capital. After meeting your guide and tour group in central Reykjavik, you will begin your tour of the city. Your first stop is Hallgrímskirkja Church, where you will climb to the top of the bell tower and enjoy an introduction of the city as you capture stunning panoramic pictures. Your next stop is Einar Jónsson's statue garden, where your guide will delve into some the myths and legends surrounding the Norse gods. Continue on through the lanes of Þingholt toward Reykjavik City Pond, where you can feed the ducks, geese and swans that reside there. Next, your group will pass by City Hall, Reykjavik’s Cathedral, and the Parliament house before wrapping up the tour at the Sun Voyager Sculpture and the Harpa Concert Hall. With so much to see in Reykjavik, this tour is a great introduction to the city’s history and architecture. 

Overnight Location

Reykjavik, Iceland

On The Map: Reykjavik is a coastal city, located in the Capital Region of Southwest Iceland. Reykjavik is reached via route 1 (the 'Ring Road') from Hofn (to the North) and Vik (to the Southeast).
 
Reykjavik lies on the Southern shore of Faxa Bay in Southwestern Iceland, and is well-renown as the country’s capital and largest city. Although it is one of the smallest capital cities in the world, it houses six districts, each with their own personality. With its dynamic growing atmosphere, it does not come as much of a surprise that it is often the first city travelers visit when they arrive on the beautiful Nordic island. Highly regarded as one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world, Reykjavik is a welcoming community for those looking to discover all that Iceland has to offer. Known for its vast amount of festivals, the city offers an eclectic list of celebrations including the annual Ingólfshátíô Viking Festival and the lively Winter Lights festival. For those looking to feed their hunger for natural landscapes and outdoor adventure, Reykjavik offers the Heidmork Nature Reserve and Ellidaardalur Valley, both rich in walking paths and stunning scenery. Whether you choose to wander the streets and take in the unique Icelandic culture, or escape the city to enjoy the slow pace of nature, Reykjavik is sure to leave you feeling ready to explore the rest of Iceland.


Must-See Sites

Perlan Museum, Reykijavik, Iceland

The Perlan Museum, translated to “the pearl” in English, is an iconic glass-dome building situated within six decommissioned hot water storage tanks on the highest hill in Reykjavík, Öskjuhlíð. Recently opened in 2017, the museum hosts an exquisite exhibition where you can learn about and experience the wonders of Icelandic nature in a unique and unforgettable way. The main attraction, the Glaciers and Ice Cave exhibition, allows you to walk through a 100-meter (300 ft.) long man-made cave (the first of its kind in the world) before entering the interactive portion. Once you enter the interactive portion, you will learn more details about Iceland’s treasured glaciers, their future, and how they affect global warming. Included in the exhibition ticket is access to the observation deck, which provides the best views of Reykjavík and its surrounding areas. Perlan is a must-see, not only for the museum, but also for its incredible architecture, amazing panoramic views, and its excellent restaurant and gift shops.


Harpa, Reykjavik, Iceland

Acting as a cultural and social center in the heart of Reykjavík, the Harpa concert hall and conference center is one of the city’s greatest and distinguished landmarks. Harpa is situated in a solitary spot with a clear view of the enormous sea and the mountains surrounding Reykjavik. Designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, the structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric-shaped glass panels of different colors that catch and reflect the light during the day. The center features an arrival- and foyer-area in the front of the building, four halls in the middle and a backstage area with offices, administration, rehearsal hall and changing room.The fourth floor is a multifunctional hall with room for more intimate shows and banquets. While Harpa was mainly designed for concerts, the Icelandic Opera holds its performances here.


Hallgrimskirkja, Reykjavik, Iceland

Standing at 74.5 meters (244 ft.) high, Hallgrímskirkja is the largest church in Iceland and one of the tallest structures in the country. Known as Reykjavík’s main landmark, this Lutheran parish church can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. Designed by the late Guðjón Samúelsson in 1937, the church’s elaborate structure was made to resemble the basalt lava flows of Iceland’s landscape. After a long 41 years, from 1945 to 1986, construction of this stunning and unique church was finally complete. Along with the remarkable tower, the church features a massive pipe organ. Designed and constructed by the German organ builder Johannes Klais of Bonn, the organ stands at 15 meters and weighs an impressive 25 tons, giving the church a powerful source of music.


Laugavegur, Reykjavik, Iceland

Starting from Bankastræti in the West and joining Kringlumýrarbraut in the East, Laugavegur is the primary commercial artery of downtown Reykjavik and one of the oldest shopping streets in Iceland. Constructed in 1885 as a town council decision, the name translates to “wash road” as it used to lead to the hot springs in Laugardalur, where in olden times, women took their laundry for washing. Laugavegur is home to many bars, nightclubs, restaurants, and even The Icelandic Phallological Museum. On Friday and Saturday nights, the street is often filled with people all night long. Although it has experienced some economic setbacks in recent years, it still maintains the charm of a historical shopping street and is home to the more exclusive stores in Iceland.


Reykjavik, Iceland

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Reykjavik - Reykjavik, Iceland

4 Star
Room Type: Atrium View Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 3:00pm

Check-out time: 12:00pm


Included Experiences

Comfort Blue Lagoon Coach & Experience

Reykjavik, Iceland

Home to one of 25 wonders of the world, Blue Lagoon Iceland is a place where the powers of geothermal seawater create transformational spa journeys- with Comfort Experience.

Spoil yourself by bathing in the famous Blue Lagoon on your visit to Iceland. The water from the Blue Lagoon is a direct result of the geothermal plant found right next door. The warm waters are rich in minerals like silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis.

 

Comfort Included:
-Roundtrip transportation from nearest hotel/guesthouse pick-up/drop-off location
-Admission to the Blue Lagoon
-1 Silica mud mask
-Use of a towel (must be return after)
-1st drink of your choice.

 

Not Included:
-LAVA Restaurant
-Bathing suits and extra towels can be rented on the spot. 
-You can safely store your luggage at the Blue Lagoon while bathing. Storage cost is 4 EUR (600 ISK) per bag.


Must-See Sites

Krysuvik Geothermal Area, Iceland

On the Map: Krýsuvík is a geothermal area located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. It is reached via route 42 off of route 41 and route 427 and is about a 35-km (21-mile) drive south of Reykjavik. 
 
Just a short drive south of Reykjavik, lies the Krýsuvík Geothermal Area. This alluring area is known for its steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs, which are framed dramatically by a range of multi-colored hills. Walk the well-maintained boardwalk to explore this fascinating geothermal area. Read the informative signage dotted along the boardwalk to learn the important geological facts surrounding the area. A few lakes are beside the mud pits and sulfur deposits. Lake Graenavatn, Lake Gestsstadavatn and Augun are explosion craters formed by volcanic eruptions. Those who are feeling up to the hike, can make their way up the winding path leading to the top of the massive steaming vent where they will be treated to spectacular views of these lakes along with the geothermal fields and even the ocean.

Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Iceland

On the Map: Gunnuhver is a hot springs area located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwestern Iceland. It is reached via route 425 off of route 43 and is about a 68-km (42-mile) drive southwest of Reykjavik. 
Named after a ghost whose spirit was trapped in the hot springs, Gunnuhver is a highly active geothermal area of mud pits and steam vents on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Unlike other geothermal areas in the country, the groundwater at Gunnuhver is 100% seawater, making this a truly unique destination. Gunnuhver is home to Iceland’s largest mud pool, and at 20 meters wide, the view of the boiling mud is tremendous. Two ramps offer views of the area: one close to Gunnuhver itself, where you can look down to the spring, and one located on Kísilhól, a silica hill, where you have a good view over the entire Gunnuhver area. 

Bridge Between Continents, Iceland

On the Map: The Bridge between Continents is a famous bridge that links the European and North American continents. It is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula in southwest Iceland and is reached via route 425 off of route 41 and route 43, about 61 km (37 miles) southwest of Reykjavik. 
 
Laying on the southern tip of the Reykjanes Peninsula is the Bridge Between Continents, a famous footbridge that connects the European and North American continents at the Mid Atlantic Ridge. The footbridge lies over a major fissure – a linear fracture formed by stresses created by the tension that builds up as the plates move away from each other (Continental Drift Theory). The fissure provides clear evidence of the presence of a diverging plate margin, and the bridge was built as a symbolic connection between Europe and North America. Enjoy this unique experience and cross the bridge by foot. After crossing the bridge, take home a personalized certificate of your crossing at the information center and Reykjanes Geopark visitor center.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

On the Map: Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located in Southwest Iceland and is reached via route 43 (off route 41) from Reykjavik (to the northeast) and from Grindavik (to the South).

As one of the most photographed locations in Iceland, The Blue Lagoon is a must-see for those traveling to Reykjavik. The lagoon is a man-made geothermal spa located in a lava field in Grindavík on the Reykjanes Peninsula, southwestern Iceland. The lagoon was formed in 1976 during operation at the nearby geothermal power plant and in the years that followed, people began to bathe in the unique water and apply the mud to their skin. The warm waters are rich in minerals, including silica and sulfur, and are known to help people suffering from skin diseases such as psoriasis. The unique blue color of the water comes from the silica and the way it reflects sunlight. The temperature in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (99–102 °F), creating the perfect environment to enjoy an outdoor soak.


Reykjavik, Iceland

Accommodation

Grand Hotel Reykjavik - Reykjavik, Iceland

4 Star
Room Type: Atrium View Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 3:00pm

Check-out time: 12:00pm


Included Experiences

Golden Circle & Local Food Tour

Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Spend the day exploring the world-famous Golden Circle on this 9-hour Golden Circle & Local Food Tour. While most of Iceland’s visitors explore the Golden Circle, this tour is unique because it will also bring you to local farms, restaurants, and outdoor cooking areas so you can learn about Icelandic cuisine. Marvel at the show of spouting geysers in the Geysir hot spring area, explore Þingvellir (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and enjoy the true power of Iceland’s water at Gullfoss Waterfall. During the foodie part of the tour, you will be treated to visits to Efstidalur (a charming horse and cattle farm), where you will taste homemade ice cream and meat soup; Hveragerði, where you can enjoy some of Iceland’s most sought-after recipes; and Ölverk Brewery, the only place in Europe that geothermally brews their beer. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy Brennivín and dried fish at a surprise location! With spectacular sights and delicious food, this tour is sure to leave you feeling ready to explore the rest of the country. 

Duration: 9 hours 0 minutes

Highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Amazing Meals and Tastings at Local Farms and Restaurants
- Golden Circle Tour
- Visit Efstidalur Farm
- Skyrgerðin, The Old Skyr Factory
- Hveragarðurinn Geothermal Garden
- A Chance to Experience Iceland Through the Eyes of a Local
- An Epic Outdoor Cooking Experience

Inclusions:
- Local Meals
- Beer Tasting
- Transfer to/from Reykjavik
- A Guided Tour of the Golden Circle
- Local Guide


Must-See Sites

Kerid Crater, Iceland

On the map: Kerið is a volcanic crater lake in southern Iceland. It is located just off of route 35 and is roughly 62 km (38 miles) southeast of Reykjavik. 

Sitting along the world-famous Golden Circle, the Kerið Crater is a unique destination for those who are looking to discover more than the usual stops. The crater is approximately 3000 years old, making it half the age of most volcanic calderas found in Iceland. With little vegetation on the caldera’s slopes, visitors can choose to view the bright blue waters of the lake from the top or from the bottom. Unlike most crater lakes that form from an explosion, Kerið is thought to have formed when the magma in the center simply depleted itself and the empty chamber beneath caved in. Along with its stunning sapphire-colored waters, the steep slopes of the bowl are almost entirely covered in red volcanic rock, making it a mesmerizing sight to behold. 


The Golden Circle, Iceland

On the Map: The Golden Circle is a touring region in southwest Iceland. The famous driving route starts in Reykjavik and heads south to Selfoss (along route 1), then northeast to Gullfoss Falls (along route 35 and 30), then west to Þingvellir National Park (along route 37 and 36), finally looping back to Reykjavik to the southwest (along route 36).

The Golden Circle is a renowned touring region, located just east of Reykjavik, in southwest Iceland. The region consists of three equally stunning locations: Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Þingvellir National Park is an astonishing site, steeped in history and folklore, and surrounded by unique and incredible geology. Not only was Þingvellir the first of Iceland’s three national parks to be established, but it is the only one that holds the honor of becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park is also known for its appearance in the popular fantasy epic, Game of Thrones. The Geysir Geothermal Area, within the Haukadalur Valley, is dotted with hot pools, clay pots, and fumaroles, and the hills and soil are colored vividly by the minerals of the earth. Even without the two famous geysers, The Great Geysir and Strokkur, the Geysir Geothermal Area would be a beautiful destination. Gullfoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, is located in a plunging, ancient valley just down the road from the Geysir Geothermal Area. This powerful waterfall tumbles down two drops, from an overall height of 32 meters (105 feet), and on a sunny day, will emit several rainbows, making for a truly magnificent sight.


Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

On the Map: Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park sits in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, and is reached via route 35 & 36 from Selfoss (to the South), and via route 36 from Reykjavik (to the southwest).

Thingvellir (Þingvellir) is a national park in the municipality of Bláskógabyggð in southwestern Iceland, about 40 km northeast of Reykjavík. As a site of historical, cultural, and geological significance, Thingvellir is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Iceland. The park is known for the Alþingi (Althing), the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to the 18th centuries and includes the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. Recently, Thingvellir has even gained popularity among Game of Thrones fans due to its appearance on the fantasy epic. The park sits in a rift valley that marks the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the boundary between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The rift valley features the Silfra fissure, which is known as one of the top dive sites in the world for two main reasons: it is the only location in the world where someone can dive between two continental plates, and the underwater visibility is over 100 meters (328 feet), which creates a rare and unique underwater experience. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is sure to leave you feeling inspired and awestruck.


Haukadalur Valley, Iceland

On The Map: The Haukadalur Valley is home to The Great Geysir and Strokkur and is located in the northeast corner of the Golden Circle in southwest Iceland. It is located just north of route 35, about 100 km (62 miles) northeast of Reykjavik.

The Haukadalur Valley is a geothermal area in which The Great Geysir and Strokkur Geysire are located. Originally, The Great Geysir was the main attraction in the area, however due to its dormancy since 1916, the newest focus is on the Strokkur Geysir located just a few hundred feet from The Great Geysir. Strokkur (Icelandic for “churn”) erupts roughly every 4-8 minutes and spouts water to a height of 15-20 meters (49-65 feet), making it a powerful hot spring and quite an impressive sight. Along with Strokkur and The Great Geysir, the area is home to many smaller geysers and hot pools, including the Little Geysir (‘Litli Geysir’ in Icelandic), making this one of the top areas to visit in the country.


Gullfoss Waterfall, Iceland

On The Map: Gullfoss lies in the northeast corner of the Golden Circle in southwest Iceland. It is located right off route 35, about 109 km (68 miles) northeast of Reykjavik.

Gullfoss (“Golden Waterfall” in Icelandic), is a powerful waterfall located in the northeast corner of the Golden Circle Area. The waterfall is on the Hvítá River and is fed by Iceland’s second largest glacier, the Langjökull. The water plummets down 32 meters (104 feet) in two stages into a rugged canyon. In the winter, the view is spectacular when the water freezes over into waves of glistening ice. On a sunny day, visitors are treated to thousands of tiny rainbows, a natural reaction with the clouds of spray from the tumbling falls. With stunning views year round, Gullfoss is a highly recommended stop on any visit to Iceland.


Hellnar, Iceland

Accommodation

Fosshotel Hellnar - Hellnar, Iceland

3 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 4 PM - 10 PM

Check-out time: 7:30 AM - 11 AM


Enroute Sightseeing

Gerduberg Cliffs, Iceland

On the Map: The Gerðuberg Cliffs are truly stunning basalt columns located at the beginning of Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. The cliffs are reached via route 54 off of route 1 (the ‘Ring Road’) and are about a 112-km (69-mile) drive from Reykjavik. 
 
Located at the beginning of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the Gerðuberg Cliffs are a magnificent sight to behold. These uniquely-shaped cliffs were formed by the flowing basaltic lava that was cooled by the sea. Once the lava reached the sea, it solidified into very evenly-running columns. The columns are roughly 12-14 meters (39-46 feet) high and about one and a half meters (5 feet) in diameter and can be seen from paths located at the bottom and the top of the cliffs. While the path on top of the cliffs may seem like the best way to view the columns, it is well-known to locals that the paths at the bottom of the columns offer a far better view. 

Overnight Location

Hellnar, Iceland

On the Map: Hellnar is located near the western tip of the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula, approximately 190 kilometres northwest of Reykjavik. 

As the gateway to the beautiful Snæfellsjökull National Park, Hellnar is the perfect stopover for those traveling to West Iceland. For centuries, the town was among the largest fishing villages beneath the Snæfellsjökull ice cap. Today, it is well-known for its picturesque landscapes including the iconic Hellnar Church and Valasnös, the rocky cliff that extends into the bay. During the summer months, head down to the cliffs to enjoy lunch with a view at Fjoruhusid, a small café located on the water. Dine on their famous creamy seafood soup as you take in the stunning scenery.


Must-See Sites

Londrangar, Iceland

On the Map: Lóndrangar, a series of basalt cliffs, is located within the Snæfellsjökull National Park on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, in western Iceland. It is located off of route 54 and is about 192 km (119 miles) northwest of Reykjavik. 
 
The Lóndrangar are a pair of basalt rock pinnacles on the coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. At 75 and 61 meters (246 and 200 feet) tall, they are a grand addition to the already stunning coastal view. The two giant rock formations are the remnants of a massive crater which has now mostly eroded away. Many people have climbed the two pillars, with the first ascent of the larger pillar in 1735 and the first ascent of the smaller pillar in 1938. While visitors can admire the regular population of birds year-round, the summer months offer a truly spectacular sight when the puffins arrive in the area for their annual nesting period. 

Dritvik & Djupalonssandur Beaches, Iceland

On the Map: Dritvik is a beach within Djúpalónssandur cove in the Snæfellsjökull National Park on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is located off route 54 and is about 200 km (124 miles) northwest of Reykjavik. 
 
Dritvik is a famous beach within the Djúpalónssandur Cove and is one of the few areas where visitors can walk down to the sea along this coast. The area was once used as an important fishing center from 1650-1950 with fishermen and women from all over the country arriving here to work seasonally, and parts of a shipwreck can be seen on the beach. As a pebbled beach dotted with a series of rocks of mysterious form, this area is a must-see for those visiting the Snæfellsjökull National Park.

Gatklettur, Iceland

On the Map: Gatklettur, a stunning arch rock, is located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, in western Iceland, off of route 54. It is located about 186 km (115 miles) northwest of Reykjavik. 
 
Gatklettur is a famous, naturally-formed stone arch between the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The arch offers a stunning landscape for visiting photographers and the unique patterns across the rock are a testament to the ocean’s constant eroding-effects. Catch a sunrise or sunset here and capture the stunning nature of Gatklettur through either professional or amateur photography. Visitors are also able to enjoy the local birds and flora that populate this area. The best way to reach this magnificent landmark is to walk from Arnarstapi – about a 5-minute walk. 

Blonduos, Iceland

Accommodation

Hotel Blanda - Blonduos, Iceland

3 Star
Room Type: Double / Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 3:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Enroute Sightseeing

Kirkjufellsfoss, Iceland

On the Map: Kirkjufellsfoss is a waterfall located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. It is reached via route 54 and is about 172 km (106 miles) northwest of Reykjavik. 
 
Kirkjufellsfoss is a gorgeous waterfall that lies at the bottom of the Kirkjufell Mountain, the mountain that resembles a church steeple, on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The waterfall has gained popularity due to its stunning location underneath the mountain and when you catch them both at the right angle, the view is absolutely stunning. Kirkjufellsfoss channels the glacier melt of the Snæfellsnes mountains and while it only stands about 5 meters (16 feet) high, it has a few levels, which provides plenty of depth and beauty. 

Enroute Sightseeing

Helgafell, Iceland

On the Map: Helgafell is a small mountain located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. It is reached via route 54 and is about 161 km (100 miles) northwest of Reykjavik. 
 
Helgafell (“Holy Mountain”) is a small mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The mountain is only 73 meters high, however it offers breathtaking panoramic views across Breiðafjordur Bay. At the top of the mountain lies a small remnant of a wall that is dated back to 1184 and was part of a nearby monastery. Legend has it that if you climb the mountain straight up for the first time without looking back or speaking, three wishes – of good intent – will be granted. The wisher cannot tell anyone what they are and they must be facing east when making them for the wishes to come true. 

Overnight Location

Blonduos, Iceland

On The Map: Blönduós is a small town in northern Iceland. It is reached via route 1 (the 'Ring Road') from Staður (to the southwest) and from Akureyri (to the east)

Blönduós is a common stop for travelers exploring the Ring Road. This town is known for its dairy industry and plays host to a creamery and butchery. The nearby lakes and rivers are some of the best in the country for fishing trout and salmon, and a 9-hole golf course lies just outside of town, making the area a hub for outdoor activities. Blönduós' location along the Ring Road makes for a pleasant overnight or stopping-off point for those traveling northern Iceland.


Must-See Sites

Textile Museum, Blonduos, Iceland

Founded in 1976 by the Women’s Union in East Húnavatnssýsla, the Textile Museum in Blönduós features a unique collection of homemade wool and textile items. The museum also displays stunning Icelandic national costumes and artistic embroideries, as well as some of the tools used to craft them. The Halldórustofa exhibit is one of the highlights of the museum and was named after Halldóra Bjarnadóttir (1873-1981), a well-known domestic consultant for the National Farmers Union in Iceland. Bjarnadóttir collected a variety of knitting and weaving patterns which she donated to the Hand Craft Museum. The items are now preserved in this exhibit and are dedicated to her. For those traveling to northern Iceland, the Textile Museum is a cultural must-see.


Myvatn, Iceland

Accommodation

Fosshotel Myvatn - Myvatn, Iceland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/ Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time 3:00pm Check-out time 12:00pm


Enroute Sightseeing

Akureyri, Iceland

On The Map: Akureyri is a city at the base of Eyjafjörður Fjord in northern Iceland. It is reached via route 1 (the 'Ring Road') from Reykjahlíð (to the West) and from Varmahlíð (to the Southeast).

Nicknamed the heart of North Iceland, Akureyri is an important port and fishing centre. During the summer months, flowering gardens belie the location, just a stone’s throw away from the Arctic Circle. Lively winter festivals and some of Iceland’s best skiing provide plenty of off-peak (and off-piste) appeal. Refine your golfing skills with a round at Jadar Golf Course, the most northerly 18-hole course in the world or tap into your adventurous side with a dogsled tour in the winter. With its energetic attitude and extensive food and accommodation choices, Akureyri is the natural base for exploring Eyjafjörður and surrounding areas such as the Kjarnaskógur woods, where travelers can enjoy a variety of hiking trails and picnic areas. 


Enroute Sightseeing

Godafoss Waterfall, Iceland

On the map: Goðafoss is a stunning waterfall located on the river Skjálfandafljót, just off route 1 (the “ring road”) in northern Iceland. It is reached via route 1 from Akureyri (to the west) and from Reykjahlíð (to the southeast).

Goðafoss lies near the farm Fosshóll in northern Iceland, and falls from a height of 12 meters (39 feet) over a width of 30 meters (98 feet). Known to be one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, the name Goðafoss can be roughly translated to “The Waterfall of the Gods” and it is not difficult to see why. It is an impressive site any time of the year, however in late spring, if you can catch it while there are still icicles adorning its sides, it’s a particularly otherworldly place to visit. Much like many of the waterfalls in Iceland, the amount of mist created by Goðafoss mixed with the sun offers visitors a chance to see a rainbow stretch across its width. The famous falls are nicknamed ‘The beauty’ in comparison to ‘The Beast’ of Dettifoss, which is a perfect way to describe this aquatic masterpiece. 


Overnight Location

Myvatn, Iceland

On The Map: Mývatn is a beautiful lake in northern Iceland, located just off of route 1 (the “ring road”) about 105 km (65 miles) south of the Arctic Circle. It is reached via route 1 from Akureyri (to the west) and from Egilsstaðir (to the southeast).

With its unique nature and rich birdlife, Mývatn is one of Europe’s greatest natural treasures. From desolate craters to bubbling mud pools and geothermal caves, the area surrounding the lake is a microcosm of all the natural curiosities that Iceland has to offer. Teeming with rare birds, gnarled lava fields, and lush pastures, it’s a beautiful area with a wide range of landscapes to explore. Because the name Mývatn often refers to the surrounding area, not just the lake, it is a popular travel destination in Iceland. With sites such as Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall and Grjotagja Cave (featured in popular HBO series Game of Thrones), the Mývatn area is a must-see for those traveling to the northern side of the island.


Must-See Sites

Krafla Lava Fields, Iceland

On the Map: The Krafla Lava Fields lie just north of route 1 (the ‘Ring Road’) in northeastern Iceland. They are located 115 km (71 miles) east of Akureyri. 
 
Krafla, an active volcanic region just north of the Ring Road, is home to a mountain, a geothermal power station, and craggy lava fields. While there are a number of things to see in this area, the main attraction are the lava fields. A full spectrum of colors inhabit the magma, with green colors of moss and lichen next to the scorched-earth colors of sulfur and rhyolite. For those looking to take a quick look at the lava fields, it is a 20 minute walk to the edge of the area. For those looking to spend more time in this unique area, there is a chance to spend a couple hours traversing the entire fields. No matter how long you spend in the Krafla area, you will be able to experience something truly magnificent. 

Hverir Mud Pots, Iceland

On The Map: Hverir is a geothermal area located just east of Lake Mývatn in northeastern Iceland. Hverir is reached via route 1 (the ‘Ring Road’) from Akureyri (to the northwest) and from Egilsstaðir (to the southeast). 
 
The Hverir geothermal area lies just east of Lake Mývatn and is home to fumaroles (more commonly known as natural steam vents) and boiling mud pits surrounded by sulfur crystals of varying colors. While you are able to hear and smell the steam vents from the parking lot, you have a chance to get a closer look from walking paths and a viewing platform. The viewing platform allows visitors to get an “overhead” look at the steam vents and mud pits. The mud pits are quite extraordinary and are formed when water collects in the rich volcanic ash surrounding a fumarole. The boiling and bubbling of the mud pits create an almost cartoon-like sight and are a very popular stop along the Ring Road.

Myvatn, Iceland

Accommodation

Fosshotel Myvatn - Myvatn, Iceland

3 Star
Room Type: Double/ Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time 3:00pm Check-out time 12:00pm


Included Experiences

Cave Exploration Lofthellir

Myvatn, Iceland

 

Discover the mystical world of darkness and ice in the Lofthellir Cave on this 5-hour tour. Lofthellir is a natural lava cave that boasts the greatest natural ice sculptures currently known in Iceland, and this is your chance to see it up close! After meeting up with your guide and the rest of your group, you will drive along a rugged track to the unique Hverfell volcano, through the crater row of Ldentarborgir, to the base of Mt. Hvannfell. After a 30-minute walk across a relatively smooth lava field, you will reach the cave. Your group will have at least one hour to explore the cave and observe the stunning natural phenomenon! Once you leave the cave, you will walk back across the lava field and return to the meeting point. 

Highlights:
- Ldentarborgir crater row
- Lava field hike
- Cave Lofthellir
- Natural Ice Sculptures
- The Volcanic Outback by Lake Mvatn

Meeting Location: Lake Mývatn Information Centre or free hotel pick up is included.


Must-See Sites

Hverfjall, Iceland

On the Map: Hverfjall is a tuff ring volcano just east of Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland, about 103 km (64 miles) southeast of Akureyri. 
 
Hverfjall is a crater comprised of tephra, left over from the eruption of its volcano a few thousand years ago. The crater is approximately 1 km in diameter and its rim is accessible by two paths, one from the northwest and one from the south. The hike up the slopes to the rim takes about 20 minutes and once you reach the top, you will be rewarded with beautiful views of Lake Mývatn and its surrounding areas.

Myvatn Nature Baths, Iceland

On the Map: The Mývatn Nature Baths is Iceland’s newest geothermal spa, located in northeast Iceland. The baths are lie just east of Lake Mývatn and are reached via route 1 (the ‘Ring Road’) from Akureyri (to the northwest) and Egilsstaðir (to the southeast). 
 
Since its opening in 2004, the Mývatn Nature Baths have offered its visitors a place to relax and enjoy a natural experience. Drawing on a centuries-old tradition, the tastefully-designed complex has visitors begin with a relaxing dip in clouds of steam rising up from a fissure deep in the earth’s surface, and end with a luxurious swim in a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2,500 meters (1.5 miles). While most of the geothermal water in Iceland contains sulfur, these nature baths have a higher concentration of sulfur than the others in the country. The sulfur is known to have a positive effect on asthma and other respiratory diseases, however, be sure to remove your jewelry because sulfur has been known to damage brass and silver.

Dimmuborgir, Iceland

On The Map: Dimmuborgir is a large area of unusually-shaped lava fields located on the east side of Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland, about 101 km (62 miles) southeast of Akureyri.

Dimmuborgir (‘dark castles’ in English) is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations. The formation of these extraordinary lava cliffs and pillars stem from molten lava flowing over a pond in the eruption of Lúdentaborgir and Þrengslaborgir some 2,300 years ago. The molten lava trapped the water underneath and steam issued through the vents in the lava and formed these pillars, which then remained standing even after the pond and the crust around them had disappeared. Not only is the area famous for its unique landforms, but since its appearance in HBO’s Game of Thrones, Dimmuborgir has only become more popular as a place to visit. In the show, Dimmuborgir was used as the location where Mance Rayder’s wildling army camp was built in season three. Filming in this area took place in temperatures as low as -11C (12 degrees Fahrenheit).


Grjotagja Cave, Iceland

On The Map: Grjótagjá is an iconic lava cave located just east of Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland. It is reached via route 860 off of route 1 (the “ring road”) from Akureyri (to the northwest) and from Egilsstaðir (to the southeast).

Grjótagjá is an ancient lava cave that features a beautiful natural hot spring – a popular bathing spot for locals. In 1975, when one of the nearby volcanoes began to erupt, the water temperature rose to dangerous levels, and while the cave in the fissure could still be visited, people were no longer permitted to bathe in the hot waters. Lately, the water temperature has begun to fall once again and people are allowed to jump into the waters once again. However, the status of the pools seems to be a bit tenuous, so visitors may want to check with local guides before taking a dip. Grjótagjá gained international popularity when it was featured in HBO’s Game of Thrones season three, when Jon Snow and Ygritte share an intimate moment.


Skutustadagigar, Iceland

On the Map: Skútustaðagígar is a group of pseudo-craters located on the southern side of Lake Mývatn in northern Iceland, about 90 km (56 miles) southeast of Akureyri.
 
Laying on the southern shore of Lake Mývatn, the Skútustaðagígar are well-preserved pseudo-craters. The craters were formed by steam explosions, when boiling lava flowed over the wetlands. Especially famous for its birdwatching opportunities, Skútustaðagígar is one of the popular features of Lake Mývatn and is a must-see for those already traveling to the lake. 

Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland

Accommodation

Fosshotel Eastfjords - Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/ Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time 4:00pm Check-out time 12:00pm


Enroute Sightseeing

Fardagafoss, Iceland

On the map: Fardagafoss is a waterfall located just outside of Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland. It is reached via route 93 from Egilsstaðir (to the southwest) and from Seydisfjordur (to the east). 

A 30-minute hike from the parking lot, just off the main road to Seyðisfjörður, will lead you to the scenic Fardagafoss waterfall. The hike offers stunning views of the gorge along the way and visitors are treated with views of the whole valley and the cascading falls when they reach the end. Fardagafoss has a remarkable tale behind its waters. Legend has it that for centuries, a troll lived in the cave behind the waterfall and guarded Fardagafoss until the cave collapsed. While you can still walk behind the falls and see what remains of the cave, it is not as large and deep as it once was. The folklore story makes this a perfect destination for those traveling with children. 


Enroute Sightseeing

Egilsstadir, Iceland

On the Map: Egilsstaðir lies on the Lagarfljót River in East Iceland. It is reached via route 1 (the 'Ring Road') from Reyðarfjörður (to the southeast) and from Reykjahlíð (to the northwest). It is also reached via route 95 from Thingmúli (to the South) and via route 94 from Borgarfjörður Eystri (to the northeast).

Named after the Egilsstaðir Farm, Egilsstaðir is known as one of Iceland’s youngest townships. Recently built up as a service and trade center for East Iceland, the area is still rich in wildlife and surrounding nature destinations. With numerous waterfalls in the area, travelers can enjoy the unique hiking trails leading up to each cascading masterpiece, including Hengifoss, Iceland’s third highest waterfall. Take a walking tour of the Highland farms, a group of individual farms just outside of town, or swim in the green-blue waters of the Eyvindará River in the summer months. If you are looking to venture further out of town, head down to Hallormsstaður National Forest, Iceland’s largest forest and explore their walking paths and camping sites. While East Iceland is the only location to spot wild reindeer, Egilsstaðir is the perfect starting point for encountering these majestic creatures.
 


Enroute Sightseeing

Selfoss, Iceland

On the Map: Selfoss is a waterfall located a short hike from Dettifoss in Vatnajökull National Park, in northeastern Iceland. It is reached via route 864 off route 1 (the ‘Ring Road’) from Egilsstaðir (to the southeast) and from Reykjahlíð (to the southwest). 
 
Selfoss lies on the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum, which originates as melt water from the Vatnajökull Glacier in northeastern Iceland. The waterfall is just a few meters upstream from Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, which makes this area a popular destination for travelers. Although its height (11 meters) is considerably less than that of Dettifoss (45 meters), its width is larger, making this single waterfall seem larger and more powerful than it actually is. 

Enroute Sightseeing

Dettifoss Waterfall, Iceland

On the map: Dettifoss, a powerfull waterfall, is located in Vatnajökull National Park in northeastern Iceland and is reached via route 864 off of route 1 (the “ring road”) from Egilsstaðir (to the southeast) and from Reykjahlíð (to the southwest).

Known as ‘the Beast’ in comparison to ‘The Beauty’ of Goðafoss, Dettifoss is a powerful behemoth of a waterfall and is guaranteed to take your breath away. Loosely translated to “The Collapsing Waterfall”, Dettifoss is set within stark, rocky surroundings and features frightfully sheer drops on either side. Known as the most powerful waterfall in Europe, the waters of Dettifoss plummet 45 meters (147 feet) to the craggy shores below. To put this into perspective, this is about the height of The Statue of Liberty in New York City. As you might expect for a waterfall this large, Dettifoss carries gallons – 96,500 to be exact – of water across its bow every single second. Due to its sheer force, the mist from the falls is visible from several miles away, making this waterfall a must-see in northern Iceland.


Overnight Location

Faskrudsfjordur, Iceland

Fáskrúðsfjörður:

On the Map:
Fáskrúðsfjörður is a small village in eastern Iceland. It is reached via route 1 (the 'Ring Road') from Egilsstaðir (to the northwest) and from Höfn (to the southwest).

Fáskrúðsfjörður lies at the center of the Eastfjords, in between the Vattarnes and Hafnarnes Peninsulas. The village became a trading post in 1880 and until 1935, it was a main hub for French fishermen off the coast. Today, Fáskrúðsfjörður is famous for its French heritage – even the road signs in the village are in French! Take time to visit the French Museum and learn more about the village’s French connections. While Fáskrúðsfjörður is well-known for its French background, the surrounding landscape is reason enough to visit this small town. With the calm waters of the fjord and a grassy valley, complete with arctic woodlands, this town makes the scenic drive from Höfn to Egilsstaðir look like a dream.


Hof, Iceland

Accommodation

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon - Hof, Iceland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/ Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time is after 4:00pm on your day of arrival. Check-out before 12:00 noon.


Included Experiences

Amphibian Boat Iceberg Tour (seasonal)

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

Take an exciting boat trip on the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in one of our four amphibian boats. During the excursion, you sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery of Jökulsárlón.  On the boat, you get to taste the 1000-year-old ice and if you are lucky you might even see some seals.

The excursion takes 30–40 minutes and includes an English speaking guide who explains to you the geology and facts of the lagoon. Other languages may be offered upon request.


Enroute Sightseeing

Vestrahorn Mountain & Viking Cafe, Iceland

On the map: Vestrahorn Mountain is located in southeastern Iceland, just off of route 1 (the “ring road”). It is reached via route 1 from Djúpivogur (to the northeast) and from Hof (to the southwest).

As one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, Vestrahorn Mountain is truly a stunning sight. Located on the Stokksnes Peninsula, its steep slopes and small black dunes create one of the most beautiful Icelandic landscapes. The mountain has been nicknamed “Batman Mountain” and at 454 meters (1490 feet) high, it isn’t hard to see why. The nearby Viking Café is a popular destination for those traveling to the Stokksnes Peninsula as it boasts stunning views of the mountain. Stop at the café, owned by a local farmer, and pick up some coffee, waffles or cake to enjoy while you are taking in the views of Vestrahorn. 


Overnight Location

Hof, Iceland

On The Map: Hof is located near the southern coast of Iceland, along Route 1 (The 'Ring Road'), 156 km east of Vik and 118 km west of Hofn.

Standing as a cluster of small farms in the municipality of Sveitarfélagið Hornafjörður in southeast Iceland, Höf is a serene hillside community located just off the Ring Road. The area offers travelers an opportunity to explore a part of Iceland that is not bustling with other tourists, giving a feel of exclusivity. Known for its enchanting turf-roof church (pictured), a beautiful wooden structure with a grass roof that is part of the National Museum, Höf has great historical significance. After getting in touch with the village’s cultural roots, venture to the nearby Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to enjoy stunning blue waters and crisp icebergs from the surrounding Vatnajökull Glacier.


Must-See Sites

Diamond Beach, Iceland

On the map: Diamond Beach lies in southern Iceland just south of Jökulsárlón Lagoon. It is reached via route 1 (the “ring road”) from Höfn (to the northeast) and from Vik (to the southwest). 

Just south of Jökulsárlón Lagoon, lies Diamond Beach, a black-sand beach dotted with ice-cubes and crystals that have journeyed from Jökulsárlón. Some of the ice-chunks are polished by the ocean and wash ashore again, giving them their wide array of colors – from transparent to bright blue. While sunny days are the best time to visit in order to witness the shining “diamonds”, each day offers a new view at Diamond Beach. With Jökulsárlón delivering new ice-chunks and the ocean picking them up, each visit to this magnificent beach is unique. 


Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

On the map: Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. Its still, blue waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of larger Vatnajökull Glacier.The lake has grown because melting of the glaciers and has increased fourfold since in the 1970s.The icebergs calve from the glacier edge and then move and fluctuates towards the river mouth along with the tide and the wind and get entrenched at the bottom. Its very beautiful and calming listening to the cracking sound of the icebergs when they move and float around. 

On the other side of the road there is also a beautiful black sand beach, often referred to as Crystal Beach or Diamond beach, where you can see ice-cubes and crystals that are washed up from the sea which, when illuminated at dawn, sunrise or sunset, reflect and refract a beautiful array of colors.


Hekla, Iceland

Accommodation

Fosshotel Hekla - Hekla, Iceland

4 Star
Room Type: Double/Twin

Check in policies:

Check-in time: 3:00 PM

Check-out time: 11:00 AM


Included Experiences

Solheimajokull Glacier Experience

Reykjavik, Iceland

- Experience Solheimajokull glacier tongue at first hand on this tour from Reykjavik
- Go for a hike on the glacier and visit Skgafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls 
- Glacier hike
- Slheimajkull glacier
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Skgafoss waterfall
- Max group size of 12 per guide

After pickup, we will travel eastward out of the city to reach the glacier. Upon arrival, crampons and helmet will be provided and our experienced guides will go over safety instructions before we journey to the edge of the glacier over black volcanic ash. When we reach Mrdalsjkull's outlet glacier, Slheimajkull, we don our hiking gear on and set foot on the ice. As we make our way across the glacier, you will get to explore Slheimajkull's jagged and rough terrain and see just how unique the land is. Underneath the glacier tongue is a rapidly increasing lagoon that has almost doubled in size due to the melting of the glacier in the past year. We'll embark on a different path down the glacier again.

The hiking portion of the tour is two hours long with about an hour spent exploring the glacier. 

We will get to stop at two of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, Skgafoss, and Seljalandsfoss, on our journey back to Reykjavik.

Optional Add Ons:
Hiking Shoes - $8.77 per person
Waterproof Jacket - $8.77 per person
Waterproof Pants - $8.77 per person

 


Enroute Sightseeing

Dyrholaey, Iceland

On the map: Dyrhólaey is a peninsula and nature preserve in southern Iceland located just outside of Vik. It is reached via route 218 off of route 1 (the “ring road”). 

Dyrhólaey (meaning “door-hole”) was named after the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the headland. When the sea is calm enough, big boats can actually sail through the opening. While this natural hole provides a beautiful landscape, the area is also home to nesting puffins and Arctic terns, attracting visitors to its cliffs every day. The road leading to Dyrhólaey allows visitors to visit both the higher and lower parts of the area. The higher part provides stunning views in all directions. To the north, you can see Mýrdalsjökull Glacier and to the west, you can view the endless black coastline. The lower part features a beautiful beach that waits to be explored. 


Enroute Sightseeing

Svinafellsjokull Glacier Viewpoint:, Iceland

On the map: Svínafellsjökull viewpoint is the best spot to view the Svínafellsjökull Glacier from and it lies in southern Iceland. It is reached via route 1 (the “ring road”) from Vik (to the southwest) and from Höfn (to the northeast). 

Svínafellsjökull Glacier is a breathtaking tongue of the larger Vatnajökull Glacier, in southern Iceland. The Svínafellsjökull Glacier Viewpoint is the best location to view this famous glacier. Located just off of The Ring Road, the Svínafellsjökull Glacier is a stunning side-trip and a popular filming location. With such a unique landscape, filmmakers have often chosen this spot for their “other-worldly” movies including Batman Begins and Interstellar. The glacier was even featured in the 7th season of Game of Thrones, depicting the area beyond The Wall that Jon Snow and his crew trekked. If the viewpoint isn’t adventurous enough for you, you have the option to hike further on the glacier with a tour group. 


Enroute Sightseeing

Vik, Iceland

On The Map: Vik is located in the Southern Region of Iceland. It is reached via route 1 (the 'Ring Road') from Reykjavik (to the Northwest) and Hof (to the Northeast).

The remote seaside village of Vik, located in Southern Iceland, offers a small-town experience complete with diverse wildlife and adventurous activities. As one of the three towns located within the Katla UNESCO Global Geopark, Vik serves as a hub for exploring the Myradalsjökull Glacier, which lies just to the North. Although it is famous for its proximity to the large glacier and underlying dormant volcano, Vik provides something of interest for every type of traveler. For those looking to observe wildlife, birdwatching and hiking in the surrounding areas offer a peek into the lives of native and visiting animals. During the summer months, travelers can enjoy the nesting puffins that inhabit Dyrhólaey, the small unique peninsula with a natural arch. Throughout the winter months, travelers have the opportunity to experience the infamous and breathtaking northern lights. No matter the season, Vik offers a variety of activities such as horseback riding on black-sand beaches, exploring the Myradalsjökull Glacier by snowmobile, or observing the natural wonder of the Reynisdrangar Cliffs.


Enroute Sightseeing

Reynisdrangar & Reynisfjall, Iceland

On the map: Reynisdrangar are sea cliffs that stand under the Reynisfjall Mountain in southern Iceland. Both are reached via route 215 off of route 1 (the “ring road”) just outside of Vik. 

At the end of a dramatic stretch of black sand beach just outside of Vik, you will find the towering basalt sea stacks known as Reynisdrangar. These magnificent rock formations rise 66 meters (217 feet) from the ocean into the air, and stand under the Reynisfjall Mountain, which provides a stunning backdrop. Reynisdrangar is home to nesting Arctic terns, fulmars, and puffins, making it a popular destination for those traveling to Vik. Legend has it that there were two trolls pulling a three-mast ship to the shore when they were caught by the sunlight at dawn and turned into stone, giving us these beautiful cliffs


Enroute Sightseeing

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Iceland

On the map: Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall located in southern Iceland. It is reached via route 249 off of route 1 (the “ring road”) from Vik (to the southeast) and from Reykjavik (to the northwest). 

Seljalandsfoss is a stunning waterfall along Iceland’s southern coast, fed by melting water from the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull volcano. This powerful waterfall cascades into an idyllic meadow and is best known for the walking path that runs behind the veil of falling water and mist. During the winter months, the path behind the falls is closed due to weather and ice. As the falls are only located 120 km (75 miles) from Reykjavik, they make the perfect day trip for those staying in the city. 


Overnight Location

Hekla, Iceland

On the Map: The Hekla region surrounds Mount Hekla in southern Iceland. It is located off of Route 1 (the 'Ring Road') and is approximately 1 hour southeast of Reykjavik.

Located within an hour’s drive from Reykjavik, the Hekla region is a great place to continue your “ring road” adventure. The region centers around Mount Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland with over 20 eruptions since 874. During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the volcano the “Gateway to Hell” due to its amount of activity. The area is a popular destination for hikers and one trail leads most of the way to the summit, taking about 3-4 hours to complete. The Spring months offer skiing around the rim of the mountain’s crater, creating a thrilling experience.


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Depart from Keflavik Airport, Independent Location Choice

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ACCOMMODATION

  • 10 Nights in Superior Icelandic Hotels

DINING

  • Delectable Breakfast Served Daily

TRANSPORTATION

  • Rental Car with Automatic Transmission

INCLUDED UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

  • Reykjavik Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour
  • Reykjavik Haunted Walking Tour
  • Amphibian Boat Iceberg Tour on Jokulsarlon Lagoon

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Reykjavik City - Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Tour & Haunted Walking Tour
  • Gullfoss  - Marvel At the Breathtaking Waterfall
  • Djupalonssandur & Dritvik - Explore the Beautiful Pebbled Beaches
  • Krafla Lava Fields - Experience the Unique Active Volcanic Region 
  • Blue Lagoon - Visit the Country's Most Famous Geothermal Spa
  • Thingvellir - Walk Through the Rift Valley Between Two Continents
  • Kerid Crader - Visit the Striking Volcanic Crater Lake
  • Godafoss - See the “Waterfall Of the Gods”
  • Textile Museum Blonduos - Discover Homemade Icelandic Wool And Textile Creations
  • Lake MýVatn - Marvel at This Beautiful Lake
  • Dettifoss - Admire the Most Powerful Waterfall In Europe
  • Amphibian Boat Iceberg Tour On Jokulsarlon Lagoon -  See the Setting Of James Bond’s Die Another Day and See the Largest Glacier In Europe
  • Krysukvik Geothermal Area - Observe Active Hot Springs and Bubbling Mud Cauldrons
  • Dimmuborgir - Visit the Otherworldly Lava Fields & Formations
  • Diamond Beach - See Blue Ice Bergs Contrasting Sensationally Against the Volcanic Black Sand Beach
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“2 week Ireland vacation”

Oct 9, 2019 by Brian Cass. Your Hometown: Redding, Ca

Recently returned from a wonderful Ireland trip. My wife and I traveled with another couple which is a challenge of its own. I was the only one who had been to Ireland before so it was left up to me to plan for and drive for the group! With Lauren's help, we had a fantastic time. She found a great blend of hotel and B&B accommodations for us that was perfect for our needs. Beautiful weather and super friendly locals didn't hurt either. Our friends told us it was their best vacation ever!!!

“Best B&B’s”

Oct 9, 2019 by Barbara. Your Hometown: Kennewick

Every B&B was fantastic. The hostesses were the nicest people you could ask for. The accommodations were beautiful. I would love to visit each one again.

If I were to travel to Ireland again I would not travel on Aer Lingus. The plane is uncomfortable and the flight attendants are only as nice as they have to be.

“Awesome trip to Ireland”

Oct 9, 2019 by Barb Callahan. Your Hometown: Janesville Wi

Our trip to Ireland was fantastic! Six of us traveled the countryside with our wonderful driver and guide for 7 days. We loved the places we stayed and the places visited, Michelle from Authentic Vacations helped us plan this chauffeured trip. It was beyond our expectations! Our driver was so knowledgeable and kind. His love for Ireland came through. I don't think we would change a thing. ( Well, maybe the weather!)

“Ireland Done Right”

Oct 9, 2019 by Dave. Your Hometown: Ann Arbor, MI

Our group consisted of two couples, and Amanda A. put together a great itinerary with wonderful lodgings for our 11 days in south and west Ireland. The food was great (always piping hot!), the people extremely friendly, the scenery outstanding, and Guinness was always readily available! We had a few ideas of places to see and to stay from friends who recently visited the area, and Amanda was more than accommodating in pulling together a plan that worked. We did a driving tour. While we adapted very quickly to driving on the left, the narrow roads in the country were a real challenge, but it worked out fine in the end (good knowing we had insurance coverage!). So, if driving on narrow roads would be an issue for you I recommend you hire a driver. We had one small reservations glitch, but the 24/7 helpline came to the rescue and resolved the issue. I would highly recommend Authentic Vacations and Amanda A. for future travel needs!

“Self drive trip thru Southern Ireland”

Oct 9, 2019 by Lionel & Pauline Thomas. Your Hometown: Chipman, Alberta, Canada

The wife & I did a self-drive tour through Southern Ireland after doing one through Scotland. The signage in Ireland is much better than Scotland and using the rented GPS, we had no real driving problems. The only recommendation we have is, try and stay more than one night at any location to give you time to see the sights. Thanks to Heather for her work on our tour.

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At Authentic Vacations, each of our self-drive and chauffeur tours are tailor made to your specific requirements. We work with all budgets and group sizes to deliver a personalized experience that remains true to the authentic brand. When you book with Authentic Vacations, you can always expect a package rich with cultural experiences, secret spots and insider knowledge, unique and boutique accommodations and more.

We have been known to customize some pretty exceptional experiences: from jousting exhibitions to fly fishing to romantic serenades, there is nothing outside of the scope of what we will plan for our clients.

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