5-day: Southern Highlights


Sample program for 5 days/4 nights

northern_lights_volcanoes_and_glacier_lagoon.jpgDay 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
Private transfer from Keflavík International Airport to the accommodation in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide ideas on how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award-winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb, and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hot dog and pizza too!

Included choice of activities: Blue Lagoon or whale watching depending on arrival time or departure time.

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Day 2: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE ROUTE (220 km/136 mls)
Start the private program with a short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at the Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðuháls in 2010, which caused millions of people to be stranded worldwide as thousands of flights were cancelled. These films give a good insight into the general geology and volcanology of Iceland. At the Volcano House, you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash, and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on, we depart from Reykjavik and drive to Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world Thingvellir national park (7).jpgheritage site, and where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was founded. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating places both geologically and for the role it plays in the country's history and sense of national identity. Þingvellir is also remarkable for reasons of natural science, as the site is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The faults and fissures of the area make evident the rifting of the earth's crust.

Exploring the hot springs at Geysir is like watching a geography lesson in real life: natural springs bubbling away in the ground until the pressure becomes too much – and they explode in spectacular style. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers there. While Geysir is no longer active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 10 minutes to the delight of visitors. Next, we travel to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river. Gullfoss is one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls. The explosion crater called Kerið is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheatre. Overnight in South Iceland, Selfoss or Hella area.

Included choice of activities: Snorkeling or river rafting or hiking or horseback riding or a visit to a horse farm & geothermal greenhouse.

Jökulsárlón (Iceland).JPGDay 3: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK & GLACIER LAGOON (385 km/239 mls)       

A long drive brings us to a world of glaciers, ice, and icebergs. We travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We explore this extraordinary site and perhaps see some seals swimming in the Arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach, called Diamond Beach, where large icebergs get stranded. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometres and it is the second largest National Park in Europe. In this area, we find Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. We will stay for one night in the Vatnajökull National Park region.

Included choice of activities: 2-hour hike to epic aeroplane wreck or glacier hike or snowmobile tour or horseback riding.

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Day 4: SOUTH COAST (305 km/189 mls)

Today, we head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík where we make a photo stop. We take a stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. We pass the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and continue to Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and belongs to the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west we reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges over the mountain. In the evening you return to Reykjavik for one last night. 

Asmundur Museum (2).jpgIncluded choice of activities: Visit man-made ice-cave and observatory platform at the Pearl or visit Iceland's whale museum or whale watching or a hike at Vatnajokull National Park or visit the Lava & volcano exhibition centre.

Day 5: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
Private transfer from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport.

DAILY DRIVING: Total mileage without airport transfer is 910 km (564 miles) which is an average of 303 km (188 miles) per day. You spend about 4 hours per day driving, depending on road conditions, traffic, and daily distances. On some days the driving might be longer than on some other days.

INCLUDED:

  • Private airport transfers
  • Private tour with English speaking, professional driver-guide for tour program as per itinerary
  • Best available hotels (4-star in Reykjavik, a mix of 3-star and 4-star in the countryside)
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Selection of activities as per tour itinerary
  • Parking and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Room & board for driver-guide outside Reykjavik

PRICE: contact our group department for an offer - email groups@gjtravel.is