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9 days: Iceland Country Life

Country Life

Sample program for 9 days / 8 nights

Day 1: WELCOME TO ICELAND 50 km / 31 mls

Our private coach will bring you from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland’s capital on your own.

Day 2: LAND OF SAGAS170 km / 105 mls

After a Reykjavík city tour head north from Iceland’s capital to West Iceland where we are introduced to the Icelandic sagas in the settlement center in Borgarnes. The afternoon is filled with impressive natural spots: Deildartunguhver, one of the most voluminous hot springs in Europe and Hraunfossar, the unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into the river Hvítá. End the day with Icelandic history at the cultural site at Reykholt. Overnight is in West Iceland.

Day 3: FROM WEST TO NORTH 445 km / 276 mls

The day starts with climbing a volcano crater in an old lava field in West Iceland. Afterwards we travel through the fertile farmlands and fjord landscapes of Northwest Iceland, and visit the beautiful town of Akureyri, Iceland’s second largest city. We stop at Goðafoss, “the waterfall of the Gods,” before reaching our accommodation in Northeast Iceland where we stay for the next two nights. Overnight is at Fosshotel Húsavik.

Day 4: WHALE WATCHING, GEOLOGICAL WONDERS AND NATURE BATHS150 km / 93 mls

The day begins with a 3 hour whale watching cruise from Húsavík (weather permitting). We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile areas in the world so close to the Arctic Circle. The lake’s unique features are shaped by nature – strange lava formations, pseudo craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds. We stroll through the lava field of Dimmuborgir and soak at the Mývatn Nature Baths. Overnight is at Fosshotel Húsavik.

Day 5: FROM NORTH TO EAST 330 km / 205 mls

We start the day by exploring the geothermal area of Námaskarð and seeing the impacts of volcanic activity at Krafla. Then we travel to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park. From there we head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland, where we spend the night. Overnight is at Hotel Hallormsstaður.

Day 6: FJORDS, GLACIER AND ICE 420 km / 260 mls

It’s a day to admire the dramatic fjord landscape and its tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Soon we see Vatnajökull – Europe’s biggest glacier that is visible all over Southeast Iceland. Past the town of Höfn, we stop for a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the glacial lagoon at Jökulsárlón. The night is spent near Skaftafell on the southern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Overnight is at Hotel Skaftafell.

Day 7: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH340 km / 211 mls

Visit Skaftafell at Vatnajökull National Park, nestled below the glacier and Iceland’s highest mountain, the 2110 meter high Hvannadalshnjúkur. Cross the sandy desert of the south coast, and travel along mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík. Iceland’s past comes alive at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Overnight in South Iceland. Overnight is at Hotel Örk.

Day 8: RING THE GOLDEN CIRCLE TO REYKJAVIK 210 km / 130 mls

We see classics today. Start with a horse show that introduces the unique qualities of Iceland’s special breed. Golden Circle sights follow: Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls”; the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur “the churn” spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes. A visit to the ancient Viking Parliament area of Þingvellir National Park tops it off before returning to Reykjavík. Overnight is at Fosshotel Reykjavik.

Day 9: DEPARTURE HOME 50 km / 31 mls

Our private coach will pick you up at your hotel and take you to Keflavik airport.

Included

  • Private airport transfers
  • Private tour with English speaking, professional driver-guide for tour program as per itinerary
  • 3-star / tourist class hotels
  • Daily breakfast buffet
  • Selection of activities as per tour itinerary
  • Parking and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Room & board for driver-guide outside Reykjavik

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