Wonders of Iceland
The Land of Fire and Ice

From $3,195
9 day adventure
#outdoor#adventure#nature

Iceland is the perfect adventure destination. There are volcanoes, geysers and hot springs, black-sand beaches, glaciers and powder-blue lakes. There's also the sharp cliffs dotted with seabirds, beautiful long-maned horses, coursing rivers and powerful waterfalls. You have glacier caves and lava tunnels, the Northern Lights, and summer fields of lupines. And isolated steepled churches, colourful seaside villages, Viking ship skeletons, and expressionistic architecture. And then there's the barren, mottled mountains of the interior where the wind howls and humans must tread with respect. This gorgeous, fascinating and unique location is calling out, and adventure-seekers everywhere must heed its call.

Highlights

Waterfalls and rivers

Waterfalls and rivers

You can find some of the most spectacular and forceful rivers and waterfalls carving canyons and creating deep pools.

Incredible colours

Incredible colours

Iceland was painted from a Gothic palette, from its black-sand beaches to its brown, grey and orange interior.

The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights

In winter the miracle of the Northern Lights can be seen across the skies of the island.

Itinerary

Map of the The Land of Fire and Ice adventure trip
  • Day 1 | Arrival and explore Reykjavík

    Arrival and explore Reykjavík

    Today we meet up in Reykjaviík, Iceland’s capital city. It's a striking and engaging seaside city. It’s also flat and one of the safest cities in the world, so strolling around to visit just the best coffee spots, museums, galleries, viewpoints and restaurants is a must. We spend our first night here, so there's time to catch up on sleep if need be before travelling tomorrow.

  • Day 2 | The Golden Circle

    The Golden Circle

    We explore three natural attractions that are in close proximity to one another and can be visited within a day. These attractions – known as the Golden Circle – are Thingvellir National Park, the Gulfoss waterfall, and the geysers Geysir and Strokkur. There’s also the option to go snowmobiling on Langjökull glacier, and we say: do it! We overnight in Selfoss on the Ölfusá river.

  • Day 3 | Waterfall, beach and canyon

    Waterfall, beach and canyon

    It's another jam-packed day! We hike to the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, then head to Vík, an isolated village tucked between the wall of Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the sea. Next we visit the mesmerising Fjadrárgljúfur canyon in Vatnajökull National Park. We can also go on a glacier cave tour in Katla, something we highly recommend! We overnight in the village of Klauster.

  • Day 4 | Glacier, lagoon and beach

    Glacier, lagoon and beach

    We start the day by visiting Svartifoss, a perfect waterfall flanked by dark lava columns. We then head to Hofskirkja, the last turf church left in Iceland. Then (very exciting!) we go to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we can hike the glacier and kayak on the lagoon. We also visit Diamond Beach, where small icebergs litter the black sand. Tonight we stay in the fishing town Höfn.

  • Day 5 | Highlights of the Eastfjords

    Highlights of the Eastfjords

    Today we travel through the Eastfjords, a distinct region of Iceland known for its sharp peaks, many waterfalls, reindeer herds, small villages, European influences, and rich folklore. We visit the art installation ‘Eggs at Marry Bay’ in Djúpivogur, and also Stödvarfjördur for the amazing views of the Stedji, Hellufjall and Súlur mountains. We stay in Storurd in the Dyrfjöll mountains.

  • Day 6 | Lake, hot spring and waterfall

    Lake, hot spring and waterfall

    We head to the north of the country and visit Mývatn lake, a shallow volcanic lake with many small islands that's a haven for waterbirds. We then go to the impossibly powerful Dettifoss waterfall, which is 100 m wide and drops 40 m into Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. We later relax in the Mývatn Nature Baths, with water that's 36 to 40 ℃. We overnight in small Reykjahlíd.

  • Day 7 | Culture, waterfall, hot springs

    Culture, waterfall, hot springs

    We visit Akureyri, the capital of the north, and settled by Norse Vikings. The Laufas Turf Houses are a must-see, as is the soaring, super-modern church Akureyrarkirkja. We visit Godafoss waterfall, and then Hraunfossar waterfall, which flows out of lava rock. Later, we visit Europe's most powerful hot spring: Deildartunguhver. It's 97 ℃! We overnight in Borgarnes.

  • Day 8 | Snæfellsjökull National Park

    Snæfellsjökull National Park

    Today is so full of beauty it's ridiculous. We visit Snæfellsjökull National Park in the Westfjords. Here we hike to Dritvík cove, visit the basalt cliffs of Lóndranger, and walk across a lava field to visit the coastal villages of Hellnar and Arnarstapi. There's the option of going on a tour in Vatnshellir Lava Cave, which we highly recommend. We spend the night in Reykjavík.

  • Day 9 | Last day ... or is it?

    Last day ... or is it?

    For those departing Reykjavík, we drive you to the airport. Or if there's time before your flight, we can explore the city a little. Those who have opted to stay longer and up the adventure are now driven inland to the start of the famous Laugavegur trail. This guided four-day trek takes you through the forbidding, ethereal and treeless central highlands. You overnight in huts.

Meet our Local Leader

David Gudmundsson

David Gudmundsson

David is a fantastic and experienced Icelandic tour guide who knows the island in and out. He's also proud father to a little girl. He can't wait to welcome you to Iceland and show you around the Land of Fire and Ice.

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