Day 1 – Arrival – The Golden Circle
Arrival at Keflavik International Airport. You will drive through the charred and blackened lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula and will be left in no doubt as to why it was used to train American astronauts before the moon landing. Iceland is not only foreign, it is otherworldly
The Golden Circle is Iceland’s most popular tourist attraction. It includes Þingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss.
The first stop is Þingvellir National Park. Here, you can walk along the rift valley of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, all the while exploring an area which plays a huge role in Iceland’s heritage; parliament was founded here in 930 AD, and it is also where Iceland converted to Christianity and declared its independence from Denmark.
The geothermal valley of Haukadalur is the next stop, where you can see the geysers Strokkur and Geysir, amongst many bubbling hot springs. Strokkur puts on an unforgettable display every 10 minutes or so, erupting to heights that exceed 20 m (66 ft).
Just a few kilometres away is Iceland’s most popular attraction, the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss. A pathway takes you to the water’s edge, where you can get a real sense of the incredible power of these enormous falls. From Gullfoss, those with a good sense of adventure can jump on an optional snowmobiling tour on Langjökull glacier.
Another popular sight of the area is the volcanic crater Kerið, which is well worth a visit before continuing to the South Coast. The rocks of this crater are coloured rusty red and fiery orange, and the water that permanently sits within its basin is an incredible, vivid blue. The colour contrast, especially when you add green-growing moss, is simply stunning.
Day 2 – The Southern Coast – Glacier Hike – Jökulsárlón
Seljalandsfoss is a 60-metre tall waterfall and is accessible from all sides as there is a small cave behind the falling water where you can stop for a whole new viewpoint of the scenery. But bring a raincoat because you will get wet from the drizzle.
Skógafoss waterfall is one of the biggest cascades in the country and according to legend, the first Viking settler in the south buried a great treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. If you are not afraid of heights, you can take the staircases which lead to the top of a hill where you can look down at this mighty waterfall.
You will reach the glacier tongue Sólheimajökull next, where you will partake in your glacier hike. The landscapes atop an ice-cap are ethereal and the hiking itself is an adventure of a lifetime. Your guide will fascinate you with stories about the history and natural laws behind this incredible natural phenomenon and all the necessary equipment will be provided, just do not forget to bring some sturdy boots.
Jökulsárlón is a large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park. Floating on the lagoon are enormous icebergs, moving with the waves towards the river mouth. The white and blue icebergs give off a calming crackling sound as they float around in the lagoon. You will have plenty of time to take in the views from shore, and to hop onto the amphibian boat to ride onto the lagoon for an up close encounter with the icebergs and the seals that swim around them.
Day 3 – Departure
The minibus will sent our dear guest to Keflavik International airport for your flights back home.