Day 1- Arrival Reykjavik－Blue Lagoon－Seltún－Museums
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 minibus that picks you up will bring you to the Blue Lagoon. The warm azure water is renowned for its healing properties, as is the natural silica mud you can use as a revitalising face mask. The Blue Lagoon invigorates both your body and mind, preparing you for your road trip adventure.
After you are revitalised, we will head to a very interesting place not far from Blue Lagoon – Seltún. Seltún has many mudpots and fumaroles, and minerals deposited from geothermal solutions provide colorful sediments. As you walk towards Seltun, the first thing that strikes you is it’s lunar and Mars-like appearance. A land shrouded with clouds of water vapour with colours of red, orange, golden and dark silver pools of mud begin to emerge from the earth’s surface. You’ll then make your way to the northernmost capital in the world: Reykjavik!
The Northern Lights Center – Aurora Reykjavik exhibition is your first stop when you want to experience the Aurora Borealis in Iceland. This museum was the dream of four people, and the wonders here are the work of many. The center is divided into sections which include history of the Northern Lights, legends and stories from around the world, and introduction to Northern Lights Photography.
The Saga Museum intimately recreates key moments in Icelandic history, moments that have determined the fate of our people and which give a compelling view into how Icelanders have lived for more than a millenium.
Day 2 –Whale-Watching－City Tour
Depart from Reykjavik for a whale-watching tour. Four species can be regularly seen on these tours: harbour porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, Minke Whales and Humpback Whales. It is not at all unheard of, however, to see orcas (or killer whales), pilot whales, Fin Whales, and even Basking Sharks. On top of these incredible animals, during summer you can expect to see a wealth of seabirds, most notably including the puffin. Your experienced guides can answer any questions you have as you hunt for and marvel over these majestic creatures.
Spend the rest of the day exploring Reykjavík and settle into your hotel room in the centre of town. You’ll find plenty of interesting places to see, such as the Hallgrímskirkja church, Laugavegur and Skólavörðustígur shopping streets.
There are plenty of designer boutiques, quirky cafés, world-class restaurants, the Old Harbour, the Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Center, and Reykjavík’s pond by the city council building, just to name a few of the places you can explore.
Inspired by Iceland’s volcanic rock formations, Hallgrímskirkja can be seen from almost anywhere in the city! Take the elevator to the top for Reykjavík’s best city views.
Sun Voyager (Icelandic: Sólfar) is a sculpture by Jón Gunnar Árnason, located next to the Sæbraut road in Reykjavík, Iceland. Sun Voyager is described as a dreamboat, or an ode to the sun. The artist intended it to convey the promise of undiscovered territory, a dream of hope, progress and freedom.
Tjörnin is a prominent small lake in central Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Most visitors to the city pass along its shore, as it is situated in the city centre next to the Reykjavik City Hall and several museums.
Home to the Wonders of Iceland exhibition and an impressive artificial geyser, Perlan is a stunning glass dome crowned by one of the city’s best restaurants.
Day 3 –The Golden Circle－ Þingvellir National Park
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 4 – The Southern Coast
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.
From there you’ll stop at the black sands of Sólheimasandur where you’ll leave the minibus and hop aboard another ride, a bike. You’ll cycle through this dark desert until you reach a wreckage of a plane that crashed here in the 70s. Don’t worry, nobody got hurt in the crash. However, the wreck now serves as a great photographic location as the lone plane is surrounded by nothing but black sand.
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.
Day 5 – Vatnajökull National Park
Today, you’ll head to Reynisfjara beach, famous for iconic cliff formations and treacherous waves. With its high cliffs formed of basalt columns and volcanic rocks, smoothed by erosion, this beach is one of the most iconic places in Iceland. You will hear the thundering noise of waves crashing into the rocks as you look out to the spectacular Reynisdrangar rock formations, rising from the waters.
Afterwards, you will stop for a bite at the nearby village of Vík before you are off again to the next main attraction of the day, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. On your way, you’ll notice the contrasting Icelandic landscapes as you drive through both green valleys and lava fields. You’ll pass the luscious birch tree area in Skaftafell national reserve before arriving at the glacier lagoon.
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.
Then you will drive down to the legendary Diamond Beach where chunks of ice and even whole icebergs are sparkling in the raven black sands, brought there by the high tide. For many visitors the unbeaten highlight of the tour.
Day 6 – Departure
The minibus will sent our dear guest to Keflavik International airport for your flights back home.