Winter in Iceland is a fantastic season to experience the majestic might of glaciers, these powers of nature which have forcefully carved Iceland‘s landscape on their march to the sea. Explore the regions surrounding Europe's largest glacier, experiencing its ever-changing angles and fantastic photo opportunities, as well as the Golden Circle and the impressive natural wonders of the Borgarfjordur region.
On arrival at Keflavik Airport collect your rental car and proceed to your hotel in Reykjavik. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland's history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a tenth century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Today leave Reykjavik and head to scenic Borgarfjordur, via the scenic Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) and its intriguing undersea tunnel. Or take the scenic coastal road instead. Drive to Borgarnes, where you can stop at the Settlement Museum to learn about the first Viking settlers in the area. Visit Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot springs, as well as two beautiful waterfalls, Hraunfossar (the Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (the Children's Falls). Two nights in the Reykholt/Husafell area.
Today explore the Borgarfjordur valley region and nearby areas. Langjokull Glacier offers some exciting optional adventures such as exploring a man-made tunnel built into the icy-blue heart of the glacier, reached by an adventerous ride up the glacier in a Super Truck. Or if you are interested in culture, visit the Reykholt home of a medieval chieftain who penned some of Iceland‘s greatest Sagas. Or explore scenic Husafell and stroll on paths with colourful stone paintings created by a local artist. 2nd overnight in the Reykholt/Husafell area.
Today, visit three of the most renowned sites in Iceland! Start with Thingvellir National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), famous for its history and geological wonders. Onwards to the majestic Gullfoss Waterfall, formed by the waters of a glacial river. Continue to Geysir hot spring area with its lively bubbling pools and spouting geyser. Overnight in the Hella/Hvolsvollur area.
Travel along the south coast, one of Iceland's main farming areas. You'll see many farms and shaggy herds of Icelandic horses as you head along the Ring Road. View the magnificent waterfall Skogarfoss, site of hidden treasure. Nearby is Skogar Folk Museum, with a great collection of mementos from Iceland's past and beautifully preserved turf-roofed buildings. Make a stop in Vik village, where you can admire stunning views of the black sand beach and the black basalt columns of Drangey. You'll also see glaciers from the road, including Myrdalsjokull and Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajokull. Overnight in Hofn area.
Today explore the glacial wonders of Vatnajokull National Park, Europe's largest national park. Visit the park's majestic Skaftafell area, located between two glaciers and offering many hiking possibilities. Continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where blue, white, turquoise and black-streaked icebergs shift and dance. Don‘t forget to keep an eye out for seals resting amid the glaciers. Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Drive along the scenic south coast. En route, visit Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that you can walk behind. At the Thorvaldseyri Volcano Visitor Centre located beneath Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, you can experience both in pictures and film the 2010 eruption and its impact on the area and the world (closed in December and January and on weekends). Or visit (by appointment only) the new Bobby Fischer Centre in Selfoss, dedicated to the world-famous American chess master. Continue to Hveragerdi, a hot springs village famous for its geothermal greenhouses, where flowers and vegetables are grown year-round. Return to Reykjavik for overnight.
Arrangements end with the return of your rental car to Keflavik Airport.
Accommodation: choose from two levels of accommodation:
Comfort: accommodation with private facilities in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Quality: accommodation with private facilities in quality hotels and guesthouses, with first and last night in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.
Additional nights can be added in Reykjavik at the beginning or end, or anywhere else already on the itinerary along the way.
The names for individual accommodations are not available prior to booking, as the tour package is based on specific hotel/price categories and not on specific hotels/accommodations and the exact location of your hotel will vary according to availability. The itinerary indicates the region only for each overnight stay (with the exception of the first and last nights which are always in Reykjavik itself).