From your base in Reykjavik, enjoy some fantastic day excursions, showing you the highlights of Iceland's wonderful natural environment and culture. Visit the three premier sights that make up the Golden Circle - Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir geothermal area, then choose which stunning natural sights you will visit on the other days.
Arrival at Keflavik Airport and coach transfer to your hotel. Time at leisure - the city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Recently established as a haven for food lovers, numerous restaurants take advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game. There are also many wonderful museums including the National Museum, with artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland's history and culture. Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum is an archaeological museum based around a 10th century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001. You may also like the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.
Explore the fabulous highlights of the famed Golden Circle route. Drive around Southern Iceland's fertile farming area and visit one of the most magnificent waterfalls in all of Iceland, Gullfoss. Onwards to the erupting hot springs in Geysir area, before arriving at beautiful Þingvellir National Park. Here, the world's oldest parliament was founded in the year 930AD and the European and American tectonic plates almost meet in a spectacular setting.
Today choose between two great excursions. On the South Shore Adventure tour you will travel through south Iceland's farming land to the black sand beaches, thundering waterfalls, powerful volcanoes and majestic glaciers of the South Coast. First stop is Skógafoss, a picturesque waterfall thundering down the slopes of Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Then onwards for a leisurely stroll along the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, with stacks of basalt columns that wall off surrounding cliffs scattered with caves. Offshore you will see the Reynisdrangar pillars, basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea. Then on to Seljalandsfoss waterfall to walk behind this magnificent wall of water. On a clear day you will have a fantastic view of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull volcanoes and the Westman Islands.
OR visit the South Coast & Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. Drive along Iceland's stunning south shore to extraordinary Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. En route you pass small villages, stop at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls, and see Skaftafell National Park - the green oasis at the foot of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. With its enormous and ancient icebergs breaking off from Vatnajökull Glacier, this natural wonder of Iceland is an awe inspiring sight. The Lagoon produces a feeling of incredible tranquillity as the 1,000-1,500 year old ice silently drifts into the lake and slowly melts away. The lagoon covers 18km square and reaches over 248m at its deepest point- the lake is a result of Breiðarmerkurjökull glacier slowly retreating, leaving in its wake the lagoon and the oddly-shaped icebergs of various sizes. En route to the lagoon you will see some of Iceland's most magnificent scenery, including the tallest mountain in Iceland, Hvannadalshnjúkur, and the sprawling black sand desert between Skaftafell National Park and the lagoon itself. From May to September enjoy a boat tour on the Lagoon (Please note the boat tour does not operate from October to April due to excess ice in the lagoon).
Today choose between two great excursions. On the Snaefellnes National Park exploration, discover the wonders of Snaefellsnes peninsula in the west of Iceland with its white and black sand beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains, volcanic craters and charming fishing villages. The stunning landscapes have captured imaginations world-wide, ever since Jules Verne wrote Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Amazing Snaefellsjokull glacier is where that trip began and even now, it continues to inspire great works of art. Savour the moment in front of Iceland’s most famous and most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell. Made legendary in Game of Thrones, this free-standing mountain is a photo opportunity like no other. Enjoy an Icelandic home-cooked evening meal with some locals before returning to Reykjavik.
OR enjoy the Langjokull Glacier & Ice Cave tour. From Reykjavik we drive through the scenic mountains and valleys to West Iceland. After almost five years of preparation by top engineers and geo-physicists, you can now explore Langjokull ice tunnel, located high on Europe's second largest glacier. This is the world's first and biggest, man-made Ice Cap Glacier tunnel and your adventurous journey starts by travelling from Reykjavik. At the glacier, hop on board a monster, 8-wheel, glacier truck to reach the ice cave's entrance. Inside, you'll see unimaginable colours of blue and learn how glaciers hide the secrets of history. Spend around 50 minutes within the glacier. Stop for lunch, then continue through the Borgarfjordur valley. See Hraunfossar, a beautiful lava waterfall almost a mile long gushing through a wall of lava and the nearby Barnafoss waterfall. Bring your own headphones for the in-bus audio guided tour. Headphones are also available to rent on the bus.
Transfer by coach to Keflavik International Airport and end of arrangements.
The order of excursions may change.
Add extra nights and additional excursions, such as: Reykjavik City tour, Horse Riding, Whale Watching, Blue Lagoon, Snorkelling in Silfra Gorge, Snowmobiling on a Glacier, ATV tour and many more.
If you are travelling in autumn/winter (Sep-Apr) you can also add a search for the Northern Lights - choose from tours by Super Jeep, coach or boat.