This four-day adventure around North Iceland and Snaefellsnes Peninsula is perfect for travelers looking for the hidden gems of Iceland. Explore 3000-year-old craters, towering rock formations, bubbling geothermal areas, and turf farms. Go whale watching, beer tasting, mountain hiking, and caving. Make the best of your time in Iceland!
Small-group guided tour
See the Iceland essentials in 4 days
Duration: 4 days
Departs From: Reykjavik
Group maximum: 18 persons
Available: All Year
Age limit: 6 years
- North Iceland
- Goðafoss Waterfall
- Lake Mývatn
- Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Northern Lights (winter months)
- Kaldi Microbrewery Tour
We’ll pick you up from your chosen pickup point in Reykjavik. Choose your pickup location upon booking. Please note that picking up the entire group can last up to half an hour. Your patience is greatly appreciated!
Pickup and drop-off from Reykjavik, 3 nights accommodation with private bathroom and breakfast, whale watching tour, guided minibus tour, English-speaking guide, free WiFi, and beer tasting tour.
Lunch is not included in the price of the tour. However, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to buy lunch on each day of the tour. Entrance to the Mývatn Nature Baths and Vatnshellir Cave tours are not included in the price of the tour either. Both tours are optional extras.
Bring with you:
Appropriate clothing, camera, reusable water bottle. Regardless of the season, you should pack wool or fleece thermal underwear, wool socks, a warm first layer, waterproof and windproof top layer. Sturdy hiking boots are essential!
What if I don’t own all of the necessary clothing items?
You can always rent sturdy hiking boots, a waterproof jacket, and pants in advance during the booking process.
Fees for Myvatn nature baths and Vatnshellir Cave tour are not included in the price. If you wish to take a dip in the baths or go on a caving tour, you’ll be able to do so for an additional price.
We’ll drop you off back in Reykjavik at around 8 p.m.
Begin your exploration of North Iceland with a visit to Grabrok Crater, Hvitserkur Rock, and Kaldi Brewery.
Day 1 - Trip to North Iceland and Icelandic Craft Beer Tasting
Your journey across North Iceland begins when we pick you up from your chosen location in Reykjavik. Our drive to the first attraction of the day, Grábrók Crater, will last for about 30 minutes.
- Beer tasting
- Guided brewery tour
Grabrok is a 3,000-year-old crater that was formed by an enormous volcanic eruption. It stretches over 23 sq ft (7 sq m) and is 560 ft (170 m) high. The easy hike to the top presents unmatched views of West Iceland: rolling volcanic hills, vast lava fields, and endless horizons.
Our next stop of the day is Hvítserkur Rock. This towering basalt rock formation standing farther from the shores of Hunafloi Bay is 49 ft (15 m) tall. Some say it looks like an elephant drinking water or a dragon at first glance. Locally known as the Troll of Northwest Iceland, the formation is also a nesting ground for gulls, fulmars, and cormorants.
Finally, we cap our day off with a glass of thirst-quenching Icelandic craft beer. Just before we settle in for the night at our hotel, we’ll visit Kaldi, a local microbrewery founded in 2006. The brewery is famous for its 12 different kinds of brew and beer spa! During the hour-long tasting tour, you’ll have the chance to sample several beers and learn about the beer making process.
The accommodation for the night is located in the charming fishing village of Dalvik. If you’re traveling during the winter season, there’s a high chance that we’ll go Northern Lights hunting at night!
Continue your trip along the North of Iceland and marvel at Godafoss Waterfall, continue towards Myvatn Geothermal Area, Námaskarð Lava Field, and dip in Myvatn Nature Baths.
Day 2 - North Iceland and Myvatn Nature Baths
The second day of our trip around Northern Iceland begins after a hearty breakfast at the hotel. When everyone is ready we’ll head to our first attraction, Goðafoss Waterfall. It’s one of the most famous waterfalls that is wider than it is high. It drops for 39 ft (12 m) and stretches over 98 ft (30 m).
- Lake Myvatn
- Goðafoss Waterfall
- Mývatn Nature Baths (optional extra)
The waterfall’s name means “the Waterfall of Gods.”According to local legend, law speaker Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði threw all his Norse gods statues into the waterfall after introducing Christianity to Iceland in year 999 CE, giving the falls its name.
Next, we’ll head to Myvatn Geothermal Area. Lake Myvatn and the surrounding areas comprise one of the most important nature reserves in Iceland and feature a wide variety of flora and fauna. The area was created by a basaltic lava eruption 2,300 years ago. It consists of Lake Myvatn, lava islands, mud pools, and a few pseudocraters. It is a spellbinding place because of its turquoise lakes, nestled in the pitch black lava field and dotted with patches of snow.
The area is teeming with wildlife, plants, and algae due to high levels of phosphorus, nitrogen, and other nutrients in the water. You can spot many species of duck and other water birds flapping around in the water.
As we leave Myvatn Geothermal Area behind us, we come upon Dimmuborgir Lava Field. It’s one of the most unique lava fields in the country due to various lava rock formations, enormous pillars, caves, and caverns. It is believed that the field is a remnant of an ancient civilization.
We then continue our trip towards Námaskarð Lava Field. The lava field is famous for its abundance of hot springs, mud pots, and steaming fumaroles. The area around is so poisonous that no life can flourish. The strong smell of sulfur certainly doesn’t add charm. Nonetheless, the sparkling minerals deposited in the area are definitely worth a glance!
Our last stop of the day is not obligatory but highly recommended. There’s an option to go for a dip into Myvatn Nature Baths. The geothermally-heated pools are celebrated for their skin healing abilities. Combined with the stunning views of Lake Myvatn, it’s a great way to relax after an adventurous day.
The third day of the tour is everyone’s favorite. Today, you’ll get to explore Dalvik and go whale watching. Then, taste some freshly caught and baked fish and visit Glaumbær Turf Farm.
Day 3 - The Glaumbær Turf Farm and Whale Watching
The most awaited day of the tour has finally arrived! Day 3 is everyone’s favorite because you’ll get to wave hello to some whales. Early in the morning, we’ll set out for a trip to the old fishing village of Dalvik. Dalvik is considered the whale watching capital of Iceland. The success rate of making a whale sighting during the summer can be as high as 99%!
- Whale watching from Dalvik
- Glaumbær Turf Farm
- Accommodation at a hotel in Borgarnes
- Whale Watching Tour
Once at the Dalvik Harbour, we’ll board a traditional fishing boat and head out into the Atlantic Ocean in search of humpback whales. We may also spot harbor porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, or minke whales. If we’re lucky we could even spy a killer whale or blue whale.
On our way back to the shore we’ll do some sea angling. The caught fish will be then cooked and eaten while discussing the amazing experiences of the day.
On our way back south we’ll stop at the Glaumbær Turf Farm. The turf farm was built in the year 900 CE and consists of 13 authentic farm buildings. The farmhouses are built of turf, stone, and timber and all have a herringbone pattern. The kitchen, pantry, bedrooms, and other rooms common to previous settlements can be found on the farm.
The accommodation for the night will be in Borganes.
On the final day of the tour you’ll be able to take breathtaking pictures of Kirkjufell Mountain and Waterfall. The rest of the day we’ll spend exploring the western shores of Iceland and return to Reykjavik.
Day 4 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Our final day of the tour starts at 9:30 a.m. after breakfast. Once everyone is ready we’ll head towards our first destination, Kirkjufell Mountain. Kirkjufell rises up 1915 ft (463 m) and is one of the most photographed mountains in the world. Our guide will take you to a secret spot not far from Kirkjufoss Waterfall, where you’ll be able to take photos of both the breathtaking mountain and the waterfall.
- Mt. Kirkjufell
- Djúpalónssandur black sand beach
- Vatnshellir Cave (optional extra)
- Drop off in Reykjavik
On our way to Djúpalónssandur Black Sand Beach, we’ll stop at Olafsvik Village for lunch. After a quick bite to eat we’ll continue towards the beach. The bay was once one of the most prominent fishing bays in Iceland, serving over 60 fishing boats. On the beach, you’ll find four lifting stones weighing 339 lbs (154 kg), 220 lbs (100 kg), 119 lbs (54 kg), and 50 lbs (23 kg). Back in the day, lifting stones was a common way to determine whether a man was fit to work at sea. Lift at least one of the stones and see if you’d survive working at sea!
Next, we’ll continue towards Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Vatnshellir Lava Cave. Entering the lava cave is optional but highly recommended. There you’ll see stalagmites and stalactites hanging over your head and a myriad of color minerals.
After the lava cave tour, we’ll head back towards Reykjavik. On the way we’ll stop to marvel at the iconic Gerðuberg Basalt Columns and Ytri Tunga, a golden sand beach. Seals are often found sunbathing on the beach!
We’ll drop you off at your hotel in Reykjavik at around 8 p.m.
Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best-informed decision possible.
Glacier trips are undertaken at the responsibility of the participants. Extreme Iceland does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers. It can happen that the glacier hike and/or ice caving tour is canceled because of weather and/or safety reasons. Then we will find other activities when possible, and refund the cost of the canceled activity.