This tour provides you with the opportunity to explore the magnificent and diverse landscape of Iceland. This 13 day round-the-island tour lets you visit numerous of Iceland’s natural wonders and partake in activities such as sailing amongst glaciers and whale watching.
Included: Pick up & drop off in Reykjavik / Airport, guided bus tour, all necessary equipment.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
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Wanderlust in Iceland - 13 day package tour
If desired, we can arrange for the group to have meetings with employees of Icelandic businesses or lectures with specialists. We can also offer some classrooms and conference rooms on the tour for lectures and assignment work if requested. We can tailor this trip to your needs and the trip can be adjusted according to the respective study or interest field.
Day 1: Geothermal Iceland
On our first day in Iceland, we visit the hot spring area Seltun, a hot spring area in Hveragerdi village, and the Geysir Geothermal Field. In these areas we will see many geysers, hissing steam vents, solfataras, and bubbling mud pots. We will also go to the geothermal power plant Hellisheidarvirkjun, where we learn about geothermal energy.
Today will be all about geothermal areas and geothermal energy. We start our tour by driving past lava fields, volcanoes and craters, until we come to the hot spring area Seltun in Krysuvik. At Seltun you will have the opportunity to walk amongst hissing steam vents, solfataras, and bubbling mud pots. Close by is the geothermal power plant, Hellisheidarvirkjun. If requested, we can take a tour of the plant and watch a short film explaining how geothermal energy is used in Iceland. We will also have an opportunity to look at one of the boreholes and learn about boreholes. We will drive to Hveragerdi village, where there are many intriguing hot springs, including mud pools, hot water springs, steaming vents, and geysers. We will stop at one of these hot spring areas and explore the area. Our last stop of the day is Geysir geothermal field. The geothermal field is believed to have a total surface area of approximately 3 km2 (1.16 sq. mi). We will take a look at Geysir, the geyser that all other geysers are named after, and Strokkur, a geyser that erupts every few minutes. This area is great to see geysers in action.
Day 2: A wet day - Waterfalls, beaches and a hydro power plant
Today we will see three magnificent waterfalls; Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss, and Gullfoss. We will also visit the hydro power plant Burfellsvirkjun where we will learn about hydropower. Lastly we visit Reynisfjara, a gorgeous black sand beach.
We will spend most of today near some type of water. We start out the day by visiting the gorgeous waterfall of Gullfoss (Golden Falls). It is possible to walk so close to the edge of the waterfall that it is highly likely that we can feel the mist of the glacial water on our faces. The waterfall is in the glacial river Hvita, which flows for 40 km (25 mi) before dropping down at the waterfall. We then visit the hydropower plant Burfellsvirkjun. At the power plant we will learn about hydropower and renewable energy. We will also visit an interactive energy exhibition to educate ourselves and have some fun.
We continue our journey onto a reconstructed Viking-era farmstead in Iceland. The Viking houses are from the year 1104 and because of their reconstruction we can no see how Viking homes used to be like. We also have the opportunity to do a short hike in the area to a waterfall that is close by. Our next stop will be at the majestic waterfall Seljalandsfoss that plunges from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 m (197 ft.) to a shallow pool. What is most intriguing about this magnificent waterfall is not only its pure beauty, but the fact that you can walk around the waterfall, giving you the opportunity to see a waterfall from behind.
Skogarfoss waterfall will be our next stop. It is also 60 m (197 ft.) in height and it is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. There are steps leading to the top of this waterfall, giving you the opportunity to walk to the top of the waterfall and see it from a completely new and awe-inspiring angle.
Our last stop of the day is the black sand beach Reynisfjara. Here you can get up close and personal with the Atlantic Ocean, but be careful not to get too close because the waves can be very powerful. At Reynisfjara beach you encounter beautiful basalt columns on the sand and have a great view of the magnificent basalt pillars Reynisdrangar, rising from the sea.
Day 3: The South of Iceland
We will hike to the top of the cliff Systrastapi where we can enjoy the amazing view of the area. Then we will go to the Vatnajokull National Park. At the national park we go to an informative visitors center, hike to the waterfall Svartifoss, and take a closer look at the Skaftafell glacier. We end our day by doing a boat tour in Jokulsarlon glacier where we can sail amongst icebergs.
Let the day begin by visiting a wool factory in Vik. This provides you with a golden opportunity to buy some wool gifts or souvenirs. We then continue our journey on to the cliff of Systrastapi. Here we will hike to the top of the cliff where we can see the grave of two women who were excommunicated many years ago because they were thought to be witches.
Our next stop will be the visitor center Skaftafell, in Vatnajokull National Park. At the visitor center we will have the opportunity to go see an exhibition about a glacial flood that happened in 1996. We continue exploring the national park Vatnajokull as we do a hike to the waterfall Svartifoss. Svartifoss is known as the Black Waterfall due to its basalt columns.
Next we will take a closer look at the Skaftafell Glacier. The area has become famous for its picturesque nature, and movies such as Interstellar, and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, were shot in there.
Our last stop will be the exceptional Jokulsarlon glacier. If requested we can provide for a boat tour on the glacial lagoon where you have the opportunity to sail amongst icebergs. Another possibility is to take a walk in the area. Chances are that you will see a few seals swimming in the lagoon. There is a stunning black sand beach in the area that we will also visit. This black sand beach is covered in icebergs that have washed up from the sea, making this view a once in a life time experience.
Day 4: Djupivogur and Hvanngil Canyon
Today we will visit the small coastal town Djupivogur and view the Eastfjords. We will hike in the colorful Hvanngil Canyon, and go to a beautiful area filled with zeolite and scolecite crystals.
Today we start heading towards the East of Iceland. If we are lucky, we might see some Icelandic horses along the way and make a quick stop to meet them. We make a short stop in the coastal town Djupivogur, a small town with 400 inhabitants, mostly known for its fishing and trading. Here you can enjoy the view over the welcoming Eastfjords.
Next we do a hike in the colorful Hvanngil Canyon. The scenery is magnificent and we can enjoy the colorful rhyolite mountains with weathered liparate. We might see some small rivers and waterfalls on this hike.
Next we visit the one of the most renowned zeolites spot in the world. We can see the amazing crystals all around us. Zeolites are eroded from the cliffs on the coastline by the sea. The sub-species called scolecite are most commonly discovered there. If desired, we can visit a farm where these zeolites and scolecites are sold.
Day 5: The East of Iceland
We will visit Skriduklaustur, a center of culture and history. We will also visit one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland, Hengifoss. We then drive to Lake Myvatn and can go nature bathing there.
We start out the day by visiting Skriduklaustur, a center of culture and history. It used to be the home of Gunnar Gunnarsson, an Icelandic poet and author. Close by is one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland, Hengifoss. The stunning Hengifoss is 128 meters high (420 ft.), and we will do a hike to get to the waterfall. Keep your eyes on Lake Lagafljot as we drive by it because as in the Scottish lake of Loch Ness, a worm-monster called Lagafljotsormurinn is believed to be living in the depths of Lake Lagarfljot. On our drive we will also see the largest forest in Iceland, Hallormsstadaskogur. Our last stop of the day will be at Lake Myvatn. Lake Myvatn was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2300 years ago. We will have the opportunity to go nature bathing in Jardbodin Geothermal Spa near Myvatn in the evening.
Day 6: The Lake Myvatn Area
We explore the area around Myvatn today. We will explore the tuff ring volcano Hverfjall, and the lava formations at Dimmuborgir. We vill also go to the nearby crater Viti, and hike the mountain Krafla.
We will spend today exploring the natural wonders of Lake Myvatn and the surrounding area. Lake Myvatn is the sixth largest lake in Iceland, 37 km2 (14.3 sq. mi). There are not many places in Iceland that can boast of a mountain scene like the Myvatnssveit area. Most of the mountains in the neighborhood of Lake Myvatn were formed in sub glacial eruptions a few thousand years ago. We start the day by climbing the tephra cone or tuff ring volcano Hverfjall. This hike provides you with a great view of the area and you can better explore what a crater looks like. Our next stop will be in the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir. Dimmuborgir sports a lava formation which can be walked into and it looks like a church. Next, we take the road to the nearby crater Viti. Viti is a little blue lake that is on top of a dormant volcano. Just behind Viti, is the mountain Krafla, which we will do a hike on. We will have the opportunity again to end the day by going nature bathing in Jardbodin Geothermal Spa.
Day 7: Namafjall geothermal area, Dettifoss Waterfall, and hiking in Vatnajokull National Park
Today we visit Namafjall geothermal area where we can see some solfataras and boiling mudpots, surrounded by sulfur crystals of various colors. Then we visit Dettifoss waterfall and enjoy a hike in the Vatnajokull national park.
Before we leave the Myvatn area, we make a short stop at Namafjall geothermal area. In this geothermal area are some solfataras and boiling mudpots, surrounded by sulfur crystals of various colors. You will definitely be able to smell the sulfur from the ground. We then continue on to the beautiful Dettifoss waterfall. Dettifoss is 45 meters (148 feet) tall, and 100 meters (328 feet) wide. After enjoying this mighty waterfall we do a hike in the Vatnajokull national park. There are many hiking trails in the park, and the scenery is striking. We will stop and eat lunch in the middle of nature. We continue driving to a small town on the north coast of Iceland Husavik. On the way there we might make some short stops and see if we can find some puffins.
Day 8: Whale Watching, Waterfalls, and Akureyri town
We do a whale watching tour, where we do not only get to enjoy the wildlife of the sea, but also the beautiful scenery all around us. Then we visit the famous waterfall Godafoss. We then drive north to the town Akureyri where we are free to explore.
If desired we can arrange for a whale watching tour to start off the day. On the tour we will sail in the Arctic Ocean and experience an unique adventure, watching the wonders of wildlife in mesmerizing surroundings sheltered by mountains. Then we continue on to Godafoss waterfall (The Waterfall of the Gods). This stunning waterfall is quite famous in Icelandic history since it closely connects with the Saga of Christianity. The formerly Pagan Chieftain Þorgeir Ljosvetningagodi was the law speaker (keeper) of the Althing in the year 1000. He was given the authority to decide whether Iceland should convert to Christianity. Once he came to the conclusion that Icelanders should convert to Christianity, he threw all of his statues of the pagan gods into the waterfall. We keep driving through the fjords in the north of Iceland until we come to the town Akureyri. Akureyri is often referred to as the “capital of the North”, since it is the most inhabited town in the north of Iceland. In Akureyri, you will have free time to explore the town, souvenir shop, or do what your heart desires.
Day 9: The North of Iceland
On day nine we visit the folk museum of Glaumbaer where we get to see old Icelandic turf houses amongst other things. We also visit Borgarvirki, an impressive fortress made out of basalt strata, which the Vikings used as a battlefield back in the day. Then we get to look at Hvitserkur, a monolith thriving with birdlife.
The first stop of the day will be at the folk museum of Glaumbaer. In the area there is both an old turf house, as well as some of the first timber houses that were built in the region in the 19th century. Seeing these houses, especially the turf house, is a great way to see how the Vikings used to live in the old days. Our next stop will be at Borgarvirki (Citadel), an impressive fortress made out of basalt strata. We will hike in the area, which is well known in the Icelandic sagas as a place the Vikings used for military purposes. Then we drive to the Vatnsnes peninsula where you will visit Hvitserkur, a 15 meter (49 feet) high monolith, which stands just offshore from the land. Many bird species live there and the rock bares their mark, as it is white from bird excrement. We will do a hike in the area, which is a prime place for taking photographs since it is very beautiful. While driving in the Vatnsnes peninsula on our way to our accommodation for the night, keep your eyes out for seals in the area.
Day 10: The Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Today we will explore the Snaefellsnes Penisula. We learn about fermented shark and also get the opportunity to taste some. We will visit the waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss, climb Saxholl crater, and visit Djupalonssandur – a sandy beach and bay area. We will also stop at Hellnar, the ancient fishing village and from there we go to Arnarstapi - the westernmost part of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Our last activity of the day is hiking the gorgeous Raudfeldsja gorge, where we will find a beautiful hidden waterfall.
We start out the day with a visit to the shark museum in Bjarnarhofn. At the museum you will learn about fermented shark and how it is made. You will also get the opportunity to taste some fermented shark. After visiting the museum we can either go to a nearby church or look at where the shark is hung up to dry for months. Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall will be our next stop, where we will do a short hike and enjoy the view of the mountain next to the waterfall. Then we will go to Saxholl crater and do an easy climb to the top. The top of the crater provides a special view over the area. Our next stop will be Djupalonssandur, a sandy beach and bay area. We will stroll along the area and enjoy the view. At Djupalonssandur there are four lifting stones that fishermen used to use to test their strength, if they could lift the stones they were allowed to work on the fishing boats. We can try it out ourselves and see how strong we are. Our next stop will be the ancient fishing village Hellnar. In the town there are old houses and a church that are beautiful to look at. We will take a walk in the town and go to Arnarstapi, the westernmost part of the Snaefellsnes peninsula. The last stop of the day is the gorgeous Raudfeldsgja gorge, which cuts into Botnsfjall Mountain. We will take a hike inside of the gorge and find the hidden dreamlike waterfall. The hike is well worth your time and effort, since the scenery looks like it is cut out of a movie.
Day 11: Gerduberg, Raudamelsolkelda, Deildatunguhver, and the midnight sun
On day 11 we visit the gorgeous wall of basalt columns, Gerduberg. We will also get the opportunity to drink carbonated water straight from the ground at Raudamelsolkelda, and boil and egg in the ground in a hot spring at Deildatunguhver. At night we can hike up a mountain to enjoy the midnight sun or just relax at our accommodation for the night.
Today we start the day by going to Gerduberg. Gerduberg is an impressive wall of beautiful basalt columns that form geometric patterns in the cliffs. There is also a mineral well in the valley of Hnappdalur, called Raudamelsolkelda, which as the highest water volume of any well in Iceland. Here you will have the opportunity to taste carbonated water straight from the earth. Next we will go to Deildatunguhver, a hot spring that has the highest flow of any hot spring in Europe. The water temperature is 97°C(206.6 °F) and the flow rate is over 180 liters per second (47.6 gallons per second ). Here you will have the opportunity to boil an egg the natural way, in the ground. Once we get to our accommodation for the night, you will have the option to either relax there, or go hike up a nearby mountain to enjoy the midnight sun from the mountain peak.
Day 12: Hraunfossar Falls, Barnafoss Waterfall, and Thingvellir National Park
Today we will visit two waterfalls, Hraunfossar, and Barnafoss. Then we will visit a place that is near and dear in every Icelanders heart, Thingvellir National Park. At Thingvellir we will be able to visibly see where rift between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plate. Thingvellir is also the birthplace of the world’s first parliament.
A highlight of today will probably be Hraunfossar Falls. The falls consist of a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 meters (2953 ft.) through a very porous lava field. The waterfalls pour into the river Hvita from ledges composed of the less porous rock in the lava. Very close by is another waterfall called Barnafoss (The waterfall of the children). The waterfall’s name is derived from an accident which is said to have taken place there in ancient times. The tale says that once upon a time there was a natural bridge over the waterfall and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths using that bridge to cross the river. It is said that the grief stricken mother since had the bridge destroyed. We continue our journey to Thingvellir National Park. This area is filled with Icelandic history, and we will take a look at where the world’s first parliament was created in the summer of 930. Another thing that we will take a look at is the big rift between the Eurasian tectonic plate and the North-American tectonic plates. We can clearly see how the plates are going apart from each other and how it has affected the area. Thingvellir has a place in every Icelander´s heart both because of its beauty and also its rich history. We then drive to Reykjavik, having driven around Iceland. Here you can have some free time to explore the city, go swimming, or do what you want to.
Day 13: Caving, Blue Lagoon, and Departure
On our last day in Iceland we will do an amazing caving tour in Leidarendi Cave. We will also visit The Blue Lagoon, a famous geothermal nature spa. Then we will bring you to the airport in time for your flight.
On your last day in Iceland we start the day by going underground and touring Leidarendi Cave. This speleology tour takes us to unique locations in Iceland’s most spectacular lava tube caves and craters. These beautiful natural phenomena were created when the surface lava solidified but magma continued to flow in tunnels. Before hitting the airport, if desired, can visit the famous nature spa The Blue Lagoon. The warm waters in the Blue Lagoon are rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur, and bathing in the Blue Lagoon is reputed to help some people suffering from skin diseases. The water temperature in the bathing and swimming are of the lagoon averages 27-29°C. The water in the lagoon is used for both recreational and medicinal bathing. We then take you to the airport in time for your flight.
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