Iceland Discovery

Day 1: Reykjavik

Hallo! Welcome to Reykjavik, which lies just below the Arctic Circle. The city sees around four hours of sunlight a day in winter and 22 hours or more in summer. Surrounded by volcanic peaks and crystalline ocean and boasting a vibrant arts and nightlife scene, Reykjavik's contrasts are utterly beguiling. Your adventure kicks off with a welcome meeting at 6 pm at your accommodation. If you arrive early, why not head to the National Museum, which depicts the history of Iceland from the ninth century – when the first Vikings from mainland Scandinavia arrived and settled – to the present day. Or perhaps join locals who gossip and chatter in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool.

Day 2: Golden Circle / Hvolsvollur Valley

Make an early start to beat the crowds on the Golden Circle route. Head to Thingvellir National Park, home to the Parliament Plains and location of Iceland’s first parliament. Thingvellir also contains the Silfra fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly pulling apart. The resulting gap is partly filled with fresh water and is clearly visible. From here head to the Geysir geothermal area, checking out Strokkur and watching as the geyser swells with blue water before erupting and shooting some 20-30 metres in the air. Be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss (Golden) double waterfall on the Hvita River, before proceeding to a remote farm in the Hvolsvollur region, our overnight stop for the night. The guesthouse is the leader in responsible tourism and sustainability in Iceland. Since the arrival of the first settlers to Iceland, deforestation has taken place in order to make space for pastures. Overgrazing has then led to soil erosion. With this in mind, the owners had the idea to start a tree planting project on their land to contribute to lowering CO2 and counteract soil erosion. Join the effort to counteract this and head out into the hills surrounding the property to plant trees.

Day 3: South Coast / Skaftafell National Park / Jokulsarlon

Begin the day with a visit to the breathtaking Skogafoss waterfall. At 25-metres wide with a 60-metre drop, this waterfall roars. You can feel its power up close with a strenuous walk up a windy set of stairs up to a stunning viewpoint. The black sands and bizarre, rectangular rock formations of Reynisfjara are up next. Then, travel to Skaftafell National Park, where you have the option to walk on the mottled blue, grey and black face of Skaftafellsjokull – one of the tongues of epic ice cap Vatnajokull. Cap off a busy day by cruising between jagged icebergs in an included boat tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. From here it is not far to our overnight stay, located on another lagoon that is sheltered by a black sandbar.

Day 4: East Fjords / Modrudalur Valley

Take a scenic drive along the rugged coast of the East Fjords. Enjoy spectacular views of high mountains, deep fjords, spectacular waterfalls, glaciers and quaint fishing villages. Make stops along the way at small but notable towns like Faskrudsfjordur, where historical ties have resulted in street signs being written in French. You’ll also stop at Djupivogur which became a member of the cittaslow movement in 2013 and is aiming to be the Happiest Town in Iceland, and drop by Egilsstadir, home to the mythic Lagarfljot Wyrm. Continue along mountain roads into the highland to the farm village of Modrudalur. At 469 metres (1539 feet) above sea level, Modrudalur is the highest inhabited place in Iceland, and snow can be seen almost year-round. Stretch your legs with a walk to the farm's church, built in 1949 by farmer Jon Adalsteinn Stefansson in memory of his wife. Spend the evening in this unique town, which is small but rich in history.

Day 5: Lake Myvatn / Akureyri

Set off for magnificent Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall at 100-metres wide and with a 45-metre drop into the craggy shores of Jokulsargljufur canyon below. It’s so powerful that it’s vibrations can be felt underfoot. Continue to volcanic Lake Myvatn. Next is Namaskard, where steam rises from the sulphuric terrain and it’s hard to believe you’re on Earth and not Mars. Take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir and then observe the massive pseudo craters of Skutustadir. Continue to the crescent shaped Godafoss waterfall, where legend says a lawmaker priest threw the idols of the Norse gods when Christianity became Iceland’s official religion in AD1000. Travel on to Akureyri and settle into your accommodation for the evening.

Day 6: Akureyri / Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Situated at the head of Iceland's longest fjord, Akureyri is the nation's second-largest city. Embark on a short walking tour of the town, taking in the striking church and other local sights. If you’re travelling between May and December, you might have the option to partake in a whale watching excursion. Ask your leader for details. Later, continue to Snaefellsnes National Park, home to the magnificent Snaefellsjokull Glacier, which played a starring role in Jules Verne's 1864 novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Look forward to an included home-cooked dinner this evening. If you are up for it, you can also join in a cooking class with your host and help prepare tonight's meal.

Day 7: Snaefellsnes Peninsula / Reykjavik

Continue exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, beginning with the basaltic pebble beach Djupalonssandur. Continue to the white beach at Budir, then go on to Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs exposes you to rich bird life and other wonders of nature. Next up is Lysuholslaug, where you can bathe in thermal pools (depending on the season) or check out the pony-sized Icelandic horses grazing in the fields. In the afternoon head back to Reykjavik to complete your circuit of Iceland, passing beautiful Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) along the way. The rest of the evening is yours for the taking. Perhaps head out for dinner with your fellow travellers and toast with a glass of Brennivin, a savoury schnapps.

Day 8: Reykjavik

Today is departure day and time to say sjaumst (see you soon)! Check out time is at midday. If you are departing later, you can arrange with reception to store your luggage at the hotel. If you wish to spend more time in Reykjavik, we'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to your booking agent at the time of booking. Perhaps browse some of the city's great art galleries. If you feel like something more active, book yourself on a Silfra Fissure snorkelling adventure, where you’ll discover this underwater ridge with water visibility of up to 120 metres. Alternatively, while away the hours with a soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.

Start date - End date Trip Status Price
20/APR/2020 - 27/APR/2020 FS DGAU$4005
24/APR/2020 - 01/MAY/2020 FS DGAU$3925
01/MAY/2020 - 08/MAY/2020 FS DGAU$4080
08/MAY/2020 - 15/MAY/2020 FS DGAU$4280
15/MAY/2020 - 22/MAY/2020 FS DGAU$4120
18/MAY/2020 - 25/MAY/2020 FS DGAU$3925
22/MAY/2020 - 29/MAY/2020 FS DGAU$3925
25/MAY/2020 - 01/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$4080
29/MAY/2020 - 05/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$4080
01/JUN/2020 - 08/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$4080
08/JUN/2020 - 15/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$4405
12/JUN/2020 - 19/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$4120
15/JUN/2020 - 22/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$4160
17/JUN/2020 - 24/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$4160
19/JUN/2020 - 26/JUN/2020 FS DGAU$4160
24/JUN/2020 - 01/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4240
26/JUN/2020 - 03/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4240
29/JUN/2020 - 06/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4240
01/JUL/2020 - 08/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4325
03/JUL/2020 - 10/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4325
06/JUL/2020 - 13/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4365
10/JUL/2020 - 17/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4620
13/JUL/2020 - 20/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4365
15/JUL/2020 - 22/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4240
17/JUL/2020 - 24/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4240
20/JUL/2020 - 27/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4240
22/JUL/2020 - 29/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4240
24/JUL/2020 - 31/JUL/2020 FS DGAU$4240
27/JUL/2020 - 03/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4495
29/JUL/2020 - 05/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4240
31/JUL/2020 - 07/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4365
03/AUG/2020 - 10/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4240
05/AUG/2020 - 12/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4240
07/AUG/2020 - 14/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4240
10/AUG/2020 - 17/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4240
12/AUG/2020 - 19/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4240
14/AUG/2020 - 21/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4080
17/AUG/2020 - 24/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4080
19/AUG/2020 - 26/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4080
21/AUG/2020 - 28/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4120
24/AUG/2020 - 31/AUG/2020 FS DGAU$4325
26/AUG/2020 - 02/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$4080
28/AUG/2020 - 04/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$4080
31/AUG/2020 - 07/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$4080
02/SEP/2020 - 09/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$4080
04/SEP/2020 - 11/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$4080
07/SEP/2020 - 14/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$4080
09/SEP/2020 - 16/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$3925
11/SEP/2020 - 18/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$3925
14/SEP/2020 - 21/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$3925
18/SEP/2020 - 25/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$3925
21/SEP/2020 - 28/SEP/2020 FS DGAU$4080
25/SEP/2020 - 02/OCT/2020 FS DGAU$3925
28/SEP/2020 - 05/OCT/2020 FS DGAU$4240
02/OCT/2020 - 09/OCT/2020 FS DGAU$4280
05/OCT/2020 - 12/OCT/2020 FS DGAU$3925
07/OCT/2020 - 14/OCT/2020 FS DGAU$3925
09/OCT/2020 - 16/OCT/2020 FS DGAU$3925
19/APR/2021 - 26/APR/2021 FSAU$3925
23/APR/2021 - 30/APR/2021 FSAU$3925
26/APR/2021 - 03/MAY/2021 FSAU$3925
30/APR/2021 - 07/MAY/2021 FSAU$3925
07/MAY/2021 - 14/MAY/2021 FSAU$3925
14/MAY/2021 - 21/MAY/2021 FSAU$3925
17/MAY/2021 - 24/MAY/2021 FSAU$3925
21/MAY/2021 - 28/MAY/2021 FSAU$3925
24/MAY/2021 - 31/MAY/2021 FSAU$3925
28/MAY/2021 - 04/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
31/MAY/2021 - 07/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
04/JUN/2021 - 11/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
07/JUN/2021 - 14/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
11/JUN/2021 - 18/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
14/JUN/2021 - 21/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
16/JUN/2021 - 23/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
18/JUN/2021 - 25/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
21/JUN/2021 - 28/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
23/JUN/2021 - 30/JUN/2021 FSAU$3925
25/JUN/2021 - 02/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
28/JUN/2021 - 05/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
30/JUN/2021 - 07/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
02/JUL/2021 - 09/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
05/JUL/2021 - 12/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
09/JUL/2021 - 16/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
12/JUL/2021 - 19/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
14/JUL/2021 - 21/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
16/JUL/2021 - 23/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
19/JUL/2021 - 26/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
21/JUL/2021 - 28/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
23/JUL/2021 - 30/JUL/2021 FSAU$3925
26/JUL/2021 - 02/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
28/JUL/2021 - 04/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
30/JUL/2021 - 06/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
02/AUG/2021 - 09/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
04/AUG/2021 - 11/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
06/AUG/2021 - 13/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
09/AUG/2021 - 16/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
11/AUG/2021 - 18/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
13/AUG/2021 - 20/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
16/AUG/2021 - 23/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
18/AUG/2021 - 25/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
20/AUG/2021 - 27/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
23/AUG/2021 - 30/AUG/2021 FSAU$3925
25/AUG/2021 - 01/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
27/AUG/2021 - 03/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
30/AUG/2021 - 06/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
01/SEP/2021 - 08/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
03/SEP/2021 - 10/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
06/SEP/2021 - 13/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
08/SEP/2021 - 15/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
10/SEP/2021 - 17/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
13/SEP/2021 - 20/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
17/SEP/2021 - 24/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
20/SEP/2021 - 27/SEP/2021 FSAU$3925
24/SEP/2021 - 01/OCT/2021 FSAU$3925
27/SEP/2021 - 04/OCT/2021 FSAU$3925
01/OCT/2021 - 08/OCT/2021 FSAU$3925
04/OCT/2021 - 11/OCT/2021 FSAU$3925
06/OCT/2021 - 13/OCT/2021 FSAU$3925
08/OCT/2021 - 15/OCT/2021 FSAU$3925