9-Day Iceland Adventure

Iceland has a lot to offer, but if you want to see as much as possible, this 9-day itinerary (which takes place in late June) will cover the best of the best.

Our owner, Steve Orens, took this trip with his family in 2017 so you will see photos from his experience included below.

Hotels, restaurants and other custom details can be arranged to your specific preferences and interests!

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Day 1

Arrival Day: Inside the volcano & the famous blue Lagoon

 

  • Morning arrival to Iceland

  • Private driver-guide welcomes you at Keflavik airport

  • Breakfast in one of the restaurants in airport area

  • Visit Iceland’s most popular attraction, the Blue Lagoon. Blue Lagoon is a natural geothermal spa surrounded by lava field and black sandy beaches.   Have “the swim of your life” enjoying the comfort of the warm lagoon water.

  • From the Blue Lagoon - transfer to the city

  • Lunch in one of the restaurants

  • Check-in to Hotel

  • Departure on a private horseback riding tour

    We will start with a riding lesson in our riding paddock. There we go over some basics, you will get to know your horses and we will show you how is best to ride them. The horses are all well tamed and listen very much to their riders voice and to some more signals that we will explain when we are there. We will also show you how to ride the famous Tölt. Tölt is the 4th Icelandic gait, really soft and comfortable to ride.

    When you feel comfortable we head out for a 1.5 h riding tour. Our tour starts over through little forests up to Hólmsheiði Hills from where we have a great view over Reykjavik city, the mountains and sometimes we can even see the ocean from there.  On very smooth paths we will ride down to the “Red Lake”, a beautiful scenery. The highlight of the tour is “Rauðhólar” or “The Red Hills”, where we will ride through bizarre and colourful lava formations.

    Back from the ride a hot traditional Icelandic meal, coffee or tea, traditional pastry and a delicious desert are waiting for you in our home!”

  • Table reservation for dinner

 
 

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DAY 2

visit to the ice cave

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet your guide in the lobby, depart from Reykjavik to Husafell National park and further to the glacier edge – on a journey to one of the world’s greatest wilderness where you will be able to explore the incredible ice cap glacial environment.

  • This tour will enable you to explore around, on and within, the giant, 953sq/km glacier. Taking ice cap glacier exploration to a whole new level. This isn’t your average Iceland tour, it is a once in a lifetime adventure, to Iceland’s most significant, new attraction; the man-made Ice Cap Glacier, located high on Europe’s second largest glacier, Langjokull.

  • Lunch in one of the restaurants on the way

  • Return back to Reykjavik, overnight at the Hotel

 
 

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Day 3

Golden circle & snowmobiling on langjokull glacier

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Meet your guide in the lobby – departure on a Golden Circle tour

  • First you will explore Thingvellir National Park, the site of the original Althing, the actual founding place of the oldest democratic parliament in the world. This area is noted for its spectacular lava formations and being the only place in the world where you can actually see the tectonic plates drift apart.

    Today Thingvellir is a national park by many considered the most important one where the protected area will always be the property of the Icelandic nation. Walk down the main rift. Research has made it clear that Thingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale, with the geologic history and the bios stem of Lake Thingvallavatn forming a unique entity.

  • Continue to Langjokull glacier – for snowmobile safari (1 h)

  • On the way back from the glacier – stop by at Gullfoss - massive waterfall 5 minutes’ drive from Geysir.

  • Lunch stop at Geysir

  • After lunch you will explore geyser, The “geyser” which gave its name to all other erupting hot springs. You will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 90 – 120 feet into the air. 

  • In the afternoon you have the option to meet with the local farmers in Fridheimar Iceland. Experience the diversity and freshness of Icelandic food and ingredients grown in local greenhouses!

  • Evening arrival to Hotel in the South.

 

 
 

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day 4

 westman islands

The Westman Islands are a group of 15-18 islands, depending on how they are classed, and about 30 skerries sand rock pillars, located off the mainland’s south coast. The islands were formed by submarine volcanic eruptions along a 30-km long fissure lying southwest to northeast. The largest island is Heimaey, 13.4 km2.Most of the islands have steep sea cliffs, and are well vegetated. Bird hunting and egg collecting are traditional to the islanders’ culture.

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Departure to Vestmannaeyjar archipelago by car / ferry

  • Departure on a hike around Eldfell - a composite volcanic cone that is 200 meters tall on the island of Heimaey. Eldfell wasn’t always on the island though, it was formed in a volcanic eruption in 1973.

  • Departure on a RIB safari - sail around the islands and bounce on the waves while checking out the archipelago’s nature, wildlife and sea caves. We’ll take you to spots where you’ll feel isolated and free from everyday life. You’ll enjoy something new, different and fun while getting the inside scoop from native islanders that know the history of the islands and their inhabitants inside out.

  • Lunch in the restaurant in the harbour (payable locally)

  • Optional – hike to Eldfell volcano in the afternoon

    In the early morning hours of January 23, 1973, without warning, a volcanic eruption began on the island. This eruption caused an emergency evacuation for the entire island, and it would be over a year before many of the island inhabitants could return back to Vestmannaeyjar. Sadly many of these inhabitants would never return to their homes as the lava flow destroyed around 400 homes. The population of the entire island is 5,300, which means 400 homes was around 1/3 of all the houses on the island, that is a huge percentage!

    After 5 months of lava and ash flowing out of Eldfell the eruption finally stopped and the island of Heimaey got to work rebuilding their island. Geothermal heating systems were created from the cooling lava flows and the tephra produced in the eruption was used as landfill where 200 new home were built.

  • Return back to Hotel overnight

 

 
 

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day 5

south coast 

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Drive from the East to the South via road number 1 along the coastline.

    Among other things to see on this trip are beautiful waterfalls, and the would not touch land until Antarctica. See waterfalls one of which you can walk behind, black sandy beaches, mountains and strange lava formations along the way.

    Solheimajokull glacier tongue extends down from its mother glacier, Myrdalsjokull, Iceland's fourth largest.

  • Ice walk on Solheimajokull glacier, all gear included.  Easy walk on crampons up on to the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses awaits discovery.

  • Evening arrival to hotel near Glacier Lagoon

 
 

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Day 6

Glacier Lagoon & flight back to Reykjavik

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • In the first part of the day - Explore Skaftafell National park

    Skaftafell National Park is one of the must see destinations in Iceland. Skaftafell is a beautiful mountainous region in the south of Iceland on the southern edge of the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier. The old Skaftafell National park is nearly 5.000 km2 but is since 2008 the epicenter of the largest National Park in Europe, Vatnajökull National Park, covering 12.000 km2.

    The area is an amazing place to view the great contrasts between active volcanoes, mighty glaciers, powerful glacier rivers and endless flat sandy plains

  • Then continue to the glacier lagoon which is said to be one of Iceland greatest wonders. The surface is at sea level and the sea flows into the lagoon at high tide.

  • Departure on zodiac cruise among the icebergs - Huge blocks of ice constantly break off the Breidamerkur glacier tongue and large icebergs from the glacier float on the lagoon.

  • After the boat ride you can take a part of a 1200 years old glacier with you and smash it into ice cubes. If you put it in your drink you will notice that the ice cubes hardly melt.

  • Departure flight from Hofn to Reykjavik

  • Transfer to Hotel

 
 

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day 7


northern iceland & whale watching

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • transfer to Reykjavik domestic airport - departure to Akureyri

  • Departure on a whale watching trip in Akureyri

    Whale watching is an activity you should not miss out on! You have an exceptionally good chance to encounter the great humpback whale and often we spot white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, the small harbor porpoises and sometimes even the majestic blue whale. Overall we have seen whales or dolphins in 98% of our tours. The tour is built up as an adventure. So with an excellent chance of seeing whales you can also expect more fun with fishing and tasting.

  • Transfer to Siglufjordur – accommodation at Hotel Siglo

    Siglufjordur – Iceland’s northenmost town, a historic fishing town who’s fame and fortune has always been linked to the ebb and flow of the fishing industry. A tiny shark fishing village in 1900, Siglufjörður soon became one of the largest towns in Iceland and the undisputed capital of herring fishing in the Atlantic. Although the herring has disappeared, the town bears the distinct imprint of “The Herring Era”. Often called Siglo, the town sits at the heart of the narrow fjord, beneath towering mountains. Although the town had been in a decline since in the 60s in recent years Siglufjordur has been blooming again and is now considered to be amongst Iceland’s most beautiful villages.

  • Dinner in one of the restaurants

  • Optional visit to The Herring Era Museum

    Lovingly created over 16 years, this award-winning museum does a stunning job of recreating Siglufjörður’s boom days between 1903 and 1968, when it was the herring-fishing capital of Iceland. Set in three buildings that were part of an old Norwegian herring station, the museum brings the work and lives of the town’s inhabitants vividly to life. Start at the red building on the left, and move right.

    In the first building, photographs, displays and a 1930s English film show the fishing and salting process, while upstairs the accommodation block looks as though the workers have just left. Next door is a recreated reducing plant, where herrings were separated into oil (a valuable commodity) and meal (used for fertiliser). The third building gives a sense of harbour life, with trawler boats and equipment based on life on the busy pier during the boom days.

 
 

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DAY 8

Siglufjordur & departure

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • Transfer to Akureyri - Fly back to Reykjavik

  • Upon arrival to Reykjavik – lunch stop in one of the restaurants

  • After lunch – departure on a snorkeling tour in Silfra ravine.

    You don’t need to be a certified diver in order to experience water at its clearest!  Snorkeling Silfra is for everyone who feels comfortable in water and is a fantastic adventure. The snorkeling takes place between two continental plates, surrounded by the astonishing clarity of the water and the mesmerizing colours of this underwater world.

  • During your snorkel you will explore the four main parts of Silfra. You will float through Big Crack, Silfra’s narrowest section and where the continental plates are so close you can almost touch them.

    The fissure then widens into Silfra Hall. Here the full spectrum of Silfra’s colours and clarity become all the more apparent. At this point if you look at just the right angle you can see all the way to Thingvallavatn, over 150m away. Near to the opening to Thingvallavatn we will enter the Silfra Cathedral; as the depth reaches 23m you feel like you are flying over the boulders and glacial silt. Your snorkel is finished in the endless visibility of Silfra Lagoon.

  • Return back to Reykjavik. Overnight at Hotel

 

 
 

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day 9

Departure

  • Breakfast at the hotel

  • After lunch - transfer further to Keflavik International Airport – departure to home destination.

  • If you didnt get enough of the Blue Lagoon the first time you visited, make your way back before your departure. A good way to unwind before a long flight home!

 

 

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