Iceland has so much to offer including whale watching, walking through glaciers, horse riding and a full range of other unique experiences. You could easily spend a month driving around the island. So we strongly recommend our guests draw a wish list with exactly what it is they would like to see whether that’s bubbling lava, black sandy beaches, snowmobiling or hiking across a glacier or simply relaxing in a hot spring. We can add other exciting attractions or experiences that are perhaps located nearby and perhaps off the beaten track.

At a glance

  • Enjoy a soak in the infamous Blue Lagoon located to the south of Reykjavik, a convenient stop at the end or beginning of your trip
  • Be mesmerised by numerous icebergs in Glacial Lagoon
  • Explore black sandy beaches and volcanic lava fields
  • Listen to the roar of some of Europe’s largest and most powerful waterfalls
  • Available between 01 April to 30 September
  • The trip includes  a hire car so you dictate the pace!
  • Travel with the Iceland Travel Companion full of maps, weather apps, and points of interest
  • Choose between guesthouses, farms and hotels
  • Prices from £1340 per person including accommodation and car hire

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Sample Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Arrival

Arrive into Keflavik and jump on the Flybus which will take you to the main terminal. At the main terminal a smaller bus will take you to your hotel. Relax, unpack and head out to explore Reykjavik

Day 2 - Reykjavik By Food

Reykjavik By Food

Explore Reykjavik’s food and restaurants and at the same time learn about Icelandic culinary traditions

Explore the streets of Reykjavík and visit restaurants for tastes of traditional (and sometimes bizarre) Icelandic food. Along your adventure, your host will introduce you to Icelandic food customs and traditions, suggesting different restaurants along the way.

You will stop at selected restaurants and cafés for a taste of the food we learn about. The tour starts from the ITM Information Centre on Bankastræti 2 at 12:00.

Day 3 - Take a walk on the Ice Side with Icelandic Mountain Guides

Take a walk on the Ice Side with Icelandic Mountain Guides

A glacier walk is a great way to experience Icelandic nature and a tour to Sólheimajökull glacier tongue is an ideal way to spend the day. On the two-hour drive from Reykjavík, you will pass right under the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that caused so much trouble in the spring of 2010. Just east of the volcano lies Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier from Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s fourth-largest glacier. There, we will go on a safe and easy glacier walk on crampons up onto the ice field. As we explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges, and deep crevasses, you will learn more and more about these disappearing giants. Our experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment necessary for this tour. On the way back we will stop at the picturesque waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Day 4 - Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Approximate distance: ca400km / 250miles

National Park of Geological Wonders (UNESCO) – Europe’s Most Powerful Hot Spring

Drive to Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), site of the ancient Icelandic parliament and a jewel of nature. The park itself is situated in a stunning volcanic landscape of mountains and lava flows on the edge of Iceland’s largest lake.

Continue to Borgarfjordur fjord and visit the historic site of Reykholt, the remarkably beautiful Hraunfoss and Barnafoss waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Europe.

Overnight in west Iceland.

Day 5 - Whale Watching from Reykjavik

Whale Watching from Reykjavik

Experienced guides on board will share with you their wealth of knowledge on the whales, as well as passing on some interesting facts and old sea stories about encounters with these magnificent creatures. The whales round these parts are not shy, often surfacing quite close to the boat, and, as our sea-fairing guides will tell you, to see a whale up close truly is a sight to remember. There is over 90% viewing success (if you are in the unlucky few percent, you get another tour for free). This tour departs from the Old Harbour in Reykjavik.

Please note, during the winter season, the duration of the tour is approximately 3-3.5 hours with an English and German speaking guide. During the summer season, you have the option of a tour with the duration of 2-2.5 hours or 3-3.5 hours with an English speaking guide. For exact departure times on your travel dates, please use the booking engine (box on the right-side of this page).

Day 6 - Soak in the Blue Lagoon

Soak in the Blue Lagoon

Head to the Blue Lagoon a 45 minute drive to the south of Reykjavik. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and one of Iceland’s most visited attraction. However don’t let that put you off as at certain times of the year it is not that busy and you can peacefully enjoy this amazing natural phenomena. You can simply opt to wade through the blue waters or sign up for a number of spa treatments and stay in one of their tw hotels, Silica Hotel and the Retreat Hotel.

For a day visit you have a choice of tickets (which must be booked in advance) but we would recommend the Premium tickets which provide you with dressing gowns and slippers along with a Silica and Algae mask.

If you are passionate about hot springs then speak to us about visiting some of the more remote and rarely frequented sites across the south of the island.

Day 7 - Departure or stay on for more adventures...

Departure or stay on for more adventures...

Drive back to Keflavik International Airport and even stop at Blue Lagoon for another treatment as it is on your way to the airport!

Alternatively head north or east and visit the more remote parts of the island.

 

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Iceland by Eva Sturm