Iceland is the perfect place to enjoy a winter trip full of adventure, icy landscapes and the chance to see the elusive Northern Lights. You visit Iceland's most popular sites such as the Golden Circle route, the South Coast, and Vatnajökull national park. You see cascading waterfalls, smoking geysers, colorful volcano craters, a spectacular ice lagoon with floating icebergs and black lava beaches, all set against a backdrop of glittering glaciers and restless geology.There is always a thrilling potential for the night sky to be decorated with the jewels of the amazing aurora borealis. Imagine the excitement to search for the most spectacular - and natural - light show on earth!
Welcome to Iceland! Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you'll be transferred to your hotel in Reykjavík where you spend the night. We provide you with ideas on how to explore Iceland's capital on your own, dinner suggestions too! Food lovers will be pleased and perhaps even impressed by the number of diverse restaurants in Reykjavík. Many award winning chefs create delicious Icelandic cuisine that is characterized by an imaginative use of local ingredients such as fresh seafood, organic lamb, and wild game; but be sure to try the fabulous Icelandic hotdog and pizza too!
Overnight in Reykjavík.
Reykjavík - South Iceland
At 08:30 you'll meet your tour guide and start the escorted tour program with a short introduction to Icelandic geology while watching a striking film at the Reykjavik Volcano House documenting the eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull and Fimmvörðulháls in 2010. At the Volcano House, you can experience a hands-on geological exhibition where you can examine various pieces of pumice, ash, and lava from Icelandic volcanoes. Later on, you'll depart from Reykjavik and drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Althingi, the oldest legislative assembly in the world was founded. This is one of Iceland's most fascinating places both geologically and for the role it plays in the country's history and sense of national identity. Thingvellir is also remarkable for reasons of natural science, as the site is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, and is situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.
Next, you'll explore the hot springs at Geysir which is like watching a geography lesson in real life: natural springs bubbling away in the ground until the pressure becomes too much – and they explode in spectacular style. Geysir and Strokkur are the two biggest of the geysers there. While Geysir is no longer active, Strokkur still spouts every 5 to 10 minutes to the delight of visitors. You then travel to Gullfoss, "the golden falls", one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls; it is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river. The explosion crater called Kerið is filled with water and resembles an ancient amphitheater. In the evening, you hear about the Northern Lights from your tour guide. Naturally, once darkness falls, you are out in the garden waiting for the Northern Lights. You will stay for one night in cozy cabins in South Iceland.
Overnight in South Iceland (Breakfast).
South Iceland - Vatnajökull National Park
A long drive brings us to a world of glaciers, ice, and icebergs. You'll travel to Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs, explore this extraordinary site and perhaps see some seals swimming in the Arctic waters. You can walk on the black sandy beach where large icebergs get stranded, making for a fascinating scene. The Vatnajökull National Park is about 12,000 square kilometers and it is the second largest National Park in Europe. In this area, you'll find Iceland's highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe's largest glacier. Tonight you can enjoy a movie presentation about Northern Lights as a part of the Northern Lights educational program. Be careful not to go to bed too soon in this remote and quiet location, or you may just miss out one more chance of seeing the Northern Lights shimmering and dancing across the night sky. You will stay for one night in the Vatnajökull National Park region.
Overnight in Vatnajökull National Park (Breakfast).
Vatnajökull National Park - Reykjavík
Today, you'll head across the Laki lava field to the village of Vík where you'll make a photo stop. You'll also take a relaxing stroll on the black lava beach and along the bird cliffs at Reynisfjara beach in South Iceland. You'll pass the glacier Mýrdalsjökull and the infamous volcano Eyjafjallajökull and continue to Skógafoss waterfall which is 62 meters high and is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Further west you'll reach the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which is 65 meters high and plunges over the mountain. In the evening, you return to Reykjavík for one last night. An optional Northern Lights bus tour or fjord cruise can be booked on the spot if the weather conditions are ideal.
Overnight in Reykjavík (Breakfast).
After breakfast, you'll be transferred to Keflavík International Airport for your outbound flight. We hope to see you again soon!