Blue Lagoon Bliss
Today, you will be transfered to the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy soaking in the warm geothermal baths as it eases your jetlag away. Enjoy three hours at the lagoon before your driver greets you for your transfer to Reykjavik.
This afternoon, self-explore the city. Stroll along the city’s main avenue-Laugavegar, lined with shops, bakeries and restaurants. Towering over the city at 245 feet, stands Hallgrimskirka, the largest church in Iceland. The church’s unusual design is based on the basalt columns, found across the country’s landscape.
Whales and Volcanos
Today your driver will greet you to take you outside the city for an adventure to be found nowhere else in the world! Begin with a 45-minute hike across a lave field to reach the base of the volcano. At this base camp, you will learn the history of the dormant volcano and then be suited up with a harness and headgear. At the mouth of the volcano, you will be lowered down 400 feet via a steel cage into the volcano. Once inside, you have 40 minutes to explore on your own before joining the group. The volcano walls are lined with vibrant mineral colors.
This evening, take a walk to the pier to board your cruise for an evening of whale watching. Cruise out of the harbor and into the Atlantic Ocean in search of the magnificent giants.
Today, you will have the opportunity to hike on a glacier. During your hike, your guide will explain the evolution of the glacier, the largest in Europe. The movement of the glacier, as well as the thawing and freezing, creates sculptures, ridges, and crevasses.
Although there are many waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalndfoss is unique in that you can walk behind the waterfall. The waterfall has a drop of 200 feet and provides the perfect backdrop for photos whether standing in front or behind the fall.
On the move
Today, you will enjoy an ATV tour. Begin with suiting up into an insulated suit. After a quick lesson, head off for the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur. Make a stop at the famous military plane wreck before navigating through the fertile valley near the Mýrdalsjökull glacier with the Kalta Volcano looming in the background.
Afterwards, you will visit Reynisfjara black sand beach to walk along the beach and see the Basalt columns.
Continue to Vestmannaeyjar, a large cliff where puffins form their colonies. If you are lucky, you can see them flying along the cliffs.
Today, climb into your own super jeep to explore Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) Nature Reserve, located between the glaciers of Tindfjallajökull and the world-famous Eyjafjallajökull, which erupted in 2010. A short hike will take you up to the glacier to witness the effects of the eruption. Explore the lush valley with a super jeep as your driver navigates across streams and lava fields.
Today you will venture to the Golden Circle to explore some of the country’s best highlights. Begin with a stop at Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. This is the best spot to witness the Mid-Atlantic rift dividing North America and Eurasia. It is the only spot in the world to see rift above sea level. There is a lookout area above the rift and then you can make your way down the path between the two continental plates.
Continue onto Geysir, the location of the first geyser to be discovered in Europe, dating back over 1,000 years ago. Also known as the “Great Geyser” it has now mostly dormant but there are numerous other geysers in the area, including the Stokkur (Churn) that spouts every few minutes. The area is a geothermal field and the many springs are aligned with the tectonic plates.
Afterwards, make your way to Gulfoss, the Golden Falls. The falls water supply comes from the Langjökull Glacier, creating two waterfalls into the Hvita river Canyon.
Continue your journey
Why not extend your stay? Iceland combines ideally with Scandinavia.