Enjoy a splendid summer in Iceland and take advantage of the long daylights to discover incredible landscapes that will get your head spinning, from glaciers to magma chamber and mysterious black sand beaches. You will begin the journey ‘literally’ inside a dormant volcano and spend two nights in the capital city of Reykjavik. Then, move on to the Golden Circle, where you can enjoy an exciting snorkel between two continents and admire the region’s most famous waterfalls and geyser. Continue driving along the southern coast, there are endless opportunities for outdoor adventures: glacier walk in Skaftafell, a hike in Thormosk, boat ride in the icy Jokulsarlon, and many more. End your journey with an invigorating thermal bath at Blue Lagoon, relieve those tired legs, and go home feeling entirely rejuvenated.
Led by a native Icelander Guide, take a leisure walk around the city of Reykjavik and get a glimpse of both contemporary and traditional sides of this coastal capital. Not only you will learn the history of Iceland in a nutshell, but you will also see some of the city’s hidden street art, get to know the ‘dos and don’ts’, and taste some delicious Icelandic food along the way. Highlights of the tour including Hallgrimskirkja Church, the city’s most prominent landmark, a bunch of charming Icelandic design shops, cozy cafes, and the latest addition to Icelandic cultural scene, the Harpa performance center.
From the city center, you will be transported away on a scenic helicopter ride over multi-colored rooftops of Reykjavik and the surreal lava landscape of the Blue Mountains. Your landing destination is the incredible Thrihnukagigur, which is the only volcano on earth where you can descend into its magma chamber. The colors lining the inner walls are truly remarkable; fantastic shades of red, orange, yellow, and blue that create a stunning kaleidoscopic effect with the volcanic wall. The magma chamber is also extremely vast due to its missing magma, which, according to the scientist, has solidified in the walls or retreated to the depths of the earth. After the tour, you will take another helicopter ride back to the city.
Begin your day with a morning drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where the Vikings established the world’s first parliament over 1,000 years ago. Today, the national park is covered with sheer natural beauty: dried magma field covered in Icelandic moss, waterfalls pouring from ancient cliffs, and some of the clearest water on the planet that you can snorkel in. The snorkeling site, called Silfra, is a fissure located between America and Europe tectonic plates, which allows you to straddle between the two continents at once. Then, we will continue the Golden Circle route to discover the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser and the staggering voluminous Gulfoss Waterfall.
Iceland’s picturesque southern coast is perhaps the main reason why travelers fly all the way to this tiny country. This magnificent coast is the epicenter of Iceland’s vast volcanic terrain and has everything that an adventurer could wish for: dramatic cliffs, black lava beaches, traditional farms, massive waterfalls, and Europe’s largest glacier – the immense Vatnajokull. On this tour, you will explore two of the most popular waterfalls along the southern coast; Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss – both cascading at a whopping 60 meters. Then, further along the coast, you will make a stop at the hauntingly beautiful Reynisfjara black sand beaches and observe the roaring Atlantic waves crash onto the basalt stacks. Dyrhólaey is up on the list. Once stood separated from the mainland, this small peninsula is now connected by a bridge and become famous for its tremendous birdlife, a rock arch and glistening Solheimajokull in distance.
Thorsmork, also famously known as the ‘valley of the gods’, is a fantasy realm for any hikers and nature lovers. This pristine and rugged land is surrounded by three incredible glaciers and can only be reached by super jeeps. Roam with confidence as your skilled driver take you across the rivers and harsh terrain to get to Gígjokull, an outlet glacier of Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcano. From here, we will visit the deep yet breathtaking Stakkholtsgja canyon, which is one of the filming locations of Game of Thrones. Walking to the end of the canyon is a dreamlike experience that will get you thinking if this is where the elves and trolls have been hiding out. Finally, we will spend the rest of the day explore the unspoiled Thormosk, take a nice short hike around the valley and enjoy an exquisite picnic lunch over gorgeous views
Go on a short exploration to a stunning outlet glacier in Skaftafell, an extension to Europe’s largest Vatnajokull glacier, and let the majestic features of the icy world amaze you. You will feel like being transported to another planet, as you navigate through glacial ice sculptures, ice ridges, deep crevasses, and frozen sceneries as far as the eye can see. This relatively easy hike will take about three hours and accompanied by a professional glacier guide.
In this exhilarating boat ride, you will get as close and personal as possible to the floating icebergs in Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon that break loose from Vatnajokull Glacier; some of them are over 1,000 years old. When reflecting against the milky glacial water, it creates a spellbinding scenery that will keep your camera clicking. When in luck, you can also witness indigenous arctic wildlife in action: seal lounging on the ice and migrating arctic aviaries
Located halfway between Skaftafell and Vatnajokull Glacier Park, Cape Ingolfshofdi is a remote headland where thousands of adorable puffins nest and breed in the summer season. To reach this isolated area, you will take a tractor ride through waters, marshes, and sands followed by a short hike to the birding spot. At the cape, your guide will show you how to get up close to the puffins without disturbing their nests and give you plenty of time to hike around the valley and enjoy the stunning views
Iceland offers all sorts of adventures for you to take, but no matter which one you pick, you will almost surely find yourself dipping in the Blue Lagoon by the end of the day. This manmade geothermally heated spa, which holds over six million liters of seawater, has become the most important icon of Iceland – similar to Eiffel Tower for Paris or Colosseum for Rome. The superheated water is rich in blue-green algae, mineral salts, and silica mud, which are believed to have a tremendously positive effect on your skin. Your luxury packages will keep you away from the crowd with private changing rooms and exclusive retreat lagoon for you to bath in along with other refreshing skincare amenities.
Combine this itinerary with other wonderful Italy Experiences
Venture up north to Husavik where more than 20 species of whales congregate in summer, showing off their tails, fins, and impressive high leap into the air
Extend your trip to Snaefellsness Peninsula and inhale the natural wonders that are less exposed from large craters and basalt columns to an underground cave in the lava
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