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9 Day – Around Iceland Family Winter Tour

 

Tour duration

9 days

Availability

November – March

Difficulty

Easy

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Included

  • Transport, airport pickup and drop-off.
  • Hotel or guesthouse accommodation (private bathroom).
  • Breakfast every morning.
  • Lunch on day 2.
  • Entrance for all sights and activities (except extras).
  • Blue Lagoon comfort ticket (admission, towels, 1 drink, silica mask).
  • Entrance to Secret Lagoon and Jardböd Spa.
  • Services of a Professional Guide.
  • Pick up and drop-off at your accommodation, or meet us at bus stop number 8, Hallgrímskirkja.
  • Vehicle at disposal for 5 days.
  • All taxes.

What to bring

  • Bring warm and waterproof clothes, gloves and headwear and good shoes, preferably hiking boots.

  • This is a multi-day tour and you should bring your luggage with you.

  • Swimsuit and towel.

  • A camera is always good to have.

Tour Program

DAY 1

Arrival at Keflavík airport, where our guide waits for you. Transfer to the accommodation in Reykjavík. An orientation tour of Reykjavík. If there is northern lights opportunity tonight we will go hunting for them. Hotel in Reykjavík.

DAY 2

THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK AND ÖXARÁRFOSS WATERFALL
Thingvellir is characterized by tectonic rift valley and marks the rifting of the Eurasian and North American plates from each other. In 930 the Icelandic Parliament, the first democracy in the world, was established at Thingvellir. Thingvellir became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004. Enjoy a short walk to Öxarárfoss waterfall.

 STROKKUR AND THE GEYSER AREA
Did you know that the english name “geyser”, derives from the one and only in the Haukadalur area in Iceland? The geyser Geysir itself erupts boiling water up to 70 meters, but is almost inactive now. Strokkur, only few meters apart from Geyser, erupts on average every 5 minutes.

GULLFOSS, GOLDEN WATERFALL
Near Geysir is the Gullfoss Waterfall, which probably tops the list of being the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland. Enjoy the view from above and walk down the path to get close to the powerful waterfall.

FRIÐHEIMAR GREENHOUSE FARM AND HORSE VISIT
At Friðheimar greenhouse, tomatoes are cultivated, using geothermal heat and geothermallly generated electricity. With a tropical climate inside, they have opened a restaurant, right there in the tomato field. The main ingredients in their menu is of course, tomatoes grown there. This is a very rare and unique lunch experience. On the way we visit some friendly Icelandic horses.

SECRET LAGOON
Secret Lagoon is a natural geothermal bath, where you bath in raw nature and relax at the end of the day.
Northern Lights hunt if there was not an opportunity yesterday.

NORTHERN LIGHTS
Northern lights hunt in the evening.  Hotel near Hvolsvöllur.

Please let us know if you like to add a Snowmobile tour (minimum age is 6) or snorkeling in Silfra (minimum age is 14) to this day.

DAY 3

SELJALANDSFOSS WATERFALL
Seljalandsfoss is a 60 m high waterfall, beautifully located and exceptional because you can enjoy it from behind. A path takes you around the waterfall and standing behind it is a rare and unique experience. However, on very cold days the path can be closed because of ice, but then you have the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful icy landscape.

SKÓGAFOSS WATERFALL
Skógafoss is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland. It is also 60 m high and about 25 m wide. Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss are both in glacier rivers, meltwater from Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Eyjafjallajökull is now famous for it’s 2010 volcanic eruption that disrupted air traffic in Europe.

SÓLHEIMAJÖKULL GLACIER
Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier, flowing out of the ice cap Mýrdalsjökull. Underneath Mýrdalsjökull is the famous volcano Katla. Glaciers are retreating and disappearing around us on an unprecedented rate. It is predicted that in a few decades the glaciers in Iceland will all be gone.

DYRHÓLAEY
At Dyrhólaey there is an amazing view of the south coast landscape and black beaches. Dyrhólaey is a 120-metre high promontory that the sea has eroded from the headland. In summer Dyrhólaey is rich in bird life, the most common, the puffin. Note, in spring during nesting Dyrhólaey is closed.

REYNISDRANGAR AND REYNISFJARA BLACK BEACH
Iceland is a volcanic island, made up mainly of basaltic material that is black in colour. Hence, the “Black Beaches”. The black beach was, in 1991, ranked as one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. On the beach, there are remarkable basalt columns. Reynisdrangar is a sea stack, a geological formation made by wave erosion of surrounding material.

VÍK VILLAGE
Vík village is a small village south of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. 

HORSE BACK RIDING, ATV OR GLACIER WALK
Choose between a horseback riding tour, an ATV adventure or a glacier walk (minimum age is 10 years) (please indicate your preference when you book). Northern lights hunt if not possible yesterday. Hotel near Kirkjubaearklaustur.

DAY 4

SKAFTAFELL NATIONAL PARK 

Skaftafell National Park belongs now to a larger, Vatnajökull National Park, which covers Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, and the surrounding wilderness. In Skaftafell we hike to the beautiful Svartifoss, in English, the Black Waterfall. Svartifoss cascades about 20 m (65 ft) down a beautiful cliff, made of hexagonal black basalt columns.

JÖKULSÁRLÓN AND FJALLSÁRKLÓN GLACIER LAGOONS AND BOAT TRIP AND DIAMOND BEACH

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is a beautiful lagoon in front of a calving glacier. We will enjoy the amazing view of floating icebergs in a lagoon and walk between them at the black beach, which is sometimes referred to The Diamond Beach. A boat trip in the lagoon is optional and can be booked on location or in advance with us. The sailing tour between icebergs and close to the glacier makes the visit even more memorable.

ICE CAVE EXPLORATION
Ice cave exploration into natural ice caves, in winter (November – March). Overnight near Höfn.

DAY 5

DJÚPIVOGUR
Djupivogur is a picturesque fishing village, and known for its art and beautiful views, as well as being part of the slow movement called Cittaslow.

EGILSSTAÐIR VILLAGE
On our way to Mývatn, we will visit Egilsstaðir village which is located on the banks of the Lagarfljót river.

DETTIFOSS WATERFALL
Dettifoss waterfall is the largest waterfall in Iceland and the most powerful in Iceland and Europe. It falls about 100 meters down to Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.

MÝVATN LAKE
Lake Mývatn is one of the largest lakes in Iceland, home to many migrating birds in the summer. Skútustaðagígar are beaufitul pseudocraters at the southwestern corner of the lake.

JARÐBÖÐ SPA
Jarðböð spa, is naturally heated man-made lagoon, with mineral-rich waters known for their health-giving properties. Hotel at Mývatn Lake.

DAY 6

NÁMASKARÐ / HVERARÖND GEOTHERMAL AREA
Námaskarð, often referred to Hverarönd is an active and ever-changing field of thermal springs, mud pots and boiling mud. The geothermal activity brings to the surface bubbling mud pools and steaming ground and colorful fumaroles and solfataras. The beautiful colours are due to sulphur and white and yellowish-brown sulphates are deposited.

DIMMUBORGIR
Dimmuborgir, an amazing geological wonder, is composed of massive lava tubes, up to few meters in diameter. They were formed about 2.300 years ago, when the lava flowed over a small lake. The water started to boil and the vapour rose through the lava forming these massive lava tubes. Dimmuborgir is the home to the icelandic jule lads.

GOÐAFOSS WATERFALL
On our way to Akureyri we stop by the amazing Goðafoss, „Waterfall of the Gods.

AKUREYRI TOWN
We arrive in Akureyri. Free time in Akureyri. Overnight in Akureyri.

DAY 7

SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
We drive through Laugarbakki, Blönduós and Stykkishólmur and more small villages on our way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

KIRKJUFELL AND KIRKJUFELL WATERFALL
Kirkjufell, located on the northern site of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland, and with the Kirkjufell waterfall in the vicinity makes a wonderful nature stop.

DJÚPALÓNSSANDUR BLACK BEACH
Djúpalónssandur black beach. Djúpalónssandur black beach is a bay at the tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The black small pebbles on the beach have been smoothed by the ocean waves, and amongst them are scattered rusty parts of a wreckage of a ship that stranded in the area in 1948. In the old days fishermen used to test their strength by lifting heavy rocks, that still lie there. Heaviest is Fullsterkur (full strength”), weighing 154 kg, next is Hálfsterkur (half strength”) weighing 100 kg, hálfdrættingur (weakling”) weighing 54 kg and Amlóði (Useless”) 23 kg. They were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the Hálfdrættingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip-height to qualify.

ARNARSTAPI
Arnarstapi is a small fishing village on the southern side of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is known for its sculpture of Bárðr, who was a half human and half ogre. His mother was human, but his father was half giant and half troll. Bárðr, his wife and his daughters emigrated to Iceland and came to shore in Djúpalón. Bárðr and his family lived in the area and the legend says that after losing his daughter, he gave away his land and vanished into the Snæfellsjökull ice cap. He became the guardian spirit” of the Snæfellsnes area and was worshipped by the locals in many years to come.

LÓNDRANGAR CLIFFS
Lóndrangar cliffs are rock peaks that have formed by erosion of the surrounding material. Lóndrangar are volcanic plugs of basalt, at 75 and 61 meters of height.

VATNSHELLIR LAVA CAVE
Vatnshellir lava cave is a lava tube in a 8000 year lava field. The lava was formed in an eruption in a nearby crater Purkhólar. During the eruption the lava flowed downhill, cooling down on the surface while still running below, ultimately draining out and leaving a beautiful lava tube, which is now accessible. Hotel in Reykjavík.

DAY 8

WHALE WATCHING AND WHALE MUSEUM
Enjoy a Whale Watching tour from Reykjavik where you will be able to experience some of Iceland’s rich and thriving bird life, as well as visit our large variety of sea-life, including minke whales, humpback whales, harbour porpoises and white-beaked dolphins among other whale species. A comfort and unique experience while making sure the environment is protected and respected in every way possible. Visit the Whale Museum.

REYKJAVÍK SIGHTSEEING
Reykajvík Sightseeing and visit all the landmarks of the city. Visit the city centre and learn about the history of the settlement and the life of people in Reykjavik throughout history. Visit Harpa Opera House, the sculpture called Sun Voyager and Höfði House. Enjoy the spectacular view of Reykjavík and surroundings at Perlan Museum.

BLUE LAGOON
Blue Lagoon is one of the best natural spas in the world. The history of the Blue Lagoon can be traced back to 1976 when a reservoir was formed in Svartsengi from the work of the Geothermal Power Plant Svartsengi. People discovered that the soil had a positive effect on the skin, especially for those suffering from psoriasis skin disease. Since then the Blue Lagoon has become one of the worlds most amazing baths and spas in the world. Hotel in Reykjavík. Hotel in Reykjavik.

DAY 9

AIRPORT DROPOFF

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