7 Days Around Iceland
Everything included, except lunch and dinner. Lunch on day 1 included.
What to bring
This is a multi-day tour and you should bring your luggage with you. Warm and waterproof clothes, gloves and headwear and good shoes, preferably hiking boots. Please bring swimsuit and towel.
7 day around Iceland Tour Highlights
7 Day Around Iceland
9:00 AM – REYKJAVÍK
Pick up at your accommodation around 9:00 AM, or meet us at bus stop number 8, next to Hallgrímskirkja church.
THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK.
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 World Heritage Site in 2004. We walk to Öxarárfoss waterfall.
STROKKUR AND THE GEYSER AREA.
You probably did not know that the english name “geyser”, derives from the one and only in the Haukadalur area. The geyser Geysir itself erupts boiling water up to 70 meters, but is almost inactive. Strokkur, only few meters apart from Geyser, erupts on average every 4 minutes.
GULLFOSS, GOLDEN WATERFALL.
Near Geysir is the beautiful Gullfoss Waterfall. Enjoy the view from above and walk down the path to get close to the powerful waterfall.
FRIÐHEIMAR GREENHOUSE FARM.
At Friðheimar greenhouse, tomatoes are cultivated, using geothermal heat and geothermally generated electricity. Inside the greenhouse they have opened a restaurant. The main ingredient in everything on the menu is, of course, tomatoes that are grown there. This is a very rare and unique lunch experience, not to be missed.
Secret Lagoon is a natural geothermal bath, where you bath in raw nature and relax at the end of the day. Overrnight near Hvolsvöllur.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is 60 m high, and is one of few in the world where you can easily walk and experience it from behind.
Skógafoss is the most famous waterfall in Iceland. 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 is an outlet glacier, flowing out of the ice cap Mýrdalsjökull. Underneath Mýrdalsjökull is the famous volcano Katla.
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.
REYNISDRANGAR AND REYNISFJARA BLACK BEACH
Iceland is a volcanic island, made up mainly of basaltic material that is black in color. 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 the remarkable basalt columns. Reynisdrangar is a seastack, a geological formation made by wave erosion of surrounding material. Overnight near Vík.
Fjarðargljúfur canyon is a beautiful canyon carved and formed by glacial river during the termination of the last ice age, about 9.000 years ago. The canyon is about 100 m deep and 2 km long. Fjarðárgljúfur became world famous after appearing in one of Justin Bieber´s music video.
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 GLACIER LAGOON 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.
FJALLSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
Fjallsárlón is another beautiful glacier lagoon, in front of a calving glacier. The glacier is an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull that flows down a steep valley until it reaches the lagoon. Ice breaks off the glacier and floats around in the water, creating a beautiful scenery.
ICE CAVE EXPLORATION (winter)
Ice cave exploration into natural ice caves, in winter (November – March). Overnight near Höfn.
Djupivogur, picturesque fishing village, is known for its art and beautiful views.
HENGIFOSS AND LITLANESFOSS
On our way to Egilsstaðir, we will visit Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss waterfalls. Hengifoss waterfall is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland, located in a beautiful geological setting. Litlanesfoss is surrounded by beautiful basalt columns.
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.
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.
Few kilometres to the north of Námaskarð, is Krafla, the central volcano.
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.
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, is naturally heated man-made lagoon, with mineral-rich waters known for their health-giving properties.
On our way to Akureyri we stop by the amazing Goðafoss, „Waterfall of the Gods“.
We arrive in Akureyri. City tour and dinner on your own. Overnight in Akureyri.
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.
Hellnar is a small and ancient fishing village. The beach has amazing rock formation which we will visit.
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 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. Overnight on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
INTOTHEGLACIER, ICE TUNNEL (summer)
Intotheglacier. This is a man made ice tunnel into the second largest glacier in Iceland, Langjökull. A pickup for the trip is in Húsafell. A monster truck will transport passengers upon the glacier where a guide welcomes you and takes you on a trip of your lifetime. In a good weather the view from the glacier top is spectacular. In summer (April – October).
HRAUNFOSSAR AND BARNAFOSSAR WATERFALLS
Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls are located in the less visited Western part of Iceland, Borgarfjörður. Hraunfossar are one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, where series of waterfalls stream out of the porous lava into the Hvítá river. The streaming water stretches over a distance of around 900 meters, out of Hallmundarhraun lava field. Nearby Barnafossar, which means the children´s waterfall, are named after children that lost their lives into the waterfall. The story says that there was a natural bridge, of lava, over the waterfall, that was destroyed by a mother that lost two of her children while crossing the river over that bridge.
We stop in the small village, on our way to Reykjavík.
EXTRA, if you like to end your tour at the Blue lagoon, you can book that as an extra.