6 days / 5 nights
Day 1: Arrival in Iceland
Arrival in Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel. Overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 2: Reykjavik - Reykholt - Borgarnes
Reykjavik Sightseeing - Elven Folklore - Unique Watefall Duo
Discover first-hand the colorful capital of Reykjavik with a sightseeing tour. Catch the city's energetic vibe through top visitor attractions like the visually stunning Harpa Concert Hall and Parliament on bustling Austurvollur Square, and enjoy panoramic views from the city's main landmark, Hallgrimskirkja church. Uncover a wonderful mix of old and new exploring the Scandinavian charms preserved in the colorful buildings of the old town Centre and the modernity of the trendy harbor district.
Depart Reykjavik and travel northwest via an undersea tunnel through Hvalfjordur (Whale Bay). Head to the friendly town of Akranes to visit the local Museum Centre, which preserves a comprehensive collection of geological and maritime exhibits. Afterwards, climb to the top of a lighthouse to enjoy spectacular views of the wild coastline.
Experience a bit of Iceland's unique folklore at Fossatun Troll Gardens with a hike along a Troll Trail dotted with informative signs, ogress statues and feats of strength set against the magnificent backdrop of Troll Falls and Grimsa River (only included in departures in March and April 2016) Head onwards to the bubbling waters of Deildartunguhver, Europe's most powerful hot spring, which provides heating for most of the homes and businesses in the area. Nourish your thirst for culture at Reykholt, which holds an important role as the home of renowned Icelandic Saga writer and medieval scholar Snorri Sturluson. The day ends with a scenic visit to a duo of exceptionally beautiful and unique waterfalls at Hraunfoss and Barnafoss. Each waterfall has a mysterious secret to reveal. Overnight in Borgarnes area. Evening northern lights Hunt: Due to the location in West Iceland away from light pollution, your group is in a prime position to hunt for the luminescent green light show that Vikings believed were Valkyries riding across the sky.
Day 3: Stykkisholmur - Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Borgarnes
Boat Tour - Snaefellsnes National Park & Glacier After breakfast, head to the delightful town of Stykkisholmur. Here you'll embark on an adventurous sail in Breidafjordur Bay (UNESCO) to encounter thousands of tiny islands and experience "Viking Sushi,” a sampling of sea scallops, urchin, and crab drawn onto the boat straight from the pristine Icelandic waters. Along the rugged coastline of Snaefellsnes Peninsula encounter secluded fishing villages like Grundarfjordur, with its landmark Kirkjufell Mountain and surrounding fjord teeming with herring and orca whales, and Hellnar with a year-round population of less than ten residents. The picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi offers the opportunity to walk among c columnar basalt rock formations and cliffs, swarming with colonies of seabirds. Throughout the day, savor the remote tranquility of Snaefellsnes National Park, which exhibits an astonishing variety of natural landscapes from moss blanketed lava fields and pebbled beaches to imposing cliffs and the palpable force of Snaefellsjokull glacier-volcano (last eruption: 250 AD). Overnight again in Borgarnes area.
Evening Northern Lights Hunt: If weather conditions the night before were unfavorable, there is another hunt for the elusive Aurora Borealis. Ideal meteorological conditions include a clear sky with icy temperatures and, preferably, no moon.
Day 4: Thingvellir National Park - Gullfoss - Geysir
Golden Circle of Natural Wonders - Tasting at Dairy Farm - Hveragerdi Greenhouse Village - Fakasel Horse Park
Iceland's Golden Circle showcases a trio of celebrated natural attractions, including the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal fields of Geysir Hot Spring Area, alive with boiling mud pits, steam vents, and exploding geysers. Its centerpiece is Thingvellir National Park (UNESCO World Heritage Site), where Viking settlers established an annual assembly in AD 930 which has become the world's oldest ongoing parliament. Thingvellir is also a geological masterpiece, as it marks the visible site of the mid-Atlantic Ridge where the North American and Eurasian continental plates meet. Following the road through the fertile countryside, stop to enjoy some local flavors at Efstidalur dairy farm, which specializes in homemade skyr, an organic Greek-style yogurt that has been enjoyed as a breakfast staple and dessert treat in Iceland since Viking times. The journey continues to Hveragerdi, the charming gateway town to South Iceland set in a highly active geothermal area where pillars of steam rise up from the ground year round. Hveragerdi has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Iceland; residents provide the country with much of its home-grown produce, including exotic papayas and bananas. In the evenings, the lighted greenhouses give the town of Hveragerdi a distinctive glow. End your day by visiting Fákasel Icelandic Horse Park to enjoy Legends of Sleipnir, a unique multi-media production showcasing the role Icelandic horses have influenced the country's history and culture. Afterwards you can go onto the stage to meet the equine actors.
Overnight in Hveragerdi or similar.
Day 5: Reykjanes - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Reykjanes Seacoast - Blue Lagoon - Reykjavik
Traveling along the breathtaking seacoast of Reykjanes Peninsula, visit Strandarkirkja, a small wooden church widely believed to radiate special powers for increased luck and success. Although the church is typical of rural Iceland, it is built right into the coast with amazing views of the turbulent ocean waves meeting volcanic rocks and black sands. Look for a quaint set of painted elf houses nestled in the church grounds. Drive to Lake Kleifarvatn, set in fascinating, stark, moon-like surroundings. Near the lake's southern end lies Krýsuvík, where powerful jets of steam escape from deep below the earth's crust and sulphurous steam rises from numerous geothermal vents. You can see numerous small hot springs, mud pots, boiling pools and other types of geothermal activity. Continue under low mountains along the shoreline to stop by craggy cliffs rising sheer from the sea. Proceed to the town of Grindavík with its sizeable fishing fleet. After a lunch stop in Grindavík (To Be Paid Directly), head for the nearby Blue Lagoon. End today's sightseeing with a visit to the world-renowned Blue Lagoon. Set in a black lava field, this geothermal spa is a lagoon filled with warm mineral-rich seawater that provides the ultimate interaction and relaxation with Iceland's raw nature. Bathe in the lagoon and enjoy a sauna with lagoon views, a cozy steam-bath carved into a lava cave, and an energizing geothermal massage waterfall. Be on the lookout for white buckets located throughout the lagoon which contain the famous silica-mud. Rub some of this onto your skin to soften it, an essential part of the Blue Lagoon spa experience. Return to Reykjavik where the evening is at your own leisure.
Day 6: Departure
Transfer to the international airport.