Iceland Active Adventure
August 12-19, 2019
B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner
Iceland Daily Itinerary
Monday, August 12 – Arrive Reykjavik; City Tour; Blue Lagoon; Welcome Dinner (D)
Today we arrive in Reykjavik. Your tour begins in the lobby of the hotel where will meet to embark on a tour of the city which will acquaint you with the city’s top attractions as well as some interesting facts and stories. You will see the old Höfði house where the all-important summit between the presidents Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbatsjov took place in 1986, the Harpa concert hall and conference center, which was the 2013 winner of the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture and the City Centre, where you will see Hallgrímskirkja church, whose design was inspired by basalt lava columns. Visit the viewing platform at Perlan glass dome which provides a 360° view over Reykjavík, and the Bessastaðir, the official residence of the President of Iceland.
After the city tour we will head for the Blue Lagoon, where we will enjoy a relaxing soak before dining in the award winning restaurant for our welcome dinner.
Tuesday, August 13 – Golden Circle; Thingvellir National Park; Gullfoss Waterfall; Snorkeling Silfra (B,L,D)
Today we travel to the Golden Circle, a 186-mile scenic loop that circles the countryside around the capital. Your first stop will be at the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Thingvellir National Park, notable as the site of the world’s longest-running parliament and the point where the tectonic plates of Europe and North America meet.
Stretch your legs with a stroll and then drive to Lake Thingvallavatn where you will head to the snorkel center, get changed and pick up your equipment. Then, following a safety briefing, enter the crystalline waters with the guide. Drift between the two continents and marvel at the neon-green seaweed and other underwater sights. The fissure’s visibility is renowned, and you can even see down to the lava fields, some 328 feet below.
Back on dry land, warm up with a hot shower and sit down to lunch before departing for Haukadalur, a geothermal valley studded with geysers and hot springs. Enjoy a photo stop at Geysir, one of the area’s most famous highlights, before stopping at nearby Gulfoss. We will have dinner together in Reykjavik this evening.
Wednesday, August 14 – ATV Tour; Afternoon Free; Walking Foodie Tour (B, D)
After breakfast today, get ready for an Icelandic off-road adventure on a quad bike tour of Hafrafell and Úlfarsfell mountains. Cruise along paved roads at first as you head along the outskirts of the city toward beautiful Lake Hafravatn. Admire the glassy surface surrounded by pastures and snow-capped peaks, and then venture deeper into the remote landscape on gravel paths. Feel the full power of your quad bike as you cruise up to the summit of Mt Hafrafell, where you can take in spectacular views of Reykjavik and neighboring ranges. Continue riding up steep mountain tracks and often-icy terrain to the second of the twin peaks, Mt Úlfarsfell. The summit here offers even more breathtaking views of the otherworldly Icelandic countryside and attractions like Mt Esja and the Blue Mountain range.
Don’t worry, you will get an overview of operating the quad bikes and time to practice before the convoy sets off into the wintry landscape!
Return to Reykjavik for free time to have lunch, explore the local area, and do some shopping. Early this evening we will meet our expert guide for a fabulous walking food tour where we will we explore down town Reykjavik through delicious local cuisines that you would never come across in your typical “to-do in Iceland” itinerary!
You will visit everything from well-known ‘must visit restaurants’ to small family run businesses and secret local hangouts. You will have the chance to try the best local cuisines of Iceland in each season, like the delicious Icelandic lamb that every Icelander grew up loving, homemade Icelandic ice cream from a secret family recipe, a local cheese, the rooted tradition Skyr, a hot dog from the famous Icelandic hot dog stand, an amazing seafood cuisine and much more!
Thursday, August 15 – Glacier Walk; Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls (B, L)
Experience an Icelandic adventure on your visit to Sólheimajökull glacier. On the drive from Reykjavík, you will pass right under the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano that caused so much trouble in the spring of 2010. Just east of the volcano lies Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier from Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s fourth-largest glacier. There, your professional guide will take you on a safe and easy Glacier Walk on crampons up onto the icy landscape. As you explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges, and deep crevasses, you will learn about these disappearing giants. Your experienced mountain guide will teach you how to use the basic glacier equipment necessary for this tour. On the way back to Reykjavík, enjoy a stop at the picturesque waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
Tonight, you are on your own to enjoy your last evening in Reykajavik.
Friday, August 16 – Akureyri; Botanical Gardens; Lake Myvatn Nature Baths (B, D)
After breakfast you will begin your adventure to Northern Iceland! We will be taking a short flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri where we will have lunch and visit the botanical gardens. The garden is one of the northern most botanical gardens in the world, situated at approximately 32 miles south of the Arctic Circle. This afternoon we will check into our hotel which is situated on the southern shore of Lake Myvatn. The lake, which is Iceland's 4th largest, was created in a basaltic lava eruption. In and around the lake you will find many free-standing lava pillars and lava formations. Bring your bathing suit, as we will be taking a dip in the The Mývatn Nature Baths which are often referred to as the Blue Lagoon of the North. Bathe in the wonderfully blue water which comes from the depths of some 8,200 feet in the ground and is believed to be beneficial to the skin as it is rich in minerals. After our relaxing time in the baths we will return to the hotel for our evening meal together.
Saturday, August 17 – Diamond Circle Full Day Tour (B, L, D)
On today’s private guided tour we see the best that northern Iceland has to offer. Known as The Diamond Circle, this tour takes you on an unforgettable journey through Iceland’s most catastrophic and diverse area, rich in volcanic and geothermal features. You will witness the land of fire and ice first hand as we explore glacial rivers, canyons, lava formations, pseudo craters and with luck, we may even see some Puffins!
Sunday, August 18 – Husavik; Whale Watching and Icelandic Horseback Riding (B, D)
Your adventure continues as we venture north to Husavik, which is considered the Whale Watching Capital of Iceland. You will experience a unique adventure at sea – watching the wonders of nature in the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay, sheltered by the stunning mountains of Vík. You will be astonished as you witness these gentle giants up close. In addition to the Humpback and Minke whales you are likely to see dolphins and many sea birds including Puffins.
After our whale watching adventure we will have a bite to eat in Husavik before we head to Saltvik where we will explore the countryside on Icelandic horse. An experienced guide will lead you on a beautiful ride along the coastline near Húsavík with a fantastic view over the bay of Skjálfandi (the world of whales) and a nice and easy ride up towards the hills above Salfarm farm.
Monday, August 19 – Akureyri; Farewell Luncheon; Return Home (B, L)
Today we say farewell to Lake Myvatn. We will return to Akureyri for a stroll around town and enjoy our last meal together. After lunch we head to the airport where we will take our return flight to Reykjavik airport and our return flights home.