Eight days exploring Iceland's dramatic coastline and rugged interior away from the crowds

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  • Personalised journeys from start to finish

  • Every trip helps support Conservation

  • Every detail taken care of

Itinerary highlights

  • Tour the stunning Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Enjoy an Icelandic cooking class at a local farm
  • Soak away your stress in the Giljaböð geothermal baths
  • Snorkelling between the tectonic plates separating Europe and North America
  • Exploring the extraterrestrial cratered terrain of Lakagigar
  • Snowmobiling the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap

What's included

  • Privately guided tours of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, the Golden Circle and South Coast
  • Private super jeep excursion and guided hiking in Fjallabak and Lakagigar
  • Tours inside Thrihnukagigur volcano, snorkelling in Silfra and visit to the Blue Lagoon
  • All accommodation and transfers
  • Full support from your Travel Designer and Concierge before, during and after your trip
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At a glance

An eight-day trip for those drawn to the unbridled spectacle of Iceland, this adventure is made for intrepid travellers who want to get under the crust of this geological marvel – where few others have been – without missing the ‘must-sees’.

Start with a tour of the dramatic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, a region of Iceland famed for breathtaking natural beauty. See cascading waterfalls, experience a cooking class with locals in Bjarteyjarsandur farm and fawn over the endangered Icelandic goat at the Haafell Goat Centre.

Your next stop sees you arrive in the remote Icelandic Highlands. A world away from civilisation, in the heart of the Icelandic wilderness, you’ll dip into a geothermal pool nestled among a ravine, soaking up the peace and quiet. On day four you’ll explore the delights of the Golden Circle. Get the chance to swim between two continents, snorkelling in the clear waters of the Silfra fissure that marks the tectonic divide of America and Europe.

Then, aboard a Superjeep, you’ll adventure out to Landmannalaugar, one of Iceland’s hidden national treasures. Endless vistas, dramatic waterfalls and a hot springs oasis awaits you. Your tour of Southern Iceland also includes a visit to the extraterrestrial cratered terrain that forms the volcanic fissures of Lakagigar, a volcano that nearly destroyed the country in 1783. For an added rush, you’ll also jump on a snowmobile to ride along the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap.

As your journey draws to a close, you’ll trace the southern coast’s black sand beaches and waterfalls back to the famous Retreat at the Blue Lagoon for one final night of pampering.

Example trip itinerary

Days 1-3

Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Meet and greet at Reykjavik airport

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel

Accommodation in Snaefellsnes Peninsula

South Snaefellsnes tour South Snaefellsnes tour

Head north towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. At Hnappadalur Valley, you'll stop at Rauðamelsölkelda, which boasts from having a mineral well with delicious drinking water. A nearby beach is famous for its seal colony. The best time to spot the seals is in summertime (June and July), but they can be seen all year round if you're lucky. Next visit Rauðfeldsgjá ravine, an enormous crack in the mountain wall, and the picturesque Arnarstapi has one of the most interesting beaches in Iceland, full of caves, canyons, holes and cliffs made of columnar basalt, a beautiful reminder of the volcanic energy underneath. Nearby is Hellnar, a tiny village where the bewitching Baðstofa cave is located.

Borgarfjördur tour Borgarfjördur tour

Head to Borgarfjordur to see the magical Hraunfossar waterfall pouring through the lava field into the Hvita, and the cascades of Barnafoss. The tour continues to the historical Reykholt, the home of Iceland’s great saga writer, Snorri Sturluson and to Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful geothermal spring.

Visit and cooking class with locals at Bjarteyjarsandur farm Visit and cooking class with locals at Bjarteyjarsandur farm

Experience real Icelandic local food and hospitality at Bjarteyjarsandur farm and cook your own meal with the locals. You´ll learn about food culture in Iceland and experience the Icelandic kitchen first hand. Handpicked wild herbs, a visit to the rhubarb garden and the greenhouse is a part of the program, as well a relaxing walk to the beach to pick some edible seaweed to use for cooking. The main dish will be pure, free-range Icelandic lamb meat from Bjarteyjarsandur Farm, the most popular meat in Iceland. For dessert, you´ll prepare Icelandic skyr-cake with crushed ginger cookies and homemade syrup from wild berries.  The meal will include home-brewed wine and local Icelandic beer.

Bjarteyjarsandur farm is owned and operated by three different families, all specialising in different fields, for example, farming, tourism, education, food processing and machine work. The farm enjoys a beautiful setting by the fjord with a lovely seashore. There are roughly 600 sheep on the farm as well as other animals such as Icelandic settlement hens, border collie dogs, Icelandic horses, rabbits, goats and free-range pigs during the summer.

Haafell Goat Centre Haafell Goat Centre

The Icelandic goat is an endangered species and the Icelandic Goat Centre at Háafell is working towards protecting and maintaining the goat stock in Iceland. Visitors receive a warm welcome from the goats and there is the chance to see other animals such as horses, sheep, Icelandic chickens, silkie chickens, dogs and cats.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in the Icelandic Highlands

Days 3-4

Icelandic Highlands

Accommodation in Icelandic Highlands

Húsafell - Giljaböð Baths Húsafell - Giljaböð Baths

This unique experience involves a relaxed walk through remote Icelandic wilderness before soaking in a geothermal pool, nestled in a magnificent highland canyon. Constructed from locally sourced, natural materials like flagstone from the canyon floor, the baths are hot-spring fed pools, designed to blend into the environment seamlessly using the age-old methods that created Snorralaug – a heritage site pool dating back to the 10th century. This on-site bathhouse is made from salvaged timbers from the area. Even the hooks in the changing room are repurposed horseshoes from a nearby family farm.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in the Golden Circle

Days 4-5

Golden Circle

Accommodation in Golden Circle

BBQ luxury lunch with a private chef BBQ luxury lunch with a private chef

Exploring Iceland is bound to work up a bit of an appetite, so at some point during your tour your guide will stop in a scenic spot where a private chef will greet you with a delicious already-prepared barbecue lunch. This isn't just any al fresco meal, however, as a beautiful dining area will also be set up in which you can enjoy a delectable and unforgettable lunch experience.

Silfra Snorkelling, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
Silfra snorkelling Silfra snorkelling

Snorkel in some of the clearest water on the planet in Silfra, a tectonic rift valley in Þingvellir National Park, down a narrow canyon in the lava field located between the continents of America and Europe. The water in Silfra is a mixture of ground water from the surrounding area and melt water from Langjökull glacier in the highlands. It takes the glacial water decades to filter through the massive lava field before it enters the fissure. This makes the water in Silfra one of the purest and clearest in the world, the underwater visibility, in the heavenly blue water, is normally 70-80 meters, better than anywhere else in the world.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in Southern Iceland

Days 5-7

Southern Iceland

Accommodation in Southern Iceland

Superjeep tour to Landmannalaugar Superjeep tour to Landmannalaugar

This day tour takes you to the astonishing Landmannalaugar, a natural treasure hidden in the centre of Iceland’s mountainous highlands. This is where you can see the most amazing colours Icelandic scenery has to offer! Our route lies through the Þjórsárdalur valley, stopping at the lovely Hjálparfoss waterfall before continuing into the extraordinary landscape around the water-filled Ljótipollur crater and at last the hot springs of the Landmannalaugar oasis. Here you get a chance to bathe in the famous natural hot springs or join an included short hike in the area, getting in touch with this astounding piece of nature for complete relaxation.

Lakagigar expedition Lakagigar expedition

Today explore and hike through spectacular Lakagigar. Laki is the name of the volcano that caused the infamous 1783 eruption that nearly wiped out Iceland as a nation. Lava and poisonous gas wiped out farms and livestock causing nationwide famine from which the country barely recovered. It is the largest eruption in Icelandic history and although Laki is dormant, evidence from the eruption is left in the form of the Lakagigar crater series, stretching an impressive 25km (156 miles), with spectacular lava formations in bright red and black colours.

Southern Iceland coastal tour - Vik i Myrdal, Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss Southern Iceland coastal tour - Vik i Myrdal, Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss

The south coast of Iceland is a magical area filled with adventure opportunities. Vast black lava beaches as far as the eye can see, massive waterfalls, fascinating rock formations and enchanting glacier tongues, all within an arm’s reach. Fenced in between the Atlantic Ocean in the South and a big ice cap to the North as well as two big glacier rivers to the East and West, the area is quite spectacular with the black sand and hard ocean waves beating the shore of Reynisfjara beach. The rock formations of Reynisdrangar are a signature landmark. During this trip we visit the charming local town Vík í Mýrdal and two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls; Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss both thundering down 60 meters.

Snowmobile on the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap Snowmobile on the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap

After gearing up and a safety briefing, you'll head out with your experienced guide to explore the incredible landscapes of the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap by snowmobile. You'll enjoy epic views and a real adrenaline rush.

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to your hotel in the Blue Lagoon

Days 7-8

The Blue Lagoon

Accommodation in The Blue Lagoon

Flights & transfers

Transfer

Private transfer to Reykjavik Airport

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