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

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An 8-day trip for those drawn to the unbridled spectacle of Iceland, intrepid travellers who want to get under the crust of this geological marvel where few others have been without missing the ‘must sees’.

Start – quite literally – inside a volcano before your first night in the capital, Reykjavik. Then head north to the Atlantic beaten coastline and remote fishing villages of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

On day five, 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, and exploring the rest of the Golden Circle.

Then, aboard a heavily modified 4×4, venture in to the wilds of Fjallabak, a truly epic landscape few get to see. Discover Lakagigar’s almost extra terrestrial cratered terrain before tracing the southern coast’s black sand beaches and waterfalls back to the famous Blue Lagoon for one final night.

  • 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 Concierge before, during and after your trip

Trip Itinerary

Days 1-2: Reykjavik
Flights & Transfers

Meet and greet at Reykjavik airport

 
Tour inside Thrihnukagigur volcano
Inside the Cave of Volcano

After a moderate 45 minute hike, don the appropriate gear and descend 120m (400 feet) inside the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano. The various coloration of the rock inside the magma chamber and its vast size - the ground space is equivalent to almost three full-sized basketball courts and the height is such that the full sized Statue of Liberty would easily fit inside - give it a beautifully surreal quality.


Flights & Transfers

Accommodation in Reykjavik
Overnight in Reykjavik

Spend the night in your Reykjavik hotel before continuing your journey tomorrow.


Days 2-5: Snaefellsnes Peninsula
South Snaefellsnes tour

Head north towards the Snaefellsnes peninsula. At Hnappadalur valley we 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 around if you are 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.


Accommodation in Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Inside the glacier Borgarfjörður expedition

Today head to Borgarfjörður to see the magical Hraunfossar waterfall pouring through the lava field into the Hvítá, and the cascades of Barnafoss. We make a stop at Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful geothermal spring. The tour continues to the romantic and historical Reykholt, the home of Iceland’s great saga writer, Snorri Sturluson. Next we‘ll head up on Langjökull glacier. Whilst there are a few man-made ice tunnels and ice caves in various places around the world, there is nothing quite like the ice tunnel that we visit here, high up in a remote area of an Ice Cap Glacier and on such a scale - a world of magnificent, stunning blue ice. Going sub glacial is an experience not to be missed; it is a completely different to natural ice caves found on the edges of glaciers. We will return via the spectacular Kaldidalur mountain pass.


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.


Golden Circle Tour
Gullfoss Waterfall, Golden Circle, Iceland

Drive into the countryside to Thingvellir, the site of the oldest democratic parliament in the world, and the point where the slowly separating North American and Eurasian tectonic plates can be clearly seen. During the tour, visit Geysir, the geyser which gave its name to all other erupting hot springs, and one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur. Continue on to the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, then follow the main rift down to Lake Thingvallavatn.


Silfra Snorkelling
Silfra Snorkelling, Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

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.


Days 5-7: Southern Iceland
Fjallabak jeep and hiking tour

It is time to head up to the highlands and explore the unbeaten path of Fjallabaksleið, a famous trail which snakes its way through the desert landscape of the volcanic highlands between Mount Hekla and the icecaps along the south coast. This vast and incredible territory remains mostly unexplored by tourists as access isn't easy - we will make good use of the private super jeep.

The Fjallabak Nature Reserve was established in 1979. The land is mountainous, sculptured by volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by lavas, sands, rivers and lakes. We’ll stop at the highland hot spring of Strútslaug, a hidden gem, and take a bath literally in the middle of nowhere.


Accommodation in Southern Iceland
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 with Snowmobiling

The South coast of Iceland is a magical area filled with adventure opportunities. Vast black lava beaches as far as they 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.

Finally, head up to Mýrdalsjökull glacier for the exciting action-packed part of your day, snowmobiling on, or by the glacier. Snowmobiles are fun and easy to ride, and this adventure will gear you up for an exhilarating glacier experience.


Days 7-8: The Blue Lagoon
Accommodation in The Blue Lagoon
Visit the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon geothermal spa is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland. Temperatures in the bathing and swimming area of the lagoon averages 37–39 °C (98–102 °F) and the waters, rich in minerals like silica, are reputed to help some people suffering from various skin ailments. The lagoon is man-made and fed by the water output of the nearby geothermal power plant Svartsengi, where superheated water is vented from the ground near a lava flow and used to run turbines that generate electricity. After going through the turbines, the steam and hot water pass through a heat exchanger to provide heat for a municipal water heating system. Then the water is fed into the lagoon for recreational and medicinal users to bathe in.


Flights & Transfers

Private transfer to Reykjavik Airport

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    We create fully personalised trips from start to finish. From locations to accommodation and guides, everything is selected to suit you.

    We give back to two regional charities from the profits of each one of our trips.

    From expert private tours to restaurant reservations, we take care of every detail so you can make the most of your time off.