Experience plenty of the highlights, like erupting geysers, visiting glacier lagoons, and exploring breathtaking waterfalls and black sand beaches. Be sure to pack your sense of adventure and get ready to feel Iceland under your feet.
- 6 night guided adventure
Highlights: Sleep in a local guesthouse in the eastern fjords region, marvel at the largest ice cap in Europe, gape at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with seals floating on icebergs, photograph black-sand beaches and gushing waterfalls around this island nation
- 6 nights accommodation (5 standard hotel, 1 night guesthouse)
- 6 breakfasts (allow USD350-455 for meals not included)
- Transportation in private minivan/bus, walking.
- Small group travel Max 16, avg 12
|Apr 11-28, 2024
|May 2-Jun 30, 2024
|Jul 4-Aug 25, 2024
|Sep 1-26, 2024
Round trip airfare to Reykjavik additional, but can be added if available
Day 1 Reykjavik: Arrive at any time. There are no activities planned until an evening welcome meeting. Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting 1h18:00. The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early. Accommodation – Below is an example of the hotel we may use in this city. For the actual hotel your specific departure will be using, please check your voucher or the G Adventures App. KEA Skuggi Hotel (or similar)Hotel Day 2 Reykjavik/Akureyri: Drive to Akureyri, stopping for lunch at a local cantina. Explore the town and opt to go on a whale-watching tour in the evening. Eyjafjörður is a scenic spot to enjoy the local wildlife and small villages in the area. Private Vehicle Reykjavik – Akureyri – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Free Time Akureyri1h-2h Afternoon – Take some time to roam around this quaint town. Accommodation – Country Hotel Sveinbjarnargerdi (or similar)Hotel Meals included: Breakfast Day 3 Akureyri/Bakkagerdi: Stop at Goðafoss Waterfall en route to Mývatn Lake. Explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð. Visit Dettifoss Waterfall before arriving in Borgarfjörður for a night in a local guesthouse. Head to Mývatn Lake, stopping en route at Goðafoss Waterfall. In Mývatn, explore lava formations of Dimmuborgir and the geothermal area of Námaskarð. Visit Dettifoss Waterfall, one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. Reach Borgarfjörður in the East Fjords region for a night in a local guesthouse. Private Vehicle Akureyri – Bakkagerdi Full Day – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Godafoss Waterfall Visit Goðafoss 30m-1h30m – Take an excursion to one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, the Goðafoss Waterfall. Measuring 12m high and 30m wide, the waterfall is a must see and a short drive from Akureyri. While Iceland is famous for its many spectacular waterfalls, Goðafoss is a favourite for visitors because it’s easily accessible by car. There’s also walking paths all around the falls making it easy to take fantastic photographs from different angles. Myvatn Geothermal Lake Visit Mývatn – Explore the beautiful scenery around Lake Mývatn. Formed during a volcanic eruption 2,300 yrs ago, the geothermal area is a haven for a massive number of birds. The nutrient rich water also attracts over ten species of migrating ducks to the area. Atlantic salmon and brown trout thrive in the river, feeding on the healthy midge fly population that swarm over the waters in the summer. Dimmuborgir Lava Fields Visit Mývatn – Walk the marked pathways to spot arches and pillars or check out lava caves. Meaning ‘dark forts’ in Icelandic, Dimmuborgir is an area of lava fields with black lava formations on display in dramatic fashion. Námaskarð Visit Námaskarð – Stop at Námaskarð to see the bubbling mud pools and steaming fumaroles. There are some wooden pathways around the area but most visitors prefer to get up close to look at the pools, but be careful, the mud in this area is thick and sticky and the residue from the steam can stain clothing. Dettifoss Waterfall Visit Dettifoss – Stop at the Detiifoss Waterfall in northeast Iceland, rumored to be the most powerful in Europe, with an average water flow of 193 m3/s. Take in the view of 45m high and 100m wide falls and take some photos to show off back home. Accommodation – Alfheimar Guesthouse (or similar)Guesthouse Meals included: Breakfast Day 4 Bakkagerdi/Hofn: Leave beautiful Borgarfjörður behind and travel down the coast driving through the beautiful and majestic eastern fjords. En route to Hofn, catch a glimpse of Vatnajokull glacier, the largest ice cap in Europe. Höfn is known as the lobster capital of Iceland, so include a sample of this delicacy in your plans. Private Vehicle Bakkagerdi – Hofn – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Accommodation – Hoffell GlacierWorld Guesthouse (or similar)Guesthouse Meals included: Breakfast Day 5 Hofn/Vik: Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with a chance to see seals sun bathing on the bright blue ice. Opt to check out the lagoon by boat. Continue to Skaftafell National Park and opt to take a glacier hike. Continue to Vík. Marvel at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with a chance to see seals sun bathing on the bright blue ice. The massive icebergs floating towards shore tower over visitors. Opt to check out the lagoon by boat. Continue on to Skaftafell National Park with time to explore before continuing on in the evening to the small town of Vík. Private Vehicle Hofn – Vik – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Visit Jökulsárlón1h-2h – Visit the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon with views of the ice cap. The lake is the lowest point in the country and filled with icebergs drifting towards the sea, often with seals lounging on top. The blocks of ice coming off the glacier are typically 30m high, in dramatic shades of white and bright blue. Accommodation – Hotel Dyrholaey (or similar)Hotel Meals included: Breakfast Day 6 Vik/Reykjavik: Visit Reynisfjara Beach. Continue along the Golden Circle to Drumbo. Stop at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Explore the Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park. Visit a G Adventures-supported sustainable community dedicated to helping people with disabilities. Arrive to Reykjavík in the early evening. Private Vehicle Vik – Reykjavik – Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle. Reynisfjara Beach Reynisdrangar – Visit Reynisfjara Beach, just outside of Vík. Its black sand and ominous rock formations offshore make for stunning photos. Take some time to watch the foaming white waves crash over the black sand (but don’t get too close, the waves here can be extremely powerful), explore the shallow cave if weather and time permits, and get a photo of the basalt sea stacks. Seljalandsfoss Waterfall Visit Seljalandsfoss1h-1h30m – Seljalandsfoss is a 60m (196 ft) tall waterfall located along the popular ring road. Behind the flow of water is a path, allowing visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above. Skógafoss Waterfall Visit Skógafoss1h – Visit Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200 ft) high falls forms a constant mist that floats in the air, if viewed in the sunlight the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland. Gullfoss Waterfall Visit Gullfoss – Discover one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss and complete the tourist circuit known as the Golden Circle. This massive waterfall cascades over three “steps” before spilling into a large crevice. Fed by a glacier lake, the water passing through the falls can be a dark grey depending on how much sediment gets pushed through the river. Geysir Visit Geysir – See a variety of geothermal pools and the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Geysir is one of the oldest geysers recorded in the world, but is most often dormant. Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes. Thingvellir National Park Visit Thingvellir – Stop at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, to see the tectonic faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart. The Oxara river cuts through the largest rift in the valley, Almannagja, and leads to the Oxarafoss waterfall. Iceland’s parliament was also established in the area in 930. The park was later created to protect the remains of the open-air assembly grounds. One of the most-visited sights in Iceland, the park is an excellent spot for camping, hiking and snorkelling between the tectonic plates. G Adventures for Good: Solheimar Ecovillage Visit – Stop to visit Solheimar Ecovillage, a sustainable community of over 100 people, dedicated to helping people with disabilities. Nestled beautifully amongst the countryside, take in the panoramic views as you support this non-profit community by touring the village to learn about the various workshops, businesses, and programs and opting to enjoying a meal at the local coffee house. Accommodation – KEA Skuggi Hotel (or similar)Hotel Meals included: Breakfast Day 7 Reykjavik: Depart at any time. Meals included: Breakfast