9 days
8 nights

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$ 6,400.00 (per person)

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ALL YEAR ROUND

Included:

Private guidance all the way in luxury 4x4 (LR Discovery or Range Rover)
Accommodation, lunch and dinner for the guide all the way
Premium package at the Blue Lagoon
Entrance and visit of Vatnshellir Lava cave
Horse riding for 1hr between Snaefelsness and Akureyri
Return plane to Grimsey and guided visit
Whale watching tour in husavik for 3hrs
Entrance and towel at Myvatn Nature baths
Flight Egilstadir to Reykjavík one way
All taxes

Not included:
Any lunch or dinner
Accommodation

Itinerary:

Day 1  : ARRIVAL - BLUE LAGOON

Your Iceland adventure gets off to a good start by heading straight from the airport to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon offers visitors a chance to rekindle their relationship with nature whilst soaking up scenic beauty and breathing pure fresh Icelandic air. This unique spa features a huge outdoor lagoon filled with geothermal hot water whose active ingredients (namely: natural mineral salts, white silica and blue green algae) have become internationally known for providing the visitor with an unforgettable bathing experience. Set amidst a dramatic field of black basalt lava - the powder-blue mineral rich waters are the run-off from a nearby geothermal project with temperatures in this stunning lagoon averaging a relaxing 35-40°C. In addition to bathing in the lagoon, visitors have access to a sauna with a view of the lagoon, a steam bath with white walls that resemble silica mud and a cosy steam bath carved into a lava cave. There is also a waterfall providing the most wonderful energizing massage.

Day 2  : WONDERFUL WEST

Today we will head to Borgarfjörður to see the magical Hraunfossar waterfall pouring through the lava field into the Hvítá, and the cascades of Barnafoss. The tour continues to the romantic and historical Reykholt, the home of Iceland’s great saga writer, Snorri Sturluson. We will return via Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful geothermal spring. We’ll end in Hvalfjörður, the Whale fjord, where we will see the small whale factory and remains from the Second World War when the fjord was the base for the Allies’ ships. In this tour we explore and discover the beautiful west and it´s saga.

Day 3  : SNAEFELSNESS

Snæfellsnes is the home of Snæfellsjökull glacier, famously featured in Jules Verne’s “Journey to the centre of the Earth”. Explore the mystical coast line of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, an area of outstanding beauty famed not only for its supernatural powers and otherworldly connections but also for its profoundly interesting geological history. Although the main tourist attraction of the peninsula is the glacier there are many other wonderful sites to visit in Snæfellsnes. The glacier is believed to be one of the seven main energy centres of the Earth! In the summer time you can see hundreds of sea birds in the coastline’s cliffs. 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. Only ten minutes away you will find Hellnar, a tiny village where the bewitching Baðstofa cave is located, famous for its peculiar luminosity and shading. Is the gateway to the centre of Earth here? Come find out with a visit to the Vatnshellir Cave, a cavern of fascinating lava formations.

Day 4  : SKAGAFJORDUR AND AKUREYRI

After breakfast, we head north. Spend the day in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains. The real Icelandic countryside where natives are fiercly proud of their horses and saga culture. This is where Örlygsstaðabardagi took place, the largest battle Iceland has ever seen, in the Sturlunga age. We will go for a one-hour horse riding tour in the Skagafjordur area before arriving in the town of Akureyri. Nestled at the head of Eyjafjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord, Akureyri is North Iceland’s largest fishing port, and its cultural, industrial, and trade capital.

Day 5  : ACROSS THE ARCTIC CIRCLE AND HUSAVIK

After breakfast, we take the 30-min flight north to Grimsey, the tiny 5-sq km island 40 km off the north coast of Iceland (pop. 100). This is the only part of Iceland bissected by the Arctic Circle. Here a local guide will welcome us and take us on a 1-hour walk around the island, after which you will receive a certificate for having crossed the Arctic Circle. After our flight we drive for 30 min to the charming, small town of Husavik – the whale watching capital of Iceland. We will have lunch in a lovely restaurant by the harbor. From here, a 50 minute scenic drive along the north-east coast brings us to Asbyrgi, horseshoe-shaped canyon, surrounded by magnificent cliffs. This place is known to be the meeting place of the pagan gods. On the way we stop at Godafoss waterfall, the waterfall of the gods. Enjoy a hike to the center of the canyon. In the afternoon, we return to Akureyri. In Akureyri we do short exploration of town center and have dinner. This surprisingly cosmopolitan town has an excellent selection of cafes, restaurants and museums, as well as Iceland´s largest botanical garden.

Day 6  : MÝVATN

Located in the heart of north-east Iceland about 105 kilometres (65 miles) south of the Arctic Circle, Lake Mývatn with its unique nature and rich birdlife is one of Europe´s greatest natural treasures. Shaped by repeated volcanic eruptions and seismic activity down through the ages, the landscape around the 36.5 km2 lake situated at an altitude of 277 m above sea-level provides a spectacular panorama of surreal lava, crater and cave formations, sulphurstreaked mountains, and sweeping wetlands teeming with plant and birdlife which, in summer, are home to the swarms of midges that not only give the region its name but also provide a major source of nutrition for fish and birds. In the afternoon, we will vist the Myvatn Nature Baths sometimes called the Blue Lagoon of the North.

Day 7  : EAST FJORDS

Today we head east, taking a small detour to watch the majestic Dettifoss waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park. It is reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe. It is situated on the Jökulsá á Fjöllum river, which flows from the Vatnajökull glacier and collects water from a large area in Northeast Iceland. Today we head east across the stark and barren northeast highland plateaus to Seydisfjordur in the Eastfjords. The halfway point is a coffee break at Sænautasel Farm, a reconstructed turf farm on a 37- mile-long remote heathland called Jökuldalsheiði, where you may see reindeer grazing. Halldór Kiljan Laxness, Iceland’s Nobel Prizewining author, used the farm as the setting for his novel Sjálfstætt folk, or Independent People. We end the day in Seyðisfjörður, one of Iceland’s most picturesque coastal towns. Nestled in a long, calm, fjord, lined with snowcapped mountains and tumbling waterfalls, the town is known for its colorful 19th century houses. We´ll use the late afternoon and evening to explore the village of Seydisfjordur, including the Skaftfell Cultural Center, which hosts visiting artists from all over the world. The streets of Seydisfjordur are lined with colorful Norwegian wood kit homes from the 19th and early 20th centuries. With a thriving arts scene, Seydisfjordur also serves as car ferry port to mainland Europe. In time for dinner, we check into your lovely hotel in the town of Egilsstadir.

Day 8  : EAST FJORDS

Today, we´ll explore the fjords and mountain passes of the East Coast, before we head to Egilsstadir for your evening flight back to Reykjavik.

Day 9  : PRIVATE AIRPORT TRANSFER

Your time in Iceland is unfortunately up. We will get you safely to the airport 2-3h00 before you scheduled flight. We look forward to receiving you next time!