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Iceland Summer Private Tour

10 days
9 nights

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$12,000.00 (per person)

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Daily during the following periods:
May 01 - Sep 30 

Hotels:

Hotel Borg 4*
Hotel Ranga 4*
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon 4*
Fosshotel Myvatn 3*
Hotel Siglo 4*
Hotel Silica 4*

These are carefully selected best hotels in the area.  Iceland does not have 5* hotels at this time. The first 5* hotel is scheduled to open in 2019.

Included:

Hotel accomodations
Daily breakfast
Private local guide-driver
Transportation by 4 x 4
Activities as described per program

Highlights & Experience:

SPECIAL INCLUDED EXPERIENCES:

Ice Cave Museum at Lake Perlan
Snowmobiling and Into the Cave
Snorkeling in Silfra Fissure
Icelandic Horse Farm
Helicopter Sightseeing 
Hiking in Þórsmörk Valley
Zodiac Boat on Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
Beer Spa at Dalvik
Inside the Volcano

 

Itinerary:

Day 1  : Arrival in Reykjavik

Upon arrival, your private guide will meet you at the airport in Keflavik and take you on a driving tour around Reykjavik and its vicinity.  You will see the old town center, the Parliament, the harbor,  the Hofdi house and the impressive Harpa Concert Hall. We will visit Hallgrímskirkja church which is one of the main Reykjavík's landmarks. You will stop for lunch at the Perlan center offering breathtaking views from the 4th floor terrace and from the restaurant on the 5th floor. In the afternoon you will check into your centrally located hotel. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2  : Langjokull - Hraunfossar Waterfalls - Barnafossar Waterfalls

Today we will drive up to Europe‘s second largest - Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacier, located in the Icelandic highlands. On a clear day you will enjoy incredible views of Eiríksjökull Glacier (the highest mountain in west Iceland), Hofsjökull Glacier and also the Kerlingafjöll mountains.On the way to the glacier, we will stop by magnificent waterfalls - Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children’s Falls). Several optional exciting activities are available in the area. We start driving back around 6pm, possibly spotting some seals as we drive along the Hvalfjord. Overnight in Reykjavik

Options:
Into the Glacier
Glacier Snowmobile and Ice Cave Tour
Day 3  : Golden Circle

Thingvellir National park - Geyser hot springs - Gullfoss Waterfall.

Our destination today is Thingvellir National Park, a historical site and a natural wonder on an international scale, protected by UNESCO. Originally established as the place where Alþingi (the parliament) was founded in 930 this place had served a grand role in Icelandic history since the settlers came. You can find ruins of old stone shelters, the lakes and the Lögberg e. Law Rock.

The park sits on a rift valley caused by the separation of two continental plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault. In this separation sits the amazing Silfra fissure, one of the world’s most desirable snorkeling spots. Located in the heart of Thingvellir National Park, this narrow channel of blue water meandering through a giant lava field does not look like much on the surface. But below, supernatural shades of blue, perfect visibility and incredible rock formations make up a magical sub-aquatic paradise.

In the afternoon we will explore the geothermal pools around Geyser and see Strokkur erupting every few minutes. It is one of the phenomenal experiences to witness. Our next stop is at the famous Gullfoss waterfall with milky green colored water from the glacier Langjokull, the second biggest glacier in Europe.

Today we will spend the night in the Hella - Vik area, conveniently located for the next day's exploration. Overnight in the south.

Options:
Snorkeling at the Silfra fissure
Lunch at Fridheimar Greenhouse
Fontana Hot Springs Bakery
River Rafting at Hvita River
Horse Farm
Day 4  : Eyjafjallajokull area - South Shore - Waterfalls - Black Sandy Beaches

Today we start driving to the Eyjafjallajökull area to see the surrounding of the notorious Eyjafjallajokull that erupted in 2010 and closed down all air traffic over the Atlantic Ocean. We will visit Lava Center - a state-of-the-art interactive, exhibition of volcanic activity, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland over millions of years. Next we continue to the south shore. We will stop by amazing waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, some of which you can walk behind. Black sandy beaches, high and steep cliffs, glaciers and various lava formations can be seen along the way, as well as numerous farms, agricultural livestock, and birds. Next we'll drive to Reynisfjara and watch the roaring ocean playing on the volcano beach. Overnight in the south.

Day 5  : Eastfjords - Hofn - Egilsstadir

Today we continue our journey in to the east fjords. We reach the little fishing town of Höfn. It’ s THE place to try Icelandic lobster. This is a very beautiful and remote part of Iceland. The mountains, the ocean and the long fjords. We drive through valleys all the way up to the small town of Egilsstadir where we stop for refreshment and then head further north all the way to the beautiful Mývatn area. This day is full of pure Icelandic scenery. A long drive with lots of stops but if you are interested in seeing what Iceland is really made of it is well wort it. Overnight at Fosshotel Myvatn

Day 6  : Lake Myvatn - Godafoss Waterfall - Whale Watching - Beer Spa - Siglufjord

We tour the Lake Mývatn area, considered as one of the most fertile regions in the world so close to the Arctic Circle and also known for its abundant bird life and amazing volcanic lava landscapes. The lake's unique features are shaped by nature - strange lava formations, any kind of volcanic craters, attractive bays filled with thousands of birds and ducks. The heavy volcanic activity in the region surrounding Lake Myvatn over the last few thousand years accounts for extraordinary and sometimes eerily beautiful land formations and geology. Dimmuborgir, on the east side of the lake, are a badlands of lava pillars, caves, rugged crags and towering rocks, some of which reach 20 meters (65 ft) in height, forming almost unearthly and alien castles and towers. We stroll through the mysterious lava field of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudo craters and see the tephra cone Hverfjall. Our next stop is Goðafoss Falls that could be translated as The Waterfall of The Gods. An impressive site any time of year it’s a particularly otherworldly place to visit.

In the afternoon we go to Husavik nestled on the edge of Skjálfandi Bay. Husavik is globally recognised as one of the best locations in the world from which to watch whales.  In fact, there is a higher chance of seeing whales in Húsavík than any other place in Iceland.
The reason for such a high percentage of whales in this area is the thriving ecosystem in the bay. Melting snow and rivers bring nutrients from mineral-rich locations which, when combined with the boundless summer sun, leads to teeming masses of plankton, the main source of food for baleen whales.

Our last stop today is a unique experience at Dalvik beer baths. Beer bath, where you bathe in both young beer and live beer yeast, without showering it off until some hours later, has an extremely powerful effect on the body and skin. This treatment is both cleansing for the skin and has a very positive effect on health. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Siglo.

Day 7  : Siglufjord - Icelandic Highlands - Reykjavik

Now you are in for a very unique experience. You will be driving the scenic road from Siglufjord towards and into the Icelandic highlands. You will in fact be driving into Iceland´s center and wilderness by a mountain road, only open during the summer. It takes you from North to South by crossing the middle of Iceland. You will experience the true wasteland and see the reason why Iceland is only inhabited around the coast line. It is totally safe and well worth a whole day´s driving. You will pack lunch before you start the tour and Kári your driver will stop somewhere on the way where you can enjoy the beautiful true nature of Iceland. The highland road ends at Gullfoss waterfall in the South and from there you take a now familiar road to Reykjavík. Overnight at Reykjavík Marina Residence. 

Day 8  : Inside the Volcano

On that day we go ink for a grand finale ! This unique volcano tour takes you literally inside a dormant volcano, through the top crater and to the bottom of its magma chamber, once filled with steaming hot lava. The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano is the only place on earth where a huge volcanic magma chamber is accessible to humans. Thrihnukagigur volcano last erupted over 4000 years ago. It’s located approximately 30km (20miles) from Reykjavik. Participants will descend 120m (400ft) through the top crater and down to the ground floor of the magma chamber, accompanied by experienced and specially trained guides. An open elevator system is used in the operation, transporting participants up and down the chamber in a cable lift. Want to brag to your friends about your unique experience in Iceland – well this is your chance… In the evening we visit the blue lagoon and have diner at the excellent lava restaurant. Overnight at the Silica Hotel

Day 9  : Departure

Today we say goodbye and look forward to seeing you again!