Around iceland in 9 days
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This classic tour begins with a visit to thundering rainbow-ringed Gullfoss, the golden waterfall, which carries the melt-water from Langjökull glacier.
From Gullfoss we drive up to the mighty Langjökull glacier where you have the option of adding a one-hour snowmobile ride (Must be booked in advance).
We drive down from the glacier to the thermal landscape of the iconic Geysir with the erupting hot springs.
Geysir is quiet these days but neighbouring Strokkur will not disappoint and is guaranteed to send a spout of boiling water high into the air.
Onward to Þingvellir National Park, the site of the World’s oldest parliament which first met in the summer of 930 AD.
The entrance to Þingvellir is a walk through the Almannagjá gorge, where there are visible evidence of plate tectonic activity on the European-American fault-line which still today is pushing the two continents apart and creating Iceland, geology’s youngest country.
This day is all about the South coast and it´s unique sights. Beautiful water falls, like the impressive Seljalandsfoss, where the brave can walk behind the cascade, not to forget the powerful Skógafoss which carries water from Eyjafjallajokull and Mýrdalsjokull.
When we leave the main road you need to deflate then tires. Then you will drive mountain tracks to Gígjökull, a glacier tongue from Eyjafjallajökull. This is were the flood came bursting down when the eruption started.
The black volcano beaches of the south leave no one untouched with panoramic views over the Atlantic ocean on one side and glaciers on the other.
Sights like Dyrhólaey is quite impressive, on the black beaches you have view over this little island.
You start this day after a good breakfast driving to Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon and Skaftafell. On this day we would also do a glacier hike in the afternoon. This route is one of the most beautiful routes in Iceland, with fields of lava and surreal mountain scape.
This amazing lagoon is unique and a great place for photo-shooting. The main lagoon measures about 7 square miles (20 km2) and until 1932 was covered in thick glacial ice. Then the glacier started to retreat, and nowadays more than 300 feet (100 m) of ice breaks away each year to reshape the lagoon and fill it with huge spectacular icebergs.
Overnight near Höfn.
We drive through spectacular fjords and visit some of the charming fishing villages of the South-East as we head to the capital of east Iceland, Egilsstaðir.
Among the notable sites along the way are the majestic Mt. Búlandstindur, the village of Seyðisfjörður, the Lagarfljót River, home to the Lagarfljót Worm monster, and finally to picturesque Atlavík.
Overnight at Egilsstaðir.
You will be enthralled by this morning’s visit to the unique, natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its surroundings and the spectacular lunar landscape of Námaskarð.
We then head for the Skútustaðagígar pseudocraters and the Dimmuborgir lava formations and still active Mt. Krafla, one of Iceland’s most interesting volcanoes.
In the afternoon, we’ll visit the natural Mývatn pool, the Blue Lagoon of the North.
Overnight in the beautiful area of lake Mývatn.
Optional: full massage after a relaxing time in the natural springs.
We start the day exploring the fascinating Ásbyrgi Canyon before moving on to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, both located in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park to the north of Lake Mývatn.
We then visit the village of Húsavík, known for its whale-watching tours.
The Mývatn area is rich in birdlife, geothermal activity and a very particular geology. It is considered by some to be the most beautiful part of Iceland.
A whale watching boat trip from Húsavik is optional, before heading back to your hotel by Mývatn
The morning is spend relaxing at Lake Mývatn before a visit to the Goðafoss waterfall en route to romantic Akureyri.
With a population of around 16.000 thousand, the university town of Akureyri is known as the capital of the North.
The guide will take you to the places of interest in this charming town.
Overnight in Sauðárkrókur
We begin our second day by driving to the small town of Stykkishólmur, often called the capital of Snæfellsnes.
We will continue our tour around the peninsula by visiting the iconic Kirkjufell mountain, a photographer´s favorite. Next up is one of the few golden sand beaches in Iceland, Skarðsvík as well as Saxhóll crater.
Hellnar was once a bustling fishing village on the South coast of the peninsula today the beautiful rock formations on the beach are its biggest attraction.
We spend the night at Búðir or Borgarnes.
The final day of the journey is a long one as we drive to Borgarfjörður where we will visit Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful geothermal spring.
Then it's on to Reykholt, once the home of Iceland’s great saga writer, Snorri Sturluson and visit Snorralaug.
This section of the journey brings us to two waterfalls, the enchanting waterfalls of Hraunfossar and impressive Barnafoss, the ‘Children’s Waterfall’, where you will learn its tragic legend.
At the end of the day we drive back to Reykjavík where you will spend the night.
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