The Great Iceland

04.06.18 - 15.06.18

About the tour

We paved the way from the capital to the most remote and mysterious corners of the country, bringing together fire and water, ice and sun, ancient culture and the modern rhythm of the island. This tour will show you how different Iceland can be, we will show it to you as we know it: majestic and eternal.

+ ITINERARY

Day 1: Beginning of the trip.

On arrival, we meet at the airport in Reykjavik and go to the hotel. The rest of the day will be free for us to explore the bustling city center with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars for every taste in mind. Walking along the main streets, we will enjoy a unique color, fantastically embodied in the works of the best street artists of the country, try the local cuisine and be inspired by architecture. We will see everything: from the fragile but magnificent concert hall "Harpa", to the "pearl" of the capital, the legendary "Sun Voyager". We'll have a dinner in a restaurant with the lively buzz of the capital all around.

Day 2: The wonders of the Golden Circle.

Let's start our trip along one of the best routes of central Iceland, which is rightly called the "Golden circle". We’ll visit the Thingvellir National Park, a rift valley where we can observe a unique phenomenon: the break of the tectonic North American and Eurasian slabs. In here we will see the oldest parliament of the country "Althing", where vikings decided to unite in the peace once and since then, how it’s believed the race of Icelanders began. Along the way we will admire an active geyser that produces a powerful stream of water from the depths of the earth every few minutes, we’ll visit the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the ancient Kerid lake, located directly in the crater of a fallen asleep volcano.

Day 3: Rivers and waterfalls.

Today we will visit several waterfalls hidden from the tourist routes: Hjálparfoss and Háifoss. Hjálparfoss is a unique double waterfall on the river Hekla. "Falling Aid" – this is how the name of the waterfall is translated romantically. It is related to the history of how the first settlers came here. They were very tired, and the waterfall in their eyes was a huge blessing given by the gods. Here, people could rest and recover for a long journey. Locals say that this waterfall is very tasty and it possesses almost healing water. Hjálparfoss is one of several waterfalls in the south of Iceland, located in the lava fields, in a place where the rivers Fossau and Tiórsau come together. There we will see the second southern waterfall of Háifoss, whose waters fall here from a height of 122 m. This is the second largest waterfall in Iceland. We continue the journey to a place where there are absolutely no tourists, because it is difficult to find. In this place several episodes of the series "Games of Thrones" were filmed. So we’ll take a walk in the valley, an oasis in the south of the country, an amazingly beautiful place with many plants and groves. And by tradition we will finish our day with some rest in the oldest thermal pool in Iceland.

Day 4: Secrets of the South Coast.

In this day we will head towards the southern coast to see the majestic Seljalandsfoss. And its greatness can be felt by looking on the other side of the waterfall and facing the running down tons of water, spraying from for tens of meters, forming a foggy cascade. We must see the raging waterfall Skogafoss, falling from a height of sixty meters. It is surrounded by green landscapes and an unchanging rainbow, born out of splashes and sunrays. We’ll make a stop near the Vik village, admire the black volcanic beach and Dyrhólaey Cape, which in Icelandic means "hole in the door". Natural arches and turrets were formed here due to the painstaking work of the sea and wind for thousands of years. The cape is also a reserve for sea birds - the pride of the country. And if we are lucky, we will be able to see them in countless numbers.

Day 5: Glaciers.

From the morning we will visit the Skaftafell National Park. It is easy to find, it’s located near amazing and largest glacier of the country – Vatnajökull. Park is reliably protected from the northern cold winds by high majestic mountains completely covered with ice. Skaftafell is a stunningly beautiful place that makes you fall in love with itself at first sight. The locals love the park and it’s always possible to meet many Icelanders at here any time of the year. We will see many attractions, including the beautiful black Svartifoss waterfall. And today we will see one of the natural wonders of Iceland – the glacial lake of Jokulsarlon, a place where glaciers reflecting the color of the sky and can be viewed at arm's length. The spectacle is amazing: a variety of white and blue ice floes drift along the mighty cliffs of the glacial massif Vatnajökull.

Day 6: Lunar landscapes of Lake Myvatn.

The road to the east today will lead us to the amazing place of the country and the main attraction of the region – Lake Myvatn and its environs. The volcanic landscape around the lake impresses with its colors and colorful craters. We will see pockets of volcanoes, pseudo craters formed thousands of years ago and asleep forever to become a refuge for birds. Here, in the north of the country are the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland: Godafoss "Waterfall of the Gods", Dettifoss - the most powerful waterfall in Europe , bright Selfoss and others. Later we can swim in the calm geothermal waters of Myvatn – the perfect way to relax after a day of sightseeing. In the evening we’ll wait for a delicious dinner, and spend the night in a hotel near the lake.

Day 7: Journey to the western fjords.

We are on our way to the quiet remote western fjords of Iceland, to the Holmavik town. Attractions along the way include the northern capital of Iceland, the city of Akureyri, the incredible basalt Borgarvirki fortress and the farm-museum of Glaumbaer with the stone buildings that the Vikings built in the 11th century. Upon arrival in the city we must visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery & Witchcraft, because these harsh fjords for centuries were considered the birthplace of black magic. Magical practices were cultivated here for many years after Christianity. And although the number of local inquisitors grew, and the suspects in witchcraft mercilessly executed, faith in magic did not fade. The memory of those times we will see in the mysterious runes of the museum. Another feature of the island's western culture is the cuisine, so without a doubt, the evening dinner would be excellent.

Day 8: Marine History.

Today's journey it’s endless majestic fjords and high mountains on the way to the capital of the west, the "ice" city of Isafjordur, the largest on the Westfirdir peninsula. Here we can see the old houses of Iceland, see what it means to live in a fishing town, to feel this culture. And from here we’ll go to the Vigur island. This small part of the land is famous for the fact that one family lives here since 1884. The current inhabitants of the island are the fourth generation of a family who live like their ancestors, with what nature gives them: hunting for petrels, collecting eggs, and also breeding cows and sheep. But not only natural beauty makes the island so unique and remarkable. It has preserved and is still strictly observed traditions. Much can be said about the country according to its traditions and on this day we will touch the most ancient of them. Let's return to the city for the night, but before we go, of course, we will try the local delicacies.

Day 9: Further to the West.

Today we go in the direction of the Dýrafjörður in the footsteps of the saga of "Gisli", the hero of Icelandic fairy tales, authentically living here in the tenth century. Here we will visit the most beautiful Skrudur Botanical Garden and the museum dedicated to Jón Sigurðsson, the patriot of the country in the struggle for the independence of Iceland. Then we stop at the impressive Dynjandi waterfall, which translates from Icelandic as "mad" and go to the westernmost point of Europe - to the Latrabjarg cliffs, the most beautiful part of the coast. This night we will spend in the picturesque village.

Day 10: Glaciers and legends.

This day we will explore the Snaefellsnes peninsula, which is found like one of the most amazing places on Earth. It is interesting ‘cause only in here is a beach with yellow sand – very unique for Iceland. So we will start the day by going to the Raudasandur beach. It stretches for 10 km and from this it seems endless. In this place we will forget about everything sitting in a coastal cafe with a cup of fragrant tea, enjoy the sea air, the sound of waves and the colors of nature. The middle of the day will not yield to the rhythm and we will have time to soak in the natural hot pool in the Vatnsfjordur reserve. At the same time, we will have unique views of the area’s sights, including the glacier Snæfellsjökull. Also we will visit Dritvik bay which for several centuries was a temporary settlement of fishermen during fishing season. Here we can experience the life of Icelanders who lived here for about the last five centuries: the Icelandic houses have been preserved to see how the fishermen and their families lived.

Day 11: Treasures of western Iceland.

On this day, before returning to Reykjavik, we will visit one of the oldest Icelandic cities - Olafsvik, comfortably located on the shore of a beautiful crescent bay, surrounded by volcanoes and glaciers, and from there we will go for a walk to the Djúpalónssandur beach, covered with small pebbles with many rock formations. On the way we will see one more "miracle of nature" – Glymur, the biggest waterfall in Iceland. Its name in translation means "roar", because long before we see the waterfall, we will begin to hear it: water, falling from a huge height into a narrow gorge creates a deafening sound, thanks to the unique acoustics of this place. Quite close to the waterfall is the Lake Hvalvatn, one of the deepest lakes in the country. After a long trekking trip, the award is stunning views that will open for us: beautiful landscapes with mountains and plains. It is noteworthy that the heroes of the famous novel of Jules Verne began their journey to the center of the earth from this place and today we will become these heroes.

Day 12: Rest in the lagoon.

Traditionally, our farewell to Iceland will be in one of the most memorable places on the island – the Blue Lagoon. This fantastic oasis is one of the 25 wonders of the world and doesn’t leave anyone indifferent. For the first time getting here you feel unfamiliar experience, completely new, stunning sensations. This resort can’t be compared to anything in the world. Gently blue water and its unique healing properties are known all over the world. Enjoying it would be nice to remember our journey, to gain strength for new adventures. After all, Iceland never says "goodbye" and we'll be back again soon, but for now we are raising cheeks of Prosecco - "cheers"!

+ WHAT TO BRING
  • Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof.
  • Long sleeve top and long johns, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton.
  • Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar.
  • Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
  • Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
  • Gloves and mittens, one pair each. Wool or synthetic, waterproof.
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava.
  • Backpack, 20-30 litres.
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. Suitcases are not recommended.
  • Towel.
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries.
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong).
  • Water bottle.
  • Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters).
  • Camera, batteries, memory card.
  • Swimming suit.
+ pickup
Transfer is not included. Meeting at the hotel.
+ included
  • Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof.
  • Long sleeve top and long johns, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton.
  • Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar.
  • Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
  • Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar.
  • Gloves and mittens, one pair each. Wool or synthetic, waterproof.
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava.
  • Backpack, 20-30 litres.
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. Suitcases are not recommended.
  • Towel.
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries.
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong).
  • Water bottle.
  • Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters).
  • Camera, batteries, memory card.
  • Swimming suit.
+ accommodation
Hotels and guesthouses.

Price 243200 ISK

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