Iceland Country Life (Escorted)

Small Group Exploration in South Iceland

June, July and August are the “official summer months” in Iceland with up to 24 hours of daylight and the time of the midnight sun. The temperatures are mild, wildlife is most active, and nature is in bloom. In activities, you will learn about the Icelandic horse, experience sea angling, enter a folk museum with its turf houses, visit a Viking Age Settlement museum and explore the natural habitat of whales on a whale watching tour. You bathe in a pool of geothermal water rich in minerals and silica, walk on black lava beaches and sail between floating icebergs on a glacial lagoon.

Iceland Country Life is an ideal tour for those who want to experience the whole variety of Icelandic landscape, culture, history, and nature in only nine days. You visit two of Iceland’s three national parks, and there are opportunities to do some walks in the beautiful countryside most days during the tour. Accommodations are a mix of 3 and 4-star hotels; all rooms are with private facilities.

Itinerary

Day 01: Arrive Reykjavik

You arrive in Iceland today, where a Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International Airport to Reykjavík. Check in to your hotel and spend your first night in Iceland; the afternoon and evening are free to explore the city on your own.

Accommodations at Fosshotel Reykjavik

Day 02: Land of Sagas

In the early morning after breakfast, you’ll start your trip with a short Reykjavík city tour before heading northwest. Visit the Settlement Centre in Borgarnes and learn about the Viking Age and the Icelandic Sagas. In the afternoon, join a short hike up the Grábrók volcano crater from where you will have a perfect view over the region and its vast lava fields. Stop at the most powerful hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver where you will learn about geothermal energy. Continue to Hraunfossar, a unique waterfall that drains from under vast lava fields into a glacier river. Nearby is Barnafoss waterfall.

Hotel Laugarbakki, Hvammstangi. Breakfast included & 3-course dinner.

Day 03: From West to North

Drive over mountain passes, lava fields, green pastures, fertile farmlands and along fjord landscape to North Iceland. Early afternoon go whale watching and sea angling for 2-3 hours in Eyjafjörður – Iceland’s longest fjord right below the Arctic Circle. You will see humpback and minke whales, harbour porpoises and dolphins – The success rate to spot whales is 99%! Finish the afternoon at Akureyri – Iceland’s second-largest city – before reaching the picturesque village of Húsavík.

Accommodations at Fosshotel Húsavík, Húsavík. Breakfast included & 3-course dinner.

Day 04: Geological Wonders and Nature Baths

Start the day with a stop at Goðafoss, a beautiful waterfall but also a prominent spot in Iceland’s history. Tour the Lake Mývatn area with its abundant birdlife and amazing volcanic 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. Stroll through the mysterious lava labyrinth of Dimmuborgir, look at pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir and see the tephra cone of Hverfjall. Our last stop is the geothermal Mývatn Nature Baths, which contains a lot of minerals, is alkaline and well-suited for a relaxing and rejuvenating bath.

Accommodations at Fosshotel Húsavík, Húsavík. Breakfast included & 3-course dinner.

Day 05: From North to East

In the morning, explore more volcanic and geothermal landscapes. Visit the hot springs, fumaroles and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð. At Krafla, see the impacts of volcanic activity and smell the sulfur. Víti is a circular explosion crater filled with blue water, surrounded by colourful mountains and hissing steam vents. Continue the journey to the 44-meter high Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Head through the uninhabited highlands to East Iceland. Stop at Möðrudalur to visit the church on the farm. Enjoy the view of the mountain Herðubreið. In the afternoon arrive in the fertile region of Fljótsdalshérað in East Iceland.

Hotel Hallormsstaður, Egilsstaðir. Breakfast included & buffet dinner.

Day 06: Fjords, Glacier and Glacier Lagoon

Today admire the green valleys, high mountains, dramatic fjord landscape and tiny fishing villages at the end of twisty roads in the East Fjords. Stop at the charming village of Djúpivogur. Observe the magnificent Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. Embark on a boat ride among the floating icebergs on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon. Walk along the black sands of the so-called Diamond beach. Spend your evening in Vatnajökull National Park.

Accommodations at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajökull national park. Breakfast included & 3-course dinner.

Day 07: Vatnajökull National Park and the South Coast

In the morning continue exploring Vatnajökull National Park. See the stratovolcano and highest peak in Iceland: Hvannadalshnjúkur. Walk close to a glacial tongue, cross a sandy desert and embrace the beautiful lava field of Eldhraun covered with blue-green moss. Stop at the black lava beach of Reynisfjara. In the little village of Skógar learn about Iceland’s early Modern history at the Skógar folk museum with its turf houses. Admire the waterfall Skógafoss. Travel along the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and volcano and stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall.

Accommodations at Hotel Örk, Hveragerði. Breakfast included & 3-course dinner.

Day 08: Golden Circle

Start the day by visiting the farm of Friðheimar where you will learn about Icelandic horses and greenhouse agriculture. Spend the rest of the day travelling along the Golden Circle: the waterfall of Gullfoss, the active geothermal area of Geysir and the National Park of Þingvellir National Park, the birthplace of the first Parliament and now a UNESCO world heritage site.

Accommodations at Fosshotel Reykjavík, Reykjavík. Breakfast included.

Day 09: Departure

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik airport.

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Featured Sites

  • Complete circle tour around Iceland’s ring road
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Climb a small volcano crater
  • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon between floating icebergs
  • Soak in the geothermal nature baths at Lake Mývatn
  • See the most powerful waterfall in Europe – Dettifoss
  • Whale watching & sea angling

Locations

  • Reykjavik
  • Eyjafjörður
  • Akureyri
  • Húsavík
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Krafla
  • Egilsstaðir
  • Hveragerði
  • Golden Circle sites
  • Vatnajökull National Park
  • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
Trip Info
Priced From: Starting at $3744 for 9 days
Included in Price
  • Fully escorted 9-day tour with an English speaking guide
  • All accommodations and meals as noted in the itinerary
  • All tours, entrances, and excursions as noted
  • Comprehensive travel planner
Not Included in Price
  • Travel insurance
  • Additional meals and alcohol
  • Items of personal nature
Departure Dates

(2020)
Trips available June-September 2020