Day 1: Reykjavik to Snæfellsnes. Today we leave Reykjavik to explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. We start the day with a visit to a hidden hot spring, located next to an old lava flow. The optional dip in the warm geothermal water is highly recommended! Then you will visit the small fishing town of Stykkisholmur, one of the filming locations for The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. The following stop is Kirkjufell mountain and waterfall, one of the most beautiful mountains in Iceland! We continue towards Hellnar with the gorgeous Snæfellsjokull volcano and glacier coming into view, creating a dramatic backdrop for the entire peninsula. This is the same volcano that Jules Verne wrote about in Journey to the Center of the Earth! Spend the night in Hellnar (Approx. 3 hours driving).
Day 2: Snæfellsnes to the Golden Circle. In the morning we explore more of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, including a visit to a lava cave, an incredible ravine, and a short coastal walk to see amazing sea cliffs! We then drive to the Golden Circle (one of the most popular areas in Iceland, and for good reason) where we spend the next two nights at a comfortable farmstay. You can visit the animals, learn about life on a working Icelandic farm, or relax in the hot tub or sauna. In the evening we have an optional trip to a nearby geothermal lagoon! (Approx. 3 hours driving).
Day 3: Golden Circle. After a delicious farm fresh breakfast, we head to the Golden Circle attractions. We visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall, one of the largest in Iceland, as well as Geysir where Iceland's most active geyser is located (it erupts every 5-10 minutes!). The third attraction on the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park, where Iceland's parliament (and the world's first) was founded over 1,000 years ago. This is also where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are drifting apart, an incredible phenomena that you can only witness in Iceland! In the evening, there’s an optional hike to a hot spring river, one of the more unique (and most Icelandic!) experiences of the tour. Dinner is at an “earth cooking” restaurant where your food is cooked using the steam from the earth, one of the only places in the world to use this method of cooking (Approx. 2 hours driving).
Day 4: Drive to Glacier Lagoon. Today we drive along the southern coast of Iceland to Jökulsárlón, Iceland’s famous glacier lagoon. On the drive over, we stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall (which you can walk behind!) and at a breathtaking canyon for a short hike to a viewing platform with an incredible vista down the canyon. On fall and spring trips, we will go on a guided glacier hike to get up close to these incredible masses of ice (Approx. 5 hours driving).
Day 5: Glacier Activities & Return to Reykjavik. In the morning we visit Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. The lagoon is filled with magnificent icebergs that broke off from the glacier in the distance, which is part of Vatnajökull- Europe’s largest glacier. We then visit Diamond Beach- a black sand beach where icebergs wash ashore allowing you to walk right up to them. Summer trips then embark on a short excursion cruising among icebergs by kayak. These are once in a lifetime experiences that you can only have in a handful of places in the world, and Iceland is one of the best! We then return to Reykjavik, stopping on the way to visit Reynisfjara black sand beach and another stunning waterfall. We finish our tour with dinner at delicious restaurant in small fishing village before returning to Reykjavik (Approx. 5 hours driving).
Pre/Post Trip Travels. If you would like to spend more time in Iceland, we recommend spending some time in the vibrant capital of Reykjavik and/or heading north to Akureyri. In the summer, you can also explore the Icelandic highlands on our hiking trip or fly to nearby Greenland or the Faroe Islands. You can also continue to mainland Europe by taking advantage of the Iceland Stopover option offered by several airlines.