Iceland Highlights Itinerary
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! (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 start the day off with a an optional hike to a hot spring river- one of the more unique (and most Icelandic!) experiences of the tour. We then 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 phenomenon that you can only witness in Iceland! 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 5: Glacier Activities & Return to Reykjavik. In the morning we visit Jökulsárlón 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 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).
This is the general itinerary that is used for the trip. Itineraries are subject to change based on weather and other circumstances.