Visit Iceland and you’ll enter a whole new realm of experience. You’ll discover original nature as you’ve never seen it before, and the equally original people for whom timeless nature, ancient heritage and modern lifestyle coexist in harmony. The freedom to roam in the city or the wilds as you please, explore and have fun — this is the key to the Iceland experience. Iceland is an island of 39,756 square miles, about the size of Virginia, with an average height of 500m above sea level. Its highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur, rises to 2,119m, and glaciers, including Vatnajokull, the largest in Europe, cover over 11 percent of the country. Of a population numbering just over a quarter of a million, half live in the capital, Reykjavik, and its neighboring towns in the southwest. Keflavik International Airport is located about 50km from the capital. The highland interior is uninhabited (and uninhabitable), and most of the population is situated along the coast.
In spite of its mid-Atlantic location, Iceland is on Greenwich Mean Time all year round. There is a five-hour time difference between New York and Iceland. Iceland is served only by Icelandair from the USA with departures from New York, Boston, Baltimore and Minneapolis. Flight time is about 5-6 hours from the USA and 4-5 hours from Europe. Stop-overs in Iceland are allowed on flights between USA and Europe usually at no additional airfare.
We offer a number of escorted tours in Iceland as well as independent suggestions for self-drive and stopover packages. Also, for a truly unforgettable vacation you may add Greenland to your Iceland visit. After all, Greenland’s East Coast is only 2 hours away by air from Reykjavik.
Across the Wilderness Tour:
An interesting tour including the most popular tourist attractions, as well as some less frequently visited sites such as Iceland's interior and combining culture and nature.
Maximum number of participants for each tour departure is 22 passengers.
Accommodations for the most part are in private rooms but bathrooms are on shared basis.
It is necessary to book additional nights before and after the tour in Reykjavik or Keflavik.
Day 1: Reykjavik
Overnight stay in Reykjavik
Day 2: Thingvellir
Depart Reykjavik to Thingvellir National Park, an historic and beautiful site, and head through Kaldidalur mountain pass to Hraunfossar waterfall and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in the world. Overnight in Snaefellsnes area.
Day 3: Arnarstapi - Varmahlid
Enjoy the magnificent columnar basalt rock formations at Arnarstapi, before circling around the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier and passing through Stykkisholmur village before visiting the Eric the Red museum. Head aross Laxordalsheidi to the North, through awe-isnpring scenery. Overnight in Varmahlid area.
Day 4: Akureyri - Kopasker
Visit the turf-roofed farmhouse at Glaumbaer, before heading to Akureyri, the vibrant capital of north Iceland, and on to Godafoss waterfall and the stunning Tjornes peninsula.
Day 5: Lake Myvatn
Explore the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi, and continue to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, in the majestic Jokulsargljufur canyon. Continue to the Myvatn area - a paradise for nature enthusiasts - surrounded by lava fields, volcanoes and mountains: the real Iceland of fire and ice! Overnight in Myvatn area.
Day 6: Hrauneyjar
Discover hidden parts of the Icelandic interior, exploring the wilderness of Sprengisandur and the largest continuous lava field in Iceland. Overnight at Hrauneyjar.
Day 7: Kirkjubaejarklaustur
First stop at Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains with the option of bathing in a naturally warm geothermal pool. From Landmannalaugar, follow the Fjallabaksleid interior track to the breathtaking Skaftafell National Park. Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area
Day 8: Kirkjubaejarklaustur
See the birthplace of icebergs at Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, and take the optional boat tour among the icebergs. Spend the afternoon hiking through Skaftafell National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by Vatnajokull, Europe's largest ice cap. Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Day 9: Hella
Head out over the vast Eldhraun lava fields and Myrdalssandur sands, and stop to enjoy the great views from Dyrholaey headland. On the way to the Hella area, admire two beautiful waterfalls, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Overnight in Hella area.
Day 10: Geysir - Blue Lagoon - Grindavik - Reykjavik
Drive to the thermal area of the great Geyser and Strokkur spouting hot springs, then on to Gullfoss, known as the "golden waterfall" and along the south coast of the lunar Reykjanes peninsula. The adventure culminates at the Blue Lagoon for a rejuvenating bathe in the warm, mineral-rich waters.
Day 11: Reykjavik
Arrangements end after breakfast.
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