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: Geyser - 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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