• Iceland

Overview

This exciting 8-day tour invites you to discover the natural beauty of Iceland & learn how the country uses its natural resources to produce clean energy. You’ll visit several breathtaking waterfalls, see a famous geyser erupt & explore Iceland’s largest glacier inside Vatnajokull National Park. Learn about turf architecture, Icelandic horses & of course – the Northern Lights. You won’t want to miss this unique adventure! What are you waiting for? 

The best chance to see the Aurora Borealis is from September to April. 

Highlights

  • Thingvellir National Park – Where Iceland’s parliament first assembled here in 930 AD.
  • Vatnajokull National Park – Home to Iceland’s largest glacier.
  • Strokkur – Geyser that erupts about every ten minutes. Taste geothermally-prepared foods here.
  • Hakarl – Fermented shark. An Icelandic traditional cuisine.
  • Skogar Folk Museum – Learn about Icelandic turf houses.
  • Blue Lagoon – Relax in cool blue, geothermal waters.
  • Film Presentation – Attend an informational presentation on the Northern Lights.
  • Gullfoss waterfall

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Reykjavik

Arrive at the airport & transfer to your hotel. 

Day 2: Reykjavik – Borgarnes

Take a brief tour of the capital city this morning. Afterward, begin the journey to Borgarnes. Explore the Hallmundarhraun lava field, where you’ll find the Hraunfossar waterfalls. Hike up the Grabrok Crater, to see the Deildartunguhver hot springs. After checking in to the hotel, attend a presentation on the Northern Lights. This evening, you’ll have an opportunity to look for this colorful phenomenon in the sky. 

Day 3: Borgarnes – Stykkisholmur – Bjarnarhofn

Discover the Snaefellsnes Peninsula area today. Travel to Stykkisholmur, one of Iceland’s fishing villages. Here you’ll board a cruise that takes you through the Breidafjordur fjord. Enjoy a brief visit to Bjarnarhofn & taste one of the country’s traditional cuisines, Hakarl (fermented shark meat). Other highlights include Mount Kirkjufell & Grundarfjordur. Return to Borgarnes to sit under the night sky for a chance to see the Aurora Borealis. 

Day 4: Borgarnes – Thingvellir National Park – Golden Circle

Enjoy heading alongside the scenic Hvalfjordur fjord this morning. Visit historic Thingvellir National Park. You’ll learn about the beginning of the nation’s parliament during your visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Strokkur, a geyser that erupts every five to ten minutes. While you're at the geothermal fields, you’ll enjoy tasting a variety of geothermally-prepared foods. Next, you’ll learn about Icelandic horses. Other highlights include a visit to a local wool outlet, a geothermal greenhouse & the beautiful Gullfoss waterfall. Look for the Northern Lights in South Iceland after dinner this evening.

Day 5: Eyjafjallajokull – Skogar – Reynisfjara – Vatnajokull

Visit the Eyjafjallajokull Information Center to learn about the active volcano’s 2011 eruption. You’ll also become more familiar with one of Iceland’s architectural styles, the turf house, at the Skogar Folk Museum. See the Skogafoss waterfall & walk on the shores of the lava beach, Reynisfjara. Enjoy dinner & an overnight stay within Vatnajokull National Park area. Look for the Northern Lights at your leisure. 

Day 6: Vatnajokull – Jokulsarlon – Hof – Vatnajokull National Park

This morning, visit the Jokulsarlon lagoon. Admire its floating blue icebergs & keep an eye out for seals. After lunch, explore Vatnajokull National Park where you’ll see Iceland’s largest glacier & some of the wildlife there. Other highlights today include a visit to the Hof turf church.   

Day 7: Vatnajokull – Vik – Seljalandsfoss – Blue Lagoon – Reykjavik

The road to Vik will take you through the Eldhraun lava field. You’ll enjoy a brief visit to this quaint, coastal village, which features a black lava beach. Next, you’ll head to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Don’t forget your camera. This cascading stream of water makes for a unique photo opportunity. Then, head to the renowned Blue Lagoon to soak in its warm, relaxing water. Enjoy a traditional Icelandic dinner tonight & sit under the radiant sky one last time before heading home.  

Day 8: Reykjavik – USA

Transfer to the airport for your return flight home.