Day 1: Keflavik – Reykjavik
Arrive at the airport in Keflavik, & transfer to the hotel in Reykjavik.
Day 2: Reykjavik – Borgarnes
Take a brief tour of the capital city this morning. Afterward, begin the journey to Borgarnes - enjoying famed sites & exciting adventures along the way. See the Hallmundarhraun lava field, where you’ll find the Hraunfossar waterfalls. Hike up the Grabrok Crater, where you’ll find the hulk of all hot springs, Deildartunguhver. After checking in to the hotel, attend a talk on the Northern Lights. This evening you’ll have an opportunity to look for this colorful spectacular in the sky.
Day 3: Borgarnes – Stykkisholmur – Bjarnarhofn – Borgarnes
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. Other highlights include Mount Kirkjufell & Grundarfjordur. Return to Borgarnes to sit under the night sky, & observe the Northern Lights.
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. Stand near the geyser Strokkur, & watch it erupt once or twice, as it will spew water from the ground about every five or ten minutes. While visiting the geothermal fields, you’ll enjoy tasting a variety of foods - geothermally prepared. Also today, 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 Centre 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 dark-colored 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 lagoon Jokulsarlon. You’ll admire its floating blue icebergs, & have an opportunity to spend time seal watching. After lunch, explore Vatnajokull National Park. Here you’ll catch a glimpse of Iceland’s largest glacier, & see some of the country’s native wildlife. Other highlights today include a visit to the Hof turf church. After dinner, attend an informational film session on the Northern Lights. Then, head outdoors to check them out!
Day 7: Vatnajokull – Vik – Seljalandsfoss – Reykjavik – 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 & surreal photo opportunity. Head back to the capital afterward. Visit the renowned Blue Lagoon later today. Enjoy a traditional Icelandic dinner tonight, & sit under the radiant sky one last time before heading home.
Day 8: Reykjavik – Keflavik – USA
Transfer to the airport in Keflavik, & board return flight home.