Pick up from hotel or designated pick up location: 08:30
Duration of tour: 10 days
Inclusions: Vehicle, accommodation, breakfast, driver guide, fuel, taxes, parking.
Exclusions: Any food or drink, gratuity or snacks.
We start this Adventure of ours by driving from your hotel in Reykjavík to and through the Hvalfjörður bay, on our way to Borgarfjörður, where we will arrive at our first stop Hraunfossar, these beautiful waterfalls flow through between two lava flows, there you will also find a small café with restrooms and coffee.
From here we will drive to Reykholt a historical sight, where the chieftain Snorri Sturluson lived, but he was the writer of the Edda’s, ancient Icelandic texts.
From here we will be driving to the most voluminous hot spring in Iceland Deildartunguhver, there you also have the choice to take a nice hot bath in the Krauma nature baths, a new luxury bath recently opened.
From here we will drive to our hotel for
the night in Borgarnes.
Borgarnes is a little town where you can find some shopping, restaurants and the settlement museum.
This day will include a lot of driving, we need to get our self all the way to the Northwest side of Iceland, but we will along the way stop for coffee, restrooms, and lunch, and probably also at a few photo stops along the way.
Now as soon as we get up to the northwest, we will arrive at our first sightseeing stop of the day, even though the stops up to that point will also be picturesque, but our first stop is Víðimýrakirkja, a turf house church with a grass roof and low walls, this is one of the oldest church sites in Iceland, but the original church was built shortly after the year 1000 after the Icelanders decided to leave there Norse religion of the Norse gods behind them and became Christian, we will get the chance to take photos and even look in to the church
From there we are heading to another historical site and museum Glaumbær.
Glaumbær is a typical Icelandic turf house, like the ones the Icelanders lived in for many centuries. There we get the chance to see how the people of Iceland lived, but it is believed that the farm was first established in the 11th century, there is also a small church originally built by Snorri, the first European man born in North America. This was shortly after Leifur Eiríksson had discovered the continent, Guðríður Þorbjarnadóttir and her husband along with others spent one winter in the new land and there Snorri was born before the natives drove them away. Guðríður and Snorri then moved back to Iceland and there she met a man from Skagafjörður, they settled down and built Glaumbær. Guðríður was very religious and she traveled many times to Europe, but during one of her trips here son Snorri built the church for his mother.
From Glaumbær we will drive to Sauðárkrókur, this little town has evolved around the farming and fishing industry of Iceland for many century’s but is today a prosperous little community with around 4500 people.
Here we are going to give you some orientation around the town and show you the restaurant where we will have dinner before we head to our hotel for the night.
We start our day after a nice breakfast, by heading to the brand new expedition “1238 THE BATTLE OF ICELAND” where we will be able to take part in history through virtual reality, this expedition revolves around the Sturlunga öld era, one of the bloodiest in Icelandic history, where chieftains fought over, power, and the rule of Iceland.
After an exciting battle, we are going to drive to a tiny village called Hofsós, where we will visit one of the geothermal swimming pools, an infinity pool, and for those how want can take a relaxing dip in the warm water we will have time for that.
From Hofsós we are going to drive to the lovely little fishing town Siglufjörður, where we will have a late lunch and some free time for a walk around the town or visit to the herring museum for those who want, but Siglufjörður was a lively town during the so-called Herring mania during the 30s and 40s and then again 50s and 60s, but the town today is also popular in the winter for its fabulous skiing area.
After a packed day and our brains filled with history, we are driving to the capital of the north, Akureyri. There we find our hotel for the night, after a short orientation.
Here you get a free day to explore the town of Akureyri.
Today we are setting our focus on nature as we drive to Mývatn which is the this largest lake in Iceland and it is sitting on the edge of the Krafla volcanic system, which is still highly active last erupting in the 1980s, there we will visit some of the beautiful locations around it, but our first stop will be the waterfall Goðafoss where you can collect some photos grab some snacks and use the facility’s.
Goðafoss is closely related to the Christianity period in Icelandic history for it is said that Þorgeir Ljósvetningagoði one of the chieftains that had a hand in turning the Icelanders to Christianity threw his idols of the Norse gods into the waterfall and therefor naming the falls Goðafoss or the waterfall of the gods.
From here we will drive to the town of Húsavík, where you can visit the whale museum and go on a whale watching tour.
Then we will drive to Ásbyrgi, where it is believed that Sleipnir the 8-legged horse of Óðinn the god put down one of his hoofs, forming the beautiful canyon which we are going to visit.
After that we will arrive at Dettifoss the most powerful, most voluminous waterfall in Iceland and Europe, there you get some time to walk down to the waterfall and experience its power firsthand.
Then it is time to drive to Mývatn and our hotel for the night, but before we say goodnight we will visit the steaming area of Hveraspöng, were bubbling mud pots and hissing steam vents are everywhere, but as the hot steam rises to the surface through time it melts the rock turning it to gray clay that bubbles continuously in the large and little pots, there you will also see a lot of colors, both white, green, yellow and orange all formed by minerals coming from the hot steam and the rocks that come into contact with it.
Then we drive to Dimmuborgir, a fascinating and mystical place where a path takes you into the spectacular area created by a lava flow the same that created the craters at Skútustaðir, but in the case of Dimmuborgir the lava flowed over a swamp, and then when the water in it dried up it formed a cavity under the lava flow, which then eventually collapsed into the cavity, leaving behind the spectacular formations you see today.
Now after an exciting day, we will head to our hotel for the night.
Today after breakfast we will be heading further east.
We will start by driving to Möðrudalur farm. Where we can meet the Icelandic goats, which are a rare breed of goat which Vikings brought to Iceland 1100 years ago, there also coffee and there famous Ástarpungar an Icelandic pastry in the shape of balls …and they have raisins in them as well.
After a nice break, we need to drive over some desolated areas which are a part of the highlands of Iceland as we will drive over 650m above sea level.
As we descend from the mountains, we will arrive at Egilstaðir, the largest town on the east of Iceland, where we will have some free time to explore the town but here we are spending the next two nights.
Today after breakfast we are going out and exploring the surroundings of Egilstaðir.
First we will drive to a nearby village called Borgarfjörður Eystri, there at a tiny little harbor we will able to walk up on to a hill and get really close to the funny and Beautiful little birds called Puffins, there we can walk around and take pictures of them and see them fly around amongst the cliffs and the other birds there.
We will also be stopping in the little town and taking a little walk around, and having lunch at a local restaurant, we will also have the opportunity to walk up to a viewpoint Álfaborg or the city of the elves, but surrounding the town and the fjord are many places that are believed to be homes of the elves and many stories related to them.
From Borgarfjörður Eystri we will drive back to Egilstaðir where we can visit two places, Skriðuklaustur and Hallormstaðarskógur, Skriðuklaustur is a cultural and educational museum , the house was built in 1939 by Gunnar Gunnarsson an Icelandic poet that lived in the house, at the same location you can visit an archaeological site where there was a convent established in the year 1493.
The forest Hallormstaðarskógur is the largest forest in Iceland around 740ha mostly a natural birch, but there are over 11 different walking paths there and one of the largest tree collections in the country with over 70 different species.
After a nice little day, we will return to our hotel for the night.
Today will be an easy day and short as well, we only have to drive the rest of the east fjords stopping along the way for photos and rest stops, there will be more of the little fishing villages on our way which we will drive through and pass.
We are heading to the little town of Höfn, there we will find our accommodation for the night.
Höfn is in the realm of Vatnajökull the largest Glacier in Iceland and Europe, but it will be tomorrow that we will start our exploration of that area.
After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we will head towards Vatnajökull glacier where our first stop will be Jökulsárlón the Glacier Lagoon the largest of its kind in the world, and it is also the deepest lake in Iceland around 250m deep.
After spending a good amount of time there we are going to drive across the road over to Fellsfjara or the Dimond Beach, where the icebergs that brake away from the glacier tongue Breiðarmerkurjökull and that float on the lagoon end up in the small river that meets the North Atlantic sea and are pushed up on to the beach. There, the beautiful contrast between the clear ice and the black sand makes this place magical.
Now it is time for lunch and that we will get again across the road, at Fjallsárlón lagoon there we will find a nice little restaurant, if you want to see Fjallsárlón which is also a glacier lagoon up close you can do a little walk that starts behind the restaurant, just don’t forget to take your camera with you for the spectacular view over the lagoon and the glacier behind it is almost unreal.
Now we will be heading back the same way we came, towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur but there are a few stops along the way we can do, but those all depend on whether and each group, you can also visit the visitors center in Kirkjubæjarklaustur and watch a little movie about the catastrophic event that was the Laki eruption and therefore get the understanding what consequence’s it had for the people of Iceland and then the world.
But Kirkjubæjarklaustur will be our home for the night.
This is our last day and so we say goodbye to Kirkjubæjarklaustur and the southeast and so after breakfast, we are heading towards the south coast and Reykjavík, but today we need to visit all the places on the south of Iceland, so a busy day.
Our first stop we will do a short photo stop in the Eldhraun lava field, the lava field that you have now learned so much about, get close to the soft moss that covers the rock and is so special not just in Iceland but the world.
Then a shortstop in the Village Vík, which is the most southern town in Iceland, there we can see beautiful rock pillars in ocean called Reynisdrangar, then we just need to drive around the mountain to Reynisfjara beach, but what makes this black sand beach so popular are the beautiful rock formations, Hexi conical basalt pillars, and also we will see the Reynisdrangar pillars as well but they do look different from the beach than they do from Vík, and are a must-see.
From the beach, the waterfall Skógarfoss awaits us where we will stop for photos and those who want can walk up to the top of the hill to get a nice view over the area.
Then it´s the last adventure of our trip, but that will be at Seljalandsfoss waterfall where you can walk behind the waterfall and Experience its full power, there are also smaller falls there and a small path that leads you next to them so you can also do the little walk if you want.
After a nice stop here, we are driving back to Reykjavík where we will drive you to your accommodation.