Day 1: Arrival In Iceland
At Keflavík Airport you will be met by a driver who will take you onwards to Reykjavík. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city centre on your own, perhaps with a stroll along the Harpa concert hall and Old Harbour area in the soft pastel winter light.
For a tasty snack and hot beverage to fuel your sightseeing, head to the main street, Laugavegur, to enjoy its variety of cosy cafes and little shops. Into Nordic history or design? Stop into one of the many small museums or art galleries scattered around the city. And in the evening, there are numerous restaurants in the city centre with a variety of cuisines to satisfy any taste buds, including Iceland’s specialties — locally-sourced grilled lamb and fresh seafood. Spend the night in Reykjavík.
Day 2: Snowy Peaks Of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today your guide will pick you up for your private 4×4 super-jeep journey into the countryside, starting with a drive to the majestic Snæfellsjökull National Park in West Iceland. Based around the 1446 metre-high glacier-capped Snæfellsjökull stratovolcano, this area at the westernmost part of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is a favourite among nature lovers with its dramatic shoreline, rugged peaks and stark lava terrain.This tranquil area – with its small fishing villages and minimal light pollution – is also ideal for northern lights viewing, so if the skies are clear we recommend going outside in the evening to try to spot some swirling auroras.*
Spend the night in west Iceland.
* The northern lights, also known as aurora borealis, are a natural phenomenon dependent on a number of factors beyond human control, so sightings cannot be guaranteed.
Day 3: West Coast & Þingvellir National Park
Today’s journey starts with visits to the picturesque lava-waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and the largest hot spring in Europe, Deildartunguhver. Then, if weather and road conditions allow, your guide will take you on a detour to the southwestern region via a rugged highland road leading to the desolate and hauntingly beautiful Kaldidalur valley nearby the Langjökull glacier. This is a great way to witness the super-jeep’s power and experience a part of Iceland few others see.
Later you will explore Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its natural beauty, unique geology and historical significance. Here you can walk on a pathway in a tectonic rift near the site where Iceland’s early settlers established the first parliament over a thousand years ago. This park, along with the Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir hot springs (visited on Day 4), make up what’s known as the popular “Golden Circle” route.
Spend the night in the Golden Circle area.
Day 4: “Fire & Ice” Waterscapes Of The South Coast
There’s nothing quite as fascinating as Iceland’s contrasting natural wonders, and today you’ll understand why Iceland is sometimes called the “Land of Fire and Ice”. Your guide will take you to visit three uniquely different waterfalls – Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss – which are even more spectacular with winter ice crystals adorning the cliff sides. You’ll also get to explore the Geysir geothermal area, where you can watch the Strokkur (“The Churn”) geyser blast boiling water up to 30 metres in the air every 8 – 10 minutes.
Although winter isn’t known as beach holiday season, no trip to South Iceland is complete without a visit to the black volcanic beach near the town of Vík, a fabulous photo spot with views of the Dyrhólaey cape and the Reynisdrangar pillars.
Spend the night in South Iceland.
Day 5: Hot Springs & Blue Lagoon Bathing
What better way to end a tour in Iceland than with a day of geothermal wonders? On your way towards the airport, your guide will take you to Lake Kleifarvatn and the moon-like Krýsuvík area, where you can walk among the hot springs and bubbling mud pots.
The grand finale is the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa where you will have a couple hours to bathe in the mineral-rich, soothing waters surrounded by black lava formations. This is a wonderful last taste of Iceland, and it ensures that you are fully relaxed before your afternoon check-in Keflavik International Airport.
Due to renovations the Blue Lagoon is closed from the 24th through the 27th of April 2017 (both days included).*Please note that the service of the tour guide concludes in the afternoon. We can modify the activities of this day accordingly for evening departure flights.