Day 1 Reykjavik
As guests arrive to the airport in Reykjavik, they will transfer to the hotel via the FlyBus shuttle. Guests will receive a FlyBus voucher in advance to take the shuttle that is located outside the arrival hall in front of the main airport exit. It takes about 45 minutes to transfer from the airport to the hotel. When guests arrive at the hotel, they will receive some information on how best to explore the Icelandic capital. There is a free shuttle bus from the hotel to downtown Reykjavik at 7:00pm, returning at 10:00pm.
Day 2 Volcano Crater - Seals - Fjords and Mountains - Akureyri (363 km)
We will meet our guide at 9:00am and leave Reykjavik, bound for the town of Borgarnes. Then, we will climb the Grabrok volcano crater. Later in the afternoon, we will visit a small fishing village in the northwest to see the local seal museum. Further north, we will stop at the Church of Vidimyri, considered one of the purest, most beautiful examples of traditional Icelandic architecture. We will continue traveling along the scenic landscape, dotted with fjords, until we reach Akureyri.
Day 3 Akureyri - Lake Myvatn - Geothermal Baths (91 km)
In the morning, we will explore Akureyri, where we will visit the local botanical garden and enjoy a breathtaking panoramic view of the fjords. In the afternoon, we will explore Godafoss, the waterfalls of the gods and an important site in Iceland's history. Later, we will arrive at Lake Myvatn, known for its geological wonders and active bird population. We will spend the rest of the day exploring the area's bizarre lava formations, walking around the many pseudo-craters and ending the day with a relaxing soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths.
Day 4 Myvatn - Egilsstadir (174 km)
We will begin our morning by visiting Dimmuborgir, which means "dark castles," a labyrinth of lava formations. After an optional lunch, we will visit the hot spring area of Namaskard, where we will see bubbling mud pools and steaming solfataras. Then, we will drive through the uninhabited highlands of east Iceland to Egilsstadir.
Day 5 Vatnajökull (61 km)
Today, we will admire the dramatic fjords that separate the tiny coastal fishing villages. Passing the town of Hofn, we will stop at a glacial lagoon filled with floating icebergs. We may even see some local wildlife or take a walk on the beautiful black sand beaches. Then, we will travel to Vatnajokull, the country's most famous glacier.
Day 6 Vik
Today, we will travel across the Eldhraun Lava Field and the sandy terrain of the south coast of Iceland, set against a backdrop of mountain cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We will stroll along the black lava beach of Reynisfjara, near Vik. In the small village of Skogar, we will see the impressive Skogafoss waterfall. Continuing west, we will stop at the Eyjafjalljokull Information Center to learn more about glaciers and active volcanoes. Then, we will visit the high, narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
Day 7 Golden Circle - Reykjavik (192 km)
Today, we will drive along the most famous route in all of Iceland, the Golden Circle. Beginning in Fridheimar, we will learn about the special qualities and history of the Icelandic Horse. After that, we will see the steam rising from geothermal pools at Geysir, followed by its close neighbor, the eruptive Strokkur. Our next stop is Gullfoss, the "golden falls," an amazing double-waterfall. Moving inland, we will drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before making our way back to Reykjavik in the evening. In the evening, we can take an optional Northern Lights cruise.
Day 8 Reykjavik
Our journey will come to an end today as we say goodbye to our new friends over breakfast. Then, the FlyBus shuttle will take guests from Reykjavik to the airport.