Pearls of the West and North - 10 days
Day 1 – Arrival
Upon arrival, our guide will greet the group in the arrival hall. We will do a short orientation of Reykjavik city centre before checking in at our Reykjavik hotel. Dinner on own tonight.
Day 2 – Golden Circle
We check out of our hotel and proceed to Thingvellir national park for to explore the historic and geological attractions in the area. We continue to Geysir Hot Springs Geothermal Area in Haukadalur valley and Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall. Other geysers get their name from this large geyser in Iceland, the great Geysir, which no longer is active, but instead the geyser right next to it, Strokkur, spouts boiling water every 5 to 15 minutes. Overnight in Borgarfjordur area.
Day 3 – Snaefellsnes peninsula
Today we explore one of the most beautiful regions of Iceland the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Along the way we stop at the long beach of Búdir and later at Arnarstapi, a tiny fishing port. We will see basalt columns, caves and natural arches. We will drive past Snaefellsjokull glacier, which hides the caldera of a sleeping volcano, immortalised by Jules Verne in the famous novel "Journey to the Center of the Earth". In the afternoon we will travel by ferry to the Westfjords. Overnight in Westfjords.
Day 4 – South coast of the Westfjords
Today we will start exploring the Westfjords. We will visit Raudasandur, a magnificent red beach. Next we drive to Látrabjarg, the most westerly point of Iceland. In this stretch of coast there are cliffs overlooking the sea and headlands that rise for more than 440 meters, with millions of seabirds inhabiting the cliffs in summer: puffins, guillemots and cormorants. Overnight in Westfjords.
Day 5 – Small villages of the Westfjords
We will travel to the northern part of the Westfjords with great panoramic views. We stop at the mighty waterfall of Dynjandi, which plunges with a jump of 100 meters, and to the village of Flateyri, a handful of coloured houses overhung by an embankment built as a protective measure against avalanches. We overnight in Isafjordur, a fishing port that offers surprising contrasts thanks to the imposing mountains that surround it.
Day 6 - Isafjordur
We leave the town of Isafjordur along a road that offers panoramic views over the fjord that the town takes its name from, the largest of the western fjords. We reach the fishing village of Hólmavík before continuing to Hrutafjordur on our way to Akureyri, considered the capital of North Iceland. We will overnight in Akureyri area.
Day 7 – Lake Myvatn
The day begins by exploring Lake Myvatn area; pseudo-craters in Skutustadir, strange lave formations that have a mythical aura in Dimmuborgir and solfataras with boiling sulphuric mud-pools in Namaskard area. On the way back to Akureyri we stop at the majestic Godafoss waterfall. We will overnight in Akureyri/Lake Myvatn area.
Day 8 - Askja
In the early morning the journey begins inland, along the dirt tracks that cross the glacial desert, surrounded by a lunar landscape. To reach Askja crater you will have to walk about thirty minutes, between snow and lava formations. The view when reaching Askja is unforgettable. Today's program is subject to weather conditions and may change. We will overnight in Akureyri/Lake Myvatn area.
Day 9 – Transit day to Reykjavik
Today we will travel south to Reykjavik. In Skagafjordur we will visit to the Glaumbaer Folk Museum. We will arrive in Reykjavik in late afternoon. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 10 - Departure
Pick up at the hotel about 2,5 hrs prior to the departure of flight out of the country. Transfer with guide to Keflavík airport.