National Geographic’s Explore Iceland 9 Days – Small Group Max 16 Pax
The Land of Fire and Ice, staggeringly beautiful Iceland is simply a delight to explore. On this fantastic 9 day itinerary, you will discover natural highlights like black sand beaches, imposing volcanoes and otherworldly landscapes that have inspired fantasy writers for centuries. Hike to enchanting waterfalls, visit geothermal gardens, lagoons and hot springs, take an ice walk on a glacier, complete the “Golden Circle Tour” and much more.
With private group transport throughout and upgraded accommodations, this is the ideal tour for those seeking a guided tour that doesn’t compromise on comfort.
Namibia Birding and Photography GuideAn accomplished and experienced Namibia birding and photographic guide, Toni holds a Namibia Academy for Tourism and Hospitality Level 3 qualification (the highest level attainable in Namibia) and is widely renowned for her extensive knowledge of the cultures, ornithology, flora, astronomy and wildlife of the country. Read more >
Wildlife Guide & PhotographerAndy is a 6th generation Falkland Islander, with a passion for wildlife, plants and photography. Raised in the Falkland Islands, Andy developed a close affinity with the Islands natural environment at a young age. School holidays where spent in the ‘camp’ or countryside with friends and family. For more than 10 years, Andy had the privilege of spending a time on Sea Lion Island, visiting his mother who managed one of the Islands premier tourist destinations. Read more >
Photographer and founder of the Travel Photographer Of The Year awardsA fascination with natural light and a passion with nature, landscape and travel underpin Chris Coe's photography. His images often have a striking simplicity and graphic quality. More recent work has introduced a subtlety with experimentation with both movement and light.Read more >
Falklands Expert & GuideBorn in Chartres in the West Falklands, Jenny grew up on the family farm where her love for animals was nurtured by the25,000 sheep, horses and cows that lived alongside her. Forever a nature, conservation and wildlife enthusiast Jenny has travelled extensively throughout the Falkland Islands, visiting each and every wildlife island at least once, and even travelling around some by yacht. Read more >
Special Guest LecturerExclusive to this voyage, Doug Allan, a multi award winning polar photographer and cameraman, will be your special guest lecturer. Doug has been on over 20 expeditions to Svalbard to film its wildlife, and knows the wonders of this area more than most. Read more >
- Discover the stunning landscapes of southern and western Iceland
- Enjoy a small-group experience with like-minded travellers, accompanied by a destination expert guide
- Golden Circle Tour with Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park
- Visit various enchanting waterfalls and spectacular glaciers, lakes and lagoons
- Take an ice walk on a glacier in Skaftafell National Park, see the iconic black sand beaches and visit fascinating museums
- Explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula including Snaefellsjokull National Park, Sagaland and Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
- Enjoy an Icelandic Farm Experience in Hvalfjörður
- 8 nights’ quality hotel accommodation
- 8 Breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner
- Private minibus transport between all destinations and included activities
- Local guides and dedicated CEO (Chief Experience Officer)
- Golden Circle Tour with Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs, and Þingvellir National Park
- Visit to the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, the LAVA Centre, Hveragerði geothermal garden and Jökulsárlón Lagoon
- Visit to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Visits to Vatnajökull and Skaftafell National Parks
- Entrance to the Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum
- Icelandic Farm Experience in Hvalfjörður
ITINERARY8 Nights 9 Days
- Day 1 | Reykjavik
- Days 2 - 3 | Skaftafell
- Day 4 | Skaftafell Glacier Walk + Vik
- Day 5 | Golden Circle & Selfoss
- Days 6 - 7 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- Days 8 - 9 | Borgarfjörður & Back to Reykjavik
Your itinerary begins in Reykjavik, the vibrant Icelandic capital, where after arriving independently you will make your way to the hotel for your first overnight stay. Today will be at your leisure, and there are countless things to do in Reykjavik to give you a taste of what Iceland has in store. You could choose to explore around the beautiful public gardens and parks, visit the Harpa concert hall and old harbour, see the famous Hallgrímskirkja Church or take an excursion to the nearby Blue Lagoon. Depending on the time of year you’re travelling, you may also be able to book a Northern Lights tour. Our team of destination experts will be more than happy to offer you some tips for your time here.
In the evening you will have the chance to meet up with your CEO and fellow travellers at the welcome meeting.
1 night’s accommodation at Hotel Klettur (or similar) with breakfast included the following morning.
After breakfast this morning you will set off with your fellow travellers and expert guide in your private minibus to start your Icelandic adventure. This morning you will head towards Skaftafell on Iceland’s beautiful south coast, passing by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano (whose 2010 eruption sent massive clouds of ash into the atmosphere of the North Atlantic) along the way. You will visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfall and enjoy a walk along the path that allows visitors to peek behind the curtain of water cascading over the rocks above, before taking a hidden path through a canyon to the secluded falls of Gljúfrabúi.
Next up is a visit to the geothermal garden of Hveragerði, a hot spring village, where you have the opportunity to taste black bread and eggs baked directly in a hot spring and learn all about how the locals use the geothermal elements in daily life. There will also be chance today to visit the Lava Center where a stunning interactive exhibition will allow you to learn all about Iceland’s unique geology and geography.
After a good night’s rest in your hotel, the following morning you will continue your exploration of the Skaftafell area, through sandy plains and moss-covered lava fields, with stops along the way at historical and geological sites. A visit to Diamond Beach, with its iconic black sands scattered with icebergs will offer fantastic photo opportunities, before you make your way to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for tremendous views of the ice cap and the towering icebergs which have calved off the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The lake here is the lowest point in Iceland and the imposing icebergs in striking shades of white and bright blue, often with seals lounging on top, make for dramatic scenery that is sure to fill your cameras. Optional activities are available here including a wonderful glacier lagoon boat ride, either by amphibian boat or Zodiac boat. (Costs apply)
The afternoon in Vatnajökull National Park will offer an optional hike to the Svartifoss waterfall before enjoying a visit to a historic farmstead in Öræfi which is home to one of Iceland’s best preserved turf churches.
2 nights’ accommodation in Hali Country Hotel (or similar) with breakfasts included.
Skaftafell Glacier Walk + Vik
This morning you will strap on a pair of crampons and set off into the Skaftafell National Park to take a guided walk atop a glacier for close-up views of intriguing ice formations, deep sinkholes, and rugged crevasses. After this unforgettable experience, you will make your way to Reynisfjara Beach to see its famous black sand with foaming white waves crashing along it, ominous rock formations and shallow caves that make for impressive photo opportunities. Today may also bring a visit to Dyrhólaey Cape to look for sightings of puffins (season dependent).
1 night’s accommodation in Hotel Dyrholaey (or similar) with breakfast included.
Golden Circle & Selfoss
Your first stop today will take you to the Skógar Folk Museum to learn all about Iceland’s unique culture and heritage, before enjoying a visit to Skógafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. You will then complete the “Golden Circle” element of your tour as you visit Gullfoss, another hugely impressive waterfall, and the famous Geysir Hot Springs. Here there are a variety of geothermal pools as well as the erupting hot spring Strokkur. Although Geysir is one of the best-known and oldest geysers recorded in the world, it is dormant more often than not, but Strokkur erupts a spray of boiling hot water straight into the air about every ten minutes! We will wait around to try and catch this memorable sight.
1 night’s accommodation in Hotel Ork Selfoss (or similar) with breakfast and lunch included.
Day 6 will bring you to the UNESCO world heritage site of Thingvellir National Park, where you can see the tectonic faults created by North American and Eurasian tectonic plates shifting apart, and the Oxarafoss waterfall. This area is one of the most-visited sights in Iceland.
You will then have an enjoyable afternoon in the narrow fjord of Hvalfjörður as you visit a traditional Icelandic farm to learn all about local farming practices and daily life and enjoy a traditional farm-to-table lunch made from the farmers‘ own produce, including Icelandic lamb.
The following day will see you discover more of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, including Snæfellsjökull National Park and its mystical glacier-topped volcano. Enchanting places you will visit today include the Lóndrangar sea stacks, Djúpalónssandur pebble beach, Mt Kirkjufell which has featured in Game of Thrones, Búðir Church, Hellnar village and Arnarstapi village. You can also enjoy a walk around the peninsula’s largest town Stykkishólmur, as well as a trip to the impressive Eldfjallasafn Volcano Museum.
2 nights’ accommodation in Fosshotel Stykkisholmur with breakfast included. Lunch at the farm on day 6 is included, as well as dinner on the night of day 7.
Borgarfjörður & Back to Reykjavik
Your final full day of adventure will see you exploring around the beautiful Borgarfjörður region, which is also known as Sagaland, thanks to it being the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. Highlights today will include a visit to the Deildartunguhver hot spring, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland whose water heats most buildings in the West of Iceland, as well as visits to the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls. You may also enjoy a visit to Reykholt, the homestead of the 12th-century writer Snorri Sturluson. An optional visit to Krauma Spa, which offers five natural geothermal baths for a relaxing soak, will also be offered today and should be booked in advance (costs apply).
In the early evening you will set off back to Reykjavik to enjoy the final night of your thrilling itinerary. The following morning, your itinerary will sadly come to an end. Should you wish to spend more time here to see more of this fascinating city, our team will be more than happy to help arrange this for you.
1 night’s accommodation at Hotel Klettur (or similar) with breakfast included.
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