Iceland - Fjords, Glaciers and Hot Springs

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Highlights

• Visit the remote and seldom explored Western Fjords
• Enjoy a culinary workshop at a charming guesthouse
• Visit Thingvellir National Park - a UNESCO World Heritage Site
• Explore Lake Myvatn
• Watch geysers erupt
• Visit an Icelandic horse farm
• Soak in hot springs and geothermal pools at Blue Lagoon
• Travel by monster trucks to the ice cave at Langjökull glacier
• Enjoy an amphibian boat tour on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Fact File

• 13 land days
• Maximum 16 travelers
• Start and finish in Reykjavik
• All meals included
• Activity Level: 2

 

Explore the rugged beauty of this North Atlantic island nation. For most people, the name Iceland conjures up little more than snow and ice. But it is much more than ice - in its sagas, puffins, glaciers, fjords, active volcanoes, lava fields and hot springs, you'll find the perfect blend of nature, culture and history.

We begin in the capital city of Reykjavik and continue south along the scenic coast, taking in lava fields, hot springs and bird cliffs enroute. See the remarkable Geysir, the geyser from which all geysers derive their name, and Hveravellir Hot Springs - an oasis of warmth amidst two interior glaciers. Experience the hospitality of Icelanders in the quaint coastal towns of Akureyri and Höfn, and enjoy an exciting whale watching trip from Husavik.

We travel by ferry to the remote Western Fjords where we visit Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Iceland and one of Europe’s biggest bird cliffs. The landscape is breathtaking as we cross mountains and heaths, past waterfalls to the isolated fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp where the shores are teeming with seals.

We visit an Icelandic horse farm and later enjoy an private culinary workshop with the owner of our guesthouse. In Lake Myvatn, world famous for its bird life, we spend time visiting fishing villages, viewing the mystical Godafoss waterfall, walking through lava labyrinths, and visiting steaming sulphur pits of Hverarond. We visit the East Fjords - 18 million-year-old geological wonders that were carved out by glaciers during the last ice age. At Vatnajökull ice cap to the southeast, we visit Skaftafell National Park and a glacier lagoon. Accompanied by Icelandic mountain guides, explore the park's surrounding glaciers and be introduced to the "world of ice" that few people have seen.

Enroute to Reykjavik, stop to view Dyrholaey - a natural 400-foot high rock arch over the Atlantic Ocean that serves as a nesting point for thousands of puffins, guillemots and kittiwakes. Finally, spend a day exploring the fascinating capital city of Reykjavik. Join ElderTreks' adventure to the land of the midnight sun and learn about European life in the Arctic Circle.

FROM: $8580 USD

DATES, PRICES & AVAILABILITY

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Accommodations

Comfortable accommodation with private bathrooms. 1 night at a charming guesthouse where 2 rooms may share a bathroom depending on the group size.

Comfort notes

Some long drives

Itinerary - detailed itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Keflavik, Reykjavik City Sightseeing
Day 2: Golden Circle With a Taste of Iceland and Friðheimar Visit
Day 3: Historic Borgarfjörður & Waterfalls With Ice Cave Adventure
Day 4: The Wonders of Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Day 5: Breiðafjörður Bay, Látrabjarg, Patreksfjörður
Day 6: The West Fjords & Dynjandi Waterfall
Day 7: Horse Farm Visit and Culinary Workshop at Brimslóð Guesthouse
Day 8: Akureyri and the Marvels of Lake Mývatn
Day 9: Húsavík, Whale Watching, Jökulsárgljúfur Canyon, Egilsstaðir
Day 10: East Fjords, Höfn Area
Day 11: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Vík Area
Day 12: South Coast With Lava Show, Blue Lagoon, Reykjavík
Day 13: Depart Reykjavík
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