If you let us know the time of year, approximately how long you want to stay in Iceland, what you have in mind – even if it’s vague and not clear in your head – together we can make something good.
This is just one idea of many – and we can of course send you more ideas..
Day 1: Arrival in KEF Int. Airport – Reykjavik
Private transfer from KEF airport to your hotel in Reykjavik. It takes about 45 minutes to drive from the airport to Reykjavik. If you wish, we can include a short city introduction tour so you get a bit acquinted with the most northern capital in the world. We will gladly recommend a restaurant and book a table for dinner for you. Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik
Day 2: The Golden Circle + Glacier
Our driver-guide will pick you up at your hotel at 09:00. You start your journey right away, driving east past the lava fields to Thingvellir national park, where the Icelandic parliament was established in 930 AD and the Eurasian- and North American tectonic plates meet, which have formed a large crevice in the lava while slowly drifting apart. After a walk around the area you continue onwards to the Geysir area where the enormous geothermal heat in the ground has formed several hot springs. Among them is Geysir, from which the English word geyser takes its meaning and Strokkur, which spouts boiling water 25-30 meters high in the air every 5 minutes or so. From Geysir it’s a short drive to Gullfoss waterfall which cascades 32 meters down a canyon in two steps. We continue to drive to Iceland´s second largest glacier, Langjökull where you drive across the white plains of the glacier. After fun adventure you head to hotel Ranga where you stay over the night.
Accommodation: Hotel Ranga
Day 3: The South Shore – Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
We start driving towards Solheimajokull, the southern most glacier in Iceland. Then we stop at Seljalandsfoss, one of the tallest waterfalls in Iceland where you take a short path that leads behind it so you can see the waterfall from an interesting view and feel the spray and drizzle on your face. A short drive east is Skogafoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland which offers a spectacular view as you stand on the grassy fields and gaze upon the waterfall and the mountains around it. We drive east along the base of the famous volcano, Eyjafjallajokull – the volcano that caused all the troubles in 2010 and we will visit the museum about the eruption. We continue to Dyrholaey peninsula to see the Atlantic Ocean bashing against the lava cliffs, arches and hexagon basalt against the black sand. Nearby is also Reynisdrangar, lava pillars rising from the ocean just of the black sand volcanic beach. We can see them both from the west side and also from the east side at the town of Vík. Then we drive east along the south shore to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and the icy beach. We also visit a less know glacier lagoon, Fjallsárlón which is much closer to the glacier crumbling down the mountainside makes a great setting for landscape photography. We know an unmarked trail that takes you much closer to this hidden gem.
Activity: Volcano museum
Accommodation: Hotel near Jokulsarlon or Kirkjuabaejarklaustur
Day 4: Skaftafell national park – Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Today we visit Skaftafell National Park. The road will take through the largest black sand desert in Iceland, beautiful lava fields from Laki craters with spectacular Mountain View. The eruption in Laki Craters generated the largest lava field that has flowed on Earth in historical times and affected the whole world. The moss covered lava and the crater series look like another planet. It’s a fun and scenic mountain road. We will also visit Fjaðrárgljúfur, a spectacular steep and narrow canyon filled with elves and trolls turned to stone. In 1967, Skaftafell National Park was established, but in 2008 it became a part of the newly established Vatnajökull National Park. There you can visit Svínafellsjökull, the striking glacial tongue of Vatnajokull, Iceland’s largest glacier. From Skaftafell National Park it is about 40 min walk to Svartifoss waterfall but there are many other hiking routes and a nice visitor centre with a café.
Accommodation: Hotel Ranga
Day 5: Thorsmork Nature Reserve – Reykjavik
Today we start at 09:00 and we explore one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland – Thorsmork. Located by the roots of Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted so memorably in 2010, the green valley is one of Iceland’s most popular hiking grounds. The route into Þórsmörk is a great strip of mountain track, with plenty of unbridged rivers and streams to cross. The day is spent hiking and photographing in Thorsmork. On the way out of the valley we can stop for a walk along a long valley with a picturesque waterfall at the end. We also stop at horse farm – Hestheimar where you have 1-hour horseback riding tour. We come back to Reykjavik where you stay for the two next nights.
Activity: Horseback riding tour.
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik
Day 6: Inside The Volcano
Today you go to Thrihnukagigur volcano, where you go inside the volcano crater. After arriving on location, you do a moderate 45–50 minute hike (to get to the crater) and descend 120 meters/400 feet to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift. It is very exciting trip. But do not worry Thrihnukagigur volcano is dormant – it last erupted over 4,000 years ago. There are no indications of it erupting again in the near future. When you are back to the base, while waiting for everyone in the group to complete the volcano visit, you will have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Icelandic meat soup, hot coffee/tea/chocolate and perhaps some sweets. After that you have a transfer back to Reykjavik.
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik
Day 7: The Blue Lagoon & Departure
There you can take a relaxing soak in geothermal water of the Blue Lagoon. The geothermal water has a unique composition, featuring three active ingredients – silica, algae and minerals, which give you unforgettable feelings.
It‘s a nice way to end your Iceland adventure and be refreshed on the flight back home.
Note that this is just one idea and we will of course design a tour to your needs and wishes. Please do not hesitate make requests or ask questions.
If you have any sights, places or activities on your wishlist, we will of course include them and pack as many highlights as possible into your weekend in Iceland, whether it’s action, relaxation or both.
FAQ for Iceland
Q: What is the weather like?
A: Iceland is not as cold as the name suggests, the average temperature in summer is 11°C (52°F) and in winter around 0°C (32°F). However it’s often wet and windy so better to bring proper clothing
A: Service and tax is always included in prices so tipping is not mandatory or expected but always appreciated.
Do you have questions? Please don’t hesitate to contact us: info@IcelandPrivateTours.is