Day 1 Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Welcome to Reykjavik! At 6 pm, meet your Tour Director and traveling companions for a welcome dinner at your hotel. (D)
Day 2 Reykjavik–Hellisheiðavirkjun–Geysir–Gullfoss–Thingvellir–Borgarnes.
After an orientation drive of pretty Reykjavik, enjoy an interesting visit to the geothermal heat and electric POWER STATION in Hellisheiðarvirkjun. Next, stop at the hot springs at Geysir for a real treat: meet the chef of the Geysir restaurant and walk with him to the geothermal areas. [LF] Taste freshly baked bread, which is cooked using the heat from the hot springs, with Icelandic butter, boiled eggs and herring, and a glass of geysir schnapps, served at freezing point. Marvel at the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and stop in [LF] Thingvellir, a geological paradise. Here, you will walk through the rift valley that marks the separation between the North American and European tectonic plates. Continue to your hotel in Borgarnes. (B,D)
Day 3 Borgarnes–Hauganes–Akureyri.
A real treat! At Hauganes, embark for an unforgettable experience: [LF] watch whales in their natural habitat! Continue to Akureyri for your overnight stay. (B,D)
Day 4 Akureyri–Goðafoss–Lake Mývatn–Dettifoss–Egilsstaðir.
During your orientation of the capital of northern Iceland, hear about the city’s history after it was established as a trading center in 1602. Visit the BOTANICAL GARDEN, featuring specimens of almost all native Icelandic plants. Then, admire Goðafoss, known as the “Waterfall of the Gods.” Enjoy a scenic drive to the lovely blue Lake Mývatn, teeming with bird life in one of Iceland’s prettiest areas, and known for geothermal activity and producing colored deposits. Before arriving in Egilsstaðir, take pictures of the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss (road conditions permitting). (B,D)
Day 5 Egilsstaðir–Höfn.
Follow the eastern coast, where the first Irish missionaries settled some 200 years ago, and arrive in Höfn. (B,D)
Day 6 Höfn–Lake Jökulsárlón–Skaftafell–Vik.
Prepare for the highlight of the day: [LF] stop at Lake Jökulsárlón, where some of the most spectacular scenes of the James Bond movie Die Another Day were filmed. Watch how the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, flows into the lake, forming icebergs. An exciting optional boat trip through the icebergs is available. Then, drive through the national park at Skaftafell to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland. (B,D)
Day 7 Vik–Eyjafjallajökull–Reykjavik.
On your way back to Reykjavik, drive by the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, well known for the eruption that generated the massive ash cloud in 2010. This afternoon, you may wish to join an optional excursion to the Blue Lagoon, and tonight, a special farewell dinner awaits you at one of Reykjavik’s fine restaurants to celebrate the success of your Icelandic Adventure. (B,D)
Day 8 Reykjavik
. Your vacation ends with breakfast this morning. (B)