Day 1 – Arrival to Iceland – Blue Lagoon – transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik
You will meet your guide at Leifur Eiriksson international airport in Keflavik. After a long flight it’s good to go to the Blue Lagoon taking the jet lag out of you for upcoming adventure. Enjoy the warm water of the lagoon. Afterwards it’s time to head to your down town hotel in Reykjavik with the city center in walking distance.
Dinner at suggested restaurant.Your first introduction of Iceland will be like a city escape. For the younger crowd the nightlife in Reykjavik is fantastic. After dinner you can head out to coffee houses or bars to look at the locals having fun. But remember your adventure starts tomorrow morning!
Day 2 – Thingvellir national park – Geyser – Gullfoss waterfall
Through the Ages, the agrarian, hunter culture of the Nordic people saw just about every last man carry a knife or dagger in a sheath on a belt. Whether they were tending their land, foraging or hunting for food, or setting out on epic Viking voyages of discovery, the blade played a significant role in their existence.
Meet Icelander Palli Kristjansson who is carrying on that tradition. Using natural materials also available in the Viking Age he brings them to light in today’s modern times in a new and highly artistic way. With his artistic approach to knife making he creates therefore, decorated knives that evoke the feral surroundings of his native land and the Age of his Viking forefathers.
We head to Thingvellir where the Vikings established the first Parliament and now the oldest still working Parliament in the world. Althing (the Parliament) has been working uncut since 930. Today Thingvellir is a national park and the only place in the world where you can stand on one tectonic plate overviewing another plate. Thingvellir is a natural wonder on an international scale earning a place on UNESCO World heritage list. It’s time to visit Geyser area.
After a good lunch we explore the geothermal pools around Geyser and see Strokkur erupt. If your camera does not get a good picture of the spouting geyser then you just wait 5 minutes and Strokkur will erupt again. We now proceed to Gullfoss waterfall. The glacier river Hvita is feeding Gullfoss with milky green colored water from the glacier Langjokull, the second biggest glacier in Europe. Gullfoss waterfall is the most known waterfall in Iceland and is worth a visit.
Day ends at your hotel on the south shore. Dinner at your hotel.
Let’s go hunt the northern lights. In northern latitudes, the effect is known as the aurora borealis (or the northern lights), named after the Roman goddess of dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. Auroras (Northern Lights) result from emissions of photons in the Earth’s upper atmosphere, above 80 km (50 mi), from ionized nitrogen atoms regaining an electron, and oxygen and nitrogen atoms returning from an excited state to ground state. They are ionized or excited by the collision of solar wind and magnetospheric particles being funneled down and accelerated along the Earth’s magnetic field lines; excitation energy is lost by the emission of a photon, or by collision with another atom or molecule.
Day 3 – Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss waterfalls – Solheimajokull glacier
We drive along the south shore, where the rugged landscape offers up firsthand evidence of nature’s power. You will find many photo opportunities on this excursion.
Waterfalls one of which you can walk behind, black sandy beaches, mountains and numerous strange lava formations are found along the way. Solheimajokull glacier tongue extends down from its mother glacier, Myrdalsjokull, Iceland’s fourth largest. Ice walk. Easy walk on crampons up on to the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses awaits discovery. Lunchboxes taken with us.
The Myrdalsjokull glacier (1480m) is the fourth largest glacier in Iceland, with an area of about 590 km². It rests on a very volcanically active massif mountain, which erupted very powerfully in 1918.
Quite a few glacier snouts flow down onto the lower lying areas and discharge a great volume of water.
Just west of this glacier is another one, much smaller (50 km²), Eyjafjallajokull, already infamous the world over for its power to bring global air traffic to a screeching halt and of course for being completely unpronounceable for non-Icelanders.
Day ends at your hotel on the south shore. Dinner at hotel.
Day 4 – Thorsmork glacial valley
The day starts by driving in a super jeep/SUV. Thorsmork is one of the shiniest pearls in the string of beautiful areas of the country, surrounded by rugged and beautiful mountains, glaciers and glacial rivers, decorated with small birch woods and silver lined with humming brooks. Many have attempted to describe the charm of this area.Icelanders appreciate Thorsmork and visit it frequently the whole year round. Quite a few brooks and rivers have to be forced to get there and no-one should attempt the trip without the company of experienced guide since the glacial rivers are very unpredictable.
Thorsmork has often been difficult to reach, except by mountain vehicles. There are a multitude of small gullies and valleys, clad with low birch-trees that create seemingly endless possibilities for the nature lover. You will find more than 170 species of plants, moss and lichen in this lush area, which was a fjord some 12,000 years ago.
The outlet glaciers tumble and crawl down into the gullies, some of them ending in spectacular glacial lagoons. The glacial melt-off forms rivers that have to be crossed on the way to Thorsmork. Some days the crossing is quite challenging.
An innocent stream can change in a matter of hours into a thunderous torrent. Our skilled drivers are very experienced in these driving conditions and will take you safely across any river.
Bbq in Thorsmork. Light walk into the narrow gorge of Stakkholtsgja.
Day ends at your hotel on the south shore. Dinner at hotel.
Day 5 – Whale watching – Reykjavik – Departure
Whale watching journey – Today we go on a private boat steaming out to the bay of Faxafloi and the aim for the day is to see whales in their natural environment. The captain knows the area like the back of his hand and your private whale watching guide will tell you about whales in and around Iceland.
In just few hours we can go from the harbor out to the open ocean and back home to port and in-between see one of the biggest animal on the planet, the whale. We are lucky that in Icelandic ocean we have around 20 species of whales. The whales often surface within few meters from the boat so you can see them up-close. In the whale watching journeys you will see whales in about 95% of all whale sailing so it’s very likely to see one.
Lunch advised by guide.
As this is the departure day we can relax and take you into Reykjavik city for little sightseeing. During the days you are in Iceland the guide will gather information about your interests and take on the city with you in mind. If you want to shop something then this is the day and your guide could plan the best way to do it.
Your guide will drive you to the airport aiming to be around 2 hours before departure