Day 1 - Home to Iceland
Arrive at the airport and check-in with your Tours of Distinction Tour Director for your overnight flight to Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Reykjavik
Arrive in Reykjavik and head toward the famous Blue Lagoon. The lagoon is a geothermal wonder of nature, with pleasantly warm mineral rich geothermal seawater in the middle of a lava field. The high natural levels of silica, minerals and algae give the Lagoon its rich blue color – hence the name Blue Lagoon. Later, a city tour will show us the highlights of the capital.
Welcome dinner and overnight at your Reykjavík hotel.
Day 3 - Iceland Countryside
After breakfast, we drive north out of Reykjavik and through the tunnel under Hvalfjordur, one of the country’s longest fjords. We make a visit at the Settlement Center museum in Borgarnes. We continue through the pretty lake-dotted valleys of the Borgarfjördur district where the ice-age glacier covered the area about 10,000 years ago. We will then make a brief stop at Deidartunguhver, Europe’s largest hot spring, where around 200 liters of 97C hot water flows from the earth every second. Enjoy our short stop at the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafossar in the river Hvítá before returning to Borgarnes.
Dinner and overnight in Borgarnes.
Day 4 - Iceland Countryside
The first highlight of the day is Thingvellir, the great lava arena in a rift valley, where the divide between the Eurasian and the North American tectonic plates is clearly visible. Founded by the Norse settlers in 930 AD in Thingvellir, you will see the world’s oldest still-existing national parliament. Get ready to visit Gullfoss, which is often described as Iceland´s most beautiful waterfall, and the famous Geysir area. Strokkur, the world´s most active, is likely to spout several times. We make our final stop at Friðheimar, known for using geothermal heating for cultivation of tomatoes and cucumbers – come and enjoy their famous tomato soup.
Dinner and overnight in Selfoss.
Day 5 - Iceland Countryside
Today, we will drive along the south coast and make a stop at the magnificent Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls! It is a narrow but high waterfall, plunging over the mountainside of West Eyjafjöll. A path lies at the bottom of the cliff where it cascades down, offering a safe and easy opportunity to walk behind the waterfall and out the other side.
From there, we head to Vík, a village east of Mt. Reynisfjall in Myrdal. It’s the southernmost village in Iceland. Mt. Reynisfjall and its cliffs have few rivals in Iceland for richness of vegetation and bird life including the Arctic tern.
We continue toward Kirkjubæjarklaustur, which in the old days was known as “Kirkjubær“ (Church Farm) and was an important farming village.
Dinner and overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Day 6 - Iceland Countryside
From Klaustur, the route takes us along the south coast to Skaftafell. Skaftafell was designated one of Iceland´s three national parks in 1967. The most majestic of its several waterfalls is Svartifoss (“Black Falls”), plunging over a wall of symmetrical columnar basalt that recalls organ pipes. If there´s interest, we can walk up to Svartifoss.
Before we drive to the hotel, we stop by the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón and visit the museum, Þórbergssetur, in Höfn. The museum is dedicated to one of Iceland‘s most significant twentieth century authors, Þórbergur Þórðarson.
Dinner and overnight at FH Glacier Lagoon.
Day 7 - Iceland Countryside - Reykjavik
Today, we will drive along the south coast and make a stop at the breathtaking Skógarfoss waterfall which is 60m high and one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country.
A short drive from Skógar there is a small village Þorvaldseyri, home to Eyjafjallajökull Visitor Centre, where we stop for an exhibition about the famous Eyjafjallajökull eruption, which caused quite a stir and affected air traffic around the world. Let’s continue to the power plant, Hellisheiðarvirkjun, for a Geothermal Exhibition about the utilization of geothermal energy in Iceland.
Overnight at your Reykjavik hotel.
Day 8 - Iceland - Home
Breakfast at your hotel. Then, head to the Reykjavik Airport for check-in and departure home. Upon arrival in the USA, transfer home.