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THE ULTIMATE ICELAND ADVENTURE

EXPRESS YOUR SENSE OF ADVENTURE WITH THIS ALL-INCLUSIVE ICELAND EXPERIENCE!

DAY BY DAY ITINERARY

Day 1; Arrival to Iceland

Your chauffeur will meet you at Leifur Eiriksson international airport in Keflavik. We head towards your accommodation Grimsborgir.

Day 2; Thingvellir National park – Fridheimar greenhouse – Geyser hot spring – Gullfoss waterfall

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 considered a natural wonder on an international scale earning a place on UNESCO World heritage list.

The folks at Fridheimar are also greenhouse farmers, growing mainly tomatoes, but also various vegetables using green methods. You have the opportunity to learn about the tradition of thermal greenhouses and the methods used by the local farmers to grow their tasty and healthy produce. Experience the diversity and freshness of Icelandic food and ingredients!

Lunch at Fridheimar.

It’s time to visit Geyser area. 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.

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Day ends at your overnight stay in Reykjavik at Grimsborgir.

Day 3; Waterfalls – Private walking on the 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.

We can offer you the change to go up close to a glacier tongue to walk on the ice. Walking on the glacier is for everybody and when we put on our crampons and walk we will discover the hidden world of frozen water and explore the crevasse riddled outlet glacier with it amazing ice formations, sink holes and jagged ridges. The glacier walk does not require any special skill, the tour can be enjoyed by people of all levels in good health.

The journey ends at your overnight stay at Grimsborgir.

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.

Barbeque lunch in Thorsmork.

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.

Day ends at your overnight stay at Grimsborgir.

Day 5; Whale watching – Reykjanes peninsula geothermal area – Blue Lagoon

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 as they come here to feed. The whales often surface within few meters from the boat so you can see them up-close.

 

 

Reykjanesskagi is a peninsula at the southwestern end of Iceland, near the capital Reykjavik. The peninsula is marked by active volcanism under its surface, and large lava fields, allowing little vegetation. There are numerous hot springs and sulphur springs we will see today.

Our first stop is Kleifarvatn Lake based on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. In a big earthquake in 2000 the lake began to diminish and about 20% of its surface disappeared. Since the earthquake it has started slowly to fill up again and in 2008 the lake had regained its previous surface level.

 

Just few minutes from Kleifarvatn are Seltun geothermal area. This place is beautiful and amazing. Sulphuric water and gases have created colorful deposit; the soil is colored in green, yellow and red colors. Visitors can wonder at hissing solfataras, fumaroles and boiling mud pots, where the soil is mixed with acid.

Now we go to Krysuvikurbjarg cliff where you see the North Atlantic Ocean break on the cliff. Krysuvikurbjarg is known for its active bird life and of course it’s amazing beauty.

Today we have seen few types of lava and a lot of lava fields now it’s time to enjoy the benefits of living on volcanic Island. First we drive to Eldvorp a 10 km crater row with few several big craters and you will see steam rise up from few of them still. In the old days women baked bread in the warm steam still coming up from this crater row and you can still find steam up to 280 degrees Celsius.

There are numerous hot springs and sulphur springs in the southern half of the peninsula, around the Kleifarvatn Lake and the Krysuvik geothermal area. The Leif the Lucky Bridge spans the Alftagja rift valley (60 feet wide and 20 feet (6.1 m) deep) near Grindavik, which marks the boundary of the Eurasian and North American continental tectonic plates.

Visiting Blue Lagoon Iceland becomes indispensable because of the variety of health and emotional benefits the destination offers. As the water comes straight from the depths of the earth, it is loaded with minerals, salts, blue-green algae and silica. These elements are believed to possess therapeutic powers. The view of the lagoon is spellbinding. The color of the water is frosty blue. However, this term is an oxymoron because the temperature of the water always fluctuates between 37 degrees and 40 degrees Celsius. With the other Icelandic and North European locales forcing you to cover your body head to toe, this destination provides the perfect atmosphere for the body to relax.

Day ends at your overnight stay at Grimsborgir.

Day 6; Horseback riding

The Icelandic horse is a “five-gaited” breed, known for its sure-footedness and ability to cross rough terrain. As well as the typical gaits of walk, trot, and canter/gallop, the breed is noted for its ability to perform two additional gaits. The first additional gait is a four-beat lateral ambling gait known as the tolt. This is known for its explosive acceleration and speed. The second additional gait is called pace or “flying pace”. It is used in pacing races, and is fast and smooth, with some horses able to reach up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h).

Before you go riding your guide will go over everything needed to know to ride the horse. First you will get to know the horse and your guide will tell you about the horse personality and of course the name of the horse. When you have gotten to know each other for a brief while it’s time to ride the horse in beautiful terrain known by the horse.

Day ends at your overnight stay at Grimsborgir.

Day 7; Fontana baths

Laugarvatn Fontana is a place where you come to relax and experience authentic Icelandic nature while relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and natural steam rooms. The baths vary in depth, size and temperature and the steam rooms that have been built over natural hot springs that has been used in this purpose since 1929. Fontana is located by a beautiful lake Laugarvatn and you can enjoy the spectacular views from the sauna or the pools.

Three steam rooms, collectively called GUFAN, have been built over a natural hot spring that has been used since 1929. The temperature of the steam varies depending on the temperature of the hot spring and weather, usually between 40°C (104°F) and 50°C (122°F). Humidity is very high in the steam room cabins. Grids in the floor of the steam rooms allow guests to hear and smell the boiling natural hot spring underneath, creating a natural and totally unique experience.

Next to the steam room is YLUR, a Finnish-style sauna. The temperature is between 80°C (176°F) and 90°C (194°F), with a lower humidity than the steam room having a big window facing the lake of Laugarvatn.

The journey ends at your hotel Grimsborgir.

Day 8; Departure

Your chauffeur will drive you to the airport aiming to be around 2 hours before departure.

 

TOTAL PRICE: EUR6,370 PER PERSON

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