Day 1 - Reykjavik
Hallo! Welcome to Iceland. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today – remember to bring your next of kin and insurance info. Keep your eyes peeled for a note in the hostel lobby for the deets. If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Being so far north on the globe, Reykjavik only gets four hours of sun in winter and 22 in summer – that means a lot of time partying or a lot of time napping in the sun, your call. Maybe check out some of the bars with the group once the meeting is over – the nightlife (or late day life?) here is super impressive.
Day 2 - Golden Circle / Hvolsvöllur Valley
Jump out of bed and get ready to follow Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’ for a day of smooth scenic drives before arriving at the Thingvellir National Park. If you suss out a big gap of water in the landscape, you’re probably looking at the Silfra fissure where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly ripping apart. Check out the Strokkur Geyser in the Geysir area and you might catch it when it blasts water through the air. Finally, swing by the Gullfoss double waterfall on the Hvita River before setting up camp in the Hvolsvöllur Valley.
Day 3 - Hvolsvöllur Valley / Thorsmörk
Lend a hand with the Hvollsvöllur tree planting project. Deforestation has had a nasty impact on the island as it’s led to serious soil erosion. The locals counter this by planting trees in the surrounding hillsides – Do your bit for the environment and get your hands dirty when you plant your own tree. Afterwards, disappear into the green hills of Thorsmörk (Thor’s Valley). This nature reserve is a favourite with walkers and once you check out the oases and roaring rivers it’ll be pretty obvious why people keep coming back.
Day 4 - South Coast / Jökulsarlon / Gerdi
See ya Hvolsvöllur Valley! It’s been fun. Today you’ll get to explore Iceland’s beautiful south coast. After checking out some beautiful waterfalls, you’ll get to see Vik’s Black Sand Beach which is literally pitch black – how crazy is that? Zip off to Dyrholaey, known as ‘the arch with the hole’. At the famous glacial lagoon of Jökulsarlon there’s the option of jumping on a boat to sail around the huge icebergs, before heading back to Gerdi for the evening.
Day 5 - Skaftafell National Park
Take a drive to Skaftafell National Park and start on a hiking adventure of your choice. Feeling like you could tackle Europe’s biggest icecap? In that case, go for a walk on Vatnajökull – you don’t really need any special experience to sign up for a glacier walk here so don’t let the size scare you. Alternatively, just go for a walk to the glacier tongue. It’s kind of sad to think that the glacier is melting away due to rising temperatures – it might not be here in a couple of years. After exploring this chilly countryside, return to our campsite at Gerdi.
Day 6 - Solheimasandur / Reykjavik
Now it’s time to get back to Reykjavik! But not before you have visited the crashed plane that still sits on the Solheimasandur Beach to this day, which you’ll get to explore. Now that you’ve seen the natural side of Iceland, spend the afternoon in Reykjavik at your own pace. Maybe go window-shopping for a few souvenirs, ride a bike along the harbour front or check out some of the local art galleries if you’re feeling arty. Want to do something active? You can take a ride on an Icelandic horse or see killer whales on a whale watching expedition. Alternatively, there is always the option to knock back a few drinks at one of Reykjavik’s quirky bars with your new friends on the last night of this adventure.
Day 7 - Reykjavik
Today marks the end of your Icelandic adventure and you're free to leave at any time.
Accommodation, Food (as stated), Transport, Selected Activities
Meals Included: Breakfast: 2 Lunches: 0 Dinners: 1
There's a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork). Ford the fjords, glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and thermal springs of this magical land in the world's far north
Discover Iceland's fascinating history of Reykjavik, and visit the astonishing Lutheran church of Hallgrimskirkja
The Eurasian and American tectonic plates may now be pulling apart in Thingvellir National Park, but over a thousand years ago this was the site where Iceland's first parliament came together
Hike to the tongue of Europe's biggest glacier and marvel at the walls of ice in Skaftafell National Park
Southern Iceland is a world of striking contrasts. Walk past blue-white icebergs at the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, and soak up the silence of the surrounding grey sand desert
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