8 Day Iceland Tour – Winter

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Duration

8 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small

Available

Sep - Apr

Minimum age

No minimum age

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Operator

Tröllaferðir

Tour starts

Reykjavik

Duration

8 Days

Difficulty

Easy

Group Size

Small

Available

Sep - Apr

Minimum age

No minimum age

Pick up / Self Drive

Pick up

Languages

English

Days

8 Days

Departures

Reykjavik

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Come aboard an extraordinary, 8-day journey exploring Iceland’s top attractions. You’ll get to experience Iceland’s most celebrated and stunning locations, as well as discover some off-the-beaten-path hidden treasures.

Highlights

Activities included

Extra Activities

  • Horseback Riding tour
  • Vök nature baths
  • Víðgelmir lava cave

About Tour

Experience Iceland’s most spectacular destinations on an unforgettable 8-day minibus tour! Starting in Reykjavik, you’ll journey around the Ring Road, discovering hidden gems and must-see attractions.

Explore the renowned Golden Circle, featuring the breathtaking Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, and Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then, venture to the stunning black sand beaches of the South Coast and witness the awe-inspiring Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Continuing on, you’ll explore the enchanting East fjords before reaching the North, where you’ll visit Lake Mývatn and see the remarkable Dimmuborgir lava pillars. Afterward, journey to the ‘Capital in the North,’ Akureyri, before heading south to West Iceland and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you’ll uncover hidden gems like Kirkjufell mountain.

As you explore, keep an eye out for the dazzling Aurora Borealis dancing in the starry night sky. And, if you’re looking for even more adventure, you can add extra tours and activities like horseback riding to your itinerary.

Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to experience the natural wonders of Iceland on this unique and comprehensive tour. Book your spot today!

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Included

  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik or the capital area.
  • 7 nights accommodation in comfortable country hotels with breakfast and private bathroom.
  • 8 Days Guided sightseeing to all the best locations around the Ring Road of Iceland & Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
  • English speaking professional guide.
  • Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull glacier
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier equipment; helmet, harness, crampons and ice axe.
  • Crystal Ice Cave Tour
  • Whale Watching tour
  • Northern Lights tour in the evenings
  • Small groups
  • Wi-Fi and Icelandic music on board the minibus

Available Extras

  • Horseback Riding Tour
  • Vök Nature Baths
  • Víðgelmir Lava Cave

What to bring

  • Dress according to weather
  • Waterproof outdoor clothing
  • Warm clothes
  • Warm socks
  • Gloves & Headwear
  • Hiking boots (available for rent when booking)
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Camera (optional)

Good to know

  • Order or availability of attractions may change due to road or weather conditions.
  • The luggage limit for this tour is one suitcase of 24 inches per person. If you have any extra luggage, you can store it in our office for 1,000 ISK. You can add it to your booking in the booking engine. 
  • If you are traveling on your own, you will receive a single room. Reservations for 2 people will be allocated a double room. For bookings of 3 or more, triple rooms will automatically be allocated. If these arrangements do not meet your requirements, please contact us.
  • Remember to choose the Single Supplement Fee in the booking engine if you are traveling alone. 
  • This tour includes a pick up from Reykjavik. You can see the designated pick up locations in the drop down menu when booking.
  • You will have plenty of chances for bathroom breaks and to buy snacks on the way.
  • Age limit for Glacier Hike is 8 years old.
  • Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík on a drop-down menu at the time of booking. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
  • The Ice cave that will be visited on this tour is 100% natural and always changing. Since the ice caves are ever changing we will visit new ice caves each year in different areas of the glacier. The photos that you see on our website are from recent tours, but note that the ice caves might have changed due to the dynamic nature of these formations. 
  • Lunch & dinner is not included in the tour. We will stop on restaurants where you can buy lunch & dinner. 
  • It is recommended to bring some snacks and drinks for the day time adventures. Some light chips and soda should do the trick.
  • This tour is perfect for groups, single travelers and families. 
  • You will be traveling on a minibus on this tour. The minibus includes free Wi-Fi. We will introduce you to Icelandic music aboard the minibus. 
  • We recommend you wear proper warm clothing, gloves, hat, scarves, and hiking shoes.
  • If you don’t have hiking shoes, you can rent them at the time of booking. 
  • In the rare case that we need to cancel the tour because of extreme weather, road conditions or other factors, we will assist you with rebooking to another date. If that does not work out for you, you will receive a full refund for the tour. 
  • The minimum age bar to join the tour is 8 years for the hiking and ice caving part. If children below 8 years are on the trip then one adult will have to stay with them while the group completes these activities.
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itinerary

This tour will take you around the country showcasing the most beautiful places in Iceland. Following is a detailed breakup for each day of the tour – the sites you will be visiting, the activities you will be taking, the accommodations, and more.

Day 1 – The Golden Circle

Highlights of the day

  • Golden Circle
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir geothermal area
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Strokkur geyser
  • Northern Lights

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • The Golden Circle (Geysir, Gullfoss and Þingvellir)
  • English speaking tour guide
  • One night in a hotel.

Let’s start an incredible journey Around Iceland, an adventure that you won’t forget! We’ll gather in Reykjavík and kick off our first day with the Golden Circle, the most famous route in Iceland.

First stop: Thingvellir National Park, a stunning and historically significant site located in southwest Iceland. It’s the meeting point of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, creating a unique geological environment with active geysers and hot springs. You can also learn about Viking history and explore the park’s archaeological sites.

Next, we’ll head to Geysir Geothermal Area to see the Hot Spring Strokkur erupt every five to ten minutes and the dormant Great Geysir. Iceland’s intense volcanic activity creates geysers by superheating and pressurizing water beneath the surface, creating stunning eruptions.

To end our Golden Circle, we’ll visit Gullfoss, an iconic and beautiful waterfall located in southwest Iceland. Fed by the Langjökull glacier, the waterfall cascades down into a deep canyon and offers stunning views from a viewing platform or trails in the area.

As an activity of the day, if the weather permits, we’ll be able to witness the Northern Lights from our hotel located far from light pollution. Hopefully we will catch the northern lights on our first night, but no worries if we do not see them. We will have 6 more nights to see the Northern Lights! 

We will end the day in our comfortable hotel where everyone can wind down, have dinner at the great restaurant and get ready for the day ahead. 

Gallery - Day 1

Day 2 – The South Coast & Glacier Hike

Highlights of the day

  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Gljúfrabúi
  • Skógafoss waterfall
  • Sólheimajökull Glacier
  • Glacier Hiking
  • Reynisfjara black sand beach
  • Reynisdrangar
  • Vík

included

  • Glacier Hiking Tour
  • Certified glacier guide
  • All glacier equipment
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom
  • Explore the Highlights of the South Coast

The next day will start with you and your group heading towards the southern coast of the country. 

Seljalandsfoss

Today, we will commence our day by visiting Seljalandsfoss, a remarkably stunning waterfall situated in southern Iceland. It is among the most sought-after tourist destinations in the country, and it’s not difficult to comprehend why. What makes Seljalandsfoss special is the opportunity to walk behind the waterfall, providing an enchanting and magical experience. This waterfall originates from the Seljalands River, a tributary of the powerful glacial river, the Markarfljot. With a height of approximately 60 meters (197 feet), Seljalandsfoss forms a part of the Seljalandsfoss-Gljufrabui area, which is an area reserved for natural protection. This region has been safeguarded since 1987 and supports a variety of flora and fauna.

Seljalandsfoss is a mandatory stop for all Iceland visitors. Its striking beauty and exceptional characteristics make it a preferred tourist attraction in the country. Whether you are seeking a serene environment or an adventurous one, Seljalandsfoss guarantees an unforgettable experience.

Skógafoss

Continuing towards the east, we will encounter another remarkable waterfall – Skógafoss. With a width of 25 meters (82 feet) and a height of 60 meters (197 feet), this powerful waterfall is considered the largest in Iceland and is among the country’s most visited tourist attractions.

Skógafoss is a must-see destination for travelers to Iceland. The area surrounding the waterfall is incredibly picturesque, with verdant fields and breathtaking views of the nearby mountains. A clearly marked hiking trail leads to the top of the waterfall, providing visitors with a panoramic view of the area. Besides its natural splendor, Skógafoss boasts a rich history. The waterfall has been a sacred site for the Vikings since the 9th century, and legend has it that a chest brimming with gold and other treasures is concealed behind it.

Glacier Hike

Our next destination will be the glaciers, which are a vital element of Iceland’s terrain, covering 11% of the country. These impressive ice formations are among the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland, attracting visitors from all over the world. Iceland is home to numerous glaciers, with the largest one, Vatnajökull, covering 8% of the country’s area. This glacier is the largest in Europe and hosts many of Iceland’s well-known tourist destinations, such as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the Svínafellsjökull glacier.

Glaciers are created when snow accumulates over a long time and becomes compacted into huge masses of ice, which can take thousands of years. Iceland’s glaciers are some of the oldest in the world. As the glaciers move, they create magnificent landscapes by carving out deep valleys. Besides their stunning natural beauty, glaciers are also vital for Iceland’s environment, providing a source of fresh water for the country and regulating the climate. They also help to mitigate the effects of global warming by absorbing some of the sun’s heat.

Iceland’s glaciers are a significant feature of the country’s terrain, and they are deeply ingrained in its culture and history. They offer opportunities for adventure, research, and artistic inspiration and serve as a reminder of the magnificence of nature.

Prepare yourself for an unforgettable experience that few have had the opportunity to enjoy – a Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull! Our group will meet a certified glacier guide who will provide all the necessary equipment and lead us to the summit of the glacier.

Glacier hiking in Iceland requires preparation due to the unpredictable weather conditions. Dressing appropriately for the climate is crucial, with layering being the recommended approach to manage temperature variations throughout the day and the location of the glacier. Furthermore, suitable footwear with a solid grip is essential as the terrain can be unsteady and slick. Safety is paramount when it comes to glacier hiking, as there are dangers such as crevasses, avalanches, and falling ice to consider. Our guide will offer valuable advice on navigating the landscape and ensuring a secure and enjoyable experience.

(Please note that the glacier hike may take place on Day 3 on Vatnajökull glacier, subject to the availability of the glacier guide.)

Reynisfjara black sand beach

We will now head to the famous Reynisfjara, a stunning black sand beach located on the southern coast of Iceland. This beach is the most visited in the country, and has been featured in numerous films and TV shows. The black sand is a result of volcanic activity in the area, where lava has cooled and solidified. The beach is famous for its dramatic basalt columns, which were created by the erosion of the nearby Reynisfjall mountain.

These basalt columns were formed during a volcanic eruption that occurred over a million years ago. As the lava cooled and contracted, it formed vertical cracks in the rock, which then turned into polygonal columns. Over time, the sea eroded the columns, creating the stunning and unique landscape seen today.

In addition to its breathtaking beauty, Reynisfjara is home to a diverse range of wildlife, such as seabirds, seals, and even occasional whales. Whether it’s admiring the scenery, watching the wildlife, or enjoying other activities, Reynisfjara is a destination that will leave a lasting impression.

Vík í Mýrdal

We will conclude our day’s journey with a visit to Vík í Mýrdal, a charming coastal village located in southern Iceland. This small community, inhabited by a few hundred people, is renowned for its black sand beaches and impressive coastal cliffs. Vík is situated in one of Iceland’s most volcanic regions, just 26 km away from the active Katla Volcano, which has had several major eruptions throughout history, the most recent being in 1918.

In case of a volcanic eruption in the area, it is mandatory for all residents to fill out a form indicating how many people live in their home and how many have already evacuated. The form should be placed on a window facing the street, enabling the police to make sure everyone has left the premises. Moreover, the town’s church, located atop a hill, serves as a designated gathering point for all evacuees.

Hotel: We will be spending the night in the charming Vík village. 

Gallery - Day 2

Day 3 – Glacier Lagoons & National Parks

Highlights of the day

  • South Coast
  • Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
  • Diamond Beach
  • Vatnajokull Glacier
  • Glacier Hike
  • Skaftafell Nature Reserve
  • Svinafellsjokull Glacier
  • Vatnajokull National Park

included

  • Crystal Ice Cave Tour
  • Certified Glacier Guide
  • All Ice Cave Gear needed
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom
  • Explore the Highlights of the South Coast

At 8am today, we will depart from our hotel and begin our journey towards the east of Iceland. Along the way, we will be greeted by magnificent glaciers, breathtaking mountains, and unforgettable vistas, all waiting to be explored.

Vatnajökull Glacier - Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Our journey begins with a photo stop at Skaftafell to marvel at Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, and see the remnants of the bridge that was swept away by a glacial flood in 1996.

The Skeiðará Bridge is a significant landmark in Iceland, serving as a reminder of the nation’s history and a symbol of the Icelandic people’s perseverance and resilience. Constructed in the early 1900s, the bridge spans the Skeiðará River, connecting the eastern and western banks.

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

You will soon arrive at the breathtaking Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon on your journey, where you can witness the serene drifting of immense icebergs towards the ocean.

Located in southeastern Iceland, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a glacial lake renowned for its depth and size, being one of the largest in Europe. The lake is fed by Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which is part of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull glacier. The surrounding mountains offer spectacular views and visitors flock to see the floating icebergs and the resident seals.

The formation of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon dates back to the early 1920s, as the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier began to recede. Since then, the glacier has retreated over 3 kilometers, resulting in the formation of the lake and surrounding wetlands. With a width exceeding 1 kilometer and a depth of 250 meters, the lagoon has become a popular destination for photographers and filmmakers seeking to capture its stunning beauty. It has even been featured in several films, including Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, and Batman Begins.

Diamond Beach

A two-minute distance from Jökulsárlón lies the breathtaking Diamond Beach, where immense, shimmering blue ice chunks are scattered across a black sand beach. These ice formations are a result of the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, which is a section of the larger Vatnajökull glacier.

This beach is a favored spot for visitors and photographers who are drawn to the beauty of the ice chunks, making for a one-of-a-kind backdrop in photos. Additionally, the beach is home to a diverse array of wildlife, such as seals, seabirds, and even reindeer.

Crystal Ice Cave

Prepare yourself for a visit to Iceland’s famed Crystal Blue Ice Cave, one of the largest and most well-known ice caves in the region! Since the cave is located a considerable distance from any accessible road or pathway, we will rely on a Super Jeep and a glacier guide to transport us safely to our destination.

Nestled within Vatnajökull National Park, Crystal Blue Ice Cave is a natural wonder that has fascinated visitors from around the globe and should not be missed during any trip to Iceland. The cave is formed by a melting glacier and is filled with stunning blue ice, which is illuminated by the sunbeams that filter in from the entrance, creating an enchanting ambiance.

The cave is a hotspot for photographers, as the ice formations and blue hue offer an ideal setting for breathtaking photos. Visitors will be led through the chamber and other parts of the cave (though it should be noted that an ice cave is continually changing).

Hotel: We will be spending the night in or around Höfn. 

Gallery - Day 3

Day 4 – The East Fjords

Highlights of the day

  • East Fjords
  • Fishing villages
  • Stokksnes
  • Fauskasandur
  • Hallormsstaðaskógur forest
  • Lake Lagarfljót
  • Egilsstaðir
  • Horseback Riding
  • Vök nature baths

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom
  • Explore the Highlights of East Iceland

Optional Extra

  • Horseback Riding
  • Vök Nature Baths

On the fourth day of our Icelandic adventure, we will be immersing ourselves in the tranquil and stunning scenery of the East Fjords. Our day will be spent unwinding in hot springs, savoring the charming Icelandic way of life, and creating unforgettable memories!

This region is also home to a remarkable and uncommon variety of wildlife, breathtaking fjords, and towering mountain ridges, making it an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventurers alike.

Fishing villages of East Iceland

As we journey, we will encounter tranquil fishing villages that bring the rich history of Iceland to life. Fishing has long been a significant aspect of Icelandic culture, and these villages offer a glimpse into that legacy. If time permits, we will take a brief detour to explore some of these charming settlements.

Hallormsstaðaskógur Forest

As you may have observed, Iceland is not blessed with an abundance of trees due to its unique location and harsh climate. However, we have a special treat in store for you as we head towards Hallormsstaðaskógur, the largest forest in Iceland.

Being situated far away from the mainland of Europe and North America, Iceland experiences chilly and windy weather with rocky and infertile soil, making it challenging for trees to thrive and flourish. Furthermore, the short growing season and limited sunlight availability further restricts their growth.

Nevertheless, it is fascinating to note that thousands of years ago, 40% of Iceland was forested. Unfortunately, this changed when Vikings began to use wood as fuel and building materials, causing deforestation. The situation worsened when livestock such as sheep were introduced, consuming the trees and shrubs.

Lake Lagarfljót

As we make our way past the Hallormsstaðaskógur forest, we will come across Lake Lagarfljót, which is the third largest lake in Iceland and a popular tourist attraction.

According to folklore, the lake is the abode of a mythical creature known as the Lagarfljótsormur, also called the Lagarfljóts Worm. This creature is said to be a colossal serpent residing in the lake’s depths, and its sightings have been reported since the 13th century. The Lagarfljóts Worm is also believed to be responsible for mysterious incidents in the surrounding area.

Horseback Riding

To add even more excitement to our adventure, we have two amazing optional activities to choose from that will make the rest of the day unforgettable!

Option 1: Horseback Riding in the East (This activity must be selected during checkout process.) Saddle up, everyone! We’re going on an adventure to explore the stunning landscapes of the Icelandic wilderness on our very own Icelandic horses!

Under the guidance of a riding instructor, we’ll learn how to ride an Icelandic horse and then set off on our exploration of the beautiful landscapes. Icelandic horses are unique, as they are the only breed in the world with five gaits, including the four-beat lateral ambling gait called “tölt.” These horses are known for their sure-footedness, hardiness, intelligence, and friendly personalities.

No previous horseback riding experience is required, but please note that this activity is not suitable for people weighing over 120 kgs or those in poor physical condition.

Vök Hot Springs

Our journey will continue northward where we will discover the ultimate relaxation in the midst of luxury hot springs!

Optional Extra Activity: Entrance to VÖK Baths (this activity must be chosen during the checkout process). Located in the eastern part of Iceland, VÖK Baths is a luxurious spa and a rare geothermal wonder. The area is renowned for its natural hot springs, believed to have therapeutic qualities. Visitors can enjoy birdwatching as the region is home to various waterfowl species such as ducks, geese, and swans. The surrounding landscape is breathtakingly beautiful, and the geothermal activity is truly exceptional, making this place a must-visit for tourists.

Hotel: We will spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Egilsstaðir.

Gallery - Day 4

Day 5 – The Myvatn Area and The Diamond Circle

Highlights of the day

  • North Iceland
  • Myvatn geothermal area
  • Dimmuborgir lava fields
  • Skútustaðagígar craters
  • Goðafoss waterfall
  • Akureyri

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom
  • Explore the Highlights of the Myvatn area and the Diamond Circle

On the 5th day, we will venture into the untamed wilderness of Iceland.

Lake Myvatn

Our first stop on this amazing adventure is the stunning Lake Mývatn, located in northern Iceland. This lake is a must-visit destination because of its natural beauty and unique geological features. Surrounding the lake are a plethora of volcanic formations, lava fields, and other fascinating geological features, which make it an ideal spot for sightseeing and taking gorgeous photos. The area is also a haven for birdwatchers, as it is home to a diverse range of bird species. The Lake is also famous for its abundance of natural hot springs, perfect for a relaxing soak in nature.

Námaskarð - Myvatn Geothermal area

Just a short drive away from Myvatn, we will arrive at Námaskarð Pass. This unique geothermal area is a must-visit for any traveler in Iceland. Located in the Highlands of Iceland, Námaskarð Pass is a mountain pass nestled between the glaciers of Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull.

As we hike through the area, we’ll be surrounded by stunning orange and red landscapes, caused by the presence of sulfur in the soil. The colorful hills, bubbling mud pools, and steaming hot springs will make for an unforgettable experience. We’ll even get to witness fumaroles, which are openings in the earth’s crust that release steam and gases. Don’t forget your camera, as the unique colors and textures of this area make for some incredible photo opportunities.

Dimmuborgir

Get ready to explore the mysterious lava fields of Dimmuborgir! This extraordinary volcanic area is located in northern Iceland and is known for its bizarre lava formations that tower over visitors like mythical creatures. The pillars of lava rise up from the earth in peculiar shapes that resemble trolls, elves, and other fantastical beings. The area is also home to caves and tunnels that you can explore.

Dimmuborgir is a popular tourist destination and for good reason. The landscape is otherworldly and is a great spot for hiking and photography. The Hall of the Mountain King is one of the most impressive features of the area, consisting of large basalt columns that are sure to leave you in awe. Wildlife enthusiasts will also love the chance to see Arctic foxes, reindeer, and ptarmigans in their natural habitat. Get ready to discover the unique beauty of Dimmuborgir and make unforgettable memories!

Goðafoss

Goðafoss is a stunning waterfall located in the north of Iceland. Its name means “waterfall of the gods,” and it is one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. The waterfall is about 12 meters (40 feet) high and 30 meters (100 feet) wide, making it one of the largest and most unique in Iceland.

Legend has it that the waterfall was named after the country’s conversion to Christianity in the year 1000, when statues of the pagan gods were thrown into the waterfall. Today, it is a popular tourist destination and a must-see for anyone exploring the area. The horseshoe shape of the waterfall was formed by a massive glacial flood in the year 934, which was caused by a volcanic eruption in the region.

Akureyri

Our next stop is the charming city of Akureyri, known as the Capital of the North. It’s the second largest urban area in Iceland, and offers plenty of opportunities for adventure and culture. Nestled between fjords and mountains, this city is a hub for outdoor activities like hiking, skiing, and snowmobiling. Akureyri also has a bustling nightlife with a diverse selection of restaurants, bars, and clubs. For those interested in Icelandic culture, the city offers a variety of museums, galleries, and other cultural attractions to explore. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the magnificent Northern Lights in the clear night sky before heading to your accommodation.

Hotel: We will spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Akureyri.

Gallery - Day 5

Day 6 – North Iceland & Whale Watching

Highlights of the day

  • Akureyri
  • Whale Watching
  • Hauganes
  • Kolugljúfur
  • Hvítserkur

included

  • Whale Watching tour
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom
  • Explore the Highlights of North Iceland.

Get ready for an unforgettable experience on our sixth day as we embark on an exciting adventure – Whale Watching! We’ll venture out into the open sea and have the chance to witness these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat. Iceland is one of the best places in the world to see whales, with a variety of species such as humpback, minke, and blue whales known to frequent the area. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins, seals, and other marine life too! This is sure to be the highlight of our journey, so don’t forget your camera!

Whale Watching

After a hearty breakfast, we’ll head to the charming village of Hauganes, where an exciting adventure awaits us! We’ll board a boat and venture into the vast North Atlantic Ocean to witness the magnificent Humpback Whales and other fascinating marine creatures in their natural habitat.

To ensure everyone is comfortable and cozy, we provide additional warm clothing. However, we suggest bringing your own waterproof and warm clothing to fully enjoy the experience. Get ready for a thrilling and unforgettable excursion!

Hauganes

Hauganes is a small fishing village located in northern Iceland, known for its stunning scenery and outdoor activities. The village is situated on the coast and offers breathtaking views of the ocean and surrounding mountains. One of the most popular activities in Hauganes is whale watching, where visitors can see humpback whales, dolphins, and other marine life up close. The village is also home to a number of fishing boats and offers fresh seafood for visitors to enjoy. With its beautiful natural setting and rich fishing history, Hauganes is a great destination in Iceland.

Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur is a distinctive rock formation located on the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula in northwest Iceland. It is a 15-meter high basalt sea stack that resembles a dragon or a prehistoric dinosaur drinking from the sea. The unique shape of Hvítserkur, created by erosion from the ocean, makes it a popular tourist attraction and a subject of many photographs. It is also an important site for birdwatching, with numerous seabirds nesting on and around the rock formation.

 

Hotel: We will spend the night in a comfortable hotel in Borgarnes.

Gallery - Day 6

Day 7 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Highlights of the day

  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park
  • Gerðuberg
  • Ytri-Tunga seal colony
  • Djúpalónssandur
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall
  • Borgarnes

included

  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • English speaking tour guide
  • Hotel Breakfast
  • One night in a 3 star hotel with private bathroom
  • Guided Glacier Hiking Tour
  • All Glacier Hiking Gear needed
  • Explore the Highlights of Snæfellsnes Peninsula

On the 7th day, after a complimentary breakfast at the hotel, we’ll travel to the west of Iceland to explore the stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This volcanic region is famous for its breathtaking landscapes, with towering mountains, awe-inspiring volcanoes, icy glaciers, and sprawling lava fields. The peninsula is also home to a diverse range of wildlife, including seals, so keep your eyes peeled for these beautiful creatures!

Gerðuberg

Our first stop on the way to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is Gerðuberg, a remarkable geological wonder made up of over 600 hexagonal basalt columns. These stunning columns, up to 12 meters high, are arranged in a stepped pattern and believed to have formed from a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago. Located in the Westfjords region of Iceland, Gerðuberg offers a unique and breathtaking backdrop for photos and is a popular tourist destination. As you marvel at the natural beauty of the columns, you’ll also enjoy the stunning view of the surrounding landscape. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures for your memories!

Ytri-Tunga

Our next destination is Ytri-Tunga, a unique beach with white sand which is a rare sight in Iceland where most beaches are black. This beach is not only remarkable for its white sand, but also for being a seal colony where you may catch a glimpse of seals lounging on the rocks. Ytri-Tunga is an ideal place for nature lovers and photographers who want to capture the beauty of Iceland’s wildlife and stunning landscapes.

Arnarstapi

Arnarstapi is a small fishing village located on the southern coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. The village is known for its dramatic coastal cliffs and rugged natural beauty, which attract visitors from around the world. Arnarstapi is also home to a variety of hiking trails that offer stunning views of the surrounding landscape, including the nearby volcanic peak of Mount Stapafell. 

Djúpalónssandur

Your next destination is the stunning Djúpalónssandur beach. To reach this unique black sand beach, you’ll need to navigate through a mesmerizing labyrinth of lava formations, which are unlike anything you’ve seen before. Once you arrive, you’ll be greeted by the watchful gaze of the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier, located in the West. Get ready to be mesmerized by the striking contrasts of the black sand, the turquoise ocean, and the surrounding lava formations.

Snæfellsjökull

Snæfellsjökull is a glacier-capped volcano situated on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. It rises to a height of 1,446 meters (4,744 feet) above sea level and is one of the most famous landmarks in Iceland. The glacier is surrounded by a national park that covers over 170 square kilometers (66 square miles) and is home to a variety of unique flora and fauna. The volcano is also famous for its role in Jules Verne’s novel “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. Snæfellsjökull is a popular destination for hiking, skiing, and other outdoor activities.

Kirkjufell

No trip to Snæfellsnes Peninsula would be complete without visiting the iconic Kirkjufell mountain. This stunning mountain is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist destinations, and has even been featured in Game of Thrones as the “arrowhead mountain” Beyond the Wall. Don’t miss the chance to snap a photo of this phenomenal mountain during your visit to Iceland.

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