THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK, MID-ATLANTIC RIDGE.
Arrive in Keflavik to meet up with your driver and guide. Our first stop of the day is Thingvellir National Park, home of Iceland´s ancient parliament. Here we’ll find the most perfect example of continental drift known as the mid-Atlantic ridge.
GEYSER, GULLFOSS WATERFALL
Our next stop is the geothermal area of Haukadalur, home of the great Geyser and next to the Gullfoss waterfall with its two-tiered drop into the Hvita river. Glacial waters run through here, giving the river its unique white color.
Today we’re visiting volcanoes! While Hekla is mostly dormant today, its last eruption was less than ten years ago on February 26, 2000. Because of the variation in the lava and vegetation shaped by forces of erosion, the scenery here around the volcano is truly spectacular.
LANDMANNALAUGAR, HIKING, BATHING IN NATURE
We’ll traverse a few streams and rivers in our Super Jeep to get to Landmannalaugar, with lots of opportunity for hiking and sightseeing.
The Sprengisandur route is the longest road leading between the north and south of Iceland. It’s desolate and barren, and has been historically feared by all those who wanted to avoid ghosts, giants, elves, outlaws and fierce weather conditions. A route for the bold!
The landscape changes suddenly as we enter the wetlands of Myvatn, a protected nature reserve with exceptional fauna and flora. Originally a volcanic fissure, Myvatn is home to many species of duck that enjoy year-round open water areas because of the hot springs feeding them.
During the middle ages Myvatn was feared by many and often refereed to as The Devils piss!
HUSAVIK WHALE WATCHING TOWN, DETTIFOSS WATERFALL
We arrive at Húsavík, the north’s most notorious place to watch whales, humpbacks, and mink. Then we’ll make our way to Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe in terms of volume discharge funnelled by the Vatnajökull glacier. These falls are 100 meters wide with a drop 44 meters deep into the Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. Here we witness the true power of nature!
HERDUBREIDARLINDIR IN THE WILDERS, UNTOUCHED PART OF ICELAND
The nature reserve Herðubreiðalindir in the wildest, untouched part of the country is filled with natural contrasts. Be prepared to take lots of photos! The remote Askja volcano area was used during training for the Apollo program to prepare astronauts for potential lunar conditions.
ASKJA & VITI VOLCANOS
There are those who say that they never actually went to the moon…only to Iceland! Here, we’ll explore the explosion craters of Askja and Viti volcanoes, now lakes. The last eruption of the Askja was in 1961.
Lake Myvatn means “Midge Lake,” named after the swarms of gnats that breed in the shallow waters. Wondering why you should stay? These gnats are perfect food for fish, making this area the best spot for trout and salmon fishing in all the country. Bring bug spray!
AKUREYRI TOWN, GOLF COURSE
The town of Akureyri is the second largest city in Iceland, with a population of about 17,000. It’s home to the world’s northernmost botanical gardens, and a great 18-hole golf course.
FLIGHT TO REYKJAVIK
From here you’ll get your domestic flight back to Reykjavik to enjoy your last day in the capital city before leaving to go home. We’ll gladly arrange sightseeing, dinner, and nightlife activities for you during your stay.
Depart for the Keflavik International Airport. Please note: it is possible to extend the tour for additional days or more excursions, please inform your guides in advance if interested.
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