Wildlife & Nature
Itinerary & Map
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Take a flight to Keflavik international airport. On arrival make the short journey into the centre of Reykjavik to your hotel.
In the evening you will be able to see the exciting city of Reykjavik by night.
Accommodation Hotel Saga (AAA)
Lava Caving and Heiomork Hike
This morning you go underground for some exciting cave exploring (approx 4 hours). You will see the magical underground rock formations that lava erruptions have left behind. It is a great way to learn how iceland was created.
In the afternoon you will hike around Hengill Volcano. The volcano is still active, as displayed by the many hot springs and fumaroles around it, but it has not errupted for 2000 years. It is an important source of power for the south of the island. There is a chance to bathe in a warm river - just for fun as a scientific experiment you will boil an egg in the hot water here. (B)
Hilton Hotel Nordica (AAA)
The geyser is something that defines Iceland so much that this name has become synonymous with this spectacular occurance and today you will visit them yourself. From the ancient Icelandic world 'geysa', meaning to gush, this is now the name that is given to a high pressure discharge of water from the land the world over. You will see the Great Geyser in the Haukadular Valley, where eruptions can force water an amazing 70 metres in the air. Within the Golden Circle there are several of these geysers which erupt with great frequency to the delight of onlookers.
Also visit Strokkur Pingvellir National park where Europe's oldest parliament was founded around the year 930. See Loburg, or Law Rock, a natural focal point here which was used for holding speaches. Return to Reykjavik.
Accommodation - Hotel Hvolsvollur (AAA) - 2 nights
Skaftafell - Jokulsarlon
We travel through the Catholic convent at kirkjubaejarklaustur towards Skaftafell National Park, one of Iceland's most outstanding areas of natural beauty. The aera is dominated by magnificent views of the mighty Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. We continue to Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon and we enjoy a boat tour of the glacial lagoon.
Skogarfoss and Eyjafjallajokull
Today you head south to the small settlement of Skogar and visit the beautiful natural wonder of Skógarfoss a 60m high water fall which tumbles down over jagged rocks. The first settler at Skogar was Thrasi Thorolfsson, a learned man of antiquated character. He is said to have hidden a chest filled with gold coins in a cave behind the waterfall. On fine days, when the sun is shining, people say that his gold is glittering through the water. Many have tried to find the chest and stories say once a young man succeeded. He tied a rope to its ring and pulled. He only retrieved the ring, which was later used for the church door at Skogar, you can now see it in the museum.
You head on down to the very southern most headland of Iceland , through small villages and farmlands with views to the majestic mountains towering over the coast . On the way, there are great views of Hekla volcano, and the towering, ice capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajökull. In April 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano made it will known as it caused planes to be grounded all over Europe. This area is a paradise for geology, showing the forces of nature and creation of life very clearly. Return to Reykjavik for your last night on tour.
Hotel Reykjavik Lights (AAA) - 2 nights.
Today the tour ends. Those on group flights will transfer to the airport and fly home. (B)