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Also known as the ‘land of fire and ice’, Iceland is famous for its wild landscapes and ancient fishing settlements. Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, Iceland’s setting provides the perfect opportunity to see varied wildlife – a paradise for bird watchers and whale enthusiasts alike.
Encompassing all the best that Iceland has to offer, this ten-day adventure follows the ring road around the sparsely populated island. Beginning in the world’s northernmost capital, Reykjavik, we visit some of Iceland’s most famous sites, including the natural wonders of the Golden Circle. From here we journey south to the beaches and floating icebergs at the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. We meet the locals and learn about Iceland’s maritime history and culture in the Eastern Fjords, before visiting nature baths and bubbling mud pools at the volcanic and geothermal north.There will be the opportunity to search for the many species of whale that inhabit the waters of Iceland, including Humpback, Minke and Orca. Journeying through snow-capped mountains and rugged landscapes we’ll visit the western coast, learning legends of trolls and the history of charming fishing villages, stretching back to Viking times.
With opportunities en route to hike crevasses of Skaftafell glacier, and walk the dramatic coastline between two rural villages, there will be plenty of time to appreciate the remarkable panoramic views Iceland has to offer. This is an unforgettable adventure you don’t want to miss.
DAY 4: VIK – GERÐI - HOFN
Approximate walking time 2-3 hours with crampons (cave equipment included).
DAY 7: AKUREYRI - REYKHOLTI
DAY 8: REYKHOLTI - SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA - REYKHOLTI
Today we will set off early to visit the western coast of Iceland, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, famous for its ancient fishing settlements and wild landscape. Our first stop is to the beautifully picturesque mountain of Kirkjufell, located at 463m above a charming fishing town, featured in Game of Thrones. Later this morning we will admire the 360-degree view of the surrounding Snæfellsjökull National Park from the Saxhóll Volcanic Crater. Today we will see two contrasting beaches: the volcanic black pebbled beach of Djúpalónssandur, and later the white sand beach of Ytri-Tunga. This afternoon we will walk the dramatic coastline between two small fishing villages – Hellnar and Arnarstapi – and learn the legends of trolls and history of the area, stretching back to Viking times. Finally, we will visit the tiny, romantic Black Church of Búdir, with its impressive mountainous backdrop and historic graveyard. On our way back to Reykholti we stop for dinner at a local restaurant.
Approximate walking distance 2.5km. Approximate walking time 1 hour.