Classic Summer Iceland

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Best time to go: May to September

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Discover the charm and history on a tour Reykjavik with a private guide
  • Enjoy an adrenalin-fuelled private tour in a Super-Jeep to access difficult-to-reach areas of Thorsmork
  • Explore the powerful geysers, waterfalls and volanic craters of Thingvellir National Park in the Golden Circle
  • See the enormous puffin colonies of the volcanic Westeman Islands
  • Enjoy VIP access to the therapeutic waters of The Blue Lagoon

Day 1 UK / Reykjavik
Touching down at Keflavik’s small but perfectly-formed airport, you could be forgiven that you were landing in a children’s playground, thanks to the primary-coloured Lego-like installations dotted around like giant building blocks. The airport characterises the country; small, colourful, friendly and straightforward. Your driver, who will be looking after you over the next three days, will be waiting to welcome you the moment you step into the Arrivals Hall, and will take you straight to your hotel.
Hotel Borg | Meals: Breakfast

Day 2 Reykjavik City walking tour
By international standards, Reykjavik is small, particularly for a capital city, but it certainly punches above its weight in terms of friendliness and charm; your private guide will help you discover the character of the city as you explore the museums and landmark buildings such as the Harpa concert hall, stopping for a spot of people-watching at any of the myriad coffee-houses. You’ll visit the House of Parliament, a classic 19th-century building, Reykjavik Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of Iceland and Hallgrimskirkja church tower, 75m high, which affords a splendid panoramic view of Reykjavik.
Hotel Borg | Meals: Breakfast

Day 3 Golden Circle
Spend the day exploring the Golden Circle, the region that showcases the best of the country’s natural beauty – the enthralling landscapes, powerful geysers, magnificent waterfalls and volcanic craters of Thingvellir National Park. A huge part of Iceland’s history since the first Althingi (parliament) in 930, it is a UNESCO World heritage site and a geological phenomenon, standing on two tectonic plates that are gradually moving away from each other, the turbulent underground geothermal activity is evidenced by the number of hot spouting geysers. The Great Geyser is the most famous, while Stokkur is the most energetic, bursting skywards every few minutes up to a height of 40 meters. In contrast, Gullfoss waterfall plummets magnificently down 32 meters in two stages into the canyon below, fed by the meltwater of Langiokull glacier. You’ll also see the huge lake of in the crater of Kerid volcano in Grimsnes, whose inky blue waters are strikingly framed by the earthy shades of the steep crater walls.
Ranga Lodge | Meals: Breakfast

Day 4 Thorsmork
Today is all about adrenalin-fuelled adventure, as you embark on a Super-Jeep safari in the Thorsmork Valley, a wonderland of high mountains, majestic glaciers and birch woods. The only way to reach Thormork is on a specially-adapted mountain vehicle, the Super-Jeep, which has enormous wheels capable of navigating the extremely rugged terrain. You’ll explore Gigjokull, the glacial tongue that drains from the famous Eyjafjallajokull glacier before a short hike into the canyon of Stakkholtsgja, around 2 km long and very narrow; when you reach the end you’ll be rewarded by the sight of a beautiful waterfall. A walk to Basar at the bottom of Thorsmork valley delivers spectacular views and more than 170 species of plants, moss and lichen, before you end the day exploring the nearby Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui waterfalls – for a surreal experience, you can actually walk behind Seljarlandsfoss!
Ranga Lodge | Meals: Breakfast

Day 5 Landmannalaugar
A second day exploring the challenging terrain by Super-Jeep, passing Hekla volcano (whose crater, according to legend, is the entrance to hell!) and crossing lava fields, black ash and scoria deserts to reach Landmannalaugar, an area of great contrasts and other-worldly landscapes of black ridges and mountains of green, red, yellow and orange.
Ranga Lodge | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 6 Westmann Islands
The Westman Islands (Vestmannaeyjar) lie just south of Iceland, formed as a result of a submarine volcanic eruptions along a 30 km long fissure, and home to a number of large puffin colonies, which you’ll encounter today as you tour the islands’ volcanoes. These endearing birds certainly look cute, but they this hasn’t prevented them from becoming Iceland’s national dish! The islands are sometimes known as the Pompeii of the north, having experienced significant eruptions in relatively recent times – during your time here, you’ll hear all about the 1963 eruption when a new island was formed south-west of Heimaey (the biggest island), which has been name Surtsey and how, a decade later, a fissure opened in the eastern side of the island, forcing the inhabitants to evacuate the island. When the eruptions finally stopped 6 months later the lava flow had buried hundreds of houses and damaged many more.
Ranga Lodge | Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Day 7 South Shore
Spend the day exploring Iceland’s south shore, a volcanic area characterised by magnificent waterfalls and black sand beaches that stretch as far the eye can see. Seljarlandsfoss waterfall flows with the meltwater of the famous Eyjafjallajokull glacier, dropping a spell-binding 60 feet over cliffs – there is footpath behind the waterfall, so if you‘re not afraid to get a little damp, it is worth taking a walk behind it for an other-worldly experience. At Reynisdrangar you’ll see the basalt sea stacks in the North-Atlantic ocean, which – according to legend – originated when two trolls dragged a three-mast ship to land unsuccessfully and, when daylight broke, the masts became needles of rock, before heading on to Skogarfoss waterfall, one of Iceland‘s most beautiful waterfalls which thunders down into a small canyon – you can walk right up to it.
Hotel Borg | Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 Departure via Blue Lagoon
It’s time to say goodbye to Iceland; your private driver will pick you up to take you to the airport for your flights home – but not before you’ve had a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon, whose waters are rich in minerals that are known to have healing powers. You’ll have VIP access – so make sure you remember to bring your swimmers, so you can experience the thermal waters and slather the white mud on your skin – a natural spa treatment before you head home; you’ll feel fantastic as a result!

Pricing
At A&K all of our journeys are individually tailored to suit your needs and timescale. As a guide, this 8-day tour of Iceland costs from £7,245 per person, based on two sharing, including international flights and select private activities.

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Best time to be there

June to September is a great time to enjoy a mild ocean climate thanks to the Gulf Stream. It is relatively mild in winter and cool in summer but this is when you can enjoy almost 24 hours of daylight. The weather can change several times during the day. In midwinter, whilst there is little daylight, it is one of the best times to see the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis).

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Keflavik, approximately 30 minutes from Reykjavik

flying time

3 hours non-stop

time difference

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Not required for UK passport holders

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