Touch down at Keflavík's small but perfectly formed airport. The airport characterises the country; small, colourful, friendly, and straightforward. Your driver will be waiting to welcome you in the arrivals hall and will take you directly to your hotel.
Today, you’ll descend into one of Iceland’s volcanic craters. A shuttle bus will take you to the Bláfjöll Mountains. From there you’ll hike to the Thríhnúkagígur Volcano. After gearing up, you will go down 120 metres to the crater bottom. This is the only place in the world you can travel by an open cable car through the crater into the magma chamber. After this tour, you will be driven to explore the spectacular Thingvellir National Park. This geological phenomenon stands on two tectonic plates and is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Today, you’ll be travelling into the Golden Circle and enjoying a high-octane ride over a glacier. After breakfast you will head to Geysir, home to spouting geysers with the most energetic one Strokkur, spouting to a height of 40 meters. Afterwards, you will see the power of Gullfoss waterfall cascading 32 metres in two stages directly to the canyon below. You will finish the day snowmobiling over Langjökull glacier. Enjoy views from Langjökull towards Eiríksjökull glacier, the highest mountain in west Iceland, the dome shaped Hofsjökull glacier, and Kerlingafjöll Mountain range.
The last few days have shown you sublime landscapes, but now it’s time for the South Shore of Iceland, famous for its mythical beauty and black, sandy beaches. Seljalandsfoss waterfall flows from the volcano Eyjafjallajökull, and if you’re not afraid of getting a little bit wet, you can walk behind the wall of water on a hidden footpath. Spot the basalt sea stacks in the ocean as well, where legend has it two trolls were pulling a ship to shore before daylight broke and they were turned to stone.
Lagoons and lakes beckon today. First stop is Jökulsárlón the deepest lake in Iceland that is connected to the ocean. You will see how blue-tinted icebergs flow out of the narrow channel to the sea or are pushed up towards the black sand of Diamond Beach. Enjoy a Zodiac ride of a lifetime where you will float up to glaciers before stopping on a private island in neighbouring Fjallsárlón for champagne and refreshments. Afterwards, explore the Vatnajökull glacier and rugged mountain ridge. A visit to the secret island will create everlasting memories about the powerful, raw Icelandic nature.
Start the day driving from South Shore to the national parks of Skaftafell and Vatnajökull national parks – one of the biggest in Europe – where you can choose a hiking route. The scenery around Skaftafell is full of stark contrasts. See the glacier-topped peak of Hvannadalshnjúkur rising to 2109 meters making it the highest point in Iceland. Choose a route to view Fjardargljufur and enjoy incredible views over the canyon which stretches for two kilometres. Svartifoss is a two-hour walk to the Black Waterfall surrounded by dark lava columns, or you could hike to see the glaciers at Svínafellsjökull.
Today you’ll pass the Hekla volcano whose crater, according to legend, is the entrance to hell. You’ll make your way across lava fields, black ash, and scoria deserts to reach Landmannalaugar, an area of great contrasts. Take in its other-worldly landscapes which feature black ridges and mountains of green, red, yellow, and orange.
After breakfast set off to explore the lava landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula. At crystal-clear Kleifarvatn Lake, you’ll learn how an earthquake in 2000 drained 20 per cent of the lake’s surface, and how it regained its water levels by 2008. The next natural phenomenon is Seltún Geothermal Area. Here, you will see striking green, yellow and red soils coloured by sulphuric deposits. Your final stop is the enchanting cliffs of Krýsuvíkurbjarg. Watch the mighty waves of the North Atlantic Ocean hammer the island shores as you observe rare coastal bird species. Your stay at The Retreat includes entrance to the Blue Lagoon.
Refreshed and rejuvenated, you’ll be collected from The Retreat at Blue Lagoon and taken back to Keflavik airport where you’ll board your flight home.