Explore all of Iceland's most popular places during this 4-day "Best of Iceland" minibus tour.
Day 1: Snæfellsnes Penninsula
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is often called "Iceland in Miniature". It is the perfect combination of waterfalls, rough lava fields, black sand beaches, and Icelandic folklore. We head west and our first stop is Berserkjahraun Lava Field. It was created around 4.000 years ago after the three surrounding volcanos erupted shortly after each other. The name also comes from an exciting story back from the Viking age. Your guide will tell you all about it and he'll show you the way to a secret and hidden waterfall. Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland is next on our list. You probably noticed it on the TV show "Game of Thrones". It is surrounded by a beautiful waterfall. You'll get enough time to stroll around the walking paths to explore the area. Countless volcanic craters can be seen during the drive. Iceland is known for its black sand beaches. Djúpalónssandur is one of them and this place will definitely amaze you. Back in the day, a harbor for fishing boats could be found here and all the fishermen had to prove their strength beforehand. In order to do that, they had to lift stones of different weights. Only the strongest were able to secure a spot on one of the boats. The stones still can be found on the beach and you will have a chance to test your own strength. Next up is an exciting tour through a lava cave called Vatnshellir. The area all around Snæfellsjökull contains hundreds of lava tubes, which makes the area really special for those interested in caves. The cave itself is an 8000-year-old lava tube created by a volcanic eruption from a nearby crater in the Purkhólar crater family. The next stop will be in Arnastapi, a beautiful and charming fishing village. During the time, powerful waves eroded the cliffs and left the stunning rock formations behind that can be seen today. Also, a sculpture of Bárður Snæfellsás, the guardian of the Penninsula, can be found here. Of course, you can't miss Budakirkja Black Church when you around the peninsula. The church was build in 1703. After the Danish king decided to dismiss the church in 1819, several residents fought for the reclamation and in 1849 they gt the allowance to build a new chapel. A woman named Steinunn saved some of the old artifacts and thanks to her, we can still see them today. We will have one last stop at a beautiful golden-colored beach called Ytri-Tunga. Huge seal colonies can be found at this beach during the whole year and your guide will lead you to the place where you can find them.
Day 2: Golden Circle
It's time to head on the road. Today we explore the Golden Circle. Our first stop is at Þingvellir, the place of the first Icelandic parliament. The first parliament was established there in 930 AD and it is, therefore, the oldest one in Europe. Besides all the history you can also see the Mid-Atlantic ridge. This is the split of the tectonic plates that divides Europe from North America. After that, we stop at Geysir. This "water puddle" gives its name to all the other Geysers in the world. It erupts every 5-8min and it is truly a big spectacle. After a short ride, we arrive at Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. In the summertime, up to 130.000 l/s are running down this powerful waterfall. In good weather conditions, we are also able to see Langjökull glacier as well. Before we drive to our hotel, we end the day with a visit to the Secret Lagoon. It was formed in 1891 and is still a popular place for all the locals in the area. It is therefore the oldest swimming pool in the country with a constant temperature of 38/40 °C, thanks to the hot waters from surrounding geothermal activity.
Day 3: Waterfalls, black sand beaches, and Viking Sagas
We have breakfast at the hotel and afterward, we go back on the road. Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. If conditions allow we talk a walk behind the waterfall curtains. After a short ride, we arrive at Skogafoss waterfall. Skogafoss was featured in "Game of Thrones" and it is said that one of the first settlers has buried a treasure chest behind it. Now it is time for some action. The guide drives you to Sólheimajökull glacier. We put on our safety gear and step on the glacier. Our glacier is around 2,5h long with 1,5h spent on the glacier. Next up is Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beach was once rated as one of the 10 most beautiful places worldwide. In the summertime, hundreds of Puffins are nesting here and the rock stacks called Reynisdrangar are standing picturesque in the ocean next to the beach. Reynisfjara is also the perfect place to grab something to eat. On our way to our overnight accommodation, we pass the Skaftafell national park and Iceland's biggest glacier called Vatnajökull.
Day 4: Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach
After breakfast, we head to one of the most popular locations in Iceland, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Big icebergs are breaking apart the man glacier and they are then floating around in the lagoon that is situated in front of the glacier. After some time, the icebergs melted enough to float out to the ocean. Waves bring back the crystal clear ice to the black beach next to the lagoon, creating a special place called the Diamond Beach. Our next stop is at Hofskirkja, an old church with a roof covered with turf. It's one of six turf churches that are left in the country. A great place to learn more about Iceland's history. On the way back to Reykjavik your guide will make a stop next to the lava fields that were created during an eruption of the Volcano Laki in 1783/84. The eruption was so severe, that around 25% of the Icelandic population died. Next up will be the well-known canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur (please note that the canyon is only accessible from April to October). The canyon is about 2km long and the cliffs can be high as 100m. Definitely, the perfect place to witness the power of mother nature. On our way home we will make stops for dinner and you can expect to be back in Reykjavik around 8 pm.