This luxury private tour offers you a trip to the most popular sightseeing attractions combined with some of the must-do activities in Iceland.
Day 1: Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon
The Reykjanes Peninsula is an intriguing part of Iceland. There is a lot to discover, from geothermal areas, stunning bird cliffs, and a lot of Icelandic folklore. After your pick-up, our first stop will be at Seltun. Seltun is an important high-temperature geothermal area. A boardwalk leads through the area. Seltún has many mud pots and fumaroles, and minerals deposited from geothermal solutions provide colorful sediments. We can find it next to Kleifarvatn lake and on top of an active volcano. Next up is Krýsuvíkurberg Cliff (only accessible from April - October). The cliffs are known for their rich birdlife and the fantastic view over the Atlantic ocean. Reykjanes is a highly active area, so no wonder our next stop will be another powerful geothermal area called Gunnuhver hot spring. The hot spring got its name from one troublesome ghost called Gunna and your guide will tell you the interesting story behind it. After a short drive, we will reach the bridge between the continents. As the name says, the bridge is connecting the European and the North American continent (geologically speaking).
After our sightseeing part, it is time to relax a little bit. We drop you off at the Blue Lagoon and you get some time to enjoy your premium package there. Beautiful lava fields surround the lagoon, and the water is known to have a positive impact on your skin.
Our day is not over yet. We drive straight to a Lava cave called Raufarhólshellir. A journey into Raufarhólshellir is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed during the Leitahraun eruption, which occurred east of the Bláfjöll mountains about 5200 years ago.
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
After your pick up, we head out of the city. We shortly arrive in the countryside passing Hellisheiðarvirkjun, the geothermal power plant for the capital area. Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall lays underneath the well known Eyfjallajokull, the volcano that erupted in 2010. If conditions allow, we take a walk behind the waterfall’s curtain before paying a visit to its nearby cousin Gljúfrabúi, found hidden from view in the mountainside. 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. 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. Your guide will also 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.
Day 4: Glacier Lagoon and Glacier hike / Ice cave tour
After breakfast, it is time for some action. During the winter months (November - March) we take you on an ice cave tour. During summer (April - October) an exciting glacier walk is waiting for us.
Ice Cave Tour: We hop onto a 4x4 Super Jeep and drive up the glacier. We put on our safety gear and off we go to explore one of the beautiful ice caves on the glacier. The caves are naturally formed during the summer and they can change very quickly. It is truly an experience of a lifetime since the cave could be gone after the next summer.
Glacier hike: We will start with a short drive from our meeting point to Falljökull glacier, which is a neighboring outlet glacier descending from the vast Vatnajökull ice cap. After a quick walk to the edge of the glacier, you will learn to put on crampons and have a small safety briefing. With an ice axe in hand, we will then embark on a guided excursion of the glacier.
Both glacier tours can be booked as a private experience. Just select the private option during the booking process.
After our glacier tour, 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. Now it is time to head back in the direction of Reykjavik. On the way back, 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. Next up will be the well-known canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur (please note: 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.