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We had an excellent time. My wife only had one complaint, we didn’t have long enough!
Graham Whiting, Tailor made
Day 1: Keflavik / Reykjavik - Egilsstadir Fly to Keflavik, transfer to Reykjavik for your domestic flight to Egilsstadir. Upon arrival, collect your rental vehicle and stay overnight here. Day 2: Egilsstadir - Hallormsstadur Spend the morning exploring the Egilsstadir area, perhaps visiting the beautiful fjord town of Seydisfjordur and the neighbouring steep and narrow fjord of Mjoifjordur. Continue along the shores of Lake Lagarfljot and take a hike up to Hengifoss. Wander through the Hallormsstadur forest or take an exhilarating ATV ride through the dense woodlands. The following 2 nights will be spent at Hotel Hallormsstadur. Day 3: Hallormsstadur Visit the Skriduklaustur Centre of Culture and History before continuing on to the highlands, Vatnajokull National Park, and visit the dam at Karahnjukur. A 4WD vehicle is required if you wish to drive beyond the dam. Visit the Laugarfjall Highland Hostel and take a dip in their natural hot pool (additional cost). In the afternoon take a walk around the milky glacier-fed Lake Lagarfljot. Day 4: Hallormsstadur - Djupivogur Drive around the fjords and visit Reydarfjordur, Eskifjordur and Neskaupsstadur, then continue to the lovely coastal town of Faskrudsfjordur, also known as 'the French town', due to its history with resident French fishermen. Visit Stodvarfjordur, Breiddalsvik and the pretty town of Djupivogur. The following 2 nights are spent at hotel Blafell. Day 5: Djupivogur Spend your day hiking in the southernmost district in the east. Birdwatching is extremely popular around Djupivogur, so a visit to the Bulandsnes bird sanctuary and also the outdoor sculpture, Eggin i Gledivik, made up of 34 giant bird eggs, is a must do when in the area. Alternatively join the popular bird and seal watching tour to Papey Island (pre-booking required). Day 6: Breiddalsvik - Hoffell Drive further south and visit the fishing town Hofn nearby the named fjord, Hornafjordur. This harbour town, the second largest in the south-eastern part of Iceland, gives scenic views of the shadowing Vatnajokull Glacier. Take a visit to the Glacier Exhibition which shows an amazing film of the 1996 eruption. Continue to Hoffell for an overnight stay. Day 7: Hoffell - Skaftafell Take time in the morning to explore Hoffell at the foot of the glacier then continue to Jokulsarlon, the incredible glacial lagoon. Enjoy the area by boat and by foot for the ultimate experience. Take a speedy Zodiac boat (pre-bookable) designed to take you close up to the dramatic icebergs in the lagoon. A short walk from the lagoon will lead you to the black sand beaches where the icebergs have rocked up from the sea. Spend the next 2 nights at Hotel Skaftafell. Day 8: Skaftafell Take a hike to the impressive Svartifoss, the dark falls, so named because of its black lava columns surrounding the cascade of water. Discover further magnificent waterfalls, glaciers and impressive mountain scenery at your leisure. Day 9: Skaftafell-Vik Head west to the town of Kirkubaejarklaustur where there are the following attractions to visit; the eerie, moss-clad lava field Eldhraun, the biggest lava field in Iceland formed in 1783 after the Laki eruption. The craters of Laki, Lakagigar, which were formed in one of the world's largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. Also take a walk up to the delightful waterfall Systrafoss where the river Fossa falls from the lake Systravatn into the gorge Fossargil. Day 10: Vik Explore Vik, Iceland's most southerly village. Stroll the well-known black sand beaches and marvel at the troll-like rock stacks and basalt columns. The area is dominated by Myrdalsjokull, the glacier which is home to Katla, one of Iceland's fiercest volcanoes. Visit Dyrholaey, where the unique rock arch can be found and a nature reserve home to some incredible birdlife including puffins during the summer. Day 11: Vik - Fludir Head further west to see Skogafoss one of Iceland's biggest waterfalls situated on the Skogar River and then the mysterious Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall you can walk behind. The infamous Eyafjallajokull volcano which last erupted in 2010 are all in the vicinity. Day 12: Golden Circle Spend the day visiting the spectacular two-tiered waterfall, Gullfoss, the mesmerising Geysir geothermal area – where you can watch Strokkur erupting every few minutes, and Thingvellir National Park – where the European and North American tectonic plates meet. In the afternoon, perhaps visit the secret lagoon for a dip in the hot soothing waters. Day 13: Reykjadalur Located close to Hveragerdi, Reykjadalur Valley is arguably one of the most beautiful hiking places in and around the area, covered in trails, hot springs and colourful areas full of geothermal activity. Take a hike on one of the marked routes or alternatively take a tour through the area on horseback. Day 14: Fludir- Reykjanes- Reykjavik As you depart from the Golden Circle area towards Reykjavik, detour via the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula which has several high temperature geothermal areas, the hot springs and fumaroles in Krisuvik, the cliffs at Grindavik and perhaps opt for a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (must be pre-booked). Overnight at Hotel Cabin in Reykjavik. Day 15: depart Reykjavik The final day of the trip. Depart Reykjavik and after dropping off your rental vehicle, head to Keflavik International Airport in preparation for your homeward flight. Notes
- This itinerary may be booked in reverse ie. starting with a flight from Keflavik, then driving to Egilsstadir.
- The weather in Iceland can be unpredictable and therefore can cause substantial delays which can result in the need to re-arrange or extend your holiday itinerary. Whilst we and our contacts in Iceland will do everything possible to minimise any disruption, it is important that you check the details of your travel insurance and allow for some flexibility in your plans.
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Discover the World