Land of Fire & Ice
5 Days / 4 Nights – Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Langjokull glacier, Landmannalaugar and Myrdalsjokull glacier
Steaming pools, spouting geysers, icy glaciers all make up the land of fire & ice. Explore this magical world in the comfort of your own private Super Jeep, able to access locations that regular cars or busses can’t go!
Day 1 - Reykjavik, Snaefellsnes
Leave Reykjavik and drive north along the coast to visit the seal colony at Ytri Tunga and then on to Arnarstapi in the Snaefellsjokull National Park for a one-hour hike along the cliffs to the extraordinary rock formations at Hellnar. Here you might want to experience Icelandic horses or snowmobiling (not included in tour price). In spring the Arctic tern arrives to join the puffins, guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars and cormorants which also nest here in large colonies. Then on to the old fishing community of Dritvík, the golden sands of Skarosvik Bay and the red basalt crater of Saxholl. Weather conditions permitting we will drive up to the Snaefellsjokull glacier.
Day 2 - Snaefellsnes
Begin day 2 by driving to Stykkisholmur, known as the capital of Snaefellsnes, to embark on a three hour boat cruise among the 2700 islands with spectacular rock formations making it a paradise for birdlife. Continue to Borgarfjordur where we will explore Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful geothermal spring, than a visit to Reykholt, once the home of Iceland’s great saga writer, Snorri Sturluson. Then on to the enchanting lava waterfalls of Hraunfossar and impressive Barnafoss, the ‘Children’s Waterfall’, to learn its tragic legend. Taking the dramatic highland road through the bleak and haunted Kaldidalur we have an opportunity to explore Langjökull, the country’s second largest glacier. Lodging: TBA
Day 3 - Langjokull
Start the day with this classic drive to Thingvellir, a National Park and site of the World’s oldest parliament. Thingvellir National park is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 2004. The entrance to Thingvellir is a walk through the Almannagja gorge, visible evidence of plate tectonic activity on the European-American fault-line which still today is pushing the two continents apart and creating Iceland, geology’s youngest country. Onwards to serene Lake Laugarvatn and thundering rainbow-ringed Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. From Gullfoss we drive into the thermal landscape around iconic Geysir with the erupting hot springs. You will catch glimpses of the mighty Langjokull glacier and also have the option of a snowmobiling, river-rafting or quad-biking (not included in the tour price). Finally on to the stunning blue-green lake in the volcanic basalt crater of Kerid. Lodging: TBA
Day 4 - Landmannalaugar
Hrauneyjar lies at the center of the forbidding highlands and our route takes us first through the Thjrrsadalur Valley stopping at Hjalparfoss, one of Iceland’s loveliest waterfalls, before continuing into the extraordinary mountain-scape to the water-filled Ljotipollur crater and the hot springs of the Landmannalaugar oasis. This is your opportunity to bathe in the natural hot waters or join a short guided hike before heading for active Mount Hekla, the queen of Icelandic volcanoes. Weather and geological conditions allowing we will drive to a height of 3100 feet up the side of the volcano to capture the astounding views. Lodging: TBA
Day 5 - Reykjavik
Start the day driving via the greenhouse town of Hveragerdi to the Atlantic Ocean with vast panoramic views of the ever-changing glacier flood plains which merge with the dramatic black beaches of Iceland´s south coast. We continue inland to two waterfalls, the graceful Seljalandsfoss, where the sure-footed can walk behind the cascade, and impressive Skógarfoss. Skógarfoss carries water from two powerful glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull which dominate the slopes of the active volcano Mount Katla. Weather and volcanic conditions permitting, you will have the opportunity to experience snowmobiling, dog-sledding, a guided glacial hike or riding Icelandic horses. Once back in Reykjavik the adventure ends, but memories from the land of fire and ice will be forever yours.
Land Costs Per Person
|Private Car & Chauffeur/Guide Tour Rates||Self Drive Tour Rates|
|Starting from $7,965 per person||N/A|
Prices are per person, based on 2 passengers sharing a double. For larger parties and additional pricing contact us at 1-800-426-7502. Single Room Supplement: On Request