Journey beginning and ending at Reykjavik, Iceland
Available: 2019-06-01 to 2019-09-15 starting from $5104 AUD
Enjoy the ultimate escape to Iceland’s Golden Circle & Northern Highlights. Join us for an independent tour to the land of ice and fire in the middle of the North Atlantic. We will take you out to see the most famous sights around the Golden Circle, hot springs and much more.
Visit filming locations from the Game of Thrones Iceland such as ancient site of Þingvellir and then areas around Akureyri such as the Goðafoss waterfall. As a finale you will have a day and night at the Blue Lagoon for a soak in the warm healing waters.
Day 1 – Arrive Reykjavik.
Arrive into Reykjavik and take the door-to-door Flybus (approximately 1 hour from the airport) to your hotel in the centre of town. After settling in, the afternoon and evening is yours to explore the compact & vibrant city centre with its abundance of museums, restaurants and bars to suit all tastes. If you’re interested in checking out Icelandic design or experiencing the city’s thriving coffee culture, head to the main street, Laugavegur, and enjoy its various shops and cosy cafes. Be sure to check out the Harp Opera house on the harbour.
We also suggest a visit to the Aurora Reykjavik Museum in the heart of downtown. It is Iceland’s first educational and recreational Northern Lights Centre where multimedia is used to explain when, why and how the Northern Lights work, with the highlights being large HD projection of the Auroras.
Day 2 – Golden Circle Highlights – Þingvellir, then Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir
Pick up at 08.30am and head off for a tour to the famous Golden Circle including Þingvellir-Gullfoss-Geysir. The home of the ancient viking parliament, Þingvellir National Park, is our first stop – well known as the location for the the fourth & fifth season of the Game of Thrones. Visit the Haukadalur area, the home of the great Geyser and other hot springs, among them the reliable Strokkur geyser that erupts with 3 to 7 minutes intervals, spouting hot water up as high as 15-30m. The magnificent Gullfoss is not far away and you will enjoy the sight of it cascading down the whitecoloured Hvítá River.
We then head up the Kjölur mountain track up to Langjökull glacier for a look and feel of the glacier. During the summer months we take the backroads through lava fields for a super jeep adventure back to Reykjavík.
Day 3 – Hot springs and glacier walks
Today you will head out from your hotel at 08.30am.
This day tour starts at Hengill geothermal area, located at the foot of an old volcanic cone. There you will take a 2 – 3 hour walk past a series of beautiful hot springs en route either to the Reykjadalur valley where you can enjoy a bath in a beautiful warm stream, or, over the coldest winter months, to the Grændalur valley, equally beautiful but without the bath. The tour then continues by car right past the Eyjafjallajökull volcano towards the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, one of the largest in Iceland. Driving through the region affected by the eruption and seeing how this outburst of nature’s forces has changed the appearance of the landscape is a very unique experience. A glacier walk on the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue between ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses will complete your day.
Be sure to carry warm clothing, rain gear, good shoes, bathing suit and towel. Either bring your lunch, eat beforehand or purchase food along the way.
Day 4 – Arrive Akureyri, the largest town in the north of Iceland
This morning, take the flybus to the domestic airport where you’ll board a 60 minute flight to the beautiful town of Akureyri.
Often referred to as the "capital" of the north, Akureyri is by far the largest town in the north of Iceland and it’s the second largest urban area in Iceland with a population little less than 20,000. Located only 60 kilometres from the Arctic circle, the mountains in the area are often capped with snow year round.
For the next two nights you’ll be staying at the comfortable hotel right in the town’s centre.
Day 5 – Explore Lake Mývatn, Goðafoss , Hverir Mud Pools, Grjótagjá Rift, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields and many more
Today you will be entering the other worldly landscapes of Lake Myvatn where the scenes for "North of the Wall" were filmed. You will be picked up at your hotel at 8am and then have a full day of touring this area.
The Lake Mývatn area is considered by many to be the most beautiful and, at the same time, the most catastrophic place in Iceland. You will begin the day by stopping at Goðafoss Waterfall on our way to Lake Mývatn. Goðafoss is a picturesque waterfall in Skjálfandafljót River. The first stop by Lake Mývatn is at the pseudo-craters of Skútustaðagígar. From there we visit all the highlights of the area, such as Hverir Mud Pools, Grjótagjá Rift, Dimmuborgir Lava Fields and many more.
Our last stop by Lake Mývatn before our return to Akureyri is the Mývatn Nature Baths where you can enjoy a relaxing soak in a Geothermal Pool. The entry fee to the Nature Baths is not included in the tour price, but can be added as extra or paid on sight. We stop for at least 1 hour at the Nature Baths.
You will stop along the way for lunch (not included) and we recommend bringing good walking shoes, bathing suit and towel (can be rented), water bottle and warm clothing in winter time.
Day 6 – Blue Lagoon afternoon of relaxing
This morning, fly back to Reykjavik and then transfer to the Blue Lagoon for a therapeutic afternoon and evening in the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon. Stay overnight at the Northern Light Inn, which is just a stone’s throw from the international airport.
Day 7 – Depart Reykjavik, transfer from the Blue Lagoon.
Our services end after breakfast and a bus transfer to the international airport.
- Return Keflavik airport transfers with FlyBus (efficient airport bus)
- Meet & Greet service at hotel
- 5 nights at centrally located 3.5 star hotels in Reykjavik and Akureyri
- 1 night at local inn by the Blue Lagoon
- Daily breakfast
- Day tour to visit Dimmuborgir, Mývatn Nature Baths & Goðafoss Waterfall
- Golden Circle day tour
- Hot springs, Hengill volcano and underground lava cave exploring tour
- Entrance to Blue Lagoon
- 24-hour emergency service
- Taxes and service fees
- Meals not specified in the itinerary
- Gratitudes and items of personal nature
- Travel insurance
- International flights
- Transfer from and to Reykjavik and Akureyri Domestic Airport
To enquire, feel free to contact Globetrotter via the following link and we will be sure get back to you as soon as possible!