About the Holiday
*Please Note* This tour starts at 8.30am on day 1 from the BSI bus terminal. You will need to make your own way to the BSI bus terminal and we recommend you being at the BSI bus terminal no later than 8am to meet the group in preparation for departure. Therefore you will either need to arrive into Reykjavik early on the morning of day 1 or arrange your own accommodation when arriving before this tour starts. Overnight: Hella
Day 1 - Reykjanes Peninsula
Reykjavik - Reykjanes Peninsula - Hella. Departing Reykjavik this morning we head for the Reykjanes Peninsula, with stunning landscapes characterised by hot springs, lava fields and mountains, the view is like something from another planet. Our first stop this morning in Kleifarvatn, a large lake with black sand beaches, dramatic cliffs and steep rocks. We then continue to Krýsuvík geothermal fields, with it's steaming colorful soil and hot springs, before we visit the beautiful green lake of Grænavatn, green because of it's high sulfur levels and the extreme depth of the lake.
This afternoon we continue through ancient lava fields stopping at Eyrarbakki to see some well preserved houses dating back to the early 1900's. We then head for Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This imposing cascade of water can be seen from both sides as you can walk round the side of the waterfall and behind it. Next stop is the village of Vik and the adjacent Reynisfjara black lava beach with incredibly beautiful natural rock formations and caves. Later this afternoon we make our last stop of the day, to one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss, the crashing water often creates amazing rainbow patterns in sunny weather.
Day 2 - Golden Circle
Hella - Golden Circle - Borganes. This morning we start with a visit to Gullfoss waterfall, often referred to as 'the golden falls'. A hugely powerful double waterfall it drops 34 metres down to the Hvita River. We continue to Geysir Hot Springs, from where the english word Geyser comes from. The original Geysir is now dormant, however, you'll be sure to see the impressive Stokkur erupt every 5-10 minutes. Next stop is Thingvellir National Park, which was once the Viking Parliament area and is now a UNESCO world heritage site. It's a picturesque part of Iceland and sits within a valley caused by the separation of 2 tectonic plates. You'll see ragged cliffs and rocky terrain.
Heading to the west of Iceland we make our way to Hraunfossar waterfalls, also know as the 'lava falls'. This beautiful waterfall sees the water 'magically' appear from under the lava and cascade down under a bed of moss covering the top of the wall. We then visit Deildartungahver, the largest hot spring in Europe when measured on volume of water. Watch the various pools and openings bubble with boiling hot water. Before we make our way to our overnight spot of Borgarnes we will stop to visit a local horse farm, here you'll be able to learn about the local way of life and interact with the horses. Overnight: Borgarnes | Breakfast
Day 3 - Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Borganes - Stykkishólmur - Snæfellsnes National Park - Reykjavik. After breakfast we travel to the scenic fishing village of Stykkishólmur, located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with beautiful views across the bay. You'll have 3 hours free time here, with the local geothermal swimming pool, the Volcano Museum and the museum about eider ducks all worth visiting. There will also be the option to take a 2 hour fjord and bird watching tour of Breiðafjörður Bay.
This afternoon we travel through landscapes and villages that have been shaped by the environment. The region we explore is full of Volcanic craters, historic lava flows, mountains and fjords. We will stop at the beautiful and photogenic Kirkjufell mountain. We then head to the most westerly part of the Snæfellsnes peninusla to the Snæfellsnes National Park, home to the 700,000 year old Snæfellsjökull a glacier capped stratovolcano. We then continue to the 17th century church of Budir, this beautiful black church has a very remote location and is contrast to the imposing mountains behind it. We returning back into Reykjavik around 8pm this evening.
*Please Note* This tour ends at around 8pm at the BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik. No accommodation in Reykjavik is provided on the evening of day 3 of the tour and we recommend arranging accommodation for this evening or choosing a suitable flight that departs later in the evening or the early hours of the following morning. Breakfast