Arctic Gems

Arctic Gems - 09 Nights / 10 Days

Itinerary

DAY 01:

Arrival

On arrival at Reykjavik airport make your way to the hotel & check-in.

Overnight at the hotel in Reykjavík.

DAY 02:

Reykjavik - Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Stykkisholmur

We start our journey into the countryside by exploring the magnificent Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier, where, according to Jules Verne, is the entrance to the center of the Earth. Continue to the expansive black sea shore of Djúpalónssandur. Stop at the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations. Embark on a unique adventure boat tour including nature and bird watching with fresh scallop taste, boat trip from Stykkisholmur harbour.

Overnight at the hotel in Stykkisholmur.

DAY 03:

Stykkisholmur - Akureyri

Today we begin the day early traveling from Stykkisholmur to Akureyri. Akureyri, also known as the trade and cultural capital of the north, is where we will spend the next 3 days. Upon arrival in Akureyri in the late afternoon, we take a sightseeing tour of Akureyri to familiarize ourselves with the city before check in at our hotel.

Overnight at the hotel in Akureyri.

DAY 04:

Siglufjörður North Iceland With the opening of the Héðinsfjörður Tunnel in 2010, the historic herring-fishing town of Siglufjörður now makes a great 80km trip from Akureyri. The town of Siglufjörður is nestled in a dramatic fjord on the very edge of Iceland's steep northern mountains. Upon arrival, guests are invited to visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum. Here you will be introduced to the history of the herring fishing industry and be invited to explore the museum's three buildings, before sampling traditional rye bread, local herring and Icelandic schnapps!

After the visit, guests have time to explore Siglufjörður at their leisure. Points of interest include the harbor, the church and a visit to local art galleries, cafés and shops. At days end we will depart from Siglufjörður, through the tunnel and via the village of Ólafsfjörður and Dalvík, arriving back to Akureyri in the afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel in Akureyri.

DAY 05:

Lake Mývatn

Today we will spend the day at Lake Mývatn. Along the way a stop will be made at the awe-inspiring Goðafoss waterfall before continuing on to the stunningly beautiful area of Lake Mývatn, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Here we can explore the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir, peculiar lava formations at Dimmuborgir, Hverfjall Crater, the Nature Baths, solfataras in the Hverarönd geothermal region and Krafla volcano. Bathing in Nature Baths included in tour.

Overnight at the hotel in Akureyri.

DAY 06:

Akureyri - Dettifoss - Höfn

Today we depart Akureyri heading for the eastern town of Höfn. The first stop of the day will be made at Dettifoss, which is the mightiest waterfall in Europe. We continue over the barren highland areas to the town of Egilsstaðir, also referred to as the centre of Eastern Iceland. After visiting Egilsstaðir we proceed south through breathtaking landscapes of the remote Eastern fjords arriving in Hornafjörður in the late afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel in the Hornafjörður area.

DAY 07:

Höfn - Vatnajökull - Hoffell

Vatnajökull is larger than all the rest of Europe's glaciers combined. Explore some of its numerous astonishing outlets and take a boat tour on the glacial lagoon, sailing among the huge icebergs in a most unique scenic environment. In the afternoon we visit the Hoffell area. The Hoffell community consists of a few farms at the foot of Hoffell Mountain which is 800 meters high and provides good shelter from the often unpredictable northern climate.

Overnight at the hotel in the Hornafjörður area.

DAY 08:

Höfn - Skaftafell National Park - South Shore - Hvolsvöllur

Today we depart Höfn village and continue to Skaftafell National Park and Skeiðarársandur, the largest glacial outwash plain in Iceland. Watch the dramatic scenery of outwash plains and lava fields go by as we make our way to Dyrhólaey, a solitary cliff teeming with bird life. Next stop on our journey will be to admire the mighty Skógarfoss waterfall.

Overnight at the hotel in Hvolsvöllur area.

DAY 09:

Hvolsvöllur - Gullfoss - Geysir - Þingvellir - Reykjavík

Enjoy great photo opportunities in the world-famous hot spring area of Geysir. Wait a few minutes for Strokkur to erupt and send a magnificent water and steam column high into the air. We then continue on to the magnificent Gullfoss, the 'Golden Waterfall'and from there to Þingvellir National Park, the ancient site of Iceland's first parliament. The day ends back in Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

Overnight at the hotel in Reykjavík.

DAY 10:

Departure.

Breakfast at the hotel. Later make your own way to the airport to board your flight back home. Return home with wonderful memories of your holiday with Vacations Exotica.

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