Your gateway to glaciers, geysers and geothermal hot spots

Travel to Iceland and explore the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes on this five-day tour. Want a big adventure in a short amount of time? This journey is perfect for travellers who want a quick tour that’s packed with highlights. Travel the Golden Circle and marvel at the explosive power of Strokkur Geysir and Gulfoss waterfall. Check out the glacier lagoon of Jokulsarlon and decide whether take an optional walk on the mighty glacier of Myrdalsjokull. This fast-paced tour will show you the ancient, untamed beauty of Iceland at an affordable price.


Start
Reykjavik, Iceland
Finish
Reykjavik, Iceland
Destination
Iceland
Style
Basix
Theme
Explorer
Code
BMRI
Physical rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16

Why you'll love this trip

  • This five-day tour is perfect for the time-poor or travellers on a budget. See the wonders of the Golden Circle, southern Vik, Jokulsarlon’s blue lagoon and more.

  • Explore Reynisfjara, the famous beach where black sand is met by towering basalt columns and rocky cliffs where seabirds rest.

  • Spend time exploring Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, maybe walking along nearby Diamond Beach where chunks of icebergs wash up on the black sand.

  • Stand at the bottom of Skogafoss, a waterfall with a 60-metre cascade, then hike along a winding wooden staircase to the fall’s crest for views of the coastline.

  • Spend the night in a guesthouse that is leading the way in sustainable Icelandic tourism and get the chance to plant trees to combat deforestation and soil erosion!

Is this trip right for you?

  • The destinations visited on this trip can be cold throughout the year, especially between November and April. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. There may be the rare occasion where your leader has to alter the itinerary and activities due to the weather. In this case an alternative will be offered.

  • Due to the remote locations we visit, there are a few long drives on this trip. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know the other members of your group. On this trip we are travelling in our own private minibus with complimentary wi-fi.

  • As accommodation on this trip is multishare, single travellers will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. Twin-share, quad-share and multishare bunk accommodation may be used depending on the season and the make-up of the group. A single supplement is not available on this trip. Please also be aware that many guesthouses in Iceland offer shared bathrooms rather than ensuite facilities. Rooms in Iceland can be small, and at times you may be accommodated a short walk away from the main building.

Itinerary

Hallo! Welcome to Iceland. The world's northernmost capital of Reykjavik lies just below the Arctic Circle. The city sees around four hours of sunlight a day in winter and 22 hours or more in summer. Surrounded by volcanic peaks and crystalline ocean, and boasting a vibrant arts and nightlife scene, Reykjavik's contrasts are utterly beguiling. Why not arrive early and head to the National Museum, which depicts the history of Iceland from the ninth century (when the first Vikings from mainland Scandinavia arrived and settled) to the present day, or join locals who gossip and chatter in the Laugardalslaug Geothermal Pool.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today – see reception for more details. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand.

You can check in at the joining point hotel anytime after 2 pm. While early check-in is not guaranteed, feel free to store your luggage there if you arrive with some time to spare.
Head out of town early this morning to follow the route of the 'Golden Circle' and head out to Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park. Þingvellir was the location of Iceland's first parliament, founded in 930 and ostensibly the world’s oldest, and is the location of the Silfra fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart. Head to the Geysir geothermal area and check out the Strokkur Geyser – it swells with blue water before erupting and shooting a spout some 20–30 metres in the air. Finally, be spellbound by the immense beauty and sheer power of the Gullfoss (Golden) waterfall on the Hvita River. Continue to tonight's accommodation in the Hvolsvollur region. This guesthouse is a leader in local responsible tourism and sustainability. Since the arrival of the first settlers to Iceland, deforestation has taken place in order to make space for pastures. Overgrazing has led to soil erosion. With this in mind, the owners had the idea to start a tree planting project on their land to contribute to lowering atmospheric CO2 and counteract soil erosion. You will have the option to join the effort and head out into the hills surrounding the property to plant trees yourself.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Golden Circle (Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
Optional Activities
  • Responsible Travel Tree Planting Activity - ISK2500
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
Total driving distance approximately 250 kilometres / 3–4 hours
Begin the day with a visit to a breathtaking waterfall, Skogafoss. Skogafoss is a giant of a waterfall, 25-metres wide and dropping 60 metres. You can get up close and feel its power and also climb a long and windy set of stairs to a stunning viewpoint on top. Next up is one of Europe's biggest ice caps – Myrdalsjokull – which covers the active volcano Katla. Choose whether to partake in an optional hike over the glacier tongue. No experience is necessary to partake in the hike. It’s sobering to think that the glacier is retreating due to rising world temperatures, and in some years may be gone. If you don't want to partake in the glacier walk, perhaps explore the area around the glacier tongue. Alternatively, Skogafoss waterfall has a number of walking trails, or you can visit the Skogar folk museum. From here, continue along Iceland's beautiful South Shore to take in more of the country’s renowned natural wonders, spotting bird colonies on the promontory of Dyrholaey, which is rich in birdlife and Iceland's southernmost point. You’ll also see the amazing stepping-stone rock formations of Reynisdrangar and its night black sand beach Reynisfjara. Continue to our overnight stop in the countryside near Reynivellir.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Dyrholaey & Reynisfjara Rocks
Optional Activities
  • Skogar Folk Museum - ISK2000
  • Myrdalsjokull Glacier Walk - ISK9500
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total driving distance approximately 300 kilometres / 4–5 hours
This morning visit one of Iceland's undisputed highlights, the glacier lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Perhaps embark on an optional cruise among the icebergs, or simply walk along the shore of the lagoon and down to the famous Diamond Beach, where icebergs from the lagoon wash up on the black sand beach. Later today, continue to Vik for lunch. With the sea on one side and high cliffs on the other, this dramatically positioned quaint little village is Iceland's most southerly mainland settlement. In the afternoon it is time to head back to Reykjavik for a short guided walk of the capital to visit the old harbour, the city centre and the famous Hallgrimskirkja church. The evening is free for you to enjoy all the capital has to offer. Perhaps head out with your fellow travellers for dinner.
Accommodation
  • Guesthouse (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Reykjavik Walking Tour
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Optional Activities
  • Boat Ride on Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - ISK5800
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
Special Information
Total driving distance approximately 450 kilometres / 6–7 hours
Today is departure day and time to say 'sjaumst'. Thre are no activities planned for today. If you wish to stay on in Reykjavik we are happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). Please speak to your travel agent at the time of booking. If you plan to stay, maybe book yourself on a Silfra Fissure snorkelling adventure, where you’ll discover this underwater ridge with water visibility of up to 120 metres. Alternatively, while away the hours with a soak in the geothermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon.
Optional Activities
  • Saga Museum - ISK2200
  • Maritime Museum - ISK1700
  • Whales of Iceland Museum - ISK2900
  • Volcano House - ISK1790
  • Settlement Exhibition - ISK1700
  • Harpa Concert Hall - Free
  • Perlan Museum - ISK3900
  • Blue Lagoon - ISK11000
  • Whale Watching (Seasonal) - ISK9000
  • Nauthólsvík Thermal Beach - Free
  • Laugarvatn Fontana Geothermal Baths - ISK3800
  • Fludir Secret Lagoon - ISK3000
  • Lava Tunnel Tour - ISK11400
  • Silfra Fissure Snorkelling Day Trip - ISK21900
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Special Information
The Blue Lagoon has limited availability, and during peak times tickets sell out far in advance. We recommend you book your time slot online in advance if you would like to be sure of a certain time/date for your visit. Go to bluelagoon.com for more information. 

Meals

2 breakfasts

Transport

Private minibus with free Wi-Fi

Accommodation

Guesthouses & Farm Stays (4 nights)

Included activities

  • Golden Circle (Thingvellir National Park, Strokkur Geysir, Gullfoss Waterfall)
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Dyrholaey & Reynisfjara Rocks
  • Reykjavik Walking Tour
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

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Important notes

COSTS AND PRICES
Iceland can be an expensive destination, especially in terms of eating out. In remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at. Stock up on food at a supermarket prior to arrival if you would like to opt out eating at onsite restaurant. Please make sure you read the trip notes carefully in order to know what is and what isn't included in the trip price. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT
A single supplement is not available on this trip.

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