Iceland, known “The Land of Fire and Ice” is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and active volcanoes. Iceland has long summer days with almost 24 hours of sunshine and winter days with only a few hours of daylight. This is an incredible destination with unspoiled nature and the amazing light show, of the Northern Lights. Don’t miss this lifetime experience.
- Iceland currency is the Icelandic Krona
- Iceland is 5 hours ahead of U.S. Eastern Standard Time
- The voltage in Iceland is 220 volts
- Tips are already included on the bill. If you have had exceptional service, you might leave something extra on the table.
- Driving is on the right side of the road
- Many gas stations are unmanned and require you to pay with a prepaid card (N1 or similar) or chip and PIN credit card.
- Peak season is mid June through August. June and July are the months of the midnight sun. Pack an eye mask if you value your sleep.
- Best time to see the Northern Lights is from September until April – but February, March, September and October are of ten the best months to see them.
- November to January will have very little daylight.
- February and March bring the Orcas to Iceland
- Puffins can be spotted in Iceland from April to September
Reykjavik Average Temperatures
Your itinerary will be custom designed based on your interests, fitness levels, and arrival and depature times. Please find our itinerary to give you an idea of some of what is possible.
Pick up your rental car and drive to yoru hotel to drop off yoru luggage before exploring Reykjavik. Discover Old Town, the pretty harbor area and the soaring architecture of the Hallgrimskirkja church. Ascend to the top of the Pearl for stunning views over the city. Enjoy the rest of the day to relax and explore or enjoy a whale watch.
Drive directly to your hotel in Selfoss and drop of your luggage. The near the hotel you can visit the volcanic crater called Tjarnaholar. Then a stop in Skaholt in Biskupstungur which is one of Iceland’s most important historic sites. From there head toward the hot spring Geysir claimed to be the biggest in the world. The old Geysir has been in dormant for decades, but when it was active its eruptions reached the height of at least 80 m. All around the old Geysir are more spouting hot springs, such as the ever lively Strokkur (the butter churn), which erupts every 3 – 5 minutes. Finally drive to the Golden Waterfalls at Gullfoss which are among the world’s most beautiful waterfalls.
After breakfast set out for a full day of sightseeing. Start out with the drive to Seljalandsfoss to see the beautiful waterfall is located here. Or if you prefer start in Skogafoss to see the impressive waterfall here, but also you can take a day hike called Fimmvorduhals.
Today set out to to Dyrholaey to see the cliffs by the sea with a lighthouse on top and spectacular views from the waves crashing on black sand beaches, over green fields up to the glaciers in the distance. There are lots of birds and it is home to thousands of puffins. A short drive away is Vik, here you will find a quaint little town with a view towards Reynisdrangar, by one of the prettiest black beaches in Iceland. Next stop is the tiny town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur named after a convent that stood there in Catholic times. The town has hiking paths and is a good base to explore the wonderful nature surrounding it. If you venture a little further towards Fjaorargljufur, there is a gorgeous canyon that’s perfect to explore on foot. Last stop today is Jokurlsarlon ( a long drive, but worth the trip) that is a big glacial lagoon. Big blocks of ice break away from the glacier and float around in the lagoon until they make their way out to sea. The coastline is dotted with big chunks of ice, and sometimes you see seals playing in the water. If you walk down to the coastline you can see waves playing with the big chunks of ice on the black sand beaches. Boat tours are available here.
Drive back to Reykjavik and to the Blue Lagoon. You will have a reservation time for lunch and time to enjoy a peaceful afternoon at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Set in an area where lava and thermal water meet and complement each other. The Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients; mineral salts, silica, and blue green algae help you relax and unwind while the white silica mud gently cleanses and exfoliates the skin. When you are ready take the drive to Reykjavik to your hotel and evening in Reykjavik
Breakfast at your hotel the take your car to explore Thingvellir National Park This is the setting of the old Althing which is the oldest parliament of the world. Stand atop the edge of two tectonic plates near the Great Atlantic Rift, which will eventually split Iceland into two. There are walking paths throughout the area. The continental drift between the North American and Eurasian Plates is clearly seen in the cracks or faults that traverse the region.
Departing Iceland today.
On the way to the airport if you have time, is the Viking World Museum if you want to stop. It has a full scale replica Viking Ship that actually sailed from Iceland to the U.S. and Canada