Iceland - Fire, Ice Caves and Frozen Waterfalls

Iceland - Fire, Ice Caves and Frozen Waterfalls

Iceland is widely known as ‘The Land of Fire and Ice’ and the extreme contrasts in Icelandic nature are a huge part of the appeal. Diverse and beautiful, Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, as well as some of the world’s most active volcanoes. The Icelandic landscape is characterised by a huge number of waterfalls, geysers, volcanoes, black sand beaches, and steaming lava fields, reminiscent of an almost alien landscape. Being located very close to the Arctic Circle, Iceland experiences long winter nights and long summer days, with almost 24 hours of darkness/twilight in December and nearly 24 hours of daylight in June.

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Tour Highlights

See the extraordinary frozen waterfalls of Goðafoss

Go whale watching in the spectacular Northern Fjords

Take thrilling 4WD rides to walk in the Katla Dragon Glass ice cave on Kötlujökull glacier and the Blue Crystal Ice Cave

Walk amongst Ice Diamond and on black volcanic sands

Explore the famous Golden Circle and see the exploding Geyser Hot Springs

Bathe in the thermal Blue Lagoon, surrounded by ice

Tour Inclusions

where2travel host Lisa Ioakimidis

Accommodation and sightseeing as specified in the itinerary

21 Meals - 11 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches and 8 Dinners

Tour Map
DAY  1: Arrive Reykjavik

Your journey will begin at the central Reykjavik hotel. Check into the hotel and enjoy the rest of your day at leisure. Gather for a Welcome Drink and Dinner at the hotel.

Accommodation: Reykjavik Hotel (Dinner)

DAY 2: Siglufjörður - North Iceland

We will catch a late morning flight across Iceland to Akureyri. From here we enjoy an incredible scenic drive alongside the Eyjafjörður Fjord, where steep mountain sides plunge straight down into the sea. Passing Dalvik we cut through the mountains to the small fishing town of Siglufjörður set beside its own peaceful fjord. In the afternoon enjoy a guided tour of the Herring Era Museum. This town was once centre of a massive fishing industry and the amazing museum brims with century old fishing boats and fascinating historical artefacts. Then you have ‘My Time’ to explore the little town. Maybe visit the brewery, the chocolate shop or go for a winter walk along the snow-covered hills and wild coastline.

Dinner tonight is in your hotel set beside the picturesque harbour. Maybe enjoy the outside thermal hot pool and glass walled spa and look out for the Northern Lights!

Accommodation: Sigló Hotel (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 3: Akureyri - North Iceland

Driving back down past Dalvik we reach Huganes, where we put on seafaring warm floatation suits and board a classic Icelandic Oak boat for a morning cruise on the deep placid waters of the dramatic Fjord. In stunning surroundings we will be seeking killer whales, minke, porpoise, humpback and blue whales. Your afternoon will be at leisure in Akureyri, where we stay the next 2 nights. Dinner tonight is in your centrally hotel.

Accommodation: Hotel Kea (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 4: Akureyri - North Iceland

Today we drive East. First stop will be to see the extraordinary frozen waterfalls of Goðafoss (Godafoss). Easy to access, with several vantage points over the river Skjálfandafljót, you look down on this giant horseshoe shaped frozen cascade.

These frozen white ‘Waterfalls of the Gods’ are utterly spectacular.

Reaching beautiful Lake Mývatn we follow scenic shore drive and stop to take in the enormous panorama of rocky islands and craggy outcrops and the view over Kálfaströnd. Next stop will be at the unearthly lava fields of Dimmuborgir, which translated means Dark Castles. Featured in the Game of Thrones because of its weird landscape of lava formations, your time is free to choose one of the variety of easy walks amongst the rocky crags. This is also the folklore home to 13 mischievous Yule Lads.

Afterwards we have included a late lunch. Competing our circuit of the lake we return to Akureyri. On our return journey we also make a stop at ‘Santa Claus house’ for some excellent Christmas displays and souvenir shopping. The evening is free.    

Accommodation: Hotel Kea (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 5: Vik - South Iceland

Catching the late morning flight back to Reykjavik, we then head off across the south of the island to Vik. On route we will stop to visit the Seljalandsfoss waterfalls Made famous in the TV series ‘Viking’, they cascade over a cliff cave into a rocky pool 60 metres below.

Later, we also stop on top of the arched cliffs at Dyrhólaey, which literally means “the hill island with the door hole.” This is Iceland’s most southerly point. From a height of 120 m above the sea battered rocks there are dramatic views down onto Dwarf Rock set in the middle of a huge black lava stone beach. The town of Vik, where we stay 2 nights, is small but very interesting, there’s a lot to see and do there, and it has that real ‘frontier’ feeling. Dinner is in your hotel.  

Accommodation: The Kria or Icelandair (Breakfast and Dinner)  

DAY 6: Vik - South Iceland

Today we have a thrilling 4WD excursion to the Katla ice cave on Kötlujökull glacier, an outlet glacier of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. (kull – meaning glacier) To get there we must cut across the snow covered plains into the highlands on monster 4-wheel drives. This is wild country and the views of the glacier and mountains are stunning!

On arrival we get a safety briefing, before putting on crampons for ice walking on the lunar surroundings.  Following the easy pathway your guide will tell you about the volcano as we enter beneath, into the famous Dragon Glass Katla Ice Cave. You will be amazed by the lava encrusted black ice soaring above you and the colours ranging from grey to blue to black ice are amazing. What an adventure!

This afternoon we will also take you Reynisfjara black sand and pebbled beach with its huge basalt columns, lava formations and towering cliffs. Ranked as one of the world’s top ten non-tropical beaches, the views are fantastic and above you, thousands of artic terns swirl and swoop high above along the cliff face. An amazing sight.

Accommodation: The Kria or Icelandair (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 7: Hof - South Iceland

After a leisurely start we will visit the Icelandic Lava Show. Ever wanted to see real molten lava? Well you will here in this unique and fascinating show, as they superheat rocks to 1100 c to create molten lava which then flows down over a trough of ice. You will be up close to see it flowing, hear it sizzling and steaming, and feel the intense heat. The café here offers a range of healthy soups and their specialty is hot lava soup! Delicious.  Afterwards we head further east and the scenery changes yet again. Up ahead is the enormous Vatnajökull glacier - Europe’s largest icecap which covers 8,100 sq kms. From it, numerous glacier tongues flow down towards the coast. We will make a stop at Skaftafell National Park, set beside Hvannadalshnúkur – Iceland’s highest peak. From the Visitor Centre we will take a walk to the base of Skaftafellsjökull. It is a very easy 3.7 km round trip scenic walk. You will be able to get right up close to the base of the huge glacier tongue, and in winter the colour of the ice is beautiful shades of white and blue. Note: Those that prefer not want to do the walk can have an earlier transfer to our nearby hotel.

Accommodation: The Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 8: Hof - South Iceland

Another magnificent adventure today as we visit the adventure hub of Jökulsárlón, and the Blue Crystal Ice cave. First stop is the assembly point where we join our local guide who will drive us in a monster 4WD truck near to the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The glacier is retreating, so we need to take a 20-minute walk to reach the stupendous Crystal Ice cave. (very different from the Dragon Glass cave experience) After learning about the region and how the dramatic landscape was created, we reach the arched mouth of the cave which displays a dazzling array of icy blue colours.

Wearing crampons, you can walk into the cave, and over onto the glacier itself. Stunning! Back at Jökulsárlón, you will have time to walk beside the famous Glacier Lagoon where hundreds of mini icebergs of all shapes and sizes are stranded, floating in a lake, gradually melting until they are small enough to be flushed out the sea. Next is a magical highlight as we take a walk along the extraordinary Diamond beach. Most of those ‘baby bergs’ end up washed on this black sand and pebble beach. Walking amongst them is like being amongst a field of giant, luminescent diamonds. Unbelievable.

Accommodation: The Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 9: Reykjavik

Heading back to the capital we will stop at Hvolsvöllur to visit the Lava Centre to enjoy an interactive experience, learning how Iceland as formed, their monstrous volcanoes, feeling earthquakes, and see how eruptions happen and the devastation they can cause. Later we reach Reykjavik where we stay our final 3 nights.

Accommodation: TBC (Breakfast and Dinner)

DAY 10: Reykjavik

Today we drive the famous Golden Circle. First stop at the day will be at Þingvellir (Thingvellir) – meaning ‘assembly fields’ because this is the location of the Alþing (Althing) - Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. This UNESCO World Heritage site is also where you can stand beside a rift valley - land which has been ripped apart by 2 separating tectonic plates.  Next, we visit the Geyser Hot Spring thermal area. Here we stroll amongst bubbling mud pools, boiling pits of thermal water and exploding geysers – most famous of all is the Strokkur geyser which can reach 30 metres high. Now for just one more waterfall - the enormous Gullfoss Falls.  

Often considered the most beautiful in Iceland, the Hvita river cascades over two giant steps into the gorge below. Hungry? We enjoy a late lunch of a hearty bowl of tomato soup and dunking bread at the Friðheimar tomato farm. Yes, tomatoes in Iceland! It is a weird sensation to sit at tables and dine surrounded by towering, lush tomato vines, buzzing with bumble bees, all inside giant greenhouses heated and lit by geo-thermic power. Your welcome drink is a mocktail made with green tomatoes and desert is a divine tomato cheesecake experience. Maybe try the tomato beer or a Bloody Mary!

Friðheimar is also a breeding centre for thorough bred Icelandic horses. We visit the stables and getting up close, learn about these hardy little horses. Your evening is free back in Reykjavik.

Accommodation: TBC (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 11: Reykjavik

This morning we enjoy another sensation at the amazing Blue Lagoon thermal pools.

We have included the premium package with towels bathrobes etc so all you need is your swim costume. It is entrancing to wallow in the vast thermal, steaming pools, surrounded by snowy mountains, enjoying a (included) beer, wine or soft drink from the ‘swim in’ pool bar, whilst your face is caked with mud packs. Your afternoon is free back in Reykjavik. Time to shop, explore and maybe visit the Hallgrimskirkja Church, where the Leif Ericsson statue stands, or the Whale or Saga or other Icelandic museums.

This evening we will enjoy a farewell meal – Viking style in a themed restaurant where you step back into the past, eat Viking traditional food in a Viking environment. Time to eat, drink and be merry!

Accommodation: TBC (Breakfast and Lunch)

DAY 12: Depart Reykjavik

You tour ends this morning after breakfast in your hotel. (Breakfast)

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Over 24 years in the travel Industry, Lisa's passion has lead her to travel to travel to over 70 countries and 320 cities worldwide.

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