ARRIVE REYKJAVÍK, ICELAND
Arrive in Reykjavík and transfer to your 56-room hotel on the city’s main square. Tonight, join fellow guests for a welcome dinner. The next day, explore this coastal capital, starting with an Artisan Connection at a workshop, where a local craftsman reveals the tradition of Nordic knife making. Continue to the National Museum of Iceland, Hallgrímskirkja church — with its super-tall tower inspired by lava flow — and Icelandic design shops. In the afternoon, hop on a fishing boat for a sea angling adventure. Watch and learn from local pros, who help you reel in your own catch. Make the Culinary Connection when you bring it to shore for a chef-prepared feast.
RANGA & SOUTH ICELAND | Adventurous Rides
Hop on a bike and ride through the forest at Heidmork Nature Reserve. Stop to meet a real-life Viking who shares stories of the old Norse seafarers around a roaring fire. Known as both remarkable plunderers and explorers, the Vikings established a settlement in Iceland in the ninth century that marked the country's first recorded history. Check in to your 51-room countryside hotel and enjoy dinner. Begin the next day with a horseback ride on a black sand beach atop an Icelandic horse. Continue with a drive along the jaw-dropping south shore, seeing waterfalls and strange lava formations, and stopping for a walk on the beach. On the third day, board a Super Jeep for a rocking SUV tour of lunar-like Landmannalaugar, a gem of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Venture across lava fields and scoria deserts to contrasting green and orange mountains, stopping for a dip in a naturally warmed pool. Recount the day over dinner tonight at your hotel.
BORGARNES & WEST ICELAND | Epic Nature
Today, set your sights on Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site that is both a spectacular geological rift and the exact site where 10th-century Vikings established the world’s first democratic parliament. Continue to Friðheimar, a geothermally heated organic greenhouse, for a tour and fresh lunch. Next, visit the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser and Gullfoss, Iceland’s most amazing waterfall, keeping your eyes peeled for a rainbow. Check in at your cool boutique hotel, filling up on dinner with mountains in view.
BORGARNES & WEST ICELAND | Langjökull Ice Cap
Today, travel to steaming Deildartunguhver for a look at the highest-flow hot spring in Europe. Visit the stunningly blue Hraunfossar and fabled Barnafoss waterfalls. After lunch, ride in a specially equipped 8-wheel truck on Iceland’s colossal ice cap and Europe’s second largest glacier, Langjökull. Get ready to explore when you enter its man-made tunnels, which move deep into the glacier, revealing glacial formations, winding bends, and an illuminated restaurant and chapel.
SIGLUFJÖRÐUR & NORTH ICELAND | The Sea
Drive to Siglufjörður, stopping on the way at Skagafjorður Heritage Museum with its sod-covered ancient houses and in small-town Blönduós for lunch. In Hofsós, it’s time for a swim in a hillside thermal pool overlooking the sea. Check in and have dinner at your new boutique hotel in a fishing village. The next day, embark on a whale watching tour from Dalvik in search of the 20 species that inhabit the surrounding sea — and that may appear right next to your boat! The rest of your day is at leisure to explore pretty Siglufjörður.
AKUREYRI & REYKJAVÍK | Coastal Culture
Venture to the small north coast city of Akureyri. Explore its legendary Jólagarðurinn (Christmas garden), complete with a candy-covered house. Fly to Reykjavík. Celebrate your journey with a farewell dinner featuring Icelandic dishes. The next day, board your flight home.