Luxury Tailor Made Journeys depart on the dates that work for you and feature expert local guides throughout your journey. The itinerary below can be customized to your interests.
ARRIVE REYKJAVIK, ICELAND
Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you are met by an A&K representative and transferred to your accommodations in Reykjavik. Enjoy the remainder of the day at your leisure.
REYKJAVIK | GATEWAY TO ADVENTURE
Get the lay of the land with a brief tour of Reykjavik’s old town center, parliament, harbor and distinctive landmarks. Stop by the National Museum of Iceland to peruse historical exhibits spanning the settlement era to the present day. Next, visit a local artisan who specializes in crafting knife and dagger blades, an Icelandic tradition stretching back to Viking times. Later this afternoon, embark from the harbor to the open waters of the ocean in hopes of spotting one of Iceland’s 20 whale species. As seasonal feeding grounds for the whales, these waters are known to afford encounters mere yards from the boat.
REYKJAVIK | INSIDE A GLACIER
Today, head north to encounter Iceland’s steaming hot springs, misty waterfalls and opalescent glaciers. First, take in the bubbling, geothermal might of Deildartunguhver hot springs, continuing on to witness the cascading majesty of Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) and Barnafoss (Children’s Falls). Next, climb aboard a rugged eight-wheel truck to explore the colossal Langjokull, Europe’s second largest glacier. Finally, delve into the heart of the glacier itself. This tour traverses spectacular man-made tunnels, venturing deep into the magnificent blue ice that lies hidden beneath the surface.
SOUTHERN ICELAND | ECHOES OF THE VIKINGS
This morning, head northeast from Reykjavik to visit Thingvellir National Park, site of the Vikings’ historic inaugural parliament session. Take in the park’s natural beauty before continuing to Fridheimer and enjoying a lunch prepared with tomatoes from the on-site greenhouse. Then, drive to the Strokkur geyser. Train your camera’s lens to capture its dramatic eruption. Don’t lose heart if you don’t get a photo on the first try — the geyser erupts every five minutes. Finally, visit Gullfoss, a powerful, glacially fed waterfall and Icelandic icon.
SOUTHERN ICELAND | LEGENDARY LANDSCAPES
Today, discover the unique landscapes that make Southern Iceland a world unto itself. First, venture through a misty pathway behind a cascading waterfall. Next, compose the perfect Icelandic landscape as you photograph black sand beaches, curious lava-sculpted outcroppings, sheer mountain cliffsides, and hulking glaciers such as Solheimajokull and Myrdalsjokull. Continue on to survey Eyjafjallajokull, an active volcano whose 2010 eruption brought Atlantic air travel to a standstill. Finally, gain a greater appreciation for nature’s power at the Thorvaldseyri Volcano Museum.
SOUTHERN ICELAND | THE WOODS OF THOR
This morning, set out to explore the dramatic mountain ridge of Thorsmork (the woods of Thor). Take a seat aboard a purpose-built Super Jeep, fording streams as glaciers tumble and crawl down into the rugged gullies and spectacular glacial lagoons. Take in the beauty of this tranquil place over an open-air barbecue lunch surrounded by volcanoes, glaciers and humming brooks.
SOUTHERN ICELAND | ICELAND’S VOLCANIC HEARTBEAT
Today, feel the pulse of this volcanic island’s heartbeat as you explore the geothermal wonders of the Reykjanesskagi peninsula. Begin with a visit to Kleifarvatn, a lake whose water levels are dictated by a vast fissure that lies deep below its surface. Next, venture out among the sulfur-charged lava fields of Seltun, a singular landscape of hissing solfataras, fumaroles and boiling mud pots. Pause for a photo opportunity at the cliffs of Krysuvikurbjarg, capturing powerful Atlantic swells as they bash against the rugged coast below. Continue on through the steaming craters of Eldvorp and over the scenic span of Leif the Lucky Bridge toward Grindavik. Finally, experience the therapeutic side of this geothermal powerhouse with a dip in the legendary Blue Lagoon hot springs. Flowing from deep within the earth’s crust, the waters are rich in salts and other minerals. Take in the dazzlingly azure kaleidoscope of the pool’s surface as you let the relaxing, hot mineral water massage your muscles.
This morning after breakfast, you are transferred to the airport for your international departure flight.
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SNORKEL IN KLEIFARVATN HOT SPRINGS
Suit up at Lake Kleifarvatn — nestled amid a stunning volcanic landscape — setting out on a rare snorkeling adventure through bubbling hot springs.
INSIDE THE VOLCANO
Later, you have the unique opportunity to descend into the empty magma chamber of Thrihnukagigur Volcano, located just outside the city. After arriving, your group is informed about all safety procedures inside the volcano. With your expert guide, descend by cable lift into the chamber itself, whose walls are painted in a kaleidoscope of colors by mineral deposits.
Step aboard a rigid-hulled inflatable boat for a close encounter with a puffin colony.