Best of South Iceland Adventure

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Best time to visit
August, September, October

Spurting geysers, breaching whales, lava flows, waterfalls, glaciers…Iceland’s surreal landscapes always make for an adventure. These iconic landscapes are made extra special right now, because there are no other visitors ruining the view!

Iceland is open to travelers holding passports from the EU, UK, Australia, Canada. You must pre-register with local authorities before traveling and undergo a Covid-19 test upon arrival. And then you can enjoy the best of Iceland to yourself!

Discover the summer highlights on this epic seven-day private tour, focused on the iconic highlights of South Iceland. Iceland is a small island and the south is usually crowded with visitors in August and September. Now there is an opportunity to explore during peak whale season and enjoy the best weather of the year.

This travel experience showcases popular Icelandic highlights and is a private tour with local guides throughout. It can be fully adapted to your preferences.

Day 1 - Welcome to Reykjavik

Spend your first three nights in Reykjavik, with excursions to various natural wonders.

Culinary Tour, Reykjavik

Reykjavik Culinary Tour

Iceland

Saunter through Reyjkjavík’s friendly streets and immerse yourself in its artistic vibe. Before your introduction to Iceland’s culinary scene, wander into charming cafés, study exquisite outdoor sculptures or gaze at the towering Hallgrímskirkja church. Your guide will take you on an authentic Icelandic gastronomic experience. Matur og Drykkur takes tremendous pride in offering traditional Icelandic dishes. Sample Icelandic lamb and goat cheese. Discover Iceland’s seafood prowess by indulging in the luscious flavours of smoked Arctic Char, Icelandic blue mussels or the always appetizing fish of the day.That’s for lunch. For dinner there’s somewhere just as special. Grillið will entice your senses with an epicurean masterpiece, delectable wine, and cocktail pairings and alluring vistas overlooking Reyjkjavík.

Lobby, 101 Hotel Reykjavik

101 Hotel Reykjavik

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Located in the center of Iceland’s capital city, 101 Hotel Reykjavik is a reflection of the city itself: historic, modern, culturally rich, and thoroughly Nordic cool. Occupying a building dating back to the 1930s, the hotel boasts sweeping views of the harbor and a stunning collection of Icelandic art.Your private balcony overlooks the harbor. Daylight filters into every space, reflecting on monochrome decor to illuminate bold modern Icelandic art. The floors emanate warmth from underfloor heating. Take advantage of the hotel’s superb location to explore downtown Reykjavik, then return for dinner at the hotel's restaurant, a trendy hotspot that serves up-scale comfort food next to authentic Icelandic cuisine.

Day 2 - Wonders of the Golden Circle

pingvellir on iceland, historical place of pilgrimage

Golden Circle & Thingvellir National Park Tour

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The motherland of Thingvellir National Park is an historic UNESCO site, where turbulent tectonic plates formed Iceland 24 million years ago. The country of Iceland was formed here. The first meeting of the ruling chieftains was in 930 AD making Iceland’s parliament the oldest governing body in the modern world. As you retrace the steps of Viking history, study the bewildering geologic formations of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. You will be at the spot where the North American and Eurasian continental plates collide and will have the chance to stand on two continents at once. Scalding hot water and steam clouds explode right in front of you! You step back and marvel at mother nature in the Geysir Geothermal Area. Bubbling hotpots, steaming fumaroles and the noxious ‘Smell of Hell’ you are never going to forget, keeps you wandering around the Golden Circle in search of more.Now, feel the energy of Gullfoss Waterfall and its awe-inspiring power flowing through an ancient valley. ‘The Golden Falls’ is the most spectacular waterfall in Iceland, afterall, it does shine gold from the glacier waters. The Golden Circle is Iceland’s most famous visitor route and for very good reasons. It’s spectacular and your guide will run this private tour counter to the coach tours, so you can also find solitude amid the region’s splendour.

Waterfall, Iceland, Springtime, Spring - Flowing Water, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Explore the Golden Circle in an All-Terrain Buggy

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Iceland’s Golden Circle encompasses some of the country’s most impressive natural wonders, including Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir Geothermal Area, and Thingvellir National Park. Explore this truly stunning region in an all-terrain buggy that will let you access areas that would otherwise be inaccessible.Beginning virtually within range of spray from the Great Geysir, head off-road and into the Icelandic wilderness. Experience the range of Iceland’s diverse ecoregions, speeding through gentle woodlands to gain the wide-open Haukadalsheidi plateau. Press deeper inland, toward the creeping expanse of Langjokull Glacier. Along the way, enjoy spectacular views of Blafell Volcano and Sandvatn glacier lagoon. With these wheels you can completely escape the tour bus routes and find your own slice of rural Iceland.

Day 3 - Helicopter Into a Volcano & Whale Watching

The picture shows the snow-capped peak of a mountain, on which a helicopter is landing and a closer look reveals two climbers.

Iceland Helicopter Tour With Volcano & Glacier Landing

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Enjoy some of the best views Iceland has to offer in a helicopter tour that touches down on both a glacier and a volcano!Fly over the cascading waters of Glymur, the second-highest waterfall in Iceland, which pours into a deep canyon. Soar over jumbled ice and land on a glacier, where you’ll have the opportunity to step out, breathe in the crisp, cool air, and feel the ice crunch underfoot.Take to the sky once again, this time headed for Hengill, a center of geothermal activity. Fly above a remote valley alive with steaming vents and bubbling mud pots, and set down on the flanks of the volcano!

View of the harbor at Reykjavik in the morning in summer time, Iceland

Reykjavik Whale Watching RIB Charter

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Cruise on a RIB boat and search for beautiful whales. Witness Iceland’s seafaring culture and waltz through the jovial Old Harbour in downtown Reyjkjavík. The harbour is your scenic launching pad for an incredible adventure in the mighty Atlantic Ocean.RIB boats have a design that lets you get as close as possible to majestic marine creatures without disturbing their habitat. Before riding the waves of the Atlantic, you will stop at the gorgeous Akurey Island which is world-renowned for its nesting puffins. After capturing some photos of these adorable birds, your boat will transport you further out to sea for a grandiose meeting with all sorts of whale species. Minke whales, humpbacks, harbour porpoises, and even the enormous blue whale live in these waters.  After the exhilarating feeling of seeing amazing animals at sea, feel the power of the ocean as you sail back to the shoreline. Your captain will steer the boat along a route that provides a sensational vantage of the harbour.Have your camera ready as this is the perfect angle to capture a brilliant panorama of the Sun Voyager sculpture and the Harpa Concert Hall, two of Iceland’s most treasured cultural landmarks.

Day 4 - Hiking on a Glacier in South Iceland

Take a private transfer to far southern Iceland and two nights at the exquisite Skalakot Lodge.

Road in Iceland by drone

South Iceland Private Tour

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Set off on a captivating drive through the diverse landscapes dotting the South Coast. The journey takes you past black-sand beaches, rugged mountains, immense glaciers, and towering volcanoes. Stop by the legendary Skógafoss, see a dazzling rainbow within its misty plume and climb the adjacent staircase to the heavens just above the falls. Make a stop at the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall and watch it plunge to the ground along a craggy cliffside. Walk the scenic trail parallel to the cliff and spot other spindles of water cascade against the rocks. The path lets you amble behind Seljalandsfoss where you can capture a jaw-dropping panorama of the waterfall against the horizon. Complete your drive along this gorgeous section of Iceland by visiting the eye-popping geologic formations of Dyrhólaey, the southernmost point of the island.

Stay at Skalakot Lodge

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Southern Iceland is a place of roaring waterfalls, black sand beaches, and grumbling volcanoes. The land itself is large and open. Amid the grandeur of massive bald hills sits Skalakot Manor Hotel.A charming manor built in Scandanavian style, Skalakot is a family farm where rustic comfort meets a sense of luxury. Feel like a guest of the family, enjoying a candlelit dinner in the cozy restaurant before retreating to your comfortable suite. Skalakot Lodge boasts epic adventures on horseback. Mount an Icelandic horse and trot along beaches and high ridges with glacier views. Wade across icy lakes or gallop late at night, moving through a peaceful landscape under the midnight sun.

Day 5 - The Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon, Iceland, Arctic, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Glacier Lagoon

Icebergs of Vatnajokull National Park Boat Charter

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Surrounded by harsh conditions and complete remoteness, Vatnajokull National Park is a wild destination dominated by icebergs. Take a deep breath and enter the arctic desert, on a private boat charter. Vatnajökull is home to the largest icecap in Iceland, and although it’s rapidly melting due to climate change, it still holds the tallest peak beneath the ice. Further south is Fjallsárlón Iceberg Lagoon formed by the melting Vatnajökull. Rushing rivers at freezing temperatures and thunderous icebergs breaking from the glacier.A boat charter makes you feel like a drifting iceberg upon the lagoon. It’s almost unbelievable, a panorama of frozen Iceland extending in all directions.

Vatnajokull glacier at Jokulsarlon. Vatnajokull is one of the largest glaciers in Europe.

Vatnajokull & Fjadrargljufur Tour

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Water, volcanism, and gravity are responsible for much of Iceland’s stunning landscapes. Explore how these forces combined to sculpt an island of singular beauty, from icy heights to deep canyons.Vatnajokull National Park is Europe’s largest national park, protecting nearly 15% of Iceland. See the colossal Vatnajokull Glacier with its many outlet glaciers. Skirt a lagoon bobbing with icebergs in search of steaming volcanos. Afterward, follow some of that meltwater further afield to the deep canyon of Fjadrargljufur, where moving water erodes volcanic rock, forming an arresting route that snakes through the land.

Day 6 - Snowmobile Adventure & the Blue Lagoon

Snowmobile across a glacier then lay back with a spa day and overnight stay at the Blue Lagoon.

A herd of Icelandic horses with Eyjafjallajökull volcano in the background.

Snowmobile On Eyjafjallajokull Glacier

Iceland

The desolate beauty of a broad glacier has to be seen to be properly understood. Explore the vast expanse of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier by snowmobile on a unique, private tour.Beginning at the toe of the glacier, you will travel up into the alpine wilderness. Move into a stripped-down realm of crisp snow, big sky, and a landscape so large and featureless that it borders on the abstract.Gaze out at southern Iceland for a spectacular view of one of the world’s most geologically active and impressive regions.

Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Spa Day at Blue Lagoon

Iceland

Have a spa day at the lunar landscapes of the Blue Lagoon It’s time to relax and let all your worries slide into the thermal waters of the world-famous Blue Lagoon. This retreat will revitalise your mind, body, and soul as you soak in pools at a toasty temperature of roughly 100°F. Lather your silica mask on your face and unwind in the spa’s glamorous setting. The enthralling lava fields around the lagoon make you feel like you are chilling on the surface of the moon.  Swim to the poolside bar and pick up a soothing beer, wine or cocktail and indulge in the spa’s first-class treatments. Exfoliate your skin, sweat toxins away in the sauna or remove all your body’s kinks with a massage.

Day 7 - Departure from Iceland

You will be transferred privately to the airport for your departure.

This experience was created by
Stephen John
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