Discover all of what the Land of Fire and Ice has to offer. Traverse a colorful landscape in the country’s highlands on the Laugavegur Trail, swimming in steaming hot springs along the way. Complete the Golden Circle and visit several of Iceland’s most stunning locales. Sea kayak in a glacial lagoon, and polish off your time in Iceland with a soak in the Blue Lagoon—you’ll have to put on the quintessential silica mud mask!
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Arrive: Reykjavik (KEF)
Depart: Reykjavik (KEF)
Hike the Laugavegur Trail
Spend four magical days hiking Iceland’s most famous trail, where wide-open panoramas await in the southern part of these Nordic highlands. Though trees don’t line the landscape, you’ll be stunned at how colorful the countryside is. You’ll truly understand why this place is called the “Land of Fire and Ice”: You’ll pass by steaming hot springs with sparkling glaciers and blue ice caves in the background, all nestled among neon-green valleys, roaring waterfalls, and black volcanic rock. After finishing our trek, we’ll get to visit the spectacular, 60-meter-tall Skogafoss Waterfall, where many dazzling rainbows are always present.
Visit the Golden Circle
A one-day driving tour of the Golden Circle will leave you with unforgettable memories. Our first stop will be Þingvellir National Park, the first national park in Iceland to be established. This verdant landscape differs from the highlands; bright green moss creeps over the lava fields, and birch and pine forests line the horizon. Ravines are filled with fresh, crystalline water—so clear that this area is popular with avid snorkelers and divers (later on in the trip, we’ll get to whitewater raft here!). Fun fact: This stunning landscape is featured in several Game of Thrones episodes! Next up on our Golden Circle tour is the Geysir Geothermal Area. You’ll see the steam rising from the pools from miles away, and the hilly landscape gets even more colorful due to the earth’s naturally occurring minerals. While the area’s namesake geyser rarely erupts, it is the earliest documented in European history. Its neighbor, however, throws water 20 to 40 meters into the air quite regularly. Our third and final stopover is the Gullfoss Waterfall. On a sunny day, the spray throws up vibrant rainbows, and in the summer, you can take a walkway to the edge of the staircase-shaped falls, close enough to feel the mist on your face. We’ll even have the option for a late-night hot spring river hike to again enjoy the midnight sun!
Sea kayak in the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and hike in Fjadrargljufur
This iceberg-filled, 200-meter-deep lagoon offers nonstop photo ops! Melted glacier water comprise the lagoon’s contents, with its mix of fresh and seawater providing a unique blue hue. We’ll make a stop on Diamond Beach, where huge, translucent, naturally-made iceberg sculptures continuously get washed up on the shore. Keep an eye out for skuas, a seabird that makes its nest on the lagoon’s shores. Unlike other folks just visiting the area, we’ll get up close and personal with the otherworldly icebergs. The next day, we’ll spend the morning hiking around the massive Fjadrargljufur canyon, across glaciers and next to crevasses. This canyon has bedrock dating back two million years to the Ice Age!
Visit the Snæfellsnes Peninsula
This “Iceland in a nutshell” will once again take your breath away with its diverse landscape. We’ll enjoy a hike in the Arnarstapi, home to soaring columnar basalt formations and lava flows and once a thriving fishing village. We’ll also visit the trading post, Stykkishólmur, where beautiful old houses and museums line the city’s streets. Last but not least, we’ll hike the paths around Kirkjufell (meaning “Church Mountain”), roaming lush green fields and the filming site of several Game of Thrones scenes!
Soak in the Blue Lagoon
In the morning, get ready to explore Rauðfeldsgjá, a deep and narrow ravine near the Snæfellsjökull glacier! Bright green moss line the canyon’s walls, and a waterfall is hidden in the gorge. Later, we’ll bask in the famous geothermal spa Blue Lagoon, whose warm, milky-blue waters contrast sharply with the surrounding black volcanic cliffs. Water continually streams into and out of the lagoon, making for clean water with no chemicals—only natural minerals (like silica and sulfur) that are good for your skin!
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Included in Tuition:
- All meals
- All lodging, group gear, and technical gear
- All guided activities
Not Included in Tuition:
- Personal gear and clothing
- Optional trip protection