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A private tour around Iceland's ring road

13 days from CAD27,230pp

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Tour highlights

  • Go snowmobiling on Langjökull Glacier.

  • Explore the ethereal icebergs of Jökulsárlón lagoon by boat.

  • Relax in the Mývatn geothermal baths overlooking Lake Mývatn.

  • Try out the tölt gait, only used by Icelandic horses.

  • Head inside a dormant volcano and descend into its magma chamber.

Price includes:

  • In-destination transfers
  • Activities and excursions as detailed
  • All accommodations
  • 24-hour support while you travel
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Itinerary idea in detail

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  • Upon arrival, your private driver will take you straight to the Blue Lagoon to relax and unwind in the geothermal hot springs. After a day of relaxation, your private driver will bring you to your hotel situated in the heart of Iceland's Golden Circle.

  • Today you'll have a private tour of the Golden Circle, visiting your first waterfall, Gullfoss, before heading to Geysir, a large geothermal vent which regularly shoots jets of water into the air. Later, you'll join a shared snowmobiling tour which takes you up onto Langjökull Glacier for views across the surrounding mountains and volcanoes. Afterwards, your private driver will take you to your well-located hotel on the south coast.

  • Today you'll take a small-group tour to Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, which is only accessible by Superjeep. You'll cross rivers and meander through bumpy lava fields before ending in an area surrounded by glaciers, luscious green vegetation and mountains. Here, you'll have the opportunity to go on a short hike, which offers views over the valley. After lunch with your local guide you'll head back to your hotel.

  • You'll spend the day exploring Iceland's south coast, visiting waterfalls, black-sand beaches and enjoying the mountainous coastline all the way.

  • Today you'll explore the otherworldly southeast coast, including Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Later, you'll head out onto the glacier lagoon itself for a Zodiac boat ride to get you closer to its floating icebergs. This is a great way to explore the lagoon away from the crowds, and learn more about the geology from your knowledgeable guide.

  • You'll leave Jökulsárlón today, and be driven around the fjordlands of the east coast. This is a scenic drive, with winding roads, steep mountains dropping into deep fjords, and tiny fishing villages scattered along the coastline. There are plenty of opportunities to explore along the way, or you can simply sit back and enjoy the scenery. Once you've checked into your hotel in Egilsstaðir you'll have access to the nearby Vok Baths to relax in the natural geothermal waters overlooking the lake.

  • Your private driver will take you to Lake Mývatn this morning, in time to join an afternoon shared hiking tour. This gentle hike leads you across the volcanic wastelands surrounding Lake Mývatn, and up toward the Mývatn Nature Baths. The tour ends here with an opportunity for you to soak in the waters with a view of the lake. Your local guide will tell you more about the geology of the area as you hike, talk to you about rural Icelandic culture, what it was like to grow up here, and teach you a bit about local flora and fauna.

  • Continue your exploration of north Iceland with your private guide. Feel the spray of thundering Dettifoss Waterfall — the largest in Europe — and take in sweeping views of Ásbyrgi Canyon. Its curious horseshoe shape was said to be created by Sleipnir, Norse god Odin’s eight-legged horse. You’ll also have some time to explore the seaside town of Húsavík, and soak in the geothermal waters of Geosea baths, overlooking Skjálfandi Bay below and the Arctic Circle on the horizon.

  • Leave the north today with your private driver-guide and head to Varmahlíð to embark on an hour-long horseback ride. En route you can stop at Akureyri to explore Iceland's second largest city. Continue south to Húsafell, where you'll be staying for the next two nights in the west of Iceland.

  • Today you'll head onto Langjökull Glacier on a shared tour, where you'll have the opportunity to head inside the glacier itself. Donning crampons, you'll walk through the startlingly blue ice of a manmade cave, visit its ice-carved chapel and learn about the history of the glacier from your guide.

  • You'll embark on a privately guided tour of Snæfellsnes Peninsula today, visiting the highlights of this 'Iceland-in-miniature'. You'll explore its volcanoes, coastline and beaches, before continuing onward to Reykjavík.

  • This morning, join a shared tour which takes you inside the dormant Þríhnúkagígur volcano. A footpath takes you out across moss-covered lava fields, before you descend into the magma chamber itself. The rest of the day is at your leisure. We suggest simply wandering through the capital's central streets and along the waterfront to soak up the atmosphere of Iceland's capital.

  • You'll be driven to the airport today in time for your flight.

Accommodation options

While the itinerary price reflects the suggested accommodations, Audley trips are 100% tailor-made, and a specialist can help you select the option best suited to your tastes and budget.

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When to go

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Place Daily max temperature (°C) Monthly rainfall (mm)
Blue Lagoon
 
Lake Mývatn
 
Akureyri
 
Langjökull
 
Reykjavík
 

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