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Active Iceland self-drive: waterfalls, volcanoes and lagoons
8 days from £3,765pp
Explore the Golden Circle from the Hvítá river on a guided rafting tour, close to Gullfoss waterfall.
Take a privately guided superjeep tour to Landmannalaugar, hiking through its striped rhyolite mountains and soaking in geothermally heated hot springs.
Mountain bike through Eldhraun, the world’s largest lava field, with a local Icelandic guide.
Paddle through floating icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on a small-group kayaking tour.
Don crampons and take a guided hike through Sólheimajökull glacier’s curious icy formations.
- Reykjanes Peninsula
- Golden Circle
- South Coast
- South East Iceland
- Blue Lagoon
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With international flights from a choice of airports including London, Birmingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
Day 1 Hveragerði
International outbound flight , Keflavík , Reykjanes Peninsula , Hveragerði
Today you begin your journey by boarding your international outbound flight to Keflavík. Collect your car on arrival at Keflavík airport. All insurances have been included for you, and a GPS navigation system can be added locally. You’ll be staying in the Reykjadalur valley, close to the Golden Circle region, an area known for its geothermal activity. Take a hike this afternoon through the valley, ending with a soak in the naturally heated river.
Day 2 Hveragerði
Golden Circle , Hveragerði
Explore the highlights of the Golden Circle on a self-drive tour of the region, including the diverging tectonic plates at Þingvellir National Park and an erupting geyser at Geysir Geothermal Area. At Gullfoss waterfall, you’ll go white-water rafting along the Hvítá river, through Brúarhlöð canyon.
Day 3 Vík
Hveragerði , Vík
This morning you’ll be met by your guide at your hotel and taken on a private tour by superjeep to Landmannalaugar, a region deep in Iceland’s highlands known for its striped rhyolite hills and diverse walking opportunities. You’ll explore the valley on foot, before a well-earned soak in natural hot springs surrounded by the vibrant wilderness landscape.
Day 4 Vík
South Coast , Vík
Drive along the scenic south coast passing ice-capped volcanoes and waterfalls tumbling down the mountainsides. At Sólheimajökull, join a small-group hike up onto the glacier, to explore the icy landscape and observe the deep crevasses on the glacier’s surface.
Day 5 Hof
Vík , Kirkjubæjarklaustur , Hof
Continue your self-drive tour eastwards towards the remote town of Kirkjabæjarklaustur and the Eldhraun lava field, the largest of its kind in the world. You’ll explore this verdant, mossy wilderness by mountain bike with a local guide, stopping to see waterfalls and drink from natural springs that are spread across this pristine landscape. You’ll also explore one of the region’s many lava caves, formed in the 18th century by a huge volcanic eruption.
Day 6 Hof
South East Iceland , Hof
Spend the day exploring the southern side of Vatnajökull National Park, perhaps hiking to see the basalt columns of Svartifoss waterfall or watching icebergs wash up along the shoreline on nearby Diamond Beach. You’ll also explore Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon on a small-group kayak tour, paddling between its bergy bits and spotting seals basking on its icy shoreline.
Day 7 Blue Lagoon
Hof , Blue Lagoon
Return west back along the south coast, perhaps stopping to admire the striking black sands of Reynisfjara beach or walk behind thundering Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This afternoon, check into the Blue Lagoon and bathe in its milky, minerally-rich waters. Relax with a silica mud mask and a drink of your choice at the lagoon bar.
Day 8 International return flight
Blue Lagoon , International return flight
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