Glaciers to geysers, waterfalls to woodlands, Reykjavk and back. Join us as we circle this remarkable island nation, beginning and ending in its charming capital. We take in the strange geothermal landscape of Nmaskar, bubbling with sulphuric mud springs. We marvel at the epic beauty of the enormous Vatnajokull glacier and the surrounding vistas of beautiful Vatnajokull National Park. And at Thingvellir we stand, thrillingly, at the exact point where two tectonic plates meet.
17 excursions and visits
Day 1 UK – Reykjavik
Titans VIP door-to-door travel service collects you from home, for your flight to Reykjavik. On arrival, what better way to start your adventure in Iceland than a wonderful visit to the Blue Lagoon to immerse yourself in the mineral rich geothermal waters? Complimentary towels, lockers, shower products and hairdryers are provided at the Blue Lagoon. Feeling refreshed, we transfer to Reykjavik and our hotel.
Day 2 Akureyri
We head to Borgarfjordur this morning, renowned for some of the best salmon fishing rivers in the world. We cross the Holtavorduheidi Plateau and travel through the village of Blonduos, situated at the estuary of a glacial river, to Skagafjordur.
At Vidimyri, we visit a church built in 1836 from turf and stones which is one of the six so-called turf churches still standing in Iceland. We continue to Akureyri, gateway to the rich natural splendour of northeast Iceland.
Day 3 Akureyri – Hsavk – Tjrnes – sbyrgi
Just a stones throw from the Arctic Circle is Akureyri, Icelands second largest city. Overlooked by snow-capped mountains and surrounded by rich fertile soil, its tree-lined streets and well-tended gardens are a delight. We take a short sightseeing tour of the city before we make our way to pretty Hsavk. Well continue to the mountainous Tjornes Peninsula, indented with short valleys and gorges, and then Asbyrgi, home to a spectacular horseshoe-shaped canyon.
Day 4 Lake Mvatn – Dettifoss – Egilsstair
Our first stop today is the impressive Goafoss waterfall; then well continue to the Lake Mvatn area – famed for its lava fields, volcanoes and underground caves running with geothermal water. Stop at Namaskard to view its dramatic steam jets and boiling sulphur pits and then Dettifoss, to marvel at one of the mightiest waterfalls in Europe.
We then travel through part of the interior highland plateau to the beautiful town of Egilsstair. Located on the eastern bank of the Lagarfljot River, its perfect for meandering through the fjords and visiting the small communities that are dotted about.
Day 5 Egilsstair – Hofn
We head southwards this morning along the rugged and spectacular coastline of the eastern fjords to reach Almannaskard. The star attraction here is the remarkable Vatnajokull Glacier, the worlds third largest icecap. It covers an area of approximately 8,100 square kilometres and is approximately a kilometre thick.
Day 6 Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Our glacier trail adventure continues along the coast to Jokulsarlon, home to Icelands largest lagoons. In Vatnajokull National Park, set beneath the towering Oraefajokull, Icelands highest peak at 2,109m, the timeless landscape defines magnificence. The scenery here is theatrical, from glistening glaciers and shining lakes to woodlands ringing to the song of numerous birds and carpeted with more than 200 species of flowering plants.
Day 7 Hveragerdi
Today our journey takes us to many fascinating areas. We take in stunning views of the Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. We head to Reynishverfi or Dyrholaey headland, a birdwatchers haven (closed to the public during the nesting season, from 1 May to 25 June).
We journey across vast stretches of sand formed by glacial rivers and over the vast Eldhraun lava fields to Skogar, which means woodland. Well visit the fascinating Folk Museum before continuing eastwards, we pass the Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls and arrive later at Hveragerdi.
Day 8 Gullfoss – Reykjavik
The thermal area of Great Geysir dazzles, especially its hot spring, the Strokkur, also known as The Churn, which erupts every 10 minutes or so, sending up a column of boiling water to a height of 30m. The rest of the fascinating area features smaller hot springs, steam vents and mud pools.
At Gullfoss, we visit Icelands best known and most beautiful waterfall, the two-tiered Golden Falls. This natural wonder, which takes its name from the rainbow that glimmers at the falls when the sun shines, is simply breathtaking. Another highlight is Thingvellir, home of the worlds first parliament and now a national park. In the afternoon we return to Reykjavik.
Day 9 Reykjavik
Today is free to explore this intriguing city at leisure. Or you may have pre-booked a whale watching tour.
Day 10 Reykjavik – UK
Transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK. Upon arrival, your Titan vehicle will be waiting for the journey home.