Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Locally Hosted, Private

Iceland in a Nutshell (7 days)

Iceland Encounter

Reykjavík, Iceland To Grindavík, Iceland

Valid for Departures: 22 Mar 2019 - 22 Mar 2020


Day 1
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg, Deluxe room. None

Welcome to Iceland! Your flight from N-America arrives in Iceland in the morning. A driver from our car service will meet you at the airport and take you to Reykjavik, where you check into your centrally located hotel. Spend today exploring the world’s northernmost capital city at your own pace with recommendations from us.

Day 2
Þingvellir, Iceland
Gullfoss, Iceland
Geysir Area, Iceland
Hotel Ranga, Deluxe room. Breakfast, Snack

Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir: We start the day with a 10:00 AM pick-up from your hotel and a drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the location of Iceland's Parliament between the years 930 and 1798. Thingvellir is also one of the few places in the world where you can see the effects of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pulling apart. After lunch, we explore the Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfalls. We overnight at a hotel in the countryside located next to one of Iceland's premier salmon rivers.

Day 3
Hella, Iceland
Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
Þórsmörk, Iceland
Hotel Ranga, Deluxe room. Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Thorsmork Wilderness Area: Travel via 4x4 vehicle to the wilderness area known as Thorsmork or Thor's Forest on the north side of Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Take a short hike across otherworldly landscape leading to the site where floodwaters gushed out from under the glacier during the eruption of April and May, 2010. Later in the day, and depending on conditions, we'll either hike up to one of many viewpoints in the area or explore one of the countless gullies and ravines that dissect the north face of the volcano.

Day 4
Vík, Iceland
Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
Hotel Klaustur, Superior room or Jr. Suite. Breakfast, Snack

South Coast Exploration: After breakfast, we start our adventure along the south coast of Iceland. First we stop at beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall. Then it's on to neighboring Myrdalsjokull glacier, where you have the option of going on a 1-hr. guided snowmobile ride. We'll have lunch in the town of Vik, where we will visit a woolen goods store and explore the black-sand beaches. In the afternoon, we continue across one the world's largest lava fields to the town of Klaustur.

Day 5
Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Skaftafell, Iceland
Hotel Klaustur, Superior room or Jr. Suite. Breakfast, Snack

Vatnajökull Glacier: Today we´ll explore the area surrounding Vatnajokull glacier, Europe´s largest ice-cap (and the fourth largest glacier in the world after the polar ice-caps and Greenland). We'll begin by heading to Skaftafell National Park, where we'll go for an easy 1-2 hour hike. If conditions are favorable, we may spot Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur. After one or two other stops, we'll head to the spectacular Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where icebergs drift out to sea. Two James Bond movies were filmed in this fantastic location and floating among the ice you may spot seals, eider ducks, and, even witness the glacier calving into the crystal turquoise waters. Return to your hotel in the town of Klaustur.

Day 6
Reykjavík, Iceland
Vík, Iceland
Hotel Borg, Deluxe room. Breakfast, Snack

Return to Reykjavik: As we make our way West along the South Coast of Iceland, we'll make a variety of scenic stops, including the headlands of Hjorleifshofdi and Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara beach, the Folk Museum at Skogar, Skogafoss waterfalls, and more.

Day 7
Reykjavík, Iceland
Grindavík, Iceland
None Breakfast

Departure: Flights to Europe departs Keflavik Airport in the early morning; flights to N-America depart in the afternoon. Our car service will pick you up at your hotel three hours prior to the scheduled departure of your flight. Along the way, you may opt to stop at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to enjoy the healing warm waters for an hour or two.

Exclusively for Virtuoso Guests

Iceland Encounter has been an exclusive Virtuoso supplier since 2012. All Virtuoso travelers receive a complimentary welcome package; breakfast is always included.

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Experience the dramatic and varied scenery of southern Iceland as you travel along the coast of the North Atlantic with glacier-tipped peaks and majestic waterfalls on one side and black-sand beaches on the other. This seven-day tour includes two nights in Reykjavik and four nights in the countryside.

Available all year round, this tour features a variety of optional activities such as: hiking, horseback riding, snorkeling, snowmobiling, biking and a glacier-lagoon sailing tour (summer only). Please let us know if you would like to include any of these activities and we will work them into the schedule.

About Us

Iceland Encounter focuses on bespoke trips of high quality. We are the only Virtuoso On-Site headquartered in Reykjavik and were nominated for Virtuoso’s Best On-Site Award in 2015 and 2016. Iceland Encounter was founded by husband-and-wife team Kristín Björnsdóttir and Erling Aspelund. After working for over 20 years in the US computer software industry – both in New York and Seattle – they returned to their native Iceland in 2007 to start their travel company. We look forward to welcoming you to Iceland!

Insider Tip

In Iceland, the sun doesn’t set from May 21st to July 21st. Ask us about possible activities under the midnight sun: hiking, diving, golfing, fishing, snorkeling, and more

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Visit Iceland with Iceland Encounter!

By: Lisa

Reviewed on: 29 Jan 2013

Our Iceland Encounter vacation was the experience of a lifetime. Our Rekyjavik hotel choice was perfect - lovely accomodations in City Center within walking distance of great food and shopping. Our guide/driver for three days in the country was knowledgeable and funny. Within the first hour he made us feel comfortable and safe in his care. He knew how to make the most of our limited daylight. Staying in the country for two nights was an outstanding recommendation because it gave us the opportunity to see the Northern Lights (upon request, the hotel wakes guests up if/when they become visible) and be closer to the places we wanted to visit. Our guide had a great relationship with other guides and establishment owners/operators and it made us feel like family. It was a very personal experience. We could not have done this on our own.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins Washington

Fantastic Trip

By: Lisa & Catherine

Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2013

This was a fantastic experience. It is has been one year since our trip and we are still talking about how much fun we had and how much we want to go back. Everything was planned perfectly to maximize our time there. Snowmobiling and hiking on a glacier. Waterfalls. Geysers. Volcanos. Museums. Touring a geothermal plant. Blue Lagoon. Travleing with our guide, Valdimar, was amazing. He took such good care of us. I fell in love with Iceland.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Jenkins Washington

Excellent guide, good hotel

By: Mike H

Reviewed on: 14 Jul 2016

Iceland Encounter made our journey to Icelamd most enjoyable and worthwhile. Our guide Teddy was most wenjoyable, knowledgeable, and provided a great local flavour to the journey. Our hotel was centrally located and comfortable. Our transfers were comfortable, friendly, and reliable. I would recommend them for anyone wanting a customized visit to Iceland.
Travel Advisor:  Roxanne Girard

Great experience!

By: Karen

Reviewed on: 05 Sep 2016

Our family had the most awesome trip to Iceland! We loved everything we did, and our guide, Snorri, was outstanding! He made the trip especially interesting and fun. He is very knowledgeable with diverse interests so it was such a treat to be with him all week. We miss him! We loved Iceland and want to return.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure

Fantastic Trip

By: Quesy

Reviewed on: 12 Mar 2017

Iceland Encounter planned an amazing trip for us. Our guide was efficient, had a delightful personality and was very knowledgeable about Iceland. We saw everything that we wanted to see and then some. We wouldn't have changed a thing!
Travel Advisor:  Rochelle Lieberman

3 days of touring in Iceland

By: No nickname

Reviewed on: 12 Jul 2017

Excellent! Did exactly what they said they would do. Totally satisfied.
Travel Advisor:  Birgit Navarre

Iceland 2017

By: Capilouto

Reviewed on: 29 Jul 2017

A wonderful experience and service. Excellent guides.
Travel Advisor:  Beth Flowers

Iceland Encounter

By: KJ

Reviewed on: 21 Aug 2017

Very good and addressed all needs and concerns. Always willing to help and be there.
Travel Advisor:  Nancy Macleod

Iceland Encounter

By: Carla

Reviewed on: 28 Aug 2017

I had the same wonderful guide that I had last year. It was like old home week and we had a great time. I think they do a good job.
Travel Advisor:  Barbi Lazarow


By: J&J

Reviewed on: 15 Jan 2018

The people at Iceland Encounter were very good to us. They guided us through several weather delays and airline changes, rearranging rides, hotels, restaurants, Blue Lagoon reservations and more with good grace. They provided our guide, Kristjan. He was knowledgeable, gracious, caring and proud of his country. We learned more and saw more than we ever would have on our own or in a large group.
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Bush

You HAVE to Visit Iceland

By: Don & Eileen

Reviewed on: 11 Apr 2018

They set up a 12 day guided tour that was incredible and beyond gorgeous. Our guide, Kristjan Petur Vilhelmsson, was one of the best we’ve had any where and gave us so many great experiences that few tourists get to have. He was tireless in making sure we got to explore everything we wanted to see - and then some. At the end of the trip, we considered him a friend and remain in frequent contact. We will go back and we want Kristjan to show us the way.
Travel Advisor:  Judy Schwartz

Iceland Encounter

By: Me

Reviewed on: 03 Jun 2018

They set up a really nice trip for me to Iceland. This is my 3rd trip and they didn't disappoint. I asked for a new guide and he was fabulous. Would highly recommend their services.
Travel Advisor:  Michael King

Awesome GUIDES

By: MC

Reviewed on: 23 Aug 2018

WE loved our Iceland Encounter guides- they were unbelievable. Made the trip. WE loved the activities as well, but the guides were awesome.
Travel Advisor:  Sam McClure


By: Diane

Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2018

The experience was great. Our guide "Thor" was by far the best guide our family has experienced. He made our trip!
Travel Advisor:  Sheri Phillips



Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

Iceland Encounter was great and I highly recommend them. They were a front runner for us because they continually monitor the skies for Northern Lights visibility and guess what? We hit the jackpot and saw them! Thank you Iceland Encounter and a shout out to our guide, Sori! He was fun, told great stories, sang songs and was a pleasure!
Travel Advisor:  Shelley Rapp

Iceland is amazing

By: CherylC

Reviewed on: 28 Jan 2019

Iceland Encounter was a spectacular trip. It exceeded all of our expectations. From the time we arrived, we were amazed with the country, the people, the accommodations and the natural beauty. We only wished we had seen the Northern Lights. Ahhh...... a reason to go back! We have traveled to several other cool places, but this trip surpassed everything so far! A must see.
Travel Advisor:  Lana Lewis