Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Locally Hosted, Private

Land of Volcanoes (6 days)

Iceland Encounter

Reykjavík, Iceland To Reykjavík, Iceland

Valid for Departures: 20 Jun 2018 - 15 Sep 2018

Land of Volcanoes (6 days)

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Reykjavík, Iceland
None None

Welcome to Iceland! Our car service will pick you up at the airport and drive you to Reykjavik, where you check into your downtown hotel. Spend the day at leisure with recommendations from us.

Day 2
Reykjavík, Iceland
Grindavík, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Inside the Volcano and Blue Lagoon: Today your private guide will pick you up at 9:00 AM. You will be driving in 4x4 Super jeep especially equipped for Icelandic conditions. Head out of town to Thrihnjukagigur volcano, the only volcano in the world that you can explore from the inside. Here´s what it takes: willingness to do a moderate 45–50 minute hike (to get to the crater) and the guts to descend 120 meters/400 feet to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift. You will be rewarded with the spectacular beauty of the crater chamber. The crater has all the colors of the rainbow and its size is gigantic -- equivalent to almost three full-sized basketball courts planted next to each other and the height is taller than the Statue of Liberty. After the Volcano tour, your guide will take you to the Blue Lagoon. Enjoy swimming in the unique geothermal waters. Return to Reykjavik by dinner time.

Day 3
Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
Þórsmörk, Iceland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Eyjafjallajokull Volcano: This morning, we head for the area around Eyjafjallajokull, the volcano that erupted in the spring of 2010. We travel first to the north side of the volcano into an area called Thorsmork, where the effects of the eruption are clearly visible. Here we will take an easy hike to the run-off Gigjokull glacier, where torrents of glacial melt water radically transformed the surrounding landscape during the recent eruption. We'll then proceed to the southern slopes of the volcano, where you’ll take in some of Iceland’s most dramatic scenery—on one side, tall mountains with a succession of waterfalls cascading from the glaciers above, while on the other views of the North Atlantic coastline with its black-sand beaches and dramatic headlands teeming with birdlife. In the afternoon, a scenic drive through classic Icelandic farmland takes us to your country hotel, your base for the next two nights.

Day 4
Hella, Iceland
Landmannalaugar, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Hekla Volcano and Landmannalaugar: Today, we start by exploring the lava fields around Iceland's most notorious volcano, Hekla, known throughout Europe during the Middle Ages as "The Gateway to Hell.” Hekla has erupted 20 times since Iceland was settled in 874 AD and most recently in the year 2000. From Hekla, we head into the highland area of Landmannalaugar, which features the largest geothermal field in Iceland. Its sculptural peaks are made of rhyolite, causing amazing colorization of the surrounding mountains. Here, we'll take an easy two-hour hike across a lava field to the rainbow-streaked Brennisteinsalda (e. Sulphur Ridge), surely Iceland's most colorful peak. Afterwards, you may choose to take a dip in the natural hot pools nearby. We return to your hotel in time for dinner.

Day 5
Reykjavík, Iceland
Geysir Area, Iceland
Þingvellir, Iceland
Gullfoss, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Return to Reykjavík; Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir: As we make our way back to Reykjavík, we visit the highlights of the popular Golden Circle route. We start with a short drive to Gullfoss, or Gold Falls, Iceland’s most famous waterfall. Our next stop is Geysir, the place giving its name to the phenomenon worldwide. After lunch, we drive to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where we'll go for an easy 2-hour hike. Surrounded by numerous volcanoes, Thingvellir is situated in a rift valley, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart, clearly visible at the great Almannagjá or Everyman’s Gorge. Thingvellir was the site of Iceland's parliament between the years 930 AD and 1798. We will be back in Reykjavik by late afternoon, where you check into a downtown hotel.

Day 6
Reykjavík, Iceland
None Breakfast

Departure: We'll provide private airport transfer 3-hours prior to your scheduled departure time.

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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Description

With more than 30 active volcanoes and eruptions every 4 to 5 years, Iceland is truly the land of volcanoes. This tour takes you to some of Iceland's most famous eruption sites, where you will witness the changes wrought by the eruption in Eyjafjallajokull in 2010. Explore steaming lava fields, colorful geothermal hot springs and enjoy the beautiful and dramatic scenery of the Icelandic wilderness. You will also travel into a volcano to experience the unique beauty of a gigantic crater chamber.

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

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

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

January

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