Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Locally Hosted, Private

Glaciers and Waterfalls (7 days)

Iceland Encounter

Reykjavík, Iceland To Grindavík, Iceland

Valid for Departures: 20 Jun 2018 - 30 Sep 2018

Glaciers and Waterfalls (7 days)


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
Gullfoss, Iceland
Geysir Area, Iceland
Gullfoss, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss: We start the day with an early morning 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 clearly 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 in the country side. Optional activities today include a visit to a horse ranch or snorkeling in Lake Thingvellir.

Day 3
Hella, Iceland
Landmannalaugar, Iceland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Landmannalaugar Highland Area: Today, 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 rainbow-streaked Brennisteinsalda (Sulphur Wave) mountain, surely Iceland's most colorful peak. Afterwards, you may choose to take a dip in the natural hot pools nearby. We continue on across one of the world's most expansive lava fields to your hotel in the countryside where you will stay for two nights.

Day 4
Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Skaftafell, Iceland
None Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon: Start the day with a 2-3 hour hike in Skaftafell, Europe's largest national park, which encompasses a breathtaking collection of peaks and glaciers along with varied flora and fauna. Our path will take us past a historic turf farm and scenic waterfalls, with commanding views of glacier tongues and the black desert sands stretching out to sea. We'll picnic overlooking Skaftafellsjokull glacier and, if we're lucky, we'll observe Iceland's highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur. In the afternoon, we will visit the dramatic Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. 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. We will return to your countryside hotel in time for dinner.

Day 5
Vík, Iceland
Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
None Breakfast, Snack

Black-Sand Beaches of the South Coast: Today, we drive along the south coast of Iceland, taking in some of its most dramatic scenery, exploring waterfalls and black-sand beaches along the way. We'll visit the small town of Vik and Dyrholaey promontory, as well as the breathtaking Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls. We will also explore the area south of notorious Eyjafjallajokull and Katla volcanoes. Check into your hotel in downtown Reykjavik in time for dinner.

Day 6
Reykjavík, Iceland
None Breakfast

Free Day in Reykjavik: Today you can explore Reykjavik on your own with recommendations from us. Consider taking a whale and puffin watching tour in the morning and exploring shops and museums in the afternoon. You can also go on a guided bike tour, visit a nearby horse ranch, or just feed the ducks and swans by the picturesque lake in the center of town.

Day 7
Reykjavík, Iceland
Grindavík, Iceland
None Breakfast

Blue Lagoon and Departure: We'll provide private airport transfers 3-hours prior to your scheduled departure time. Guests leaving in the afternoon may want to consider a day at the Blue Lagoon spa, in which case we'll pick you up at your hotel at 11 AM. After spending up to 90 minutes in the Lagoon's warm aqua-blue waters -- renowned for their healing powers -- we'll drive you to the airport in time for your afternoon flight.

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. Traverse the most expansive lava field in recorded history, hike the foothills of Europe's largest glacier, and go sailing among icebergs in Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.

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


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