Multi-Day Tour | Escorted, Locally Hosted, Private

Luxury Family Adventure (8 days)

Iceland Encounter

Keflavík, Iceland To Keflavík, Iceland

Valid for Departures: 01 May 2019 - 30 Sep 2019


Day 1
Keflavík, Iceland
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg None

Welcome to Iceland, Blue Lagoon and Reykjavik!

Our car service will pick you up at the airport and take you directly to the nearby Blue Lagoon spa. Soak in the warm healing waters before continuing to your boutique hotel in Reykjavik. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring on your own with recommendations from us. Suggested activities include:

- Private biking tour of Reykjavik.- Whale watching tour from the old harbor.

Please Note: Official check-in time at hotels is 2:00 PM. For guests arriving in the morning, hotels will do their best to check in guests as early as possible. However, there is no guarantee of early check-in unless you book the night before.

Day 2
Stokkseyri, Iceland
Hotel Borg Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Kayaking Adventure and Lava Tube Spelunking:

Today, your private guide will pick you up at 9AM. Head to the south coast for a varied kayaking adventure in fresh water and along the coast where there are numerous skerries favored by birds and seals. Have lunch at a cozy country restaurant famous for its langoustine lobster. On the way back to Reykjavik, stop to explore a magnificent lava tunnel, one of the longest and best-known lava tubes in Iceland. A journey into the tunnel is a unique experience and a great opportunity to witness the inner workings of a volcanic eruption as one walks in the path of lava that flowed about 5.200 years ago.

Day 3
Hella, Iceland
Hvolsvöllur, Iceland
Vík, Iceland
Hotel Ranga Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Blue Glacier Hiking, Black Sand Beaches and Cascading Waterfalls:

Today, we leave Reykjavik for four nights in the countryside. 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 head to Solheimajokull glacier which extends from the great Myrdalsjökull glacier, down to the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. Embark on a private glacier walk on crampons up onto the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses await your discovery.
Day 4
Hella, Iceland
Hotel Ranga Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Wilderness ATV and Secret BBQ:

After fueling up on breakfast, go on a fun-filled, exclusive ATV tour into a beautiful hidden valley. It´s an area that was inhabited by outlaws in the old days and offers a variety of scenery and terrain including rivers, waterfalls, caves, forest and magnificent views. We will stop for a surprise BBQ lunch is a secret spot. After lunch, travel to the north side of Eyjafjallajokull volcano, an otherwordly area of snow-white glaciers, steely-blue glacial rivers, dramatic canyons and hidden waterfalls

Day 5
Vestmannaeyjar, Iceland
Hotel Ranga Breakfast, Lunch, Snack
Island RIB Safari and Puffins:

Start the day with a short ferry ride to the Westman Islands just off the south coast of Iceland. The Westman Islands were the site of a massive volcanic eruption in 1973 that buried almost a third of the town under lava and the rest under ash and pumice. It has since recovered and is now one of Iceland’s most successful fishing ports. Here you will experience something unique. We will go on an exciting RIB safari tour around the islands and bounce on the waves while checking out the archipelago’s nature, wildlife and sea caves. Before returning to the mainland hike Mt Eldfell (Fire Mountain), the mountain born in the 1973 eruption and explore the area where the lava flowed and buried many of the houses on the island. Today this area is part of a fascinating exhibit. Return to the mainland in the late afternoon.

Day 6
Hella, Iceland
Hotel Ranga Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Highland Hiking in Landmannalaugar:

This morning, we pack a picnic lunch and head into the highland nature reserve of Landmannalaugar, one of Iceland´s most beautiful areas. Landmannlaugar features the largest geothermal field in Iceland and the area derives its magnificence and diverse nature from Iceland’s active volcanic zone. Landmannalaugar´s spectacular landscape features stupendous ravines, steep rhyolite screes, rocky slopes, mountains with boiling hot springs, cold and clear springs, lush valleys with delicate wildflowers, light-coloured alluvial plains and sculptural peaks sporting all the colors of the rainbow. After an approximate 2-3 hour jeep safari in this amazing back country you will arrive at an area perfect for hiking. After your hike, you can choose to relax and soak in a natural hot pool formed by a mixture of hot and cold water streaming in from the edge of Laugahraun lava field.

Day 7
Þingvellir, Iceland
Gullfoss, Iceland
Geysir Area, Iceland
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg Breakfast, Lunch, Snack

Golden Circle and Viking Horses:

Today we visit 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, clearly visible in Almannagja or Everyman's Gorge. After lunch, we explore the erupting hot springs area Geysir, the place giving its name to the phenomenon worldwide. From here, a 10-minute drive takes us to Gullfoss, or Golden Falls, Iceland’s most famous waterfall. On our way back to Reykjavik we visit a family-run ranch for an introduction to the beautiful Icelandic horse. This unique beed was brought to the islands by the Viking settlers. Today, it is renowned for its fith gait, the smooth Tolt. Go on a private riding tour with views of surrounding volcanoes and mountain ranges. Arrive in Reykjavik around dinner time.

Day 8
Reykjavík, Iceland
Keflavík, Iceland
None Breakfast


Our car service will pick you up 3 hours before the departure of your 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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This family-friendly tour covers a variety of scenery, sights and activities in the south-west of Iceland. With the help of an experienced guide, capture the essence of Icelandic nature and culture. Fun and unique activities includes riding on Viking horses, a RIB safari tour around the Westman Islands, a hike on a glacier and swimming in geothermal waters.

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

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