Private Expedition: Iceland (7 days)

Day 2

Golden Circle, Iceland→ Hella, Iceland

Day 3

South Shore, Iceland→ Hella, Iceland

Day 4

Hvalfjörður, Iceland→ Húsafell, Iceland

Day 5

Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland→Stórarjóður, Iceland

Itinerary

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

Arrive Reykjavík, Iceland

Land in Reykjavík and take a private tour of the thermal Reykjanesskagi peninsula. Straddle the meeting point of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates; see Iceland’s oldest lighthouse; and experience the hot springs, mud pools, and steam vents of Gunnuhver. Continue to Grindavík for a soak in the soothing, mineral-rich thermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Visit the red-roofed presidential residence, Bessastaðir; and explore quaint Álftanes before transferring to your hotel in the heart of Reykjavík.

Day 2
Golden Circle, Iceland
Hella, Iceland
Hotel Rangá Breakfast, Lunch

Golden Circle/Hella

Learn about thermal energy on a tour of Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, situated on an active volcanic ridge. Lunch at the Fridheimar Greenhouse, known for its thermally grown produce, and then join a private guide for a 4x4 driving tour of the Golden Circle. See the steaming Strokkur Geysir, and take in the fury of Gullfoss, or “Golden Falls,” before continuing to Hella on the country’s south shore.

Day 3
South Shore, Iceland
Hella, Iceland
Hótel Húsafell None

South Shore/ HELLA

Trace the coast to the village of Hvolsvöllur, at the base of the magnificent Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Learn about the behavior of glaciers and hike with professional mountain guides on the Solheimajökull glacial tongue, a wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges, and deep crevasses. Soak up the majesty of Skogafoss waterfall—plunging some 200 feet—and follow the footpath behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall for 360-degree views of its stunning cascade. Spend the evening relaxing at your country hotel.

Day 4
Hvalfjörður, Iceland
Húsafell, Iceland
Hótel Húsafell Breakfast, Lunch

Hvalfjörður/Húsafell

Visit the ancient open-air parliament at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site; then continue with your private guide to Hvalfjörður. Explore Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and watch the Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls rush through lava fields. After lunch, pile into an all-terrain vehicle for a spin on the Langjökull Glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacial cap. Step into its glacial cave to discover blue ice, crevasses, and spectacular icicles. End the day at Hótel Húsafell, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and unwind in the soothing geothermal waters of the onsite hot springs.

Day 5
Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Stórarjóður, Iceland
Hótel Húsafell Breakfast

Snæfellsnes Peninsula/Stórarjóður

See the historical setting for Egill’s Saga of Viking fame, and continue to the Eldborg Crater, rising impressively from lava that last flowed more than 5,000 years ago. Stop at natural mineral springs en route to Búðir, surrounded by black lava and a yellow-sand beach—a rarity in Iceland. Take photos of its evocative pitch-black church, then explore unique lava formations and observe arctic terns in the fishing village of Arnarstapi. Venture along the quiet southern coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and walk along the black lava pearl beach of Djúpalónssandur.

Day 6
Reykjavík, Iceland
Apotek Hotel Breakfast

Reykjavík

Drive along the soaring mountains of Hvalfjörður fjord, within sight of the glistening Snaefellsjökull Glacier—perched atop a dormant volcano and made famous by author Jules Verne as the gateway to the center of the Earth. Return to Reykjavík, and spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. Opt to join a walking tour of the capital. See towering Hallgrimskirkja church, guarded by a statue of Viking explorer Leif Eriksson; and peruse quirky street art and avant-garde architecture as you stroll the city.

Day 7
Reykjavík, Iceland
None Breakfast

Reykjavík/Depart

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

Tour Features

Experience(s)

  • Adventure
  • Culture, History & Arts
  • Sightseeing
  • Wildlife & Nature

Description

Iceland Private Expedition

7 days | Round-trip Reykjavík

Iceland is a theater for Earth’s natural drama—from the spurting geysers and bubbling mud pools that punctuate its countryside, to the massive ice sheets that shroud its volcanic mountains. Journey to the land of fire and ice to take in this jaw-dropping geology, and encounter the rich traditions and local folklore that infuse the country’s mystical landscapes. Encounter forces of nature still shaping the planet as you walk on lava in Snæfellsnes, soak in the soothing thermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon, and discover the caves and crevasses of a sparkling glacier.

Trip Highlights

- Set out on a private 4x4 driving tour of the celebrated Golden Circle, and veer off the tourist track to explore geothermal pools and walk with Icelandic horses.

- Discover rugged fjords, fascinating lava formations, and a glacier-capped volcano in one of Iceland’s wildest and most remote regions—the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

- Traverse crackling glacial landscapes on foot and in an all-terrain vehicle; and step into the ice tunnels inside Langjökull, Iceland’s second largest glacier.

- Lunch on thermally grown produce at the Fridheimar Greenhouse, learn about thermal energy at the Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, and soak in the hot springs of the Blue Lagoon.

About Us

National Geographic Expeditions offers a broad array of travel experiences to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents, each led by a National Geographic expert, a dynamic trip guide, or an expedition team. National Geographic taps into their vast network of resources around the world when designing trips to create authentic and transformative travel experiences. The official travel program of the National Geographic Society, National Geographic Expeditions aims to fulfill the organization’s mission to inspire people to care about the planet by providing meaningful opportunities to explore it.


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By: Howie


Reviewed on: 05 Oct 2015

Wonderful and busy tour.

Very Well done and professional

By: Judd


Reviewed on: 14 Feb 2016

Our 14 day Antarctica adventure was wonderful: the National Geographic team were extremely knowledgeable and very much enjoyed their jobs! All were really in to teaching and conveying their devotion to Antarctica and their particular area of expertise. We are already planning our next adventure with NG!
Travel Advisor:  Cheryl Everhart
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Outstanding

By: The ayotollah


Reviewed on: 21 Sep 2016

She has helped me with a number of trips and always shines. I know I can rely on Linda to be certain that all of the details are taken care of, and her recommendations are well though out. She is a superstar.
Travel Advisor:  Linda Rainwater

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By: Ron


Reviewed on: 10 Feb 2017

This was my third trip with National Geographic and, like the others, it was interesting, professional, and well managed.
Travel Advisor:  Eleanor Hardy

Galapagos/ Nat Geo 2017

By: Sree


Reviewed on: 23 Jul 2017

National Geographic was on my bucket list for an expedition to the Galapagos. The Islands are amazing and Nat Geo had great programs in place to highlight this ecological paradise. The partnership with Lindblad was a plus. My kids had a blast with the ships young explorers program which was the kind of quality education I expect from Nat Geo. The naturalists were real professionals. The entire team succeeded in making it a memorable trip.

Wild and Windswept, for sure!

By: RobinBG


Reviewed on: 25 Sep 2017

Always the best trip out there if you want history, culture and adventure. We learned so much about the places we visited, were able to hear local musicians play, and went to places that are hard to reach any other way than by a small ship. And - the food and service is beyond compare.
Travel Advisor:  Amy Rectenwald

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By: Morocco Traveler


Reviewed on: 23 Oct 2017

Good trip. Fair amount of driving but most of it is on the autoroutes which are good roads. Going to the south the road is under construction so it is longer. Good representation of the various areas of Morocco. Our private guide, Ali was excellent.
Travel Advisor:  Martha Gaughen

Morocco

By: Jud


Reviewed on: 28 Oct 2017

Outstanding in every respect except Casablanca Sofitel and some of the guest on the tour
Travel Advisor:  Jamo Ladd

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By: Lance R


Reviewed on: 20 Nov 2017

The NatGeo photo workshop was a great experience. Myrna was wondering to work with. Can't wait for my next trip through her!
Travel Advisor:  Myrna Arroyo

The White continent - Antarctica

By: Anissia


Reviewed on: 28 Dec 2017

Absolutely amazing! They ran a tight ship literally. Everyone was so pleasant to deal with, all naturalists were so knowledgeable. Expedition Leader Lucho had all zodiac outings running smoothly. I would repeat this trip if it was not so expensive though it is worth the money!
Travel Advisor:  Deborah Barth

excellent

By: oh my


Reviewed on: 03 Jan 2018

Natalie was excellent. Very good to work with and very helpful.
Travel Advisor:  Natalie Rael

Yellowstone

By: Dana


Reviewed on: 30 Mar 2018

Nat Geo hosted a wonderful tour of Yellowstone in winter. We would use Nat Geo again in a minute!
Travel Advisor:  Loni Truitt

Antartica, South Georgia and Falklands

By: Lin


Reviewed on: 28 Feb 2018

The Antartica, South Georgia and Falklands trip exceed my expectations. Travelling on the National Geographic Orion provided an exceptional experience which included spacious well appointed accommodation, delicious food, attentive good natured staff and interesting daily presentations and outings with knowledgeable experts. I can not think of a better way to explore and enjoy the incredible beauty of this pristine and its abundant wildlife. I now understand why there were a number of returning visitors on this fabulous trip.
Travel Advisor:  Samuel Spencer

Exploring Patagonia

By: Greg


Reviewed on: 23 Mar 2018

Nat Geo Expeditions is awesome! This particular expedition provides an excellent overview of this unique area of the world. Our tour manager Sylvina and expert Constanza Ceruti were excellent guides for our expedition providing high-level insights into the culture, history and ongoing research of Argentina, Chile and Patagonia. We would highly recommend this expedition!
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan

Great guides

By: Beverly


Reviewed on: 26 Jun 2018

Good job in every way. National Geographic has a tendency to over schedule activities, leaving no down time. I believe photographers need a little time each day, or every other day to organize photographs. The only time we have on National Geographic trips is bedtime when we are wiped out from a full day of activities.
Travel Advisor:  Meg Harrison

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By: Island Bell


Reviewed on: 26 Aug 2018

This was without a doubt the trip of a lifetime.
Travel Advisor:  Denise Larson

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By: Fred


Reviewed on: 22 Aug 2018

I thought the guides were really worthwhile. Their end-of-day recaps were quite interesting and presented in a professional manner as were the activities they guided us to. I was struck by their very obvious love for the work they were doing in their individual fields.
Travel Advisor:  Deb Velli

Tanzania and Rwanda

By: Dave


Reviewed on: 27 Aug 2018

As always first class-the itinerary was perfect for us and the expert was very informative and helpful. Travelling with NatGeo is a real experience and having travelled 4 times with them, can't say they need to improve anything just keep up the great work.
Travel Advisor:  Rose Rende

Great Apes and Uganda & Rwanda

By: Nikki D


Reviewed on: 09 Sep 2018

National Geographic Expeditions tour of Uganda and Rwanda was amazing. Whilst the main purpose was to see the great Apes, the game drive we did was a real highlight as well. The tour leaders were great and fun to be with and our Nat Geo Expert was a real delight and so informative. Really added to the trip. The trip is extremely busy with not a lot of time to yourself. Accommodations we stayed at were fabulous and all meals were excellent.

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By: Camilla


Reviewed on: 14 Sep 2018

Beautiful, and worth every penny. The tour leader took care of everything. The entire trip went on schedule and smoothly. Our archaeologist was very enthusiastic which was contagious. Each area a guide familiar with that area was used to show the highlights.
Travel Advisor:  Nora Elzy

Provence Hiking Tour

By: World Traveler


Reviewed on: 14 Oct 2018

Nat Geo provide a great travel experience. Amazing to hike on centuries old trails through vineyards, orchards and forests with a gourmet picnic lunch every day. Highly recommend.
Travel Advisor:  Courtney Regan