Iceland Natural Wonders Tour
Small Group Adventure organized by Rose of the Winds Travel – Groups Forming
The Land of Fire and Ice, Vikings and Elves. Mystifying natural wonders will enchant explorers in search of a land like no other. Traverse glaciers then marvel as the melted waters cascade over one of the multitudes of waterfalls that Iceland is famous for. Geothermal geysers, springs, rivers and lakes rank high on visitors must-see lists while the more adventurous seek volcanoes, ice caves and lava tubes. And the most spectacular phenomena of all-Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights, the Merry Dancers, the greatest show on earth!
Rose of the Winds Travel will be taking a small group to Iceland in March of 2017. Discover the best of Iceland as we travel together to see the Northern Lights and iconic natural wonders.
- Iceland’s dramatic coastline
- black sandy beaches
- snow-capped mountains
- picturesque waterfalls and spouting geysers
- lava fields and volcanoes
- the continental rift
- geothermal pools and nightly aurora hunting
Below is our meticulously designed itinerary. Tom and I will be traveled to Iceland in March 2016 to scout all of our stops to assure pure amazingness! Be sure and let us know if you would like to be on the list for 2017.
March 23, Day 1: Arrival: Golden Circle – Arnes
Your tour guide will pick you up at the airport and we start our trip with Breakfast and relaxing at a hot pool with a sauna. Onward towards Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is a place highly interesting from both a geological and historical point of view. Here you can see the effects of the tectonic plate movements which has opened various cracks and fissures in the earth‘s crust, and it was here that the Icelandic Parliament was founded in the 10th century.
Afterwards, we keep on driving along the route of the “Golden Circle” with a visit at the famous geothermal site of Geysir where the Strokkur hot spring ejects its water column high into the air every 5 – 10 minutes.
Numerous other small springs are boiling and bubbling all around. Then we only have a short drive to reach Gullfoss, a spectacular waterfall which Icelanders refer to as the “golden” waterfall. Overnight in Geysir/Árnes area.
In the evening – like on every other evening of the trip – we keep our eyes open in search for the Northern Lights, that appear on the winter sky when conditions are right (our hotels on this tour are among other reasons
March 24, Day 2: Arnes – Hvolsvöllur:
Today we will head east toward Hvolsvöllur area. On our way, we will stop at a few magnificent waterfalls no one should miss, for example, Faxi, Brúarfoss, and Hjálparfoss waterfalls. Next, if weather allows, we will head to the Grímsnes area and visit Kerið, which is a Crater Lake. We will overnight in Hella Hvolsvöllur.
March 25, Day 3: Hvolsvöllur – Vík
Today we head towards Iceland’s South Region and the day will take us all the way to the small village of Vík.
Along the way, we stop at different places including Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, a small but picturesque waterfall behind which one can actually walk. We make a stop at Skogar, where we will have a look at the Skogar Waterfall, one of the highest in Iceland. For those who wish, they can climb the many stairs to have a different view of this great waterfall.
Afterwards, we visit the Skogar folk museum which gives us an excellent insight into the history of Iceland and the farmers’ way of life in the past (optional).
We continue our drive in the direction of Vík village, located in an idyllic setting famous for the Reynisdrangar pillars that rise from the sea just off the shore. We will take a refreshing walk on the magnificent black sand of Reynisfjara beach with its basalt columns of all sizes and shapes. From here we have a great view as well of the rock pillars. Legend says that the pillars originated when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship to land unsuccessfully and when daylight broke they became needles of rock.
Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
March 26, Day 4: Vatnajökull
This day is dedicated to exploring the southeast of Iceland. We cross the Skeidarársanduroutwash plains with lovely views of the largest glacier in Europe, the Vatnajökull Glacier.
Once we have crossed this vast black desert, we reach Skaftafell National Park, a beautiful area right at the foot of Vatnajökull Glacier which is known for its unique nature and abundant vegetation, like an oasis between the black desert and the glaciers. If conditions allow, we will take a short hike to the beautiful waterfall, Svartifoss. An easy hike to the Glacier will be possible.
We head further east, to one of the probably most famous attractions of South Iceland, the spectacular Jökulsarlon glacial lagoon, where icebergs break down from the Vatnajökull glacier and float on the lake. We take a walk to the beach to find small icebergs that have broken from the glacier tongue. Maybe some curious seals will show their heads while they watch us contemplate the area. Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
March 27, Day 5: Krikjubæjarklaustur – Reykjavik
Today we make our way back to Reykjavik along the South Shore and visit en route the Eyjafjallajökull volcano center at Thorvalsdeyri. Here we get an impression what impact the big eruption 2010 had on the local farmers and the area around (entrance not included).
Next on we will arrive in Hveragerði where famous Reykjadalur is situated. Reykjadalur or “Steam Valley” is a geothermal area close to Hvergarði where one can relax in the natural hot pool, geothermal springs or take a dip in the warm river. Reykjadalur is also a great place to hike and spend a day in the natural and beautiful surroundings. We will lunch at Kjöt and Kúnst, where all food is prepared on natural thermal stoves. After this amazing experience, we will then head to Reykjavik. Meet at the Kaffibarrin in the evening for music and merriment. Overnight in Reykjavik. Free time to explore Reykjavik for the evening and following morning.
Day 6: Departure
Morning exploring Reykjavik. Return to Keflavik International Airport.*
What’s Great about this Trip?
- Worry-free traveling with our local guide/driver
- The marvels of Iceland’s famous Golden Circle: waterfalls, geysers, and the many natural wonders listed above
- Nightly Aurora hunting and lodging with Aurora alert service
- The photogenic Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, with hits blue-tinted glaciers and curious seals
- Skaftafell National Park, home to two glaciers and hiking opportunities
- Soaking in the Secret Lagoon
- Specially chosen lodging with breakfast daily
- The chance to gather friends and family for the adventures of a lifetime.
PACKAGE PRICES INCLUDE
- Arrival Airport transfer with guide
- Departure Airport transfer without guide
- 5 nights in 3*** hotels in rooms with private facilities; incl. breakfast
- Roundtrip for 5 days according to the itinerary in private bus
- Local English speaking guide for 5 days on roundtrip
PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE
- Flights to/from Iceland
- Meals except for breakfast (e.g. lunches, dinners and drinks)
- Lunch at Kjöt and Kúnst (Details to come)
- Access to swimming pool on the first day – 7.50€
- Breakfast on the first day – 16€
- Excursions approx. costs – Eyjafjallajökull volcano centre-$7 USD; Kerið-$3 USD
- Travel Insurance
MORE INFORMATION AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST
Discover the best of Iceland as we travel together to see the Northern Lights and iconic natural wonders.