From steaming mud pools and rejuvenating waters to breathtaking scenery, quirky bohemian towns with colourful buildings, mesmerising waterfalls and jagged icebergs.
This tour is non stop excitement and discovery. The diversity of the island is very apparent but the people stay the same, warm, humble and welcoming.
An Elle Voyage guide will be with you all the way. Discover Iceland today!
All Your Needs Catered for
Amazing food throughout. Stay in beautiful boutique villas and hotels.
- Thingvellir National Park, home to the Parliament Plains
- Witness Strokkur Geyser erupting
- Gullfoss, a double waterfall on the Hvita River
- Snorkelling at Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon
- Experience Seljandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls
- Explore Fjords and Valleys
- Soak in natural hotpools
Iceland Tour Itinerary*:
Day 1 - Reykjavik
Hotel Klettur – Dinner
Step out of the airport and prepare to be wowed! Arriving in Iceland is a magnificent experience in itself. The country’s breathtaking and magical landscape is an inspiration to artists and photographers.
This magnificent island of boiling mud pools, spurting geysers, glaciers and waterfalls is an adventure playground…where we intend to go out and have some serious fun.
Our journey to the hotel is just the start of this magical tour.
Freshen up at the hotel before having a lovely meal with your new girlfriends for next 11 days.
Day 2 - Hvolsvollur Valley
Hotel Smaratun, Breakfast & Dinner
It’s an early start to beat the crowds on the ‘Golden Circle’ route and today we get to see the three crown jewels.
The Thingvellir National Park is home to the Parliament Plains and the location of Iceland’s first parliament.
Strokkur Geyser, where you’ll witness the geyser swelling with blue water before erupting and shooting clouds of water 20-30 metres in the air, and the Gullfoss, a double waterfall on the Hvita River.
Next we drive to Silfra, where our guide will give you your dry suit and snorkelling equipment, (don’t worry if you’ve never snorkelled, you’ll full instructions).
We’ll now experience a 30 to 40-minute snorkelling tour of Silfra Hall, Silfra Cathedral, and Silfra Lagoon. If you have an underwater camera, now’s the time to get it out!
Day 3 - South Coast
Solheimahjaleiga Guesthouse, Breakfast & Dinner (self-catering)
Two waterfalls in one day, prepare to be mesmerized! We start off with the vast Seljandsfoss waterfall which is one of the best-known waterfalls in Iceland.
It’s 65 meters tall and is breathtakingly beautiful. A path leads you behind the waterfall and on a sunny day you may even get to catch a rainbow.
Later we’ll visit magnificent Skogafoss waterfall. At 25-metres wide with a 60-metre drop, this waterfall roars. You can feel it’s power up close with an hour-long walk up a windy set of stairs up to a stunning viewpoint.
We’ll finish the day by visiting Skogar museum, where you learn about Icelandic history and its heritage. this evening we will share a meal cooked by our guide.
Day 4 - Jokulsarlon
Immerse yourself with nature as you touch the black sands and bizarre, rectangular rock formations of Reynisfjara.
Skaftafell National Park is next, where you have the option to traverse the mottled blue, grey and black face of Svinafellsjokull, one of the tongues of Vatnajokull, also known as the Water Glacier in English, it’s the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Iceland.
Take a visit to the Skaftafell Visitor Centre and the Skaftafell Glacier Lagoon, where icebergs jut from the still water.
This afternoon we’ll board a boat and cruise between jagged icebergs in a breathtaking boat tour of Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.
Day 5 - Egilsstadir
This morning we take a scenic drive along the rugged coast of the East Fjord’s, taking photo stops along the way. Enjoy spectacular views of high mountains, deep fjords, spectacular waterfalls, glaciers, and quaint fishing villages.
Discover small but notable towns like Faskrudsfjordur, where historical ties have resulted in street signs written in French. We’ll stop at the wooded village of Egilsstadir, home to the mythic Lagarfljot Wyrm – a serpentine monster that allegedly lives in the lake the town sits beside!
The evening is yours to spend as you wish. Why not head out for dinner and mingle with the locals, who are always up for a good chat, and who knows… maybe you even get to see the trolls. Well at least hear all the stories about them.
Day 6 - Modrudalur
Our Journey takes us further through this black and green wonderland, making our first stop in Seydisfjordur, a bohemian and quirky town filled with multi-coloured houses that sit beneath steep, towering mountains.
Continue along mystical roads into the Icelandic interior and the highland village of Modrudalur. Modrudalur Valley is the highest inhabited place in Iceland, and snow can be seen almost year-round.
Being relatively flat valley, it’s the perfect place to take out our hiking shoes and awaken the explorer within.
Day 7 - Lake Myvatn
This is going to be a definite jam packed day to remember. We start with the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, Europe’s most impressive waterfall. It’s so powerful that the vibrations can be felt in the nearby rocks. The falls are 100-metres wide, with a 45-metre drop down into the craggy shores of Jokulsargljufur canyon below.
Next we visit Lake Myvatn, where recent and old volcanic activity has shaped the landscapes of the area, making it one of the most interesting geological regions in the northern hemisphere.
Watch steam rise from the red, sulphuric terrain of Namaskard where its hard to believe you’re still on planet on Earth and not Mars. Take a walk around the lava stacks and caves of Dimmuborgir and then observe the massive pseudo craters of Skutustadir.
Soak in the hot blue waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths, where 3.5 million liters of water has been cooled to 36 – 40°C — perfect for swimming around with a pint of beer in hand as you let the naturally warm waters soothe your muscles.
Later, enjoy dinner with your fellow voyageurs at your guesthouse for the evening in nearby Narfastadir.
Day 8 - Gauksmyri
Iceland is just one amazement after another and today is no exception as we’re going to visit the Godafoss waterfall (the Waterfall of the Gods), where it’s believed that into this 30-metre-wide, gently curving waterfall, a pagan priest symbolically threw the idols of the Norse gods in the year 1,000, signifying Christianity becoming Iceland’s official religion.
Continuing to Akureyri, the nation’s second largest city. After a short-guided tour of the town, taking in the striking church and other local sights we may get the chance to partake in a whale watching excursion.
Otherwise, there’s plenty more to see, including museums and botanical gardens.
In the afternoon we head to Gauksmyri, where we’ll spend the night and have a group dinner.
Day 9 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Another fun and filled day. We start with a stop at Snaefellsnes National Park, home to the magnificent Snaefellsjokull Glacier, which played a starring role in Jules Verne’s 1864 novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.
Ditch your luggage at your family-run guesthouse and then we head to the basaltic pebble beach Djupalonssandur.
We’ll visit a rural church and the white beaches at Budir, and Arnarstapi, where a short stroll along the coastal cliffs exposes you to rich bird life and other wonders of nature.
Bath in the natural pools of Lysuholslaug or perhaps explore the land on horseback (not included) with a short ride around Lysuholl.
In the evening we get to learn the art of Icelandic fare and partake in a traditional cooking class, before enjoying the variety of dishes we have so dedicatedly prepared.
Day 10 - Reykjavik
Today we head back towards Reykjavik to complete our circuit of Iceland, passing beautiful Hvalfjordur (Whale Fjord) along the way.
We should arrive around midday and enjoy a guided walking tour of the city, through the pedestrian zone and the Hallgrimskirkja church which is intended to resemble glaciers and mountains.
The rest of the afternoon and evening are yours to enjoy as you wish and reflect on this bucket list adventure.
Day 11 - Reykjavik/Departure
Time to say ‘Sjaumst’. What an incredible time you’ve had! You have to experience Iceland to fully take in its magnificence.
From boiling mud pools, spurting geysers and breathtaking waterfalls, Iceland has been an adventure you will never forget.
Dates: July 9 – 19, 2019
11 Days/10 Nights
What’s Included: Group Transfer, Hotels 4 nights , Guesthouse 6 nights, 10 Breakfasts, 5 Dinners.
Tour Cost: £2899.00 double occupancy
Single Supplement: £450.00 (hotels only)
All tours are quoted in British Pounds.
Space is limited. Reservations are on a first come first serve basis.
To register for this tour, a deposit of £300 is required to secure your reservation.
Balance is due 60 days prior to travel.