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Iceland Grand Adventure - the Ring Road
The Iceland Grand Adventure is a completely private tour whereby circumnavigate the island and get the most of what Iceland has to offer. With our private trip, you will get the most out of your visit. This tour is available from 8 days to 14 days depending on guest preferences.
Thorsmörk and Eyjafjallajökull Adventure
Our favorite tour of the lot has to be the Thorsmörk and Eyjafjallajökull Adventure. Ony accessable in winter by superjeep and in summer by 4x4 SUV's, this area of Iceland is arguably the most unique. With the glaciers, waterfalls and rugged volcanic landscape, this adventure will leave with you memories for life.
Most of the waterfalls we will see on this tour are on the perimeter of Eyjafjallajokull Glacier. Seljalandsfoss has a scenic narrow drop of 60 meters into a glacial lagoon which gives visitors a unique sight. More adventurous visitors (which we are) can walk behind the falls for an even more breathtaking view from behind the water drop. We may decide to leave this stop until the of the tour for better photo opportunities as the sun won't shine on this beautiful waterfalls itself until the afternoon.
Additionally, we'll visit Gígjökull Glacier up close.
Waterfalls and Volcanoes Adventure
The main attraction on this adventure is waterfalls but we will also look further east to Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara Beach. Dyrhólaey, used to be an island thousands of years ago when the shoreline was further inland but is now a peninsula and easily recognizable due to its iconic cliff extending from the side with a large hole through the bottom of it. In the summer time, it's also a wonderful opportunity for our guests to catch a glimpse of the little cute puffins Iceland has become famous for.
Another waterfall did you say? We will also stop at the slightly wider Skógafoss. This is one of Iceland’s most picturesque waterfalls and probably one of the most photographed one: a true symbol of the natural forces of Iceland. There is a wonderful opportunity to hike up the almost 400 step walkway up to the side of the waterfall to get a viewing from the top which can make for great photos. Don't be surprised to see people walking with day packs as Skógafoss is the beginning/end of the popular hike across Fimmvörðuháls and into Thorsmörk, about an 8-hour hike.
Just a bit further down the road, we have an option of visiting another waterfall that is not visible from the road, Kvernufoss Waterfall. Hidden a few hundred meters in a small valley, like Seljalandfoss, Kvernufoss gives us the opportunity to walk behind it but with the added bonus of having fewer people around.
Further east is Reynisfjara Beach and its iconic pillars, Reynisdrangar. Without a doubt, Reynisdrangar has become one of Iceland's most iconic sites as they have been featured in many Hollywood films due to their formidable size and eerie needle-like appearance protruding through the shoreline. The surf at Reynisfjara is strong, unpredictable and in some cases lethal, so please use care when walking on the beach, especially for guests that are traveling with young children.
Finally, an option is to have a look at the remains of an abandoned DC-3 airplane which crashed in Sólheimasandur in the 70s before we head back to Reykjavik. Please note that as of the spring of 2016, the landowner has limited automobile traffic towards the wreckage, however, you do have the option of walking to the DC-3 with an estimated 45 minutes each way.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Adventure
Continuing on our route towards the east, we drive past the mountain of Lómagnúpur, which rises formidably next to the ring road. About a half an hour later, we are in Skaftafell National Park, which holds includes Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier and Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur. It’s truly one of Iceland’s most iconic sights.
Beyond Skaftafell National Park are two Glacier Lagoons, Fjallsárlón and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoons. Both are in the foothills of Iceland’s largest glacier and Iceland’s highest peak, and well worth a look. In good weather, the environment is a setting for some spectacular photos.
Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is the better known of the two with many Hollywood movies having been filmed there. Here we have an option to take a Zodiac boat tour on the Lagoon. On the coast, the chunks of ice from the glacier have melted to form what has recently become known as Diamond Beach.
Vestrahorn and the East Fjords
We continue on the ring road, counter-clockwise towards the town of Höfn, a small fishing community that prides itself on their langoustines, ideal for lunch.
A few km east of Höfn is one of Iceland’s most iconic places, Stokksnes and Vesturhorn.
Driving further onto the East Fjords, past the towns od Djúpivogur and Breiðdalsvík and finally the fjord of Fáskrúðsfjörður and the old fishing town of Búðir. We head across one last mountain pass and arrive shortly in the town of Egilsstaðir where we will stay for the night.
Before we check into the hotel we may opt for a visit to the wonderdul geothermal pools at Vök Baths to unwind after the day's touring.
The Vök Baths is a geothermal destination on the beautiful Lake Urriðavatn in East Iceland. Vök Baths harnesses the geothermal power of the region to create a unique bathing experience with amazing views of the rest of the lake and the surrounding area.
Lake Mývatn and Dettifoss Waterfalls
Our route now takes us north and further to the west. We´ll pass over Möðrudalsöræfi Plain, and make our way to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall.
After lunch, we head towards the volcanic area of Lake Mývatn and weather permitting, go on hikes around calderas and lava fields or relax at the hotel.
As you approach the area around Lake Mývatn, you will inevitably see one of Iceland’s formidable mountains, Herðubreið (below), if you look towards the center of the country (southwest).
Additionally, you will most likely start to smell the sulfur coming from the hot water in the area particularly from the geothermal area around Krafla. Krafla is one of Iceland’s most spectacular and active volcanoes. The prominent Hverfjall and Ludent tuff rings east of Lake Mývatn are the results of eruptions along the 100-km-long fissure system, which extends as far as the north coast of Iceland. For nearly a decade the Krafla caldera and Krafla fissure swarm erupted on and off in the period 1975-84.
Húsavík and Whale Watching
Goðafoss and Akureyri
Troll Peninusla and Borgarfjörður
Into the Glacier
- Typical departure time from hotel: 0800-0830 a.m.
- Time frame – approximately 8-10 hours*
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* 1-hour snowmobile adventure will be an additional ISK 38.900 for single rider on snowmobile and ISK 26.900 per person for two people per snowmobile
* 3 hour Glacier Walk will be an additional ISK 11.900 per person. Necessary equipment is provided
* 3 hour Glacier Climb will be an additional ISK 19.900 per person. Necessary equipment is provided
* Private snowmobile/glacier walk/glacier climb tours available for an additional ISK 60.000
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