Iceland’s attractions cover every angle – there are chic bars and award-winning restaurants in sleek contrast to the island's volcanic, glacier-carved landscapes. This five-day escorted tour of the island nation’s south coast takes in the whole range of these spectacular natural highlights, from the geysers of the Golden Circle to the icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Lagoon and the dramatic waterfalls of Gullfoss and Skogafoss, all easily accessible from the buzzing capital – Reykjavik. Just remember to keep an eye on the sky for signs of the Northern Lights.
Day 1: Reykjavik
Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer to the Centerhotel Plaza, located in the centre of Iceland’s colourful capital. Consider dining out at one of Reykjavik’s celebrated restaurants – locals rave about Grillmarkaðurinn (Grill Market) and Fiskmarkaðurinn (Fish Market).
Stay: Hotel Klettur
Day 2: Golden Circle
Head for the Golden Circle, home to some of Iceland’s most impressive geological sites, including Thingvellir National Park, the famous hot springs at Geysir and the spectacular Gullfoss waterfall. Then visit a local stable and meet a herd of Icelandic horses, before driving on to Hotel Katla. As the sun goes down, look out for the Northern Lights – the hotel is situated in relative isolation, making it a great place to see the famous aurora.
Day 3: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
Drive along Iceland’s southern coast to the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, a glacial lake filled with piercing-blue icebergs, calved from the Brei›amerkurjökull glacier. On your way back to Vik you’ll drive through the spectacular Vatnajokull national park, home to one of Europe’s largest glaciers.
Day 4: Volcanoes & Waterfalls
Your journey back to Reykjavik stops at the Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls, as well as the Myrdalsjokull Glacier, situated close the Eyjafjallajökull ice cap, site of the infamous 2010 eruption. You’ll also enjoy an included visit to the Blue Lagoon, before returning to your hotel.
Stay: Hotel Klettur
Day 5: Reykjavik
After breakfast, head to Keflavik Airport and board for your flight home.
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