Six Days in Iceland

Six Days in Iceland

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Six Days in Iceland

6 Days Starting and ending in Reykjavik

Visiting: Reykjavik, Golden Circle, South Coast, Jokulsarlon / Vik, Vik / Reykjavik

Tour operator:

Intrepid Travel

Tour code:

BIYS

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

1 - 16

Physical rating:

Low, Low

Age range:

18-35 years

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Beach Tours, Photography

Activities:

Shopping, Walking

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Tour Overview

There's a lot more to Iceland than ice (and Bjork). Across six days, you’ll find the fjords, glaciers, volcanoes, black sands and thermal springs of this magical land in the world's far north. Discover all the bucket list highlights with some epic lesser-known secrets you may not have chosen alone. Stay up with the midnight sun in summer or chase the Northern Lights in winter – this trip operates all year round, meaning no matter when you set off, you’re sure to find something incredible. Drive the Golden Circle and discover Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss Waterfall and the Geysir Geothermal Area and then discover some waterfalls and scenic hotspots off the tourist track. Sample hot dogs in Reykjavik (if you’re keen on finding out why this is such a thing here), find some quirky bars to spend your evenings in and see some of the best natural views you’ve maybe ever seen. Iceland is calling!

Highlights

  • Embark on a journey to Iceland and experience its magic in any season – whether that’s soaking up the midnight sun or searching for the Northern Lights!

  • Chase waterfalls in a country known for its flowing cascades. Visit popular sites like Gullfoss and Geysir in the Golden Circle and then head off-the-beaten-track to sites like Gljufrabui and Gluggafoss.

  • Explore Southern Iceland – a world of striking contrasts – with a local leader who knows all the secret spots. Walk past blue-white icebergs at the Jokulsarlon Glacier, ford the fjords and soak up the silence of the surrounding grey sand desert.

  • Choose your own adventure in Reykjavik with loads of free time – whether that’s soaking in geothermal seawater at the famed Blue Lagoon or snorkelling at Silfra Fissure.

  • Visit Thingvellir National Park – the Eurasian and American tectonic plates may now be pulling apart, but over a thousand years ago, this was the site where Iceland's first parliament came together.

  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Itinerary

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Day 1: Reykjavik

Location: Reykjavik

Accommodation: Hostel (Multi-share)

Hallo! Welcome to Iceland. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm today. Being so far north, Reykjavik’s daylight can change dramatically between seasons – 4 hours in winter and up to 22 in summer – which means you’ll either have a lot of time to party or a lot of time to nap in the sun. After the meeting, maybe head out to dinner or check out the craft beer scene with the group (your leader always has the best recommendations) and explore the nightlife (or late-day life?) in this coastal capital.

Day 2: Golden Circle

Location: Golden Circle

Accommodation: Hostel (Multi-share)

Meals Included: breaksfast

Follow Iceland’s Golden Circle today with a few smooth, scenic drives. First, visit Thingvellir National Park and the Parliament Plains – this is the site of Europe's oldest parliament, founded in AD930. If you notice a big ridge of water in the landscape, you’re probably looking at the Silfra fissure, where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly ripping apart. Then check out the Strokkur Geyser and if you’re lucky, maybe see it blast water through the air. Finally, swing by the Gullfoss double waterfall on the Hvita River to witness the impressive cascades. On the way to your accommodation for the night, there’s the option to stop at Secret Lagoon in Fludir for some steamy hot springs action – this is Iceland’s oldest natural pool! Fed by the Vaomalahver, Basahver and Litli Geysers, the pool’s water flows continuously, meaning it stays warm (38 to 40 degrees Celsius year-round), clean and rich in sulphur.

Included Activities:
-Golden Circle - Strokkur Geyser & Gullfoss Waterfalll
-Þingvellir National Park - Parliament Plains

Optional Activities:
-Fludir - Secret Lagoon

Day 3: South Coast

Location: South Coast

Accommodation: Hostel (Multi-share)

Today, you’ll drive along the south coast of Iceland – one of the most popular areas in the country due to the incredible natural beauty and scenic havens dotting the coast. You’ll visit Gljufrabui (Canyon Dweller) first up and bask in the gorgeous cascades of this towering waterfall that’s a bit more off-the-beaten-track (but just as beautiful) as some other tourist favourites. Then, it’s on to another waterfall – Gluggafoss. Also known as Merkjarfoss, this waterfall is the most prominent in the series of falls that run off Merkja River. If the season’s right, you may also visit the famed black sands of Reynisdrangar – voted one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. After exploring the basalt stacks and sweeping panoramas, head on to Dyrholaey Nature Reserve and marvel at the cliffs that jut out into the sea (season permitting). Known as ‘the arch with the hole,’ this is a stunning sight – but be careful, as it can get really windy here! Tonight, you’ll stay near the famous Glacier Lagoon.

Included Activities:
-Gljufrabui - Waterfall Visit
-Gluggafoss - Waterfall Visit

Day 4: Jokulsarlon / Vik

Location: Jokulsarlon / Vik

Accommodation: Hostel (Multi-share)

Feeling like you could tackle Europe’s largest icecap? This morning, you can choose to embark on an optional walk on Vatnajokull – you don’t really need any special experience to sign up for a glacier walk here, so don’t let the size scare you. Glaciers like Vatnajokull are sadly melting away due to rising global temperatures, so seriously consider this if it is on your bucket list, as it might not be here in a few years’ time. In summer, you can also take an optional boat ride here and glide through the waters for a different perspective. After, visit Skaftafell National Park – a wilderness area known for its huge glaciers, mountain trails and Svartifoss waterfall – which you’ll take a short hike to and witness the cascades tumbling down over black basalt columns. Today is not a day to forget your camera! If the season’s right, you might also make a pitstop at Fjadrargljufur – a unique serpent-like canyon that was only discovered by visitors a few years ago. Later, arrive in the remote seafront village of Vik, where you’ll have a free night to explore, find the perfect spot for dinner or rest and recharge.

Included Activities:
-Skaftafell - National Park
-Svartifoss - Waterfall Visit

Optional Activities:
-Vatnajokull - Glacier Hike
-Jokulsarlon - Glacier Lagoon Boat Ride (seasonal)

Day 5: Vik / Reykjavik

Location: Vik / Reykjavik

Accommodation: Hostel (Multi-share)

It’s time to make your way back to Reykjavik, but not before chasin’ some more waterfalls! Today, you’ll visit mighty Seljalandsfoss – part of the Seljalands River, you can actually walk behind the falls and see the cascades from underneath (raincoat recommended). Then, head to Skogafoss on the Skoga River and marvel at the cliffside drop – here, you can climb the stairs to the right of the falls and watch the birds dive in and out of the cliff face. Then, cap off your waterfall tour with a visit to Urridafoss – this one is on Iceland’s longest river and is the most voluminous waterfall in the country. Arrive in Reykjavik in the afternoon and head out on an orientation walk with your leader to see the main sights. Icelandic locals have a special relationship with hot dogs, so you’ll have the option to stop by a hot dog stand and see what all the fuss is about – it’s said that you haven’t really tasted a proper hot dog until you’ve had one of theirs! Tonight, maybe go shopping for a few souvenirs, or alternatively, grab your group and knock back a few drinks at one of Reykjavik’s quirky bars to celebrate the last night of this nature-lovers adventure.

Included Activities:
-Seljalandsfoss - Waterfall Visit
-Skogafoss - Waterfall Visit
-Urridarfoss - Waterfall Visit
-Reykjavik - Orientation Walk

Day 6: Reykjavik

Location: Reykjavik

Meals Included: breaksfast

With no further activities planned, your trip will come to an end after breakfast this morning. But your adventure doesn’t have to end! If you’re staying on, why not spend today on a snorkelling day trip in Silfra Fissure or visit Sky Lagoon's oceanside geothermal hot pools. If you’d like to extend your stay in this paradise backdropped by mountains, just speak to your booking agent.

Optional Activities:
-Reykjavik - Saga Museum
-Reykjavik - Whale Watching (Seasonal)
-Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon inc return transfer
-Reykjavik - Harpa Concert Hall - Free
-Reykjavik - Whales of Iceland Museum
-Reykjavik - Maritime Museum
-Reykjavik - Perlan Museum
-Nauthólsvík - Thermal Beach - Free
-Laugarvatn - Fontana Geothermal Baths
-Reykjavik - Silfra Fissure Snorkelling Day Trip inc return transfer from Reykjavik
-Reykjavik - Settlement Exhibition
-Reykjavik - Lava Tunnel Tour
-Reykjavik - Sky Lagoon

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

    No

  • Fully Guided

  • Meals

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Golden Circle - Strokkur Geyser & Gullfoss Waterfalll

  • Þingvellir National Park - Parliament Plains

  • Gljufrabui - Waterfall Visit

  • Gluggafoss - Waterfall Visit

  • Skaftafell - National Park

  • Svartifoss - Waterfall Visit

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What's Not Included

  • Insurance

  • International Travel

Transport

  • On this trip we are travelling in our own private minibus as this allows us to reach some more off the beaten path destinations and gives us flexibility which would not be possible by public transport. Please note that there are some long travel days and some rough stretches on gravelly and windy roads. On some days we depart early in the morning to ensure we optimise our time. All our vehicles in Iceland have complimentary Wi-Fi.

Accommodation

  • Hostels (Multi-share) (5 nights)

Important Information

  • 1. Iceland can be an expensive destination, especially in terms of eating out. In remote areas the only option for dinner will be at the guesthouse we are staying at. Stock up on food at a supermarket prior to arrival if you would like to opt out eating at onsite restaurant. Please make sure you read the itinerary carefully in order to know what is and what isn't included in the trip price. Your leader will be able to advise on how to save money.
  • 2. A single supplement is not available on this trip.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?

    No

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    No

  • What is the fitness level required to do this tour?

    LOW - Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 18 years old or above

  • Is this trip right for you

    As accommodation on this trip is multi-share, you will share a room with other travellers of the same gender. This means travellers on the same booking may be split between rooms due to the single gender rooms. Triple-share, quad-share and multi-share bunk accommodation may be used depending on the season and the make-up of the group. A single supplement is not available on this trip. Please also be aware that many guesthouses in Iceland offer shared bathrooms rather than ensuite facilities. Rooms in Iceland can be small, and at times you may be accommodated a short walk away from the main building.

    The destinations visited on this trip can be cold throughout the year, especially at night. Please bring appropriate clothing for adverse weather conditions. There may be occasions where your leader has to alter the itinerary and activities due to the weather. In Winter months, this itinerary may run in a different order, although inclusions will remain the same.

    Due to the remote locations we visit, there are a few long drives on this trip. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the scenery and spend some time getting to know the other members of your group. On this trip we are travelling in our own private minibus with complimentary wi-fi.

  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?

    Yes

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Please contact us for latest COVID-19 policies

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Intrepid Travel has been taking travellers around the world for over 30 years

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Since 2002, The Intrepid Foundation has supported over 130 organisations across the world. We’re creating positive impact through the joy of travel, community and connection.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Over 50% of traveller travel solo with Intrepid. You can choose to share a room with another solo travelle of the same sex for no additional charge, or choose to pay a single supplement if you’d like your own room. Please request this when booking, and we will secure you a single supplement wherever possible. Please note, if you are booking a last-minute trip, it may be harder for us to secure a single room

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