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Why Book With Us?

  • A local agency
  • Off the beaten tracks
  • Emphasize quality over quantity
  • Expert guides at your service
9 days
Reykjavik
Reykjavik
Min Age : 10 years
Max People : 12
Tour Details

A wonderful 9 days guided tour, as close as possible to the Arctic Circle, with contemplative walks, summer solstice and midnight sun, whale watching excursion, observation wild flora and fauna, hot baths…

During this stay, you will have the opportunity to discover the volcanic region around Lake Myvatn, its amazing landscapes of craters, lava fiels fumaroles and the Trollaskagi region with its fjords landscapes, the island of Hrisey, full of traditions…. then we will cross the West region of the country, the region of the Sagas, on our way to Reykjavik.

Highlights of this trip
  • Summer Solstice and Midnight Sun : In Iceland, June is the ideal time of the year to enjoy the midnight sun, especially with the longest day in the year on the 21st: the summer solstice. This natural phenomenon is truly magical with a sun almost disappearing, floating on the horizon, offering hours of sunset. All the accommodations we offer in this midnight sun tour are selected and picked for their optimal orientation regarding the midnight sun. You will therefore be comfortably settled to enjoy this unique phenomenon.
  • A unique and diverse nature: All the walks, depending on the weather and on your guide’s inspiration, will be soft or vigorous, mysterious or enlightening. All the sites being close to your accommodation, we will spend more time enjoying and admiring what surrounds us. This midnight sun adventure is ideal for birds and nature lovers, photographers and hikers. The vastness of this region, the very low density of population, the water, air, silence and light quality turn this trip into a perfect opportunity to rejuvenate oneself.
  • Unique volcanic landscape: A stay around lake Myvatn is always a complete immersion in a powerful and primitive nature where men managed to settle and keep traditions alive, such as baking bread in the warm ground, fishing in ice… Myvatn region offers an incredible diversity in a small area and allows avoiding long drives. This region has been recently used as a shooting spot for Game of Thrones and Prometheus. Fans will be able to discover the shooting spots during the trip.
  • Beauty and authenticity of Trollaskagi’s peninsula: Remote from route 1, the peninsula is surrounded by high mountains on one side and by the fjord Eyjafjördur on the other side. Here, nature has been forged by the meeting of glaciers. Lights are magnificent and the location is ideal to discover birds, seals, whales and Icelandic horses. Once again, unforgettable memories ahead of you
  • Quality: our priority is to bring as much quality as possible to this stay, whether by food, human relations or awareness of nature encountered so that it is, for everyone, a possibility of rebirth allowing a refocusing in his personal life. This short adventure is for open, contemplative and active minds who like to take the time to discover, feel, meet, accompanied by Harpa’s voice and her Icelandic melodies.
Our commitments
  • A selection of partners engaged in more responsible tourism.
  • An English speaking guide who knows Iceland and will make every minute of this trip worth it
  • The guarantee of working with a local agency.
  • We are contributing to the reforestation of Iceland with the planting of around 1 tree for 4 people.
Budget

Included

  • 8 nights hotel/guesthouse double/twin rooms with mix of private and shared facilities. Single supplement 450 €.
  • English/French speaking guide from D1 in Akureyri to D9 in Reykjavik
  • Private mini bus from D1 Akureyri airport to D9 Reykjavik
  • Domestic flight Reykjavik-Akureyri
  • Full board from dinner D1 to the lunch in D9: breakfast buffet, lunch (some can consist in picnic in the nature prepared by your guide), diner (2-3 courses or buffet with coffee and tea)
  • 1 whale watching excursion per person to observe humpback whales. Warm clothes provided and a hot drink offered. Approximate duration 3h.
  • 1 entry to Glaumbaer museum
  • 1 entry per person to the natural baths of Mývatn and 1 entry to Hofsos pool
  • Boat ticket for Hrisey Island and Drangey island

Not included

  • International flight from 200 € departing from Europe
  • Drinks (soda and alcohol) and dinner on the last day in Reykjavik
  • Transfers from/to Keflavik international airport to Reykjavik
  • Personal cancellation and repatriation insurance
Itinerary

Departure

Reykjavik

Return to

Reykjavik

D1: Arrival and beginning of the adventure

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will collect your luggage and take a shuttle that will drop you off 50 min later at the domestic airport in downtown Reykjavik. From there you take a 45-minute domestic flight to Akureyri, over the country’s mountains. Your guide welcomes you and the other participants and route to Myvatn to our accommodation by the lake.
 
Driving distance approx. 100 kms. 

D2: Volcanism at Myvatn

The Mývatn region is known for its active volcanism and amazing landscapes. It is a region of geological wonders, sculpted by volcanic eruptions over thousands of years. Here the landscapes are formed of volcanic craters, lava fields, bubbling flowerbeds … We will do some beautiful walks in the heart of the lava fields of Dimmuborgir, where everything is both powerful and impermanent. In the evening we will have the opportunity to bathe in a natural hot spring, one of the unforgettable experiences of the stay.

Driving distance approx. 20 kms. 

D3: Myvatn and Dettifoss

D4:Akureyri beautiful capital of the North

Last morning in Mývatn with a nice walk in the heart of the Höfði forest or at the top of the Hverfell crater for a 360 ° view, then we will drive back to Akureyri. Along the way, we will stop at the Godafoss waterfall, the “fall of the Gods”. In Akureyri, we visit the beautiful botanical garden and have some free time in the city center. Night in a guesthouse by the sea with jacuzzi and view of the fjord.

Driving distance approx. 150 kms. 

D5: Meet the humpack whales

We embark in the morning on a boat trip for a whale watching excursion in the fjord, one of the best places in Iceland, to observe them. It is sometimes possible to borrow a fishing rod and try your hand at cod fishing! Afternoon relaxation and small hike near our accommodation, in the heart of an isolated valley.

D6:Stroll on Hrisey island

Today, we take the ferry to the island of Hrisey, located in the middle of the fjord, an enchanting place that we will discover on foot, to best way to observe the local flora and fauna. It is not uncommon to see whales from the coastline. We will tour the island through small hiking trails with many viewpoints of the sea and the fjord, surrounded by snow-capped mountains even in summer. Overnight at the same place.

D7: Discovery of the Icelandic past

Today we cross a beautiful hidden valley to reach the Trollaskagi Peninsula, the “Troll Peninsula”. We will stop at Holar, a former Catholic bishopric of Iceland and above all, a center of education and a symbol of knowledge for several centuries. We will also visit the Glaumbaer museum, one of the best preserved turf houses in the country, the best way to get in touch with the old Icelandic way of life. We will also stop at Hofsós swimming pool for a relaxing hot bath with an exceptional view overlooking the ocean.

Driving distance approx. 200 kms. 

D8: Island and puffins

This morning we take a small boat to Drangey Island, a wild place where thousands of seabirds live, including a large puffin colony. We explore the island on foot and return to the mainland where it will be possible to bathe in nature before taking the road towards the West of the country. We will make a few short stops along the way to stretch our legs and enjoy some places of interest before spending the night in the Borgarnes region.

Driving distance approx. 300 kms. 

Day 9Arrival in Reykjavik

For this last morning, we will stop at the magnificent Hraunfossar waterfall and then drive to Reykjavik, through a the Kaldidalur track, which will give you a feeling of the Icelandic vastness and wilderness. Free afternoon in the capital to appreciate its emblematic sites and do some shopping before reaching the airport for your return flight in the evening. It’s possible to extend your stay (contact us).

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Good to know

  • Small group between 6 to 12 participants.
  • Hikes: moderate level. Walks between 1 to 3 hours that will be adapted depending on the weather conditions and the level of the group. 
  • Itinerary and safety: the day-by-day program is given as an indication and can be subject to change. Changes can be imposed for safety reasons, due to natural phenomenons: volcanism, bad weather… Your guide knows the terrain perfectly and remains the only person in charge of taking the necessary decisions, when it comes to interpreting the whims of powerful nature on this volcanic land and in these high latitudes.
  • Guide: your guide is attentive to the Icelandic nature and need of the group, so that everyone’s can experience this journey to meet the Icelandic magic nature.
  • Vehicle: comfortable 4×4 minibus equipped for Icelandic roads. We use a private bus only chartered for the group.
  • Accommodation: in guesthouse in double or twin room with made-up bed and mix of share and private bathroom. For this midnight sun tour, all our accommodations have been selected to make your experience comfortable and midnight sun orientated.
  • Participation: Travelers are expected to give a little help and assist the guide in preparing meals and dishes at the accommodation.
  • Food: mainly based on vegetarian cuisine, based on tasty and quality organic products. Hearty “Scandinavian” breakfast, picnic for lunches with mixed salads, cookies and hot drinks. In the evening, a hearty and convivial dinner, based on specialties and local products including sometimes meat and fish: lake trout, lamb’s leg, vegetables, potatoes, salad and excellent dairy products including blueberries skyr. If you have a specific diet or food allergy, please clearly indicate this when registering. For the conviviality of the group, but nothing compulsory, we recommend everyone’s to bring a small specialty of their region (cookies, cheese, wine, etc.).
  • Extension of your stay: Contact us. You may not be coming back to Iceland anytime soon, and extending your trip with a self-drive tour is the best option for getting the most of your stay. Do decide to extend your stay in advance, as it can be too late, once you already have your flights tickets.
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