Insight Vacations has a 10 day tour – a great option to visit Iceland!
Until recently Iceland occupied the fringes of European travel. Known for its mind-bending landscapes, it was popular with young hipsters, attracted by Reykjavik’s quirky creativity and party vibe. Icelandic tourism has suddenly taken off like a geyser, (the word geyser actually comes from Iceland’s Great Geysir, discovered in 1294.) Attracted by lower prices and explosive scenery, international visitors have grown steadily. So Iceland, the land of ice and fire, is so cool it’s hot! This is a great time to visit, before prices climb up as the global economy improves.
Much of Iceland is still taking shape before your very eyes – raw, dramatic landscapes born from volcanic eruptions and carved out by glaciers. Other parts have hardly changed since the first Viking settlers saw them more than 1,100 years ago.
Highlights include the iceberg-strewn Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and Skaftafell National Park. The bird sanctuary of Lake Mývatn is surrounded by lava formations, volcanoes, hot springs and craters. Dettifoss is Iceland’s biggest waterfall, while the Gullfoss (Golden Falls) is beautiful and majestic. The national park of Thingvellir was the setting for the Althing, the world’s oldest national parliament, dating from 930.
In terms of music, Iceland has everything from pop to classical, opera, rock and musical. The hip Icelandic capital, Reykjavik is awash with cafes, restaurants, clubs, and pubs. Iceland also has a long history, and is rich in culture, so there are numerous museums, focusing on a wide variety of themes.
Day 3 – HOT SPRINGS AND WATERFALLS TO VÍK Head east to visit Iceland’s newest geothermal heat and electric power station at Hellisheiðavirkjun. Continue to the hot-springs at Geysir and the mighty Gullfoss Waterfalls, the Icelandic equivalent of Niagara Falls. Then to the ancient Bishopric of Skalholt, see the historic church set in a remote location amid magnificent natural scenery, before continuing to your hotel in Vík. Hotel: Icelandairhotel, Vík Buffet Breakfast, Dinner
Day 6 – BY DESERT, LAKES AND DIVINE WATERFALLS TO AKUREYRI Drive through the sand desert of Mödrudal to the Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Continue on to the beautiful Lake Mývatn. This area offers a wide spectrum of geological formations and the intense geothermal activity produces mud pools and spectacular coloured deposits. Afterwards, view the Godafoss, known as ‘The Waterfall of the Gods’, before continuing to your hotel in Akureyri. In the evening, you are free to explore Akureyri. Perhaps, embark on an optional whale watching experience (available during whale season). Hotel: Icelandairhotel Akureyri Buffet Breakfast
Day 8 – EXPLORING SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK (Relaxed Start) Travel along the Snæfellsnes Peninsula to Snæfellsjökull National Park known as the Jewel of West Iceland and home to the country’s most famous volcano. Enjoy a fascinating exploration of the park’s many famous sites, including the magnificent Snæfellsjökull (Snæfell Glacier) and Búðir, a romantic landscape of white sandyhills, black lava fields and yellow beach. Also walk along the seacliff at Arnarstapi with its spectacular columnar rock formations. Hotel: Hotel Hamar, Borgarnes Buffet Breakfast, Dinner