March 19th - 26th 2023
those who are in excellent physical condition
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Arrival at Keflavik airport, where we will take our rental cars and head to our hotel near the Golden Circle. Free dinner. Next, hunt for the Northern Lights in the area of Gullfoss Falls. Overnight at Hotel.
Departure at the first light to admire the sunrise in the Geyser Park. Afterwards, we will continue our journey through the Golden Circle, with the Thingvellir National Park, a place of great historical, cultural and geological significance, one of the two Icelandic UNESCO heritage sites where the world’s oldest parliament was founded in 930. The park is also home to the fault between the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. We will drive on the circular road that follows the perimeter of Iceland, stopping to visit the natural beauties that we will encounter, such as the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, up to the beautiful promontory of Dyrholaey, from where there is a magnificent view of the Vik stacks and the huge expanses of black sand typical of this region of the island. Continue to our hotel near Vik. Free dinner and an overnight stay in hotel. Also this evening, if the weather permits, we will not hesitate to go on an aurora hunt.
Departure at the first light to reach the Vatnajökull glacier (about 3 hours of driving). Stops along the way to photograph the incredible scenery of the South coast, including the Vik stacks, which are a unique sight in the dawn light, and the beautiful black beach with its lighthouse. Free lunch along the way. Arrival at Glacier Lagoon in the late afternoon, from which we can enjoy a fantastic sunset on Diamond Beach. Check-in at the hotel near the glacier, free dinner and then out again hunting for Auroras. Overnight stay.
In the morning after breakfast we will meet our expert local guide who will begin the briefing on how our full day will unfold at the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe; depending on atmospheric and glacier conditions, access to the caves will be modified. Our guide will lead us inside blue glacial canals, to take special photographic shots. In the evening we will hunt for auroras near the Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach. Our tour will be exclusive and therefore private, in order to be able to choose the best locations depending on the time of day and the number of people on the glacier. Free dinner and an overnight stay in hotel.
We consider this day as a ‘reserve’ day, in case our excursion on the previous day is not successful due to bad weather. Iceland has unpredictable weather, and is often affected by real storms, so having a reserve day is essential; let’s not forget that we are in the most spectacular area of the whole island, we will be surrounded by breathtaking scenery, unspoilt nature. In this area of the island, it will be possible to see seals, reindeer, and arctic foxes. If the glacier excursion is made the previous day, we will devote today to exploring the east coast, with stops along the way to make the most of the splendid views of the place. Free lunch. At sunset, we will be ready to go hunting for Aurores. Dinner at leisure and return to our hotel near Glacier Lagoon for an overnight stay.
This morning, weather conditions permitting, we will head to go out for an exciting hovercraft excursion on the Glacier Lagoon (optional) or, for those who prefer, by canoe. At the end of the excursion, free lunch and departure towards Skogafoss. We will stop along the way to walk to the famous wreck of the US Navy DC-3 plane, which was forced to make an emergency landing on the remote beach of Sólheimasandur, a pleasant walk of about seven kilometers. Arrival in Skogafoss in the evening, free dinner and overnight stay.
We continue our journey to Rekyjavik. Here we have plenty of time to visit the capital of Iceland or take an excursion to the Blue Lagoon, to enjoy the sunset in its warm thermal waters. Dinner is free overnight at the hotel in Rekyjavik.
Breakfast. Transfer to Keflavik airport for car drop-off and in time for the return flight home.