Iceland
A summer adventure in the country of ice
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24 July - 03 August, 2019


11 days
Waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, whales and puffins
Difficulty level: Easy
3400 EUR
What to expect from the trip?
We're going to see dozens of waterfalls, among which is the largest waterfall in Europe. We'll take a walk at the edge of a number of craters and take a look at a lake in the crater of an extinct volcano.
We'll try to take pictures of a geyser eruption and, being in a geothermal area, we'll do our best to imagine what it's like to be on Mars.
We'll stroll along black beaches and the biggest glacier in Europe.
We're going to pet Icelandic horses, the friendliest horses in the world, and there's a chance someone will get lucky enough to catch a sheep.We'll take a glance at whales and search for seals and the cutest birds ever which are called puffins.We are going to see and visit marvelous lighthouses, cliffs and lava fields.
We'll walk to a military aircraft that had to make an emergency landing on the shore.
We'll swim and bathe in hot springs' waters heated by volcanoes, and taste the delicate Icelandic mutton and fish.
Itinerary
Day 1 (24 July)
S7 direct flight from Moscow to Reykjavik, after which we spend the night in truly beautiful suites in the city.
Day 2 (25 July)
We have a breakfast and walk around Reykjavik, enjoying the view of little houses painted in different colors, marveling at the Opera House, and then we go to the jewel in the crown of Iceland, the Golden Circle, a sightseeing route with a tremendous amount of beautiful places and a cosy house with a terrace and a Jacuzzi tub. But before that, we'll go to extinct Kerith Volcano with many-colored hills and a lake in its crater, to blue Bruarfoss Waterfall, and to the Thingvellir National Park where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates' split is situated. Those who wish can scuba dive in the lake in this split.
Day 3 (26 July)
In the morning, we'll go to a geyser valley and to Gullfoss Waterfall, which is one of the most stunning ones. Because we stay just nearby, we'll manage to do that way before buses with hoards of tourists arrive from Reykjavik. Then we'll go deep into the country, right into the highlands and to Hveravellir and Hveradalir geothermal areas, where the earth literally smokes and you can't help but have a strong feeling that you're on Mars. You'll have a chance to dip into a hot spring, so don't forget your swimming suits. Then we'll go back to our snug house to grill mutton and chill out at the terrace.
Day 4 (27 July)
We'll go to a highland area with this unpronounceable name Landmannalaugar, which is gorgeous by the way, the number of colors of the mountains there is surely going to make you dizzy with amusement. There we are going to trek among hardened lava, along lakes in craters of extinct volcanoes and hot rivers, in which you will also be able to bathe. In addition to that, there's also Haifoss Waterfall in the area, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland.
Day 5 (28 July)
We set off for the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and will spend the whole day exploring it. Kirkjufel Mountain, which is Icelandic for Church Mountain, the most photographed and the most beautiful mountain in Iceland; black churches, waterfalls falling right into the sea, and volcanic cliffy banks - all of these are located at the peninsula. We'll look for seals and puffins and watch the sunset at the Orange Lighthouse in the very east of Iceland.
Day 6 (29 July)
We'll head towards the north of the country, and as usual a bunch of interesting stuff is lying ahead of us. We'll try to guess what person Hvitserkur, a weird looking stack, resembles; visit an old-time bath-house, and have a dinner at an outstanding restaurant. In the evening, we'll arrive to our house in Akureyri, the largest town in northern Iceland. Naturally, as you might have already guessed, there's a Jacuzzi tub in the house.
Day 7 (30 July)
This day is all about whales. We'll sail on a boat across a gulf, marveling at whales jumping out of the water. As for dinner, we'll have it at a nearby farm, and since we're going to be there, we'll take a look at Godafoss Waterfall.
Day 8 (31 July)
It's a day of Martian landscapes. Before we set out further, we'll relax and regain our strength at the geothermal area of Myvatn lake where there is a huge SPA-complex. Dettifoss Waterfall, the largest waterfall in Europe, is our next destination point. It's a location where the shoot of Ridley Scott's science fiction movie Prometheus took place. Then we'll go down a stunningly beautiful road to eastern fiords, a habitat of a huge colony of puffins.
Day 9 (01 August)
We're going down south to one of the most famous and spectacular places. Our first stop is Stokksnes headland and its mystical cliffs. After having lobsters for lunch at one of the best restaurants in Iceland, we set off for a glacier lagoon where thousand-year icebergs detach from the largest glacier in Europe and float out into the sea. This place is considered to be the best in entire Iceland. We'll sail around on a boat amid icebergs, find out what a thousand year old ice tastes like, and walk along the Diamond Beach. When you see it, you'll know why it's called like that. Also we'll walk along the glacier and feel for yourself its sheer power.
Day 10 (02 August)
We proceed with the exploration of the southern part of the island: here is one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland - breathtaking Skogafoss Waterfall, it's a secret waterfall which it's possible to get behind; and many more. There's a black sand beach Vik with cliffs called Fingers of Troll, and Dyrholaey promontory with arched cliffs. We'll walk to a military aircraft that had to make an emergency landing on the shore. Besides that, this day is also going to be about Icelandic turf houses with grass on their roofs and moss fields, we'll go to a pool in the mountains (yet another chance to bathe) and savor the incredible scenery all around us.


Day 11 (03 August)
We go back to Reykjavik, buy some gifts, send some cards, have lunch at a greenhouse restaurant, and then fly back home.
The Cost: 3 400 EUR
The Dates:
24 July - 03 August, 2019
Included:
  • Accommodation in houses, suites and guest houses
  • 4G Wi-Fi routers and car rent
  • All the transfers within the program
  • Gas
  • An around-the-clock guide
  • Snorkeling in the tectonic plate split
  • Sailing on a boat in the glacier lagoon
  • Whale safari
Not included:
  • Airplane tickets
  • Meals
  • Health insurance
  • Entry tickets to the hot springs complexes and the national parks
Additional information about the country

  • The weather is Iceland is unpredictable and frequently changes. The air temperature is from +3 C (37.4 F) to +15 C (59 F). High winds and rain are possible.
  • Schengen Visa required.
  • The currency is Icelandic krona (ISK), an estimated rate of exchange is 1 ISK = 0.55 RUB = 0.0081 USD.
  • Non-cash payments are possible all over the country.
  • The EU type of plug sockets, the voltage is 220V
We are going to get around on 2 comfortable 4WD KIA Sportage crossovers. Each vehicle is equipped with a 4G Wi-Fi router. Every house we are going to stay in also Wi-Fi enabled. There is no special physical training required, we are going to have mostly little strolls and there is one trekking across highly mild slopes.
What kind of luggage to pack:

  • A foreign passport, printed out airplane tickets
  • A waterproof raincoat
  • A jacket (a light puffer jacket or a between-season jacket)
  • Thermal underwear
  • A hat
  • A warm sweater
  • Two pairs of shoes, Either a pair of trekking boots/sneakers with a GTX membrane or equivalent, or Timberland boots, or something else that won't soak through after a couple of minutes. You want to wear something dependable, because we are going to walk in different weather conditions, sometimes in the dirt. You need a second pair of shoes in case the first one gets soaked.
  • A swimming suit. You absolutely don't want to forget it, because we are going to bathe in hot springs.
  • A pair of flip-flops and a towel.
  • The necessary medications, in case you need them.
  • A foreign health insurance.
  • A power bank for your smart phone.
  • A thermos or a thermal mug.
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