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National Geographic Expeditions - Iceland

The forces of nature in Iceland - With National Geographic

Highlights

  • Travel and landscape photographer Andreas Huber will be the expert who will guide you through the magical Iceland landscapes

  • Expedition through the ice channel of the Sólheimajökull glacier

  • Discover Iceland's best-kept secrets: Westman Islands and crossing the Arctic Circle from Grimsey Island

  • Zodiac boat tour through Vatnajökull, the largest glacial lake in Europe

  • Get a taste of Iceland with this 360-degree video from National Geographic

Description

Iceland - the country of fire and ice. A mystical place where you can find active volcanoes, glaciers of endless ice, vast fjord landscapes, and legends about elves. The small island in the North Atlantic Ocean is a destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers. Experience the unusual yet remarkable power of the Icelandic nature. Travel to another world where pristine landscapes and colorful skies come to life.

Despite the rugged volcanic rock and icy glaciers, hundreds of animal species live in colonies of thousands on the slopes of the kilometer-long fjords. With a population of about 350,000 inhabitants, Iceland is a rather small country. Yet, it repeatedly produces outstanding athletes and philosophers who belong to the world' s leading experts in their field. Contrasts of the peculiar and the unknown are what makes Iceland’s mighty beauty so distinctive. Everyone needs to experience this extraordinary place, at least one in their life.

Destination

Europe

Reykjavik - Úlfljótsvatn - Hafnarfjörðu - Fáskrúðsfjörður - Mývatn - Siglufjörður - Húsafell

Travel date: 09.08.2021 – 22.08.2021

Expert: Andreas Huber

Andreas Huber is a travel and landscape photographer and an organizer and speaker of multi-vision shows. He shares his passion with the world through organized photo expeditions and in live reports and lectures. Since he feels most at home in Iceland's north winds, he offers an unforgettable adventure to some of his favorite photo spots: icy glaciers, mighty waterfalls, and mystical volcanoes. Experience behind-the-scene moments of Huber capturing cultural encounters and natural wonders of our planet.

Welcome to the tiny island of fire and ice! When you land at Keflavík Airport, your private driver will collect you from the baggage claim and take you to your first accommodation. Drive for 45-minutes until you reach Iceland's lively city, Reykjavík. Even as you sit in the car, you will already begin to see the country's stunning landscapes. Pass by the vast lava fields and stretches of coastline as you daydream about the coming days.

At tonight's joint dinner, you will meet the rest of the group and get to know everyone! Are you ready to explore the mysterious sceneries of Iceland?

Travel time Keflavík Airport - Reykjavík: approx. 48 km / about 45 minutes

Overnight with breakfast in Reykjavík, Iceland

During today's journey, soak up the grandeur of the famous Golden Circle. The 300-kilometer route takes you along picturesque landscapes and to three of the southwest's highlights: Þingvellir where tectonic plates meet, Geysir where water erupts more than 100 times a day, and the roaring Gullfoss waterfall.

Experience the earth come to life: hot springs, mud pots, and a geyser that shoots up meter-high fountains of water every few minutes.

Afterward, you will visit the Fontana Geothermal Bakery, where you will get to watch the bakers dig up loaves of bread from the hot black sand. You will even get to try it fresh!

Next on today's journey is a visit to Friðheimar, a greenhouse in Reykholt. This unique experience includes a tour of the tomato-focused greenhouse and learning about horticulture. Try these delicious vegetables during a freshly prepared lunch!

Duration of the day tour: approx. 8 hours

Two nights with breakfast in Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

Eager to discover one of Iceland's best-kept secrets? Well, you're in luck! Hop onto a boat and sail out to sea for a few kilometers until the 15 Westman Islands come into view. This natural phenomenon is surrounded by mountains, islands, volcanoes, puffins, and other seabirds. The archipelago not only has a breathtaking landscape, but it also has a rich history. The islands' name alludes to the Irish, who were once called Westman by the first Icelandic-Viking settler, Hjörleifur. They were brought to Iceland as slaves to be sold to other Vikings.

The islands were created by submarine volcanoes 11,000 years ago except for the newest of the bunch: Surtsey. In 1963, this island magically appeared from beneath the waves and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Heimaey is the only inhabited island because of a devastating volcanic eruption that burned everything - locals lost their homes, and the entire island was covered in lava. Learn more details about the catastrophe at the Eldheim Museum and search for traces of the disaster in the so-called "Pompeii of the North ''. A walk to the top of the volcano gives you a breathtaking view of the chain of islands and the most vivid lava fields in the country today.

The islands are also home to Iceland's largest puffin colony! Keep your eyes peeled for these colorful animals and observe them in their Icelandic daily life.

Heimaey is also a famous destination because of puffins! Around 10 million of these colorful, eye-catching birds come here to breed. After crossing with a ferry, get into a RIB (rigid inflatable boat, aka Zodiac boat) for a two-hour boat tour around the islands. Enjoy views of the rigid coastlines, hidden caves, and possibly even some sea creatures like sea lions and whales!

Day tour duration: approx. 12 hours

The diverse southern coast of Iceland has all kinds of surprises in store for adventurers: expansive jet-black lava beaches as far as the eye can see, massive waterfalls, fascinating rock formations, and abstract glacier tongues. This beautiful combination of landscapes borders the rough Atlantic Ocean in the south, colossal ice caps in the north, and broad glacial rivers in the east and west. These typical sceneries are what makes Iceland famous!

Today you will visit Reynisfjara Beach, one of the most beautiful black beaches in Iceland. Stroll along the coast until you reach Reynisdrangar. According to legends, the bizarre rock formation consists of petrified trolls that froze at sunrise when they tried to pull ships from the ocean to the coast.

Further along the coast, you will stop at the charming village of Vík í Mýrdal. You will then discover the most famous waterfall in Iceland: Seljalandsfoss. The 60-meter high phenomenon thunders off the lower mountains of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano from miles away. In the afternoon, you will participate in an exciting excursion to the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. Hop onto snowmobiles and experience Iceland from a new perspective. Once you get into the right clothing and listen to a short introduction, you will embark on a one-hour drive on the glacier.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 12 hours

Overnight with breakfast in Hnappavellir, Iceland

Today's explorations will take you and National Geographic to the biggest glacial lake in Iceland: Jökulsárlón. The glacial lagoon is a natural phenomenon formed from the water that slowly melts away from the neighboring Vatnajökull Glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. Head out to sea on a Zodiac boat (aka RIB) and admire magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.

In the afternoon, continue your excursion along the coast and visit quaint fishing villages. You can feel the island life in these areas, where clocks slow down, and the air vibrates with a pleasant ambience.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 11 hours

Overnight with breakfast in Fáskrúðsfjörður, Iceland

In many crevices of Iceland, the pristine nature prevails. Crisp, icy air blows across the endless landscapes while herds of reindeer roam freely. Serene moments like these are memories you will keep forever. Today's route leads you along the coastal roads, promising dramatic views of the vast fjords. These natural harbors offer postcard-perfect scenes.

Today you will drive east to Urriðavatn, home to the famous hot springs, Vök Baths. Only five kilometers northwest of Egilsstadit, the largest town in the east, these thermal springs are a must for all visitors. The Vök Baths use the geothermal energy of the region for a unique bathing experience. Relish the beautiful views of the rest of the lake and the surrounding area.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 10 hours

Two nights with breakfast in Mývatn, Iceland

Lake Mývatn, translated as Mosquito Lake, is located within the Krafla volcanic system and gets its name from the harmless swarms of mosquitoes that are often found here in the summer. The humid and warm region offers these famous mosquitos ideal living conditions, which results in an excellent place for Icelandic birds and fish to thrive. Bird lovers will adore this area because the region is primarily known for its diverse species of ducks.

To better understand this unique landscape and its origins, take a trip into the mystical world of darkness. During a five-hour excursion through the Lofthellir Lava Cave, you will not only marvel at Iceland's natural ice sculptures but also learn many interesting facts about the formation of the island.

For the last and rough stretch, you will drive until you make it to your destination. You will pass Hverfell volcano, through the crater series of Ludentarborgir, and even to the roots of Mount Hvannfell. For 30-minutes, you will walk across the lava field and the bizarre lava formations until you will reach the Lofthellir lava cave. You will spend about an hour in the cave observing this incredible natural phenomenon.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 14 hours

Today is another unforgettable journey through Iceland's most adventurous and diverse area, rich in volcanic and geothermal highlights. The breathtaking beauty of Lake Mývatn is the main attraction in North Iceland. The highlands begin east of the lake, and you reach the Jökulsá glacier in Vatnajökull National Park. Massive glacial floods from Iceland's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, shapes the breathtaking landscape of Jökulsá.

In the afternoon, the second most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss Waterfall, awaits you! Dettifoss gushing waters flow from the Vatnajökull glacier, which is why this natural phenomenon is so powerful! Come and see the spectacular Ásbyrgi Canyon, a horseshoe-shaped gorge in the northeast of Iceland, steeped in folklore. Legend has it that the strange rock formation was created by a hoof print of Sleipnir, the eight-legged warhorse of the Nordic god Odin. It is about one kilometer wide and three and a half kilometers long, with cliffs up to 100 meters high. Researchers will explain that this natural spectacle started forming as far back as the last Ice Age! It then was created from many volcanic eruptions, causing many masses of ice and water to transform the land.

Before reaching your hotel, make a stop at GeoSea, where you can relax after an unforgettable day. Thanks to the underground heat, GeoSea's seawater baths are warm, pleasant, and mineral-rich for the skin. While the warm sea works its wonders, you can enjoy the view of the mountain range to the west, Skjálfandi Bay under the cliffs, and the Arctic Circle on the horizon.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 10 hours

Two nights with breakfast in Akureyri, Iceland

Start the day with the impressive Aldeyjarfoss waterfall on the Skjálfandafljót river. At twenty meters high, it falls into a beautiful blue lagoon. The waterfall is known for its surrounding geology as there are rows of hexagonal basalt columns, only found in a few places in the world.

Next, explore the mountainous region of Tröllaskagi, the Troll Peninsula, one of the most extraordinary mountain scenarios in Iceland. It is in the north between the fjords of Skagafjörður and Eyjafjorður. Several peaks tower over 1200 meters above sea level, some even over 1400 meters; the highest is Kerling with an impressive 1538 meters. It’s the part of Iceland with the highest elevation outside the central highlands.

In the afternoon, continue your drive to the small village of Olafsfjördur. An exciting afternoon awaits you here! Today, you will ride jet skis in picturesque bays on the northern Icelandic coast that are not accessible by roads. On this two-hour tour, take in mountain views and soar next to the emerging minke whales while views of the Arctic Circle on the northern horizon take your breath away.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 12 hours

Today you will continue the adventure by driving through another mountain passage in Iceland: Öxnadalsheiði. This route will put you under a spell. The views are unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, and the impressive Mordor-like mountain, Hraundrangi von Öxnadalur, will take your breath away.

As you pass the Skagafjörður Fjord, keep your eyes peeled for an abundance of Icelandic horses. The view of Drangey Island in the middle of the fjord is spectacular.

The small town of Blönduós also nestles on this route. As you drive past more incredible landscpaes, notice Vatnsnes peninsula, the western fjords, and after a while, the remarkable hills of the Vatnsdalur Valley. Vatnsnes is known for two things: Robben and Hvítserkur, a large elephant-like rock in the ocean.

Since it is nestled in the north of Iceland, the peninsula is home to many seal colonies! Protected by national organizations, the seals and other wildlife animals are safe from harm. For a good view of the animals without disturbing them, a small stone hut was built seamlessly into the rocky landscape. Take a trip with us and see the seals and nature of Miðfjörður with your own eyes.

You will spend the following two nights at Hótel Húsafell, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 12 hours

Two nights with breakfast in Húsafell, Iceland

From the hotel, make your way back to the coast to the Snæfellsnes peninsula. In Jules Verne's 1894 novel, Captain Antifer, he chose this region as the entrance to the underworld on a journey to the center of the earth. Over the years, Snæfellsnes has inspired a variety of artists and writers and plays a crucial role in Icelandic literary history.

The contrasting landscape boasts rugged cliff sides and rough coastlines. Stykkisholmur village commands an incomparable view of the bay of Breiðufjörður Fjord, renowned for its countless small islands and the diverse wildlife. During a two-hour kayaking tour, get to know the Icelandic coastlines and magnificent rock formations. Stay on the lookout for the animal inhabitants of this pristine landscape!

Duration of the day tour: approx. 12 hours

Several kilometers into the country, the Borgarfjörður fjord is known for its treacherous currents and unforeseen shoals. At the same time, the remote region is also characterized by marvelously rugged landscapes with countless waterfalls. These landscapes are an integral part of numerous legends and songs. On your tour, you will also visit Hraunfossar flowing over an open lava field into the Hvítá River and cascades of the Barnafoss Waterfall. At noon, you will make a shortstop in the romantic village of Reykholt. Then you will make your way to one of the most robust geothermal springs in Europe, the Deildartunguhver Spring.

Recharge your batteries during lunch because, in the afternoon, you can look forward to an unforgettable experience: explore the inside of a glacier! There are only a few man-made ice caves and tunnels in the world, and Iceland's are amongst the largest of its kind because of its high and remote location. Don't miss the unparalleled opportunity to explore the world beneath a glacier - an exciting journey into a world of fascinating ice masses and shimmering blue walls.

In the evening, you will reach your hotel in Reykjavík, where you will stay for the remainder of your time in Iceland.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 12 hours

Two nights with breakfast in Reykjavík, Iceland

Reykjavík is the social, economic, and cultural center of the country, with almost 130,000 inhabitants. On a four-hour sightseeing tour, you will discover famous sights such as the Hallgrímskirkja, one of the tallest buildings in the country, and the city's landmark.

After the city tour, you will set off for one of Iceland's popular attractions: the Blue Lagoon. First, you will recharge with an energizing lunch before your afternoon of relaxation. The Blue Lagoon Premium Package includes bathrobes and a face mask made of algae. Relax in the sauna or reflect on your recent experiences while you bask in the warm water. Today is dedicated to relaxation and well-being, a deserved ending to an unforgettable journey.

The tour invites everyone to eat together in the evening on the last evening on your round trip. Embark on a culinary journey across Iceland when you eat at The Grill Market. Reminisce about your favorite memories and relish the last few hours you have in Iceland.

Duration of the day tour: approx. 8 hours

Enjoy your last breakfast in Iceland before hopping into your private transfer back to the airport. As you take off back to your home country, Iceland says goodbye with a view of the Reykjanesskagi Peninsula from your airplane window.

Travel time from Reykjavík to Keflavík Airport: approx. 48 km / about 45 minutes

Sandhotel****, Reykjavík, Iceland

Nestled in the center of the lively city, this hotel proves to be the perfect starting point for all things fun. The brand new boutique hotel is lavished in high-quality furniture, excellent customer service, and gorgeous art deco design. Enjoy your stay in an atmosphere that perfectly combines Icelandic legends with the local artists' state-of-the-art craftsmanship.

Hotel Rangá ****, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

This luxurious rural hotel boasts coziness and 4-star quality service in southern Iceland. The snug log cabin has earned an excellent reputation for delicious cuisine, homely rooms, and welcoming customer service. End your eventful day in one of the elegantly decorated rooms while views of the breathtaking landscapes surround you.

Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon****, Hnappavellir, Iceland

The new 4-star hotel is the perfect accommodation for nature lovers because of its ideal location at the foot of the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón. The famous climbing region boasts rugged volcanic landscapes and glistening icy lakes.

Enjoy modern, Icelandic cuisine and incredible views of the sparkling lake at the hotel's restaurant. For a relaxed evening, head to the lounge and sip on a delicious cocktail while you look back on your adventure-packed day.

Fosshótel Eastfjords***, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Iceland

The four-building hotel was built in the 19th century for French fishers. Visit the hotel's museum, where visitors can learn about the fishermen's lives, or try the French-inspired restaurant, L'Abri. From your comfortable bed, enjoy views of the majestic fjord and mighty mountains.

Fosshotel Mývatn***, Mývatn, Iceland

Since the summer of 2017, Fosshotel Mývatn has welcomed guests to its beautiful destination on Mývatn Lake. The hotel has 92 beautifully designed rooms built by passionate architects whose priority was eco-friendly construction materials and furniture. The building's wooden finish and green roofs set the hotel in perfect harmony with nature. In the comfort of your room, enjoy excellent views of the glistening lake and surrounding landscape.

Hotel Kea Akureyri‎****, Akureyri, Iceland

Welcome to the heart of Akureyri - the gateway to the northeastern party of Iceland's lush nature. Comfort, relaxation, and luxury are of utmost importance at Hotel Kea. In one of the 104 rooms, guests can unwind and share stories about their adventurous two weeks. Enjoy French, Italian, and Danish-inspired dishes combined with Icelandic ingredients at the hotel's restaurant, Mulaberg Bistro & Bar.

Hótel Húsafell****, Húsafell, Iceland

Are you looking forward to one of the highlights of your trip? Hótel Húsafell is part of the National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World and combines Iceland's exciting history with the region's stunning beauty. The area's mild climate promises gorgeous flora and fauna that you won't find anywhere else in Iceland.

Closest airport: Keflavik International Airport

Duration of the trip: 09.08. - 22.08.2021

Minimum number of participants: 6 people

Including

  • Thirteen nights in the accommodations mentioned above:

    • One night at Sand Hotel**** with breakfast in a Standard Room, Reykjavík, Iceland

    • Two nights at Hotel Ranga**** with breakfast in a Standard Room, Hvolsvöllur, Iceland

    • One night at Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon**** with breakfast in a Standard Room, Hnappavellir, Iceland

    • One night at Fosshótel Eastfjords*** with breakfast in a Standard Room, Fáskrúðsfjörður, Iceland

    • Two nights at Fosshotel Myvatn*** with breakfast in a Standard Room, Mývatn, Iceland

    • Two nights at Kea Hotel Akureyri**** with breakfast in a Standard Room, Akureyri, Iceland

    • Two nights at Hótel Húsafell**** with breakfast in a standard room, Húsafell, Iceland (National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World)

    • Two nights at Sand Hotel**** with breakfast in the Standard Room, Reykjavík, Iceland

  • Accompanying expert Andreas Huber

  • Tour guide

  • Lunch on days 2, 7, 8, & 12

  • Dinner on days 1 & 13

  • All relevant transfers

  • All admissions to the listed sights

Activities included

Geothermal bakery and Friðheimar:

  • Visit a geothermal bakery
  • Private guided tour of the Friðheimar greenhouse
  • Lunch in the greenhouse

Westman Islands:

  • 2-hour guided tour
  • Ride in a rib boat

South Coast:

  • Snowmobile tour on Eyjafjallajökull

Jökulsárlón:

  • Zodiac boat tour

Mývatn:

  • Guided cave expedition Lofthellir
  • Entry to the Vök Baths

Diamond Circle:

  • Access to GeoSea

Troll Peninsula

  • Jet ski ride

Húsafell

  • Seal watching boat tour

Snæfellsnes:

  • Kayak tour

Borgarfjörður:

  • Guided tour under the glacier

Reykjavík:

  • City tour
  • Blue Lagoon Premium Package

Excluding

  • International flights
  • Personal insurance
  • Lunch on days 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14
  • Dinner on days 2-13
  • Drinks during meals unless specifically mentioned
  • All other services that are not mentioned above
  • Optional trips
  • Airport fees and baggage fees
  • Personal expenses, such as tips and souvenirs
  • Visa, if required

Services & Notes

  • Visits depend on the weather and the season. The tour guide on-site can easily modify it.
  • Group size up to max. 12 participants / minimum number of participants: 6 participants
  • The duration of the excursions stated in the program is approximate and may change due to local conditions.
  • Single room: 1659,-EUR

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