Iceland, the land of Fire & Ice, is home to an endless array of natural beauty and outdoor adventure. With stunning landscapes, pristine glaciers, volcanoes, geysers, and some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, even the most seasoned traveller will be awe-struck. Add to this the soothing mineral rich geothermal baths, crisp clean Icelandic air, 24 hours of summer daylight and the genuine, welcoming locals and one will soon realize why this destination has grown in popularity. Perfect for outdoor enthusiasts, photographers, birdwatchers, and nature lovers, our soft-adventure women’s tour to Iceland in 2023 is sure to be a journey you won’t want to miss.
This trip is appropriate for travellers who are in good health and are comfortable with full-day excursions. Participants with basic good balance, mobility, and moderate fitness level should not require physical preparation to enjoy the various activities of this tour. Walking on uneven terrain, sometimes uphill, walking and standing for long periods of time during guided tours, easy physical activities, stairways sometimes without handles, absence of elevators, and getting on and off various modes of transportation unassisted can be expected.
DAY 1 | Wednesday, June 14 (B/D)
Arrival in Reykjavik
Upon arrival in Iceland, meet our local English-speaking guide for a private group transfer from Keflavik International Airport. Start with a visit to a charming restaurant in the countryside, for a welcome breakfast. We then find our way to the famous Blue Lagoon for a relaxing bath in the blue water, renowned for its healing powers. In the afternoon drive through the lava fields to Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, to check into our centrally located hotel. Explore Reykjavik at leisure before gathering for a welcome dinner.
Overnight in Reykjavik – 1 night – Klettur Hotel (or similar)
Note: This is a land only tour, however, Broad Escapes will have a designated flight from Toronto. The group transfer and panoramic tour will be based on the recommended flight arrival time. Private transfers (additional cost) can be arranged for those arriving at a different time/date. Flights from all gateways can be arranged through Broad Escapes.
Day 2 | Thursday, June 15 (B/D)
Reykjavik – Skagafjörður
Start the day with a visit to the Icelandic Textile Centre, a unique collection of homemade wool and textile items. It also exhibits beautiful Icelandic national costumes and artistic embroideries along with many of the tools and equipment used to produce them. It is the only one of its kind in Iceland and was founded by the Women’s Union in East Húnavatnssýsla. In the afternoon learn about the old turf houses and life of Icelanders in the past at the Glaumbær Folk Museum. Continue to Skagafjörður for dinner and overnight.
Overnight in Skagafjörður – 1 night – Salthus Guesthouse (or similar)
Day 3 | Friday, June 16 (B)
Skagafjörður – Akureyri
Continue our journey to Akureyri, the second largest urban area in Iceland and referred to by locals as the capital of North Iceland. Enjoy leisure time to explore the cafes, shops, and botanical gardens. Later, relax in the mineral rich geothermal waters of the new Forest Lagoon. Return to Akureyri for an evening at leisure.
Overnight in Akureyri – 1 night – Akureyri Edda Plus (or similar)
Day 4 | Saturday, June 17 (B/D)
Akureyri – Lake Mývatn
Today we begin at Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most spectacular falls in the country. Continue to Lake Mývatn to explore the area. Visit the pseudo craters in Skútustaðir and the lava formations in Dimmuborgir and then continue to the incredible landscape of the Víti Crater in the slopes of Krafla Mountain and Leirhnjúkur Lava Fields. Before we check in to our accommodation in the Lake Mývatn area, enjoy a relaxing and soothing bath in the Mývatn Nature Baths surrounded by the lava fields. Dinner and overnight in Lake Myvatn area.
Overnight in Lake Mývatn – 1 night – Sel Hotel (or similar)
Day 5 | Sunday, June 18 (B/D)
Lake Mývatn – Dettifoss – Egilsstaðir
Today we have another spectacular day exploring the sights of Lake Mývatn before continuing our journey to Egilsstaðir. On route visit Dettifoss Waterfall, Europe‘s most powerful waterfall, and then on to the geothermal area in Námaskarð. End the day by checking into our hotel in the Egilsstaðir area for dinner and overnight.
Overnight in Egilsstaðir – 1 night – Eyvindara Hotel (or similar)
Day 6 | Monday, June 19 (B/D)
Egilsstaðir – Eastfjords – Jökulsárlón
Our drive today takes us through the picturesque Eastfjords of Iceland passing many charming fishing villages along the way. Visit the home of late Ms. Petra Sveinsdóttir in Stöðvarfjörður, to view the Petra Stone Mineral Collection, the most incredible collection of stones and minerals in Iceland. Continue to Jökulsárlón our home for the next 2 nights.
Overnight in Jökulsárlón – 2 nights – Skaftafell Hotel (or similar)
Day 7 | Tuesday, June 20 (B/D)
Jökulsárlón – Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón
We start the day at Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the most iconic sites in Iceland. Get your cameras ready for our amphibian boat tour as we sail among aqua blue towering icebergs floating in the glacier waters – nature’s outstanding beauty at its best! This afternoon explore Skaftafell National Park and hike to the picturesque Svartifoss waterfall.
Day 8 | Wednesday, June 21 (B/D)
Jökulsárlón – Vik – Skógar
Today we drive through Skeiðarársandur Plains and Eldhraun Lava Fields to the south shore of Iceland. On route stop in the charming town of Vík. Enjoy the exhilarating Icelandic Lava Show, a volcano eruption recreation, and the only place in the world where one can safely experience hot molten lava in close proximity. Continue to Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve, a 120-meter-high promontory rich in bird life. (Note: Some areas of Dyrholaey Nature Reserve may not be accessible in June due to migratory bird nesting). Then, dip your toes in the ocean and beautiful black sand beaches at Reynisfjara Beach, with the stunning views of the basalt columns rising from the sea in the background. Travel along the south coast to Skógafoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s largest before checking into our hotel in the Skógar area for dinner and overnight.
Overnight in Skógar – 1 night – Skógarfoss Hotel (or similar)
Day 9 | Thursday, June 22 (B/L/D)
Skógar – Gullfoss & Geysir – Reykjavik
Feel the mist on your face at Gullfoss Waterfall known as the “Golden Waterfall”. Then experience the heat of the geothermal area of Geysir and watch the thrilling display of nature’s forces when Strokkur erupts columns of water into the air every 5-7 minutes. On route visit the historic sites of Þingvellir National Park, where the Icelandic Parliament Alþingi was founded in the year 930 AD. At Þingvellir see how the earth is ever so slowly pulling apart along the North America and Eurasian tectonic plates. Continue to a local farm to learn about the iconic Icelandic horses followed by a greenhouse visit and horticulture production processes. Return to Reykjavik, where this wonderful journey began and check in to our centrally located hotel. Gather for a farewell dinner this evening to reminisce with fellow Broad Escapes travellers about the memories and experiences we’ve shared on this Fire & Ice tour of Iceland.
Overnight in Reykjavik – 1 night – Klettur Hotel (or similar)
Day 10 | Friday, June 23 (B)
Say farewell to Iceland with a private group transfer to the Keflavik International Airport.
B – Breakfast / L – Lunch / D – Dinner
denotes meals included in tour cost
Note: Travel times are based on averages and include the scheduled stops planned in the day’s itinerary.
**While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary described above, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the tour. Due to traffic or other circumstances beyond our control, it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations. Broad Escapes reserves the right to change the itinerary when deemed necessary.**