Oad not only provides bus tours, trips to far destinations by plane are also part of the offer. For you as a group, we would like to arrange a trip by plane as well. A destination that you might not think of that quickly, but which is definitely worthwhile, is Iceland. The program example for this destination is a trip of eight days. However, Iceland is of course also an option for a shorter trip where you stay in one hotel and make the beautiful excursions from there.
Geysers, volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers and fjords; during this adventurous trip through Iceland, all highlights of this very special country are part of the program. You will follow the ring road of the second largest island in Europe. From the capital city Reykjavik, you drive to the Skógafoss waterfalls and through the lava fields to the sand flats of the Skaftafell National Park, known from the Öraerfajökull volcano. Through the beautiful Vatnajökull glacier and the old settlement Djúpivogur, you drive through the barren highland to Husavik. Here, you can go on a whale safari. In the surroundings of Myvatn, you will see the boiling mud pools, then continue over Skagafjórdur Valei, known for its stud farms and afterwards to the ‘Golden Cirkel of Iceland’; Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfalls.
More than the half of the population of Iceland lives in Reykjavik, the rest of its population lives around the country in farms and villages on the coast and in the southwest. The inland is almost uninhabited and consist of mountains, stone and gravel deserts, lava fields, glaciers and rivers. The residents speak their own language, Icelandic, a language that was originally spoken by the Vikings. Because of its northern location, in the months of May, June and July it’s hardly or not dark. At the northernmost point, Hraunhafnartangi, you can watch a full midnight sun by clear weather
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After the flight to Kevlavik, you drive to Reykjavik (ca. 50 kilometres). Here, you check in at the hotel and there is time for leisure.
Seljalandfoss and Skogafoss, Dyrhólaey
After breakfast, you drive along the southern coast to the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. You will visit the nearby folk museum and see among others a church from 1879 and a peat farm from 1880. You continue your route to Dyrhólaey, the southernmost point of Iceland. The 120 meters high scape on the sea side, has a large hole through which even boats can sail. You continue through the lava fields to the surroundings of Kirkjubaejarklaustur for the overnight stay (ca. 270 kilometres).
Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón glacial lake
You will drive across the outwash plains of the Skeidará River to the Skaftafell National Park. The plain was created by volcanic eruptions under ice, which washed enormous amounts of melt water, ice, stones and sand to the sea. Skaftafell National Park is located at the foot of Iceland’s highest volcano, the Öraerfajökull, and offers beautiful views, waterfalls and exuberant flora. You will continue your journey to the Jökulsá river and the foot of the Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. You can take a boat trip on the glacial lake of Jökulsárlón (optional). Dinner and the overnight stay will take place nearby Höfn (ca. 205 kilometres).
Almanaskard and Djúpivogur
Today, you will go to the east coast, the Iceland’s Austfirdir. This area is also known as the Eastern Fjords. First, you will drive over the Almannaskard, a 153 meter high pass between the mountains Klifatindur and Skardstindur. Here, you have a magnificent view of the Vatnajökull glacier. Via the impressive rock formations, you will drive along the coast to the fishing village and old settlement Djúpivogur. The oldest buildings from the 18th century and older in this town are located nearby the harbour and date back to the time when the Danes dominated the trade on the island. You will spend the night in the surroundings of Egilsstadir, the administrative centre of East Iceland (ca. 190 km).
Dettifoss and Ásbyrgi
After breakfast, you drive to the north through the deserted and barren highlands of Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and the Ásdbyrgi ravine. Afterwards, you will drive to Húsavik, a fishing village located nearby the Greenland Sea. Húsavik was used by the Danes as an export harbour for the bright yellow sulphur, which was used for the production of gunpowder. In Húsavik, you have the possibility to join a whale safari (optional). Dinner and the overnight stay are in the surroundings of Mývatn or Akureyri (ca. 365 kilometres).
Skagafjórdur – Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls
In the morning, you’ll leave Akureyri and drive to the Skagafjórdur Valley, famous for its stud farms. You will continue to the beautiful and historical Borgarfjórdur fjord. You will make a stop at Reykholt, the old residence of saga writer and historian Snorri Sturluson. Via the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, you drive to Borgarfjórdur for dinner and the overnight stay (ca. 395 kilometres).
Today, you will follow the famous ‘Golden Circle of Iceland’: Thingvellir, Geysir and Gullfoss. You will start in Thingvellir National Park, the place where the former parliament of Iceland was located. You will continue the journey to the impressive Gullfoss waterfall at Geysir, undoubtedly Iceland’s most famous geyser. You will continue to the Kerid crater and Nesjavellir, the geometric area. Afterwards, you will drive to Reykjavik for the last night (ca. 260 km).
This is the last day of your stay in Iceland. By bus, you will travel to the airport of Kevlavik. On the way to the airport, there will be a stop at the Blue Lagoon. If you like, you can enjoy the geothermal bath (optional). From Kevlavik’s airport, you will fly back home and your impressive trip will come to an end.
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