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Our trip The Jewels of Iceland is our best seller. It was created a few years ago as a self-drive tour with a focus on discovering some of the most emblematic natural sites in Iceland and provide for clients coming for the first time, a full insight of the island. In 2018, we offer the same itinerary guided and in small group. Every day, we will discover various and stunning landscape : tremendous black sandy beaches, steep fjords, impressive volcanoes, stunning glaciers, powerful waterfalls, all those words are not enough to describe the Icelandic natural jewels. Your guide will help you approach those beauties in a sensitive way, he will underline the richness and specificity of Icelandic nature and history, connecting the past to the future stakes. An amazing discovery to enrich this trip.
This trip is offered at 3 different seasons with 3 departures:
In May and July, you’ll be visiting during the blooming of the Icelandic nature, waking up after the long winter. The trip will be brighten up by migrating birds, back on the island for nesting. You’ll also be experiencing long days as we slowly get closer and closer to the Summer solstice and its midnight sun. This is a perfect trip to gain in vitality and in energy.
In September, we will have the return of the Northern lights to light up the Icelandic nights. Nature is offering its last fruits, blueberries and mushrooms can be picked up before they start to be covered by snow. Animals are less exuberant but we still have the chance to observe a seal, whales or even reindeers during their transhumance to the mountains or a shy arctic fox.
Our travel agency is part of the VVE network, Leave No Trace. In this context, we adhere to an environmental guideline and are active locally for the protection of the environment. All our choices are made according to this: selection of food, accommodation, services.
We want to keep the size of the group small to have better interaction and friendliness.
A professional guide/driver that have the has a real expertise on the field and in term of knowledge about Iceland. He won’t only bring you from point A to point B but will make you have a lifetime experience.
Diversity in landscape and visits, a balance that will let you savoure all the aspects of the trip
A pleasant pace, we don’t think our trip as a military mission, you’re on holidays and will have time to enjoy each visit and we try to shorten the distance of drive as much as we can to spend most of the day outside in the nature.
On your arrival at the international airport, your guide will welcome you there or in Reykjavik according your schedule and soon will drive to your first accommodation located in the famous Golden Circle. Your first meeting with Iceland is the crossing of endless lava fields on the Reykjanes peninsula, known for its volcanic activity. Night and diner at the hotel. Distance approx. 120 kms.
This day is dedicated to the visit of the Golden Circle and its 3 emblematic sites: Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir. We will start with Gullfoss, one of the most beautiful and powerful waterfall in Iceland. We then will stop at Geysir where you might be surprised by the spontaneous geyser. The next stop will be a walk between the tectonic plates between America and Eurasia that separate. The park is listed at Unesco’s World Heritage. We will end this day in the fjord of the whale. Night and diner at the hotel where we can enjoy a bath in the hot tubs. Distance approx. 200 kms.
After a generous breakfast we depart in direction of the North. On the way we stop at the Barnafoss waterfall. A detour to the Vatnsnes peninsula is the highlight of the day. The road lead to the biggest seals colony of the island and to an amazing rock formation… some say it might be a petrified troll. Night in the region of Blonduös. Distance approx. 250 kms.
This morning we get back to the past and visit the Glaumbaer museum where we can see some traditional turf house and get an idea on Icelanders’s way of life for centuries. While driving along the fjord Skagafjörður we can enjoy some greenery landscape. In Hofsos, we will bath into the most beautiful pool in Iceland overlooking the ocean and end the day in the charming herring capital of Siglufjörður. Distance approx. 200 kms.
Today we embark on a whale watching tour with good chance to spot humpack whales. It’s not the time to forget the batteries of your camera. We will then drive to Akureyri and have some free time in town to enjoy its beautiful garden and cosy town center. Night in the fjord. Distance approx. 100 kms.
On the way to Mývatn we will make a stop at the beautiful Godafoss waterfall. Mývatn is located at latitude 65,6 right in the middle of the active rift emerging in Iceland. This rift separates the tectonic plates approx. 2 cm per year. This is why volcanism here is so active and landscape is constantly changing. We will explore amazing spots here such as Hverfell crater, Dimmuborgir lava rocks, the Krafla caldera or the mud pools in Namaskard. We will end the day in the warm and relaxing baths of Mývatn a turquoise water at 39° degrees. Night by the lake. Distance approx. 120 kms.
Check with your guide that he didn’t forget to get petrol. We will leave civilisation for the next 200 kms. On the way we will stop at the Jokulsá canyon to look at the amazing Dettifoss waterfall. Its flow is so powerful that you’ll be amazed. Our next stop will be a little heaven surrounded by amazing landscape. Möðrudalur is known to be the most isolated farm in Iceland. Finally we will get to the East part of the island and spend the night in a fjord. Distance approx. 250 kms.
The East fjords are known for its fishermen villages, nested in the fjords, along empty pebble beach and steep mountains. We will visit some of them, getting to know more the history of those places and their stories some connected with French fishermen like in Fáskrúðsfjörður. We will also stop at Djúpivogur a town with an arty atmosphere. Night in the region of Höfn. Distance approx. 250/300 kms.
We will spend the morning in front of the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón. How not to fall in love with the place ? We will admire the icebergs washed ashore into the ocean. We will continue to Skaftafell national park at the footstep of Vatnajökull glacier tongue. The road will then get through an amazing lava field from Laki volcano erupting in the 19th century before arriving in Vik, one of the most beautiful beach in the world. Nice walk in Reynisfjara to look at the beautiful basaltic columns. Our last stops will be for the impressive waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Night in the little town of Hella. Distance approx. 350 kms.
Free day in the Icelandic capital with the advises of your guide. If your flight is in the evening transfer to the airport around 10 pm. You can also extend your stay in Reykjavik (contact us). Distance approx. 100 kms.
Group from 6 to 14 people.
Walks : All our walks are on an accessible level. Their duration depends on weather conditions and on the overall level of the group. They can be extended or shorted depending on circumstances.
Indicative itinerary and safety : The day by day plan for this Jewels of Iceland tour is given indicatively and is susceptible to change for safety reasons such as bad weather conditions, volcanic activity etc… Your guide knows perfectly the terrain and will always be the only one in charge, especially to take decisions relative to safety.
Guide : Your guide is always attentive to both the group and the Icelandic nature in order to ensure you enjoy perfectly this magical midnight sun tour.
Vehicle : For your group we will operated a private and dedicated minibus.
Food : Any allergy or strict diet must imperatively be stated clearly during the inscription.
For conviviality in the group : (not mandatory) we recommend everyone to bring a delicacy from their home land.
Participation : Our guests are kindly asked to help the guide if he requests some help in preparing the picnic.
Accommodation during your stay : All our accommodations have been selected to make your experience comfortable.
Extension of your stay : Please contact us! You might not come back to Iceland any time soon, and if you can spare a few more days, we advise you to extend your stay a little bit, in an independent trip to discover another region or just to enjoy more of the northernmost capital city in the world. We can arrange 1 or 2 days more in Reykjavik for you to really submerge in its relaxed and original way of living, to enjoy its excellent coffee-shops and wonderful book-stores, to discover its fascinating little museums and art galleries, and to relax yourself in its swimming pools, spas and original night life.
Be careful to choose your prolongation early on, because modifying your plane ticket on site can be pricey and even sometimes impossible.
According to the season and to the weather’s instability of these northern countries, we ask you to follow this gear list, for you own safety and pleasure.
YOUR PERSONAL GEAR :
If you have a doubt on your gear, feel really free to contact us to receive some personalized advice!