28TH MAY - ARRIVAL TO ICELAND - REYKJAVIK
On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city center at you own pace (depending on flight arrival). The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within an easy walk. Spend the night in Reykjavik. (Dinner)
29TH MAY - GOLDEN CIRCLE AND GEOTHERMAL FARM VISIT
This morning you will be picked up by your guide. Then the first leg of our journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland.Starting at the UNSESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, we will see the site of the ancient assembly grounds as well as the visible rift where two tectonic plates are slowly separating. We will also visit the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area, where the Strokkur geyser spouts hot water every few minutes. We will also visit Kerio Crater & lake.In addition to the bright, sapphire-colored waters, the steep slopes of the caldera’s bowl are almost entirely covered in red volcanic rock. The last stop in this area will be at the Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from their greenhouse. Spend the night in Hella. (Breakfast, Lunch)
30TH MAY - VOLCANIC WONDERS OF THE SOUTH COAST
The day begins at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the misty cascade on a footpath. After spending some time at the majestic waterfall, you will go to nearby Hvolsvöllur, to visit the Lava Centre, a newly opened interactive exhibition about Iceland’s volcanic activity, its frequent earthquakes and how Iceland evolved over millions of years. Next is a stop to the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar folk museum that displays interesting artifacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing days. The last stop of the day is at the black sand volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here, you will be able to see the spectacular rock arch and bird nesting cliffs of Dyrhólaey basalt columns jutting out of the ocean. Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area. (Breakfast, Lunch)
Note: The cliffs at Dyrhólaey are closed from mid-May until late June due to puffin nesting season.
01ST JUNE - SKAFTAFELL AND JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including a visit to the beautiful Skaftafellarea of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. Here you have the option of hiking to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which drops over a wide cliff of basalt columns that resemble organ pipes. After lunch, the journey continues to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided boat tour. Afterwards we will begin driving along the majestic East Fjords on our way to our next accommodation. Spend the night in the Breiðdalsvík area. (Breakfast, Lunch)
02ND JUNE - RUGGED EAST FJORDS
This is a long day with a lot of diverse sights! Today’s scenery in East Iceland includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Also visit Borgarfjörðureystrifor puffin bird viewing. Lunch. Next we will explore the natural beauty of Lake Mývatn and its lunar landscapes with visits to the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters. This is a great day for geology enthusiasts! After our sightseeing, relax in the warm geothermal pools and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields. Overnight in Myvatn(Breakfast, Lunch)
03RD JUNE - MOON-LIKE NORTH ICELAND
Post breakfast, prepare to be amazed by the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Our journey ends in the seaside village of Húsavík, known locally as “Europe’s Whale Watching Capital." Further proceed to Jökulsárgljúfur National Park. Here we will visit the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon, which according to legend was formed by a footprint from the Norse god Odin's eight-legged horse.In the afternoon enjoy excellent whale watching tour. Evening you can relax and stroll around the harbor. Spend the night in Húsavík. (Breakfast, Lunch)
04TH JUNE - CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND - AKUREYRI
Leaving the Húsavík area today, our first highlight of the journey is Goðafoss, “The Waterfall of the Gods”. We will then make our way to the charming town of Akureyri, where we will take a stroll through the town center that is always full of life during summer. After lunch you will have some free time to explore on your own for a while, and then we will continue onwards through the tranquil farmlands of Skagafjörður on our way to our next accommodation.Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area. (Breakfast, Lunch)
05TH JUNE - LAUGARBAKKI - STYKKISHÓLMUR - HELLISSANDUR - ARNARSTAPI – BORGARNES
(TO SEE ARCTIC COLONY OF BIRDS)
Today our drive takes us down through West Iceland, with a few stops at some lesser-known attractions along the way. On return to Reykjavik, you will be dropped off at your hotel. Spend the night in Reykjavik. (Breakfast, Lunch)
06TH JUNE - REKJAVIK - CITY TOUR - DEPARTURE – TRANSFER REYKJAVÍK – KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT
Breakfast proceed for City tour of Reykjavik. Evening transfer from the hotel to Keflavik Airport by bus about three hours before your flight. (Breakfast, Lunch)
OPTIONAL - Thrihnukagigur volcano Tour @ EUR 375 per person
The dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano is a unique natural phenomenon. By setting up the necessary gear and equipment, created a tour that opens the door to a new world. All you need is the willingness to do a moderate 45–50-minute hike (3 km each way to get to the crater) and the guts to descend 120 meters/400 feet to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift. Enjoy Traditional Icelandic soup, coffee/tea.
Note: The professional guide for each of our tours is very experienced with Iceland‘s weather conditions. In rare cases, due to bad weather or other unpredictable events, the guide reserves the right to alter routes, departure times or other parts of the itinerary to ensure the best experience for the group.
GREAT WALL OF CHINA – BIRD’S NEST – WATER CUBE STADIUMS
Breakfast. Transfer to visit Longdi Jade shop, where we will learn Chinese jade culture. Visit Great Wall of China – at Badaling (by ropeway) a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a massive defensive structure built to keep off intrusion. This 6,400 Kms long wall is a symbol of China's ancient civilization and ranks among the greatest ancient monuments in history. Lunch. Visit 2008 Olympic venue – world famous the Bird’s Nest (Olympic National Stadium) and the Water Cube (The Aquatic Center) from inside.
Overnight at Beijing. (Breakfast, Local Lunch, Indian Dinner)