Day 1, Monday: Keflavik
Arrival to Keflavik International Airport. Meet the Group tour at the hotel..
Day 2, Tuesday: Keflavik - The Blue Lagoon - Þingvellir – Gulfoss – Geysir
(The Golden Circle)
The first item on today’s agenda is a visit to The Blue Lagoon a unique wonder of Iceland, a result of all that volcanic activity. In the middle of the weird and wonderful, flat black lava fields of the Svartsengi National Park, the huge, outdoor lagoon is filled by naturally heated geothermal water which comes from 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) below the surface of the earth. It is full of minerals, silica and algae and is especially good for the skin and relaxation. The water is almost startlingly blue in color, and the white of the silica on the black lava rocks around the edges makes an amazing contrast. As well as soaking and swimming in the pool, the Blue Lagoon offers in-water massage treatments, saunas and steam rooms, and a cafe. This is an incredible way to start our visit to Iceland…
We will continue to Þingvellir National Park, where the Althing, Iceland’s first parliament was founded in the 10th century. We’ll continue to Gulfoss Falls and the famous location Geysir, from where the name for all similar thermal spring phenomena drawn their name.
Day 3, Wednesday: Landmannalaugar
We’ll travel today by jeep to Landmannalaugar nature reserve – the colorful land of thermal springs. It’s a beautiful drive, with breathtaking volcanic views. We will walk between colorful mountains, black obsidian lava and hot springs. Some of the hot springs are located at the bottom of a river, creating a wonderful temperature for a relaxing bath!
Day 4, Thursday: Skaftafell National Park
This morning cross Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on the face of the earth before reaching the Skaftafell National Park. Here you'll also start seeing the largest glacier in Iceland, the Vatnajökull that covers more than 8% of the island. Continue to the spectacular Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and see the birthplace of icebergs. You'll even have the option to take a trip on an amphibian boat and get close to the icebergs for a different kind of view.
Day 5, Friday: Waterfalls and black sands
Begin the day with a visit to the waterfalls of Seljarlandsfoss and Skogarfoss. Afterwards, we head to the Skogasafn Museum, which houses a large collection of cultural folk artefacts and period buildings. From here, continue along Iceland's beautiful South Shore, checking out the promontory of Dyrholaey, which is rich in birdlife, the rocks of Reynisdrangar and the dramatic Solheimajokull glacier along the way. After this extraordinary day we drive back to our hotel and prepare for Shabbat services and dinner.
Day 6, Shabbat: Kirkjubaejarklaustur
After Shabbat services and lunch we’ll take a walking tour with our tour guide.
Day 7, Sunday: Snaefellsnes National Park
Today we will continue our journey into Snaefellsnes National Park, home to the magnificent Snaefellsjokull glacier. The glacier played a staring role in Jules Verne's 1864 novel 'Journey to the Centre of the Earth'.
Day 8, Monday: Snaefellsnes National Park - Reykjavik
Spent exploring the numerous places of interest around the peninsula famous for the majestic Snaefell volcano/glacier at the end of the peninsula. Possible stops include the basalt pillars of Gerðuberg, Búðir with its small wooden church surrounded by a lava field, Arnarstapi, a small fishing village where you can have a look at the fascinating rock formations by the old pier and Djúpalónssandur, a black sand beach.
Day 9, Tuesday: Reykjavik - Home Gateway
Explore Reykjavik on a sightseeing tour this morning. See all the city‘s major attractions including the Parliament, the harbor, the National Museum, Laugadalur swimming pool and the city‘s main landmark, the Hallgrímskirkja church standing on the top of a hill in the city center . We will end our visit with a fascinating Whale Watching experience. After the tour we'll make our way to the airport for our flight home. It’s been a fascinating journey to a most unusual land.