The Southwest - Land of Fire & Ice
Iceland really is a magical and mystical place. The natural geological wonders, landscapes, birds and ocean life are unforgettable!
Please join us! You will see and experience amazing waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, whale watching, birding, eating at the finest restaurants in Reykjavik, walking the incredible landscape of this amazing island, soaking in natural thermal hot springs, sleeping at great hotels, snuggling in cozy cabins, Nordic shopping, Icelandic horses and charming Vikings!
We start out this 10 day trip in Reykjavik. This is a great area for whale watching, birding and walking the shore line. Reykjavik is a great city for art and culture. The next five days we will be taking a road trip along the Southwest. This area has amazing waterfalls, a stunning ocean shore line and great hiking trails. We will spend our last day back in Reykjavik.
Highlights: 1) Whale and bird watching off the coast of Reykjavik. 2) Walking the coastline and footpaths in search of birds and adventure! 3) Standing next to incredible waterfalls and glaciers.
Printable Bird List
(This is a checklist of birds that we have seen in the month of May)
6 Travelers plus guides
Rate per person = $3,750 (based on double occupancy)
Rate for single = $4,850
Inclusive: Domestic transfers and transportation within Iceland, lodging, breakfast, lunch, dinner, group tours, entrance fees and Allianz deluxe travel health insurance.
Exclusive: International airfare, customs & immigration fees and visas, alcohol, personal expenses such as souvenirs and expenses relating to personal choices during free time, tips for guides.
Day 1: Fly to Iceland (fly day)
Flights are usually overnight with arrival on day two.
Day 2: Arrive in Reykjavik (arrival day)
Flights usually arrive in the early morning. We will be flying into the international airport at Keflavik. It is a 45 minute bus ride to Reykjavik from the airport. We will be staying at Eric the Red Guesthouse for the next two nights. Breakfast is a traditional Icelandic offering of fish, cheese, meats, breads, cereals, etc. In Iceland the hot water is all from the thermal heat coming from the ground, so there is always plenty of hot, hot water. In the back yard of this guest house we often see Blackbirds, Redwings and Common Redpolls. Dinner will be at the Apótek Restaurant.
Day 3: Reykjavik
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and is rich in maritime history and close to numerous geological wonders. Options for today are hiking along the peninsula, whale watching and checking out the shops and museums of Reykjavik. In the harbor and along the peninsula birds like Fulmars, Gannets, Shags, Common Eiders and Long Tailed Ducks are a few of the species we will see. A short drive from Reykjavik is the area of Hengill. Great hiking trails and beautiful landscapes here. Possible dining choice: The Fish Market.
Day 4: Geysir
Today we will be visiting Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss and Geysir. There is a lot of great hiking in these areas and amazing rivers and waterfalls to see. We will be staying at Hotel Geysir. This hotel is directly across the road from numerous geysers that erupt regularly. The hotel has a hot spring pool. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 5: Flúðir
Today you will have a choice of either birding in the Haukadalur Forest or horseback riding on the beautiful Icelandic horse. Just outside of Geysir are the Haukadalur woods, which is one of the largest forests in southern Iceland. We will be exploring this forest for birds and interesting sights. From here it is a short and wonderful drive to the town of Flúðir where will be staying at the Flúðir Hotel. The Fludir has a very nice hot springs tub garden. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day 6: Vestmannaeyjar Island
It is a beautiful drive from Flúðir to the stunning waterfall named Seljalandsfoss; many stops and birds to see. This is one of the most beautiful areas in Iceland. We will visit the Eyafjallajökull (just say the E-15) volcano and traveling through the amazing valley below the glaciers. In the evening we will be taking a 30 minute ferry ride to Vestmannaeyjar and staying on Heimaey Island. This area is one of the best birding spots in southern Iceland. We will be staying at the Hotel Vestmannaeyjar.
Day 7: Vík
In the morning there will be time for walking and watching birds on Heimaey Island. In the afternoon we will be driving to the seaside town of Vík with plenty of stops along the way to see this beautiful coastline and look for birds. We will be staying at the Hotel Edda which has cabins just up the hill where we will be staying for the night. Dinner will be at a local restaurant in Vík.
Day 8: Selfoss
We will be spending the day wandering and exploring the Vik coast. There are amazing cliffs and rocks along this southern coast. This area also has beautiful sand beaches where Puffins and Oystercatchers can been seen in the coves. We will hike to the top of the Skógar waterfall and beyond towards the saddle between the Eyjafjallajökull and Katla volcanoes. In the afternoon we will be driving to Selfoss and staying at the Gesthús. The Gesthús is a camping area that also has small individual cabins that have nice bathrooms (plenty of thermally heated hot water) and kitchens. The cabins are tucked away in a small pine tree grove. The cabins are at the edge of the town of Selfoss and close to everything. It is very peaceful and cozy there. Dinner will be at the Selfoss Hotel.
Day 9: Reykjavik
In the morning we will be visiting the wonderful and amazing thermal pool called the Blue Lagoon for a swim and a soak. Then it is back to Reykjavik where we will be staying at the Reykjavik Marina Hotel for our last night. Dinner will be at The Grill Market.
Day 10: Fly Home
Flights usually leave in the late afternoon, so we will have time in the morning to visit Reykjavik again.
Please note: The lodging described in this itinerary is always our first choice based on availability. If we must book with our second choice, the lodging type and style is comparable.
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