Pre-Programme for Nature Lovers: The Icelandic Highlands
Available all year
Spend a night in Iceland's cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavik
Enjoy two nights in scenic Thórsmörk in the Icelandic Highlands
Visit Gullfoss waterfall and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park
Take a dip in the Secret Lagoon and visit Friðheimar greenhouse
Day 1: Overnight in Reykjavik
Once you arrive in Reykjavik, your time is your own. Why not explore some of the sights of Iceland's capital city before enjoying a relaxing night at hotel.
Day 2: Kerið Crater, Gullfoss and geysers
After breakfast, we'll pass through dramatic volcanic landscapes on the way to our first tour stop – the Kerið Crater with its shining lake. Then it's on to the hot springs and spouting geysers of the Geysir Geothermal Area. Look out for Strokkur, the largest geyser, which spouts every few minutes. After lunch, we'll head to the double cascade of Gullfoss, or 'Golden Waterfall' before driving you to your hotel in Thórsmörk (Þórsmörk) for the night, including dinner.
Day 3: Exploring Thórsmörk
We’ll spend today exploring the breathtaking landscapes of Thórsmörk, which many consider the most beautiful spot in Iceland. We’ll hike, stroll and wander through the wild landscape, soaking up views of glaciers and birch-covered mountains We'll end the tour with another natural wonder –Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.
Day 4: Secret Lagoon and return to Reykjavik
We’ll start the day with a dip in the Secret Lagoon in the village of Flúðir, built from a natural hot spring in 1891. Next, we'll stop at Friðheimar tomato greenhouse for a fascinating glimpse into Icelandic agriculture and horse breeding. You'll enjoy a tomato-themed lunch at their restaurant. The last stop on your tour is UNESCO-listed Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, with stunning views of the vast lava plain, filled with wild flowers. Your Pre-Programme tour ends at the pier in Reykjavik in time for embarkation.
Please note that we may visit sites in a different order.
1 night at a hotel in Reykjavik, including breakfast.
2 nights at Fósshotel Hekla, with half board.
Professional English-speaking driver/guide during tour to Thórsmörk.
3 x lunch or lunchbox.
Entrance fee to Secret Lagoon (including towel) and a greenhouse visit.
Dinner at hotel in Reykjavik, drinks and gratuities.
Remarks and requirements
Moderate to difficult, includes substantial walking.
This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility.
Minimum number of participants: 10.
If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip until 6 weeks before departure.
Tour starts 4 days prior to embarkation in Reykjavik.
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