Our ten day Iceland 2018 tour is full of amazing experiences that will never be forgotten. I, Matt Palmer, am hugely passionate about Iceland and have explored the small island on multiple occasions as well as spending hundreds of hours researching all the best spots and activities. Visiting in late March, the days are getting longer, but it’s still not for the faint hearted. The weather in Iceland can be fierce all year round, and certainly will be at this time. But it allows us to see how majestic the scenery is in snow, as well as potentially photographing the northern lights soaring above some stunning locations.
Our itinerary needs to be as flexible as Iceland’s weather is chaotic. But we will make the best of any weather and any location!
Day 1 Reykjavik
Explore the enchanting capital of Iceland at your own pace, and then meet us and your fellow adventurers for a welcome dinner and drinks to discuss the adventure to come.
Day 2 Snaefellsness
Snæfellsnes Peninsula is home to a very diverse coastline. On the way is the beautiful Hraunfossar waterfall and abandoned historical homestead Stora-hraun surrounded by lavafields and mountains.
Day 3 Snaefellsness
The towns of Arnarstapi and Budir aren’t far away, with Budir’s famous black church of particular interest. Abandoned farm Dagverdara punctuates the coastline, and majestic pointed mountain Kirkjufell and nearby waterfall Kirkjufellfoss will be an exciting end to the day before exploring the port town of Stykkishólmur.
Day 4 Golden Circle
Signs of the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates abound in Þingvellir national park, a geological wonder. Geysir’s Strokkur will fire hot water into the air, as high as 40 meters every 5 – 10 minutes which will test your timing!
The stunning Gullfoss rounds out the ‘Golden Circle’. It is such a grand spectacle that it earns the nickname ‘Iceland’s Niagra Falls’.
Day 5 Vik
The drive to Vik is met with two of the grandest sights in Iceland, waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. For those not afraid of getting wet we’ll peek at Gljúfrafoss, a hidden canyon waterfall near Seljalandsfoss. Getting wet in Iceland’s winter can be a little dangerous so we will take precautions.
The black sand beaches of Vik are synonymous with Icelandic scenery, home to a Crashed C47 plane (that we will try to get access to, fingers crossed!), and coastal geological features such as Dyrholaey and Reynisdranger.
Day 6 Vik
We’re working on a very special experience 😉
Day 7 Vatnajokull National Park
Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in all of Europe. The approach to the glaciers is stunning, and there are many opportunities to get closer to the different glacial tongues carving through the mountains. Volcanic activity in the region has also created waterfalls such as Svartifoss, famous for its basalt columns.
Day 8 Vatnajokull National Park
Jökulsárlón is perhaps the most awe inspiring location in all of Iceland. The Vatnajökull glacier calves into a glacial lagoon, with ice bergs traveling out to the nearby ocean. Crashing waves from the Northern Atlantic ocean collide with the large blocks of ice, pushing them back onto the black sand beach, creating an amazing sculptural display. Weather permitting, an ice cave tour is the perfect way to learn more about the glaciers and Iceland’s unique geology, while taking photographs that are out of this world.
Day 9 Hofn
Abandoned farms at Vidbordssel are striking with the dramatic peaks in the background. Traveling to Stokksnes, occupied by American military during WWII, gives the perfect vantage point for capturing the majestic mountains of Vestrahorn with interesting foreground elements.
Day 10 Reykjanes
A drive back to Keflavik will give us opportunities to revisit any South coast attractions we have missed, or revisit some of your favorite waterfalls or other attractions. If time allows, we can start exploring the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Day 11 Reykjanes
The last day of our tour together! It’s been an adventure we will never forget, but it’s not over just yet.
The peninsula is often overlooked but has hugely diverse and fascinating photographic opportunities. Lighthouses, scatterings of abandoned farms, geothermal areas and coastlines battered by devastating waves are all waiting for exploration.
We’ve all earned some pampering at the Blue Lagoon Clinic, Iceland’s finest accommodation complete with its own private geothermal lagoon and nearby award winning restaurant. Life does not get better than this!
Accommodation has been chosen to be of the highest quality available in each area. Interest access is usually available in room or in the hotel lobby. All prices are twin share, with a single share supplement available.
Iceland is well known for its lamb and fish. Tap water is drinkable and some of the freshest you’ll have. Our welcome dinner is on the house. Other meals are not included to keep our overall tour price down and allow you flexibility in dining.
Snacks and alcohol will need to be purchased by each guest. We will make stops where appropriate for snacks / light shopping.
Language and Culture
Icelandic people speak fluent English. Most signage is either pictoral or in Icelandic, including product labeling.
Iceland’s small population of 329,000 contains the most authors and musicians per capita with the highest literacy rate in the world. Iceland is also number 1 for peace, happiness and gender equality.
Climate, Safety and Fitness
Iceland in winter is cold, but not quite as bad as you might suspect. The South Coast in March generally sits between -10 and 3 degrees celcius. This is often exacerbated by winds which can blow up to around 120kmph.
Good quality layers, gloves, waterproof hiking boots, and a wind and waterproof outer layer will keep you comfortable. More information on this will be provided.
Safety will be our utmost consideration. Iceland’s weather is beautiful but volatile. We may need to change our travel plans at short notice, but the great thing about Iceland is there is ALWAYS something interesting nearby.
Final numbers will be dictated by vehicle availability but there will be no more than 11 spaces available for purchase. We want to keep the group intimate and allow Matt and other guides the opportunity to work one-on-one with each adventurer to help them with their photography.
We would be looking to structure the package at approximately $7950 per person, twin share. This may change slightly depending on what Icelandic businesses we can partner with. If we have enough interest, we will formalise partnerships and establish a set price. Adventurers will be required to pay a deposit, and then pay the final amount at a set date before travel commences.
Inclusions: All travel within Iceland. All guiding, tutoring and learning opportunities. All accommodation within the trip. Food and drinks at our welcome dinner in Reykjavik. Special activities such as ice caving.
Exclusions: We will partner with a travel agent who can help arrange your flights and travel insurance. Depending on the winter travel you have done before, you may need to purchase warmer clothes and layers in Reykjavik.
Express your interest
People that express their interest in participating will be the first to know when the tour goes on sale, and will have the opportunity to purchase before the public. Expressing your interest does not require any formal commitment. It does let us know who is genuinely interested in journeying with us and opening lines of communication. Please fill out the form below if you might like to join us or find out more information.