Colors of Iceland: Fire, Earth, Ice & Water
15-day geology and photo tour to Iceland
Mighty waterfalls, hot pools and geysers, giant glaciers , ... Explore the variety of Iceland´s landscapes learn how they were formed through tectonic plates drifting apart and different types of volcanism.
- Round trip of Iceland including all natural highlights
- Extraordinary landscapes and colourful moonscapes
- Unique fauna and flora
- Glaciers, volcanoes, geothermal fields, geysirs, waterfalls,...
- Competent introduction to Iceland's unique geological history
- Adventures into the wildernesses of Iceland's interior
- Experienced volcanologist and photographer as tour guide
- Small international groups
15 days Iceland (summer)
Arrival in Iceland, Keflavik airport and own transfer (25 km) to the guesthouse in central Reykjavik (by regular flybus or taxi). Meeting of the group in the evening (around 8 pm).
Some first day natural highlights whilst traveling from Reykjavik via Geysir / Gullfoss to Kerlingarfjöll!
Easy hikes in the geothermally active area of Kerlingarfjöll, one of Iceland's most spectacular landscapes and known for its multi-colored and bizarre rock formations, geysers, warm ponds, and fumaroles.
the thermal area of Hveravellir – a fascinating world of hot thermal springs, where we can take a hot bath. Continue via to small village of Hofsós and admire particularly slender basalt columns on the coast. Next is a wonderful scenic drive around the large Tröllaskagi Peninsula and through the dreamy fishing villages Siglufjördur and Olafsfjördur to Dalvik.
After breakfast go for whale-watching in the large Eyafjördur near Dalvik (optional 75 EUR).
Continue Akureyri to the legendary horseshoe-shaped Goðafoss waterfall, whose waters cascade dramatically over several parallel steps into the depths of a gorge. Discover the natural beauties around Mývatn lake, a place full of unique volcanic features: pseudo-craters, deep fissures, explosion craters, ancient lava lakes and much more.
Drive to the the huge Dettifoss waterfall to discover one of the most pristine glacial river landscapes in the world. Continue our way to the south to Askja volcano and take a hike inside the huge Askja caldera to visit Víti crater created in 1875. Visit nearby Öskjuvatn, the deepest lake in Iceland and return to Myvatn in the late afternoon.
Drive to the great glacial gorge of Ásbyrgi via Húsavik on the north coast and on to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe. In the afternoon continue to Bakkagerdi, where one of the world's best observation sites for puffins is located (sightings possible until about August 5).
Сontinue to the East fjords with their dramatic landscape.
On the way to the South the waterfalls visit at the Öxi Pass. Continue the way and watch the wide delta of the glacier river Jökulsáí Lóni in the afternoon, home to thousands of whooper swans in summer. In the evening take an excursion to the fascinating ice world of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
Day to explore the wonderland created by larger and smaller glacier tongues and lagoons of the region. Additional visit of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in the evening when light is best for photography.
From the glacier lagoon onwards to explore Skaftafell national park with Svartifoss waterfall before traveling to the southern highlands and arriving at Landmannalaugar.
Entire day to explore the colourful scenery of Landmannalaugar and the area´s hot springs.
Drive back to the south coast for a second chance to admire and photograph the magnificent mountain landscape in a better light. Continue to Cape Dyrhólaey, the huge rock arch at the southern tip of Iceland, and stroll around the large black beach Reynisfjara in the afternoon and evening, located right near our guest house.
On the way back to Reykjavik, the visit of two large, beautiful waterfalls Skogarfoss and Seljalandsfoss at the feet of infamous Eyafjallajökull volcano.
Own transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
The tour starts and ends in Reykjavik. Flights are not included by default, because participants come from different countries. On request, we can include your flight to Iceland.
Group size: 5-7
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights
Dates:16-30 Jul 2022
Price (per person): 3925 € $£¥
- All transfers in private spacious 4x4 bus from Reykjavik to Reykjavik
- Accommodation (in guesthouses, sleeping bag accommodation and mountain huts)
- Experienced geologist & photographer as tour guide
- Full board from D2 to D14 (breakfast B, lunch L, dinner D)