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Iceland Private Expedition
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7 days

from $10,921 AUD trip_detail hint icon

($7,495 USD)

Prices are per person, based on twin share occupancy. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange. The expedition price will be finalised at time of booking.

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Travelers should be in good health and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods of time. Daily activities may include city walking tours, visits to sites, game drives on bumpy roads, and easy hikes.

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Premium expeditions are led by a National Geographic expert, an expedition team, or top guides, and tap into National Geographic's worldwide resources to allow for in-depth exploration and special access to sites and experts in the field. Itineraries are fully planned, with some free time. Accommodations are high-end or best available. Ground transportation and most meals and activities are included in the trip price.

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Expedition Overview

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EXPEDITION OVERVIEW
  • Set out on a private 4x4 driving tour of the celebrated Golden Circle, and veer off the tourist track to explore geothermal pools and walk with Icelandic horses.
  • Discover rugged fjords, fascinating lava formations, and a glacier-capped volcano in one of Iceland’s wildest and most remote regions—the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
  • Lunch on thermally grown produce at the Fridheimar Greenhouse, learn about thermal energy at the Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, and soak in the hot springs of the Blue Lagoon.
Itinerary

Iceland is a theater for Earth’s natural drama—from the spurting geysers and bubbling mud pools that punctuate its countryside, to the massive ice sheets that shroud its volcanic mountains. Journey to the land of fire and ice to take in this jaw-dropping geology, and encounter the rich traditions and local folklore that infuse the country’s mystical landscapes. Encounter forces of nature still shaping the planet as you walk on lava in Snæfellsnes, soak in the soothing thermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon, and discover the caves and crevasses of a sparkling glacier.

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavík, Iceland

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Land in Reykjavík and take a private tour of the thermal Reykjanesskagi peninsula. Straddle the meeting point of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates; see Iceland’s oldest lighthouse; and experience the hot springs, mud pools, and steam vents of Gunnuhver. Continue to Grindavík for a soak in the soothing, mineral-rich thermal waters of the famous Blue Lagoon. Visit the red-roofed presidential residence, Bessastaðir; and explore quaint Álftanes before transferring to your hotel in the heart of Reykjavík.

Day 2: Golden Circle/Hella

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Learn about thermal energy on a tour of Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, situated on an active volcanic ridge. Lunch at the Fridheimar Greenhouse, known for its thermally grown produce, and then join a private guide for a 4x4 driving tour of the Golden Circle. See the steaming Strokkur Geysir, and take in the fury of Gullfoss, or “Golden Falls,” before continuing to Hella on the country’s south shore.

Day 3: South Shore/Hella

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Trace the coast to the village of Hvolsvöllur, at the base of the magnificent Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Learn about the behavior of glaciers and hike with professional mountain guides on the Solheimajökull glacial tongue, a wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges, and deep crevasses. Soak up the majesty of Skogafoss waterfall—plunging some 200 feet—and follow the footpath behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall for 360-degree views of its stunning cascade. Spend the evening relaxing at your country hotel.

Day 4: Hvalfjörður/Húsafell

Visit the ancient open-air parliament at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site; then continue with your private guide to Hvalfjörður. Explore Deildartunguhver, Europe’s most powerful hot spring, and watch the Barnafoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls rush through lava fields. End the day at Hótel Húsafell, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and unwind in the soothing geothermal waters of the onsite hot springs.

Day 5: Snæfellsnes Peninsula/Stórarjóður

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See the historical setting for Egill’s Saga of Viking fame, and continue to the Eldborg Crater, rising impressively from lava that last flowed more than 5,000 years ago. Stop at natural mineral springs en route to Búðir, surrounded by black lava and a yellow-sand beach—a rarity in Iceland. Take photos of its evocative pitch-black church, then explore unique lava formations and observe arctic terns in the fishing village of Arnarstapi. Venture along the quiet southern coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and walk along the black lava pearl beach of Djúpalónssandur.

Day 6: Reykjavík

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Drive along the soaring mountains of Hvalfjörður fjord, within sight of the glistening Snaefellsjökull Glacier—perched atop a dormant volcano and made famous by author Jules Verne as the gateway to the center of the Earth. Return to Reykjavík, and spend the afternoon exploring the city on your own. Opt to join a walking tour of the capital. See towering Hallgrimskirkja church, guarded by a statue of Viking explorer Leif Eriksson; and peruse quirky street art and avant-garde architecture as you stroll the city.

Day 7: Reykjavík/Depart

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.

What to Expect

This trip has an activity rating of light; travelers should be physically fit and comfortable walking or standing for extended periods, navigating uneven or slippery terrain, and climbing stairs without handrails. Excursions include city walking tours, drives on winding roads, and easy glacier hikes.

Accommodations
Throughout the expedition, you’ll stay in accommodations selected for their exceptional quality, location, and character, including Hotel Hùsafell, a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World.

Expedition Team
Top private guides will accompany you throughout the trip, and local experts will meet with you along the way as described in the itinerary.

Other Important Details
This trip is available to children of all ages, however to participate in all activities, children must be age 10 and older. Please contact our reservations specialists for details.

ACCOMMODATIONS
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Hotel Húsafell - Húsafell, Iceland

Amid the gentle hills of west Iceland's highlands, Hotel Húsafell is a welcoming hub of Nordic design within easy reach of the island's geological drama: volcanoes, enormous glaciers, lava caves, and the gorgeous Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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Hotel Húsafell - Húsafell, Iceland

Amid the gentle hills of west Iceland's highlands, Hotel Húsafell is a welcoming hub of Nordic design within easy reach of the island's geological drama: volcanoes, enormous glaciers, lava caves, and the gorgeous Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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Hotel Húsafell - Húsafell, Iceland

Amid the gentle hills of west Iceland's highlands, Hotel Húsafell is a welcoming hub of Nordic design within easy reach of the island's geological drama: volcanoes, enormous glaciers, lava caves, and the gorgeous Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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Hotel Húsafell - Húsafell, Iceland

Amid the gentle hills of west Iceland's highlands, Hotel Húsafell is a welcoming hub of Nordic design within easy reach of the island's geological drama: volcanoes, enormous glaciers, lava caves, and the gorgeous Snæfellsnes peninsula.

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Hotel Húsafell - Húsafell, Iceland

Amid the gentle hills of west Iceland's highlands, Hotel Húsafell is a welcoming hub of Nordic design within easy reach of the island's geological drama: volcanoes, enormous glaciers, lava caves, and the gorgeous Snæfellsnes peninsula.

PRICES & DATES

  • date Jan 1-Dec 31, 2019
  • 2 People $18,935 AUD ($12,995 USD)
  • 4 People $12,378 AUD ($8,495 USD)
  • 6 People $10,921 AUD ($7,495 USD)

Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. Single traveler prices are available upon request. Surcharges may apply to certain travel dates based upon international or local holidays, as well as local events and festivals. The AUD prices are based on USD and calculated at today’s rate of exchange and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information.

  • Transfers upon arrival and departure
  • Accommodation as indicated in the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily activities and excursions as indicated in the itinerary

What's Not Included

  • Airfare to and from destination, as well as internal airfare where applicable
  • Trip cancellation insurance or any other travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuities