• Best Time to Visit

    May to September

  • Duration

    10 Days

  • Theme

    Adventure, Beaches, Nature & Landscape, Spa & Well-Being

  • Accommodations

    High-end boutique hotels and Icelandic apartments


Promising an experience that is unlike any other destination, an expedition to Iceland is a melange of ever-changing, unexpected and deeply contrasting landscapes. From tumbling waterfalls to black sand beaches, lava-tubes to underground caverns and bubbling pools to frozen glaciers, every second is a jaw-dropping surprise. A road-trip across this enigmatic island is every nature lover’s ultimate fantasy. You will run out of superlatives to describe Iceland’s landscape when you return home!



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Start with the buzz of the capital city of Reykjavik. Venture into the Reykjavik City Museum for a brush with local culture and history. Embark into the high seas to find adorable puffins hanging out in colonies at nearby islands. Then immerse into musical notes of a symphony at the Harpa concert hall and later enjoy the nightlife. Tomorrow get ready to depart on an expedition to some of the most remote regions of Iceland.


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Drive from Reykjavik for a full day of touring the postcard imagery of the iconic Golden Circle! Go snorkelling in Silfra at the Thingvellir National Park, where the tectonic plates of North America and Eurasia meet and stride across the continents at Almannagja Gorge. Venture into the hot-spring haven of the Geysir Geothermal Area and stop to see the eruption show of the Strokkur geyser. Witness the mighty Gullfoss waterfall that plunges in two tiers into the river gorge and the Haukadalur valley, home to the Kerid crater.


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Head to Landmannalaugar, close to the Hekla volcano to marvel at mountain ridges made of volcanic rock resembling granite, carved with black stripes of volcanic ash, colorful peaks of red, green, orange and yellow, wide lava fields and steam jets bursting with cracks in the ground. Make time for the gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall, and its mighty-high counterpart, the Skogafoss, which falls smoothly like a sheer curtain from a cliff-face.


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Hit the Vik Black Sand Beach of Reynisfjara at sunrise to stun your senses with spectacular colours and silhouettes. More eye-candy awaits at Dyrholaey Arch, a naturally formed arch in the cliff. Hike in the nearby Selfoss region, or go snorkelling in the Silfra Fissure. Visit the US navy plane wreck site of Solheimasandur, for epic photos!


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Feast on the spectacle of the most beautiful canyon in the world, the Fjadrargljufur canyon! Hike, glacier walk, or ice climb in the Vatnajokull National Park, to encounter volcanic activity, glorious glaciers and geothermal energy. Go for a guided glacier hike across crevasses and into caves. Swoon over Svartifoss, a beautiful waterfall cascading over cliffs of black basalt columns. Get blown away by the glory of the icebergs floating around in the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Ogle at the nearby Diamond Beach, where ice blocks sparkle like jewels on a vast, black beach.


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From your base at the green heartland of the East, go horseback riding through Iceland’s largest forest, Hallormsstadaskogur. Explore the Mars-like Namaskaro Pass or the moon-like Dimmuborgir area. Then slow down at the tranquil shores and geothermal baths of Lake Myvatn. Consider an off-roading adventure to discover the area’s many attractions, including Godafoss, Dimmuborgir and Skutustadagigar.


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While the first part of the day will be spent in driving from North to West Iceland, there will be interesting sights in store for the later part. Appearing like a castle from a distance, Londrangar has 2 unique basalt volcanic pinnacles sticking out of the ocean. Dreamy, surreal landscape awaits you at the Budakirkja, a beautiful minimalistic church placed in the rough nature of Iceland.


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Head to the majestic Snaefellsjokull National Park on the Snaefellsness Peninsula to deep dive into a wonderland overflowing with more green valleys, frozen glaciers, black sand beaches, protected lava tubes, dizzying cliffs and sparkling waterfalls. Dive into a photo frenzy at Kirkjufell Mountain, living out of a scene from Season 7 of the Game of Thrones and do not forget to walk the lovely trails surrounding this amazing piece of geography!


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Complete the round trip and drive back to Reykjavik. Take to some old-fashioned street-striding on the hyper cool thoroughfare, Laugavegur and the arty and gourmet hub of Skolavordustigur. Make sure to admire the Hallgrimskirkja, the city landmark that echoes the shapes of cooling lava and offers unparalleled views of Reykjavik. Savour the almost unreal experience of an Icelandic meal inside the pit of the 4000-year old Thrihnukagigur crater.


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Stroll through the past and experience the way Icelanders lived at the Arbaer Open Air Museum, it is a journey through time. Stare at the striking red, green, and yellow coloured hills framing a landscape peppered by steaming volcanic vents and boiling hot springs at Krysuvik and reach for the steam from the safety of a boardwalk. Book yourself for a soak in the ethereal waters of the geothermal spa, the Blue Lagoon, considered to be one of the 25 wonders of the world. End the fascinating journey with a rejuvenated mind, body, and soul!


Pricing is indicative and subject to change depending on travel month, duration and selected accommodations.


  • Return International Airfare to Reykjavik
  • Luxury Car Rental throughout Iceland
  • Accommodations as indicated in the itinerary
  • Private Airport Transfers in Reykjavik
  • Activities & Excursions as indicated in the itinerary
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Travel Insurance


  • Lunch & Dinner unless specified in the itinerary
  • Visas
Teresa Fisher

Teresa Fisher is a National Geographic author and freelance travel writer based in Portsmouth, UK. With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Exeter University, she initially worked in London for Sotheby’s auction house; then in Europe as a cross-cultural communications trainer, living in Germany, Ireland, Italy, Switzerland and Taiwan. While residing in Bavaria, she commenced a career in travel writing, focusing initially on Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy – destinations which still hold a special place in her heart. Teresa has since penned more than 30 guidebooks and children’s educational books on a wide variety of destinations from Europe to Japan, for publishers such as Lonely Planet, Frommer’s and Fodor’s, and including National Geographic Traveler Switzerland. She specializes in European cities, adventure travel to far-flung destinations and all things Alpine, dividing her time between her family-oriented website,, and photojournalism. Her stories have taken her round the globe, documenting wildlife and culture in some of the world’s more remote places. Highlights include tracking jaguars by dugout canoe in Guyana, tracking orangutan in eastern Sabah, backpacking round Japan, and being part of the first team of husky mushers to cross from Finland into Russia. When she’s not travelling or skiing, Teresa spends summer months aboard her houseboat in the world’s largest natural harbour, Poole Harbour. Teresa speaks French, German and some Italian, plays the violin and piano, and is a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and The Arts Society. She has been leading expeditions for National Geographic in Europe for more than half a dozen years.

  • Jul 19-28, 2020
  • Sep 6-15, 2020
Patrick Hunt
Archaeologist Author

Award-winning archaeologist, author, and National Geographic grantee Patrick Hunt earned his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and has taught at Stanford University for nearly 30 years. Patrick directed the Stanford Alpine Archaeology Project from 1994 to 2012, and has continued project-related fieldwork in the region in the years since. His Alps research has been sponsored by the National Geographic Society, and he frequently lectures for National Geographic on Hannibal and the European mummy nicknamed Ötzi the Iceman. He is also a National Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America, as well as an elected Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and the Explorers Club. He is the author of 21 published books, including the best-sellers Ten Discoveries That Rewrote History and Hannibal. He has a lifelong love of the Alps, having lived there for several months each year since 1994.

  • Aug 2-11, 2020
  • Aug 16-25, 2020
Tim Jepson

Tim Jepson is a British, London-based writer, traveler, and broadcaster. He began his traveling life at the age of 12, exploring the mountains of Britain and Ireland. After graduating from Oxford University, he lived and worked in Italy, writing for a variety of British newspapers and leading high-level expeditions in the country’s remotest corners. His experiences were recorded in a book, Wild Italy. He has since written more than 20 books, including several titles for National Geographic, and numerous articles for publications worldwide. Tim worked as a travel editor for London’s Daily Telegraph, and continues to travel extensively, with a passion for the farthest-flung destinations and the untrammeled cultures of Bhutan, Laos, Tibet, and Myanmar. He recently completed The British World: An Illustrated Atlas for National Geographic.

  • Jun 21-30, 2020
Alexander Murphy

Alexander (Alec) Murphy is at the forefront of the movement to combat geographical illiteracy in the United States. A geography professor at the University of Oregon, Alec is Senior Vice-President of the American Geographical Society, a past president of the American Association of Geographers, and a frequent advisor on National Geographic education initiatives. Research, speaking invitations, and travel have taken him to more than 100 countries on six continents. Throughout his career, much of Alec’s work has focused on Europe; his book, The European Culture Area (Rowman & Littlefield, 2014), is the most widely used classroom text on the geography of Europe in the United States. In the late 1990s he began extending his focus to the Middle East and North Africa, and by the early 2000s Alec found himself increasingly drawn to various parts of Asia. He is now a regular visitor to China, and he recently became the first foreigner to give a plenary lecture at the opening session of the Chinese Geographical Society’s annual meeting. Alec holds a bachelor’s degree in archaeology from Yale University, a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, and a Ph.D. in geography from the University of Chicago. Drawing on his expertise in political, cultural, and environmental geography, he will offer his insights into the human and physical forces shaping the places we visit.

  • Aug 30-Sep 8, 2020
Everett Potter

Travel writer Everett Potter has been covering the globe for three decades in pursuit of great stories. For the past 15 years, many of his pieces have appeared in National Geographic Traveler, including a recent feature, “Swiss Tracks,” for which he traveled by rail, cog-railway, tram, and lake steamer around the country. He’s also written about various destinations in the Caribbean, Canada, Central America, and other European destinations for the magazine. Everett received his B.A. in English from Boston University in 1974 and his M.A. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976. He was a longtime columnist for The New York Times Syndicate, Smart Money, and Ski, and his work has appeared in most major publications, including Outside, The Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Traveler, The Washington Post, and Forbes Life. He is the author of The Best of Brazil and has been awarded four Lowell Thomas Awards for his travel writing. He lives in Pelham, New York, and spends summers in a rustic cabin in Western Maine.

  • Jul 5-14, 2020
  • Sep 13-22, 2020
William Saturno
Educator Archaeologist

William Saturno is an archaeologist and storyteller specializing in the myths and histories of early civilizations and the politics of empire. A National Geographic Explorer and a former NASA research scientist, he has conducted fieldwork around the globe, both on the ground and from space, to understand the ideological and environmental foundations of how the great Czars, Khans, Emperors, and Ajaws of the past ruled over their societies. As an avid student and scholar of the ancient world, Bill weaves together data from archaeology, anthropology, and history spanning from the jungles of Central America and Southeast Asia to the deserts and grasslands of Eurasia and from the shores of the ancient Mediterranean to those of Scandinavian fjords, narrating the tales of adventurers, artists, commoners, and kings alike to bring the past vividly to life. He has joined numerous National Geographic Expeditions over the years in diverse geographies, including Mexico, Guatemala, China, Italy, Greece, Switzerland, and beyond.

  • Jun 14-23, 2020
David Silverberg
Geographer Geologist Conservationist

David Scott Silverberg is a geographer working on conservation projects spanning six continents. His mix of exploration, research, and digital photo-video storytelling has been popular with National Geographic travelers for many years. A fellow of both the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Asia Society, David was the executive science director at Earthwatch Institute, set up and managed Boston University environmental field research programs in British Columbia and eastern Africa, and was a founding White House staff member for AmeriCorps. David has worked in more than 100 countries, manages the Environmental Learning Institute, and teaches at several international universities.

  • Jun 7-16, 2020