Geography Tours: A Sample Itinerary (4 Days/3 Nights)

Accommodations in Selfoss/Hvolsvöllur Areas

This is only one of very many possibilities for a 4 day/3 night tour. There are endless possible  permutations … and some!

After looking over the sample below, please look at our many other Day Itinerary options on the website. Through good discussion, we can combine your preferred  options to ensure a tailor-made programme, ideal to meet the needs and aims of each individual group.

Day 1:
Arrival into Iceland; to accommodation.
Itinerary inserts might be possible depending upon
the flight arrival time e.g. interesting areas of Reykjanes such as
Krysuvik Hot Springs, Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Bridge
Between the Continents, Power Plant Earth, the Blue Lagoon.

Geographical Content:
Depends upon itinerary inclusions.

Day 2:
GOLDEN CIRCLE:

Thingvellir > Geysir > Gullfoss > Kerid Crater.

Geographical Content:
Plate Tectonics; Continental Drift; Volcanic Landscapes;
Volcanic Features; Tourism; Environmental Impact and
Management; Economic Benefits of
Hazardous Environments; River Studies.

Additional Options:
Swim in an outdoor geo-thermally heated pool.
Visit to a geothermal Greenhouse.

Day 3:
SOUTH COAST:

Seljalandsfoss > Skógafoss > Sólheimajökull Glacier >
Vik > Reynisfjara Coast.

Geographical Content:
River Studies; Glacial Studies; Climatic Change; Coastal
Studies.

Additional Options:
Visit to the Eyjafjallajokull Visitors’ Centre
(about the 2010 eruption).
Visit to the Skógar Folk Museum
Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull.
Swim in an outdoor geo-thermally heated pool.

Day 4:
Departure from Iceland: to Airport.
Itinerary inserts might be possible depending upon
the flight departure time e.g. Reykjavik (where there
are many options*); interesting areas of Reykjanes such as Krysuvik Hot Springs, Gunnuhver Hot Springs, Power Plant Earth; Bridge between continents; the Blue Lagoon.

Geographical Content:
Depends upon itinerary inclusions.

ADDITIONAL DAY OPTIONS
In order to make a longer Tour or to act as substitutes to the above Day Options, here are some other itinerary possibilities:-

1. Heimaey, Westmann Islands
Spend a day on the volcanic island, walking over
the 1973 lavas (lavas that almost closed the island’s important
fishing harbour), over buried houses and ascending the
new volcano Eldfell (which is still hot at the top!). In the
island’s town of Vestmannaeyar, there is much to see
and do as well (see Additional Options below).

Geographical Content:
Plate Tectonics; Volcanic Landscapes; Volcanic Features;
Tourism; Environmental Impact and Management;
Living in Hazardous Environments.

Additional Options:
Visit to the Eldheimar Exhibition on Heimaey (about the 1973 eruption as well as 1963 Surtsey eruption).
Boat trip around the island of Heimaey (summer only).
“Rib Safari” boat trip around Heimaey (summer only).
Swim in the island’s outdoor geo-thermally heated pool.

2. Thingvellir in a.m. & Reykjavik in p.m.
(where there are many options*).

Geographical Content:
Plate Tectonics; Continental Drift; Volcanic
Landscapes; Environmental Impact and
Management; Sustainable City.

Additional Options:
Swim in an outdoor geo-thermally heated pool/soak
in hot pots at end of day.

3. Jökulsarlón Glacial Lagoon, Vatnajökull.
(NOTE: this is a long day with extra coaching but it is well worth the trip).

Geographical Content:
Glacial Studies; Climatic Change; Living in Hazardous
Environments; Managing Hazardous Environments.

Additional Options:
Boat Trip on the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
(Summer only, perhaps October too).

4. Hekla > Landmannalaugar (Summer months only)
Travel in to true wilderness in the Southern Highlands. The area lies astride the Mid Atlantic Ridge and the volcanic landscapes present superb scenes.

Geographical Content:
Volcanic Landscapes; Managing Hazardous
Environments; Tourism; Environmental Impact
and Management.
Additional Options:
Visit the Hekla Centre.

5. Hekla Centre > Thjofafoss
Hekla’s Pumice Quarries > Gjain > Hjalparfoss.

Geographical Content:
Volcanic Landscapes; Managing Hazardous
Environments; Economic Benets of Volcanic
Areas; River Studies; Managing Wilderness.

Additional Options:
Swim in an outdoor geo-thermally heated pool.

6. GO WEST: Hvalfjordur > Deiltartunga Hot Springs >
Reykholt > Hraunfoss & Barnafoss > Borgarnes

Geographical Content:
Glacial Studies; Environmental Issues;
Volcanic Features;
Economic Benefits of Volcanic Areas;
River Studies.

7. Snaefellsnes.
Take a 2 day tour to the beautiful Snaefellsnes (the starting point for Jules Vernes’s “Journey to the Centre of the Earth” < something not yet on our schedules!).

– Visit the beautiful Snæfellsjökull National Park with its glacial and volcanic landscapes
– Take walks along an erosional coastal area with cliffs, caves and blow-holes
– View the activities of the fishing industry in north shore ports
– Visit the colourful town of Stykkishólmur and/or take a boat trip to Flatey island.
– Take time on a golden beach, not the usual black sand beaches!

Geographical Content:
Glacial landscapes; volcanic landscapes;
Processes and forms of coastal erosion;
Economic activity (fishing);
Managing landscapes (National Park Management)

8. Stokkseyri.
A small town where you can get sleeping
bag accommodation and activities around.
– Kayak for groups.
– The Ghost museum.

Additional Options:
Swim in an outdoor geo-thermally heated pool/soak in hot pots at end of day. There are many to choose from, even in the smallest settlement.

In Reykjavik, good options include:-

  • Whale Watching;
  • Volcano House (films about Heimaey and Eyjaallajokull);
  • Perlan Viewpoint;
  • Hallgrimskirkja Bell Tower;
  • 3-D Model of Iceland in the Rádhús.
  • Plus, of course, good shopping and cafes.

NOTE: Accommodation can be from simple style to high quality/en-suite; just let us know your requirements

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