8 days
Reykjavik, Akureyri

Welcome to a country that’s so singular and environmentally diverse, you might as well be on a different planet.

Experience stunning fjords and breathtaking waterfalls, then travel to a red mountain where mud boils and steam flows out of the earth. Journey through the Dimmuborgir lava formations, which some believe are trolls exposed to the sun, then walk along the gap separating two tectonic plates. This adventurous trip is not for the faint-of-heart or weak-of-limb; it will keep you moving, climbing, and hiking—and constantly questioning how your surroundings can possibly be real.
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Iceland

  • Day 2: Reykjavik

    Meet your Tour Director at Keflavík International Airport

    Discover a blend of culture, history, and natural beauty during your walking tour of Reykjavík

    Enjoy breakfast, then explore a replica viking ship at Viking World

    Learn about various species of whales and see life-sized models during your visit to Whales of Iceland

  • Day 3: Reykjavik • Akureyri

    Journey away from Reykjavík towards Akureyri, a quaint seaside town in northern Iceland

    Along the way, enjoy a hike to the top of Grábrók Crater for a bird’s-eye view of mossy lava fields

    Tour the charming yet surprisingly cosmopolitan Akureyri during a short sightseeing walk

  • Day 4: Akureyri

    Stand in awe below Goðafoss, one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls

    Walk along the shore of Lake Mývatn where you can spot volcanic rock formations or native Icelandic waterbirds

    During lunch, enjoy a short hike. Or, choose to take a dip in the milky blue, mineral-rich Mývatn Nature Baths

    Be transported to another planet as you walk among the boiling mud pots and steamy natural hot springs of Nammafjall

    Explore millennia-old lava formations that some believe to be ancient trolls exposed to the sun at Dimmuborgir

  • Day 5: Akureyri

    Spend half a day searching for the tell-tale plume of mist from breaching whales during your whale watching excursion

    At the mouth of Iceland’s largest fjord, meet the fishermen of Ektafiskur Ehf and learn how this small business trades globally

    Be transported to a 1930s Icelandic fishery and relive the Herring Era at the Herring Museum

  • Day 6: Akureyri • Reykjavik

    Meet with a University of Akureyri Oceanographer for a personal take on Iceland’s ocean, biodiversity, and climate changes

    On your way back to Reykjavík, stop for lunch at the Gauksmyri Horse Stables. Then, enjoy a close up look at Iceland’s unique horses

    Stop for a short hike to Barnafoss, a waterfall that flows through the mossy riverbank into the Hvítá river

  • Day 7: Reykjavik • Thingvellir

    Stand where two tectonic plates meet at Þingvellir, a national park that played a pivotal role in Iceland’s history

    In a land of waterfalls, Gullfoss stands alone: walk to its edge and try to spy a rainbow in the mist

    Visit Geysir, the namesake of every geyser in the world. Watch as Strokkur, another geyser, erupts every few minutes

    Learn how one greenhouse produces 20% of Iceland’s tomatoes so close to the Arctic Circle during your visit to the Fridheimar Farm

  • Day 8: Reykjavik • Depart for home

    See Bessastadir, the official home of Iceland’s President

    Wander among steam vents, boiling mud pots, and flowing hot springs at Krýsuvík

    After a few days of hiking, you deserve some spa time. Relax in the warm, geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon

    Board your flight for home

Interested in learning more about this tour?
  • Day 1: Fly overnight to Iceland

  • Day 2: Reykjavik

    Meet your Tour Director at Keflavík International Airport

    Discover a blend of culture, history, and natural beauty during your walking tour of Reykjavík

    Enjoy breakfast, then explore a replica viking ship at Viking World

    Learn about various species of whales and see life-sized models during your visit to Whales of Iceland

  • Day 3: Reykjavik • Akureyri

    Journey away from Reykjavík towards Akureyri, a quaint seaside town in northern Iceland

    Along the way, enjoy a hike to the top of Grábrók Crater for a bird’s-eye view of mossy lava fields

    Tour the charming yet surprisingly cosmopolitan Akureyri during a short sightseeing walk

  • Day 4: Akureyri

    Stand in awe below Goðafoss, one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls

    Walk along the shore of Lake Mývatn where you can spot volcanic rock formations or native Icelandic waterbirds

    During lunch, enjoy a short hike. Or, choose to take a dip in the milky blue, mineral-rich Mývatn Nature Baths

    Be transported to another planet as you walk among the boiling mud pots and steamy natural hot springs of Nammafjall

    Explore millennia-old lava formations that some believe to be ancient trolls exposed to the sun at Dimmuborgir

  • Day 5: Akureyri

    Spend half a day searching for the tell-tale plume of mist from breaching whales during your whale watching excursion

    At the mouth of Iceland’s largest fjord, meet the fishermen of Ektafiskur Ehf and learn how this small business trades globally

    Be transported to a 1930s Icelandic fishery and relive the Herring Era at the Herring Museum

  • Day 6: Akureyri • Reykjavik

    Meet with a University of Akureyri Oceanographer for a personal take on Iceland’s ocean, biodiversity, and climate changes

    On your way back to Reykjavík, stop for lunch at the Gauksmyri Horse Stables. Then, enjoy a close up look at Iceland’s unique horses

    Stop for a short hike to Barnafoss, a waterfall that flows through the mossy riverbank into the Hvítá river

  • Day 7: Reykjavik • Thingvellir

    Stand where two tectonic plates meet at Þingvellir, a national park that played a pivotal role in Iceland’s history

    In a land of waterfalls, Gullfoss stands alone: walk to its edge and try to spy a rainbow in the mist

    Visit Geysir, the namesake of every geyser in the world. Watch as Strokkur, another geyser, erupts every few minutes

    Learn how one greenhouse produces 20% of Iceland’s tomatoes so close to the Arctic Circle during your visit to the Fridheimar Farm

  • Day 8: Reykjavik • Depart for home

    See Bessastadir, the official home of Iceland’s President

    Wander among steam vents, boiling mud pots, and flowing hot springs at Krýsuvík

    After a few days of hiking, you deserve some spa time. Relax in the warm, geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon

    Board your flight for home

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Your experience includes

  • Airfare & transportation

    Round-trip flights on major carriers; Comfortable motorcoach

  • Hotels

    6 overnight stays in hotels with private bathrooms

  • Regional-style meals

    European breakfast and dinner daily

  • Guided sightseeing

    2 sightseeing tours led by your Tour Director; 2 sightseeing tours led by expert, licensed local guides

  • Entrances

    Whale museum; Myskopun; Whale watching; Blue Lagoon; Thingveiler National Park

  • Full-time Tour Director

    Your culturally connected Tour Director is with your group 24/7, providing deep local insight while handling all on-tour logistics.

  • Expert Local Guides

    Your expert local guides are natural historians, adding cultural insight and global perspective on your sightseeing tours.

  • weShare—Personalized Learning

    Our personalized learning experience engages students before, during and after tour, with the option to create a final, reflective project for academic credit.

  • Continuous Support

    Your dedicated EF team helps you every step of the way—from recruiting and enrolling travelers to planning and managing your tour.

  • Worldwide Presence

    EF has over 500 schools and offices in more than 50 countries worldwide so wherever you go, we're there too.

  • 24-hour Emergency Service

    Travelers and their families can count on EF's dedicated emergency service team.

  • Peace of Mind Program

    Feel secure knowing your group can change their destination or travel dates due to unforeseen circumstances. Learn more about your flexible options at eftours.com/peaceofmind.

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