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Iceland Sept 2016 Itinerary
9/19/2016 | Sheryl McGlochlin
Sept. 20, Tuesday, Day 1:
11 AM: Travel to Iceland via JFK Airport in New York
Keflavik & Reykjavik
Official “get acquainted” day with Iceland!
We’ll spend the day on foot, on bike and in the car exploring a few of the many sites between Keflavik and Reykjavik before settling into our apartment in Austurbær Reykjavík in late afternoon.
During the first few days of our trip we have time to get acclimated and acquainted with the capitol of Iceland before heading over to the south eastern region of Iceland. An abundance of places and things to explore in and around this area including museums, botanical gardens, a zoo, geothermal pools to bathe and swim in, harbors, shops, grocery stores, churches, restaurants, cafes, hiking trails, wildlife, night life, people watching, etc. If your budget allows learn more about activities i.e. horseback riding, scuba diving, snorkeling, airplane and helicopter scenic rides, etc. Our first three days in Iceland will allow some flexibility for a variety of things to do.
Hiking, biking, photography, exploring, sight seeing, soaking, and relaxing will be a regular occurrence each day.
Sept. 22 & 23, Thursday/Friday, Day 3 & 4:
In just 8 days we’ll explore so many incredible waterfalls, craters, geothermal pools, geysers, black sand beaches, lava fields, glaciers, volcanos, etc. Our more strenuous part of the day will be in the morning. We have just two days to continue exploring Reykjavik and it’s surrounding area of museums, botanical gardens, a zoo, geothermal pools, harbors, shops, grocery stores, restaurants, cafes, hiking trails, bird watching, flea markets, tasting local cuisine, whale watching, wildlife, night life, etc.
Sept. 24, Saturday, Day 5:
Reykjavik and the Golden Circle
Today we’ll explore some of Iceland’s most stunning sights, starting with the Geysir geothermal area where the Strokkur geyser shoots a column of water up to 30 meters (98 ft.) into the air every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces. The visit continues with Gullfoss (Golden Falls) waterfall, created by the river Hvítá, which tumbles and plunges into a crevice some 32 m (105 ft.) deep.
Continuing on to Thingvellir National Park, an historical and geological wonder, where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year.
Before the day is over we’ll visit and explore the idyllic Friðheimar greenhouse cultivation center, to learn more about the magic behind growing delicious, pesticide-free tomatoes and cucumbers with the aid of the geothermal heat that Iceland has in abundance. This will be our last night in the capitol city.
Sept. 25, Sunday, Day 6:
Selfoss, Hveragerði - Vik
Today we pack up to leave Reykjavik. We’ll travel southeast 1 hour 19 minutes exploring many places along the way including the village of Hveragerði, famous for its greenhouses, more geothermal areas of Reykjadalur, Selfoss, the Icelandic Turfhouses, the famous Seljandsfoss Waterfall, natural wildlife and more. Lodging tonight will be in Rangárþing eystra.
Sept. 26/27, Monday and Tuesday, Day 7 & 8:
Skogar & Vik
Now that we are away from the city, we’ll spend time hiking and exploring in and around Skogar and the village of Vík (Vík í Mýrdal). Sights include surf, seagulls, lava beach, black sand, hot springs of Ölkelduháls, a beautiful sunset at the Pinnacles of Reynisdrangar and so much more!
According to legend, the pinnacles were left standing there after two trolls tried to pull a three master ship past the headland, but were caught and petrified by the first rays of sunshine. Two hours northeast of Vik is the largest National Park in Europe with glaciers galore! Depending on weather/trail/road conditions and our desire, we’ll decide later if we explore this area since there is much to do in and around Vik without a lot of driving. Lodging in Skogar for two nights
Sept. 28, Wednesday, Day 9:
Skogar, Selfoss, Reykjavik
Our last full day in Iceland will be spent on places or things we have missed. Ice caves, geothermal baths, wild life, stunning waterfalls, natural steam baths, local shops, greenhouses, cafe and kitchens and a geothermal bakery are a few of the treasures we have been discovering! By evening we will arrive in Keflavik for lodging near the Airport and the beach.
Sept. 29, Thursday, Day 10:
Arise early for our flight home.