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After landing at Keflavik airport, we will meet you and deliver to the capital of Iceland — Reykjavik. After 40 minutes, you will move into a modern design hotel on the main street of the city. You will have dinner in a colorful restaurant with a national cuisine. You will be served whale meat, horse meat, reindeer or steak from a puffin on plates of volcanic stone.
ION City Hotel is a modern design hotel located in the center of Reykjavik, on Laugavegur Street. There are shops of brand clothes, souvenir shops, restaurants, coffee houses and bakeries nearby. There is a 24-hour front desk, a bar, a restaurant and a fitness center. The main sights of the city are in walking distance: the embankment — 5 minutes, the church Hallgrimskirkja — 7, the concert hall of Harpa — 10, the Lake Tjornin — 12.
Grillmarkadurinn is a restaurant in the building of an ancient dock resembling a house of the Viking. All dishes are prepared from the products of Icelandic farms and served on plates made of volcanic stone. The pride of the place is a grill with a temperature of 1200 °C, at which steaks from meat get a crispy crust and remain juicy inside. The most popular dessert of the restaurant is a chocolate ball with a secret. If you pour it with hot caramel, it will open, and inside will be soft ice cream.
In the morning you will walk leisurely along the main streets of Reykjavik, visit the cultural center, parliament, lake with swans, climb the roof of the Lutheran church, from which you can see 360 ° view of the city. You will have lunch in the harbor, in the building of an old salt plant. The chef of the restaurant included in the Michelin Guide will prepare a tasting set of 7 unusual dishes. In the evening you will bath in the most famous thermal spring of the planet and for greater effect, you will be smeared with white clay and branded cosmetics. For dinner, you will get to the secluded spa hotel with a soothing view of the volcanic hills.
Hallgrimskirkja is a Lutheran Church and the main symbol of Reykjavik. On the bell tower of the cathedral there is an observation platform, on which you can climb by elevator. In front of the cathedral there is a monument to the Viking sailor Leifer Erikson, who first visited North America five centuries before Christopher Columbus. This monument America presented to the millennium of the Icelandic parliament in 1930.
Harpa is a concert hall and the most visited building of the capital. On its stage there were Yoko Ono, Bjork and the London Symphony Orchestra. The front of the building resembles the scales of fish, shining in the sun. Inside there are four concert halls, a national opera office, souvenir shops, conference rooms, boutiques, a flower salon, a bookstore, a cafe and a restaurant with a panoramic view of the center of Reykjavik.
Matur og Drykkur is a restaurant, translated from Icelandic as “Food and Drink”. It is located on the territory of the former salt plant. The owners studied the manuscripts with the ancient Icelandic recipes and reinterpreted them in a modern way. Thanks to the unusual dishes, in 2017 the restaurant was included in the Michelin Guide.
In the menu there is a tasting set, for those who want everything at once. It includes: halibut soup with mussels, raisins and apple sauce, smoked haddock with boiled potatoes, horse meat steak with baked beetroot and pickled strawberries, lamb meatballs with rhubarb jam, cod head cooked in chicken broth with blueberries. Horse meat tartar will be served on the sword, and for dessert — ice cream from the traditional Icelandic thick yogurt skir with blueberry sorbet, granola and white chocolate.
Blue lagoon is perhaps the most famous thermal spa in the world. The cavity, composed of frozen magma, is filled with turquoise water from a nearby power station. Boiling water in underground tanks is pumped to the station and goes through the technical cycle of electricity generation. After cleaning and cooling to 40 °C, water enters the natural pool.
The water contains quartz, silicon, sea salt and blue-green algae. No bacteria can survive in such conditions, this ensures the purity of the water, which is useful for the skin. According to legend, the healing properties of water discovered a power plant worker. Swimming in the lake, he got rid of psoriasis within a few months.
There are hot baths, a sauna, a steam room, a bar, a restaurant, a clinic, a shop of branded cosmetics and a relaxation area overlooking the lava hills.
LAVA is a restaurant in the rock, overlooking the Blue Lagoon. In the menu: Arctic char with whipped horseradish and mustard seeds, cod with cauliflower sauce from saffron and mussels, baked celery root with fennel and almonds, goat cheese with caramelized onion and fig jam. The restaurant's key dish is a lamb fillet with artichokes, dates and thyme.
ION Luxury Adventure Hotel is an urban hotel an hour's drive from Reykjavik. There are 46 rooms with panoramic windows and high ceilings, heated by thermal springs. All interior items are made from recyclable materials. For example, furniture — from the wreckage of the tree, thrown out by the ocean on the coast, and the elements of the decor — from frozen lava and volcanic ash.
The hotel borders the Thingvellir National Park and the largest lake in Iceland — Thingvallavatn. The hotel has a sauna, an outdoor hot tub and a spa. The chef of the restaurant at the hotel is Sigurdur Agustsson, experiments combining incongruous.
Duck breast he's cooking with pumpkin with a maple syrup, chicken liver pate — on toast with tomato marmalade, and clam chowder — with green apples. After lunch, guests can enjoy rhubarb, blueberry or crowberry liqueur at the hotel bar.
Lava is a spa center of the hotel with a 10-meter pool and views of the volcanic hills. While the guests are warming in the pool, they will be offered herbal teas and massages, foot baths with sea salt, a pedicure or a hot body mask with volcanic ash.
Today you will get from summer to winter. Take warm clothes, they will be useful for a snowmobile safari at Langjokull Glacier. Don't be surprised if you meet Brad Pitt or George Clooney. Stars of show business and famous athletes are frequent guests here. For a picnic on a glacier, we'll take traditional Icelandic snacks: smoked lamb, volcanic bread, mutton pate, fermented shark meat, cod tongues, dried fish and butter, potato salad, skir with jam and add a couple of glasses of Brennivin. Then you will walk in the Park Thingvellir, where the world's first parliament was created and visit the bright turquoise lake formed in the crater of the volcano. You will return to the hotel at 7–8 pm.
Langjokull is the second largest glacier in Iceland after Vatnayöküdl. Langjokull in translation from Icelandic is a “long glacier”. Its area is equal to the territory of Singapore. Two volcanic systems, Western and Eastern, are hidden under the ice here. Underground volcanoes, which once erupted under a layer of melting ice, created a unique natural landscape. This area is relatively calm — only 32 eruptions in 10 thousand years. In 2015, Jay Z and Beyoncé rode snowmobiles here. So they celebrated the 45th anniversary of Jay Z. And in the winter of 2017 Cristiano Ronaldo and his girlfriend were seen here.
As soon as you reach the glacier, you will be given a jumpsuit, gloves, a helmet and you will be instructed.
The National Park, listed in 2004 in the World Heritage list of UNESCO. The first parliament in the world was founded here in 930. Residents of Iceland gathered in the valley for the adoption of laws and court. The center of events was the Rock of the Law, and the most influential man — the speaker. Turning to the rock, his voice reflected from it and was heard by all present. After independence in 1944, in the valley of Thingvellir the Republic of Iceland was declared and its first president was elected.
Also, in this place Eurasian and North American tectonic plates diverge. If you took a photo where you keep from falling the Pisa tower, here you definitely need to capture how one of your feet is in Europe, and the other — in America.
After breakfast you will go to the Waterfall Gullfoss and visit the valley of geysers to make a selfie with the eruption of a 30-meter column of water. For lunch, you will visit the tomato farm of Knutur and Helena. You will be served soup and ice-cream from fresh tomatoes. Also you will have the opportunity to taste cheesecake with jam from green tomatoes and a cocktail Bloody Mary. You'll spend the evening in the spa complex at the hotel. After a massage and mineral-volcanic wraps, you will relax in the outdoor pool with thermal water. Dinner will be served in the restaurant overlooking the “lunar” landscape.
Haukadalur is a valley of geysers, which arose in the 13th century after the earthquake. The main source of the valley is Geisir. It gave the name to this natural phenomenon. But since 1916, the source is in a state of sleeping, so tourists come to see another active geyser — Strokkur. Every 6–8 minutes he throws a stream of boiling water up to 30 meters high. Above the valley there is almost always a stable smell of hydrogen sulfide and steam rises from hot springs. Where the water temperature is not more than 40 °C, bathing places are equipped.
The Fridheimar Farm is a year-round greenhouse on which the couple Knutur and Helena grow several varieties of organic tomatoes and cucumbers. In addition to the beds on the farm there is a restaurant where the tomato soup is cooked with tomatoes picked at you. You can add in it fresh arugula from a pot on the dining table. Hot cakes with basil and mozzarella, cucumber sauce salsa and cocktail Bloody Mary with a drop of Tabasco. Tomato ice cream or cheesecake with jam from green tomatoes, cinnamon and lime will be offered for dessert.
Prepared SUVs will be waiting for you early in the morning. Today you will visit three waterfalls, take a ride on a black beach and have a picnic in the southernmost point of the country. You will start with waterfalls. In one of them you can go behind the falling water flow, the other is hidden in a gorge, close to the third is almost always a double rainbow. After lunch, you will leave your bags at the hotel and go to the ocean. You will ride quad bikes 5 kilometers along the volcanic beach, on the way inspect the basalt columns, like a huge faceted pipe. If you are lucky, you will see the places of nesting puffins. As soon as you see the 120-meter arch, take out a basket of food — you can eat. In it you will find smoked lamb meat, goat cheese, salmon, baguette, cod liver paste, blueberry jam, salted chocolate, thermos with tea made from Icelandic moss and coffee. After enjoying the views, you can go to the hotel for the night.
Seljalandsfoss is a waterfall, behind which you can hide. In a rock behind a water stream, there is a deep hollow, to get there it is necessary to climb by stairs from a parking place.
Gljufrabui is a waterfall is a 10-minute walk from Seljalandsfoss. To see this waterfall, you need to go between two rocks forming the entrance to the cave. Getting inside, you find yourself directly under the stream of water.
Skogafoss is a waterfall is 25 meters wide, falling from a 60-meter cliff. In Sunny weather, you can see a double rainbow above it, which appears due to the large number of splashes. Justin Bieber filmed a clip here for the song “I'll show you”.
Vic is the main city of southern Iceland. It is located on the shore of the ocean, 180 km from Reykjavik. In its vicinity are: a black volcanic beach, a lighthouse at Cape Dyrholaey and basalt columns and volcanic rocks in the ocean. According to the Icelandic legends — it's trolls, petrified by exposure to sunlight.
Icelandair Hotel Vik is a hotel overlooking the ocean. For the guests there are: 88 rooms with all facilities, a restaurant with 200 seats and a golf field, 3 km from the hotel. There is a bar with a wide selection of drinks.
Reynisfjara is a black volcanic beach. Here are the cliffs "Troll’s Fingers" and basalt columns. According to the legend, "Troll's fingers" formed when the two trolls tried to pull the three-masted ship to the ground. They got carried away and did not notice how the sun rose, which turned them into stone rocks. In summer flocks of puffins are nesting on these cliffs. It is not recommended to turn away from the ocean on the beach for safety reasons — waves can reach 3–5 meters.
Cape Dirholaay is the most Southern point of Iceland. Under the influence of the oceanic surf, an arch of 120 m high formed in the cliff of volcanic lava. It can be seen in the film of Darren Aronofsky — Noah. In the period from May 1 to June 25 there are nests of puffins — birds, which are called the symbol of Iceland. While visiting the cape, we will arrange a picnic here with hot tea and sandwiches.
After Breakfast you will go to the East of Iceland. First, you will walk along one of the most beautiful canyons in the world and then go by an amphibious boat and look at the turquoise fragments of the glacier, tacking between them. You can feel like James Bond, he was filmed here. After that you will be taken to the Port of Hofn — the capital of the langoustines. Looking through the window of the restaurant, you can see how the fishermen get your future lunch out of the ocean. Everything is fast, tasty and natural. After a meal, you will walk around the port and go to the Skaftafell National Park. The one where the moss fields and a waterfall resembling a giant organ. In the evening you will return to the hotel and have dinner in the familiar atmosphere.
Fjadrargljufur is a canyon, part of the twenty most beautiful canyons of the planet, according to National Geographic. Its depth is 98 meters, and the length is 2 kilometers. The canyon is formed due to erosion from melting glaciers and a strong wind. There are two paths for visitors. The first is laid along the top of the canyon, the second — at the foot of the cliffs, where the river Fjadra flows. The river is not deep, you can go through it if you wish. From the pedestrian path along the edge of the canyon, you can see the plains and glacial streams.
Jokulsarlon is an icy lagoon formed as a result of the melting of the Vatnajokull Glacier. The glacier is an area of Jamaica, declined and retreated from the shore. A lake with blue water was formed. It is filled with sea fish: herring, trout, salmon. In the lagoon, there are seals that can swim directly to the boat. On the shore seabirds are nesting — terns.
Hofn is a port city in the south-east of Iceland with a population of 1,641 people. The main occupation of the local people is fishing and fish processing. Every summer, in the center of the city, a lobster festival takes place at the giant squid statue. At these places the scenes from the films were shot: James Bond — Die Another Day, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Batman Begins.
Humarhofnin is a restaurant — visiting card of Hofn, the name is translated from Icelandic as “lobster harbor”. It specializes in freshly caught langoustines. From the restaurant window you can see the unloading of seafood, which in 30 minutes can be on the table. In the restaurant there is everything of local origin: langoustines, arctic char, herring, lamb, duck, sheep cheese, potatoes, basil, coriander, mint, except salt, it is brought from France.
Skaftafell is a national park with an alpine landscape, formed under the influence of the eruption of the volcano Oraefajokull and the melting of the Glacier Skaftafellsjokull. The unique climatic conditions of the park contributed to the reproduction of arctic foxes, field mice and American mink. Here more than 30 species of birds nest: tap-dance bird, wren, snipe, tundra grouse, golden plover, goldcrest. From the plants in the park you can see: birch, willow, mountain ash, moss, bells and saxifrage. The main attraction of the park is the 12-meter Waterfall Svartifoss, surrounded by black basalt columns that resemble a giant organ.
During a week you ate only natural local products and you don't need to change this principle. The day will start with a visit to the Village of Fludir — the birthplace of Icelandic vegetables. Here you will check into the hotel and lightly eat farm snacks. It is light, because after a kilogram steak it will be difficult to set speed records. You will be delivered to the bank of the River Hvitau and you will be given wetsuits, vests and gloves. All in order to rush on a jet boat at a speed of 100 km/h along the canyon. Thresholds, sharp turns and jumps — believe me, it's breathtaking. After that you can eat properly. For you will be prepared a barbecue and you can try several varieties of local beer. In the evening, there is nowhere to rush — get warm in the sauna or the thermal pool of the Secret Lagoon. Dinner will be waiting at the hotel restaurant.
Icelandair Hotel Fludir is a hotel in the Village of Fludir, a 12-minute walk from the Secret Lagoon hot spring. The hotel has 32 rooms with wooden floors and access to the garden, where guests can relax in the jacuzzi, tasting snacks and drinks from the hotel bar. The hotel restaurant prepares dishes from meat, vegetables and fruits grown in the village.
A walk on the jet boat passes in the canyon of the Gullfoss Waterfall on the River Hvitau. After arriving at the starting point, participants are instructed and receive equipment: waterproof suits, gloves, helmets and life jackets. After that the group gets on the bus and reaches the location of the boat. During the race, the boat rushes along the canyon through the thresholds past the basalt rocks at a speed of up to 100 km/h. If you want, you can stop and swim in the river — the water temperature does not exceed 4 °C. After the walk, the instructors will arrange a barbecue-lunch and tasting of local beer. While roasting the meat, you can wash in the shower and warm up in the sauna.
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The culmination of the final day will be the descent into the crater of the volcano. You will have to go a couple of kilometers on foot and go down the elevator into a cavity the size of a football field. There are not such places on Earth and we think you will be impressed. After you climb to the surface, you will be taken to Reykjavik. There will be a whole evening to collect things and walk around the city. For the final dinner, you will go to the most popular fish restaurant in the capital and taste Icelandic delicacies accompanied by dry wine.
The descent into the crater of a sleeping volcano Thrihnukagigur is carried out in an open elevator on the ropes. The last time it erupted 4,000 years ago. The entrance to the crater is a hole in the form of a funnel 4 × 4 meters wide and resembles the shape of a bottle. Different colors and size of the walls make the beauty of the crater. Its bottom can be compared with a football field, and the height allows you to hold the Statue of Liberty in full size. Usually the crater after the eruption is closed with cold, hard lava. Thrihnukagigur is a rare exception. Magma disappeared from the cell. It is believed that it hardened on the walls or went back to the depths of the Earth.
Transfer to the crater by car is impossible due to lack of road. From the parking lot, you should walk 3 km along the lava field. At the place, equipment is given to the group: helmet and safety belts.
Fiskmarkadurinn is the main fish restaurant in Reykjavik. Here, sashimi is made from trout, tuna with grilled vegetables, lobster soup with coconut milk with tangerines, smoked cheeks of catfish, Atlantic grilled catfish with black truffle dressing. Also in the menu there are dishes from mutton, beef and chicken. On the ground floor there is an open kitchen to watch the cooking.
The restaurant is often mentioned by famous magazines. For example, Condé Nast Traveler noted a large selection of cocktails, wines and sake, The New York Times appreciated the cozy atmosphere of the place, and The Food and Wine Go List 2008 included the restaurant in the list of the most delicious places in Iceland.
Сanopy by Hilton is a new Hilton hotel located in the center of Reykjavik. All rooms are decorated in a minimalist Icelandic style, equipped with comfortable furniture and modern appliances. There is a 24-hour fitness center with cardio equipment, free weights and yoga accessories. In the morning, the hotel serves breakfast in the buffet style. Also, at the restaurant you can order dishes of local cuisine.
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