Those on the group flights will be met on arrival into Keflavik Airport and transferred to the start hotel in the centre of Reykjavik. Those not on the group flights will make their own way to the hotel to join the tour. After settling in, you will visit one of the most famous and instantly recognisable thermal springs in the world, the Blue Lagoon a geothermal spa caused by silica and sulphur in the ground. Temperatures in the swimming area can reach as high as 40 degrees, so if you do decide that you want to take a dip, make sure you are prepared for the heat! The lagoon is known for having healing properties, so after a long soak here you may come out feeling renewed and invigorated. It's a great way to recover from your journey and to start your holiday feeling refreshed. In the evening you will be able to see the exciting city of Reykjavik by night.
Today you head south to the small settlement of Skogar and visit the beautiful natural wonder of Skógarfoss a 60m high water fall which tumbles down over jagged rocks. The first settler at Skogar was Thrasi Thorolfsson, a learned man of antiquated character. He is said to have hidden a chest filled with gold coins in a cave behind the waterfall. On fine days, when the sun is shining, people say that his gold glitters through the water. Many have tried to find the chest and stories say once a young man succeeded. He tied a rope to its ring and pulled. He only retrieved the ring, which was later used for the church door at Skogar; you can now see it in the museum.
You head on down to the very southernmost headland of Iceland, through small villages and farmlands with views to the majestic mountains towering over the coast. On the way, there are great views of Hekla Volcano, and the towering, ice capped strato volcano Eyjafjallajokull. In April 2010, the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull Volcano made it become known the world over as it caused planes to be grounded all over Europe. This area is a paradise for geology, showing the forces of nature and creation of life very clearly. Continue to Vik where you will stay for the next 2 nights.
The Skaftafel National Park contains some of Iceland's finest scenery with a rugged landscape of glaciers and mountains, there are no roads in the park but a series of hiking trails allow you to explore the area. You are following in the footsteps of James Bond in 'Die Another Day' and Lara Croft in 'Tomb Raider' which were filmed in this region. Take a boat trip on the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, moving between the huge natural ice sculptures as they float past you on their way out to sea is quite magical - watch out for wildlife such as seals, eider ducks and maybe a jumping salmon. Return to your hotel.
The geyser is something that defines Iceland so much that this name has become synonymous with this spectacular occurence and today you will visit them yourself. From the ancient Icelandic world 'geysa', meaning to gush, this is now the name that is given to a high pressure discharge of water from the land the world over. You will see the Great Geyser in the Haukadular Valley, where eruptions can force water an amazing 70 metres in the air. Within the Golden Circle there are several of these geysers which erupt with great frequency to the delight of onlookers.
Also visit Strokkur Pingvellir National Park where Europe's oldest parliament was founded around the year 930. See Loburg, or Law Rock, a natural focal point here which was used for holding speeches. Return to Reykjavik.
Today is left free for you to explore by yourselves or take optional activities. You might like to go horse riding along the peninsula or take a boat cruise around the islands in the bay.
This morning you go underground for some exciting caving (approx. 4 hours). You will see the magical underground rock formations that lava eruptions have left behind. It is a great way to learn how Iceland was created. In the afternoon you will hike around Hengill Volcano. The volcano is still active, as displayed by the many hot springs and fumaroles around it, but it has not erupted for 2000 years. It is an important source of power for the south of the island. There is a chance to bathe in a warm river, and just for fun as a scientific experiment we boil an egg in the hot water here.
The tour ends here for those not on the group flights. Those on group flights will be transferred to the airport for your flight home.