£1220 excluding flights (single supplement £205)
Pick up from Keflavík International Airport or your hotel in. Please be prepared for a short coastal walk (1km) in the vicinity of the Garðskagi lighthouse. Your hotel for the first two nights is just a short drive away.
An easy walk along the Stampar craters and through lava fields to the cliffs at Krísuvíkurbjarg (where the now-extinct Great Auk made its last home) and the hot springs at Gunnuhver (7km). Subject to time, there will be alternative activities close to the fishing town of Grindavík and the chance to visit the Blue Lagoon, for those wishing to avail themselves of this unique experience.
A day inhas been included at the request of those who, on past trips, have expressed the wish to spend more time in this exciting and vibrant city. As an option, you might take a coastal walk (10km) within the city, taking in the Harpa concert hall, the old harbour, the Maritime Museum, Seltjarnarnes peninsula and lighthouse, and along the coast path to Perlan, with its viewing platform and revolving restaurant. Tonight’s accommodation is in .
Drive through the tunnel beneath Hvalfjörður to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, where your first walk will be to the Eldborg crater (5km), followed by the area around the Ytri-Rauðamelskúla volcano, the carbonated springs of Rauðamelsölkeldur (5km) and the wonderful rocky coast at Arnarstapi (4km). From there, you will drive through the extensive lava fields at the western tip of the peninsula. If there’s time, you will stop at the white sand beach at Skarðsvík (1km) and view the cliffs where once fishing boats were suspended to keep them clear of the storm waves. Tonight’s accommodation is in the charming fishing town of Ólafsvík.
Driving east, you will make several walks including one through the chaotic lava of the aptly named Berserkjahraun (6km). Arriving early in Stykkishólmur, you will check into your hotel before taking an afternoon ferry to the island of Flatey with the chance to do some whale spotting on the way. As the name suggests, the island is rather flat but is popular with artists who have renovated houses there. You will spend 2½ hours on the island with time to stroll around, visit the lovely church and take coffee at the small kaffihusið before sailing back for a late supper at your hotel.
A leisurely start today will enable you to explore Stykkishólmur, before heading back to. You will take several short walks, including one to the low peak, Helgafell, and the churchyard below (1km) and another below the mountain Drápuhlíðarfjall, where there was once a colossal landslide (4km). There is also the possibility of an interesting volcanic walk in the Rauðamelshraun (11km). You then return through the tunnel to your accommodation in .
Free time in the city before transferring to Keflavík Airport for your afternoon flight home.
Departure: 25 – 31 May 2016