On this wonderful Midnight Sun Break you will see a plethora of Volcanic wonders on exciting SuperJeep Adventure Tours, and you have a very high chance of seeing whales too!
For those of you who haven’t experienced the midnight sun it is a bizarre experience to be out in broad daylight at 11.30 at night! It has to be done to be believed!
To us this is THE break you should do in Iceland in the summer as it jam packs the very best there is to see with a great mix of self driving and super-jeep tours, so as to keep the cost down but also gets you into the heart of areas that few others venture into. The SuperJeep Tours are truly “out of this world” with one of them taking you to where Neil Armstrong trained for his landing on the moon!
The benefit of the Midnight Sun is that you have lots of time to pack in activities so you really do get to see a range of volcanic landscapes with lava flows, volcanoes, craters, glaciers, geysers. You will also stay in the “Whales Capital of Europe” – called this due to your extremely high chance of seeing Whales.
You will be based in two boutique cabins with stunning views of rural Iceland so you enjoy the majestic beauty of the Midnight Sun.
Fly to Reykjavik. On arrival a flybus will transfer you to the city centre.
Reykjavik is a quirky fun town with plenty to amuse you, and we would highly recommend the many excellent seafood restaurants in the city centre.
Overnight in Reykjavik
Fly to Husavik and on arrival pick up a hire car.
Husavik is a charming small fishing town which you will enjoy wandering around looking at it’s authentic colourful houses.
We would strongly recommend you visit the excellent Whale museum with its large collection of huge whale skeletons hung in a way so you can inspect up close. There are also some fascinating video clips which will give you an insight into the whale research in the locality.
This afternoon you have your whale watching adventure lined up on a traditional oak fishing boat. On this 3 hour trip you will be searching for Humpback & Minke Whales, Orcas, and occasionally Blue Whales are seen. All the skippers have over 10 years of whale searching under their belts and have an incredible 98% sightings success rate since 1995!
The Whale Watching tours run day and night so between June – mid August you can even take a very evocative evening Whale Watching trip under the Midnight Sun!
You will be provided with seafaring overalls to keep you warm and dry. Hot chocolate, cinnamon rolls as well as the “Captains Privilege” are all on hand!
Afterwards return to your cabin and we would recommend you venture down towards the sea via the little trails in-front of your cabin where there are many species of birds.
Make sure you leave time for a bathe, in what must be one of the top hot tubs in the world for views, as you look across the estuary to the Mountains. The hot tubs are constantly fed by the geothermal waters and are incredibly warm!
This spot is a beautiful, peaceful place and we can personally recommend you open a bottle of wine and sit on your private terrace and enjoy soaking up the magnificent view.
Overnight in the cabin just outside Husavik
This will without doubt be one of the highlights of your trip and involves a @ 12 hr SuperJeep Tour right into the Highlands to the Askja Volcano. In 1967 Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong trained here for landing on the moon as it was believed to be the closest place on earth to how the moon could be. As you travel through this area you will see why!
This is a long day but you will be enthralled by the constantly changing landscape. Never did you realise before how different varying types of lava can look!. You will journey through grey hard volcanic lava flows, to a landscape littered with yellow pumice, to a jet-black volcanic ash desert. Unexpected rivers and waterfalls with vibrant coloured flowers will surprise you as you constantly aim for the dramatic Volcanic Caldera of Askja that dominates the plain.
We recommend you take a picnic lunch with you and the guide will chose one of the many dramatic spots to stop for lunch. This could be beside an Oasis fed by spring waters bubbling up from under the desert ash, next to the basalt columns cut out by one of the small but powerful waterfalls along the way, or overlooking the Viti explosion crater in the heart of the caldera.
To reach the Viti explosion crater there is a flat 2.5km hike across the middle of the Askja Caldera which takes about 45 minutes. Once there you can walk around the lip of the Caldera or the more adventurous amongst you have the chance to climb down to the geothermal lake inside the volcano and swim in it’s milky waters- So you can actually swim inside a Volcano!!
You will also visit Holuhraun lava field. The rough, untouched lava field created in 2015 is Iceland’s youngest lava field and you will have an opportunity to explore it.
This is the most extraordinary day with exceptional guides who bring the geology to life in a fascinating and engaging way.
Today you can go at your own pace and explore some of the Diamond Circle. You may want to take it a bit easier today as tomorrow is a full day.
As a minimum we would particularly recommend Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerfull waterfall, and Krafla, with its dramatic 800m high Caldera, which should not be missed.
Take a picnic lunch to Asbyrgi, a huge dramatic horseshoe-shaped rock formation in a deep canyon. Heavily forested it is a great place for a gentle hike.
Return to the cabin to relax and enjoy your view!
There is lots to do in this area so it really is up to you how much you see, but the beauty of the midnight sun if you can start early and just keep going and going and pack so much in!
This is a self drive day and we would recommend you visit the tranquil Lake Myvatn created 2300 years ago by a basaltic lava eruption and now teeming with bird life. Bizarre lava shapes and lava pillars can be seen in all directions and this is a lovely spot for a picnic.
Dimmuborgir lava area has some wonderful lava tubes to see above ground and the Skútustaðir pseudo craters are definitely worth a stop
The Hverir geothermal area with it’s boiling mud pools and steaming lava never fails to please and amaze.
Vogafjos Cowshed has cleverly combined a café and the milking area, separated by glass, to creat a quirky restaurant which is a really fun lunch stop. After all where else can you eat your lunch overlooked by a munching cow?!
Without doubt you should make time for a bathe at the geothermal Myvatn Baths swimming in the naturally warm water, standing under the waterfall – which of course is naturally hot- and swimming amongst the clouds of steam rising up from a fissure 2,500 metres deep in the Earth´s surface. The beauty of the Myvatn Baths is that they are not as busy as the Blue Lagoon has become so you can really relax and enjoy this natural soak in peace.
Take the last flight out of Husavik to Reykjavik. On arrival pick up your hire car and self drive to your wilderness cabin (@ 2 hrs). As you are visiting during the midnight sun you will be driving down in daylight.
On arrival at the cabin the guide will cook for you on the bbq or serve you a 3 course meal. We have had wonderful feedback on his meals with the bbq lamb from his family farm being particularly liked. Afterwards he will retire and leave you to enjoy your meal under the midnight sun.
Today you have at leisure to explore the south coast. This morning head off in your self drive car to the South coast with the dramatic Glaciers and Volcanoes of Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull to your left and the Atlantic Ocean on your right.
Continue towards the small village of Vik to visit the Black Beaches and dramatic rock formations of Reynisdrangar with its famous archway.
Visit Seljalandsfoss one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland, which you can walk behind in order to stare through the falling water across the flat landscape towards the South Beaches. The dramatic and thundering Skogar Waterfall is totally different, being one of the highest in Iceland at 60M and certainly worth a few photos, though you will need your waterproofs to keep dry from the spray!
A new exhibition called the Lava Centre is very good with its interactive exhibition about the volcanoes, eruptions and earthquakes. 45-60 minutes is probably enough for most visitors to experience the Centre and it is open till 7pm. There is also a cafeteria, and a boutique shop.
Time allowing stop at the Skogar Folk Museum which shares one man’s lifetime collection of Icelandic artefacts gathered since 1949.
This is a good 7 hour itinerary – depending upon how long you stay at each place.
We love this day as it gets you into the heart of Iceland away from the crowds as South Iceland has started to get busy.
The guide will adapt to your interests and local weather to make the most of the day but the plan is you start exploring the area around Mt Hekla, one of Icelands most active volcanoes, which is overdue an eruption. (Don’t worry we monitor incredibly carefully!). As the super-jeep climbs the rough mountain tracks you will be treated to spectacular view after spectacular view, and your camera will be busy!
You will explore the parts that tourists don’t normally get to in a modified super-jeep, and the guides personal challenge is to complete the day without you having seen another tour! With its rhyolite mountains, geothermal areas, canyons, glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls there is plenty to enthral you with its beauty before you end in a beautiful farmland area where one of the famed Sagas took place. You can inspect the end of a lava flow and marvel at its height and imagine its power when flowing.
Once again you will be treated a full range of volcanic landscapes and colours. This tour lasts about 7 hours.
Return to overnight at the cabin. Tonight you will cook for yourself. You will have pre-chosen your meal before you go so that your ingredients and recipe are waiting for you at the cabin.
Self-drive the Golden Circle. You can walk in a dramatic mini rift valley created by Tectonic plate movement and home to the world’s first democratic Parliament founded by the Vikings, gaze at the thundering Gullfoss waterfall which often has a rainbow in the spray, and marvel at the Strokkur Geyser which erupts every 5 mins.
Time allowing we would also suggest a visit to Kerid a 55m deep caldera of a volcano that erupted approximately 3000 years ago and is now filled with water.
Continue to self drive to Reykjavik to overnight.
Morning at leisure for a last look around Reykjavik.
The new Harpa Centre in the harbour is rather impressive, and the Perlan restaurant has created an artificial ice cave in it’s basement, as well as an informative exhibition about the Northern Lights so this is a good “one stop” for experience, education & food!
Finally self drive to the airport for your flights home after your Volcano and Whale Adventure
Eighteen newly built timber cabins, each with their own big private terrace with an outstanding view of wetlands, sea and snow capped mountains. Geothermal Hot Tub with probably the best view in Iceland
Breakfast is served in the old stables and Husavik is less than 2 km away for dinner, or you can self cater dinner if you would prefer.
These authentic bijoux cabins are nestled in nature allowing you to enjoy the peace and silence of Icelandic nature in private enjoying the most stunning view.
You have wetlands in front of you teeming with bird life (the latest count was 92 species), followed by the sea estuary beyond and the Snow capped Mountains. It really is stunning and a birds watchers paradise.
This small cosy log cabin is well located with wonderful mountain views to the north, and the famed Eyjafjallajökull Volcano that erupted in 2010, and is in a great place to see the Northern Lights.
It is perfect for a family or two couples with a separate living/eating area and two main bedrooms and an attic bedroom which kids will love. There are two separate bathrooms, one with a shower and one with a bath.
This has been refurbished very recently and is a wonderful place to relax and look out for the Northern Lights, after the excitement of the day adventure SuperJeep tours. A brand new hot tub has just been added outside which comfortably fits 6 people. What a wonderful place to be if the Northern Lights are out!
There is Wi-Fi and mobile signal, TV with very limited channels (probably in Icelandic). The beds are set up as a double in one room, a double with a combined single bunk bed above and then the attic has a mattress on the floor. We would therefore suggest it is perfect for 4 adults and 2 children.
Hotel Reykjavik Centrum is a relatively new hotel in the heart of the city, opened on April 1st 2005. It is located on one of Reykjavik’s oldest streets, Adalstraeti, right in the heart of Reykjavik in a newly renovated building, the oldest part of which was built in 1764.
The hotel has 89 rooms, each fitted with modern amenities, such as satellite TV, telephone, Internet access, mini-bar, radio, iron and board, hair dryer, safe and tea & coffee set. All rooms have ensuite bathroom with either a shower or a bath.
During its construction, the remains of a Viking longhouse from the Settlement Period were found. Among the finds excavated at the site were Iceland’s oldest human remains, dating from approximately 870 AD.
We really loved Myvatn and Husavik. We had a Whale slapping the water with 3/4 of its body right infront of us, and the countryside was stunning with volcanic stuff everywhere you looked! Every day we felt couldn't be bettered and then it was!! Askja was out of this world. We had been nervous about the length of the day as we had a 12 yr old with us, but she and we had the best day ever! Both cabins were lovely. A great success of a trip"
"We had a wonderful break in Iceland. It was very well organised and all party members commented on how much they enjoyed the trip" All of our guides were extremely hospitable. Many Thanks for organising a truly memorable experience"
Our international clients are welcome to book their own flights, and we will organise the ground arrangements