Sharing our Culture & Country



Sharing our Culture & Country

Learn about Icelandic culture and history on this inspiring guided tour around South, West and North Iceland including plenty of farm visits, local food and spectacular nature. You will see both Iceland's most popular attractions and lesser visited areas and gain an in-depth understanding of the island's fascinating culture from local people. Available April - May and October - November. For a group of 6 people or more.

Please note that Sharing our Culture & Country is only one of many itineraries we can create for private groups (6 people or more) where the focus is on experiencing both Icelandic nature and culture. English, German, French and Spanish-speaking guides available, please contact us to enquire about other languages. 

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Highlights

  • See the magnificent Golden Circle sights
  • Visit farms and enjoy traditional Icelandic cuisine
  • Tour the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula with its fishing villages, cliffs and bays
  • Take a relaxing dip in the Nature Baths by Lake Mývatn
  • Discover Iceland's past and present including the country‘s maritime history, geothermal energy and the Icelandic horse
  • Hear stories and local secrets from our hosts

Included

  • 4 nights at charming guesthouses in the countryside + breakfast & dinner (3 nights in a room with private/en-suite bathroom and 1 night in room with shared bathroom)
  • Bus and local guide from day 1 – day 5, according to itinerary
  • Visit to Hellisheiði Geothermal Power Plant
  • Visit to Friðheimar greenhouse + tomato schnapps
  • Visit to the stables and introduction to the Icelandic horse at Gauksmýri 
  • Visit to the old farm and taste of traditional delicacy at Öngulsstaðir
  • Entrance and towel rental at the Mývatn Nature Baths 
  • Entrance to Sigurgeir's Bird Museum by Lake Mývatn
  • Guided visit to the Herring Era Museum in Siglufjörður
  • Visit to Glaumbær Folk Museum in Skagafjörður

Itinerary

Day 1 | Golden Circle and farm visit

Iceland is known for its abundant geothermal energy which is used for heating and the production of electricity in a sustainable manner. We start with a visit to Hellisheiði geothermal power plant. Passing by the greenhouse village of Hveragerði, located in a geothermal zone, we continue our trip to Friðheimar farm for a visit to a greenhouse where the purest of tomatoes are grown using geothermal energy. We then visit and walk around the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall and Geysir hot spring area where the hot spring Strokkur spouts every 5-10 minutes. We end the day with a stroll through Þingvellir National Park, a historical site located on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. We overnight and dine in Borgarfjörður district, at Country Hotel Hraunsnef, a charming place where the owners will share with you tales of the 'hidden people' (elves) in the area.

Accommodation at Country Hotel Hraunsnef.

Day 2 | Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is sometimes called a 'miniature Iceland', as it has a little bit of everything Iceland has to offer; varied landscapes including a volcano, a glacier, lava fields, mountains, coastline etc. We drive along the South Coast of the peninsula to its westernmost point where we turn northwards circling the Snæfellsjökull Glacier. We stop at the picturesque village of Arnarstapi where we walk along the sea cliffs. Along the way we will see the unique Lóndrangar cliffs (up to 75m high) and walk around the beautiful bay at Djúpalónssandur. We pass fishing villages Hellissandur, Ólafsvík and Stykkishólmur. We then head towards the North where we stay overnight at Gauksmýri Lodge, a horse ranch with horse-themed decorations and hosts who will prepare a special dinner for you in the evening.

Accommodation at Gauksmýri Lodge.

Day 3 | Horses and Icelandic 'hangikjöt'

We start the day with an introduction to the Icelandic horse at Gauksmýri farm where we visit the stables and learn all there is to know about the unique Icelandic horse breed and its five gaits. We then continue to Akureyri town with its 15,000 inhabitants, often called 'the capital of the north' by locals. After a short sightseeing tour where we pass the best known landmarks of Akureyri you will have some time to stroll around the town centre and perhaps have a chat with locals at one of the cafés. Our next stop is at Öngulsstaðir where we visit the old farm and get to taste their traditional home-smoked lamb meat 'hangikjöt', a must to taste when travelling in Iceland. The last stop is at Goðafoss Waterfall or 'Waterfall of the Gods'. We spend the night at Stóru-Laugar, a charming and newly renovated farmer's guesthouse. Our hosts at Stóru-Laugar will prepare dinner as they know best, after which it is possible to spend the evening relaxing in the outdoor Jacuzzi (and who knows, perhaps conditions for viewing the northern lights will be favourable!)

Accommodation at Stóru-Laugar.

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Day 4 | Magical Lake Mývatn

Lake Mývatn is one of the most cherished jewels of the North and has a lot to offer. A fascinating walk in between the lava formations at Dimmuborgir is a must, as well as a walk among the pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir. The geothermal area at Námaskarð pass is definitely one of the highlights of the day, with its extraordinary colours, boiling mud pots and special sulphur smell. We also stop at the Nature Baths for a refreshing geothermal dip - a perfect way to keep warm in our cool climate! We then visit a bird museum and find out which birds make Mývatn their home and nest around the lake. Then it is time to bid farewell to Lake Mývatn and return to the Akureyri area for an overnight stay at Guesthouse Skjaldarvík. The owner will amaze you with her extraordinary designs and decorations to be seen everywhere around the guesthouse – also in the dining hall where you will enjoy the last dinner on this tour.

Accommodation at Guesthouse Skjaldarvík.

Day 5 | Northwest Iceland and return to Reykjavík

Tröllaskagi, or the 'troll peninsula' will be our first destination. We drive through a couple of small fishing villages until we arrive at Siglufjörður village, famous for its herring fishing industry of the past. We will be met by a local guide at the Herring Era Museum, the largest maritime museum in Iceland, who will guide us through this important era of Icelandic history. We then continue around the peninsula arriving at Skagafjörður where we take another step into the past and visit Glaumbær folk museum, a turf farm that gives a special insight into how Icelanders lived throughout the centuries.

We continue south, arriving in Reykjavík late afternoon.

Prices

Example price: For a group of 6 people travelling in October 2016, the above itinerary would cost from €1,535 per person in a double room.

For information on the price of this tour including more participants or during another time of year, please send us an email.

 

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