This itinerary doesn’t do things by halves. Indeed, it pays to head out of Reykjavik, with scenic flights and wildlife-spotting cruises bringing you to the world's largest puffin colony and the best place to spot whales in Iceland. Along the way, included excursions will showcase the charm of remote fishing villages and the volcanic splendour of the Westman Islands. It’s all knitted together by included transfers and a stay among buzzy Reykjavik’s colourful heritage. Of course, there's also plenty of time to relax or explore under your own steam.
Whales & puffins in Iceland
Day by day itinerary
Day 1 » UK/Reykjavik
Flying out to Reykjavik, an included transfer will see you to your central accommodation. Housed in a trio of 18th-century buildings and situated on one of the city’s oldest streets, it’s an ideal introduction to the Icelandic capital’s heritage, exemplified by a colourful old town and a superb selection of museums. Exhibitions on Viking saga and the country’s maritime past rank among the highlights. Otherwise, spend the day taking in the city’s cutting edge, from its excellent food and bar scene to the ultra-modern architecture.
Day 2 » Whale watching in Húsavík
Today, after making the short journey to the domestic airport, you’ll fly north to Húsavík – Europe’s whale-watching capital. Here, an included transfer will whisk you to the harbour, where you’ll board a traditional oak fishing boat. It’s a delightfully evocative way to spot these magnificent creatures, from white-beaked dolphins to giant breaching humpbacks. You’ll then have some time to explore the charming fishing village itself, enjoying exclusive discounts at its Whale Museum and Culture House. At the end of it all, an included transfer will see to your flight back to Reykjavik. Whichever side you sit on, you’ll be treated to spectacular views of Iceland’s wild interior.
Day 3 » Reykjavik
Following yesterday’s early start, you’ll have today at leisure. Be sure to enjoy a harbourfront stroll before heading to Hallgríms Church – a tour-de-force of contemporary beauty. What’s more, its steeple offers some of the best views of the Icelandic capital. Alternatively, you might want to explore further with our range of optional excursions. Although the giant waterfalls, explosive geysers and rift-valley national parks of the Golden Circle are an obvious highlight, there’s plenty more of the unique. There’s everything from glacier hikes and scenic helicopter flights to the chance to snorkel between tectonic plates.
Day 4 » Puffin spotting in the Westman Islands
After an included transfer through Iceland’s pretty southern lowlands, board the ferry to the Westman Islands. Here, you’ll enjoy a pair of included excursions, starting with a boat tour –the best way to appreciate the archipelago’s volcanic drama. Alongside spectacular rock formations that have been thousands of years in the making, you can expect to spot endless seabirds, including impossibly cutesy puffins. One fifth of the world’s population nests here. Then, back on land, you’ll enjoy a bus tour, bringing you among giant volcanoes, varied wildlife and the farmhouse ruins of the islands’ first settlement. At the end of it all, a ferry hop and mainland transfer will see you back to Reykjavik.
Day 5 » Depart for UK
You’ll enjoy a final breakfast today, before an included transfer brings you back to the international airport for your flight home. On your way, perhaps pause at the Blue Lagoon to end the trip in style with a soak in its ethereal geothermal waters.
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