Photo by ION Adventure Hotel
The Capital. After an overnight flight in a lie-flat first-class seat, our client arrived in Reykjavik at daybreak, fully rested and ready to go. The art-filled and centrally located 101 Hotel served as home base. For orientation, we suggested a custom walking tour of Reykjavik followed by a multicourse lunch of Icelandic specialties and a soak in the famous geothermal Blue Lagoon.
The Countryside: The tour of Iceland's dramatic volcanic landscape began with a visit to the geothermal baths at Laugarvatn Fontana en route to the ION Adventure Hotel. ION, set in the middle of mountainous lava fields, is an unexpected, luxe basecamp for adventurers. Next: a 4x4 trip into Thorsmork (Thor's Forest) to see Eyjafjallajokull volcano, the site of 2010's massive eruption, then an excursion to the otherworldly southern coast. We arranged a stop at the 200-foot Seljalandsfoss waterfall with a small cave that visitors can explore by walking behind the fall, a crampon-clad walk on the blue ice of Sólheimajökull glacier, and a visit to the black sand beaches around Reynisfjara.
Chasing the Northern Lights: To maximize our client's chances of seeing the aurora, our guides scouted out locations with virtually no light pollution so the light show wouldn’t be missed. Our client was lucky enough to see the lights on three of her nights outside Reykjavik.