Iceland Walking & Hiking Adventure
8 days Escorted Tour from Reykjavik 

Features and Inclusions

  • Moderate Hiking: This tour is accessible and suitable to all those with good health and those who are doing some sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours with carrying only a day pack. This tour is based on moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters. Good hiking boots are needed and we recommend bringing walking poles

  • Maximum of 20 participants

  • Visit 2 national parks, entrance and towel to the "Secret Lagoon" in Fludir, zodiac boat trip on glacial lagoon, Vatnajokull glacier hike and an average of 3-4 hours moderate hiking/walking per day.

  • Airport transfers

  • 7 breakfast, 3 picnic lunch (day 3, 4 & 5) and 2 3-course dinner or buffet (day 5 & 6)

  • There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members on the spot.

  • Not Included: Lunch, tips, insurance, porterage

  • Prices are subject to change due to the rise/fall of the ISK to USD

  • Note: Single rooms are limited and we might have to ask single travelers to share rooms

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Country Hotels & Guest Houses (subject to change)

Reykjavik:

Guesthouse Borgartun

South Iceland:

Arhus Cottages

Vatnajokull National Park:

Hotel Skaftafell

 

Departures and Prices 2017

Starting Dates

Terminating Dates

July 2

July 9

July 16

July 23

July 30

August 6

August 13 (Sold Out)

August 20

August 27

September 3

Rates

Per Person In Twin

$ 2982.00

Single Per Person on Request basis

$ 750.00

 

Starting Dates

Terminating Dates

September 10 (Sold Out)

September 17

Rates

Per Person In Twin

$ 2760.00

Single Per Person on Request basis

$ 750.00

 

 

 

ITINERARY

Day 1, Sunday: Welcome to Iceland

The Flybus shuttle brings travelers from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. (O)

 

Day 2, Monday: Golden Circle

We start our adventure in Iceland with a 1-2 hour hike at the ancient Viking Parliament area and UNESCO world heritage site of Þingvellir National Park. We visit the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur “the churn” spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes and explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls”. We continue to the “Secret Lagoon”, a natural hot spring in a small village called Flúðir, where you can get a true Icelandic bathing experience. The surroundings of the geothermal pools and its steam rising into the air give a magical feeling to the place. We stay 3 nights in South Iceland. (B,O)

 

Day 3, Tuesday: Landmannalaugar 

Today we drive to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands, surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains. Depending on fitness level and hiking experience of group members and subject to weather conditions, we hike from the hut in Landmannalaugar. The trail goes through a rough lava field to an amazing hot spring field and up the slopes of Brennisteinsalda with its incredible spectrum of colors. We return via Grænagil gorge that can only be described as simply spectacular and beautifully colorful. The elevation is about 300 meters and the hike takes about 3-4 hours. In Landmannalaugar there is also a natural geothermal stream where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. Have swimwear and towel ready. We continue our trip passing close to Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. On the way back to our accommodation we stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss in Þjórsárdalur valley, surrounded by extraordinary basalt rock formations. (B,O)

 

Day 4, Wednesday: Porsmork

We start the day at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall and continue to Þórsmörk, a wide valley named after Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. This beautiful valley is surrounded on three sides by steep mountains and glaciers. Fording raging glacial rivers and gentle streams is a big part of the great adventure. The landscape is dramatic with Eyjafjallajökull volcano towering on one side and the massive glacial river Markarfljót flowing on the other. We walk to explore the aftermath of the immense fast flowing flood, caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010, which destroyed a glacial lagoon and left a blackened area. Þórsmörk is one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland and it is breathtaking to stand on top of the many hills and mountains in this region. There are many different hiking options. We select the trails according to the weather and the fitness of the group. If everybody is ready for a 4-5 hours long challenging hike and a maximum of 800 meters ascend, we might be able to enjoy jaw dropping views. You see the rumored Icelandic highlands at its best - volcanoes, glaciers, high mountains, glacier made valleys and canyons, glacier rivers, lava fields and many more gems that the Icelandic nature holds captured. (B,O)

 

Day 5, Thursday: Laki

We travel along the south coast of Iceland towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur and into the highlands. The craters in Laki, called Lakagígar, were formed in one of the world's largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. This continuous series of eruptions emitted a vast quantity of lava and substantial amounts of volcanic ash from a fissure stretching 25 km across the area west of the Vatnajökull ice cap. The craters are regarded as a globally unique phenomenon and are a protected natural monument. Laki is a very remote location and one of the most unique places within the Vatnajökull National Park. It is however a very fragile area so visitors are asked to treat the nature with utmost respect. There are numbers of hiking trails and we explore this volcanic wonderland during a 2-3 hour hike. We also visit Fagrifoss which means “beautiful waterfall” in Icelandic, and the name isn't a bad match. An easy climb leads to the view of the impressive waterfall and you can only hear the roar of the water. We stay for 2 nights at the simple but well located Hotel Skaftafell, next to Europe‘s largest glacier and beneath Iceland‘s highest mountain. (B,O)

 

Day 6, Friday: Glacier Hike & Glacial Lagoon

This is a day packed with fun activities and breathtaking sceneries. We start with a moderate 3,5 hour glacier hike in the majestic surroundings of Svínafellsjökull. The glacier is hemmed in by some of Iceland´s most spectacular peaks. We climb the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue up to the deep glacier valley between the summits of Hvannadalshnjúkur and Hrútsfjall. An experienced glacier guide leads you safely through the glacial wonderland of strangely shaped ridges, deep crevasses, huge water cauldrons and different ice formations. In the afternoon we head over to the famous glacier lagoon for a ride on a Zodiac adventure cruise, sailing between the icebergs of all shapes and sizes, which float in the clear blue water. After the Zodiac experience there is time to go down to the black sand beach to take a closer look at the icebergs that have floated all the way from the glacier lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean. (B,O)

 

Day 7, Saturday: Vatnajokull National Park and the South

Skaftafell is today a part of the Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. The area nestles under the slopes of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier and is dominated by Iceland’s highest peak Mount Hvannadalshnjúkur (2,110 meters). This area used to be one of the most isolated communities in Iceland because of the ice cap on its north, the harbourless sandy beach of the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the wild glacial rivers in the barren sands to the east and the west. The landscape has been formed through thousands of years by different influences of fire, ice and water and the mild climate is characteristic for Skaftafell compared to the rest of southern Iceland. We hike up to the waterfall Svartifoss (Black Fall), which is surrounded by black basalt columns, and from there to Sjónsker (View Cliff) where we have a magnificent view of Mount Hvannadalshnjúkur and the area that was flooded during an eruption under the ice cap in the year 1996. Now it is time to return towards Reykjavík. We cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík and stop at Skógafoss waterfall before arriving back at Iceland’s capital. (B,O)

 

Day 8, Sunday: Departure 

The FLYBUS airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport (B)

 

 

NOTE:
•Total mileage in 6 days is about 1,430 km (887 miles) which is an average of 238 km (148 miles) per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days, especially in the interior highlands, the driving might be longer than on some other days. This tour has an average of 2-5 hours moderate hiking/walking each day and is suitable for fit people who are doing sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours with carrying only a day pack.
•Most hotels, cottages and guesthouses used on this tour are simple but clean, and all rooms offer private facilities. 

 





B=Breakfast; D=Dinner; O=Overnight   
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