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Across the Wilderness of Iceland
A Tour of North, South and West Iceland
With a specially adapted 4x4 mountain coach, you will travel off-the-beaten track through the uninhabited and vast highlands of Iceland, highlighted by the multi-colored mountains of the Landmannalaugar Nature reserve and the barren black sands of Sprengisandur. When combined with other major attractions such as Geysir geothermal area, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall, this tour is sure to conquer the hearts of all first-time visitors, as well as those that have been here before!
With our flexible itinerary thereâs always plenty of time to stop and fully appreciate the magnificence of Icelandic nature.
Please note: If you have added extra nights in ReykjavĂk before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard âAcross the Wildernessâ itinerary.
On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel. If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore ReykjavĂk, the largest municipality in Iceland.
There are many great museums, art galleries and attractions in the city. If you want to stretch your legs, the city has many scenic walking trails.
Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.
Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm).
Approximate distance: ca279km / 173miles
UNESCO World Heritage site â The beautiful Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers â Iceland Travelâs Conservation Project
Breakfast at your hotel. The first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament. Here you can see the dramatic continental drift between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. An hour's drive away, the popular Geysir geothermal area awaits. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes, but you'll also witness several other boiling pools and hot springs.
Next your group will take part in Iceland Travel's reforestation programme, located in Haukadalur valley. You can help your group plant a total of five trees, which not only allows you to leave your mark in Iceland but also for your tour group to reduce your carbon footprint!
Then youâll head onwards to Iceland's most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss (âGolden Fallsâ).
Dinner and overnight stay in HvolsvĂśllur area.
Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles
Thundering Waterfalls â Seabird Colony â Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore â Lava Fields
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by driving along the highway, making a stop at two impressive waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head to the black sand beaches to enjoy the far-reaching views from Dyrholaey headland, where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest (puffins generally seen between May and mid-August. Enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Vik before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains created by flowing water from nearby glaciers. The day ends after passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the worldâs largest recorded single lava flow in the last 10.000 years.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area for the next two nights.
Approximate distance: ca260km / 162miles
Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs â Scenic Glacial Park â Europe's Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. You will also get a view of Hvannadalshnjukur, the countryÂ´s highest peak. The highlight of the day will surely be surely Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. Continuing on your way, pass by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull, visiting at least one of them. Along the route you also will get magnificent views of Skaftafell, a glacier-crowned wonderland within VatnajĂśkull National Park.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Vik area
Day 5 LandmannalaugarMeals: Breakfast / Dinner
Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles
Multi-coloured Wilderness Mountains â Lava Fields â Hot Spring Bathing â Hekla Volcano
Breakfast at your hotel. Today some of the roads will be bumpy since youâre on highland wilderness tracks, but the views will be amazing! It's finally time to leave the asphalt behind and meander along the Fjallabaksleid interior track to Landmannalaugar, an astonishing area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. The surreal beauty of the uninhabited interior reveals deep valleys and sculptured mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under glaciers during the Ice Age. After a nice walk (optional) enjoy a relaxing swim in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Thjorsardalur area.
Approximate distance: ca300km / 185miles
Wild Heart of Iceland and Black Sand Desert
Breakfast at your hotel. Today wilderness adventure awaits! It's time to head north through the very heart of Iceland. Discover hidden treasures of Iceland's uninhabited interior along the Sprengisandur highland route, a vast, barren, black desert connecting IcelandÂ´s north and south. With only rough tracks and un-bridged glacial rivers, your group will rely on your experienced driver to navigate the rugged passage between the glaciers. This is a true taste of Icelandâs wild sideâbumpy roads and driving through rivers are a part of the amazing experience! (Note: If Sprengisandur is closed, your group will take the Kjolur highland route instead.)
Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugar/ Lake Myvatn area for the next 2 nights
Day 7 Husavik - Dettifoss - Lake MyvatnAccommodation: Guesthosue Narfastadir
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner
Approximate distance: ca300km / 185miles
Glacial River Gorge â Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall â Geothermal Wonderlandâ Rich Birdlife
Breakfast at your hotel. After travelling on the gravel roads of the highlands, the smooth highways of the north make the fully-packed day seem more comfortable. Travel through the town of Husavik and around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of your journey. Discover the impressive 100 meter (328 feet) high walls of the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, located in the awe-inspiring Jokulsargljufur canyon. Next travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland and paradise for bird watchers. Some of the most visually bizarre attractions in the region include the mud pits of Hverarond and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugar/ Lake Myvatn area.
Waterfall "Of the Gods" â The Capital of the North â Viking Horses
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the adventure today with a visit to Godafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. Continue to Akureyri, the vibrant "Capital of the North". Enjoy some free time to explore this colorful and charming town. Some activities might include a visit to the delightful botanical garden, a swim in the local geothermal pool, or perhaps enjoying the atmospheric Listagil neighborhood dedicated to culture, art and fine food. The route then continues to the Skagafjordur district, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland. This area also boasts many historical sites from the classic Sagas. Tonight,, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse might be an appealing option, as would be an invigorating walk in the picturesque surroundings.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.
Day 9 HvamstangiMeals: Breakfast / Dinner
Approximate distance: ca150km / 93miles
Historical Farmlands â Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson
Breakfast at your hotel. Your journey continues around Vatnsnes Peninsula, which contains the extraordinary rock formation of Hvitserkur, a 15 meter (49 feet) tall cliff jutting out straight from the sea. You might even see seals resting close to the beach. In the afternoon, drive through rolling farmlands and across Laxardalsheidi heath to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir. This was the original homestead of Erik the Red and the birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson. These men are two of the most legendary Vikings in the world. In a replica of a grass-roofed house, meet modern day Vikings who will demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Budardalur area
Snaefellsjokull Glacier â Pebble Beaches â Sea Cliffs with Birdlife â Quaint Fishing Villages
Breakfast at your hotel. Today is spent exploring the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsnes National Park. Undoubtedly the crowning jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rock in stacked formations and take a unique walk along the hiking trail linking the settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Afterwards drive back to Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.
Day 11 ReykjavikMeals: Breakfast
Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included. We would be happy to book a transfer for you. We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.
Max. 19 Participants
Optional tours, booked via your guide at the start of your tour:
Day 4: Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 30-40 mins |
Day 8: Horse riding tour in GauksmĂ˝ri | 1.5 hours |
Day 10: Tour to Blue Lagoon | Flexible time |
Day 10: Whale watching from ReykjavĂk | 2.5 - 3 hours |
Dinners As Mentioned
Hotel Accommodation As in Itinerary
Entrance to Eriksstadir Museum (Day 9)
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Price Does Not IncludeOptional Excursions
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