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Across the Wilderness of Iceland

A Tour of North, South and West Iceland

11 Days / 19 locations in Iceland

2022 Guaranteed Departures
June 23
July 07, 14, 21
August 04, 11, 25
Prices From$4350 per Person Double
$1115 Single Supplement
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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 there’s always plenty of time to stop and fully appreciate the magnificence of Icelandic nature.

Itinerary

 
Day 1     Reykjavik
Accommodation: Klettur Hotel

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Across the Wilderness” 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 Reykjavík, 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).

 
Day 2     Thingvellir - Gullfoss Waterfall - Geysir
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Approximate distance: ca279km / 173miles

UNESCO World Heritage site – The beautiful Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers – Iceland Travel’s 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 you‘ll head onwards to Iceland's most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”).

Now it’s time to head onwards to Iceland’s most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”). A series of easy footpaths leads around the waterfall, giving you the chance to get excellent views from different angles.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Hella area.

 
Day 3     Vik - Dyrholaey - Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Approximate distance: ca190km / 118miles

Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore – 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 world’s largest recorded single lava flow in the last 10.000 years.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for the next two nights.

 
Day 4     Kirkjubaejarklaustur - Jokulsarlon - Skaftafell National Park
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Scenic Glacial Park – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Western Europe. 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 country’s highest peak. The highlight of the day will surely be the Fjallsarlon and Jokulsarlon lagoons, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. Experience up close this stunning sight on a Zodiac tour among the icebergs. You will also view the much-photographed Diamond Beach area, where glittering shards of ice rest on a black sand beach. Continue on your way, passing by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull. Along the route you also will get magnificent views of Skaftafell, a glacier-crowned wonderland within Vatnajokull National Park.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

 
Day 5     Landmannalaugar
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Approximate distance: ca200km / 125miles

Multi-coloured Wilderness Mountains – Lava Fields – Hot Spring Bathing – Hekla Volcano

Breakfast at your hotel. Today some of the roads will be bumpy since you’re 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.

 
Day 6     Sprengisandur - Lake Myvatn
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

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 Iceland´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 Iceland‘s wild side—bumpy 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 Myvatn
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Magnificent Canyon – Europe’s Mightiest Waterfall – Volcanic Wonderland

Approximate Driving Distance: 300 km / 186 miles

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park, as well as Lake Myvatn. 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 colorful boiling mud pits of Hverarond and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla volcano, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, located in the awe-inspiring Jokulsargljufur canyon. 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. Drive around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of your journey. In the afternoon drive to the town of Husavik where you have the option to experience the hot spring bath named GeoSea.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area.

 
Day 8     Akureyri - Skagafjordur
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Waterfall "Of the Gods" – The Capital of the North – 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     Hvamstangi
Meals: Breakfast / Dinner

Approximate distance: ca150km / 93miles

Historical Farmlands – 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 Fellsstrond or Snaefellsnes area.

 
Day 10     Snaefellsnes Peninsula - Arnarstapi - Reykjavik
Accommodation: Hotel Klettur
Meals: Breakfast

Snaefellsjokull Glacier – Pebble Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – 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     Reykjavik
Meals: 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.

 

Notes

Max. 24 Participants
Highlights

Discover the beauty and power of Iceland’s wilderness, an area that few travellers visit

Visit beloved “must see” natural wonders of the Golden Circle region and the South Shore

Get a taste of adventure with travel on unpaved mountain tracks in a specially-outfitted vehicle

Relax with hot spring bathing in the natural springs of Landmannalaugar

Enjoy short guided walks/hikes that give you more insights into natural wonders

Excellent locally-based guides who know and are passionate about Iceland

Take part in protecting Icelandic nature with a visit to Iceland Travel’s Reforestation project

Enjoy the benefits of a small-group tour

Stay in comfortable three star hotels well-situated to experience Iceland’s nature and wilderness

Included zodiac tour on Fjallsárlón lagoon.

Price Includes
Transportation
Dinners As Mentioned
Daily Breakfast
Tour Escort
Hotel Accommodation As in Itinerary With Daily Breakfast
Entrance to Eriksstadir Museum (day 9)
Participation in Iceland Travel
Included Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón Lagoon.
Price Does Not Include
 Optional Excursions
 Air
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