Itinerary + Map

DAY 1 Reykjavik
Welcome to Iceland! Please make your own way to the hotel and after check in, get out and explore Iceland’s capital Reykjavik.

Stay at: Hotel Klettur (3 star) or similar
Meals included: None

DAY 2 Reykjavik - Geysir - Hella Area
Meet your guide this morning and begin your journey around the famous Golden Circle. The first stop is at Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament. Continue to Geysir for a walk through this active geothermal area. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes. You’ll also see several other boiling pools and hot springs.
The last visit for the day is to the iconic Golden Falls of Gullfoss, Iceland's most popular waterfall. Enjoy the magnificent views from different angles.

Stay at: Stratca Hotel (3 star), Landhotel (4 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 3 Hella Area - Dyrholaey - Vik - Kirkjubaejarklaustur
The day begins with a visit to the impressive waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss before heading to Dyrholaey for a chance to spot the adorable puffin (May to mid-Aug). Don't forget to take a selfie with the Skogafoss waterfall backdrop. Afterwards, travel to the quaint village of Vik and the vast Eldhraun lava field, created by one of the largest volcanic eruptions in history.

Stay at: Magma Hotel (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 4 Kirkjubaejarklaustur / Jokulsarlon – Skaftafell
A magical day ahead as you explore Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Western Europe and a beautiful glacial area. You will get to view the country's highest peak, Hvannadalshnjukur and the sparkles along Diamond Beach, created by the ice shards that rest there. See the stunning Jokulsarlon and Fjallsarlon Glacial Lagoon up close on your Zodiac boat tour which takes you amongst the floating icebergs. This afternoon’s adventure will provide magnificent views of Skaftafell, a glacier-crowned wonderland within the park.

Stay at: Magma Hotel (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 5 Kirkjubaejarklaustur – Landmannalaugar
It’s now time to leave the asphalt behind and meander along the scenic Fjallabaksleid interior track to Landmannalaugar. The surreal beauty of the uninhabited interior reveals deep valleys and sculptured mountains, many formed by volcanic eruption during the Ice Age. This afternoon, why not try a relaxing bath in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs - it’s an authentic Iceland experience!

Stay at: Hrauneyjar Highland Hotel (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 6 Landmannalaugar – Sprengisandur - Myvatn Area
Head north through the very heart of Iceland’s uninhabited interior along the Sprengisandur highland route, a vast, barren, black desert connecting Iceland’s north and south. Your specially built vehicle will navigate rough tracks and un-bridged glacial rivers to taste Iceland’s wild side. Then, continue your adventure towards North Iceland in the direction of Myvatn for your overnight.
Please note: If Sprengisandur Trail is closed due to road conditions, your group will take the Kjolur Highland route instead.

Stay at: Country Hotel Narfastadir (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 7 Lake Myvatn / Dettifoss - Asbyrgi - Tjornes
Travel to the Lake Myvatn area, a microcosm of all of Iceland’s natural wonders: from bubbling mud pools and geothermal caves to powerful waterfalls, craters, and a diverse birdlife. This location has some of the most visually bizarre attractions in the region. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall in the awe inspiring Jokulsargljufur canyon, to the horseshoe shaped canyon of Asbyrgi and the Tjornes peninsula. In the afternoon stop in Husavik where you will have the option for a hot spring bath at GeoSea (must be pre-booked).

Stay at: Country Hotel Narfastadir (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 8 Myvatn Area / Askja Caldera
Explore the Askja Caldera on a trip to what feels like another planet. This sunken crater is located in the Dyngjufjoll Mountains, on the northern side of the Vatnajokull National Park - an isolated area and otherworldly terrain once used by NASA as a training site for astronauts who went on moon missions in the 1960s and 1970s.

Your route will pass by the spectacular table-shaped mountain of Herdubreid, Iceland’s Queen of Mountains. View the vast Askja caldera, formed by a volcanic eruption during the last Ice Age. You’ll also take a walk to see the mountain-ringed Lake Askja, formed by a powerful 19th century volcanic eruption. The same eruption created an imposing crater called Viti, “the gate to Hell.” Standing at the edge of Viti crater and viewing its vast size and the brilliantly turquoise water is an amazing experience.

During the day you’ll also visit Drekagil, the Dragon Valley, famous for its strangely shaped lava formations.
Please note: Note: Today some of the roads will be bumpy since you’re on highland wilderness tracks, but it’s all part of the adventure... and the views will be amazing!

Stay at: Country Hotel Narfastadir (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 9 Myvatn Area – Godafoss – Akureyri – Skagafjordur - Laugarbakki area
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 colourful and charming town. Leaving Akureyri, drive via the majestic mountains and narrow passes to Skagafjordur, renowned for many historical sites from the classic Viking-age Sagas and traditional horse breeding area of Iceland.

Stay at: Laugarbakki Hotel (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 10 Laugarbakki area - Hvammstangi - Eiriksstadir - Vatnsnes Peninsula - Snaefellsnes
Your journey continues around Vatnsnes Peninsula and the newly designated Arctic Coast Way, which focuses on the wild wonders that border the Arctic Circle. There is magnificent scenery to be seen as sky meets sea and possibly spot seals resting near the beach. Afterwards, visit a Viking Age house at the Eric the Red Museum. This was the original homestead of Eric the Red, as well as the birthplace of his son, Leifur Eiriksson. These men are two of the most legendary Vikings in the world. Today, you will meet modern day Vikings who will show you the lifestyle from 1.000 years ago.

Stay at: Hotel Stykkisholmur (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast and dinner

DAY 11 Snaefellsnes - Snaefellsjokull - Reykjavik
Spend the day in the stunning surrounds of Snaefellsjokull National Park, home to the Snaefellsjokull glacier, which has been written about as the entrance to the centre of the Earth. In addition, you’ll also see Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland and walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. This afternoon, you'll visit the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi. You can take a walk along the unique hiking trail here linking the historical settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. In the late afternoon, head back to Reykjavik where you will farewell your guide. The evening is free to spend some time in the capital.

Stay at: Hotel Klettur (3 star) or similar
Meals included: Breakfast

DAY 12 Reykjavik
After breakfast and check out, farewell to the Land of Fire and Ice. We hope you have enjoyed your adventure Across the Wilderness of Iceland.

Meals included: Breakfast

  • Escorted by a professional English-speaking Tour Manager
  • 2 nights 3 star accommodation in Reykjavik
  • 9 nights 3 to 4 star hotel accommodation in the countryside
  • Transportation by specially modified 4 x 4 mountain coach
  • 11 breakfasts
  • 2 lunches
  • 9 dinners

Sightseeing

  • Zodiac boat tour on Fjallsárlón Iceberg Lagoon
  • Entrance to Erik the Red Museum

Visit

  • Reykjavik
  • Golden Circle region
  • East Fjord Region
  • Vatnajokull National Park
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Dettifoss
  • Lake Myvatn
  • Akureyri
  • Godafoss
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula
  • Snaefellsjokull

 

 

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