Season:
June - August
Price from:
€ 5.345,- p. p.
Duration:
12 days / 11 nights
Departure:
According to Schedule

Discover the Highlands and Natural Wonders of Iceland

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With so much to discover and explore in Iceland, this comprehensive tour Across the Wilderness highlights the natural wonders, the majestic landscapes and the unique character of Iceland. Travelling along a mountain track in a mountain truck allows us to combine classic routes with the uninhabited and volcanic highlands. This tour truly showcases the variegated and contrasting Icelandic nature.

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Discover the Highlands and Natural Wonders of Iceland

Itinerary

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ARRIVAL

Landmannalaugar

Flight from selected airport to Keflavik/Iceland. Transfer from Keflavik airport to Reykjavik.

Golden Circle: ÞINGVELLIR - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR

Geyser Strokkur ©Pall Jökull Petursson

After a hearty breakfast at the hotel, our journey begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the site of the world's first parliament. The national park is also fascinating from a geological point of view, as we can see how the American and Eurasian continental plates are drifting apart. Afterwards, we visit the popular geyser area. The Strokkur geyser shoots an impressive fountain of water into the air every 5-7 minutes. Our last stop is at the Gullfoss waterfall. The various hiking trails and viewpoints allow us to admire the ‘Golden Waterfall’ from many perspectives. Finally, we have dinner and accommodation in the Hella region.

Hvollsvollur – Dyrhólaey - Vík

Puffin

Our first highlights of the day are two impressive waterfalls. At the famous Seljalandsfoss, there is a small path that leads behind the waterfall (but be careful, you will get wet) and Skogafoss offers a great opportunity to get very close to the thundering waterfall. We then reach the black sand beaches on the south coast of Iceland, which offer a fantastic view of the bird cliff Dyrholaey*, where thousands of puffins breed every year. In Vik, we have the chance to admire the small church before travelling past the Eldhraun lava fields to the Kirkjubaejarklaustur region, where we will stay for 2 nights.

*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed for the bird nesting season between mid-May and the end of June.

Jökulsárlón – Skaftafell

Jökulsarlon glacier Lagoon

 

We will have breakfast at the hotel before heading to the southern part of Vatnajokull National Park. On the way, we will pass by the impressive Vatnajokull glacier, which is the largest glacier in Europe. During the drive, we will also get a glimpse of Iceland's largest mountain, Hvannadalshnjukur, which towers over the landscape. The highlights of the day will be the glacier lagoons Jokulsarlon and Fjallssrlon. We will take an included boat tour to get up close to the floating icebergs in Fjallsarlon and if we're lucky, we might see seals swimming in the lagoons. Breidamerkursandur, also known as Diamond Beach, located next to the lagoons, will provide a popular photo opportunity. On our way back to the hotel, we will pass several outlet glaciers of Vatnajokull and get a great view of Skaftafell.

Vik - Landmannalaugar - Thjorsardalur Valley

Landmannalaugar ©Icelandic Explorer

 

After breakfast today, we embarked on a highland adventure. Leaving the paved roads behind, we followed the gravel tracks through the scenic landscapes of Fjallabaksleid to Landmannalaugar. This unique area is famous for its colourful mountains and excellent hiking trails. We enjoyed short hikes and then had the chance to take a dip in one of the hot springs, providing an authentic Icelandic experience. Following this, we drove to Thjorsardalur, where we found the longest river in Iceland and spent the night there.

Thjorsardalur - Sprengisandur Wilderness Track - Laugar

Fjallabak

Today, we are driving further along the remote paths of the highlands. We are heading north along the famous Sprendisandur route. We will pass raging glacial rivers, black sand deserts, and uninhabited expanses. Our experienced driver is navigating us safely through the uneven terrain. Along the way, we will learn about the myths and legends associated with this route. During the journey, we will get to see the Herdubreid Table volcano, known as Iceland's ‘Queen of the Mountains’, before we reach civilization again in North Iceland. We will spend the next three night in the Myvatn area.

LAKE MÝVATN - DETTIFOSS - ÁSBYRGI - HÚSAVIK

Myvatn ©Auðunn Nielsson - Visit North Iceland

 

After breakfast, we will explore the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park and the Myvatn area. The unique Myvatn area is a geological wonderland with bizarre lava formations, pseudocraters, the colorful bubbling mud caves of Hverarond, and the steaming slopes of Namaskard. Our next stop is the majestic Dettifoss, which lies in the Jokulsargljufur valley. The waterfall is one of the most powerful in the whole of Europe. We'll then visit the horseshoe-shaped gorge Asbyrgi, which, according to legend, was formed by Odin's eight-legged horse. In the afternoon, we'll visit the idyllic fishing village of Husavik to get an insight into local life before returning to the hotel.

ASKJA CALDERA - VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK

crater viti ©Gunnar Freyr - Visit North Iceland

 

After breakfast, our first destination today is the north of Vatnajokull National Park, where we'll visit the Askja Caldera. This crater was formed by a volcanic eruption during the last ice age. The area around the sunken crater is used as a training ground by NASA astronauts for lunar missions due to its remoteness and geological conditions. We will hike around Askja Lake, located in the crater, and visit Víti Crater, also known as the 'gateway to hell', which is filled with turquoise water. We will also make a detour to Drekagil, where we can admire the unique lava formations in the Dragon Valley. The night will be spent in the Myvatn area.

ARCTIC COAST WAY: GOÐAFOSS - AKUREYI - SKAGAFJÖRÐUR

Godafoss ©Gunnar Freyr - Visit North Iceland

 

We start our day with a filling breakfast before leaving the Myvatn area and driving along the Arctic Coast Way. We'll follow picturesque coastlines, passing through charming villages, until we reach our first destination, the breathtaking Godafoss waterfall. Our next stop is Akureyri, known as the lively ‘capital of the north’. Here, we'll have free time to explore the town at our own pace or join an optional excursion. Our journey continues to the Troll Peninsula Trollaskagi, named for its peculiar rock formations that resemble petrified trolls. From here, we can enjoy stunning views of the crashing waves, high cliffs, and colorful fishing villages. Moving on, we'll explore the Skagafjordur area, famous for breeding Icelandic horses. We'll wrap up the day with dinner and an overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.

Budardalur - Snaefellsjokull National Park - Reykjavik

Hvitserkur ©Auðunn Nielsson - Visit North Iceland

We will start the day with breakfast at the hotel and then head to the Vatnsnes peninsula to see the Hvitserkur rock formation. This 15-meter-high basalt rock rises from the water just off the coast and is a popular nesting site for seabirds. In the afternoon, we will drive through the farmlands to West Iceland and visit the Viking House at the Eric the Red Museum. This was the home of the famous Viking and the birthplace of his son, Leif Eiriksson. Both father and son are among the most famous Vikings in history. Our overnight stay will be in the Snaefellsnes area.

Snæfellsjökull National Park

Snaefellsjökull ©Tjarnargatan-Markadsstofa Vesturlands

Today we will visit the different landscapes of the Snaefellsjokull National Park, where the glacier of the same name lies above a silent volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. We will also visit the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell. The black beach Djupalonssandur was once home to 60 fishing boats and one of the most productive fishing villages on the peninsula. Today, however, the bay is uninhabited. The small harbour town of Arnarstapi is surrounded by basalt formations that lead to a small hiking trail that once connected Arnarstapi and Hellnar. We return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon. Our guide will leave us here and we will have a last night in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

departure

Boeing 757 Icelandair

Transfer from your hotel to the airport. Individual flight back.
 

Note:

If the Sprengisandur route is closed due to the road conditions, the group will take the Kjolur highland route instead.

A wide range of optional excursions can be booked directly with us.

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Package Price per Person in EUR*

Time Single Room Double Room Triple Room
June - Aug. 2024 € 6.925,- € 6.160,- € 5.345,-

*The Icelandic accommodation tax incl. Icelandic VAT (valid since 01 January 2024) of currently 666 ISK (€ 4.50) per night will be added at the time of booking.

Let us know if you would like an upgrade to a 4* or 5* hotel.

 

You can request the holiday you would like to book, and we will check the availability and contact you via e-mail within two business days to confirm the availability.

 

Prices may change according to availability.

 

Tour code: 0307

Price includes

  • Return airport transfer to hotel in Reykjavik
  • Guided tour with English-speaking guide
  • 11 nights in room with private facilities incl. breakfast
  • 9 dinners in the countryside
  • 2 packed lunches (day 6 and 8)
  • Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón Iceberg Lagoon
  • Entrance to Eric the Red museum

Price excludes

  • Flights to Iceland and back
  • Travel insurance
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under “included”