Hiking Iceland



Hiking Iceland

Discover Iceland from a unique angle on this round trip with plenty of time for hiking in diverse and impressive landscapes. Explore steaming geothermal areas, glistening fjords, towering mountains, breathtaking canyons and gleaming glaciers on foot as well as by car. This package is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts and those who prefer slow travel. Available from 1 May to 30 September. 

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Included

  • 12 nights' accommodation, budget or comfort rooms with breakfast
  • Rental car for 13 days, with unlimited mileage and CDW insurance
  • Door to door airport transfer to Reykjavik (one transfer per tour)
  • Iceland Road Guide, a complete road and reference guide
  • Hiking map and description of each area
  • GPS | Global Navigation System
  • Suggested itinerary in English, also available in French
  • 24/7 emergency service
  • Taxes and service fee

Highlights

  • Explore the geothermal landscapes of Hengill and Nesjavellir on foot
  • Follow the beautiful South Coast route to Skaftafell with its many walking and hiking possibilities
  • Hike on the outskirts of Vatnajökull Glacier
  • Experience spectacular Borgarfjörður Eystri famous for its walking and hiking routes and reputed elfin settlements
  • Tour the stunning sights around Lake Mývatn or within Vatnajökull National Park
  • Enjoy the friendly atmosphere of Akureyri town in the North

Optional

  • Sail between glistening icebergs on a boat tour of Jökuslárlón Glacier Lagoon
  • Have a relaxing soak in the Nature Baths by Lake Mývatn
  • Try riding the unique Icelandic horse

Itinerary

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Arrival day | Reykjavík

You are met upon arrival and taken to your hotel/guest house in Reykjavík. Enjoy the city's relaxed vibe, cultural attractions and lively café and music scene.

Accommodation in Reykjavík (optional and not included in the tour price).

Day 1 | The South

Visit Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of great historic and geological importance. Go for a 4 – 5 hour hike in the otherworldly landscapes of the Hengill and Nesjavellir geothermal areas nearby.

Accommodation in the Gullfoss/Geysir area.

Day 2 | The South - inland and coast

See the beautiful two-tiered Gullfoss Waterfall and the breathtaking hot springs at Geysir. Head to the South Coast through the fertile green farmlands of Njal's Saga, one of Iceland's most popular Sagas. See - or even walk behind - Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Continue to Skógar with its majestic waterfall and interesting folk museum. Admire the vast black beaches and birdlife at Cape Dyrhólaey.

Accommodation in the Skógar/Vík area.

Days 3 and 4 | The Southeast

Visit the beautifully located Kirkjubæjarklaustur village. Continue to Skaftafell nature resort with its amazing glacier vistas. You can choose between different walking and hiking routes in Skaftafell; a short 2-hour hike to either Svartifoss Waterfall or the Skaftafell glacier tongue, a 6-hour hike to Kristínartindar ('Kristin's mountain peaks') or an 8 – 10 hour hike to Morsárdalur glacier valley.

Accommodation for two nights in the Skaftafell area.

Days 5 and 6 | Vatnajökull National Park

Explore the spectacular Vatnajökull National Park. Marvel at the shimmering glacial ice floating on the lagoon Jökulsárlón. Boat excursions are also available. Go for a 4-hour hike on the outskirts of Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull.

Accommodation in the Höfn area for two nights.

Days 7 and 8 | The East

Discover the magnificent Eastfjords. Visit charming coastal villages such as Djúpivogur (a Cittaslow municipality) and Breiðdalsvík with their colourful old houses and harbours. Continue to the remoter fjords further north and go for a 4-6 hour hike in the truly magnificent landscapes of Stórurð ('The Giant Boulders') in Borgarfjörður Eystri, an area also known for its reputed elfin settlements.

Accommodation for two nights in the Egilsstaðir area.

Day 9 | The North

Explore the Lake Mývatn area including one or more shorter walks for example around the mystical lava formations at Dimmuborgir or up Hverfell Crater. Enjoy the rich fauna and flora of the lake and its surroundings. Visit the Nature Baths by Lake Mývatn for a relaxing soak after a busy day's sightseeing. Alternatively, explore the wonderful attractions of the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park, including Húsavík, Ásbyrgi Canyon and the powerful Dettifoss Waterfall.

Accommodation in the Lake Mývatn area.

Days 10 and 11 | The North

View the beautiful Goðafoss Waterfall ('Waterfall of the Gods') en route to Akureyri town. Visit the Botanical Garden and the excellent outdoor geothermal swimming pool. Go for a 4-6 hour hike up Mt. Súlur (1,375 meters), providing you with an absolutely stunning view over Akureyri and Eyjafjörður fjord.

Accommodation in the Akureyri area for two nights.

Days 12 and 13 | The Northwest

Tour Skagafjörður district, known for horse breeding. Horse riding tours are widely available. Visit turf farm Glaumbær. Explore Hvítserkur Cliff off Vatnsnes peninsula, seals can often be seen basking around on the beaches and the Seal Centre at Hvammstangi is also worth a visit. On the way back to Reykjavik see the sights of Borgarfjörður including Hraunfossar and Barnafossar falls, Deildartunguhver hot spring and Reykholt for historic value.

Accommodation in the Hvammstangi area and Reykjavík (overnight in Reykjavík optional and not included in the tour price).

Accommodation in Reykjavík

Optional and not included in tour price.

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