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Walking the Scenic Trails


Go off-the-beaten-path to experience more of Iceland‘s lesser-known treasures and visit some of the country‘s legendary landmarks. With a knowledgeable guide, you‘ll cross the country, exploring must-see hot spots like Geysir and Þinvellir National Park, as well as gems like Þórsmörk and Ásbyrgi, in a combination of soft hikes and day-trips.


  • Product: ISIGGG-07
  • Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Season:  18 June - 3 September
  • Price from: € 2970
  • Departures:
    18.06.2017
    09.07.2017
    30.07.2017
    13.08.2017
    03.09.2017

Included

  • 8 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 7 nights w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • 4 dinners in the countryside (day 2, 5, 6 and 7)
  • Icelandic meat-soup dinner at a local’s home (day 3)
  • 4 lunch boxes (day 6, 7, 8 and 9)
  • Hike over Siglufjardarskard Pass with local guide (day 3)
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Museum (day 3)

Not included

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Airport transfer between Keflavik/Reykjavik (can be added on request)
  • Meals / drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)
  • Optional activities – can be added on request
  • Any services not listed above in “Included”

Highlights

  • Reykjavik
  • Grábrók
  • Hofsós
  • Siglufjörður
  • Whale-watching
  • Snæfellsnes
  • Skagafjörður
  • Húsavík
         
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Akureyri
  • Þórsmörk
  • Seljalandsfoss
  • Geysir
  • Gullfoss
  • Þingvellir National Park


Day 1: Arrival

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.

If you would enjoy a scenic walk on your arrival day, Reykjavik has many local walking trails that take you by the seaside and through pretty neighbourhoods.

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). 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík (airport transfer not included). 

Highlights

  • Reykjavik

Optional

  • Blue Lagoon on arrival (this can be arranged with your airport shuttle)

Day 2: Reykjavik – Hvalfjordur - Borgarfjordur

Whale Fjord- Tallest Waterfall – Elfin Folklore

Breakfast at your hotel.  Begin the day with a short orientation tour of Reykjavik. Drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjordur Fjord, one of Iceland‘s longest and deepest, on the way to Glymur.  This is Iceland's highest waterfall, which descends gracefully in streaming ribbons down a 200-metre (658 foot) drop into a massive canyon adorned in lush, green moss. Both the fjord and the waterfall are linked to a local legend about a mythical whale that swam up the waterfall into the lake at the top.  Eerily enough, whale bones have been found here!  Spend some time hiking in the area to enjoy different views of the waterfall and surrounding nature. Before heading to your overnight accommodation, you will also visit the amazing Hraunfossar “’Lava” waterfalls and the Deildartunguhver, the most powerful rushing hot springs in Europe.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.

Highlights

  • Hvalfjörður
  • Glymur
  • Grábrók Crater
  • Glanni waterfall

Day 3: Borgarfjordur - Glanni and Grabrok - Vididalur Valley - Hofsos - Siglufjordur

Elven waterfall – Intriguing Crater – Lava Rock Canyon – Seaside Basalt Columns

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start the day with getting to know beautiful Borgarfjörður on a refreshing hike. The hike will visit Glanni, a multi-tiered waterfall rumoured to be a home for elves and trolls. You will then visit the 3,500 year old Grabrok crater, which has hiking trails taking you to the top of the crater for remarkable views over moss-covered lava fields. Continue your scenic journey as you cross Holtavorduheidi plateau, the gateway between North and South Iceland. Head to the Vididalur Valley and its rushing river. Here you will hike in Kolugljufri, a lava rock canyon that leads to a hidden waterfall. Continue to the charming village of Hofsos and take a short stroll down to Stadarbjargarvik inlet to admire the group of beautifully geometric basalt columns located right at sea level. Drive on to the stunning Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula) with its amazing views of mountains and fjords, en route to Siglufjordur, a town within a fjord of the same name.

Overnight stay in Siglufjordur for the next two nights. Dinner is on your own at one of the town‘s charming restaurants. Tonight recharge your body and soul with a soak in the hotel’s geothermal hot tubs. With a view over the harbour and the fjord, the hot rubs are a perfect setting for relaxation.

Overnight stay in the Siglufjordur area.

Highlights

  • Grettislaug
  • Hofsós village

Optional

  • Hofsós swimming pool

Day 4:  Siglufjordur – Historical Mountain Pass – Herring Heritage

Remote Mountain Hiking–Award Winning Herring Era Museum – Traditional Meat Soup Dinner

Breakfast at your hotel. In the morning visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, where the harbour atmosphere of the early 20th century is brought to life in three historical buildings.

Today’s hiking focuses on exploring a local favorite spot: Siglufjardarskard Pass. In the old days, a horse trail was created for area farmers to travel over the mountains to Siglufjordur .  Today the trail has become a hiking route, yet one that is not often used.  You will feel a sense of discovery as you hike through the area.  The hike is led by an expert local guide who will decide what parts of the trail you will explore based on the experience level of the group and trail conditions.   The hiking time is also variable, based on group experience.

Those who do not wish to participate in the walk can stay behind at Siglufjordur and enjoy a light walk in the scenic areas around the village with the tour group guide.

After an active day in the outdoors, visit the home of a local resident for a home-cooked meal of hearty Icelandic meat soup featuring local ingredients.

Overnight in Siglufjordur. 

Highlights

  • Whale watching
  • Siglufjörður
  • Herring Era Museum

Day 5: Godafoss – Hverfjall – Lake Myvatn

Waterfall of the Gods - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Outdoor Nature Spa

Breakfast at your hotel.   The day begins with a short stop in Akureyri, the colourful “capital” of North Iceland.  After some time to enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town, head to picturesque Godafoss, ‘Waterfall of the Gods’.   The journey continues to the Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, a geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature. With the ominous peaks of Mt. Hverfjall and Krafla volcano as a backdrop, Lake Myvatn has a surprising serenity that is ideal for light hiking. Summertime is peak birding season, so it‘s good to have some binoculars on hand to catch diverse species, possibly even the rare Barrow´s golden eye.  Take a walk through the imposing Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles) with their rugged stacks of towering rocks.

Next, hike up to Mt. Leirhnjukur hot spring area, which is part of the Krafla volcanic area and teems with ancient lava flows and fissures. Afterwards, visit Namaskard geothermal field to view boiling fumaroles and violently bubbling pools of mud.   The tour will then make a stop at the Myvatn Nature Baths where you can see how the locals benefit from the geothermal activity.  There will be a chance for an optional swim in the warm and soothing waters.

Dinner and overnight in the Myvatn area.

Highlights

  • Mývatn
  • Dimmuborgir
  • Hverfjall
  • Mývatn Nature Baths

Optional

  • Jeep-tour in the Lake Mývatn area

Day 6: Asbyrgi - Jokulsargljufur - Dettifoss

Breakfast at your hotel.  Travel around the fossil-rich Tjornes Peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle en route to the enormous horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi National Park. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the god Odinn‘s magical eight-legged horse.  Continue onwards to the entrance to Hljodaklettar or ‘Echo Rocks’, a distinctive cluster of angular rock columns. The unique shape of the rocks creates interesting acoustics and echoes, from which the cliffs derive their name.  Hlodaklettar is near Jokulsargljufur Canyon, which is the northeastern area of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Western Iceland. The Jokulsargljufur region of the park gets its name from its glacial-river-canyon; it is aptly named, as it is Iceland‘s longest river canyon

Spend the remainder of your afternoon exploring the lush vegetation and forested areas of Hlodaklettar.  (Hiking time: approximately 3 hours). 

The day ends with an unforgettable visit to Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss, a thundering cascade of glacial water and mist among shattered cliffs.      Afterwards, return to the Lake Myvatn area for your overnight.

Dinner and overnight in the Myvatn area.

Highlights

  • Ásbyrgi
  • Dettifoss

Day 7: Kjolur - Hveravellir – Gullfoss – Geysir

Historical Highland Track– Glacial Views - Geothermal Scenery – Golden Falls and Active Geysers

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you will head into the uninhabited interior via Kjolur mountain track.  This route goes back to Viking times and heads straight through Iceland’s uninhabited interior highlands, passing between the mighty Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers.   You will see Iceland‘s true remoteness and nature at its rawest. This area of black sand deserts has numerous scenic walking paths along the way, dotted with hidden geothermal treasures and green oases. Your group will stop at Hveravellir, multi-coloured geothermal with a natural pool that is perfect for a relaxing break.

The Kjolur highland route emerges into civilization again in the Gullfoss and Geysir area, Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm is situated on the Hvita River, which is fed by Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjokull. The intriguing great geysir area is nearby, a steamy geothermal field of bubbling mud and high-shooting hot springs. 

Dinner and overnight in the Hella area.  A perfect way to unwind is a soothing soak in the hotel´s geothermal hot tub and sauna, located in a garden area.  

Highlights

  • Kjölur
  • Gullfoss
  • Geysir

Day 8: Day in Landmannalaugar

Brilliantly Colored Wilderness – Hekla Volcano – Hot Springs 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Iceland’s southern uninhabited interior sets a surreal stage for today's adventure. The uninhabited wilderness of Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak reveal geological influences in volcanic craters, multi coloured rhyolite mountains, steaming lava fields, and the ominous Hekla volcano. There are many beautiful walking trails in the area, and a crater-filled lake lush with brown trout.  Enjoy the benefits of this geothermal area with a refreshing swim in Landmannalaugar´s hot-spring fed river, one of the less frequented but most scenic springs in Iceland.

Overnight in the Hella area. Dinner is on your own.

Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar

Day 9: Thorsmork - Seljalandsfoss – Reykjavik

Thor’s Playground – Glacial Views – Walk behind a Waterfall

Thorsmork Nature Reserve (also known as the Thor’s Playground) should be on every nature lover’s bucket list.  This enchanted hidden valley is nestled between two glaciers and protected by rivers and mountains. On the way to Thorsmork, stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can gain a different perspective by walking behind the curtain of cascading water. Once within Thorsmork, walk along marked trails in the beautiful scenery of delicate trees and green grass surrounded by towering mountains and glacial tongues. After a beautiful day here, the tour heads to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.  Dinner is on your own.  

Highlights

  • Þórsmörk
  • Seljalandsfoss

Day 10: Departure

If your flight is in the afternoon we recommend taking the time to explore Reykjavik or to enjoy a relaxing dip in the popular Blue Lagoon on your way to Keflavik airport. (Airport transfer not included, but we would be happy to arrange it for you.)

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.

Highlights

  • Reykjavik

Optional

  • Blue Lagoon
Thanks to our extensive network of trusted suppliers, we can accommodate travelers of all needs and interests according to location, group size and budget.

Our hand-picked selection of accommodations in Iceland includes hotels, guesthouses, hostels, farmhouse B&B, cottages and more.
 

Comfort
Well-appointed comfort hotels include rooms with private shower/bath and WC. Breakfast is provided and included in the price. Many hotels in this category have an on-site restaurant.

AVAILABILITY OF ACCOMMODATION

Please note: Prices are based on availability of accommodation. In the unlikely event that accommodation in your preferred category (e.g., standard, comfort, etc.) is not available at the time of booking, your travel consultant may need to book accommodation in the next available category, which would result in a higher package price. No charges will be made to your credit card until you have been contacted by your travel consultant.

BOOKING INFORMATION

To find the exact prices and to book this tour click book now and please fill out the following form.

If you do not find prices for your ideal room combination then please contact us with your requirements and full details of your party.

Please note: As triple rooms are not available for this package, the price for 3 persons is based on 1x single room and 1x double/twin room.

DEPARTURES 2017

  • 18.06.2017 – 28.06.2017
  • 09.07.2017 – 19.07.2017
  • 30.07.2017 – 09.08.2017
  • 13.08.2017 – 23.08.2017
  • 03.09.2017 – 13.09.2017

 

Children
  • Children age 0 – 5: Not recommended on this tour
  • Children age 6 - 11: Contact us for availability
  • Children age 12+: Full price

Rooms

  • 1 Person = Single room
  • 2 Sharing = One twin/double room
  • 3 Sharing = Triple room
  • 4 Sharing = Two twin/double rooms
If you do not find prices for your ideal room combination by clicking “book now” then please contact us with your requirements and details of your travelling party. Email us at info@icelandguest.com 

 

Other

Maximum group size: 30 people
An adventurous, guided exploration of Iceland's lesser known wonders
Perfect for intermediate hikers

What to bring:

Good hiking shoes
Outdoor clothes
A backpack
Trekking poles

Booking and confirmation

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We recommend booking at least three weeks in advance.

This package can be customized to meet your needs or extra nights in Reykjavik can be added on request; Contact us for details.

Travel Documents

For all bookings, we provide the following travel documents:
  • Pro-forma and confirmation invoices
  • Booking overview with information about all your services in Iceland
  • Electronic vouchers for each of your services
  • Full itinerary

Delivery of travel documents

Travel documents will be delivered as follows:
  • At time of deposit payment: You will receive the pro-forma invoice by email
  • Within 30 days of deposit payment: You will receive the full itinerary by email
  • At time of full payment: You will receive the confirmation invoice and all vouchers by email

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Bíldshöfði 20
110 Reykjavik
Iceland
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