Combine Iceland's traditional scenic routes with the uninhabited volcanic highlands on this small group adventure tour. From the lurching icebergs of Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon in the south, embark on a journey in specially modified vehicles through a dramatic wilderness where the deep valleys and sculpted mountains were formed in ice age eruptions.
Maximum group size on this highland adventure is 19 people.
Visit Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first outdoor parliament then travel to the Geysir geothermal area to witness the famous Strokkur geyser as well as numerous other boiling mud pools and hot springs. Reach Haukadalur valley to take part in an Iceland reforestation programme and help to plant a total of five trees. Continue onwards to the spectacular Gullfoss, the 'Golden Falls', one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Overnight in Hvolsvollur area. (B,D)
Visit the picturesque waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, before reaching Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve*, a small headland where in the spring months puffins nest. Stop in Vik before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains, then pass through Eldhraun, the largest mass of lava ever to flow on earth. Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. (B, D)
*Please note that Dyrholaey is closed during nesting season, approximately mid-May until June 25th.
Drive towards the Vatnajokull ice cap, by far the largest in Europe. Circumnavigate the Oraefajokull volcano featuring Iceland's highest point, Hvannadalshnjukur. Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where huge icebergs loom and lurch on the water (optional boat tour among the icebergs is available). Continue on your way, pass by several outlet glaciers and, en route, enjoy magnificent views of Skaftafell National Park. Overnight in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area. (B, D)
Optional excursions: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon boat tour.
Travel to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. This pearl of the interior consists of deep valleys and sculptured, often mossy mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under ice-age icecaps, forging a powerfully colourful experience. Overnight in Thjorsardalur area. (B,D)
Discover hidden parts of the Icelandic interior, exploring the vast and desolate wilderness of the Sprengisandur highland route. With no bridges over the rivers, several river crossings are made on this rough track. Overnight in Lake Myvatn area . (B,D)
Travel through Husavik town and around the Tjornes peninsula. Discover the serene horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi National park that according to myth, is the hoof print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the Norse god Odin. Continue to thundering Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, then reach the nature reserve of Lake Myvatn - a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. See the solfataras of the Hverarond geothermal region, peculiar lava formations and the lava fields of Krafla. Overnight in Lake Myvatn area. (B,D)
Visit Godafoss waterfall before continuing to Akureyri, known as the Capital of the North. Free time in Akureyri to explore or relax at your leisure. Continue to the Skagafjordur area, renowned for horse breeding and home to many important sites from the classic Icelandic Sagas. In the evening, a horseback trek on locally bred Iceland horses is optional. Overnight in the Laugarbakki area. (B,D)
Optional excursions: Horse riding tour in Gauksmýri
Journey through rolling farmlands and across Laxardalsheidi heath to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leifur Eiriksson. Overnight in West Iceland. (B,D)
A day in Snaefellsnes National Park. Circle around the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier, where, according to Jules Verne, lies the entrance to the centre of the Earth. Continue to the expansive black sea shore of Djupalonssandur. Stop at the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations. Take a unique walk between the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar before driving to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik. (B)
Optional excursions: Whale watching from Reykjavík
Transfer to the Blue Lagoon for the chance to enjoy a unique bathing experience. Afterward, transfer to the airport for the flight back to UK. (B)
*Return airport transfers by Flybus plus shuttle
We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.
Icelandair offers flights to Iceland from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Aberdeen and Glasgow so please contact us for further information.
We enjoyed a wonderful holiday explore the Wilderness of Iceland. Our driver have us a great introduction to a country he clearly loves and cares about.
Each day for better than the one before.
We had a wonderful Iceland trip. The itinerary was excellent and we were so fortunate to have an exceptional guide who enriched the whole experience.