Across the Wilderness
Across the Wilderness– Iceland –11 days / 10 nights, Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Gullfoss - South Shore - Glacial Lagoon - Skaftafell - Lake Myvatn - Dettifoss - Akureyri - SnæfellsnesAcross the Wilderness - Icelandic interior - offers a complete Icelandic experience in only 11 days. With a specially adapted 4x4 mountain coach, you travel off-the-beaten track through the vast highlands of Iceland, highlighted by the multi-colored mountains of the Landmannalaugar Nature reserve and the barren black sands of Sprengisandur. Visit major attractions such as Geysir geothermal area, Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall.
|Operation||June 22 - August 31, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed departures 2017:
June 22, 29
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3, 5, 10, 17, 19, 24, 31
|Price||from $3,675 per person in double room
from $4,595 single room
|Included||9 day coach tour with driver-guide from/to Reykjavik
2 nights accommodation with private facilities in Reykjavik
8 nights accommodation with private facilities in the countryside
Breakfast buffet daily except arrival day
8 x dinners in the countryside
Participation in Iceland Travel's Reforestation,
Project in Haukadalur (day 2)
Entrance to Eriksstadir Museum (day 9)
Taxes and service fees
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Airport transfer on arrival/departure days
Dinners in Reykjavik
Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
Any service not specifically listed under "included"
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
Maximum 19 participants
Prices may change without prior notice
We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice should the necessity arise due to road conditions
|Tour Options||Day 1: Tour to Blue Lagoon | Flexible time
Day 1: Whale watching from Reykjavik | 2.5 - 3 hours
Day 4: Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 30-40 mins
Day 8: Horse riding tour in Gauksmýri | 1.5 hours
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Day 1 ARRIVAL ICELAND Arrival in Iceland. 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.
There are many great museums, art galleries and attractions in the city. If you want to stretch your legs, the city has many scenic walking trails.
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 Reykjavik (airport transfer not included). Dinner on own.
Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Perlan | The Blue Lagoon
Optional: Airport transfer: Arrival via Blue Lagoon | Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Day 2 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR (B, D) UNESCO World Heritage site with Geological Wonders – The beautiful Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers - Plant a birch tree
Breakfast at your hotel. The first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament. Here you can see the dramatic continental drift between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. An hour's drive away the popular Geysir geothermal area awaits. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes but you'll also witness boiling pools and hot springs.
Next your group will take part in Iceland Travel's reforestation program, located in Haukadalur valley. Help plant a total of five trees, which not only allows you to leave your mark in Iceland but also for your tour group to reduce your carbon footprint!
Then it's onwards to Iceland's most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss, the "Golden Falls". Dinner and overnight stay in Hvolsvöllur area.
Highlights: Thingvellir | Gullfoss | Geysir
Day 3 VIK - DYRHOLAEY - KIRKJUBÆRKLAUSTUR (B, D) Thundering Waterfalls - Seabird Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore - Lava Fields
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day by driving along the highway, making a stop at two impressive waterfalls; Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head to the black sand beaches to enjoy the far-reaching views from Dyrholaey headland, where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest until mid-August. Enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Vik before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains. The day ends after passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the world's largest recorded single lava flow in the last 10.000 years. Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for the next two nights.
Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Myrdalsjokull | Vik | Dyrholaey
Day 4 JÖKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON - SKAFTAFELL (B, D) Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Scenic Glacial Park - Europe's Largest Glacier
Breakfast at your hotel. The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, and the country's highest peak of Hvannadalshnjukur. The highlight of the day is surely Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater.
An optional boat tour among the icebergs is available. Continuing on your way, pass by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajökull, visiting at least one of them. Along the route you also will get magnificent views of Skaftafell, a glacier-crowned wonderland within Vatnajökull National Park. Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.
Highlights: Jokulsarlon | Oraefajökul | Myrdalsjökull | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajökull
Day 5 LANDMANNALAUGAR (B, D) Multi-colored Mountains of the Interior - Lava Fields - Hot Springs with Bathing - Hekla Volcano
Breakfast at your hotel. It's finally time to leave the asphalt behind and meander along the Fjallabaksleid interior track to Landmannalaugar, an astonishing area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. The surreal beauty of the uninhabited interior reveals deep valleys and sculptured mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under glaciers during the Ice Age.
After a nice walk (optional) enjoy a relaxing swim in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs. Dinner and overnight stay in the Thjorsardalur area.
Highlights: Landmannalaugar | Thjorsardalur
Day 6 LAKE MYVATN - SPRENGISANDUR (B, D) Wild Heart of Iceland and Black Sand Desert
Breakfast at your hotel. It's time to head north through the very heart of Iceland. Discover hidden treasures of Iceland's uninhabited interior traveling along the Sprengisandur highland route, a vast, barren, black desert connecting the north and south. With only rough tracks and un-bridged glacial rivers, your group will rely on your experienced driver to navigate the rugged passage between the glaciers. (Note: If Sprengisandur is closed, we take the Kjölur highland route instead.) Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area for the next 2 nights.
Day 7 TJÖRNES - ASBYRGI - DETTIFOSS - LAKE MYVATN (B, D) Glacial River Gorge - Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife
Breakfast at your hotel. After traveling on the gravel roads of the highlands the past couple of days, the smooth highways of the North make the fully-packed day ahead more comfortable. Travel through the town of Husavik and around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of your journey. Discover the impressive 100 meter (328 feet) high walls of the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn.
The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, which is located in the awe-inspiring Jökulsargljufur canyon. Next travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland and paradise for bird watchers. Some of the most visually bizarre attractions in the region include the mud pits of Hverarond and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters. Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area.
Highlights: Dettifoss | Asbyrgi | Myvatn | Jökulsargljufur National Park | Husavik | Krafla
Day 8 AKUREYRI - SKAGAFJÖRDUR (B, D) Waterfall "Of the Gods" - Iceland's Second Largest City - Viking Horses
Breakfast at your hotel. 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. Some activities might include a visit to the delightful botanical garden, a swim in the local geothermal pool, or perhaps enjoying the atmospheric Listagil neighborhood dedicated to culture, art and fine food.
The route then continues to the Skagafjördur district, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland. This area also boasts many historical sites from the classic Sagas. In the evening, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse is an appealing option, as is an invigorating walk in the picturesque surroundings. Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.
Highlights: Godafoss | Akureyri | Skagafjördur Fjord
Day 9 HVAMMSTANGI - EIRIKSSTADIR - FELLSTROND (B, D) Historical Farmlands – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson
Breakfast at your hotel. The journey continues around Vatnsnes Peninsula, which reveals the extraordinary rock formation of Hvitserkur which is a 15 meter (49 ft) tall cliff jutting out straight from the sea. You might see seals resting close to the beach.
In the afternoon, drive through rolling farmlands and across Laxardalsheidi heath to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir. This was the original homestead of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In a replica of a grass-roofed house, meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge. Dinner and overnight stay in the Fellsstrond area.
Highlights: Hvitserkur | Vatnsnes Peninsula | Eiriksstadir Viking Home
Day 10 SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK (B) Snæfellsjökull Glacier - Pebble Beaches - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Quaint Fishing Villages
Breakfast at your hotel. Today is spent exploring the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsnes National Park. Undoubtedly the crowning jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rock in stacked formations and take a unique walk along the hiking trail linking the settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Afterwards drive back to Reykjavik. Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.
Highlights: Snaefellsjökull National Park | Stykkisholmur | Djupalonssandur | Arnarstapi | Hellnar
Day 11 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B) Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included. We would be happy to book a transfer for you. We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.
Highlights: Reykjavik | Hofdi | Reykjavik City Museum | Kjarvalsstadir | National Museum
Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Airport transfer: Blue Lagoon upon departure | Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras