Highlands & Hot Springs
Highlands & Hot Springs– Iceland –7 days / 6 nights, Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Geysir - Gullfoss - Skagafjördur - Landmannalaugar - Skofluklif - Vik - Eyjafjallajökull - SeljavellirHighlands and Hot Springs in Iceland is one of our favorite super jeep tours. The jeeps are specially built for the rugged Icelandic mountain tracks, and let us experience the country's less accessible highlands. Our route takes us to wild nature, to remote small and unknown natural pools. Enjoy daily short hikes of 2-4 hours suitable for everyone and bath in many hot springs. An easy but active and fun tour with highlights and hot spots of Iceland.
|Operation||June 22 - September 7, 2015|
|Departure||June 22 - June 28
July 20 - July 26
August 3 - August 9
August 17 - August 23
September 7 - September 13
|Price||$3,125 per person in double room|
|Included||Driver-tour guide per group of 4 - 7 persons
Accommodation in guesthouses (2 nights)
Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts (4 nights)
Full board is provided from Reykjavik to Reykjavik
Visit to Vidimyri Church
Glaumbær Folk Museum
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
|Not Included||International flights
Sleeping bags and sleeping bag linen (can be rented)
Optional rafting or horse riding tour in Skagafjördur
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||The best super jeep tour available!
Groups: Minimum 4 persons
Degree of difficulty: 1 (easy)
Walking per day: 2 - 4 hours
Meeting Point: Participants are picked up from their accommodation in Reykjavik the morning the tour starts.
Accommodation: Quality guesthouses / Mountain huts
|Tour Options||Upgrade to four-star hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
Optional rafting or horse riding tour in Skagafjördur
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Day 1 REYKJAVIK - THINGVELLIR - GEYSIR - GULLFOSS (L, D) Pick up and departure from your hotel at 09:00 to Thingvellir National Park, site of the ancient Viking parliament, from where we get a good view over the rift valley where the continents meet. Visit the spouting hot springs in the Geysir area, and the famous Gullfoss waterfall, our last stop before entering the highlands. We drive the trail across the highlands to Hveravellir geothermal area, where we will end our day. The hot spring area, natural hot pool and magnificent view to the glaciers are the main attractions. Accommodation at Hveravellir Mountain hut in sleeping bags.
Day 2 HVERAVELLIR - SKAGAFJÖRDUR - GRETTISLAUG (B, L, D) Heading north on the highland mountain tracks we descend in the great valley of Skagafjördur region. Visit to the small 19th century turf church at Vídimyri and the Glaumbær folk museum. Glaumbær is actually a 19th century farm made of turf and stones.
Continuing northwards we now drive to the Village Saudarkrokur and on to Reykjaströnd, the coast following steep mountains on the west side of Skagfjördur fjord. There at the very end of the world (or almost) we find a small and tidy hot spring once used by the Saga's hero Grettir. Overnight in a country side guesthouse or hotel.
Day 3 SKAGAFJÖRDUR - LAUGAFELL (B, L, D) In the morning an optional rafting or a horse ride tour is on the menu for those who want. We head to the south, driving mountain tracks to Laugafell an isolated mountain hut situated next to a comfortable hot spring just ready for eager bathers. If time allows, afternoon drive to the shepherds hut Grani standing close to the great Jökulsa river. Overnight in a mountain hut.
Day 4 LAUGAFELL - LANDMANNALAUGAR (B, L, D) We will follow the mountain track leading us eastward east of the Hofsjökull glacier towards Nyidalur and then crossing the Sprengisandur desert to Landmannalaugar. Some of the most beautiful scenery of Iceland is found in the Torfajökull Massif in the South Icelandic Highlands. Here we can find the most famous hot spring for bathing surrounded by adventure like landscape of unreal beauty.
We reach Landmannalaugar in the afternoon after a stop at the Ljotipollur Lake or "Ugly Pond", a eruptive fissure, which was created during an enormous eruption in 1470. In spite of its name the crater is uniquely impressive and the surroundings stand no comparison to other such natural phenomena in the country. Once we're in Landmannalaugar, we will soak ourselves in the hot river to relax and wash of the travel dust. Mountain hut Landmannalaugar, sleeping bag accommodation.
Day 5 LANDMANNALAUGAR - SKOFLUKLIF (B, L, D) We leave Domadalur (Dooms valley) and set the course uphill, climbing as high as 1000 meters above sea level with our jeep to enjoy the fascinating view over the Torfajökull area. We are at the edge of the largest geothermal areas in Iceland where fire and ice create spectacular ice caves with the hot springs constantly working underneath the icecap. In Hrafntinnusker area you will find all the colours that you can possibly imagine in nature. This is a land of unreal beauty, hardly found anywhere else on earth.
We head south through the highlands, cross countless rivers and blaze across the black desert of Mælifellssandur until we reach the refuge at Skofluklif. We will hike across the hills in the evening to a very remote pool called Strutslaug. Accommodation: Skofluklif mountain hut in sleeping bags.
Day 6 SKOFLUKLIF - VIK - SELLJAVELLIR (B, L, D) We'll travel alongside the Myrdalsjökull glacier sitting on top of the volcano Katla to the village of Vik, Iceland's most southerly village. Outside of the village's lies a beautiful black beach and one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds.
After Vik we continue to the west along the coast to our accommodation at the base of Eyjafjoll Mountains, where we will witness how the recent eruption in Eyjafjallajökull has changed the appearence of the landscape. In the evening it is perfect to take a walk in to the mountains or on the black beach and visit the one of the pools in the area.
Accommodation: Guesthouse in the vicinity of Vik.
Day 7 SELLJAVELLIR - REYKJAVIK (B, L) Today we traverse the beautiful wide plains of southern Iceland and out to the Reykjanes peninsula via the Blue Lagoon, the famous warm salt water lake in the lava filed that has become one of the most visited hot water lake in Iceland. We stop there for a relaxing bath (optional) before we head for the direction of Reykjavik the capital of Iceland.