Scenic Trails - Soft Hiking
Scenic Trails - Soft Hiking– Iceland –10 days / 9 nights, Reykjavik - Borgarfjordur - Siglufjordur - Godafoss - Hverfjall - Lake Myvatn - Asbyrgi - Dettifoss - Kjolur - Gullfoss - Geysir - Landmannalaugar - Thorsmork - Seljalandsfoss - ReykjavikGet off the beaten track and explore Iceland's lesser-known highlights with our Scenic Trails tour, soft hiking in the Icelandic highland and Whale watching in the Arctic Sea near Akureyri. Explore Iceland's legendary landmarks and significant sights such as Asbyrgi (Bastion of the Gods) and Thorsmork Nature Reserve. While traversing the country, you'll visit unexpected places and go on simple hikes, allowing you to enjoy Iceland's diverse landscapes.
|Operation||June 18 - September 3, 2017|
|Departure||Guaranteed departures 2017
July 9, 30
|Price||June - August 2017
from $3,795 per person in double room
from $4,895 single room
from $3,350 per person in double room
from $4,195 single room
|Included||8 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavik
2 nights accommodation w/facilities in Reykjavik
7 nights accommodation w/facilities in countryside
Breakfast daily except arrival day
4 x dinners in the countryside (day 2, 5, 6 and 7)
Icelandic meat-soup dinner at a local's home (day 3)
4 x 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||Dinners in Reykjavik
Meals other than mentioned in itinerary
Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
Optional tours and activities
Any service not specifically mentioned under "included"
Service fee $25
|Please Note||All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
Maximum group size: 17 people
Hikes range from 1-3.5 hours
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Day 1 ARRIVAL 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.
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 Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).
Highlights: Reykjavik | Parliament House | Perlan | Solar Voyager | Harpa Concert Hall
Optional: Airport transfer with Flybus Plus | Airport transfer: Arrival via Blue Lagoon | Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras
Day 2 REYKJAVIK - HVALFJÖRDUR - BORGARFJÖRDUR (B, D) 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 Hvalfjördur Fjord, one of Iceland's longest and deepest, on the way to Glymur. This is Icelands 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. Dinner and overnight stay in the Borgarfjördur area.
Hiking scale : 2 out of 5
Highlights: Reykjavik | Glymur | Hvalfjördur Fjord | Hraunfossar | Deildartunguhver
Day 3 BORGARFJÖRDUR - VIDIDALUR VALLEY - SIGLUFJÖRDUR (B) Elven waterfall - Intriguing Crater - Lava Rock Canyon - Seaside Basalt Columns
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with getting to know beautiful Borgarfjördur 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 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 Siglufjördur, a town within a fjord of the same name.
Overnight stay in Siglufjördur 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 Siglufjördur area.
Hiking scale: 2 out of 5
Highlights: Siglufjördur | Grabrok | Glanni Waterfall | Hofsos
Day 4 SIGLUFJÖRDUR - HISTORICAL MOUNTAIN PASS - HERRING HERITAGE (B) 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. Feel a sense of discovery as you hike through the area. The hike is led by an expert local guide who will base what parts of the trail you will explore based on the experience level of the group and trail conditions. The hiking time also variable, based on group experience.
Those who do not wish to participate in the walk can stay behind at Siglufjördur 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 Siglufjördur.
Hiking scale: 4 out of 5
Highlights: Siglufjördur | The Herring Era Museum | Dalvik | Siglufjardarskard
Day 5 GODAFOSS - HVERFJALL - LAKE MYVATN (B, D) 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 will be made 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.
Hiking scale: 2 out of 5
Highlights: Godafoss | Myvatn | Hverfjall | Krafla Geothermal Center | Myvatn Nature Baths | Dimmuborgir
Day 6 ASBYRGI - JÖKULSARGLJUFUR - DETTIFOSS (B, D) Edge of the Arctic - Horseshoe Canyon - Europe's Mightiest Waterfall - Echoing Rocks
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 Jökulsargljufur Canyon, which is the northeastern area of Vatnajökull National Park, the largest National Park in Western Iceland. Jökulsargljufur means 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 Hljodaklettar. (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.
Hiking scale: 3 out of 5
Highlights: Asbyrgi | Hljodaklettar | Dettifoss
Day 7 KJÖLUR - HVERAVELLIR - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR (B, D) 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 Kjölur mountain track. This route goes back to Viking times and heads straight through Iceland's uninhabited interior highlands, passing between the mighty Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers. 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-colored geothermal with a natural pool that is perfect for a relaxing break.
The Kjölur 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.
Hiking scale: 1 out of 5
Highlights: Gullfoss | Geysir | Hveravellir | Kjölur
Day 8 DAY IN LANDMANNALAUGAR (B) 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.
Hiking scale: 3 out of 5
Highlights: Landmannalaugar | Hekla
Day 9 THORSMORK - SELJALANDSFOSS - REYKJAVIK (B) 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.
Hiking scale: 3 out of 5
Highlights: Thorsmork | Seljalandsfoss | Reykjavik | Skogafoss
Day 10 DEPARTURE REYKJAVIK (B) 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.
Important: Hikes range from 1-3.5 hours. These are soft adventure hikes with intermediate (moderate) level of difficulty. Participants do not need to be expert hikers, but they should be in reasonable physical shape. The guide will assess and choose the hiking routes for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of the group. The guide has the right to change hiking routes in the itinerary based on weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances
Most hiking paths in Iceland are not paved. Hiking paths have natural surfaces, sometimes based on old sheep tracks. Rail terrain can have lava rocks, loose gravel, soft dirt and muddy areas. Hiking poles are highly recommended.
What to bring:
Good waterproof hiking shoes (necessary)
Wind and waterproof jacket and trousers
Scarf or bandanna
A day pack (for items you might use during the walks)
Trekking poles (recommended)