Iceland Winter Highlights
Iceland Winter Highlights– Iceland –5 days / 4 nights, Reykjavik - Thingvellir - Hraunfossar - Hveravellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - Hekla Volcano - Landmannalaugar - Hjalparfoss - ReykjavikWinter Highlights, 5-day all-inclusive tour to Iceland's wild and remote highlands. Experience frozen landscapes, spouting geysers and natural hot springs; overnight in cozy mountain huts. Visit the legendary interior areas, Hveravellir and Landmannalaugar, and Gullfoss and Haifoss waterfalls. Enjoy snowshoeing, hot spring bathing and sightseeing. Travel by specialized super jeeps designed to float on snow, fjord streams and tackle any terrain.
|Operation||February 13 - April 10, 2017|
|Departure||February 13 - February 17, 2017
February 27 - March 3, 2017
March 27 - March 31, 2017
April 10 - April 14, 2017
All departures are operated in English/French
|Price||from $2,540 per person
sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts
|Included||Guide for 5 days
Meals for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5)
Sleeping bag and snowshoes
Transportation by 4x4 Super-jeeps
Taxes & service fees
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Pick up and drop off at your Reykjavík accommodation
Mountain huts sleeping bag accommodation
Difficulty level: 2 (please see 'More info')
Group size: 4 to 16 participants
Walking per day: 2-5 hours
Rates are subject to change without notice
|Tour Options||Accommodation package in Reykjavik city center|
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Day 1 THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK - HRAUNFOSSAR ( L) Thingvellir National Park - Deildartunguhver Hot Spring - Barnafoss - Hraunfossar
Our day begins with a hike in Thingvellir National Park, the site of the old viking parliament and a place of great historic importance. The birth place of democracy in Iceland it is a symbol and an emblem of Democracy with a capital "D". The park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a magnificent location with a beautiful lake skirted by a small canyon, a fissure that is in fact part of the Mid-Atlantic Rift.
Next, a visit to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland, followed by the waterfalls of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar, a row of waterfalls that over a few hundred meters emerge from underneath a lava field. From there we visit one of the numerous lava caves in the region. In winter the caves are decorated with ice stalactites. We stay the night in a hut in the area where a bath in the "hot pots" of a local swimming pool is optional.
Hiking: 2 - 3 hours total divided into numerous shorter walks
Day 2 HVERAVELLIR - LANGJÖKULL - HOFSJÖKULL (B, L, D) We set course for Hveravellir! Depending on weather and snow conditions, we go north of Langjökull glacier either by route 1 and the mountain road Kjölur (a road that crosses the island from north to south between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull), or by crossing the lava fields of Hallmundarhraun. Hveravellir is above all known for intense geothermal activity, fumaroles, hot springs and colorful ponds filled with boiling water.
Visit the site's famous hot springs before putting on our snow shoes for a walk to the volcano Strytur, and majestic views of the icecaps of Langjökull and Hofsjökull. In the evening we relax, soaking in the Hveravellir natural geothermal pool, where on a clear night we might see the Aurora Borealis light up the dark winter sky! Night in a mountain hut.
Hiking: 3 hours
Day 3 GULLFOSS - GEYSIR - HAIFOSS - MT. HEKLA (B, L, D) Gullfoss - Geysir - Haifoss waterfall - Thjorsardalur - Hekla
From the plateau we descend towards Gullfoss (the powerful "Golden waterfall") where the turbulent waters of the river Hvita plunge into a fault (canyon). Then we head to Geysir, which gives his name to all other spouting hot springs in the world! We come to the valley of Thjorsardalur, which borders the lava field created by the volcano Hekla. We visit the grand waterfall of Haifoss where the water drops down a 122m high cliff, and the small valley Gjain, before arriving at a hut near Hekla one of the Iceland's most active volcano.
When the Danes ruled the country they believed that its crater was a gateway to the Nether world. The local farmers, clever as they were, told them it was all true, and for that matter, one could hear Danish being spoken down there. The last eruption goes back to… February 2000!
Hiking: 3-4 hrs total, numerous small walks interspersed with transfer in vehicles
Day 4 LANDMANNALAUGAR (B, L, D) We head south-west in to Landmannalaugar, a route that in certain conditions will put the capacity of our vehicles to the test! If weather and snow conditions allow, we visit the immense crater of Ljotipollur before arriving at the mountain hut in Landmannalaugar at the foot of a lava field from an eruption in 1480.
After a hike in snowshoes through this extraordinary landscape of colorful rhyolite mountains, a bath in the warm waters of river that runs next to the mountain hut is an ideal way to end our day.
Hiking: 3 - 4 hours
Day 5 LANDMANNALAUGAR - HJALPARFOSS - REYKJAVIK (B, L) Landmannalaugar - Tungna River - Hjalparfoss waterfall - Reykjvik
The day begins with a visit to the hot springs that lie at the foot of the hill Reykjarkollur before retracing our steps from the day before in our vehicles. We pass by the crater of Hnausapollar and come down into the great valley of the river Tungna. There, in the past farmers used to cross this vast river on boats with their sheep at the ford of Hofsvad.
On the road to Reykjavik we stop at the Hjalparfoss waterfall where one stream splits into a twin waterfall that comes together in a circular basin surrounded by twisted basalt columns that form beautiful asymmetric wall. Arrival in Reykjavik in the late afternoon.
Hiking: 2 hours
This intinerary may change due to weather and conditions.