Across the Wilderness

Escorted Tour and Ocean CruiseIceland

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From $4,575 USD
June 20 - August 29, 2019
11 Days / 10 Nights

Across the Wilderness, Icelandic interior, visit Landmannalaugar, black sands of Sprengisandur, Geysir geothermal area, Glacier Lagoon and Dettifoss.

Overview

Across 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 20 - August 29, 2019

Departure

Guaranteed departures
June 20, 27
July 4, 11, 13, 18, 25
August 1, 3, 8, 15, 17, 22, 29

Price

  • from $4,575 per person in double room
  • from $5,685 single room

Included

  • 9 day coach tour with driver-guide from/to Reykjavik
  • Tour pick-up from Reykjavik hotel on Day 2 & drop-off at Reykajvik hotel on Day 9
  • Tour drop-off at Reykajvik hotel on Day 9
  • 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 three-course dinners in the countryside
  • Participation in Iceland Travel's Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (day 2)
  • Entrance to Eiriksstadir Museum (day 9)
  • Taxes and service fees

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
  • Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1 and 9)
  • Lunches
  • Beverages with meals other than coffee/tea and fresh tap water
  • Porterage at airport and hotels
  • Guaranteed early check-in or late check-out
  • Optional tours and activities
  • Any service not specifically listed under "included"
  • Personal insurance / personal items

Please note

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum 19 participants
  • Excellent locally-based guides who know and are passionate about Iceland
  • 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 4: Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 30-40 min
  • Day 8: Horse riding tour in Gauksmyri | 1.5 hours
  • Day 10: Tour to Blue Lagoon | Flexible time 
  • Day 10: Whale watching from Reykjavik | 2.5 - 3 hours

    Optional tours and activities: Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.

Day 1 ARRIVAL ICELAND

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavik before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard "Across the Wilderness" itinerary.

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 Reykjavik, 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.

Overnight in Reykjavik. 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.

Hotel Klettur**** or similar

Highlights: Reykjavik | Hallgrimskirkja | Tjornin | Perlan | The Blue Lagoon

Optional: Airport transfer: Arrival via Blue Lagoon | Blue Lagoon Entrance and Extras

Day 2 THINGVELLIR - GULLFOSS - GEYSIR (B, D)

UNESCO World Heritage site – The beautiful Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers – Iceland Travel’s Conservation Project

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 several other boiling pools and hot springs.

Next your group will take part in Iceland Travel's reforestation program, located in Haukadalur valley. You can help your group 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 you'll head onwards to Iceland's most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss, the "Golden Falls".

Dinner and overnight stay in Hvolsvöllur area. Approximate distance: 279km / 173miles

Hotel Hvollsvollur****

Highlights: Thingvellir | Gullfoss | Geysir

Day 3 HVOLLSVOLLUR - DYRHOLAEY - VIK (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 (puffins generally seen between May and mid-August. Enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Vik before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains created by flowing water from nearby glaciers. 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 the Vik area for the next two nights. Approximate distance: 190km / 118miles

Hotel Kria****+

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Myrdalsjökull | Vik | Dyrholaey

Day 4 VIK - JÖKULSARLON - SKAFTAFELL  - VIK (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 Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe. You will also get a view of Hvannadalshnjukur, the country's highest peak. The highlight of the day will surely be surely Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. 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 the Vik area. Approximate distance: 260km / 162miles

Hotel Kria****+

Highlights: Jökulsarlon | Oraefajökul | Myrdalsjökull | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajökull

Day 5 VIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - THJORSARDALUR (B, D)

Multi-colored Wilderness Mountains - Lava Fields - Hot Springs Bathing - Hekla Volcano

Breakfast at your hotel. Today some of the roads will be bumpy since you’re on highland wilderness tracks, but the views will be amazing! 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. Approximate distance: 200km / 125miles

Highland Hotel****

Highlights: Landmannalaugar | Thjorsardalur

Day 6 THJORSARDALUR - SPRENGISANDUR - LAUGAR (B, D)

Wild Heart of Iceland - Black Sand Desert

Breakfast at your hotel. Today wilderness adventure awaits! It's time to head north through the very heart of Iceland. Discover hidden treasures of Iceland's uninhabited interior along the Sprengisandur highland route, a vast, barren, black desert connecting Iceland´s 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. This is a true taste of Iceland‘s wild side—bumpy roads and driving through rivers are a part of the amazing experience!

(Note: If Sprengisandur is closed, your group will take the Kjolur highland route instead.)

Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugar/ Lake Myvatn area for the next 2 nights. Approximate distance: 300km / 185miles

Country Hotel Narfastadir****

Day 7 TJORNES - ASBYRGI - DETTIFOSS - LAKE MYVATN - LAUGAR (B, D)

Glacial River Gorge - Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife

Breakfast at your hotel. After travelling on the gravel roads of the highlands, the smooth highways of the north make the fully-packed day seem 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, located in the awe-inspiring Jokulsargljufur 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 Laugar/ Lake Myvatn area. Approximate distance: 300km / 185miles

Country Hotel Narfastadir****

Highlights: Dettifoss | Asbyrgi | Myvatn | Jökulsargljufur National Park | Husavik | Krafla

Day 8 LAUGAR - AKUREYRI - SKAGAFJÖRDUR - LAUGARBAKKI (B, D)

Waterfall "Of the Gods" - The Capital of the North - Viking Horses

Breakfast at your hotel. Start the adventure today with a visit to Godafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. (The name means "Waterfall of the Gods"). 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 culture, art and fine food of the Listagil artists' district.

The route then continues to the Skagafjördur area, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland. This area also boasts many historical sites from the classic Sagas. Tonight, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse might be an appealing option, as would be an invigorating walk in the picturesque surroundings.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area. Approximate distance: 285km / 183miles

Daeli i Vididalur Guesthouse****

Highlights: Godafoss | Akureyri | Skagafjördur Fjord

Day 9 HVAMMSTANGI - VATNSNES - BUDARDALUR (B, D)

Historical Farmlands – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson

Breakfast at your hotel. Your journey continues around Vatnsnes Peninsula, which contains the extraordinary rock formation of Hvitserkur, a 15 meter (49 feet) tall cliff jutting out straight from the sea. You might even 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 the birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson. These men are two of the most legendary Vikings in the world. In a replica of a grass-roofed house, meet modern day Vikings who will demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Budardalur area. Approximate distance: 150km / 93miles

Vogur Lodge****

Highlights: Hvitserkur | Vatnsnes Peninsula | Eiriksstadir Viking Home

Day 10 SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK - REYKJAVIK (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 Snæfellsjökull National Park. The park‘s crown jewel is Snæfellsjökull 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 walk along the unique hiking trail linking the settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Afterwards the journey leads back to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Approximate distance: 440km / 273miles

Hotel Klettur****

Highlights: Snæfellsjökull National Park | Stykkisholmur | Djupalonssandur | Arnarstapi | Hellnar

Day 11 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included, but 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 | Private airport transfer | Private Airport Transfer via the Blue Lagoon

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