Across the Wilderness

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From $3,975 USD
June 25 - August 27, 2020
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 25 - August 27, 2020

Departure

Guaranteed English departures -
Small Group max. 16 persons

June 25
July 9, 16
August 1, 6, 20, 27
Guaranteed English/Dutch departures -
Small Group max. 19 persons
July 2, 18, 23
August 13

Price

  • June-Aug - Small group max. 16 persons
  • from $3,975 per person in double room
  • from $4,975 single room
  • from $3,765 triple room
  • July-Aug - Small group max. 19 persons
  • from $3,975 per person in double room
  • from $4,975 single room
  • from $3,765 triple room

Included

  • 10-day tour with expert local guide
  • Tour pick-up from Reykjavik hotel on Day 2 
  • 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 two-course dinners in the countryside
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • Participation in Iceland Travel's Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (Day 2)
  • Zodiac Tour on Fjallsarlon Iceberg Lagoon (day 4)
  • Entrance to Eric the Red Museum (day 9)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours
  • 24-hour Iceland Travel emergency line assistance while in Iceland
  • Taxes and service fees

Not Included

  • International airfare & airport taxes
  • Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and Reykjavik
  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • Dinners in Reykjavik (day 1 and 10)
  • Lunches
  • Beverages, snacks, unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Guaranteed early check-in
    (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00)
  • Guaranteed 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 size: 16 participants (English) or 19 participants (English/Dutch)
  • Minimum age: 10 years old. Not recommended for children 9 years old and younger
  • 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, due to road conditions

Tour Options

  • Tours bookable in advance to ensure a spot for you on the tour
  • Day 1, Day 10 - Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbor, 3 – 3.5 hours 
  • Day 8: Horse riding tour, 3 – 3.5 hours 
  • Day 1, Day 10, Day 11: Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience
  • This tour must be booked during your tour
  • Day 9 - Seal Watching Boat Trip, 1,5 hours

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.

Your tour guide will meet you on Day 2 in the lobby of your hotel at 08:45am. Your guide will have a sign with Iceland Travel's logo and words "ACROSS THE WILDERNESS". Please be ready with your luggage.

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik. We recommend the easy and convenient Airport Direct transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel.

Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik's old town area, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city's outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jet lag. In the afternoon you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland's nature and landscape. 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 that most hotels begin check-in between 14:00 and 16:00.

Foss Hotel Lind**** 

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

Optional: Private airport transfer | Airport Direct Premium | Airport Direct with Hotel Connection

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. Your guide will share interesting facts about some of the interesting historical events that have happened at Thingvellir.

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". A series of easy footpaths leads around the waterfall, giving you the chance to get excellent views from different angles.

Dinner and overnight stay in Hvolsvöllur area. Approximate distance: 215km / 134mi

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 Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for the next two nights. Approximate distance: 185km / 115miles

Hotel Geirland****

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon****+

Fosshotel Nupar****

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss | Skogafoss | Myrdalsjökull | Vik | Dyrholaey

Day 4 JÖKULSARLON - SKAFTAFELL (B, D)

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Scenic Glacial Park - Europe's Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in the area of Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Western Europe. 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 the Fjallsarlon and Jökulsarlon lagoons, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. Experience up close this stunning sight on a zodiac tour among the icebergs.

You will also view the much-photographed Diamond Beach area, where glittering shards of ice rest on a black sand beach. Continue on your way, passing by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajökull. 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. Approximate distance: 255km / 158mi

Hotel Geirland****

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon****+

Fosshotel Nupar****

Highlights: Jökulsarlon | Skaftafell National Park | Vatnajökull

Day 5 LANDMANNALAUGAR (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 in the nature reserve (optional), enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs. It's an authentic Iceland experience!

Dinner and overnight stay in the Thjorsardalur area. Approximate distance: 140km / 87mi

Hrauneyjar Highland Hotel***+

Highlights: Landmannalaugar | Thjorsardalur

Day 6 SPRENGISANDUR TRAIL (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 Kjölur highland route instead.)

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area for the next 2 nights. Approximate distance: 259km / 161mi

Country Hotel Narfastadir****

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

Magnificent Canyon – Europe's Mightiest Waterfall – Volcanic Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will the northern part of Vatnajökull National Park, as well as Lake Myvatn. 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 colorful boiling mud pits of Hverarond and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla volcano, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters.

The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall, located in the awe-inspiring Jökulsargljufur canyon. 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. Drive around the Tjornes Peninsula, the northernmost point of your journey. In the afternoon drive to the town of Husavik where you have the option to experience the hot spring bath named GeoSea.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area. Approximate distance: 245km / 152mi

Country Hotel Narfastadir****

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

Day 8 AKUREYRI - SKAGAFJÖRDUR (B, D)

Waterfall "Of the Gods" - The Capital of the North - Scenic historical Fjord

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 Viking-age Sagas. Tonight, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse might be an appealing option.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area. Approximate distance: 239km / 149mi

Daeli i Vididalur Guesthouse****

Highlights: Godafoss | Akureyri | Skagafjördur Fjord

Day 9 HVAMMSTANGI - ERIK THE RED MUSEUM - VATNSNES PENINSULA (B, D)

Historical Farmlands - Mysterious Scenic Peninsula - 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. This off-the-beaten path peninsula is part of the newly designated Arctic Coast Way, which focuses on the enchanting and wild wonders that border the Arctic Circle. This is an area where the sea and the sky seem to meet together, and there are inspiring views far into the distance. You might also 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 Fellsstrond or Snaefellsnes area. Approximate distance: 215km / 134mi

Vogur Lodge****

Highlights: 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 you will explore 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. In addition, you'll also see Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach.

At the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rocks in stacked formations and perhaps take a walk along the unique hiking trail linking the historical settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. At the end of the afternoon, the journey leads back to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own. Approximate distance: 435km / 270mi

Foss Hotel Lind**** 

Highlights: Snæfellsjökull National Park | Djupalonssandur | Arnarstapi | Hellnar

Day 11 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B)

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.

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.

Optional: Private airport transfer | Airport Direct Premium | Airport Direct with Hotel Connection

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