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Across the Wilderness - 11 Days / 10 Nights

Travelling along a mountain track in a mountain truck allows us to combine classic routes and all the famous points of interest in Iceland with the uninhabited and volcanic highlands, the vaste area of wilderness in Europe. This tour truly showcases the Icelandic diverse nature.

Travel off the beaten track with a 4WD mountain coach. This tour will take you through the most beautiful sights of Iceland such as Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss waterfall, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and Dettifoss waterfall. This tour however will take you also through the heart of Iceland and its highlands visiting Landmannalaugar colorful rhyolite mountains and the desert of Sprengisandur.

With this carefully planned itinerary you will find enough time to

With our flexible itinerary there’s always plenty of time to stop and fully appreciate the magnificence of Icelandic nature.

 

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 19 people

 

 

 

Available: 22 June 2017 – 31 August 2017

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

Important:

 

Please note that good trekking shoes/hiking shoes are important on this tour.

 

Itinerary details

Optional tours and activities:

 

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.

 

Day 1 Tour to Blue Lagoon | 11.500 ISK |

Day 1 Whale watching from Reykjavík | 70 EUR  | 2.5 - 3 hours

Day 4 Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 4.800 ISK | 30-40 mins

Day 8 Horse riding tour in Gauksmýri | 8.000 ISK | 1.5 hours

 

DEPARTURES

 

 

Date                Language                   Status  

22 June            English                         Guaranteed   

29 June            English/Dutch              Guaranteed   

06 July             English                         Guaranteed   

13 July             English/Dutch              Guaranteed   

20 July             English                         Guaranteed   

27 July             English/Dutch              Guaranteed   

03 August        English                         Guaranteed   

05 August        English/Dutch              Guaranteed   

17 August        English                         Guaranteed   

19 August        English/Dutch              Guaranteed   

24 August        English                         Guaranteed   

31 August        English                         Guaranteed


 

 

PRICE PER PERSON 2017:

 

June – August:

Double room EUR 3110

Single room    EUR 3900

 

 

ITINERARY

 

Day 1: Arrival / Pre night

 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík

 

Day 2: Þingvellir National Park - Gullfoss - Geysir

National Park with Geological Wonders (UNESCO) - The Famous Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers

 

We begin with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament and a jewel of nature. Next we travel to the nearby geothermal area of the great Geysir and witness several boiling mud pools and hot springs. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes. Onwards to the beautiful Gullfoss of “Golden” falls considered by many to the most impressive in Iceland.

 

Overnight in Hvolsvöllur area

  

Day 3: Vík - Dyrhólaey - Kirkjubæjarklaustur

Thundering Waterfalls - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore - Lava Fields

 

Admire the two beautiful waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss before crossing Mýrdalssandur plains. Stop to enjoy the great views from Dyrhólaey headland where thousands of puffins nest during the summer. In Reynishverfi we can go for a stroll on the black sand beach and enjoy a view to the Reynisdrangar cliffs. Drive through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the largest of its kind caused from a single eruption in Iceland.

 

Overnight in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 4: Jökulsárlón - Skaftafell

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe’s Largest National Park - Europe’s Largest Glacier

 

Start the day by visiting the mystical Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float and grind together in the still, deep waters of the lagoon. It is possible to take an optional boat tour among the floating icebergs. Spend the afternoon hiking in Skaftafell National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, dominated by Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest ice cap.

 

Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

 

Day 5: Landmannalaugar

Multicolored Mountains of the Highlands - Lava Fields - Hot Springs with Bathing - Hekla Volcano

 

Follow the Fjallabaksleið interior track to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains with the option of bathing in a naturally warm geothermal pool. This pearl of the interior consists of deep valleys and mountains, formed in volcanic eruptions under the icecap during the ice-age, forming this uniquely colorful landscape. There are several hiking trails in the area.

 

Overnight in the Þjórsárdalur area.

 

Day 6: Sprengisandur

Uninhabited Interior and Highland Desert

 

Discover hidden parts of the Icelandic interior, exploring the desolated wilderness of Sprengisandur highland route. Sprengisandur is the longest stretch between the South and North and is passable during the summer months. Traverse the rugged track with its scenic beauty, crossing rivers where necessary and driving over the largest continuous lava field in Iceland, Ódáðahraun.

 

Overnight in the great Lake Mývatn area.

 

Day 7: Tjörnes - Ásbyrgi - Dettifoss - Lake Mývatn

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

 

An adventure filled day with a backdrop of heavenly landscapes.  This journey travels around the stunning Tjörnes peninsula. Discover the enormous horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi National Park which according to Norse mythology, is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Óðinn. Continue to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the majestic Jökulsárgljúfur canyon.

Drive to the stunningly beautiful area of Lake Mývatn, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. Explore the solfataras at Hverarönd geothermal region, peculiar lava formations and the pseudo craters at Skútustaðir.

 

Overnight in the great Lake Mývatn area.

 

 

 

Day 8: Akureyri - Skagafjörður

Waterfall “Of the Gods” - Iceland’s Second Largest City - Viking Horses

 

Drive towards Goðafoss waterfall before continuing to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North” and the second largest urban area in Iceland. Spend time in Akureyri which can include a visit to the beautiful botanical gardens. Continue to Skagafjörður with inspiring scenery. This area is renowned for horse breeding as well as being home to many important sites relating to the classic Icelandic Sagas. In the evening, optional horseback riding tour on purebred Viking horses or take a refreshing walk in the picturesque surrounds.

 

Overnight in the Laugarbakki area.

 

Day 9: Hvammstangi - Eiríksstaðir - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Fertile Farmlands - Birthplace of Leif Eiríksson - Quaint Fishing Villages

 

The journey continues through rolling farmlands and across Laxárdalsheiði heath to the Viking Age living museum at Eiríksstaðir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. Travel through the small fishing villages of the northern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

 

Overnight in the Snæfellsnes area.

 

  

Day 10: Snæfellsnes National Park

 

Snæfellsjökull Glacier - Black Sand Beaches - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Quaint Fishing Villages

 

Morning drive to Snæfellsnes National Park. Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier, where, according to Jules Verne, the entrance to the center of the Earth can be found. Continue to the beautiful rocky sea shore by Djúpalónssandur. Stop at the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi with its magnificent columnar basalt rock formations. Take a unique walk between the villages of Arnarstapi and Hellnar before driving to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

 

Day 11: Departure  

Included

  •  9-day tour with driver-guide from/to Reykjavík
  •  2 hotel nights w/facilities in Reykjavík
  •  8 nights w/facilities in the countryside
  •  8 dinners in the countryside
  •  Breakfast daily except arrival day
  •  Participation in Iceland Travel's Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (day 2)
  •  Entrance to Eriksstadir Museum (day 9)

Excluded

  •  Airport transfer on arrival/departure days
  •  Food and drink other than stated in tour description
  •  Optional tours
  •  Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Tour highlights:

  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir
  • Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
  • Skaftafell
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Comments

Bagrowski 5 stars

8/15/2016 12:52:06 PM

It was really great!!!

Sellars 5 stars

8/15/2016 12:52:31 PM

Everything happened just as it should have. The nice clean bus arrived early, the driver was friendly and very helpful with luggage. The drive to the airport was professional and felt very safe. then we arrived early. Perfect!


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