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Iceland Hiking & Camping Tour

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CAMPING TOUR
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11 days
Keflavik International Airport
Keflavik International Airport
Min Age : 8+
Max People : 30
Tour Code

GJ-58

Tour Details

Discover an ever-changing scenery and a wide array of popular attractions in Iceland. Mountains, rivers, waterfalls, fjords, glaciers, canyons, bird cliffs, hot springs, lava fields and volcanoes will unfold as we take you exploring Iceland’s outer circle and in the interior highlands. Outdoor activities include daily hikes, a boat trip between floating icebergs, a glacier expedition, bird watching and bathing in geothermal rivers and lagoons. This is a truly classic and jam-packed 11-day Iceland discovery and adventurous camping tour.

The price is for the whole summer : EUR 1320 per person.

Optional camping equipment to rent from day 2 through day 9: Two-people tent for 8 nights EUR 60 net/ Sleeping bag & mattress for 8 nights EUR 60 net p.p.

Note that camping equipment rental is not available for the first and last night in Reykjavík. 

Start & End Location

Keflavik International Airport (Flybus shuttle)

Departure Time

09:30 on day 2 at BSI bus terminal.

Price Includes

  • 8x campground fees, except first and last night in Reykjavik.
  • 9 days fully escorted bus & hiking tour with English speaking guide or driverguide
  • Arrival & departure airport transfer by Flybus shuttle (no guide)
  • Exploring Iceland's outer circle, Landmannlaugar and Kjölur highland track
  • Daily walking & hiking trips
  • Golden Circle & Diamond Circle
  • Entrance & Towel to Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Glacier hike in South Iceland
  • Boat trip on Jökulsárlón, Glacier Lagoon

Price Excludes

  • Any private expenses
  • Any additional services
  • No meals
  • Camping equipment

Complementaries

  • Entrance fees
  • Free Wi-Fi on the bus
  • Use of ice grippers spikes for shoes
  • Use of flashlight

Additional Services

  • Extra night in Reykjavik before/after the tour - on request
  • Optional whale watching tour
  • camping equipment to rent
Highlights & Experiences

The Best of Outdoor Iceland packaged with activities. 

  • Daily walking & hiking trips
  • Bathing in natural streams & Myvatn Nature Baths
  • Boat tour between icebergs & glacier hike
  • Off the beaten track - Kjölur highland
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Þingvellir & Vatnajökull National Park
  • Golden Circle & Diamond Circle
  • Self-catering camping tour
  • Optional: Whale watching tour
Itinerary

Day 1Welcome to Iceland

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle from Keflavik International airport to your accommodation in Reykjavik where you spend the night.

Overnight location:
Your own arrangment. (50km / 31mls)

Day 2Þingvellir & Hot River Valley

At 09:30 meet your tour guide and fellow group members at BSI, bus terminal. You start with 1-hour hike at the ancient Viking Parliment area of Þingvellir, National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site. The Þingvellir plain is located on a tectonic-plate boundary where North America & Europe are slowly tearing away from each other.. As a reslut, the plain is scarred by dramatic fissures, ponds and rivers, including the great rift Almannagjá. In the afternoon we witness large geothermal springs while hiking through Reykjadalur valley, which is known for beautiful and rough nature, and take a wilderness bath in geothermal river.

Overnight location:
Campground Hella (170km / 105mls)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours incuding stops / Hiking Distance: 11 km (6.8 miles) / Elevation: about 500 meters.

Day 3Landmannalaugar & Þjórsárdalur

Today we drive to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands, surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. Depending on fitness level and hiking experience of group members and subject to weather conditions, we hike from the hut in Landmannalaugar. The trail goes through a rough lava field to an amazing hot spring field and up the slopes of Brennisteinsalda with its incredible spectrum of colours. We return via Grænagil gorge that can only be described as simply spectacular and beautifully colourful. In Landmannalaugar there is also a natural geothermal stream where you can enjoy a hot bath. Have swimwear and towel ready. We continue our trip passing close to Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. On the way back to our accommodation we stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss in Þjórsárdalur valley, surrounded by amazing basalt rock formations.

Overnight location:
Campground Hella. (290km / 180mls)

Hiking time: 3-4 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 6-7 km (about 4 miles) / Elevation: about 300 meters.

Day 4South Coast & Glacier Hike

We start the day at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can follow a slick and wet trail and walk right behind the falls. Come prepared and bring a raincoat and good boots, as you will get wet! We continue to the thundering Skógafoss waterfall, which tumbles 62 meters over a rocky scarp, kicking up vast sheets of mist. Next, we stop for an easy 1,5 to 2-hour glacier hike on the impressive Sólheimajökulll glacier tongue, suitable for beginners. An experienced glacier guide leads you safely through the icy wonderland of strangely shaped ridges, deep crevasses, enormous water cauldrons and different ice formations. We end the day with a walk along the black lava beach and bird cliffs at Reynisfjara. We see interesting basalt columns, and rock formations called the petrified trolls.

Overnight location:
Campground Krikjubæjarklaustur. (200km 124mls)

Hiking time including glacier hike: 3 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 5 km (about 3 miles) / Elevation: about 200 meters.

Day 5Vatnajökull National Park & Glacier Lagoon

Today we travel to Vatnajökull, Europe’s second largest national park, which has Iceland’s highest mountains, an alpine environment, and Europe’s largest glacier. A 5-kilometre round-trip hike takes us through the national park to Svartifoss waterfall, which is surrounded by impressive basalt columns. In the afternoon we head over to the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for a cruise, sailing between the icebergs of all shapes and sizes, which float in the clear blue water. After the glacial lake experience, there is time to go down to the black sand beach, the so-called Diamond Beach, in case we find icebergs that have floated all the way from the glacier lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean.

Overnight location:
Campgrpund Höfn. (220km / 136mls)

Hiking time: 2 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 5-6 km (4 miles) / Elevation: about 200 meters.

Day 6Hiking in the East

We enjoy the dramatic fjord landscape, twisty roads and fishing villages of the East Fjords. In East Iceland we tour around Lake Lögurinn – please keep an eye out for the lake monster. Our program today includes a leisurely walk through Iceland’s largest forest and followed by a hike up to Hengifoss, one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland.

Overnight location:
Campground Egilstaðir. (220km / 136mls)

Hiking time: 3 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 7-8 km (5 miles) / Elevation: about 250 meters.

Day 7Dettifoss & Tjörnes

From the east with travel through the uninhabited highlands to the magnificent Dettifoss waterfall, the most powerful in Europe, part of Vatnajökull National Park. Our hiking programs today includes a visit to the huge canyon of Ásbýrgi. We continue our drive along the scenic shores of the Tjörnes Peninsula, stop at bird cliffs where puffins may be seen. .Optional whale watching tour in the evening.

Overnight location:
Campground Húsavík (270km / 167mls)

Hiking time: 2 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 6 km (4 miles) / Elevation: about 40 meters.

Day 8Lake Mývatn & Nature Baths

Today is spent at Lake Mývatn, known for its rich bird life and extraordinary volcanic lava landscapes. We visit pseudo craters, walk in the lava field Dimmuborgir, climb up to the rim of the ash crater Hverfjall, see the hot springs and bubbling mud pools of Námaskarð, and travel to Víti crater lake in the Krafla geothermal fields. We end an exciting day with a relaxing soak at Mývatn Nature Baths that contains a unique blend of minerals, silicates, and geothermal micro-organisms. The warm, soothing waters benefit both skin and spirit alike

Overnight location:
Campground at Lake Mývatn (130km / 81mls)

Hiking time: 3 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 6 km (4 miles) / Elevation: about 280 meters.

Day 9 Akureyri

In the morning we travel to a prominent spot in Iceland’s history, Goðafoss, the waterfalls of the Gods. We continue to Akureyri, a charming town of 17000 inhabitants, where we visit the botanical garden and enjoy the panoramic view over Eyjafjörður fjord. Afternoon free at leisure. Optional whale watching or horseback riding tour.

Overnight location:
Campground Akureyri (130km / 81mls)

Hiking time: 2 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 5 km (4 miles) / Elevation: about 10 meters.

Day 10Kjölur Highland track, Gullfoss & Geysir

We go through the heart of Iceland today – travelling on the Kjölur Trail, between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull. We stop at the hot springs of Hveravellir, where you can soak in a natural hot pool. This region is shrouded in mystery, with folktales of ghosts, giants and outlaws. You experience one of Europe’s last wildernesses! We continue to Gullfoss, “the golden falls”, which is a double waterfall that tumbles 34 meters into the Hvítá river and attracts travellers all year round. Later on, we see steam from the Geysir geothermal fields as we arrive. There is a variety of hot springs and bubbling pools. The original geyser is now dormant but has been replaced by Strokkur, “the Churn”, which erupts at 5 to 10-minute intervals. We reach Reykjavík around 7 pm, with drop-off options at BSI bus terminal and Reykjavík camp-ground.

Overnight location:
Accommodation is according to your arrangements in Reykjavík. (430km / 267mls)

Hiking time: 2 hours including stops / Hiking Distance: 5 km (4 miles) / Elevation: about 200 meters.

Day 11Departure Home

Individual transfer by Flybus shuttle bus from your accommodation in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport.

(50km / 31mls)

NOTE: Itineraries may be subject to change at short notice during severe weather conditions and certain outdoor activities/day trips may be cancelled during the winter season in Iceland. In these rare cases, where situations of force majeure apply, excursions/activities cannot be refunded but the local guides will try their best to find reasonable alternatives where and whenever possible.

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