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Iceland Scenic Trails Hiking Tour

Iceland Scenic Trails Hiking Tour | Vatnajokull National Park | Photo: Maridav (Shutterstock) | Scandinavian American World Tours

ESCORTED - 5 GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

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Reykjavik | Hofsos | Siglufjordur | Dalvík | Lake Mývatn | Vatnajökull National Park | Hella | Thorsmork Nature Reserve | Reykjavik

11 Days / 10 Nights - Saturday Departures from U.S.
Air & Land rates from $3909* per person twin
5 Guaranteed Departures June 17 - September 02, 2017
OR
10 Days / 9 nights - Sunday Departures Land Only
Land only rates from $3300 per person twin
5 Guaranteed Departures June 18 - September 03, 2017

SMALL GROUP TOUR: Now maximum 17 participants. This Iceland hiking tour takes you off the beaten track to explore the vast wilderness and legendary landmarks of this stunning island sanctuary. Find yourself in Ásbyrgi (‘Bastion of the Gods’) and Thorsmork Nature Reserve—‘Thor’s Playground’—while you traverse the country in search of the unexpected wonders within Iceland’s diverse landscapes!

Itinerary

Day 01: USA - Iceland

Board your Icelandair jet for overnight flight to Keflavik Airport in Iceland. Accommodations tonight are onboard (evening meal is an in-flight charge).

Onboard

Day 02: Arrive Reykjavik

Upon arrival, transfer to Reykjavik. Check in to your four-star hotel. Today the afternoon is free for exploring Reykjavik on your own.

Radisson BLU Saga Hotel

NOTE: We can assist with optional Flybus or private car/driver for transfer from Keflavik Airport to your hotel. See below for these optional services.

Day 03: Reykjavik - Hvalfjörður - Borgarfjörður

This Iceland hiking tour starts with breakfast at your hotel and a short orientation tour of Reykjavik, and then we head toward the countryside with a drive along the vast Hvalfjörður coastline on our way to the highest waterfall in Iceland: Glymur. Glymur gushes 658 feet down a massive, verdant canyon, and both fjord and waterfall are part of a legend about a mythical whale that swam up the waterfall into the lake at the top—where whale bones have actually been found. Spend some time hiking in the area to enjoy different views of the waterfall and surrounding nature.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Borgarfjörður region.

Hótel Bifröst

Day 04: Reykir - Hofsos - Siglufjordur

This morning after breakfast we’ll continue our hiking tour of Iceland Start the day with getting to know beautiful Borgarfjordur on a refreshing hike.  The hike will visit Glanni, a multi-tiered waterfall rumoured to be a home for elves and trolls.  You will then visit the 3,500 year old Grabrok crater, which has hiking trails taking you to the top of the crater for for remarkable views over moss-covered lava fields.  Continue your scenic journey as you cross Holtavorduheidi plateau, the gateway between North and South Iceland.   Head to the Vididalur Valley and its rushing river.  Here you will hike in Kolugljufri, a lava rock canyon that leads to a hidden waterfall.   Continue to the charming village of Hofsos and take a short stroll down to Stadarbjargarvik inlet to admire the group of beautifully geometric basalt columns located right at sea level.   Drive on to the stunning Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula) with its amazing views of mountains and fjords, en route to Siglufjordur, a town within a fjord of the same name.

Overnight stay in Siglufjordur for the next two nights.  Dinner is on your own at one of the town‘s charming restaurants.  Tonight recharge your body and soul with a soak in the hotel’s geothermal hot tubs.  With a view over the harbour and the fjord, the hot rubs are a perfect setting for relaxation.

Accommodations for the following two nights are in the Siglufjordur area.

Sigló Hótel

Day 05: Siglufjordur area 

Breakfast is provided at your hotel this morning. In the morning visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, where the harbour atmosphere of the early 20th century is brought to life in three historical buildings.

Today’s hiking focuses on exploring a local favorite spot: Siglufjardarskard Pass. In the old days, a horse trail was created for area farmers to travel over the mountains to Siglufjordur .  Today the trail has become a hiking route, yet one that is not often used.  You will feel a sense of discovery as you hike through the area.  The hike is led by an expert local guide who will base what parts of the trail you will explore based on the experience level of the group and trail conditions.   The hiking time also variable, based on group experience.

Those who do not wish to participate in the walk can stay behind at Siglufjordur and enjoy a light walk in the scenic areas around the village with the tour group guide.

After an active day in the outdoors, visit the home of a local resident for a home-cooked meal of hearty Icelandic meat soup featuring local ingredients.

Overnight tonight is in the Siglufjordur area.

Sigló Hótel

NOTE: Hiking time over Siglufjarðarskarð is about 3.5 hours and is only suitable for clients in very good condition.

Day 06: Goðafoss - Hverfjall - Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve

After breakfast the day begins with a short stop in Akureyri, the colourful “capital” of North Iceland.  After some time to enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town, we head inland in search of the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’, Goðafoss Waterfall. This spectacular set of falls can be found on the road to Lake Mývatn, our destination for the next two nights. We visit Lake Mývatn Nature Reserve, where Lake Mývatn resides in serenity before the ominous peaks of Mt. Hverfjall and the Krafla volcano. Summer in this region is particularly beautiful, and diverse and rare bird species—such as the barrow’s goldeneye—sometimes frequent the area, making birdwatching a treat.

We’ll hike up to Mt. Leirhnjúkur hot spring region in the Krafla volcanic area, a region of ancient lava flows and fissures. A short distance away we encounter the Námafjall geothermal field, overflowing with boiling fumaroles and violently bubbling pools of mud. We’ll make a special stop at the Mývatn Nature Baths to take an optional dip in its warm waters, an excellent way to release tension and relax our muscles.

Dinner and accommodations for the following two nights are in the Mývatn area.

Hótel Laxá

Day 07: Ásbyrgi National Park - Jökulsárgljúfur - Dettifoss

After breakfast we leave Mývatn for the day to reach Tjörnes Peninsula, exploring the horseshoe-shaped Ásbyrgi National Park. Though the region was primarily formed at two different points in time (10,000 years ago and about 3,000 years ago, when a northern section of the Vatnajökull ice cap burst twice and caused severe flooding), popular Norse mythology holds that the canyon was formed by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of pagan god Odin.

Next we’ll visit Hljoðaklettar (“Echo Rocks”), a distinctive cluster of basalt rock columns set into the cliffs nearby. The fantastic shapes amplify the acoustics and echoes, and give the resonating cliffs their name. A boxed lunch is provided today.

Spend the remainder of your time roaming through the astounding scenery in this region: the verdant, forested Jökulsárgljúfur region of Vatnajökull National Park. This glacial river canyon, the longest river canyon in the country, features the most powerful waterfall in Europe—Dettifoss—a memorable roar of cascading water, ethereal mist, and jagged cliffs. We’ll get the chance to experience its might up close as we explore together.

Travel with your group back to the Mývatn area for the night.

Hótel Laxá

Day 08: Kjölur - Hveravellir - Gullfoss - Geysir

Breakfast is provided at the hotel today before we leave the Mývatn area behind. We’ll hike with our small group today through the Kjölur mountain region, an uninhabited interior area of Iceland between the second- and third-largest Icelandic glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsjökull. Trek through raw Icelandic nature at its peak, occasionally taking the plentiful walking paths along the way, as we pass both geothermal and geological wonders. We make a stop at Hveravellir, one of the most beautiful geothermal areas in the world, and relax near the natural pool open to the sky. A boxed lunch is provided today.

When we arrive on the other side of the Kjölur route, we’ll reach the Gullfoss and Geysir area. Situated on the Hvítá River, which is fed by the Langjökull glacier, Gullfoss races over a 104-foot drop to leave a trail of sparkling mist rising through the air. Nearby, the great Geysir—from which all geysers around the world are named—bursts into the air amid a vast field of geothermal energy.

Dinner and accommodations for the following two nights are in the Hella area. A perfect way to unwind is a soothing soak in the hotel´s geothermal hot tub and sauna, located in the garden area.

Stracta Hotel

Day 09: Landmannalaugar

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning. The untouched, surreal atmosphere of nature reserves Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak offer up a showcase of geological wonders during our hiking tour of Iceland’s interior today. Volcanic craters, a lush crater lake filled with brown trout, sloping rhyolite mountains, lava fields steaming with surface heat, and the foreboding Hekla volcano stimulate the senses during the hike. A boxed lunch is provided today.

The group will take a dip in the refreshing waters of the geothermal Landmannalaugar Hot Spring, one of the best-kept and most scenic secrets in Iceland.

We’ll return to the Hella area for overnight. Dinner on own.

Stracta Hotel

Day 10: Thorsmork - Seljalandsfoss - Reykjavik

Today after breakfast we stop by Seljalandsfoss Waterfall—where you can walk behind the curtain of its cascading water—before continuing on to Thorsmork Nature Reserve, a hidden valley nestled between two glaciers and shielded by rivers and mountains. Once within the reserve, we walk along marked trails in the beautiful scenery of delicate trees and green grass surrounded by towering mountains and glacial tongues. A boxed lunch is provided today.

We’ll continue on towards Reykjavik, and overnight in the city.

Radisson BLU Saga Hotel

Day 11: Reykjavik - USA

Your final morning in Iceland is free after breakfast to explore the city independently, to do some last-minute shopping for souvenirs, or to make arrangements for a Blue Lagoon tour.

In the afternoon, transfer on your own to Keflavik Airport for your flight home (meals are an in-flight charge).

NOTE: We can assist with optional Flybus or private car/driver for transfer to Keflavik Airport and your afternoon flight back to the U.S. See below for these optional services.

 

Additional Information

Price includes:

  • Transatlantic flight on Icelandair in coach class (on air inclusive rates)
  • Fully-escorted, 8-day tour with a local guide
  • 9 nights’ accommodations in four star hotels and local countryside hotels with private facilities including 9 breakfasts, 4 lunches on days 7, 8, 9, and 10, and 4 dinners at places mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meat soup in Siglufjordur on day 5
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Museum on day 5.

NOTE: All departures are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 participants. Price does not include items not mentioned in the itinerary, optional tours, or transfers to and from Keflavik Airport. As this is a hiking tour, please be prepared to bring the following: good hiking shoes, outdoor clothes, a backpack, and trekking poles. More information on packing needs for Iceland can be found on our FAQs page. This hiking tour is listed as moderate: trails are mostly in good condition, mileage is higher than the typical level for a beginner, elevation gain is set at moderate, and clients should be in good hiking condition to join the tour.

Important:

  • Hikes range from 1-3.5 hours.  These are soft adventure hikes with intermediate (moderate) level of difficulty. Participants do not need to be expert hikers, but they should be in reasonable physical shape.  The guide will assess and choose the hiking routes for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of the group.
  • The guide has the right to change hiking routes in the itinerary based on weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances
  • Most hiking paths in Iceland are not paved.  Hiking paths have natural surfaces, sometimes based on old sheep tracks.  Trail terrain can have lava rocks, loose gravel, soft dirt and muddy areas.  Hiking poles are highly recommended.

What to bring:

  •  Good waterproof hiking shoes (necessary)
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf or bandanna
  • A day pack (for items you might use during the walks)
  • Trekking poles (recommended)

Optional services available: Optional Flybus or private car/driver transfer to/from Reykjavik at beginning and end of tour. Please mention at time of confirmation.

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2017 PRICES | GUARANTEED DEPARTURES

Departure Dates and Information
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Departures include coach airfare from New York-JFK, Newark, Boston, or Washington-Dulles*. Tour dates & availability per 8/11/2017. All departures are guaranteed and in USD. Departure is a 2-person min./20-person max. tour. Land only tours start 1 day after Land + Air tours. Single supplement: $1130 (June/July/August), $890 (September). Tour space is not guaranteed until booked and confirmed. All tours are guided in English.

Air add-on and airport coach transfers available. Air add on from Chicago, Denver, & Minneapolis: from $50 p.p. Seattle, Portland, & Anchorage: from $80 p.p. Scheduled airport coach transfer: from $68 p.p. round trip. Private car/driver transfer: from $408 round trip (1-4 persons).

Child discount available! Child discount in extra bed (under 12 years): on request.

*Departure taxes, fuel surcharges, and U.S. security fees are additional: approximately $220 per person per 10/01/2016.


Land & Air


Saturday - Tuesday

Land Only

Sunday - Tuesday

June
17


$4583* p.p. twin


$3760 p.p. twin

July
08 & 29


$4583* p.p. twin


$3760 p.p. twin

August
12


$4583* p.p. twin


$3760 p.p. twin

September
02


$3909* p.p. twin


$3300 p.p. twin


NOTE: Some departures dates are not available from all gateway cities due to airline schedule variations and would require extra nights at hotel in Reykjavik at an additional cost.

Tour Information

Tour Type:Escorted Tour / Small Group Tour
Price: from $3300
Duration:10 days
Cities Visited:Reykjavik - Hofsos - Siglufjordur - Dalvík - Lake Mývatn - Vatnajökull National Park - Hella - Thorsmork Nature Reserve - Reykjavik
Departures: June - July - August - September

Tour Map

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