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Across the Wilderness Tour

11 days
10 nights

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PER PERSON :

$ 3,940.00 (double / twin occupancy)
$ 4,945.00 (single occupancy)
$ 3,705.00 (triple occupancy)
$ 55.00 (Empty Seat next to passenger)

Children 10-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price, valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults. We do not recommend this tour for children 9 years and younger. Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.

*Please note triple rooms / double rooms with extra bed are always upon request and Iceland Travel cannot guarantee that these rooms will be available.  Hotel rooms in Iceland are often smaller in size when compared to hotel rooms in countries such as the USA or Canada, and triple rooms will often be a double room with an extra bed with limited space in the room.

Dates:

Jun 23, 2022 - Jul 03, 2022 
Jun 30, 2022 - Jul 10, 2022 
Jul 07, 2022 - Jul 17, 2022 English/Dutch
Jul 14, 2022 - Jul 24, 2022 
Jul 21, 2022 - Jul 31, 2022 English/Dutch
Aug 04, 2022 - Aug 14, 2022 
Aug 11, 2022 - Aug 21, 2022 English/Dutch
Aug 25, 2022 - Sep 04, 2022 

Hotels:

This tour stays in comfort-level hotels with private bathrooms. These hotels are well situated to enjoy the beautiful places your group will explore. Most of the groups stay at the following hotels. Please note this is an advised hotel list and subject to change.

Day 1                     Reykjavik Natura
Day 2                     Land Hotel
Day 3 & 4               Geirland
Day 5                     Hrauneyjar Highland Hotel
Day 6 & 7               Country Hotel Narfastadir
Day 8                     Laugarbakki Hotel
Day 9                     Fransiskus Hotel or Vogur Country Lodge in Fellstrond
Day 10                   Center Hotel Grandi

Included:

  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 10
  • Expert professional English-speaking local guide from day 2 to day 10
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • Tour pick-up from Reykjavik hotel on Day 2 & drop-off at Reykjavik hotel on Day 10
  • 2 nights in a standard room w/private facilities at a hotel in Reykjavik
  • 8 nights in a standard room w/private facilities at a hotel in the countryside
  • 10 Icelandic breakfast buffets (except arrival day)
  • 8 two-course or buffet-style dinners in the countryside
  • Participation in Iceland Travel's Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (day 2)
  • Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón Iceberg Lagoon (day 4)
  • Entrance to the Eric the Red Museum (day 9)
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours

Highlights & Experience:

  • Discover the beauty and power of Iceland’s wilderness, an area that few travelers visit
  • Visit beloved “must see” natural wonders of the Golden Circle region and the Glacier Lagoon
  • Enjoy short guided walks/hikes that give you more insights into natural wonders
  • Get a taste of adventure with travel on unpaved mountain tracks in a specially-outfitted vehicle

Optional Services:

You can book and pay for these tours in advance for your convenience and to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Let us know during the booking process.

Day 1, Day 10, Day 11- Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon | Duration: flexible | Includes: Bathing fee, towel rental, silica mud mask, first drink of your choice | Not included: Swimsuit rental

You must also book an unguided Blue Lagoon shuttle between Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon

Day 1, Day 10 - Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbor - Look for whales, dolphins and sea birds on a guided boat tour Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours | Includes: Guided boat tour, warm overalls during tour

Day 7 - GeoSea geothermal baths – Soak in the naturally hot seawater while enjoying the spectacular mountain view Duration: flexible | Includes: Bathing fee | Not included: Swimsuit and towel rental

Day 8 - Horse riding tour – Discover Icelandic nature close up and get to know Iceland’s friendly horse breed | Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours | Includes: 1 hour guided riding tour, safety helmet

Itinerary:

Iceland Tour for all first-time visitors, as well as returning wilderness fans!

As the name suggests, our Iceland tour Across the Wilderness will take you off-the-beaten track through the uninhabited and deserted highlands adorned by the colorful mountains of the Landmannalaugar Nature reserve and the black sands of Sprengisandur. You will travel by  a specially adapted 4x4 mountain coach. You will explore other major attractions such as Dettifoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal area, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.  There’s always plenty of time to stop and fully appreciate the magnificence of Icelandic nature. 

Day 1  : Arrival

Please note: If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on the morning of Day 2 according to the standard “Across the Wilderness” itinerary. Please check the “Services“ section in your travel documents to see how to meet your guide at the start of the tour.

Arrival at the Keflavik airport. Transfers to Reykjavik are not included in the tour. We would be happy to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time.

If you are arriving earlier in the day, you might consider adding a day tour. We’d be happy to make suggestions based on your interests. One of our favorite activities after a long flight is to visit one of the neighborhood geothermal pools. It is so refreshing to relax in the warm water, breathing in the fresh Icelandic air. It’s a great way to get to see Icelandic daily life and maybe meet a few locals. It’s also nice to take a stroll in the old city center, perhaps visiting one of the museums or relaxing with a cup of coffee in a cozy café.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. 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 hotels in Iceland start check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm), and early check-in is not guaranteed. Most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you are not able to check in early.

Overnight in Reykjavik

Options: Transfers
Day 2  : Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir (174 mi)

Viking Heritage site with Geological Wonders – Glorious Waterfall& Exploding Geysers – Iceland Travel’s Conservation Project

Breakfast at your hotel. Meet your guide at the hotel and start your adventure! Your 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, visit the popular Geysir geothermal area. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes, but you'll also see 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!

Now it’s time to head onwards to Iceland's most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss (“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 the Hella area.

Day 3  : Hvollsvollur – Vik – Dyrholaey – Kirkjubaejarklaustur (118 mi)

Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand – 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 sea birds’ 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 overnights the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for the next two nights.

Day 4  : Jökulsárlón - Skaftafell (161 mi)

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Scenic Glacial Park – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will be in the area of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Western Europe. The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards Vatnajokull, 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 Jokulsarlon 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 Vatnajokull. Along the route you also will get magnificent views of Skaftafell, a glacier-crowned wonderland within Vatnajokull National Park.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area

Day 5  : Landmannalaugar (124 mi)

Multi-colored Wilderness Mountains – Lava Fields – Hot Spring Bathing

Note: Today some of the roads will be bumpy since you’re on highland wilderness tracks, but it’s all part of the adventure and the views will be amazing!

Breakfast at your hotel. It's now time to leave the asphalt behind and meander along the scenic and rugged Fjallabaksleid interior track to Landmannalaugar, an astonishing area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains. The surreal beauty of the uninhabited interior reveals deep valleys and sculptured mountains, many formed by volcanic eruptions that happened beneath 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.

Day 6  : Sprengisandur Trail (186 mi)

Wild Heart of Iceland and Black Sand Desert

Note: Today some of the roads will be bumpy since you’re on highland wilderness tracks, but it’s all part of the adventure and the views will be amazing!

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: rough gravel roads and fording rivers are a part of the amazing experience! (Note: If Sprengisandur is closed due to road conditions, your group will take the Kjolur highland route instead.)

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area for the next 2 nights.

Day 7  : Lake Myvatn – Dettifoss – Asbyrgi – Tjornes (186 mi)

Magnificent Canyon – Europe’s Mightiest Waterfall – Volcanic Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Today you will visit the northern part of Vatnajokull 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 Jokulsargljufur 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.

Day 8  : Akureyri - Skagafjörður (177 mi)

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 colorful 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 Skagafjordur area, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland. This area also contains many historical sites from the classic Viking-age Sagas. Tonight, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse might be an appealing option. Or simply enjoy a peaceful walk in the countryside around your hotel.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.

Day 9  : Hvammstangi – Eiriksstadir – Vatnsnes Peninsula (93 mi)

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 the Eric the Red Museum. This was the original homestead of Eric the Red, as well as the birthplace of his son, Leifur 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 show you the lifestyle from 1.000 years ago, sharing some of the crafts and knowledge.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Fellsstrond or Snaefellsnes area.

Day 10  : Snæfellsjökull National Park (211 mi)

Snaefellsjokull 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 Snaefellsjokull National Park. The park’s crown jewel is Snaefellsjokull 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. Your guide will bid you farewell at your hotel.

Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Day 11  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning flight. Transfer on your own to the international airport for your departure flight. The airport transfer is not included, but we are happy to help you arrange shared or private transfers. We recommend you depart your hotel no later than three hours before your departure flight.

We wish you a pleasant trip back to your homeland and hope to see you in Iceland again!

Notes:

Important:

  • A minimum of 3 participants is required to guarantee each departure
  • Please note that good trekking shoes/hiking shoes are required for this tour, as some of the walking is on unpaved, sometimes uneven surfaces
  • *French and English departures: Iceland Travel reserves the right to guide these tour departures as bilingual English/French tours to ensure an optimal group size
  • We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice, due to road conditions
  • Please check the "Program Details" section in your travel documents to see which your tour’s hotel list and how to meet your guide at the start of the tour
  • Please advise us at booking time if you have food allergies or dietary preferences
  • Not recommended for children 9 years old and younger.

Not Included:

  • Breakfast on arrival day
  • International airfare
  • Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Round-trip transfers between airports and hotels
  • Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
  • Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
  • Guaranteed late check-out
  • Any service not specifically listed under "Included"

With only a basic promised itinerary, this tour ensures freedom and flexibility to add extras and personal content.

Only a manageable daily mileage ensures time to not just tick off boxes but take in this land of endless variations of natural power.

The trips start at the end of snowmelt in the highlands and continue into early autumn. The high season trips give you midnight sun, but the last trips give you the chance to see the northern lights - Aurora Borealis.