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Across the Wilderness Tour

11 days
10 nights

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Rates:

Per person in USD:
$ 3,580.00 (double occupancy)
$ 4,485.00 (single occupancy)

Prices for Jun 01 - Aug 31:
$ 4,115.00 (double occupancy)
$ 5,160.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Jun 22, 2017 - Jul 02, 2017 call us
Jun 29, 2017 - Jul 09, 2017 call us
Jul 06, 2017 - Jul 16, 2017 call us
Jul 13, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017 call us
Jul 20, 2017 - Jul 30, 2017 call us
Jul 27, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017 call us
Aug 03, 2017 - Aug 13, 2017 call us
Aug 05, 2017 - Aug 15, 2017 call us
Aug 10, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 sold
Aug 17, 2017 - Aug 27, 2017 call us
Aug 19, 2017 - Aug 29, 2017 call us
Aug 24, 2017 - Sep 03, 2017 
Aug 31, 2017 - Sep 10, 2017 call us

Hotels:

DAY 1:
Hotel Klettur

DAY 2:
Hótel Hvolsvöllur

DAY 3-4:
Icelandair Hotel Klaustur
Hótel Geirland

DAY 5:
Hotel Leirubakki
Hrauneyja/Hotel Higland

DAY 6-7:
Hotel Narfastaðir

DAY 8:
Hotel Gauksmýri

DAY 9:
Vogur Sveitasetur

DAY 10:
Hotel Klettur

We reserve the rights to change the hotels, without prior notice should the necessity arise, the alternative hotel will then be of the same standard.

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)

 

Optional Services:

Day 1 Blue Lagoon - ISK 10,000
Day 1 Whale watching from Reykjavík - ISK 10,000
Day 4 Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon - ISK 5,000
Day 8 Horse riding tour in Gauksmýri - ISK 8,000

Optional tours should be booked in Iceland with your tour guide. Subject to change at any time.

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

Your first overnight stay will be in Reykjavík (transfers from Keflavík airport not included).

Day 2  : Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir (136 mi)

UNESCO World Heritage site with Geological Wonders - The Famous Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers
Your Iceland tour starts with an easy day, beginning with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament and a jewel of nature. Next we will travel to the nearby Geysir geothermal area and witness boiling pools and hot springs. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes. Onwards we travel to the beautiful Gullfoss “Golden” waterfalls which is among the most impressive in Iceland. Overnight is spent in the Hvolsvöllur area.

Day 3  : Vík - Dyrhólaey - Kirkjubæjarklaustur (105 mi)

Thundering Waterfalls - Puffin Colony - Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore - Lava Fields
Admire the two classic waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss before enjoying great views from Dyrhólaey* headland where thousands of puffins nest during the summer. A stop in the quaint village of Vík follows before crossing the Mýrdalssandur outwash plains of Katla volcano. The day ends by passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the largest on earth since the end of the Ice Age. Overnight will be in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 4  : Jökulsárlón - Skaftafell (161 mi)

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs - Europe's Largest National Park - Europe's Largest Glacier
The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards the Vatnajökull ice cap, by far the largest in Europe. We circumnavigate the Öræfajökull volcano with Iceland's highest point, Hvannadalshnjúkur. The turn-around point today is Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs float in water full of life. An optional boat tour among the icebergs is possible. At Svínafellsjökull close encounters with a glacier tongue are also an option. On the way we pass by Skaftafell national park. Overnight is in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 5  : Landmannalaugar (105 mi)

Multicoloured Mountains of the Highlands - Lava Fields - Hot Springs with Bathing - Hekla Volcano
Meander along the primitive 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 sculptured, often mossy mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under ice-age icecaps, forging a powerfully colorful experience. Overnight will be in the Þjórsárdalur area.

Day 6  : Sprengisandur (185 mi)

Uninhabited Interior and Highland Desert
Discover hidden parts of the Icelandic interior, exploring the vast and desolate wilderness of the Sprengisandur highland route. Sprengisandur is the longest stretch between the South and North and is passable only during the late summer months. We must bring our own lunch to the Nýidalur mountain hut in the country’s centre, as no services are available on the way. No bridges over the rivers means several river crossings on this rough track. Overnight is in the Lake Mývatn area.

Day 7  : Tjörnes - Ásbyrgi - Dettifoss - Lake Mývatn (173 mi)

Glacial River Gorge – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall - Geothermal Activity - Rich Birdlife
We have an absolutely packed day today with a wild variety of landscapes. We travel through Húsavík town and around the Tjörnes peninsula, the most northern point of our journey. Discover the serene horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi National Park that according to myth, is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the Norse god Óðinn. Continue to thundering Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the expansive Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. The uniquely beautiful nature reserve of Lake Mývatn follows, a paradise for nature enthusiasts and bird watchers. On the “to-do list” are the solfataras at Hverarönd geothermal region, peculiar lava formations and explosive craters at Krafla. Overnight will be in the Lake Mývatn area.

Day 8  : Akureyri - Skagafjörður (173 mi)

Waterfall “Of the Gods” - Iceland’s Second Largest City - Viking Horses
We will visit Goðafoss waterfall today before continuing to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North” and the second largest urban area in Iceland. Spend some free time in Akureyri, which can include a visit to the amazing botanical gardens, the geothermal pool complex, or you can go shopping or relax in a local café. Continue to the Skagafjörður area, renowned for horse breeding as well as being home to many important sites relating to the classic Icelandic Sagas. In the evening, a horseback riding tour on locally bred Iceland horses is optional, or take a regenerating walk in the picturesque surroundings. Overnight in the Hvammstangi area.

Day 9  : Hvammstangi - Eiríksstaðir - Snæfellsnes Peninsula (161 mi)

Fertile Farmlands - Birthplace of Leif Eiríksson - Quaint Fishing Villages
The journey continues through rolling farmlands and across Laxárdalsheiði heath to the Viking Age house at Eiríksstaðir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leifur Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. Then we pass through a series of small fishing villages on the northern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Overnight will be in the Snæfellsnes area.

Day 10  : Snæfellsjökull National Park (167 mi)

Snæfellsjökull Glacier - Sand Beaches - Sea Cliffs with Birdlife - Quaint Fishing Villages
A day in Snæfellsnes National Park. Circle around the legendary Snæfellsjökull glacier, where, according to Jules Verne, is the entrance to the center of the Earth. Continue to the expansive black sea shore of Djúpalónssandur. Stop at the picturesque harbour 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 stay in Reykjavík.

Day 11  : Departure

Your Iceland tour ends here. Please noe that transfers to the airport are not included. 

Notes:

Max Group Size: 19 people
All Departures are Guaranteed!
Optional tours and activities:
Booked via your guide at the start of your tour. 

Day 1: Tour to Blue Lagoon | Flexible time
Day 1: Whale watching from Reykjavík | 2.5 - 3 hours
Day 4: Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 30-40 mins  
Day 8: Horse riding tour in Gauksmýri | 1.5 hours

Children rate:

Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child)

Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.

It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

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.