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Wilderness Highlands & Highlights

12 days
11 nights






$ 5,885.00 (double / twin )
$ 7,160.00 (single )
$ 5,525.00 (triple)
Optional Services
$ 65.00 (GeoSea Geothermal Baths)
$ 105.00 (Roundtrip Transfers)
$ 75.00 (Forest Lagoon Geothermal Spa )

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.  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.


Jun 27, 2024 - Jul 08, 2024 
Jul 04, 2024 - Jul 15, 2024 
Jul 11, 2024 - Jul 22, 2024 
Aug 01, 2024 - Aug 12, 2024 
Aug 22, 2024 - Sep 02, 2024 


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 – Hotel Klettur
Day 2 – Stracta Hotel or Landhotel
Day 3 & 4 – Magma Hotel
Day 5 – Hrauneyjar Highland Hotel
Day 6 – 8 – Country Hotel Narfastadir
Day 9 – Laugarbakki Hotel
Day 10 – Hotel Stykkisholmur
Day 11 – Hotel Klettur


  • Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 11
  • Expert professional local guide from day 2 to day 11
  • Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
  • Tour pick-up from Reykjavik hotel on Day 2 & drop-off at Reykjavik hotel on Day 11
  • 2 nights in a standard room with private facilities at a hotel in Reykjavik
  • 9 nights in a standard room with private facilities at a hotel in the countryside
  • 11 Icelandic breakfast buffets (except arrival day)
  • 9 two-course or buffet-style dinners in the countryside
  • 2 packed lunches (day 6 and 8)
  • Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón Iceberg Lagoon (day 4)
  • Entrance to the Eric the Red Museum (day 10)
  • The Iceland Travel App, which has interesting information about the areas your tour visits
  • Great photo stops
  • Seat rotation during the tour
  • Customer care service during office hours

Highlights & Experience:

  • Discover the beauty and power of Iceland’s highland wilderness, a majestic area that few travelers visit
  • Visit beloved “must see” natural wonders of the Golden Circle region and the Glacier Lagoon
  • Join our expert guide on short walks/hikes that give you more insights into Iceland’s unforgettable natural wonders
  • Catch the adventurous spirit with travel on unpaved mountain tracks in a specially outfitted wilderness tour vehicle


Explore Iceland’s hidden highland beauty as well as famous natural wonders with this popular combination of small group sightseeing and nature walks. Come with us and see the secret wilderness gems that so few visitors ever experience!

Experience the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Iceland’s uninhabited interior. You’ll travel off-the-beaten track in a specially outfitted 4X4 mountain coach through the untamed highlands of Iceland, highlighted by the multi-colored mountains of the Landmannalaugar nature reserve, the volcanic Askja area, and the legendary black sands of Sprengisandur. You’ll also visit  major attractions such as Geysir geothermal area, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall. You will also enjoy short and easy guided nature walks bringing you closer to Iceland’s natural beauty.

We support Icelandic nature! As part of our pledge to preserve Iceland’s fragile nature, all our escorted tours include carbon offsetting through Kolviður, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF)

Day 1  : Arrival

Reykjavik City Hall - Tjornin Pond - Harpa Concert Hall - Reykjavik

Arrival at Keflavik airport. We would be glad to arrange shared or private transfers for you, so let us know at booking time. When you arrive in Iceland, you might enjoy stopping at the Blue Lagoon on the way from the airport to Reykjavik. Again, we’ll be happy to arrange a transfer for you and entrance to the Blue Lagoon.

Dinner this evening is at your leisure. Reykjavik offers many restaurants and 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 (2:00 p.m.), and early check-in is not guaranteed. However, most hotels will be happy to store your luggage if you cannot check in early. 

Overnight in Reykjavik.

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

Famous National Park – Glorious Waterfall – Lively Geysers

After breakfast, meet your tour guide at the hotel. The first stop on our tour is the national park known as Thingvellir, which was home to the world's first parliament. The tremendous continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates also occurs here. Your tour guide will share fascinating information about memorable historical occurrences at Thingvellir.

Drive about an hour to the well-known Geysir geothermal area. There are several more boiling pools and hot springs in addition to Strokkur, the most active geyser, which shoots water several meters into the air every few minutes.

Continue to Gullfoss (known as "Golden Falls"), Iceland's stunning two-stage waterfall. You may enjoy fantastic views of the waterfall from various angles thanks to the easily accessible walkways.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Hella area.

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

Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand

Breakfast at the hotel. Begin the day by traveling down the highway and stopping at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two magnificent waterfalls.

To experience the expansive vistas from Dyrholaey Headland, where hundreds of puffins and other marine birds nest, walk to the black sand beaches (puffins seen between May and mid-August).

Before passing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains produced by flowing water from neighboring glaciers, take time to see the charming settlement of Vik.

After traversing the enormous Eldhraun lava field, the most significant single lava flows documented in the previous 10,000 years, your day ends at the hotel.a

Dinner and overnight stay in 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 we explore the Vatnajokull National Park area, the biggest national park in Western Europe.The day begins with a journey through the picturesque countryside toward Vatnajokull, Europe's biggest glacier. The tallest peak in the nation, Hvannadalshnjukur, will also be visible to you.

The Fjallsarlon and Jokulsarlon lagoons, where enormous icebergs dance around in frigid seawater, will undoubtedly be the day's highlight. Take a Zodiac cruise among the icebergs of Fjallsarlon Lagoon to witness this breathtaking spectacle up close.

You will also see the famous Diamond Beach region, where glistening ice fragments lie on a black sand beach. Then, continue traveling while passing by several Vatnajokull outflow glaciers. Along the way, you'll see stunning views of Skaftafell, a paradise in Vatnajokull National Park with a glacier-topped peak.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

Day 5  : Landmannalaugar (124 mi)

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

It's time to leave the asphalt and travel down the picturesque, arduous Fjallabaksleid interior track to Landmannalaugar, a breathtaking location encircled by colorful rhyolite mountains. Deep valleys and sculpted mountains may be seen in the interior's surreal grandeur, many of which were created by volcanic eruptions beneath glaciers during the Ice Age.

Enjoy a soothing soak in the warm brook formed by the convergence of hot and cold springs after a pleasant stroll around the nature reserve (optional). An actual Icelandic experience!

Because you're traveling on highland wilderness paths today, some of the roads will be rough, but that's all part of the fun! There will be some stunning views today!

Dinner and overnight in the Thjorsardalur area.

Day 6  : Sprengisandur Trail (186 mi)

Wild Heart of Iceland and Black Sand Desert

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, wilderness adventure awaits! It's time to travel across the center of Iceland to the north. Along the Sprengisandur highland route's black sands, uncover the unexplored secrets of Iceland's desert interior. You will rely on your skilled driver to guide you through the treacherous journey between the glaciers because there are only unpaved roads and unbridged glacial rivers. An authentic flavor of Iceland's wild side can be found here. You'll learn more about the mythology and ghost stories associated with this route. One of the most well-known folk tunes in the nation was even inspired by it! 

Your group will travel the Kjolur highland route if Sprengisandur is closed due to poor road conditions. Because you're traveling on highland wilderness paths today, some of the roads will be rough, but that's all part of the fun! There will be some stunning views today!

Dinner and overnight stay in the Myvatn area for the next 3 nights.

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

Magnificent Canyon – Europe’s Mightiest Waterfall – Volcanic Wonderland

Breakfast at your hotel. Today, you will explore Lake Myvatn and the northern region of Vatnajokull National Park. First, we visit the breathtaking Lake Myvatn region, a geological marvel and a birdwatcher's heaven.

Continue to the vibrant Hverarond boiling mud pits and the Krafla volcano's still-warm lava fields, which are rife with lava flows, fissures, and explosion craters. These are two of the area's most peculiar sights.

The trip continues to Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe, situated in the breathtaking Jokulsargljufur canyon. Discover the imposing 100-meter (328-foot) high cliffs of the Asbyrgi Canyon, fashioned like horseshoes. The canyon is said to be the footprint of Sleipnir, the eight-legged magical horse of the Norse god Odinn. The northernmost point of your voyage is the Tjornes peninsula.

Drive to Husavik in the late afternoon if you want to take advantage of the optional geothermal saltwater baths at the GeoSea spa.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area.

Day 8  : The Mighty Askja Caldera (249 mi)

Trip to another Planet – Volcanic Crater Lake – Dragon Valley

Breakfast at the hotel. Today you'll be going to the Askja caldera, a submerged crater in the Odadahraun desert region of Vatnajokull National Park. Due to its remoteess and unearthly landscape, Askja was a training site for astronauts who embarked on moon missions in the 1960s and 1970s .

The stunning Herdubreid, Iceland's Queen of Mountains, with her magnificent table-shaped peak, will be visible throughout your path. See the sizable Askja caldera, created by a volcanic explosion during the last Ice Age. You'll also go to Lake Askja, surrounded by mountains and was created by a strong volcanic eruption in the 19th century. The same eruption also produced Viti, also known as "the doorway to Hell," an impressive crater. It is a remarkable sensation to stand at the crater's edge and observe its enormous size and the gorgeous turquoise water. You will also head to Drekagil during the day, known for its bizarrely shaped lava formations.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area.

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

Day 9  : Along the Arctic Coastway (186 mi)

Waterfall “Of the Gods” – The Capital of the North – Scenic Historical Fjord

Breakfast at your hotel. Today we take the Arctic Coast Way, Iceland's first scenic byway. In contrast to the raw beauty of the highlands you have been enjoying the past several days, the route takes you along the lovely coastline and through peaceful communities.

One of the most stunning waterfalls in the nation, Godafoss ("Waterfall of the Gods"), is a great place to start your adventure.

Next, we will stop in Akureyri, the thriving "Capital of the North," and enjoy some free time to stroll around this vibrant and inviting city. A visit to the lovely botanical park and dining in the Listagil artists' quarter are just a few possible activities.

We continue to the Troll Peninsula (Trollaskagi), where the rocky terrain resembles frozen trolls. Be prepared with your camera for the spectacular sights where the vast Arctic Ocean meets rocky terrain. Additionally, you'll savor the views of the little, vibrant fishing towns nestled within the breathtaking scenery. One of these communities is Siglufjordur, the scene of a fascinating herring "gold rush" in the 20th century. The community is renowned for its outdoor activities, including summer hiking and winter skiing.

We drive further to the historic center of Icelandic horse breeding, Skagafjordur. Many historic locations from the well-known Viking-age Sagas can be found in this fjord.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.

Optional tour – You can book and pay for this activity in advance for your convenience and to ensure a spot for you. Let us know during the booking process.

Forest Lagoon geothermal baths – Soak in the naturally hot pools while enjoying the spectacular forest and fjord view | Duration: flexible | Includes: Bathing fee and towel | Not included: Swimsuit rental
Day 10  : Vatnsnes Peninsula - Hvammstangi – Eiriksstadir (155 mi)

Historical Farmlands – Mysterious Scenic Peninsula – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson

Breakfast at your hotel. The Arctic Coast Way emphasizes the fascinating and untamed treasures that border the Arctic Circle. One of them is the off-the-beaten-path Vatnsnes Peninsula. Here, the water and the sky appear to merge, and the views in the distance are breathtaking. The remarkable rock formation is known as Hvitserkur, 49-foot (15-meter) high cliff that protrudes directly into the ocean, and local seals rest on the beach.

The Viking Age residence at the Eric, the Red Museum, can be reached by driving over rolling fields and across Laxardalsheidi heath in the afternoon. This was Eric the Red's original homestead and the spot where his son Leifur Eiriksson was born. These two men are the most famous Vikings in history. Meet contemporary Vikings who will demonstrate crafts and pastimes from 1.000 years ago in a recreated grass-roofed home.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Snaefellsnes area.

Day 11  : Snæfellsjökull National Park (193 mi)

Snaefellsjokull Glacier – Pebble Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife

Breakfast at your hotel. You will spend the day discovering the astounding variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsjokull National Park. The Snaefellsjokull glacier, located on top of a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD, is the park's jewel.

You'll also view Kirkjufell, one of Iceland's most famous mountains. Take a stroll around the Djupalonssandur beach's distinctive pebbled seascape. Arnarstapi is a charming port village where you will see stunning basalt rocks stacked in unique forms and walk along the impressive hiking track connecting the two ancient settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar.

We return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon. At your accommodation, say goodbye to your guide.

Overnight in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

Day 12  : Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. 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!

Options: Transfers


  • 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 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
  • A minimum of 3 participants is required to guarantee each departure
  • Good to Know: Days 2 – 11: Each day there generally will be no more than 45 minutes to one-hour driving between each tour stop. Your tour vehicle will generally arrive at your next night’s accommodation in the late afternoon.