Central Highlands Hiking Tour
The central highlands of Iceland are a place of wonders. Here we aim to uncover the magic of black deserts, colorful geothermal mountains and glaciers. To acheive this goal we will travel many of Iceland´s most famous mountain tracks like Kjölur and Sprengisandur. In between we will use our legs to explore different areas like the colorful geothermal mountains of Kerlingafjöll andLandmannalaugar. The magic ef lake Mývatn, the mystique beauty of the volcano Askja and Iceland´s newest lava at Holuhraun just north of the great Vatnajökull glacier are also ours to discover on this extraordinary highland tour!
This is a fantastic tour, very exclusive as the highland is just accessible for few weeks every year and this tour is always sold out very quickly.
- Fully guided hiking tour in the highlands of Iceland
- See Kjölur, Sprengisandur, Kerlingafjöll and Landmannalaugar
- Experience Volcanoes, Glaciers and Geothermal Baths
TOUR ITINERARY - 9 NIGHTS
Day 1 - Arrival
Arrival at Keflavík Airport, individual bus transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík. You may want to start your adventure with a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (if flight time allows) or explore Reykjavík. We will send you plenty of ideas of the "must see's" in the city.
Enjoy Reykjavík by night.
Day 2 - The Golden Circle
Early morning departure from Reykjavík, pick up from your hotel where you will meet your guide and fellow travelers on tour. We head towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park. After a short hike there the road takes us to Geysir geothermal area before continuing to the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Next, the highland track of Kjölur brings us to Kerlingarfjöll mountains one of Iceland´s greatest geothermal area.
Spend the night in a remote hut.
Driving: 4 hrs
Walking: 3 hrs combining several stops.
Day 3 - Mountains and Glaciers
Today is spent exploring the magnificent landscape of Kerlingarfjöll by foot. Here you will see the amazing contrast of snow and ice and the hot springs are painted in their fullest glory, in a colorful landscape of red, yellow, ochre brown rhyolite mountains. We enjoy the views towards Iceland’s second and third largest glaciers of Hofsjökull and Langjökull.
Spend the night in a hut.
Walking: 6 to 7 hrs
Day 4 - Kjölur and Lake Mývatn
On the Kjölur track we continue northwards to Hveravellir where one of Iceland´s finest hot spring zone is to be found. There a short stop will allow us to enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural hot pool enjoying the nature around us. From Hveravellir the track slowly descends north to Skagafjörður where we turn east towards Akureyri and the region of Lake Mývatn, stopping by at the Goðafoss waterfall.
We will spend the night at a hostel.
Day 5 - Volcanoes and Craters
This is a day devoted to the exploration of the famous nature reserve Lake Mývatn. First we will walk up to the Hverfjall crater and over to the black lava formations at Dimmuborgir before heading to the Krafla volcano for a second walk. On the way to Krafla we will take an obligatory stop to take a look at the solfataras of Námaskarð. The Krafla area had nine different eruptions from 1975 to 1984 and the lava is still warm in places, emitting steam creating an otherworldly atmosphere.
Night at a hostel.
Driving: Approx.2 hrs.
Walking: 6 hrs
Day 6 - Herðubreið and Askja
Today we will be heading back into the highlands we pass by the Nature reserve of Herðubreiðarlindir and its crystal clear springs. At Herðubreiðarlindir an ingenious outlaw survived a hard winter by using his skills and the endless supply of clean water. Even though we might not be happy with his amenities today it is still a sight to see. In the afternoon we tie up our boots on and walk over the Dyngjufjöll mountains enjoying the strange feel of the otherworldly landscape. Once on the rim of the Askja caldera spectacular views are ours to enjoy and Askja´s a mystical aura won’t leave anyone untouched. Before leaving this magical place it is possible to bath in the crater Víti (21 to 24°C).
Spend the night at Drekagil hut.
Driving: 4 hrs.
Walking: 4 hrs
Day 7 - Lava fields and Black sand deserts
Today the infamous track of Gæsavötn is on the agenda. The crossing of the deserts north of the Vatnajökull will be quite a challenge for our 4x4 minibus. This rough track leads through lava fields and black sand deserts, past craters of all sizes, through rivers and over rocks. The mighty Vatnajökull glacier is our constant companion throughout the day and the extraordinary Urðarháls crater is a must visit.
Continuing on we arrive at the central Highlands at Nýidalur. In Nýidalur, the new valley (800 m.s.l.) over 50 vascular plants have been found, making it quite an oasis in this vast black desert.
Night in a mountain hut.
Day 8 - Fjallabak Nature Reserve
We will be continuing our track from Nýidalur through the largest sand deserts in Iceland with stunning views to glaciers and mountains in the distance. Coming down into the Fjallabak Nature Reserve we arrive at Landmannalaugar where we spend a few hours walking to enjoy the colors of this world famous rhyolite massif.
Night in a mountain hut at Landmannalaugar.
Driving: 4 hrs.
Walking: 3-4 hrs
Day 9 - Landmannalaugar
We will spend the day exploring the incredible surroundings of Landmannalaugar and take a dip in the thermal river before we take the bus back to Reykjavík.
Arrival in the evening, night in Reykjavík.
Day 10 - Departure
Depending on your flight time you might want to explore the city in the morning or visit the world famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa on route to the airport if you have not had the chance on your arrival day.
Depart for home.
Departure dates for summer 2017:
|18.07.2017||From £2895* per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room|
|15.08.2017||From £2895* per person based on 2 people sharing a double/twin room|
*Price is subject to avilability
- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Return airport transfer
- 2 nights accommodation in Reykjavík (before and after tour) 3 star standard hotel including breakfast
- 7 nights in the country side during tour, mountain hut sleeping bag (5 nights) and hostel accommodation (2 nights) including breakfast, lunch and dinner
- 8 day fully guided tour in English/German, small group tour with transport by highland truck
- 3-7 hours moderate hike/walking per day during tour (difficulty 2-3 out of 5)
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"
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