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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5295  
Length: 8 days
Arrive: Reykjavik, Iceland
Depart: Reykjavik, Iceland
Lodging: 7 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 8 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, some steep sections, 3-8 hours a day, optional glacier walking, van support


  • Hike in an unearthly landscape of fjords, iceberg-filled lagoons, geysers, and moss-covered lava fields
  • Skaftafell and Thingvellir, with their glaciers, waterfalls, and chasms
  • Soak in Reykjavík’s famous Blue Lagoon
  • Enjoy the “midnight sun” of the north and savory cuisine, from fresh local fish to marinated lamb
  • Relax in small intimate lodges in remote settings

I was pleasantly surprised with the itinerary that we did so much more than just hiking each day. It was a wonderful blend of hiking and seeing the sights—a great immersion into the country allowing us to gain a great appreciation for its beauty and culture.Jeff P.—Rescue, CA

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Iceland is an untamed world of fire and ice, of spouting geysers, blue lagoons, massive glaciers, and multicolored valleys stretching to the sea. Our spectacular adventure immerses you in the full realm of Iceland’s extraordinary landscapes, with fantastic coastal and mountain hikes (and plenty of summit options). The glacier kingdom of Skaftafell National Park, the geologic wonders of Thingvellir National Park, the high valleys and brooding heaths of ancient “saga” country where the rich history of Viking clan warfare played out in the Middle Ages, local treats from arctic char to freshly-caught salmon—they’re all on this journey!

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-2
Reykjavík / Hofn / Vatnajökull Glacier

The Vatnajökull icecap, Europe’s largest glacier, is the backdrop for our hikes between mountain and shore. One hike on a rarely traveled path alongside fascinating geologic formations brings you to the base of the peak of Ketillaugarfjall for spectacular glacier and coastal views.

Days 3-6
Jökulsárlón / Skaftafell National Park / Vík / Skógar

After a hike along stunning Jökulsárlón Lagoon, cross Skaftafellsheidi Heath, passing the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall and skirting the massive Skaftafellsjökull Glacier. In Skógar, enjoy a sampling of beers from a nearby microbrewery, visit the seaside village of Vík, then explore the famed Great Geysir.

Days 7-8
Thingvellir National Park / Blue Lagoon

Explore the Reykjadalur Valley, with its green hills and natural hot springs, and magnificent Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage Site. Enjoy a soak in the milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon, a famed geothermal spring, before departing on Day 8.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous. It features daily mountain hikes and hotel accommodations throughout. The hikes can be considered strenuous because they are on undefined, steep trails or through some rugged terrain. The terrain can be very wet. There are many short but steep parts on our hikes, and much up and down. Sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots are essential. Gaiters are not required but will protect your pant legs from getting wet when we hike through boggy areas. Hiking poles are highly recommended.

Getting in Shape
For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises.

Life on the Trip
We drive to a starting point for our hike and our vehicle picks us up at the end of the hike to drive us to our night’s lodging. Some days combine sightseeing and hiking, but we usually don’t spend more than a couple of hours in the van at one stretch. Where possible, those who are not up for hiking can usually opt out and spend time on their own exploring the small villages where we stay.

Accommodations and Meals
Our nights will be spent at comfortable hotels and inns. Please keep in mind that on this trip we are crossing rural Iceland. The rooms in our hotels and inns will not always conform to international hotel standards and sizes. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the U.S. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Jun 24-Jul 1, 2016  Gunnar Bjorgvinsson
Jul 15-22, 2016  Gunnar Bjorgvinsson
Aug 5-12, 2016  Gunnar Bjorgvinsson
Aug 19-26, 2016  Kristjan Bjorn
Jun 23-30, 2017
Jul 14-21, 2017
Aug 4-11, 2017
Aug 11-18, 2017
Aug 18-25, 2017

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$5295 (13-15 members)
$5595 (10-12 members)
$5995 (8-9 members)
Single supplement: $790
Forced single supplement: $590
Internal airfare: $260 (subject to change) Reykjavik/Hofn
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included
  • A glass of wine or beer with dinner
  • Land transportation, airport transfers for passengers, and sightseeing as noted in the Full Trip Brochure

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessary due to airline schedule changes or other factors, expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Meeting Place:
Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:
Keflavik International Airport, Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF)
Suggested arrival time: anytime one day prior to Day 1
Reykjavik, Iceland
Date: Day 8

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Keflavik International Airport, Reykjavik, Iceland (KEF)
Suggested flight departure time: after 3:00 pm

Hotels in Hofn

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Hofn, Iceland

In Hofn, we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotel Skaftafell

Hotel Skaftafell

Days 3 to 4 (2 nights), Oraefum, Iceland

This lodging is truly in “the middle of nowhere,” near the tongue of the huge Vatnajokull Glacier on the edge of spectacular Skaftafell ...
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Hotels in the Vik area

Day 5 (1 night), Vik, Iceland

In the Vik area, we stay at one of the following properties:

Hotel Ion

Hotel Ion

Day 6 (1 night), Thingvellir, Iceland

With a remote wilderness setting amid lava fields, the Ion offers comfortable guest rooms and tasty meals, mostly locally sourced. Views from the ...
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Radisson Blu 1919

Radisson Blu 1919

Day 7 (1 night), Reykyavik, Iceland

The Radisson Blu 1919 is a modern, well-run hotel with a pleasant staff. Its position in central Reykjavik, between the old harbor and the shopping ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Gunnar Bjorgvinsson

Departure Dates: June 24-July 1, 2016, July 15-22, 2016, August 5-12, 2016

Gunnar Bjorgvinsson, a graduate of the University of Iceland, spends his summers guiding sea kayaking trips and hiking trips in his native Iceland and in the winter teaches classes in wilderness skills. He has a vast knowledge of Icelandic culture and history, from its famous mountain trolls to ...
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Kristjan Bjorn

Departure Dates: August 19-26, 2016

As a nature enthusiast, visual artist, and experienced guide with a love for Iceland’s extreme landscapes, Kristjan Bjorn has led countless excursions in his home country, including many photography tours. Originally from Kirkjubaejarklaustur in the south of Iceland, though currently living ...
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Client Comments

I was pleasantly surprised with the itinerary that we did so much more than just hiking each day. It was a wonderful blend of hiking and seeing the sights—a great immersion into the country allowing us to gain a great appreciation for its beauty and culture. Jeff P., Rescue, CA Really great trip. Relaxing and fun, well thought out, organized. I would definitely take a WT trip again. Aaron W., San Francisco, CA Without a doubt this was the top trip we have taken. The itinerary was varied and the hikes were great. We would do this trip again in a second. Larry A., Wymore, NE Great itinerary and top quality food, and the locations of all the hotels was excellent. Fan X., Jersey City, NJ The trip sought out the best of Iceland. The guides were excellent, with wonderful knowledge of the history, geology, and environment, and the participants were all great companions. Jim Y., Oakville, Ontario, Canada One of the best trips we've ever taken. The beauty of Iceland cannot be surpassed. Paul and Joy K., Phoenix, AZ Iceland is a marvelous country and the itinerary was really, really good—from seaside, through glaciers, waterfalls, then geothermals. It didn't hurt that the weather cooperated mightily. Walter S., Tucson, AZ We fell in love with Iceland. It was really hard to leave such a beautiful country and people. Joyce N., Fort Mohave, AZ I loved Iceland. The geographic diversity from day to day made each hike so different, from glaciers and icebergs to swimming in a hot river. Ken G., Orlando, FL We were both very pleased with the trip. We loved having everything organized for us leaving us free to just enjoy the scenery and relax! Michelle H., Sunnyvale, CA
The trip far exceeded our expectations in beauty. The moss-covered mountains, waterfalls, gorges, and glaciers were truly gorgeous. Ellen and Harvey F., Los Angeles, CA A very well balanced trip with excellent guides. I felt safe and comfortable the entire journey. The hiking was excellent, as was the variety of locations and scenery. Ellen R., Santa Barbara, CA Loved the trip, loved the challenge of the hikes, the scenery, and getting to know Iceland and its culture. Would love to go back and see more. Margie C., Lake Forest, IL Superior trip, excellent leadership. Edgar G., Syracuse, NY Well conceived and well run trip. Iceland’s a fantastic place. Gail L., Chicago, IL A wonderful trip in a beautiful place! Jeff L., Sioux Falls, SD This was our first WT adventure and our first attempt at an active (hiking) vacation. It was a great success on all counts. Lynne F., Hastings, NE This trip gets my highest rating in terms of leadership and management of details. Iceland is a delightful and surprisingly beautiful place to visit. Dennis S., Oakland, CA Iceland is one of the most beautiful and natural places we’ve ever been. Robert V., Virginia Beach, VA This was an amazing trip. I feel like I am still walking the fjords! The beauty of Iceland will never leave me. Thank you! Linda A., Minneapolis, MN

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