Hiking Adventures in a Surreal Land

Overview

Nature has outdone herself in Iceland, a world of spouting geysers, blue lagoons, moss-covered lava fields, and multicolored valleys stretching to the sea—the geographic diversity and fantasy landscapes must be seen to be believed. On our journey of coastal, mountain, and glacier adventures, we explore UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park and the brooding heaths of ancient “saga” country, where Viking clans created the world’s first parliament. We’ll hike high above breathtaking Skógarfoss waterfall, across the spectacular Dyrholaey headland, and to the otherworldly black-sand beach at Reynisfjara. We’ll also experience the welcoming Icelandic culture, sampling local delights from arctic char to fresh-caught salmon, and enjoying soaks in geothermally heated mineral waters—join us!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Reykjavík / Höfn / Vatnajökull Glacier

Flowing to the sea through a narrow fjord, Vatnajökull is Europe’s largest glacier and our dramatic backdrop as we hike to the coast among fascinating geologic formations.

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

Waterside trails bring us along stunning Jökulsárlón Lagoon, with its powder-blue icebergs calved from the Breidamerkurjökull Glacier, and we boat between the bergs as we cross the lagoon for our picnic lunch. We also hike across Skaftafellsheidi Heath, past the tumbling Svartifoss waterfall, and across the ice of the Skaftafellsjökull Glacier. In tiny Skógar, we sample beer from a microbrewery, hike up above the breathtaking Skógarfoss cascade, with its legends of buried treasure, and visit the black-sand beach at Reynisfjara, considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.

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Days 7-8
Thingvellir National Park / Blue Lagoon

We follow trails through the Reykjadalur Valley, with its steaming hot springs, and marvel at the spectacular terrain of Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage Site, where we can walk right between tectonic plates. After a soak in the famed thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon, depart on Day 8.

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Highlights

Highlights

Unique hikes in an unearthly landscape of fjords, iceberg-filled lagoons, geysers, and lava fields
Explore Skaftafell and Thingvellir, with their glaciers, waterfalls, and Viking history
Soak in Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, marvel at the long twilight of the midnight sun
Taste savory Icelandic cuisine, from local fish to fresh lamb and crisp Icelandic beer
Enjoy our intimate lodges in beautifully remote settings

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $7495  
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 (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike).

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