Land of Glaciers, Viking Sagas, and the Midnight Sun

Overview

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

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.

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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.

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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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Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5295  
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

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