Massive Glaciers, Viking Sagas, and the Midnight Sun

Overview

Nature reigns supreme in Iceland, a world of spouting geysers, blue lagoons, massive glaciers, and multicolored valleys stretching to the sea. We’ve created a spectacular adventure that immerses you in the full wonder of Iceland’s extraordinary landscapes, with a mix of 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, culinary delights from arctic char to fresh-caught salmon—they’re all on this epic journey!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Reykjavík / Höfn / Vatnajökull Glacier

Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier, is the dramatic backdrop for our hike on a remote path among fascinating geologic formations with spectacular views across the wild coast.

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

Our hikes bring us along stunning Jökulsárlón Lagoon, with its powder-blue icebergs, across Skaftafellsheidi Heath, past the tumbling Svartifoss waterfall, and below the Skaftafellsjökull Glacier. In the gorgeous hamlet of Skógar, we sample beers from a local microbrewery, discover one gorgeous waterfall after another, and visit the black-sand beach at the tiny village of Vík.

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Days 7-8
Thingvellir National Park / Blue Lagoon

We hike in the Reykjadalur Valley, with its steaming hot springs, and marvel at the spectacular terrain of Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage Site renowned for its dramatic rift walls. After a soak in the famed thermal waters of the Blue Lagoon in Keflavík, depart 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
Explore Skaftafell and Thingvellir, with their glaciers, waterfalls, and chasms
Take a fascinating glacier walk (with crampons provided!) on Iceland’s most impressive glacier in a magical setting of crystal-blue ice and ice sculptures
Soak in Iceland’s famous Blue Lagoon, marvel at the midnight sun
Taste savory Icelandic cuisine, from fresh local fish to marinated lamb
Enjoy our small intimate lodges in beautifully remote settings

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5995  
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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