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Hiking Adventures in the Uncrowded North


The north of Iceland holds some of the country’s most extraordinary landscapes, from towering Snaefellsjökull (4,745'), the volcano that inspired Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth, to brilliant blue Lake Mývatn, surrounded by a geothermal wonderland. With our Icelandic Trip Leaders, we explore this legend-filled realm—the place where Icelanders go to hike! Our trails bring us to the glacier-carved Peninsula of the Trolls, along the black-sand beaches and bird cliffs of Snaefellsnes, and through magical Ásbyrgi Canyon, home to the “hidden people” (or huldufólk), Iceland’s elves and trolls. We finish with whale watching from charming Húsavík, on the lookout for humpback, minke, and blue whales, gliding in silence thanks to the ship’s electric engine. Come and discover Iceland’s wild north!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-2
Reykjavík, Iceland / Snaefellsnes Peninsula / Búdir

From Reykjavík, we head to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, with its stunning coastline and peaks plunging into the sea. Our hikes bring us around the perfect crater rim of Eldborg volcano and along a magnificent coastal route with Snaefellsjökull as a backdrop. Overnights are in a welcoming inn renowned for its cuisine.

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Days 3-4
Eiríksstadir / Akureyri / Tröllaskagi Peninsula

En route to Akureyri, we visit Eiríksstadir, the exact spot where Erik the Red and his son Leif Eriksson lived, for insights into the Viking era. From the coastal village of Dalvík, we hike in the surreal mountains of the Tröllaskagi Peninsula (“peninsula of the trolls”), with its legends of mythical creatures.

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Days 5-6
Lake Mývatn / Krafla Volcano

After visiting the thundering cascade of Godafoss, we hike amid Dimmuborgir’s volcanic arches and along the colorful lava flows at Krafla. We’ll enjoy a soak in the thermal waters near Lake Mývatn, a remote and much more local version of Reykjavík’s “Blue Lagoon.”

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Days 7-8
Vatnajökull National Park / Dettifoss / Húsavík / Whale Watching

In Vatnajökull, we see the enormous Dettifoss waterfall and hike past columnar basalt formations into Ásbyrgi Canyon, known in Icelandic legend as the “shelter of the gods.” Our journey ends with silent whale watching aboard a ship with an electric engine—no noise! Depart via Akureyri on Day 8.

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Hike across a pristine landscape of waterfalls, lava fields, volcanic craters, and magnificent seacoasts
Explore Lake Mývatn, with its thermal waters and amazing lava formations
Go whale watching on a wooden ship with an electric engine—no noise or fumes
Stay in welcoming hotels, savor fresh seafood, enjoy extraordinary cuisine at Hotel Búdir


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $7495  
Arrive: Reykjavík, Iceland
Depart: Akureyri, Iceland
Lodging: 7 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

7 hiking days on moderate to strenuous trails, some steep sections, 4-8 hours a day, van support (for luggage or if you wish to skip a day’s hike)

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