Iceland Private Journey

Hiking Adventures in a Surreal Landscape

Overview

Icebergs drifting in blue lagoons, black-lava beaches, bubbling mud pots, multicolored rhyolite valleys stretching to the sea—Iceland’s fantasy landscapes must be seen to be believed. With your private guide, start your explorations on the South Coast, with its massive waterfalls and glacial lagoons, then circle up to North Iceland, a moonscape of volcanic terrain with idyllic seaside villages and a whale-inhabited coastline. Take a Zodiac ride in stunning Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, hike to Skogafoss, one of Iceland’s biggest waterfalls, walk on the ice of the Falljökull Glacier, and keep an eye out for wild reindeer in the Eastfjords. In the moonscape surrounding brilliant-blue Lake Mývatn, walk on lava fields, hike in  Ásbyrgi Canyon, home to huldufólk (hidden people—Iceland’s elves and trolls), then finish with whale watching in charming Húsavík, on the lookout for humpback, minke, and blue whales. Delights along the way on this private journey include fresh-caught salmon and Arctic char. Fun add-on options include soothing soaks in some of Iceland's famed geothermal pools, and a puffin tour at Cape Ingólfshöfði, an isolated headland on the South Coast.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
South Coast / Reykjanes Peninsula / Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon / Skaftafell National Park

On the Reykjanes Peninsula, a UNESCO Global Geopark, visit the fishing village of Grindavík and the spectacular boiling mud pots at Krýsuvík. Hike to the base of the soaring Skógafoss waterfall, and explore the Dyrhólaey headland, rising a sheer 400 feet above the sea. At Skaftafell National Park, hike across Skaftafell heath and take a walk on the Falljökull Glacier. Breathtaking Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is the place to watch sculpted icebergs drift across an ethereal lagoon into the Atlantic. If you wish, you can add on an excursion to swim and soak at the Blue Lagoon and take a puffin tour at Cape Ingólfshöfði, an isolated headland on the South Coast.

Icelandair Marina Hotel
Reykjavík, Iceland
Day 1 (1 night)
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon, Iceland
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 4-5
Vatnajökull National Park / The Eastfjords

In a full day of exploring Vatnajökull, enjoy an exciting Zodiac tour of Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Iceland’s most spectacular lake. Crossing the Eastfjords, keep an eye out for wild reindeer (sometimes spotted from the road). This stretch of Iceland is known for its working fishing villages and breathtaking coastline. An optional add-on is a relaxing soak at the Vök Baths, Iceland’s first “floating” geothermal pools.

Fosshotel Vatnajökull
Höfn, Iceland
Day 4 (1 night)
Fosshotel Eastfjords
Faskruðsfjorður, Iceland
Day 5 (1 night)
Days 6-7
Northern Iceland / Dettifoss / Ásbyrgi Canyon / Krafla / Lake Mývatn

Head north to Mývatn by way of Dettifoss, the most powerful waterfall in Europe, then visit the Hljooakletter Echo Rocks, where you’ll hike amid spectacular columnar basalt formations. Enjoy the wonder of Ásbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped glacial canyon alive with Viking legends, and in the moonscape of the Krafla area, hike across multicolored lava fields. An option to soak in the nature baths at Lake Mývatn is available.

Fosshotel Mývatn
Mývatn, Iceland
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)
Days 8-10
Húsavik / Whale Watching / Goõafoss / Akureyri

The pretty town of Húsavik is Iceland’s whale-watching capital. Enjoy a wonderful whale-watching adventure, on the lookout for minke, humpback, and perhaps even blue whales. Head to the city of Akureyri, just 50 miles from the Arctic Circle, by way of the stunning Goõafoss waterfall, known as the “Waterfall of the Gods”. An optional add-on is a soothing soak in the mineral-rich sea water of the GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths. Depart from Akureyri on Day 10.

Fosshotel Húsavík
Húsavík, Iceland
Day 8 (1 night)
Hotel Kea
Akureyri, Iceland
Day 9 (1 night)

OPTIONAL ADD-ONS INCLUDE:

  • Swim and soak at Blue Lagoon
  • Puffin Tour
  • Vok Baths
  • The nature baths at Lake Mývatn
  • GeoSea Geothermal Sea Baths

Highlights

Highlights

With a private guide, enjoy exploring an unearthly landscape of canyons, iceberg-filled lagoons, and magnificent coasts
Stay in well-located hotels, soak in geothermal hot springs
Go whale watching on a wooden ship with an electric engine—no noise or fumes
Hike on a glacier, explore by Zodiac, sample savory Icelandic cuisine of fresh-caught fish

Details

Length: 10 days
Cost From: $7695  
Arrive: ReykjavÍk, Iceland
Depart: Akureyri, Iceland
Lodging: 9 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

Easy to moderate walks and hikes, some steep sections, van support