Iceland Expedition

Hiking Adventures in a Surreal Land


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 Skógafoss waterfall, across the spectacular Dyrhólaey 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.

Fosshotel Vatnajökull
Höfn, Iceland
Day 1 (1 night)
Hotel Klaustur
Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
Day 1 (1 night)
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon, Iceland
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Days 3-6
Jökulsárlón / Vatnaj√∂kull 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, 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 Skógafoss cascade, with its legends of buried treasure, and visit the black-sand beach of Reynisfjara in Vík, considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.

Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon
Jokulsarlon, Iceland
Days 2 to 3 (2 nights)
Hotel Rangá
Hella, Iceland
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Hotel Fludir
Fludir, Iceland
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
ION Adventure Hotel
Nesjavellir, Iceland
Day 6 (1 night)
Days 7-8
Thingvellir National Park

We follow trails through the Reykjadalur, a valley with 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. Depart on Day 8.



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
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


Length: 8 days
Cost From: $6595  
Arrive: Reykjavík, Iceland
Depart: Reykjavík, Iceland
Lodging: 7 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included as indicated in the Detailed Itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
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).