The north of Iceland holds the country's best secrets, from Snæfellsjökull, the glacier-capped volcano that inspired Jules Verne's Journey to the Center of the Earth, to brilliant blue Lake Mývatn, surrounded by a geothermal wonderland. We'll head out for spectacular hikes on the Peninsula of the Trolls, along the black-sand beaches and bird cliffs of Snæfellsnes, and through Ásbyrgi Canyon, home to huldufólk (hidden people—Iceland's elves and trolls). We'll finish with whale watching in charming Húsavík, on the lookout for humpback, minke, and blue whales.
Arrive: Reykjavík, Iceland
Depart: Akureyri, Iceland
On the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a realm of wild beaches, fishing villages, lava fields, and peaks jutting out of the sea, we hike around the crater rim of Eldborg Volcano and along a magnificent coastal trail, with ice-capped Snæfellsjökull Volcano as a backdrop.
After visiting the horseshoe-shaped cascade of Godafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, we head to Lake Mývatn, passing through surreal geothermal landscapes of bubbling mudpots. We'll enjoy a thermal soak at Mývatn baths, a smaller version of Reykjavík's famous Blue Lagoon.
Pricing below is per person and based on double occupancy. The earlier you book, the more choice you’ll have. WT also has the most generous cancellation and transfer policies in the industry, we make it easy if you change your mind. Have a small group of your own? Take over an existing date or choose your own. You’ll have your own private guide–and the adventure–all to yourselves!
$600 due at time of reservation
90 days prior to departure: Balance
Up to 91 days prior to departure: No Charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
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Fosshotel Mývatn was designed by award-winning architects and uses low-environmental impact materials, including larch wood and a grass roof that blends in with the surrounding nature. Inside, guests will find a nice lounge, bar, and restaurant, all with fantastic views. Guest rooms incorporate wood and brass furnishings for a sleek...
Day 7 (1 night)
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This trip is rated Level 3+, Moderate to Strenuous, according to our trip grading system. It features daily mountain hikes and hotel accommodations throughout. Hiking poles are highly recommended (we provide poles to those who do not wish to pack their own).
Some of the ascents and descents are steep, and the rugged terrain includes ankle-deep bogs, stony paths, and cross-country travel over open ground. Rain can bring on mud, which makes footing tricky as well. Sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots are essential. Gaiters are not required but will protect your pant legs from getting wet when we hike through boggy areas. Hiking poles are highly recommended (provided).
For your own enjoyment, we recommend you make a special effort to be in good physical condition. Daily brisk walking and/or regular hiking (or using a stair-climbing machine at your gym) are excellent preparatory exercises.
Temperatures should be in the mid 50s, perfect for hiking. The weather can provide spectacular clear days but can also be very wet, cold, and changeable, and we want you to be well prepared for all you may encounter. Icelandic weather is always unpredictable, so you must come prepared for at least some rain and bring appropriate rain gear. It is unlikely that it will be hot. The winds can be strong and very cold, even on sunny days.
The weather will dictate our exact hiking itinerary. Trip members need to remain flexible in consideration of inclement weather that may require changes, such as substituting different hiking routes, canceling hikes, or switching the days of certain hikes.
Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the US. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 pm.
"Great trip, saw the highlights of Northern Iceland, and the hikes were well chosen—good scenery and a good difficulty level for the group."
San Francisco, CA
"A truly amazing trip. Iceland has spectacular landscapes that offer a range of hiking and our leader customized each day to optimize the choices consistent with the weather. We covered seafronts, mountains, area around craters, geysers, and forests awash with flowers and resplendent with birds plus a whale watching trip. Food was brilliant and the best of Iceland."
Portola Valley, CA
"The itinerary was great, with full days of hiking but also time to wander the cities once we got in."
"Iceland is just an amazing place and we saw so much of it in such a short time. And what we saw was just gorgeous and interesting. I can’t recommend the trip highly enough. It was one of the more amazing trips that I have been on with WT. I have to admit I’m a confirmed addict of your trips. They have all enriched my life considerably and I am truly grateful that your company exists."
"I have to admit I’m a confirmed addict of your trips. They have all enriched my life considerably and I am truly grateful that your company exists."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.