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Ultimate Highland Experience

Period May - September Price from 1.799 US per person

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The adventure of all adventures, exploring the highlands of Iceland and having good time to really enjoy it. This tour includes all the main highland tracks, with an increasing grade of difficulty, so you get trained, so to speak. And of course it includes all the wonderful highlights of Iceland, such as Borgarfjörður, Geysir, Gullfoss, Veiðivötn, Lake Mývatn, Askja, Mt. Snæfell, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk nature reserve.

Highlights

  • Borgarfjörður with the Hraunfossar waterfalls and Iceland’s biggest hot spring
  • Kaldidalur mountain pass – up to 737 m above sea level
  • Þingvellir National Park, the site of Iceland’s ancient parliament.
  • Iceland’s most famous highlights: Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall
  • Þjórsárdalur valley, with its beautiful and romantic valley Gjáin and Háifoss falls.
  • Sprengisandur highland track, where you will have to cross un-bridged rivers
  • Lake Mývatn with all its wonders of nature, including Dimmuborgir Lava Labyrinth and Námaskarð solfataras.
  • Dettifoss waterfall and Jökulsárgljúfur canyon
  • Askja – an old volcano, and the crater Víti, and Mount Snæfell, 1.833m.
  • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with its floating icebergs
  • Skaftafell National park with Svartifoss waterfall
  • Eldgjá, an enormous volcanic fissure
  • The magnificent and colourful area of Landmannalaugar
  • A view of Mount Hekla, Iceland’s most notorious volcano.
  • Þórsmörk Nature Reserve
  • The capital Reykjavík
  • The Blue Lagoon, a warm blue lake where you can take a refreshing bath
  • And many more….

Practical Information

  • This tour is available from June 20 through August
  • It takes 14 nights and 15 days
  • The tour must be driven in a proper 4x4 vehicle, Suzuki Vitara or bigger, or a Lada-Niva. We do not recommend the Suzuki Jimny for highland trips.
  • You will drive from 200 up to 300 km per day, with a total of ca. 2.800 km during the 2 weeks.
  • You move slowly from one hotel to another, sometimes changing hotels and sometimes staying 2 or 3 nights in the same area.
  • For prices, go to the booking sheet. You can check out the prices for the package of your choice without commiting to making a reservation!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Keflavík airport, where you pick up your car. If you arrive in the afternoon, you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon, filled with natural hot water, rich in all kind of minerals. After a refreshing bath in the bizarre surroundings of lava fields and a geothermal plant, you drive to your accommodation in Keflavík or Reykjavík. If your flight arrives late in the evening, you drive straight to your accommodation, but then you will have time to visit the Blue Lagoon on your last day.

Day 2: Today start your tour by driving to Borgarfjörður province. Visit Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s largest hot spring, Reykholt village and Hraunfossar waterfalls, which tumble straight out of the lava. After that, you turn into your first highland track, called Kaldidalur. It’s rather a bumpy road, climbing up to 727 m above sea level. It finally brings you to Þingvellir, a national park, where the ancient parliament was founded in 930. This is also a very interesting spot from a geological point of view, being situated on top of the mid-Atlantic ridge, where the European and American earth crust plates meet. Overnight in the Þingvellir area or in Laugarvatn.

Kaldidalur Highland pass

Day 3: Having explored Þingvellir, you drive via Laugarvatn village to the famous highlights Geysir hot spring area and Gullfoss waterfall. From there, you could opt to drive a while over Kjölur highland track and visit Hagavatn, a small lake at the foot of Langjökull glacier. Return to Gullfoss and continue via the charming gorge of Brúarhlöð to Flúðir. From there, you continue through Þjórsárdalur valley, where you can visit Gjáin waterfall, the ruins of the farm Stöng which was destroyed by volcanic ashes from Mt.Hekla in 1104, the lovely small gorge Gjáin and the waterfall Háifoss.

Háifoss

Day 4: Today you drive a bit into the highlands, to visit Veiðivötn, a wonderful area with many lakes in a volcanic landscape. There are a few good roads through the area. The lakes were formed after a big volcanic eruption in 1480. In the middle of the area, there are a few mountain huts for fishermen. You can also drive to Jökulheimar, where you will find two mountain huts belonging to the Iceland Glaciological Society. This marvellous route through a black lava desert is used a lot by the Icelanders, as stepping stone to Vatnajökull Glacier. Finally you return to civilisation, but only just, because your next overnight is in a guesthouse at the southern edge of the highlands.

Veiðivötn

Day 5: Today there is another highland adventure: you drive over Sprengisandur to the north of Iceland. On the way, you will see the large lakes that provide Iceland’s largest hydropower stations with water, and if the weather is favourable you will get magnificent sights on Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers. In the middle of the highlands you have to cross two large rivers, so some adventure is guaranteed. You will visit the beautiful waterfall Aldeyjarfoss before returning to civilisation. Late in the afternoon you check into a hotel in the Mývatn area for 3 nights.

Hofsjökull

Day 6: A whole day to explore the marvels of lake Mývatn: the Leirhnjúkur and Námaskarð solfataras, Dimmuborgir lava labyrinth, Hverfjall crater, Skútustaðir pseudo-craters and other spectacular sights. Lots of time for walking and little driving: a wonderfully relaxing day. Today, it is also possible to go on an optional whale watching tour from Húsavík village.

Hverarönd solfataras - Mývatn2.6.2.e

Day 7: Today you drive to the national park Jökulsá Canyon, where you can go on some marvellous hikes, visiting the Echo Rocks Hljóðaklettar and Europe’s most powerful waterfall Dettifoss.

Dettifoss

Day 8: A long, but very rewarding day. You head east and after a while south, straight into the wilds, passing the table mountain Mt Herðubreið (1.682 m) on your way to Askja. A hike will bring you to Víti crater, where it is possible to descend on foot and bathe in the lukewarm water. From there you continue east to Egilsstaðir, where you arrive in the early evening. Overnight in the Egilsstaðir for 2 nights.

Lake Öskjuvatn

Day 9: Today you make an excursion into the eastern highlands, driving along lake Lögurinn to the highlands, where you drive past Kárahnúkar, where a new power plant is built. From there you continue to Mt Snæfell (1.833 m) at the north-east corner of Vatnajökull glacier. Return to Egilsstaðir in the late afternoon.

Mt. Snæfell & Vatnajökull

Day 10: From Egilsstaðir, you continue south through Skriðdalur valley and over a mountainous road called Öxi. Then you drive over a winding road along the long fjord of Berufjörður (where you’ll find a lovely waterfall) and on to Djupivogur village. From there, you continue to Höfn, a nice village where you will find an interesting exhibition about Vatnajökull glacier. From here, you also begin to get views of this glacier, which is Europe’s biggest (weather allowing). In the evening, or early the next morning, you might like to make an optional snow-scooter trip on the glacier? Overnight in this area.

Hoffellsjökull

Day 11: This morning, you drive to the famous glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, where you can make a short boat trip among the icebergs, which are floating around in the lake. Then you continue to Skaftafell national park, where we recommend a hike to Svartifoss, a lovely waterfall surrounded by basalt columns. Via Skeiðarársandur outwash plains you finally arrive to the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area where you stay the next 2 nights.

Jökulsárlón

Day 12: Today you make an excursion along a rough mountain track to Laki, a series of craters, which produced an enormous lava flow in 1783, which stopped just outside Kirkjubæjarklaustur village.

Laki

Day 13: Another adventurous day, leaving civilisation again for a while to visit Eldgjá gorge, where you can hike to the charming waterfall Ófærufoss. From there you continue over a rough track to Landmannalaugar, with its many hot springs surrounded by very colourful mountains. Continue through Landssveit to Hvolsvöllur village for overnight.

Mt. Hekla

Day 14: Today you can drive to Þórsmörk nature reserve, where you can go on some very interesting hikes, exploring a gorge where you’ll find a hidden waterfall, climbing a small mountain, or walking through a green valley. Late afternoon you drive to Reykjavík, where you stay overnight.

Reykjavík, Kirkjustræti

Day 15: Depending on the departure time of your flight, you either drive straight to Keflavík airport early in the morning, or you can explore the city at leisure. If you fancy, it is possible to drive in the afternoon or in the early evening to the Blue Lagoon for a swim in the mineral-rich hot water. Finally you return to Keflavík airport where you leave your car and catch your flight.

Note: we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary.


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