Iceland: Mountain Highlights

Witness Iceland’s dramatic landscape

Iceland is a fabulous concoction of diverse natural wonders, which is one of the reasons why it has become a popular destination for those wanting a unique holiday. Affectionately named the ‘Land of Fire and Ice’ due to its unusual environment, Iceland is saturated in significant cultural, historical and geological sites. Uncover the remarkable treasures of Iceland on an escorted walking tour among some of the country’s greatest landscapes. Enjoy a journey through three of the world’s most dramatic national parks, marvel at the curious lava formations and go in search of the ocean’s greatest mammal, the whale. This walking and whale watching tour aims to bring you closer to Iceland’s natural elements and the fascinating wildlife that exists within such extreme climate conditions. Explore the unparalleled vistas, immerse yourself in the warmth of the hot springs and sail on the lagoon among icebergs resembling white peaks of crisp meringues. A trekking adventure in Iceland is a wonderful way to discover the country’s most notable highlights and to admire some of the world’s most spectacular backdrops.

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Day 1 - Flight from UK to Reykjavík

Fly from London Heathrow to Reykjavík.

Day 2 - Geysir-Gullfoss-Skaftafell
Geysir-Gullfoss-Skaftafell

Your Iceland escorted walking tour begins with a trip to the world famous Geysir, often known as the Great Geysir, in Haukadalur Valley. The mighty Strokkur is also located nearby and its powerful jets of water can reach up to 30 metres every five minutes. We continue to Gullfoss waterfall which lies in the canyon of the Hvítá River. Often called the ‘Golden Falls’, Gullfoss is Iceland’s most celebrated waterfall and the clouds which hover above are filled with brightly coloured rainbows, creating a magnificent spectacle.

Your Iceland escorted walking tour continues as we drive along the south coast and across the barren desert, overlooked by craggy peaks and surging waterfalls. Spend the following two nights close to the beautiful Skaftafell National Park.

Meals included: Breakfast , Dinner

Day 3 - Explore Skaftafell
Explore Skaftafell

Today you can spend your Iceland escorted walking tour discovering the rugged landscape and lofty mountains of Skaftafell National Park. This breathtaking park is home to an array of flora and fauna that live among the strikingly colourful scenery. Home to the impressive Svartifoss waterfall, Skaftafell looks even more stunning when it is bathed under the soothing shafts of light of the Midnight Sun. With a variety of scenic hiking trails to explore, Skaftafell National Park is definitely one of the highlights of an Iceland escorted walking tour.

Meals included: Breakfast , Dinner

Day 4 - Vatnajökull – Jökulsárlón – Fljótsdalshérað
Vatnajökull – Jökulsárlón – Fljótsdalshérað

As we journey to the south east enjoy fabulous views of the Vatnajökull glacier which is the largest in Europe. Here you can relax on a boat ride as we sail between the pearly white icebergs on the Jökulsárlón lagoon which mirrors the striking backdrop. The lagoon is brimming with fish such as trout, herring and salmon which invite Arctic terns and hungry seals into the icy water. Next, our Iceland escorted walking tour takes us through the picturesque fjords before arriving at Egilsstaðir, a charming town close to Fljótsdalshérað.

Meals included: Breakfast , Dinner

Day 5 - Mountain Hiking

Today we will discover more of idyllic Iceland on an escorted walking tour among the eye-catching Eastern Mountains as we follow some of the Viking trails that wind up to breathtaking views.

Meals included: Breakfast , Dinner

Day 6 - Askja – Herðubreiðarlindir - Mývatn
Askja – Herðubreiðarlindir - Mývatn

Experience the stillness and serenity of the highlands as we travel to Askja caldera, a volcanic crater caused by falling land which succeeds a volcanic eruption. Inside the caldera lies Öskjuvatn, Iceland’s deepest lake. Admire the striking backdrop of the wilderness as our Iceland escorted walking tour drives us through Herðubreiðarlindir nature reserve, where a series of sparkling springs run. Spend the following three nights in the region of Mývatn.

Meals included: Breakfast , Dinner

Day 7 - Húsavík Whale Watching (weather permitting)

We drive to the pretty shores of Skajalfandi Bay to the town of Húsavík, which has become widely popular for its whale watching trips. With over 23 different species of whale gracing the waters, Húsavík is the whale watching capital of the world. As the traditional wooden boat bobs gently over the undulating waves, make sure you keep your eyes peeled for whales such as minkes, orcas and humpbacked as well as the adorable harbour porpoises. Following this unique experience your Iceland escorted walking tour continues once we arrive at Lake Mývatn. This volcanic area is scattered with unusual lava formations and pseudo craters that lie below towering peaks.  You will also have the opportunity to climb to the lip of the Hverfjall ash crater.

Meals included: Breakfast , Dinner

Day 8 - Hljóðaklettar

Today we take a trip to Hljóðaklettar where overhanging cliffs are engraved with wonderful shapes and patterns caused by lava, and caves here are plentiful. Appreciate the fascinating horseshoe shaped Ásbyrgi canyon which is believed to be the hoof print of Óðinn’s eight-legged horse. Later in the day your Iceland escorted walking tour takes you along the embankment of the Jökulsá River which runs across the awesome Dettifoss waterfall.

Meals included: Breakfast , Dinner

Day 9 - Sprengisandur

As we head south for Sprengisandur our Iceland escorted walking tour visits two of the country’s most exquisite waterfalls, Goðafoss and Aldeyjarfoss. As we drive through the highland desert, outstanding views of faraway ice-caps are presented to us. Arrive at Rangárvallasýsla where we will be based for the next two nights.

Meals included: Breakfast , Lunch , Dinner

Day 10 - Landmannalaugar

Marvel at the deep, rich colours of the rhyolite mountains that nestle among extensive lava fields and make you feel as if you have arrived on an unearthly planet. Whilst at Landmannalaugar you can indulge in a warm, relaxing bath of natural spring water.

Meals included: Breakfast , Dinner

Day 11 - Þingvellir National Park
Þingvellir National Park

Your ultimate day of the Iceland escorted walking tour culminates in a visit to Þingvellir National Park, a historic location where Iceland’s first parliament was established. Absorb the enchanting atmosphere of this jewel in Iceland’s crown and embrace all the fantastic memories which remain with you as you prepare to say goodbye to this exceptional country.

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 12 - Return to Reykjavík

Depart Iceland on a return flight to the UK.

Meals included: Breakfast

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