Scenic Trails

Explore Iceland with daily short and easy hiking
10 days
Jun - Sep
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Iceland is an ideal country for soft adventure hiking, with fantastic trails that take you closer to beautiful natural wonders.  This small group tour invites you to take guided short hikes on trails in both world-famous nature areas as well as lesser known, but equally fantastic, destinations.  Enjoy an ideal combination of traditional sightseeing and refreshing short hikes that help you discover more of each area.   Explore fantastic places such as Asbyrgi (Bastion of the Gods) and Thorsmork Nature Reserve.  Through this journey you’ll discover local culture and atmosphere, including a visit to the lovely town of Siglufjordur.  You´ll also enjoy chances to relax in geothermal hot pots, a perfect way to end a fun day on scenic trails.

The hiking ranges from easy to moderate, or approximately 1-3 on a scale of 5. Each day your guide will select an appropriate route for the group, taking into account the weather and the fitness/experience level of the group.

Maximum group size: 17 people

                                             

Day 1 Arrival In Iceland
Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer to your hotel. Overnight stay in Reykjavík. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping, dining and drinking. Reykjavík has recently established itself as a haven for food lovers, with numerous restaurants taking advantage of the abundance of local seafood, meat and game.

Reykjavik has many wonderful museums including the National Museum displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, giving an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture, the Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum, an archaeological museum based around a 10th-century Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001, the Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Hvalfjordur: Borgarfjordur, Tallest Waterfall,  Elfin Folklore  & Ancient Crater
Begin the day with a short orientation tour of Reykjavik. Drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjordur Fjord, one of Iceland‘s longest and deepest, on the way to Glymur. This is Iceland's highest waterfall, which descends gracefully in streaming ribbons down a 200-metre drop into a massive canyon adorned in lush, green moss. Both the fjord and the waterfall are linked to a local legend about a mythical whale that swam up the waterfall into the lake at the top.  Eerily enough, whale bones have been found here!  Spend some time hiking in the area to enjoy different views of the waterfall and surrounding nature. Before heading to your overnight accommodation, you will also visit the amazing Hraunfossar “’Lava” waterfalls and the Deildartunguhver, the most powerful rushing hot springs in Europe.Overnight in the Borgarfjordur area.

Day 3  Reykir - Hofsos – Siglufjordur :Viking Folklore, Borgarfjordur, Elven waterfall,  Intriguing Crater, Lava Rock Canyon & Basalt Columns
Start the day getting to know beautiful Borgarfjörður on a refreshing hike. The hike will take you to visit Glanni, a multi-tiered waterfall rumoured to be a home for elves and trolls. You will then visit the 3,500 year old Grabrok crater, which has hiking trails taking you to the very top of the crater, for remarkable views over moss-covered lava fields. Continue your scenic journey as you cross Holtavorduheidi plateau, the gateway between North and South Iceland. Head to the Vididalur Valley and its rushing river. Here you will hike in Kolugljufri, a lava rock canyon that leads to a hidden waterfall. Continue to the charming village of Hofsos and take a short stroll down to Stadarbjargarvik inlet, to admire the group of beautifully geometric basalt columns located right at sea level. Drive on to the stunning Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula) with its amazing views of mountains and fjords, en route to Siglufjordur, a town beautifully situated within the fjord of the same name. 2 nights in the Siglufjordur area.

Day 4 Siglufjordur:  Herring Era Museum - Remote Mountain Hiking
 In the morning visit the award-winning Herring Era Museum, where the harbour atmosphere of the early 20th century is brought to life in three historical buildings.  Then start today’s hiking which focuses on exploring a local favourite spot, the Siglufjardarskard Pass. In the old days, a horse trail was created for local farmers to travel over the mountains to Siglufjordur .  Today the trail has become a hiking route, yet one that is not often used.  You will feel a sense of discovery as you hike through the area.  Those who do not wish to participate in the hike can stay behind at Siglufjordur, and instead enjoy a light walk in the scenic areas around the village with the tour group guide, or just relax and enjoy the country quiet. Later today visit the home of a local resident, for a home-cooked meal of hearty and traditional Icelandic meat soup, featuring local ingredients.

Day 5 Godafoss – Hverfjall – Lake Myvatn: Waterfall of the Gods - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Outdoor  Spa
The day begins with a short stop in Akureyri, the colourful “capital” of North Iceland.  After some time to enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town, head to picturesque Godafoss, ‘Waterfall of the Gods’. The journey continues to the Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, a geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature. With the ominous peaks of Mt. Hverfjall and Krafla volcano as a backdrop, Lake Myvatn has a surprising serenity that is ideal for light hiking. Summertime is peak birding season, so it‘s good to have some binoculars on hand to catch diverse species, possibly even the rare Barrow´s golden eye. Take a walk through the imposing Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles), with their rugged stacks of towering rocks.

Next, hike up to Mt. Leirhnjukur hot spring area, which is part of the Krafla volcanic area and has many ancient lava flows and fissures. Afterwards, visit Namaskard geothermal field to view boiling fumaroles and violently bubbling pools of mud. Then make a stop at the Myvatn Nature Baths, where you can see how the locals benefit from the geothermal activity.  2 nights in the Myvatn area.

Day 6 Asbyrgi - Jokulsargljufur - Dettifoss:Forested Area – Europe’s Largest National Park & Mightiest Waterfall
Travel around the fossil-rich Tjornes Peninsula, on the edge of the Arctic Circle, en route to the enormous horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi National Park. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the god Odinn‘s magical eight-legged horse.  Continue onwards to the entrance to Hljodaklettar or ‘Echo Rocks’, a distinctive cluster of angular rock columns. The unique shape of the rocks creates interesting acoustics and echoes, from which the cliffs derive their name.  Hlodaklettar is near Jokulsargljufur Canyon, which is the northeastern area of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Western Iceland. The Jokulsargljufur region of the park gets its name from its glacial-river-canyon; it is aptly named, as it is Iceland‘s longest river canyon. Spend the remainder of your afternoon exploring the lush vegetation and forested areas of Hlodaklettar.  The day ends with an unforgettable visit to Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss, a thundering cascade of glacial water and mist among shattered cliffs.  

Day 7 Kjolur - Hveravellir – Gullfoss – Geysir:Highland plateau – Geothermal Scenery - Waterfall Queen & Geyser King
Today you will head into the uninhabited interior via Kjolur mountain track.  This route goes back to Viking times and heads straight through Iceland’s uninhabited interior highlands, passing between the mighty Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers.   You will see Iceland‘s true remoteness and nature at its rawest. This area of black sand deserts has numerous scenic walking paths along the way, dotted with hidden geothermal treasures and green oases. Stop at Hveravellir, a multi-coloured geothermal with a natural pool that is perfect for a relaxing break.

The Kjolur highland route emerges into civilization again in the Gullfoss and Geysir area, Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm is situated on the Hvita River, which is fed by Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjokull. The intriguing great geysir area is nearby, a steamy geothermal field of bubbling mud and high-shooting hot springs. 2 nights in the Hella area. 

Day 8 Day in Landmannalaugar:Untouched Interior – Hekla Volcano – Hot Springs
Iceland’s southern uninhabited interior sets a surreal stage for today's adventure. The uninhabited wilderness of Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak reveal geological influences in volcanic craters, multi coloured rhyolite mountains, steaming lava fields, and the ominous Hekla volcano. There are many beautiful walking trails in the area, and a crater-filled lake lush with brown trout.  Enjoy the benefits of this geothermal area with a refreshing swim in Landmannalaugar´s hot-spring fed river, one of the less frequented but most scenic springs in Iceland.

Day 9 Thorsmork - Seljalandsfoss – Reykjavik:Thor’s Playground – Glacial Views – Walk Behind a Waterfall
Thorsmork, also known as Thor’s Playground, is a hidden valley resembling paradise, nestled between two glaciers and shielded by rivers and mountains. On our way to Thorsmork we stop by Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can gain a different perspective by walking behind the curtain of cascading water. Once within the Nature Reserve, walk along marked trails in the beautiful scenery of delicate trees and green grass, surrounded by towering mountains and glacial tongues. We continue on to Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Day 10 Departure
Arrangements end with your return transfer to Keflavik airport by coach.

Departures 2017: June 18; July 09 (few seats available) & 30; August 13 (few seats available); September 03

Maximum group size 17 persons / minimum group size 2 persons

Your stay in Reykjavik can be extended either before or after the tour - please enquire

Includes: return airport transfers, 8 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavík, accommodation with daily breakfast and with private facilities 7 nights in countryside, 4 dinners in the countryside (days 2,5, 6 and 7), Icelandic meat soup in Siglufjordur (day 3), 4 lunch boxes (day 6, 7, 8 and 9), Hike over Siglufjardarskard Pass with local guide (day 3), entrance to the Herring Era Museum (day 3).

Excludes: optional excursions, booked with your guide at the start of your tour:
Day 5 or 6:   Jeep tour Lake Myvatn area 2.5 - 3.5 hrs
Day 5:  Myvatn Nature Baths| 1-2 hrs
Day 7 or 8:  Horse riding 2 hrs
Day 7 or 8:  Super jeep tour to Vík Village & black sand  4 hrs
Day 1 or 10:  Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure  2-4 hrs
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Hikes range from 1-5 hours.  These are soft adventure hikes with intermediate (moderate) level of difficulty. Participants do not need to be expert hikers, but they should be in reasonable physical shape.  The guide will assess and choose the hiking routes for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of the group. The guide has the right to change hiking routes in the itinerary based on weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Most hiking paths in Iceland are not paved.  Hiking paths have natural surfaces, sometimes based on old sheep tracks.  Trail terrain can have lava rocks, loose gravel, soft dirt and muddy areas.  Hiking poles are highly recommended.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 4850.00
Single AUD$ 6109.00

Includes: return airport transfers, 8 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavík, accommodation with daily breakfast and with private facilities 7 nights in countryside, 4 dinners in the countryside (days 2,5, 6 and 7), Icelandic meat soup in Siglufjordur (day 3), 4 lunch boxes (day 6, 7, 8 and 9), Hike over Siglufjardarskard Pass with local guide (day 3), entrance to the Herring Era Museum (day 3).

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