Scenic Trails

Explore Iceland with short and easy, daily hikes
10 days
Jun - Sep
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Iceland is an ideal country for soft adventure hikes that take you closer to it's natural wonders. On this small group tour, you will take short, guided, trail hikes in world-famous nature areas as well as lesser known, but equally as fantastic, destinations. These are combined with traditional sightseeing, to help you discover areas such as Asbyrgi (Bastion of the Gods), Thorsmork Nature Reserve, lovely Siglufjordur and more. You´ll also enjoy chances to relax in geothermal hot pots for a perfect way to end your day on scenic trails.

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

Day 1 Arrival in Iceland
On arrival at Keflavik Airport, take the coach transfer to your hotel for overnight in Reykjavík. The city centre is a small area characterised by eclectic and colourful houses, good shopping and dining. Recently established as a haven for food lovers, numerous restaurants are taking advantage of abundant local seafood, meat and game.

Reykjavik also has many wonderful museums including the National Museum, displaying artefacts from the first settlement to the modern age, for an excellent overview of Iceland’s history and culture. The Reykjavik 871+2 Settlement Museum (archaeological) is based around a 10thC Viking longhouse unearthed in 2001. There is also Reykjavik Art Museum and the National Gallery.

Day 2 Reykjavik - Hvalfjordur - Borgarfjordur
Whale Fjord - Highest Waterfall - Elfin Folklore - Powerful Hot Springs
Begin the day with a short, sightseeing tour of Reykjavik. Drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjordur, one of Iceland‘s longest and deepest fjords, en-route to Glymur. Iceland's highest waterfall drops gracefully in streaming ribbons down a 200m drop into a massive canyon adorned in lush, green moss. The fjord and waterfall are linked to a local legend about a mythical whale that swam up the waterfall and into the lake at the top. Eerily enough, whale bones have been found here. Spend some time hiking in the area and enjoy different views of the waterfall and surrounds. Afterwards, visit amazing Hraunfossar (Lava) waterfalls and Deildartunguhver, the most powerful rushing hot springs in Europe. Dinner and overnight in Borgarfjordur area.

Day 3 Borgafjordur - Glanni and Grabrok - Vididalur Valley - Hofsos – Siglufjordur
Elf's Waterfall - Intriguing Crater - Laval Rock Canyon - Seaside Basalt Columns
Start the day getting to know beautiful Borgarfjörður on a refreshing hike, as you visit Glanni, a multi-tiered waterfall rumoured to be home to elves and trolls. Onwards to 3,500 year old Grabrok crater, which has hiking trails taking you to the very top, for remarkable views over moss-covered lava fields. Continue across Holtavorduheidi plateau, the gateway between North and South Iceland, then head to Vididalur Valley and its rushing river. Hike in Kolugljufri, a lava rock canyon that leads to a hidden waterfall, before continuing to Hofsos village, for a short stroll to Stadarbjargarvik inlet to admire the beautifully geometric, basalt columns located right at sea level. Drive to stunning Tröllaskagi (Troll Peninsula) with its amazing views of mountains and fjords, en-route to Siglufjordur town, beautifully situated within the fjord of the same name. Tonight's soak in the hotel's hot tub, offers harbour views. 2 nights in Siglufjordur area.

Day 4 Siglufjordur - Hiking on Troll Peninula - Local Heritage
Herring Era Museum - Scenic Hike - Traditional Meat Soup Dinner
This morning, visit the award-winning Herring Era Maritime Museum, where the harbour atmosphere of the early 20thC is brought to life in three historical buildings.  This afternoon, take and exciting scenic hike led by an expert, local guide. The hike will be determined by the group's general capabilities and trail conditions, with the total hiking time being variable. Those who do not wish to participate can stay behind in Siglufjordur and instead, enjoy a light walk in the village's scenic areas, with the tour leader. Later today, visit the home of a local resident for a traditional, Icelandic, home-cooked meal of hearty meat soup using local ingredients. Tonight offers another opportunity to relax in the hotel's hot tub. 

Day 5 Godafoss - Hverfjall - Lake Myvatn
Waterfall of the Gods - Geothermal and Volcanic Activity - Outdoor Nature Spa
The day begins with wondrous views of mountains and coast, as you travel along Troll Peninsula. Make a short stop in Akureyri, the North Iceland's colourful 'capital', beofre continuing head to picturesque Godafoss (Waterfall of the Gods). On to Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, a geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature, where the ominous peaks of Mt. Hverfjall and Krafla volcano serve as a backdrop. There is still a surprising serenity - ideal for light hiking. Summer is peak season for visiting birdlife and you may even see diverse species, such as the rare Barrow's Golden Eye. First is a hike to Hverfjall crater, the through nearby Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles), with it's rugged stacks of towering rocks. Next is a hike to Mt. Leirhnjukur hot spring area, part of the Krafla volcanic area, with many ancient lava flows and fissures. Afterwards, visit Namaskard geothermal field to see boiling fumaroles and violently bubbling pools of mud. Then we make a stop at Myvatn Nature Baths, with the chance for an optional swim in the warm, soothing waters. Dinner and 2 nights in Myvatn area.

Day 6 Asbyrgi - Jokulsargljufur - Dettifoss
Edge of the Arctic - Horseshoe Canyon - Europe’s Mightiest Waterfall - Echoing Rocks
Today you will hike in the Northern part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest in Western Europe, also named after the local glacier. Start with a trip around Tjornes Peninsula which teems with fosils and sits on the edge of the Arctic Circle, as you discover the vast horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi Canyon. According to Norse mythology, this is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, Odinn‘s magical eight-legged horse. The trail descends with views of a small pond and across the canyon. We then find the entrance to Hljodaklettar (Echo Rocks), a distinctive cluster of angular rock columns whose unique shape create interesting acoustics and echoes, from which the cliffs derive their name. This is near Jokulsargljufur Canyon, in the Northeastern area of the Park, that was carved by a river that once flowed from the glacier. The remainder of the day is spent exploring the lush vegetation and forest areas of Hlodaklettar. Day ends with a visit to Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss, a thundering cascade of glacial water and mist, between shattered cliffs. An easy trail leads down to the waterfall. 

Day 7 Kjolur - Hveravellir – Gullfoss – Geysir
Historical Highland Track - Glacial Views - Geothermal Scenery - Golden Falls and Geysers
Head into Iceland's uninhabited, highland interior, via Kjolur mountain track, a route that harks back to Viking times. Pass between Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers and as you look around, you will see the country's true remoteness and raw nature. This area of black sand deserts, has numerous scenic walking paths, dotted with hidden geothermal treasures and green oases. Stop at Hveravellir, a multi-coloured geothermal field with a natural pool - perfect for a relaxing break. As you continue, the Kjolur Route emerges into civilisation around Gullfoss and Geysir area. Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm is situated on Hvita River, which is fed by Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjokull. Intriguing Geysir area is nearby, a steamy geothermal field of bubbling mud pools and spouting hot springs. 2 nights in Hella area, with dinner on Day 7.  

Day 8 Day in Landmannalaugar
Brilliantly Coloured Wilderness - Hekla Volvano - Hot Springs 
Iceland’s southern uninhabited interior sets a surreal stage for today's adventures and the wilds of Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak reveal geological influences in volcanic craters, multicoloured rhyolite mountains, steaming lava fields and ominous, Hekla volcano. There are many beautiful walking trails in the area, as well as 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 Nature Reserve (Thor’s Playground) is a hidden valley resembling paradise, nestled between two glaciers and shielded by rivers and mountains. On our way there, we stop at Seljalandsfoss, where you can gain a different perspective of the land by walking behind the curtain of cascading water. Once in the Reserve, walk along marked trails in the beautiful scenery of delicate trees and grass, surrounded by towering mountains and glacial tongues. Continue to Reykjavik for overnight.

Day 10 Reykjavik departure
Arrangements end with your coach transfer to Keflavik Airport. 

2018 departures: 17 June; 08, 29 July; 12 August; 02 September.

Group size: maximum 17 persons

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 7 nights in the countryside, breakfast daily; 4 dinners in the countryside (Days 2, 5, 6, 7), Icelandic home visit including meat soup (Day 3), 4 lunch boxes (Days 6, 7, 8, 9), Hike in Siglufjordur area with local guide (Day 3), entrance to the Herring Era Museum (Day 3), Service fee at Landmannalaugar hot springs (Day 8), coach tour (Days 2-9) with English-speaking guide.

Excludes: optional excursions - purchased through your guide when the tour starts.  Blue Lagoon (Day 1 on arrival or Day 9 on departure - flight time dependent), Jeep tour in Lake Myvatn area (2-3.5hrs, Day 5 or 6), Entrance fee at Myvatn Nature Baths (1-2hrs, Day 5), Evening horse-riding (2hrs, Day 7 or 8). 

Tour notes: Hikes range from 1-5 hours and are soft adventures, with an easy to moderate level of difficulty. You do not need to be an expert hiker, but you should be in reasonable, physical shape. Your guide will assess and choose each day's hiking routes, based on the weather and fitness/experience level of the group. The guide also has the right to change hiking routes in the itinerary, dut to weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances. Most hiking paths in Iceland are not paved and have natural surfaces. They may be old sheep tracks and the terrain can be lava rocks, loose gravel, soft dirt and have muddy areas. Hiking poles are highly recommended.

Please note: the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

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Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 6360.00
Single AUD$ 8315.00

The prices shown are for June - August departures

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 7 nights in the countryside, breakfast daily; 4 dinners in the countryside (Days 2, 5, 6, 7), Icelandic home visit including meat soup (Day 3), 4 lunch boxes (Days 6, 7, 8, 9), Hike in Siglufjordur area with local guide (Day 3), entrance to the Herring Era Museum (Day 3), Service fee at Landmannalaugar hot springs (Day 8), coach tour (Days 2-9) with English-speaking guide.

Please note: the price may vary according to your dates of travel.

Price per person FROM:
Double AUD$ 5705.00
Single AUD$ 7196.00

The prices shown are for September departures.

Includes: Return airport transfers; 3 star hotels with private facilities - 2 nights in Reykjavik, 7 nights in the countryside, breakfast daily; 4 dinners in the countryside (Days 2, 5, 6, 7), Icelandic home visit including meat soup (Day 3), 4 lunch boxes (Days 6, 7, 8, 9), Hike in Siglufjordur area with local guide (Day 3), entrance to the Herring Era Museum (Day 3), Service fee at Landmannalaugar hot springs (Day 8), coach tour (Days 2-9) with English-speaking guide.

Please note: the price may vary according to your dates of travel.