THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK
We’re up at the crack of down to climb Úlfarsfell Mountain with our Super Jeep for a great view over the capital area. We’ll visit Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall along the way. While wandering lava caves, we’ll learn about the dramatic geology that has shaped Iceland.
GEYSER HOT SPRING, GULLFOSS WATERFALL, WHITE WATER RAFTING
The real excitement is yet to come: after a quick lunch stop in the tiny village of Laugarvatn, we’ll meet our white water rafting instructors at the Hvíta River. All equipment, safety gear and clothing are provided. After our river fun, we head down through the valleys to our home for 3 nights at Hotel Hekla.
HEKLA VOLCANO, EYJAFJALLAJOKULL, HIKING, CRATERS
From the hotel, we have great views of the two famous volcanoes Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. Today we are headed to Hekla for a hike up to the craters, including a special one called “The Red Bowl.” After our climb, there we will break for a beautiful picnic lunch.
LANDMANNALAUGAR, NATURAL HOT SPRING
Moving on, we advance through spectacular landscape passing lava fields and colorful mountains all the way to Landmannalaugar for an inspiring two hour hike. We’ll top it all off with a hot bath out in the natural hot springs.
The day starts off with a drive through the towns of Hella and Hvolsvöllur, home to the Saga Centre dedicated to Njál’s saga. We’ll check out the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, with a walk behind the thundering curtain of water.
THORSMORK, CROSSING RIVERS IN SUPER JEEPS
Next up is Thórsmörk, named after the Norse god Thor. Thórsmörk deserves its reputation as the “Valley of the Gods,” and is one of Iceland’s favorite travel locations. Crossing rivers in our Super Jeep, we will see where the floods from the Eyjafjallajökull crater came down in 2010.
Hiking along trails and into the river canyon of Stakkaholtsgjá, we’ll have a picnic lunch before heading out on a horseback riding expedition into the countryside with Iceland’s famous breed of horse.
Today we are going ice walking on Solheimajökull glacier, followed by exploring the vast, black sandy beaches of the south shore of Iceland. We’ll visit the Skógar school settlement, nestled under a mountain ridge topped by the glacier, and we’ll walk up next to the powerful Skógafoss waterfall often circled by a rainbow on sunny days.
We will lunch in Vík, a charming village on the south shore near Reynisdrangar. You will visit the beaches at Dyrhólaey, with a chance to view puffins. As we head back west towards Hótel Rangá, we go off-road on the lava beaches looking for seals and treasures.
WRAP IT ALL UP WITH A RELAXING BATH IN A NATURALLY HOT RIVER!
On our last day we head back to Reykjavík with a hiking option from Hveragerdi up to Reykjadalur, a beautiful 3-4 hour trek to a geothermal valley. Wrap it all up with a relaxing bath in a naturally hot river!
Finally we return to the capital, Reykjavik, where you can enjoy an evening with all the sparkle the city has to offer: shopping, monuments, art, spas, restaurants and legendary nightlife.
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