The Land of Fire & Ice
Travel by 4WD to experience delightful hot springs as well as the wild nature of the Icelandic highlands. Explore remote small and unknown natural pools and finish with the famed phenomenon of the Blue Lagoon, a warm salt water lake. This is the ideal way to experience the highlights and hot spots of Iceland in rustic accommodation.
Day 1: Reykjavik > Hveravellir Depart to Thingvellir national park, site of the ancient Viking parliament. Visit the Geysir area and the famous Gullfoss waterfall before taking the mountain track Kjolur to the Hveravellir geothermal area. In this area, highlights are the natural hot pools and magnificent views to the glaciers.
Day 2: Hveravellir > Skagafjordur Descend into the great valley of Skagafjordur. Visit the small 19th century turf church at Vidimyri and the Glaumaer folk museum. Drive to Saudarkrokur and on to Reykjastrond, where at the very end of the world visit the small hot spring once used by the Saga's hero Grettir.
Day 3: Skagafjordur > Laugafell Optional rafting or a horse riding tour this morning. Then head south along mountain tracks to Laugafell an isolated mountain hut situated next to a comfortable hot spring.
Day 4: Laugafell > Landmannalaugar Follow mountain tracks towards Nyidalur and then cross the Sprengisandur desert. Some of the most beautiful scenery of Iceland is found in the Torfajokull Massif in the South Icelandic Highlands. Here, find hot springs surrounded by a landscape of unreal beauty. Visit Ljotipollur Lake or 'Ugly Pond,' a unique, impressive crater. Once in Landmannalaugar soak in the hot river to relax.
Day 5: Landmannalaugar > Skofluklif By jeep, climb 1,000m above sea level and see a fascinating view over the Torfajokull area. You are now at the edge of the largest geothermal area in Iceland where fire and ice create spectacular ice caves with the hot springs constantly working underneath the icecap. Head south through the highlands, across countless rivers and the black desert of Maelifellssandur until you reach the refuge at Skofluklif. This evening, hike across the hills to a very remote pool called Strutslaug.
Day 6: Skofluklif > Vik > Seljavellir Travel to Vik, Iceland's most southerly village. Outside of the village's lies a beautiful black beach and one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. Continue along the coast to the base of the Eyjafjoll Mountains.
Day 7: Seljavellir > Reykjavik Traverse the wide plains of southern Iceland and the Reykjanes peninsula via the Blue Lagoon. Stop for a relaxing bathe before heading for Reykjavik where the journey ends.
• Small group tour of 4-7 travellers • 6 nights' accommodation in guesthouses or mountain huts • Transport by 4x4 super jeeps with driver/guide throughout. • Entrance to Vidimyri church, Glaumbaer folk museum and the Blue Lagoon • 6 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches and 6 Dinners
Pricing (per person) $NZD
2017 On Request
Booking conditions This is an adventurous journey utilising simple mountain huts and guest houses on a shared basis. Sleeping bags and linen may be hired. Minimum numbers required. Not suitable for children under 14 years.
This is an adventurous journey utilising simple mountain huts and guest houses on a shared basis. Sleeping bags and linen may be hired. Minimum numbers required. Not suitable for children under 14 years.