LB03 - Into the Wild - Across the Wilderness - Summer 2021
Guided Bus Tour
Explore the best of Icelandic nature with this wonder-packed tour. From Iceland's most famous and popular sights to the deserted Icelandic highlands – you will experience the incredible diversity of Icelandic nature. Enjoy Iceland to the fullest in nine fantastic days. Geysers, volcanoes, waterfalls and hot springs are among the amazing natural attractions you will enjoy on this Icelandic mountain-truck holiday.
• Discover the beauty and power of Iceland’s wilderness, an area that few travelers visit
• Visit beloved “must see” natural wonders of the Golden Circle region and the Glacier Lagoon
• Enjoy short guided walks/hikes that give you more insights into natural wonders
• Get a taste of adventure with travel on unpaved mountain tracks in a specially-outfitted vehicle
Day 1. Arrival
Transfer to Reykjavík is on your own. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers. If you are arriving early, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavik, the largest municipality in Iceland.
Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm).
Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).
Dinner on your own.
Day 2. Ţingvellir National Park - Golden Waterfalls - Geysir geothermal area
The first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament. Here you can see the dramatic continental drift between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. An hour’s drive away, the popular Geysir geothermal area awaits. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes, but you’ll also witness several other boiling pools and hot springs.
Next your group will take part in reforestation programme, located in Haukadalur valley. You can help your group plant a total of five trees, which not only allows you to leave your mark in Iceland but also for your tour group to reduce your carbon footprint!
Then you‘ll head onwards to Iceland’s most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”).
• Ţingvellir National Park – the site of the world's first parliament and a true gem of nature, where tectonic plates meet and Iceland's largest lake has its home
• Geysir – a geothermal wonder, home to sulphurous bubbling pools, hot springs and geysers that erupt high into the air every few minutes
• Gullfoss – one of Iceland's most magnificent waterfalls
• End the day with planting a birch tree as part of a reforestation program in Haukadalur valley.
• Dinner and an overnight stay in the Hella area
Day 3. Hvolsvöllur - Town of Vík - Dyrhólaey nature reserve - Kirkjubćjarklaustur town
Start the day by driving along the highway, making a stop at two impressive waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head to the black sand beaches to enjoy the far-reaching views from Dyrholaey headland, where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest (puffins generally seen between May and mid-August. Enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Vik before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains created by flowing water from nearby glaciers. The day ends after passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the world’s largest recorded single lava flow in the last 10.000 years.
• Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss – two of Iceland's most famous waterfalls
• Dyrhólaey – the southern headland where puffins nest in their thousands
• Vík – Iceland's southernmost village set in picturesque and peaceful surroundings
• Mýrdalssandur plains – which run below the dramatic Katla volcano
• Eldhraun lava field - an enormous expanse of lava created by one of the biggest eruptions in history
• Dinner and two nights in Kirkjubćjarklaustur area
Day 4. Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Skaftafell
The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. You will also get a view of Hvannadalshnjukur, the country´s highest peak. The highlight of the day will surely be surely Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. Continuing on your way, pass by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull, visiting at least one of them. Along the route you also will get magnificent views of Skaftafell, a glacier-crowned wonderland within Vatnajökull National Park.
• The stunning landscape on the way to Vatnajokull – the largest glacier in Europe
• Views of Örćfajökull volcano and Hvannadalshnjúkur – Iceland's highest peak
• Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon – one of Iceland's most popular natural treasures, featuring stunning icebergs that float in the freezing blue water (a boat tour around the lagoon is an optional extra)
• Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubćjarklaustur area
Day 5. Landmannalaugar Highland Paradise
It’s finally time to leave the asphalt behind and meander along the Fjallabaksleid interior track to Landmannalaugar, an astonishing area surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. The surreal beauty of the uninhabited interior reveals deep valleys and sculptured mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under glaciers during the Ice Age.
After a nice walk (optional) enjoy a relaxing swim in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs.
• The Fjallabaksleiđ track leads you to Landmannalaugar – one of Iceland's most popular and breath-taking areas of natural beauty
• You will experience a stunning volcanic landscape of valleys and mountains – featuring amazing colours, rhyolite mountains and moss covered scenery
• Experience the area's rich geothermal activity first-hand by bathing in a natural hot spring
• Dinner and an overnight stay in the Ţjórsárdalur area.
Day 6. Sprengisandur Highland Route
Today wilderness adventure awaits! It’s time to head north through the very heart of Iceland. Discover hidden treasures of Iceland’s uninhabited interior along the Sprengisandur highland route, a vast, barren, black desert connecting Iceland´s north and south. With only rough tracks and un-bridged glacial rivers, your group will rely on your experienced driver to navigate the rugged passage between the glaciers. This is a true taste of Iceland‘s wild side—bumpy roads and driving through rivers are a part of the experience! (Note: If Sprengisandur is closed due to road conditions, your group will take the Kjolur highland route instead.)
• The Sprengisandur track takes you through a vast desert of black sand between the North and the South
• Experience the rugged heart of Icelandic nature – including glacial rivers and off-road tracks – as you make your way past magnificent glaciers
• Dinner and first of two overnight stays in the Lake Mývatn area
Day 7. Lake Mývatn – Dettifoss – Ásbyrgi Canyon – Tjörnes
Today you will visit the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park, as well as Lake Myvatn. Travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland and paradise for bird watchers. Some of the most visually bizarre attractions in the region include the colorful boiling mud pits of Hverarond and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla volcano, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, located in the awe-inspiring Jokulsargljufur canyon. Discover the impressive 100 meter (328 feet) high walls of the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. Drive around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of your journey. In the afternoon drive to the town of Husavik where you have the option to experience the hot spring bath named GeoSea.
• Lake Mývatn – a geological and bird-watching paradise, featuring the Hverarond mud pits and the lava fields of Krafla, with its dramatic fissures and craters
• Dettifoss – the most powerful waterfall in Europe, located in the breath-taking Jokulsargljufur canyon
• Ásbyrgi National Park - a horseshoe-shaped canyon full of amazing vegetation
• Húsavík and the Tjörnes peninsula – the northernmost point of your trip
• Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Mývatn area
Day 8. Akureyri City - Skagafjörđur fjord
Start the adventure today with a visit to Godafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. (The name means “Waterfall of the Gods,) Continue to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North”. Enjoy some free time to explore this colourful and charming town. Some activities might include a visit to the delightful botanical garden, a swim in the local geothermal pool, or perhaps enjoying the culture, art and fine food of the Listagil artists‘ district. The route then continues to the Skagafjordur area, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland. This area also boasts many historical sites from the classic Sagas. Tonight, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse might be an appealing option, as would be an invigorating walk in the picturesque surroundings.
• Gođafoss – one of Iceland's most popular waterfalls
• Akureyri - Iceland's second largest city, which offers endless cultural and relaxation activities, from the geothermal pool to the many galleries, shops and restaurants
• The Skagafjörđur area – famous for its horse breeding and connections to the Sagas, with great scenery for an inspiring walk
• Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area
Day 9. Hvammstangi village - Eiríksstađir Farm - Vatnsnes Peninsula
Your journey continues around Vatnsnes Peninsula, which contains the extraordinary rock formation of Hvitserkur, a 15 meter (49 feet) tall cliff jutting out straight from the sea. You might even see seals resting close to the beach. In the afternoon, drive through rolling farmlands and across Laxardalsheidi heath to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir. This was the original homestead of Erik the Red and the birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson. These men are two of the most legendary Vikings in the world. In a replica of a grass-roofed house, meet modern day Vikings who will demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.
• A drive through picturesque farmland and across Laxardalsheiđi heath
• Eiríksstađir - the home of the Erik the Red and birthplace of Leif Eiriksson, Eiríksstađir offers the chance to experience the crafts and lifestyle of Viking times.
• Dinner and an overnight stay in West Iceland
Day 10. Snćfellsjökull National Park
Today is spent exploring the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsjokull National Park. The park‘s crown jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbour village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rock in stacked formations and take a walk along the unique hiking trail linking the settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. Afterwards the journey leads back to Reykjavik, where the tour ends.
• Snćfellsjökull glacier – a magnificent glacier covering a dormant volcano
• Djúpalonssandur beach - a peaceful walk along the pebbled coastline
• Arnarstapi – a charming harbour village famous for its dramatic basalt rock formations
• A inspiring hike along the track between Arnarstapi and Hellnar
• A drive back to Reykjavík and time to reflect on everything you've seen and experienced on this incredible Icelandic nature tour.
• Dinner on your own. Overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 11. Departure
Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.
Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book a transfer for you. We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.
June 24, 2021 - August 26, 2021
- Price per person in Double/Twin room : 502693 ISK
- Price per person in Single room : 630052 ISK
- Guided Coach Tour from day 2 to day 10
- Expert professional English-speaking local guide from day 2 to day 10
- Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
- Tour pick-up from Reykjavik hotel on Day 2 & drop-off at Reykjavik hotel on Day 10
- 2 nights in a standard room w/private facilities in Reykjavík
- 8 nights in a standard room w/private facilities in the countryside
- 10 Icelandic breakfast buffets (except arrival day)
- 8 two-course or buffet-style dinners in the countryside
- Participation in Reforestation Project in Haukadalur
- Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón Iceberg Lagoon
- Entrance to Eiriksstadir Museum
- Great photo stops
- Seat rotation during the tour
- Customer care service during office hours
- 24-hour emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
- Breakfast on arrival day
- International airfare
- Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
- Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and hotels
- Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
- Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
- Guaranteed late check-out
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"
Minimum group size:2 people
Maximum group size:24 people
Activity/Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 (Easy)
New for Summer 2021:
• As part of our pledge to preserve Iceland’s fragile nature, all our escorted tours include carbon offsetting through Kolviđur, the Iceland Carbon Fund (ICF)
• Even more flexibility – we offer a version of this tour without pre/post nights in Reykjavik. Contact us for details and prices
• Even more seat space – you have the option during your tour to purchase the seat next to you as an open seat
• Please note: that we reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice should the necessity arise due to road conditions.
• Please note that good trekking shoes/hiking shoes are required for this tour, as some of the walking is on unpaved, sometimes with uneven surfaces.
• Please check the “Program Details“ section in your travel documents to see which your tour’s hotel list and how to meet your guide at the start of the tour
• Please advise us at booking time if you have food allergies or dietary preferences
• French and English departures: Iceland Travel reserves the right to guide these tour departures as bilingual English/French tours to ensure an optimal group size
* Some people like to bring hiking poles, though they are not required.
* We also suggest bringing a mosquito/fly head net, as there can be harmless midges around Lake Myvatn. It‘s not required, but some visitors have found it more comfortable.
This tour stays in Comfort-level hotels with private bathrooms. These hotels are well situated to enjoy the beautiful places your group will explore.
You can book and pay for these tours in advance for your convenience and to ensure a spot for you on the tour. Let us know during the booking process.
Day 1, Day 10, Day 11- Blue Lagoon Comfort Experience Enjoy a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon | Duration: flexible | Includes: Bathing fee, towel rental, silica mud mask, first drink of your choice | Not included: Swimsuit rental
You must also book an unguided Blue Lagoon shuttle between Reykjavik and the Blue Lagoon
Day 1, Day 10 – Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbor – Look for whales, dolphins and sea birds on a guided boat tour | Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours | Includes: Guided boat tour, warm overalls during tour
Day 7 – GeoSea geothermal baths – Soak in the naturally hot seawater while enjoying the spectacular mountain view Duration: flexible | Includes: Bathing fee | Not included: Swimsuit and towel rental
Day 8 – Horse riding tour – Discover Icelandic nature close up and get to know Iceland’s friendly horse breed | Duration: 3 – 3.5 hours | Includes: 1 hour guided riding tour, safety helmet
Important - Safe travel
Iceland is a clean, safe country with plenty of space to stretch out and enjoy our incredible natural landscapes.
We take our responsibility as proud local hosts very seriously, and that includes making sure your trip is safe and relaxing. We are implementing the advice of international and Icelandic health authorities as a part of our tour operations.
You’re in good hands with our guides/drivers
• We’ve given our hand-picked guides and drivers thorough health and safety instructions and procedures for your tour.
• Your tour vehicle will have hand sanitizer dispensers on board that your driver will make sure are filled regularly.
• At the end of each day your driver will wipe down the tour vehicle’s seats and interior with sanitizers.
Most importantly, we want you to have a fantastic Icelandic experience! Relax, breathe the clean Icelandic air, and enjoy the insights and commentary of your licensed guide as you travel through Iceland’s beautiful landscapes. Come join us in Iceland!
Please note: that this tour books up quickly and therefore we recommend to book with advance. An update on availability may not appear immediately at our website after the tour fills up. Kindly contact us to check for availability before making an online booking.
Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price, valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults.
Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.
Participants on this tour are able to get a 20% discount on each of the following amazing experiences in Iceland:
Perlan’s renowned Wonders of Iceland exhibit: Perlan is an amazing experience. You can walk through a real ice cave, feel the power of volcanoes and earthquakes, view a realistically constructed bird cliff and ocean wonders and learn about northern lights at a planetarium show.
FlyOver Iceland experience: Enjoy an amazing simulated flight experience over Iceland’s natural wonders.
A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for Iceland Road Trip to ensure efficiency, including the passengers´ name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.
Highlights of the tour:
Ţingvellir National Park
Geysir Geothermal Area
Dyrhólaey Nature Reserve
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- 20% Deposit
- Cancellation Policy
- Time of cancellation for individual traveller(s):
- More than 3 weeks (22+ days) prior to arrival: deposit (20%) charged
- 3 weeks (21 days) and more than 1 week (8 days): 50% charged
- 1 week (7 days) and more than 72 hours: 75% charged
- 72 hours' notice and less: 100% charged
June 24, 2021 - August 26, 2021
- Price per person in Double/Twin room : 502693 ISK
- Price per person in Single room : 630052 ISK
|June 24, 2021||English, French||Max group size 24 passengers|
|July 01, 2021||English, French||Max group size 24 passengers|
|July 08, 2021||English, Dutch||Max group size 24 passengers|
|July 15, 2021||English, French||Max group size 24 passengers|
|July 22, 2021||English, Dutch||Max group size 24 passengers|
|August 05, 2021||English, French||Max group size 24 passengers|
|August 12, 2021||English, Dutch||Max group size 24 passengers|
|August 26, 2021||English||Max group size 24 passengers|
|Season:||(JUN 24 to AUG 26)|
|Duration:||(11 days, 10 nights)|