Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

Self Drive and Hiking (10 days)

Luxury Beyond Iceland

Reykjavík, Iceland To Reykjavík, Iceland

Valid for Departures Now Through: 01 Sep 2018

Self Drive and Hiking (10 days)

Day 2

Bláfjöll, Iceland

Day 4

Fimmvörðuháls, Iceland

Day 5

Landmannalaugar, Iceland

Day 7

Skaftafell , Iceland


Day 1
Reykjavík, Iceland
Hotel Borg Breakfast

Arrival day

Private transfer from airport to your hotel in Reykjavik.

The city of Reykjavik can easily be explored on foot. Many of the main attractions sites are found in the downtown area and harbour site.

Day 2
Bláfjöll, Iceland
Hotel Borg Breakfast

Start of Self Drive - Into the Volcano - Hot Spring Valley

* Private transfer to rental for pick up of rental car

* Join a 5-6 hour public hiking tour to the dormant volcano.

The dormant volcano is a unique natural phenomenon. By putting up the necessary gear and equipment, we can now visit a new world which was before unknown to us. It really isn´t that complicated to experience it. All you need is the willingness to do a moderate 45-50 minute hike to get to the crater and the guts to descend 120 meters / 400 ft to the bottom of the crater in an open cable lift.

The way going down is breathtaking! When you reach the bottom you can explore the magma chamber with it´s indescribable range of colours.

Fitness level needed: Moderate ( The difficulty is 2-3 out of a possible 5). No knowledge of hiking or climbing is required. It´s not an uphill walk, but the surface is hilly and uneven.

Distance walked: Approximately 3 km ( 2 miles) each way. The walk usually takes around 45-50 minutes.

Hot Spring Valley

After the tour you could head to the Hot Spring Valley and take 1 hour hike up the valley to a warm creek where you can enjoy geothermal bathing - rustic area - no locker rooms or showers.

Travel back to Reykjaivk

Day 3
Hella, Iceland
Hotel Ranga Breakfast

South Shore and Glacier hike

* Glaciers and waterfalls

* 3 hour public glacier hike

* Puffin nesting area

* Black sand beach and Basalt Columns

* Vik village

* To this day it would be possible to add 1-2 hour Quad tour along the black beach.

Day 4
Fimmvörðuháls, Iceland
Hotel Ranga Breakfast

Fimmvorduhals - Hiking Tour

The Fimmvorduhals pass from Skogafoss waterfall to the valley of Thorsmork is one of Iceland´s most popular hiking routs. The trail takes us up from Skogar, along Skogar river and its many waterfalls, up an between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull.

* Recently formed lava and the new craters, Magni and Modi which were formed in an eruption in 2010. The fresh lava is still steaming under the surface and the heat of the lava can still be felt.

* View over the highland and glaciers

* Fairytale landscape

* 8-10 hour hiking tour

Equipment list and further information

Food: Bring picnic and have your lunch stop outdoors during the hike. Water bottles and rucksack to carry lunch, afternoon snack and water is necessary.

Shoes: Hiking shoes are appropriate for hiking an trekking in rough terrains and snow.

Clothing: Gore tex shell or equally waterproof jackets and pants, hiking pants ( no jeans), warm sweater and suitable first layer ( no cotton), hat and gloves and extra pair of dry clothing may be appreciated after the tour. The weather can change rapidly so make sure that you are well prepared.

Fitness level: The hike is demanding with elevation gain over 1000m ( 3280 ft) and total distance of 25 km ( 15,5 mi) that we cover in about 8-12 hours.

Day 5
Landmannalaugar, Iceland
Overnight in the highlands Breakfast

Landmannalaugar Nature Resort

Today is dedicated to a landscape of unreal beauty with an amazing range of colours, steaming hot springs and explosive craters.

There are several options for walk/hike in the area such as:

* Blahnjukur - It takes aprox 56-60 min to climb up the mountain and from above there is a great view over the colourful mountains.

* Graenagil - Green coloured canyon with a small creek running through it.

* Brennisteinsalda - Beautiful coloured rhyolite mountain and geothermal spring area.

* Lavawalk - 1-2 hours long.

There is a natural pool in Landmannalaugar where you can take a bath in the hot water coming from the ground. This place is a bit rustic, there are no locker rooms close by the pool so bathing guests need to dress inside the bathrooms ( where the showers are located) and walk from there few meters to the pool. Usually people bring along their towels and bags and keep them close to the pool, on the ground.

Duration of day: 12 hoursDriving time: 3 hoursHiking time: Shorter hikes during the day from 30 min -2 hours

Day 6
Kirkjubæjarklaustur, Iceland
Hotel Glacier Lagoon Breakfast

Fjallabak Mt. route - Eldgja fracture

You head back towards Landmannalaugar and take Mt. ruote Fjallabak.

* Hnausapollur crater - Great view from above

* Ljotipollur crater - ideal to walk along the border of the crater

* Eldgja fracture

* Ofaerufoss waterfall - 1 hour walk in the fracture of Eldgja

* Kirkjubaejaklaustur village

Driving time: 3 hours

Duration of day: 8 hours

Day 7
Skaftafell , Iceland
Overnight in Hofn area Breakfast

Skaftafell - Full day hiking tour in Skaftafell National Park

There are several hiking trails around the park for people of any skill level.

* Svartifoss waterfall - 2 hour walk

* Short easy walk along the path of Skaftafellsjokull glacier outlet- 1 hour

* Kristinartindar Peaks - 1126m - 6-8 hours hike - 18km

* Skaftafellsheidi plateau - 4-6 hour walk

* Long day hike to Mosardalur valley - 6-7 hours - 20 km

Driving time during day: Approx 40 min

Day 8
Höfn, Iceland
Overnight in Hofn area Breakfast

Glacier lagoon - Vatnajokull glavier

Today is dedicated to the big ice cap Vatnajokull.

* Glacier outlets from Vatnajokull glacier

* Floating icebergs

* Scattered ice on black sandy beach

* Stroll beside the glacier lagoon

You will join 3 hour public glacier kayaking. Enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers reflected upon the mirror-like water of the Heinaberg lagoon.From the lagoon you have an excellent view over Vatnajokull. During the tour we set foot on the glacier- of course safely equipped with the appropriate glacier gear. Heinaberg lagoon is "out of the beaten path", so no other traffic on the water.

This trip is fully guided by guides with a vast knowledge of the area, it´s history, hidden spots and of course kayaking.The glacier kayak adventure suites kayakers with no paddling experience to experienced paddlers. The kayaks are SIT-ON-TOP boats, very stable and are suitable for persons who have not gone kayaking before.

You can choose between single person kayak or two person kayak.

Driving time: 2 hours

Day 9
Höfn, Iceland
Hotel Borg Breakfast

Lonsoraefi - Fly back to Reykavik

Today you spend the day exploring the remote valleys within the vicinity of the big glacier. You will join a geological adventure tour to Lonsoraefi which is characterized by its variety of geological formations. Colourful mountainous area together with glacier tongues and diverse vegetation make Lonsoraefi one of the most beautiful places in Iceland.

Travel to Hofn village and explore the MT. Vestrahorn area before drop off rental at airport where you take a domestic flight back to Reykjavik.

Driving time: 2-3 hours

Domestic flight time: 1 hour

Day 10
Reykjavík, Iceland
None None

Departure day

Private transfer from hotel to airport

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Self drive in can be a great option to explore Iceland. Meet our guides on location and drive yourself between places.

In this itinerary you will see the dramatic South Shore and visit the untouched highlands for various hiking options.

This itinerary can be adjusted to your wishes.

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