Scenic Trails - Soft Hiking

Each day of this small group tour allows you to explore Iceland’s world-famous and lesser known—but equally fantastic—hiking areas, all with an expert guide.

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:17 June - 02 September
Duration:10 Days/9 Nights
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Scenic Trails - Soft Hiking

 

Iceland is an ideal country for soft adventure hiking, with fantastic trails that take you closer to beautiful natural wonders.  

This tour combines short guided hikes with small group sightseeing in a small bus/van.  Each day enjoy inspiring guided hikes on trails in both world-famous areas as well as lesser known—but equally fantastic—destinations.  Some examples include majestic Asbyrgi Canyon, the beloved Thorsmork  and Myvatn Nature Reserves and and the colourful Landmannalaugar hot spring wilderness.    Your expert guide will share Icelandic stories and folktales connected to the areas where you hike.  A highlight of the trip is a visit to charming Siglufjordur, a town becoming known for its excellent outdoor recreation.  

All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants

Maximum group size: 17 people

Here are some great reasons to go hiking in Iceland:

  • Variety- Iceland´s fantastic trails take you closer to  its beautiful natural wonders.  Each trail has its own special natural features, reflecting Iceland’s ever-changing landscape.
  • Refreshing- Hiking immerses you in the invigorating scents, sounds and colors unique to Iceland.   
  • Healthy - Walking is healthy for both your body and mind, an excellent way to refresh and recharge yourself. On several evenings you’ll have the chance to relax in geothermal hot tubs.
  • Authentic- Hiking is a very popular activity for Icelanders, so you’ll have better opportunities to meet locals on the trail and experience a bit about daily life in Iceland. 
  • Small group size-  The small group size makes it easier to get to know your guide and the other people in your group
  • Inspiration- The trails you will hike are full of folklore, saga history and ghost stories, and your guide is eager to share them with you.  There is no better way to experience a tale than to hike through the landscape where it took place!
  • Slow pace- Discover more by traveling less!  Stay several nights in the same accommodation, giving you more time to get to know each area’s unique secrets.  (And less time spent packing and unpacking)

Important:

  • This tour combines enjoyable short hikes with sightseeing in a small coach or tour van.  Hikes offered during the tour are  a mixture of moderate-level hikes and easy nature walks.   Participants do not need to be expert hikers, but they should be in good physical condition.  The trip hiking is also designed to be flexible:  each day’s hiking will be adjusted to your group’s general fitness level, weather and trail conditions.

  • A big appeal of hiking in Iceland is that is an authentic, natural experience.  This means most hiking paths in Iceland are not paved.   Expect trails to have lava rocks, loose gravel, soft dirt and muddy areas.  In some cases trails follow narrow paths created from sheep trails.  We highly recommend that you bring hiking poles/alpine walking sticks on this tour.

  • The guide has the right to change hiking routes in the itinerary based on weather conditions or unforeseen circumstances.

  •  Information provided in the itinerary about each day's hikes  is a general guide.  Actual times may vary based on weather and trail conditions.
Hiking Tour day Approx. distance Elevation (m/ft) Approx. time
Glymur 2 5 km (3 miles) 357 m (1.172 ft) About 4 hours
Glanni* 3 350 meters (< 1 mile) Very little About 10 minutes
Grabrok 3 n/a 90 m (296 ft) About 1 hour
Kolugljufur 3 Varies, route chosen by guide Very little About 30 minutes to 1 hour
Staðarbjargarvik* 3 Minimal Very little About 5-10 minutes
Siglufjordur area 4 Varies, route chose by guide Varies Varies
Hverfjall 5 4 km (2.5 miles) 190 m (623 ft) 2-2.5 hours
Dimmuborgir* 5 2.4 km (1.5 miles) Very little about 1 hour
Leirhnjukur 5 5 km (3 miles) 50 m (164 ft) 2-3 hours
Asbyrgi 6 1 km (< 1 mile) Very little About 30 min - 1 hour
Hljodaklettar area 6 10 km (6 miles) Approx. 50-100 m (164-328 ft) 4-4.5 hours
Landmannalaugar area 8 8.5 km (5 miles) Approx. 400 m (1.312 ft) 5-6 hours
Thorsmork 9 5-6 km (3-4 miles) 200-300 m (656-984 ft) 5-6 hours

* Nature walk, not hiking

What to bring:

  • Good waterproof hiking shoes (necessary)
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf or bandanna
  • A day pack (for items you might use during the hiking)
  • Hiking poles (recommended)
  • Water bottle/Flask (fill it with Iceland’s fresh, healthy tap water- it’s a greener alternative to bottled water!)
  • Swimsuit and towel (for Landmannalaugar on day 8)

Included

  • 8 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 7 nights w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • 4 dinners in the countryside (day 2, 5, 6 and 7)
  • Icelandic meat-soup dinner at a local’s home (day 3)
  • 4 lunch boxes (day 6, 7, 8 and 9)
  • Hiking in the Siglufjordur area with a local guide (day 3)
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Museum (day 3)
  • Service fee at Landmannalaugar Hot Springs (day 8)

Optional tours and activities:

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour. 

Day 5 or 6:   Jeep tour in the Lake Myvatn area | 2 - 3.5 hrs | Price for summer 2017:  14.000 ISK
Day 5:  Entrance to Myvatn Nature Baths | 1-2 hrs | Price for summer 2017:  4.300 ISK
Day 7 or 8:  Horse riding tour in the evening | 2 hrs | Price for summer 2017:  10.500 ISK

Day 10:  Non guided tour to the Blue Lagoon on arrival/departure | 2-4 hrs | Book in advance. Price depends on availability

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
17 June 2018English
08 July 2018English
29 July 2018English
12 August 2018English
02 September 2018English

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DAY: 1 Arrival

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik.  We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers, which can be booked through Iceland Travel.  If your flight lands early in the day, a great suggestion is to explore Reykjavík, the largest municipality in Iceland.

If you would enjoy a scenic walk on your arrival day, Reykjavik has many local walking trails that take you by the seaside and through pretty neighbourhoods.

Dinner is on your own.  Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.

Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price.  Most hotels begin check-in around 14:00 (2:00pm). 

Overnight stay in Reykjavík (airport transfer not included). 

 

DAY 2: Reykjavik – Hvalfjordur - Borgarfjordur

Whale Fjord- Tallest Waterfall – Elfin Folklore

Today's Hiking Level:  _ _ _ +

Breakfast at your hotel.  Begin the day with a short orientation tour of Reykjavik. Drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjordur Fjord, one of Iceland‘s longest and deepest, on the way to Glymur.  This is Iceland's highest waterfall, which descends gracefully in streaming ribbons down a 200-metre (658 foot) drop into a massive canyon adorned in lush, green moss. Both the fjord and the waterfall are linked to a local legend about a mythical whale that swam up the waterfall into the lake at the top.  Eerily enough, whale bones have been found here!  Spend some time hiking in the area to enjoy different views of the waterfall and surrounding nature. Before heading to your overnight accommodation, you will also visit the amazing Hraunfossar “’Lava” waterfalls and the Deildartunguhver, the most powerful rushing hot springs in Europe.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.

Hiking information for Glymur waterfall:

Distance: 5 km / 3,1 miles

Elevation: 357 m / 1.1172 ft

Walking time: About 4 hours

Note:  Part of the trail includes walking through a small river on a natural bridge in the water.  The crossing is not difficult but good to know about it.  (Some people like to carry along a pair of wading shoes to use during this part of the trail, but this is not required)

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Please note this is a general guide.  Actual times may vary based on weather and trail condions.  Our expert guides will assess and choose the actual hiking routes and hiking duration for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of your group.

 

DAY 3: Borgarfjordur - Glanni and Grabrok - Vididalur Valley - Hofsos - Siglufjordur

Elven waterfall – Intriguing Crater – Lava Rock Canyon – Seaside Basalt Columns

Today's Hiking Level: _ _

Breakfast at your hotel.  Continue your discoveries of Borgarfjordur with a refreshing short walk to Glanni, a multi-tiered waterfall rumoured to be a home for elves and trolls. You will then visit the 3,500 year old Grabrok crater, which has hiking trails taking you to the top of the crater for remarkable views over moss-covered lava fields. The hike up the crater is steep, but steps have built on part of the route to make the hike easier. Continue your scenic journey as you cross Holtavorduheidi plateau, the gateway between North and South Iceland.   Head to the Vididalur Valley and its rushing river.  Here you will hike in Kolugljufri, a lava rock canyon that leads to a hidden waterfall.  Continue to the charming village of Hofsos and take a short stroll down to Stadarbjargarvik inlet to admire a group of beautifully geometric basalt columns located right at sea level.   Then drive on to the stunning Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula) with its amazing views of mountains and fjords, en route to Siglufjordur town.

Overnight stay in Siglufjordur for the next two nights.  Dinner is on your own at one of the town‘s charming restaurants.  Tonight recharge your body and soul with a soak in the hotel’s geothermal hot tubs.  With a view over the harbour and the fjord, the hot tubs are a perfect setting for relaxation.

 

Nature walk information for Glanni waterfall:

Distance: 350 m / less then a mile

Elevation: Very little

Walking time: About 10 minutes

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Hiking information for Grabrok:

Distance: Varies

Elevation: 90 m / 296 ft

Walking time: About 1 hour

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Hiking information for Kolugljufur:

Distance: Varies, route chosen by guide

Elevation: Very little

Walking time: About 30 minutes to 1 hour

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Nature walk information for Stadarvikurbjarg:

Distance: Minimal 

Elevation: Very little

Walking time: About 5-10 minutes

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Please note this is a general guide.  Actual times may vary based on weather and trail condions.  Our expert guides will assess and choose the actual hiking routes and hiking duration for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of your group.

 

Highlights:

Siglufjordur  |Grabrok  |Glanni Waterfall  |Hofsos
 

DAY 4: Siglufjordur – Troll Peninsula Hiking – Local Heritage

Award Winning Herring Era Museum – Spectacular Hiking - Traditional Meat Soup Dinner

Today's Hiking Level:  Varies, based on group activity level

Breakfast at your hotel.  Trollaskagi, The Troll Peninsula, is a hidden gem in Iceland, a bit separated from the rest of the country by its high mountain range.  The area is home to numerous little-known hiking routes showcasing the area’s spectacular scenery. 

In the morning visit the award-winning Herring Era Maritime Museum, where the harbour atmosphere of the early 20th century is brought to life in three historical buildings.

In the afternoon, take an exciting and scenic hike.  This afternoon’s hike is led by an expert local guide who will decide which trail is best to explore based on the experience level of the group and trail conditions.  The total hiking time is variable, based on group experience. Those who do not wish to participate in the locally-guided hike can stay behind in Siglufjordur and enjoy a light walk in the scenic areas around the village with the tour group guide.

After an active day in the outdoors, visit the home of a local resident for a home-cooked meal of hearty Icelandic meat soup featuring local ingredients.

Overnight in Siglufjordur, where you can enjoy the hotel’s geothermal hot tubs.

 

Hiking information for Siglufjordur area:

Distance:  Varies, route chosen by guide

Elevation: Varies, route chosen by guide

Walking time: Varies, route chosen by guide, max 4-5 hours

 

DAY 5: Godafoss – Hverfjall – Lake Myvatn Wonders

Waterfall of the Gods - Geothermal & Volcanic Activity – Outdoor Nature Spa

Today's Hiking Level: _ _

Breakfast at your hotel.   The day begins with spectacular views of mountains and coast as you head along the Troll Peninsula and Eyjafjordur fjord.  Make a short stop in Akureyri, the colourful “capital” of North Iceland.  After some time to enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town, head to picturesque Godafoss, the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ before heading to Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, a geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature. With the powerful peaks of Mt. Hverfjall and Krafla volcano as a backdrop, Lake Myvatn has a surprising serenity that is ideal for light hiking. Summertime is peak birding season, so it‘s good to have some binoculars on hand to catch diverse species, possibly even the rare Barrow´s golden eye.  Begin your Myvatn adventure with a hike to Hverfjall crater.  In the vicinity is Dimmuborgir, where you’ll take a walk among strange “Dark Castles” with their rugged stacks of towering rocks.

Next, hike up to Mt. Leirhnjukur hot spring area, which is part of the Krafla volcanic area and teems with ancient lava flows and fissures. Afterwards, visit the Namaskard geothermal field to view boiling fumaroles and violently bubbling pools of mud.   The tour will then make a stop at the Myvatn Nature Baths where you can see how the locals benefit from the geothermal activity.  There will be a chance for an optional swim in the warm and soothing waters.

Dinner and overnight in the Myvatn area.

 

Hiking information for Hverfjall:

Distance: 4 km / 2,5 miles

Elevation: 190 m / 623 ft

Walking time: About 2-2,5 hours

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Nature walk information for Dimmuborgir:

Distance: 2,4 km / 1,5 miles

Elevation: Very little

Walking time: About 1 hour

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Hiking information for Leirhnjúkur:

Distance: 5 km / 3 miles

Elevation: 50 m / 164 ft

Walking time: About 2-3 hours

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Please note this is a general guide.  Actual times may vary based on weather and trail condions.  Our expert guides will assess and choose the actual hiking routes and hiking duration for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of your group.

 

DAY 6: Asbyrgi - Jokulsargljufur - Dettifoss

Edge of the Arctic - Horseshoe Canyon - Europe's Mighties Waterfall - Echoing Rocks

Today's Hiking Level: _ _ +

 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you will be hiking in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Western Europe.  The park is named after vast Vatnajokull Glacier and covers about 14% of Iceland’s surface. 

Begin with a trip around the fossil-rich Tjornes Peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle to Vatnajokull National Park.  Your first discovery in the park is the enormous horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the god Odinn‘s magical eight-legged horse.  Take a trail leading to the bottom of the canyon with views of an enchanting pond as well as an area where you can look over the canyon. Continue onwards to Hljodaklettar or ‘Echo Rocks’, a distinctive cluster of angular rock columns. The unique shape of the rocks creates interesting acoustics and echoes.  Hlodaklettar is near Jokulsargljufur, Iceland‘s longest canyon.  The canyon was carved by a river flowing from Vatnajokull Glacier.

Spend the remainder of your afternoon exploring the lush vegetation and forested areas of Hlodaklettar where stones stand like troll sentinels.  (hiking route can be adjusted to the level of the group). 

The day ends with an unforgettable visit to Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss, a thundering cascade of glacial water and mist among shattered cliffs.  An easy trail leads you down to the waterfall. Afterwards, return to the Lake Myvatn area for your overnight.

Dinner and overnight in the Myvatn area.

 

 

Hiking information for Ásbyrgi:

Distance: 1 km / less then 1 mile

Elevation: Very little

Walking time: About 30 minutes to 1 hour

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Hiking information for Hljóðaklettar:

Distance: 10 km / 6 miles

Elevation: About 50-100 m / About 164 - 328 ft

Walking time: About 4-4,5 hours  (several trails combined)

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Please note this is a general guide.  Actual times may vary based on weather and trail condions.  Our expert guides will assess and choose the actual hiking routes and hiking duration for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of your group.

 

Highlights:

Ásbyrgi  |Hljódaklettar  |Dettifoss
 

DAY 7: Kjolur - Hveravellir – Gullfoss – Geysir

Historical Highland Track– Glacial Views - Geothermal Scenery – Golden Falls and Active Geysers

Today's Hiking Level: _ 

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today you will head into the wilderness heartland via Kjolur mountain track.  This route goes back to Viking times and heads straight through Iceland’s uninhabited interior highlands, passing between the mighty Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers.   You will see Iceland‘s true remoteness and nature at its rawest. This area of black sand deserts has numerous scenic walking paths along the way, dotted with hidden geothermal treasures and green oases. The highlands also hold ghost stories tales of outlaws, including the famous couple Eyvindur and Halla. Your group will stop at Hveravellir, a multi-coloured geothermal field with a natural pool that is perfect for a relaxing break.

The Kjolur highland route emerges into civilization again in the Gullfoss and Geysir area.  Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm is situated on the Hvita River, which is fed by Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjokull. The intriguing great Geysir area is nearby, a steamy geothermal field of bubbling mud and high-shooting hot springs. 

Dinner and overnight in the Hella area.  A perfect way to unwind is a soothing soak in the hotel´s geothermal hot tub and sauna, located in a garden area.  

 

Highlights:

Gullfoss  |Geysir   |Hveravellir  |Kjolur
 

DAY 8: Day in Landmannalaugar

Brilliantly Colored Wilderness – Hekla Volcano – Hot Springs 

Today's Hiking Level: _ _ _

Breakfast at your hotel.  Iceland’s southern highlands set a surreal stage for today's adventure. The uninhabited wilderness of Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak reveal geological influences in volcanic craters, multi coloured rhyolite mountains, steaming lava fields, and the ominous Hekla volcano. There are many beautiful walking trails in the area, and a crater-filled lake lush with brown trout.   Today your guide will choose the best route for your group based on your overall experience level and trail conditions.  Hiking times vary based on route chosen.

Afterwards, enjoy the benefits of this geothermal area with a refreshing swim in Landmannalaugar´s hot-spring fed river, one of the most scenic, unique springs in Iceland. 

Overnight in the Hella area. Dinner is on your own.

 

Hiking information for Landmannalaugar:

Distance: 8,5 km / 5 miles

Elevation: About 400 m / About 1.312 ft

Walking time: About 5-6 hours  (several trails combined)

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Please note this is a general guide.  Actual times may vary based on weather and trail condions.  Our expert guides will assess and choose the actual hiking routes and hiking duration for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of your group.

 

 

Highlights:

Landmannalaugar  |Hekla
 

DAY 9: Thorsmork - Seljalandsfoss – Reykjavik

Thor’s Playground – Glacial Views – Walk behind a Waterfall

Today's Hiking Level: _ _ _

Breakfast at your hotel.  Thorsmork Nature Reserve (also known as the Thor’s Playground) should be on every nature lover’s bucket list.  This enchanted hidden valley is nestled between two glaciers and protected by rivers and mountains. On the way Thorsmork, stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can gain a different perspective by walking behind the curtain of cascading water. Once within Thorsmork, walk along marked trails in the beautiful scenery of delicate trees and green grass surrounded by towering mountains and glacial tongues.  Your guide will choose the best route for your group based on your overall experience level and trail conditions.  Hiking times vary based on route chosen.

After a beautiful day here, the tour heads to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik.  Dinner is on your own.  

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Hiking information for Thorsmork:

Distance: 5-6 km / 3-4 miles

Elevation: About 200-300 m / About 656 - 984 ft

Walking time: About 5-6 hours  (several trails combined)

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Please note this is a general guide.  Actual times may vary based on weather and trail condions.  Our expert guides will assess and choose the actual hiking routes and hiking duration for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of your group.

 

Highlights:

Thorsmork  |Seljalandsfoss  |Reykjavik  |Skogafoss
 

DAY 10: Departure

If your flight is in the afternoon we recommend taking the time to explore Reykjavik or to enjoy a relaxing dip in the popular Blue Lagoon on your way to Keflavik airport. (Airport transfer not included, but we would be happy to arrange it for you.)

Note: We reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice due to road conditions.

 

Price per person:

EUR Double Single
June - August 2018 3775 4955
September 2018 3380 4280

Children rate

  • Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).
  • Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
  • It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   
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