With a specially adapted 4×4 mountain coach, you will travel off-the-beaten track through Iceland´s Interior Highlands. Across the Wilderness is an extraordinary adventure.

With a specially adapted 4×4 mountain coach, you will travel off-the-beaten track through the uninhabited and vast highlands of Iceland, highlighted by the multi-colored mountains of the Landmannalaugar Nature reserve and the barren black sands of Sprengisandur. When combined with other major attractions such as Geysir geothermal areaJokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall, this tour is sure to conquer the hearts of all first-time visitors, as well as those that have been here before!

With our flexible itinerary there’s always plenty of time to stop and fully appreciate the magnificence of Icelandic nature.

  • All departures are guaranteed with minimum of 2 participants
  • Maximum group size: 19 people
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Included

  • 9-day tour with driver-guide from/to Reykjavík
  • 2 hotel nights w/facilities in Reykjavík
  • 8 nights w/facilities in the countryside
  • 8 dinners in the countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • Participation in Iceland Travel’s Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (day 2)
  • Entrance to Eriksstadir Museum (day 9)

Important

Please note that good trekking shoes/hiking shoes are important on this tour.

This package holiday is operated by Iceland Travel
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Day: 1 Arrival in Iceland

Please note:   If you have added extra nights in Reykjavík before your tour, the guide will meet your group for the start of the tour on Day 2 according to the standard “Across the Wilderness” itinerary.

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.

There are many great museums, art galleries and attractions in the city.  If you want to stretch your legs, the city has many scenic walking trails,

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 Reykjavik (airport transfer not included). Dinner on own.

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Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir

Highlights: Gullfoss Geysir

UNESCO World Heritage site with Geological Wonders – The beautiful Golden Falls – Exploding Geysers – Plant a birch tree

Breakfast at your hotel.  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 boiling pools and hot springs.

Next your group will take part in Iceland Travel’s reforestation program, located in Haukadalur valley. Help 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 it‘s onwards to Iceland’s most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”).

Dinner and overnight stay in Hvolsvöllur area.

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Day 3: Vik – Dyrholaey – Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore – Lava Fields

Breakfast at your hotel. 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 until mid-August. Enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Vik before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains. 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.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for the next two nights.

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Day 4: Jokulsarlon – Skaftafell

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Scenic Glacial Park – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Breakfast at your hotel.  The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe, and the country´s highest peak of Hvannadalshnjukur. The highlight of the day is surely Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. An optional boat tour among the icebergs is available, it takes 30-40 minutes and costs 5.000 ISK. 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.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

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Day 5: Landmannalaugar

Multi-colored Mountains of the Interior – Lava Fields – Hot Springs with Bathing – Hekla Volcano

Breakfast at your hotel. 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.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Thjorsardalur area.

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Day 6: Sprengisandur

Wild Heart of Iceland and Black Sand Desert

Breakfast at your hotel.  It´s time to head north through the very heart of Iceland.  Discover hidden treasures of Iceland’s uninhabited interior traveling along the Sprengisandur highland route, a vast, barren, black desert connecting the 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. (Note: If Sprengisandur is closed, your group will take the Kjolur highland route instead.)

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area for the next 2 nights.

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Day 7: Tjornes – Asbyrgi – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn

Glacial River Gorge – Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall – Geothermal Wonderland– Rich Birdlife

Breakfast at your hotel. After traveling on the gravel roads of the highlands the past couple of days, the smooth highways of the North make the fully-packed day ahead more comfortable. Travel through the town of Husavik and around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of your journey. 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. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, which is located in the awe-inspiring Jokulsargljufur canyon. Next 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 mud pits of Hverarond and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area.

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Day 8: Akureyri – Skagafjordur

Waterfall “Of the Gods” – The Capital of the North – Viking Horses

Breakfast at your hotel.  Start the adventure today with a visit to Godafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. 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 atmospheric Listagil neighbourhood dedicated to culture, art and fine food. The route then continues to the Skagafjordur district, 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. The horse riding tour in Gauksmyri takes an hour and a half, and costs 9.500 ISK.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.

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Day 9: Hvammstangi – Eiriksstadir

Historical Farmlands – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson

Breakfast at your hotel.  The journey continues around Vatnsnes Peninsula, which contains the extraordinary rock formation of Hvitserkur, a 15 meter (49 ft) tall cliff jutting out straight from the sea.  You might even see seals resting close to the beach.  In the after-noon, 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 birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In a replica of a grass-roofed house, meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.

Dinner and overnight stay in Fellsstrond or Snaefellsnes.

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Day 10: Snaefellsjokull National Park

Snaefellsjokull Glacier – Pebble Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Quaint Fishing Villages

Breakfast at your hotel.  Today is spent exploring the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsjokull National Park. Undoubtedly the crowning 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 unique walk along the hiking trail linking the settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar.  Afterwards drive back to Reykjavik.

Optional tours in Reykjavik include a tour to the Blue Lagoon, which costs 73 EUR, and whale watching tour which takes 2,5-3 hours and costs 4.800 ISK.

Overnight in Reykjavik.  Dinner is on your own.

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Day 11: Departure

Breakfast at your hotel.  Transfer to the airport not included.  We would be happy to book a transfer for you.  We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight.

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