Feel like you’ve left the planet with amazing scenery and breathtaking vistas of Iceland. Enjoy a variety of landscapes (fields of volcanic rock, expansive glaciers, and waterfalls, oh my!) on this 10-day adventure. Iceland is a true adventurer’s playground. Interested in this trip? Call us at 888-849-6637 or email adventures@backwoods.com to reserve your spot!

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Adventure Itinerary

 
Day 1 - Airport Transfer and Blue Lagoon

  • Our driver will pick you up in the early morning at Keflavik/Reykjavik Airport
  • On the way to the city, we will stop at the Blue Lagoon where you will enjoy Premium Access.
  • Restaurant recommendations and reservations are available.
  • Sand Hotel in Downtown Reykjavik (2 nights) Superior Double Room

 
Day 2 - Reykjavik Sightseeing and Relaxation

  • Spend the day in Reykjavik exploring and sightseeing in the city.
  • Reykjavik Food Walk (optional- $150 pp not included)
  • A local guide will bring you on a 3-4-hour food tour where you will explore well known must visit restaurants in downtown Reykjavik as well as small, family run businesses and secret local hangouts.
  • Sand Hotel in downtown Reykjavik (2 nights) Superior Double Room

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 3 - Golden Circle Adventure

  • Our day starts early from the hotel at 08:30 we will head northeast of Reykjavik and on to the Golden Circle, the most popular tour in Iceland. It covers three main attractions: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir Hot Spring and the Golden Waterfall.
  • At Thingvellir, we’ll encounter the birthplace of the Icelandic nation, as well as the foundation site of the first Viking Parliament or Althingi in the year of 930. It is still the oldest existing parliament in the world. Thingvellir is one of the spots where we can appreciate more clearly the forces shaping our planet as the tectonic plates spread apart creating new crust. We visit the visual Rift Between the Eurasian and American Continents
  • Our second stop will be at the hot spring we call Geysir (the geyser from which the word is derived) to witness an eruption every 7 minutes or so.
  • From the geyser we head to the Golden Waterfall. This spectacular waterfall in the Hvítá River is as magnificent when partly frozen in the winter-time as it is fluid in the summer.
  • Our journey takes us to a wonderful place to have lunch, the Fridheimar Tomato farm. Tomatoes are the theme of Friðheimar cuisine – and that’s not surprising, since four different varieties of tomato are cultivated in the greenhouses, where food is served among the tomato plants. A unique food experience.
  • Hotel Rangá Standard Room

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 4 - Thorsmork & Eyjafjallajokull Adventure

  • Our day starts early from the hotel at 08:30 when we head east towards the southern part of Iceland where some of the country’s most iconic sites are located.
  • We arrive at Gljúfrabúi and Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls which will be our first stop before heading into Thorsmork, Thor’s Ravine, an area resembling something from Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings or even Game of Thrones; not entirely farfetched as Thorsmork is one of the shooting locations for the series. Our journey will take us around Eyjafjallajokull Glacier, which earned its notoriety when it erupted in April of 2010, spewing ash into the atmosphere that spread to Europe consequently closing all airspace for a number of days.
  • With its unique surroundings, including stunning waterfalls, panoramic views of glaciers and small valleys Thorsmork offers amazing sights that everyone has to see when traveling to Iceland, but it is not accessible with the ordinary rental car.
  • Wonderful opportunity for hikes in gorges with breathtaking waterfalls.
  • On this adventure you will witness first-hand the incredible natural forces that meet here in Iceland. Water, ice and volcanoes seemingly coexist in Iceland, creating an overabundance of energy, which can be seen on this awesome South Coast Adventure. This tour will bring you to the black beaches of Iceland’s southern coast. See Dyrhólaey Head, Reynisfjara Beachand Skógafoss. This tour will give you the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent and uniquelandscape formed by the volcano Katla, which lies dormant under the ice cap Mýrdalsjokull Glacier. Weather and visibility allowing, the great view to the glacierand along the coast line to Dyrhólaey can be enjoyed – Single or double Riders
  • Continuing on our route past the formidable mountain of Lómagnúpur, about an hour-and-a-half’s drive east of Vík is Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier and Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur. It’s truly one of Iceland’s most iconicsights.
  • Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon Standard Rooms

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 5 - Glacier Lagoon, Stokksnes and the East Fjords

  • Beyond Skaftafell National Park are two Glacier Lagoons, Fjallsárlón and Jokulsárlón Glacier Lagoons. Both are in the foothills of Iceland’s largest glacier and Iceland’s highest peak, and well worth a look. In good weather, the environment is a setting for some spectacular photos.
  • Jokulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is the better known of the two with many Hollywood movies having been filmed there. On the coast, chunks of ice from the glacier melt to form what has recently become known as Diamond Beach.
  • We continue on the ring road on a counter-clockwise tour of Iceland towards the town of Hofn, a small fishing community that prides itself on their langoustines, where we willstop for an early lunch.
  • A few kilometers east of Hofn is one of Iceland’s most iconic places, Stokksnes and Vesturhorn.
  • Fáskrúðsfjorður is an old fishing town. At the bottom of the fjord there is a grassy valley with lovely arctic woodlands. The town at the bottom of the fjord goes by the name of Búdir, but everyone calls it Fáskrúdsfjord.
  • We head across on last mountain pass and arrive in the town of Egilsstaðir where we will stay for the night.
  • Gistihusid Egilsstaðir Lake View Rooms

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 6 - Dttifoss and Lake Mývatn

  • From Egilsstaðir.our route now takes us north and further to the west. We will passover Moðrudalsoræfi Plain and make our way north to Dettifoss, Europe’s mostpowerful waterfall.
  • After lunch, we head towards the volcanic area of Lake Mývatn and, weather permitting, go on hikes around the calderas and lava fields.
  • As you approach Lake Mývatn, you will most likely start to smell the sulfur coming from the hot water in the area particularly from the geothermal area around Krafla. Krafla is one of Iceland’s most spectacular and active volcanoes.
  • The prominent Hverfjall and Ludent tuff rings east of Lake Mývatn are the results of eruptions along the 100km-long fissure system, which extends as far as the north coast of Iceland. For nearly a decade the Krafla caldera and Krafla fissures erupted on and off in the period 1975-1984.
  • Fosshotel Mývatn on Lake Mývatn Twin with view of Lake Mývatn

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 7 - Dimmuborgir, Húsavík and the Geosea Baths

  • We start the day by driving to the town of Húsavík where we will enjoy a whale-watching excursion.
  • Whale watching in Húsavík on the Skjálfandi Bay, often referred to as the whale watching capitol of Europe
  • It is a unique adventure at sea – watching the wonders of nature in the beautiful surroundings of Skjálfandi Bay, sheltered by the stunning mountains of Vík. This is where our roots lie, where our ancestors used to live in peace and joy for centuries, living in total harmony with the unpredictable and untamed nature of the North Atlantic.
  • After the whale watching we will stop at the GeoSea Baths and enjoy the spectacular view of the Arctic Ocean from a seaside cliff. The GeoSea sea baths enable you to enjoy nature in a unique manner. Thanks to the underground heat, the seawater in the baths is warm and comfortable and the mineral-rich water will caress your skin. While the warm sea works its miracles, you can enjoy the view of the mountain range to the west, Skjálfandi Bay beneath the cliffs and the Arctic Circle itself on the horizon.
  • On our way to Akureyri we will stop at Goðafoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls.
  • Spend the remainder of the day exploring the town of Akureyri.
  • Kea Hotel in Downtown Akureyri - Superior Double

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 8 - Troll Peninsula and Borgarfjorður Fjord

  • A bit of driving today as we make our way back to the south.
  • Our journey will take us to the west to Skagafjorður, a fjord famous for its culture of horse-breeding and the beautiful islands that lie within it.
  • We have a wonderful opportunity to go for a horseback ride around the countryside.
  • We return to the road and head towards Reykjavik where we will stop at the cliff of Hvítserkur. Keep your eyes open because the area is also known for its large seal colony.
  • As we make our way further east towards the valley of Húsafell, we come to our next stop at Deildartunguhver, Iceland’s (and Europe’s) largest hot spring.
  • Just a few minutes down the road is our next stop at Hraunfossar Waterfalls where water seeps down the vertical walls of a 1000-year-old lava field.
  • Hotel Husafell Standard Room (voted by National Geographic as one of the top lodges of the world)

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 9 - Into the Glacier and Reykjavik

  • We start the day with a trip to the top of Langjokull Glacier and the Into the Glacier a tour inside the glacier itself. Enjoy the fascinating tour with local guides teaching us about glaciers and geology.
  • After the glacier tour, we’ll have lunch in Húsafell.
  • We head across the mountain pass of Kaldidalur Valley and arrive near Thingvellir National Park.
  • Sand Hotel in Downtown Reykjavik (2 nights- Superior Double Room)

Meals Included: Breakfast

 
Day 10 - Airport Transfer

  • We will pick you up at the hotel to Arrive at the airport 2 – 3 hours before departure

Meals Included: None

 
 
 

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Trip Details

 
Start

Reykjavik, Iceland

Finish

Reykjavik, Iceland

Duration

10 Days

Fitness Level

Activities
Backpacking
Hiking
Hot Springs
Cultural Touring
Sightseeing
City Touring
Culinary Tours
 
What's Included
  • Airport transfers
  • Blue lagoon premium access
  • Transportation with english speaking guide
  • Friðheimar tomato farm lunch
  • Activities: Whale watching in Húsavík, Geosea baths in húsavík, Into the glacier
What's Not Included
  • Additional activities
  • ATV tour on the south coast double ($180 pp)
  • Reykjavik food walk ($150 pp)
  • Lunch & dinner (est. $75 per day)
  • Guide gratuities
 

Additional Information

Meals

Breakfasts are included on this trip, but your lunches and dinners will be purchased on your own.

Accommodations

All of our accommodations on this trip are of superb quality—including Hotel Husafell, lauded by National Geographic as one of the top lodges of the world.

*Single occupancy is a available at additional cost.

Health

Our Iceland Grand Adventure does include several short hikes, some horseback riding, and other adventure activities. Although we will not be adventuring to significant altitudes, we do encourage training to be sure you will have no physical constraints. Before traveling internationally with Backwoods Adventures you are strongly advised to consult your physician for a thorough medical check-up and clearance before attempting the trip. If you are over 50 years old, talk to your doctor about doing a “stress EKG”. Should you require any medication whatsoever, you must provide your own and be able to administer it yourself.

Air Arrangements

You will want to schedule your flight to arrive no later than 10am on Day 1. We always recommend coming in a day early in the case of a delay. On the final day of the tour, you may leave at any time. Please be sure to check with us prior to purchasing your ticket to make sure the flights you have chosen will work well with the tour itinerary and that the tour is sufficiently subscribed to operate. Once purchased, most airline tickets are non-refundable and carry a penalty to change. We are not responsible for these fees. Also, it is imperative that we receive a copy of your comprehensive flight itinerary—including any and all flights not covered in the tour fee—so that we may track you in the event of missed connections, delays, or other mishaps.

The single supplement for the tour is $1300. If you do not have a roommate but wish to share, we will try to pair you with a roommate from the tour; but if none is available, you will be billed for the single supplement. Our tour fees are based on double occupancy; one-half the cost of a double room is priced into the tour fee. The single supplement is calculated by taking the actual cost of a single room and subtracting one-half the cost of a double room (plus any applicable taxes)

Trip Insurance

We recommend that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, click here or contact Travelex Insurance Services at 800-228-9792 and reference location number 43-0634.

Single Supplement

All prices are calculated for double-occupancy. To ensure your comfort, we will always match you with a roommate of the same sex – and if we're unable to match you with a roommate, you may end up with your own room free of charge. If sharing is not your idea of fun, you can request a single supplement for a small upcharge when you pay your final amount. You will be able to make this election on your trip registration.

 
 
 

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Meet Your Guides

 
 
Cole Shobert
 
Cole Shobert

Cole Shobert is the Backwoods Adventures Travel Specialist and he specializes in making travel dreams come true! Cole hails from Lubbock, Texas, and when he’s not sending folks on amazing adventures around the world, you’ll find him somewhere in wild West Texas hunting, fishing, or mountain biking with his dog and best friends.

 
 
 

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Travel Insurance

Backwoods recommends that you purchase a travel protection plan to help protect you and your travel investment against the unexpected. For your convenience, we offer travel protection through Travelex Insurance Services. For more information on the available plans or to enroll, contact Travelex Insurance Services.

Use reference location number 43-0634

Travel Insurance is underwritten by

Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company
NAIC #22276. 55Y
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