Location + Itinerary
For many people, the mention of Iceland evokes images of volcanoes with difficult names or maybe the hip Reykjavík music scene. Naturally, as Europe‘s least densely populated country, and as an island long isolated from the rest of the world, Iceland may seem like a curious place for a travel destination.
But this land of hot springs, glaciers, lava fields, and waterfalls is a nature lover‘s paradise, with an unspoiled and truly surreal landscape that inspires countless artists and photographers. Travellers seeking an adventure won‘t be disappointed, with miles of scenic roadway circling the entire country and endless opportunities for outdoor pursuits— from leisurely, family-friendly activities to more active excursions for thrill seekers.
Despite the country‘s name, Icelandic summers are surprisingly mild and green, with nonstop daylight around the midsummer thanks to the phenomenon known as the midnight sun. Whereas during winter, the longer nights create ideal conditions for the northern lights—a fascinating experience on many travellers’ bucket lists.
Of course, no matter the season, you can always count on the warm hospitality of the Icelanders, a people fiercely proud of their well-preserved language and heritage that stretches back over a thousand years ago to the Viking Age. (But have no fear—English is widely used here!) From the lively Reykjavik city centre to the rural fishing villages, the unique Icelandic culture with its blend of old and new can be experienced at every turn.
- Days 1-2 - Depart the UK and arrive in Reykjavik. Take a day to explore the capital as well as getting all the supplies you will need for your trek.
- Day 3 - On Day 3 you will travel by bus to Landmannalauger and then spend the afternoon relaxing and making final preparations for your trek.
- Days 4-7 - Your trek will begin on Day 4. You stay each night in huts. The views will constantly change however during the trek you will see through the wild, dynamic landscapes of southern Iceland as well as rivers and glaciers.
- Day 8 - You will return to Reykja- vik for a well deserved rest day.
- Days 9-10 - On Day 9 you will travel to Skaftafell, Europe’s largest National Park. Here you will set up camp which is also home to twisted birch forests, glacial rivers and views of the enormous brilliant blue-white Vatnajokull Glacier.
- Day 11 - This will be a boat jounrey into the Jokulsarlon Iceberg Lagoon, one of Iceland’s most famous sights.
- Day 12 - Leave the lagoon and head back to Reykjavik.
- Day 13 - You will get to take a ‘Golden Circle’ tour which allows you to see some of Iceland’s most impressive natural wonders. During this time you will visit the Gullfoss Waterfall, see tectonics in action at Pingvellir and get up close to the exploding Geyser!
- Day 14 - You will get the opportunity to visit the ethereal Blue Lagoon. The volcanically heated sea water is rich in mineral salts and silica mud (great for the skin!). There will be some free time to go shopping before heading to the airport and flying home to the UK.
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