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The Wilderness of Iceland

The Wilderness of Iceland tour offers a complete Icelandic experience in only 11 days. With a specially adapted 4x4 mountain coach, you will travel off-the-beaten track through the uninhabited and deserted 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 area, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, and the Dettifoss waterfall, this tour is sure to conquer the hearts of all first-time visitors, as well as those that have been here before!

Duration: 10 Nights, Summer 2017

Price: From $3,480 per person

Highlights

  • The amazing Landmannalaugar and Þjórsárdalur Highland Regions
  • Experience most of the National Parks in Iceland
  • Glacier, Waterfalls, Hot Springs and Volcanoes

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Included
    - 9 day tour with driver-guide from/to Reykjavík
    - Accommodation 2 nights w/breakfast and w/facilities in Reykjavík
    - Accommodation 8 nights w/breakfast and w/facilities in the countryside
    - 8 dinners in the countryside
    - Planting trees in Haukadalur (day 2)
    - Entrance to Eric the Red museum (day 9)

Not Included
    - Travel Insurance
    - Flights to and from Iceland
    - Airport Transport

 

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Day: 1 Arrival in Iceland

Arrival in Iceland, with an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Reykjavík.
Optional (at extra cost):
    Non guided transfer via Blue Lagoon on arrival
    Whale watching tour from Reykjavik

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Day 2: Þingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir

UNESCO World Heritage site with Geological Wonders – The beautiful Golden Falls - Erupting Geysers

The first day begins with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament Here we see the dramatic continental drift between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next we travel to the nearby Geysir geothermal area and witness boiling pools and hot springs. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes.
Next we take part in Iceland Travel´s reforestation program located in Haukadalur valley. Here our task is to plant a total of five trees, which not only allows us to leave our mark in Iceland but also reduce our carbon footprint!
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 – Dyrhólaey – Kirkjubæjarklaustur

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

Start the day with a visit to the two impressive waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.  We then stop to enjoy the far-reaching views from Dyrhólaey headland where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest until mid-August. A stop in the quaint village of Vík follows before crossing the Mýrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains. The day ends by passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the world's largest single lava flow in about 10.000 years.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubæjarklaustur area for the next 2 nights.

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Day 4: Jökulsárlón – Skaftafell

Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest National Park – Europe's Largest Glacier

The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards the Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, with the country´s highest peak Hvannadalshnjúkur. The highlight of the day is Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. An optional boat tour among the icebergs is available. On our way we pass by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajökull, visiting at least one of them. Along the route we are afforded magnificent views of Skaftafell National Park.
Optional (at extra cost):
    Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon

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Day 5: Landmannalaugar

Multicolored Mountains of the Interior – Lava Fields – Hot Springs with Bathing – Hekla Volcano

Meander along the Fjallabaksleið interior track to Landmannalaugar, an astonishing area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains. The surreal beauty of the uninhabited interior reveals deep valleys and sculptured, often mossy mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under glaciers during the Ice Age.
After a nice (optional) walk, visitors take a bath in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs
Dinner and overnight stay in the Þjórsardalur area.

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Day 6: Sprengisandur

Uninhabited Interior and Black Sand Desert

We discover hidden treasures of Iceland's uninhabited interior traveling along the central Sprengisandur highland route, which is a vast, barren, black desert connecting the north and south. With only rough tracks and un-bridged glacial rivers, we rely on our experienced driver to navigate the rugged passage between the glaciers.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Mývatn area for the next 2 nights

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Day 7: Tjörnes – Ásbyrgi – Dettifoss – Lake Mývatn

Glacial River Gorge – Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife

Ahead is a fully packed day of wildly varying landscapes. We travel through the town of Húsavík and around the Tjörnes peninsula, the northernmost point of our journey. Discover the impressive 100 meter high walls of the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Ásbyrgi, that according to Norse mythology, is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. Vikings believed it was a hoof-print left by Sleipnir, Odin's eight-legged flying horse from Norse mythology. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall which is located in the awe-inspiring Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. Next we 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 are the mud pits of Hverarönd, and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters.
Overnight in Lake Mývatn area

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Day 8: Akureyri – Skagafjörður

Waterfall "Of the Gods" – Iceland's Second Largest City – Viking Horses

Goðafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country, is visited before we continue to Akureyri, the vibrant "Capital of the North". Free time in Iceland's second largest city can include a visit to the delightful botanical gardens, taking a dip in the local geothermal pool, or perhaps enjoying the atmospheric Listagil area that is exclusively dedicated to culture, art and fine food. Our route continues to the Skagafjörður district, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland and boasts many historical sites from the classic Sagas. In the evening, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse is an appeal option, as is an invigorating walk in the picturesque surroundings.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.
Optional (at extra cost):
    Horse riding tour

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Day 9: Hvammstangi – Eiriksstaðir – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Fertile Farmlands – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson – Quaint Fishing Villages

The journey continues through rolling farmlands and across Laxardalsheidi heath to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstaðir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In a replica grass-roofed house visitors meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge. We travel through small seaside towns on the northern coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Snæfellsnes area.
Included:
    Entrance to Eric the Red museum

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Day 10: Snæfellsjökull National Park

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

Today is spent exploring the amazing variety in natural landscapes of Snaefellsnes National Park. Undoubtedly the crowning jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. We walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi we observe magnificent basalt rock in stacked formations and take a unique walk along the hiking trail linking the settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar before driving back to Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavik.

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Day 11: Departure

Departure from Iceland

You have time to use your morning for a Whale watching tour or if you have not visited the Blue Lagoon, you can do so on your way to the airport. (Reservation required, not included)

Optional (at extra cost):

   - Whale Watching trip from Reykjavik or Visit the Blue Lagoon.
   - Airport transfer. 

 

Departure 2017:

06/22 SOLD OUT, 06/29 FEW SEATS, 07/06 FEW SEATS, 07/13 FEW SEATS, 07/20 REQUEST, 07/27 REQUEST,

08/03 REQUEST, 08/05 REQUEST, 08/10 SOLD OUT, 08/17, 08/19, 08/24, 08/31.

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

Price per Person:

June through August 2017 - $3,480 (Double occupancy) , $4,385 (Single)


 Children rate
Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 50% discount from the listed price, valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults.  Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults. ( It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on this tour).

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Views from The Wilderness of Iceland

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Highlights

  • The amazing Landmannalaugar and Þjórsárdalur Highland Regions
  • Experience most of the National Parks in Iceland
  • Glacier, Waterfalls, Hot Springs and Volcanoes

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