- Bathe in a natural geothermal pool in beautiful surroundings.
- Watch the northern lights dance around a star-studded winter sky.
- Explore the magnificent Icelandic highlands in a super jeep.
- Hike in the colorful rhyolite mountains formed by centuries of volcanic activities in the area.
- Play around on snow mobiles if weather conditions are good.
Nine days / Eight nights
Starts / ends in in Reykjavík
Dates of tour operation: 1 September 2018 - 30 April 2019
Go on a journey of unforeseen adventures and constant challenges. Explore the beautiful highlands of Iceland, where you’ll spend the days hiking and playing in the snow, and evenings lazing in a geothermal tub and hunting for the dancing Northern Lights. On this truly unique tour there will be no street lamps to guide the way and no traffic, only pure natural wilderness with its endless beauty. Weather and road conditions will dictate the travelling.
3 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Reykjavik - Thjorsardalur - Hekla - Hrauneyjar – Landmannalaugar
We drive along by the River Thjorsa, the longest river in the country, and into the valley of Thjorsardalur with the Hjalparfoss Waterfall (Helping Falls), where horses used to graze in the last lush area before heading across the sandy desert of Sprengisandur in olden times.
We have a lunch break in Hrauneyjar Highland Center, the last outpost before we enter the real highlands at Fjallabak Nature Reserve. We drive through vast lava fields, pass Lake Hnausapollur and Lake Ljotipollur and have a stop at Lake Frostastadavatn.
Finally, we get to Landmannalaugar which will most likely be snow covered. But the steep rhyolite mountains and rough lava fields are visible, showing the geothermal activity of the hot springs and naturally heated rivers crisscrossing the land at every turn. After the drive you will be able to relax in the geothermally heated pool while your driver-guide prepares dinner from premium Icelandic ingredients. In the evening the Northern Lights might show up if the sky is clear. If they do not show up it is still spectacular to view the stars shining extra bright so far away from man-made light pollution.
Day 2: Landmannalaugar
The mountains encircling the area are mostly formed from sour magma which was cooked in the magna chamber of a volcano located by the glacier of Torfajokull, south of Landmannalaugar. The Torfajokull area is the country´s second largest high temperature geothermal area. The sour magma and the geothermal heat are located within a huge chamber which is the largest of its kind in Iceland.
We plan the day according to snow conditions, weather and your own preferences. Some example activities are a snowmobile tour in the area, a hike to the numerous interesting locations nearby, a ride with your guide in the modified Super Jeep to nearby lakes and interesting locations.
In the evening a delicious barbecue dinner is prepared, and you can enjoy the evening according to your own preferences.
Day 3: Landmannalaugar - Gullfoss - Geysir – Thingvellir
After breakfast we leave the peacefulness of Landmannalaugar and head for the dam at Hrauneyjar where we stop for lunch. From there we drive through Thjorsardalur on to the Golden Circle route which takes us first to the majestic Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). This waterfall is in the white River Hvita which flows from the glacier lake of Hvitarvatn and most of the water flows from Langjokull Glacier which is the second largest glacier in Iceland.
Next, we come to the geothermal field of Geysir which has hundreds of hot springs of all types, most of them with boiling water, and even several geysers. The largest being Geysir, one of the most famous hot springs in the world, sometimes known as The Great Geysir.
We then head on to Thingvellir, sometimes called the ‘Heart of Iceland’. Thingvellir was declared a National Park in 1930. Thingvellir was nominated for the UNESCO World Heritage List on July 2, 2004.
Weather circumstances, snow and road conditions all play a big role in our tour so the travelling time can vary greatly. Time of arrival in Reykjavik is estimated to be in the early evening at dinner time.