Iceland – Across The Wilderness

IcelandLandscapes, Nature

Experience the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Iceland's uninhabited interior!

Across the Wilderness 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-coloured mountains of the Landmannalaugar Nature reserve and the barren black sands of Sprengisandur. When combined with other major attractions such as geysir geothermal area, Jokulsarlon 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 the Icelandic nature.

  • All departures are guaranteed with min. of 2 participants
  • Max. group size: 19 people
11 Days
From EUR 2,461Per Person

Land Itinerary

Arrive Reykjavik, and after immigration and customs clearance, exit the airport terminal and proceed to the coach bay to board the Flybus Airport Shuttle Bus to your hotel for check-in.

The rest of the day is at your own leisure.

Reykjavík is the natural starting point for any visit to Iceland, and not undeservedly so. The capital is world-renowned for its culture, history, and natural beauty on all fronts.

Overnight in Reykjavik.

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

The first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir 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. 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 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.

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 Skogafoss. We then stop to enjoy the far-reaching views from Dyrholaey headland where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest until mid-August.

A stop in the quaint village of Vik follows before crossing the Myrdalssandur 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 Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

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 Hvannadalshnjukur. The highlight of the day is Jokulsarlon 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 Vatnajokull, 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.

Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area.

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

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, 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 Thjorsardalur area.

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. If Sprengisandur is closed, we take the Kjolur highland route instead.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area.

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 Husavik and around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of our journey. Discover the impressive 100 meter high walls of the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi, 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 Jokulsargljufur 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 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.

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

Godafoss, 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 Skagafjordur 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 appealing option, as is an invigorating walk in the picturesque surroundings.

Optional (at extra cost): Horse riding tour.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.

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 Eiriksstadir, 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 Snaefellsnes peninsula.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Snaefellsnes area.

Snaefellsjokull 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.

Please approach the Hotel Desk (at least 01 day before departure) to reconfirm your shuttle bus pick up time for the airport transfer.

Rise early in the morning and check out.

Board Flybus Airport Shuttle Bus for the Keflavik International Airport for flight check-in for your homebound flight.

Optional Experiences

Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.

Day 04 / Boat tour on the Glacial Lagoon | 30-40 mins | Price for summer 2017: 5.000 ISK
Day 08 / Horse riding tour in Gauksmýri | 1.5 hours | Price for summer 2017: 9.500 ISK
Day 10 / Tour to Blue Lagoon | Flexible time | Price for summer 2017: 73 EUR
Day 10 / Whale watching from Reykjavík | 2.5 - 3 hours | Price for summer 2017: 4.800 ISK

Land Cost

Price per person in EUR €

11D Iceland - Across The Wilderness, The Interior & More


Valid from Jun 15 - Sep 15, 2016
SIC Guided Tours (Min. 2 persons, max. 19)      TWN            SGL     
Jun 01 - Aug, 201834754370
Land prices do not include air passage to/from Reykjavik.
11N10(7)ID148TT171106

Inclusions

  • Arrival/departure airport transfers at Keflavík International Airport by Fly Airport Shuttle Bus
  • 9-day guided tour with driver-guide as per itinerary from/to Reykjavík
  • 02 nights accommodation with facilities in Reykjavík
  • 08 nights accommodation with facilities in countryside
  • Daily breakfast (except arrival day)
  • 08 dinners in the countryside
  • Participation in Reforestation Project in Haukadalur (Day 02)
  • Entrance to Eric the Red (Eriksstadir) Museum (Day 09)

Exclusions

  • Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
  • Air passage to/from Reykjavik
  • Blue Lagoon bathing fee and towel
  • All beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in the itinerary
  • Optional tours / activities
  • Tipping for guide and driver
  • All services not specially listed under "Inclusions"

2018 Departure Dates

  • 21 June 2018 English
  • 28 June 2018 /English/Dutch
  • 05 July 2018 English
  • 12 July 2018 /English/Dutch
  • 19 July 2018 English
  • 26 July 2018 /English/Dutch
  • 02 August 2018 English
  • 04 August 2018 /English/Dutch
  • 09 August 2018 English
  • 16 August 2018 English
  • 18 August 2018 /English/Dutch
  • 23 August 2018 English
  • 30 August 2018 English

Trip Map

Trip map for 11D Iceland ~ Across the Wilderness & The Interior

Trip map for 11D Iceland ~ Across the Wilderness & The Interior