Highlands and Hot Springs
Tour Code: ILR60
Participants are picked up from their accommodation in Reykjavík the morning the tour starts
Quality guesthouses / Mountain huts
Minimum 4 persons
Walking per day
2 - 4 hours
Highlands and Hot Springs
This is one of our most popular super jeep tours. The aim is to bathe in as many hot springs as possible while at the same time enjoying the wild nature of the Icelandic highlands and good food. Our route takes us between all sorts of pools, from remote small and unknown natural pools without any facilities at all to the world-famous Blue Lagoon. In between, we'll go for short hikes and get to know the history and geology of Iceland. The super jeeps used for this tour are specially built to take on the rugged Icelandic mountain tracks and they offer an opportunity to experience the country’s less accessible highlands in a more intimate way with a small group. Each day a 2-4 hour moderate walk suitable for everyone is on our agenda, either in one place or it can be divided into a few shorter walks at different locations. Driving distances and time vary from day to day, depending on areas and itinerary but range 2 to 6 hours. Two nights are spent in quality guest houses, in the north, and in the south, where we will also enjoy gourmet arctic cuisine. An easy but active and fun tour that lets you experience the highlights and hot spots of Iceland! This is a tour that offers just the right mix of highland adventures with hot pools and comfortable guest houses with excellent food!
Available upon request: Four-star accommodation in Reykjavík - please contact us for more information.
Minimum age: 14 years
- driver-tour guide per group of 4 - 7 persons
- accommodation in guesthouses (2 nights)
- sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts (4 nights)
- visit to Víðimýri church and Glaumbær folk museum
- entrance to the Blue Lagoon
- full board is provided the whole time from Reykjavík to Reykjavik
- Sleeping bags and sleeping bag linen is not included but can be rented.
- Optional rafting or horse riding tour in Skagafjörður.
Day 1: Reykjavik – Þingvellir – Geysir – Gullfoss – Hveravellir
Pick up and departure from your hotel at 09:00 to Þingvellir national park, site of the ancient Viking parliament, here we get a good view over the rift valley where the continents meet. Next we see the spouting hot springs in the Geysir area then the famous Gullfoss waterfall which will be our last stop before entering the highlands. We drive the trail across the highlands to Hveravellir geothermal area where we will end our day. The hot spring area, natural hot pool and magnificent view to the glaciers are the main attractions.
Accommodation at Hveravellir Mountain hut in sleeping bags.
Day 2: Hveravellir – Skagafjörður- Grettislaug Hot Spring
Heading north on the highland mountain tracks we descend in the great valley of Skagafjörður region. Visit to the small 19th century turf church at Víðimýri and the Glaumbær folk museum. Glaumbær is actually a 19th century farm made of turf and stones. Continuing northwards we now drive to the Village Sauðárkrókur and on to Reykjaströnd, the coast following steep mountains on the west side of Skagfjörður fjord. There at the very end of the world (or almost) we find a small and tidy hot spring once used by the Saga’s hero Grettir. Night in a country side guesthouse or hotel.
Day 3: Skagafjörður- Laugafell
In the morning an optional rafting or a horse ride tour is on the menu for those who want. We then head to the south driving mountain tracks to Laugafell an isolated mountain hut situated next to a comfortable hot spring just ready for eager bathers. If time allows, afternoon drive to the shepherds hut Gráni standing close to the great Jökulsá river. Night in a mountain hut.
Day 4: Laugafell – Landmannalaugar
We will follow the mountain track leading us eastward east of the Hofsjokull glacier towards Nýidalur and then crossing the Sprengisandur desert to Landmannalaugar. Some of the most beautiful scenery of Iceland is found in the Torfajökull Massif in the South Icelandic Highlands. Here we can find the most famous hot spring for bathing surrounded by adventure like landscape of unreal beauty. We reach Landmannalaugar in the afternoon after a stop at the Ljótipollur Lake or ”Ugly Pond”, a eruptive fissure, which was created during an enormous eruption in 1470. In spite of its name the crater is uniquely impressive and the surroundings stand no comparison to other such natural phenomena in the country. Once we’re in Landmannalaugar we will soak ourselves in the hot river to relax and wash of the travel dust. Mountain hut Landmannalaugar, sleeping bag accommodation.
Day 5: Landmannalaugar - Skófluklif
We leave Dómadalur (Dooms valley) and set the course uphill, climbing as high as 1000 meters above sea level with our jeep to enjoy the fascinating view over the Torfajökull area. We are at the edge of the largest geothermal areas in Iceland where fire and ice create spectacular ice caves with the hot springs constantly working underneath the icecap. In Hrafntinnusker area you will find all the colours that you can possibly imagine in nature. This is a land of unreal beauty, hardly found anywhere else on earth. We head south through the highlands, cross countless rivers and blaze across the black desert of Mælifellssandur until we reach the refuge at Skofluklif. We will hike across the hills in the evening to a very remote pool called Strútslaug. Accommodation: Skófluklif mountain hut in sleeping bags.
Day 6: Skófluklif - Vík - Seljavellir
We’ll travel alongside the Mýrdalsjokull glacier sitting on top of the volcano Katla to the village of Vík, Iceland's most southerly village. Outside of the village's lies a beautiful black beach and one of Europe's biggest arctic tern breeding grounds. After Vík we continue to the west along the coast to our accommodation at the base of Eyjafjoll Mountains, where we will witness how the recent eruption in Eyjafjallajökull has changed the appearence of the landscape. In the evening it is perfect to take a walk in to the mountains or on the black beach and visit the one of the pools in the area.
Accommodation: Guesthouse in the vicinity of Vík.
Day 7: Seljavellir – Reykjavik
Today we traverse the beautiful wide plains of southern Iceland and out to the Reykjanes peninsula via the Blue Lagoon, the famous warm salt water lake in the lava filed that has become one of the most visited hot water lake in Iceland. We stop there for a relaxing bath before we head for the direction of Reykjavík the capital of Iceland.