Winter Highlights

Winter Highlights

Tour Code: ILR54

During the winter, Iceland’s wild and remote highlands are an enchanting frozen wonderland. This 5 day, 4 night all-inclusive tour will allow you to experience some of the best of it.

Quick Info

Difficulty
Moderate
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Tour Type
Winter super jeep tour into the highlands with snowshoeing

What´s included
Super Jeep guide, full board, accommodation, sleeping bag and snowshoes

Language
English

Duration
5 days, 4 nights

Pick up
Participants are picked up at their accommodation at 08:30 AM

Accommodation
Mountain huts sleeping bag accommodation

Group size
Minimum 4 passengers - For smaller groups please contact us

Walking per day
2-5 hours

Note
For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.

Photos

Description

Highlights of the tour

  • The Icelandic Highlands in Winter
  • Adventurous Super Jeep driving
  • Snowshoeing through frozen landscapes

Iceland Winter Discovery 4x4 Highland Adventure

In winter, Iceland’s mountainous interior hides several treasures under a blanket of snow and ice. Among them is Hveravellir and Landmannalaugar, two areas with impressive hot springs, and the famous Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall, just to name a few. However, these magical places are not easily accessed by a normal car. Specially equipped 4x4 vehicles, like the ones in our fleet, have been modified for winter conditions and can reach these locations. Travelling in these vehicles is an adventure in its own right.  At our destinations, other adventures await: hiking in snowshoes through landscapes held in winter’s frozen grips, open air baths in natural hot springs, the sight of half frozen waterfalls of all shapes and sizes, vapor clouds that burst out from earth’s interior, mud pots, and geysers that are strangely spectacular in the winter season. A completely different universe and a unique scenery!

Note: For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers must be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.

Minimum age: 14 years

Included:

  • Super Jeep guide for 5 days
  • Food for 5 days (lunch from day 1 to day 5)
  • Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts
  • Cooking gear
  • Transportation

Not included:

  • Warm clothes 
  • Rain gear (can be rented)
  • Hiking boots (can be rented)

Departures

Tour Dates Availability Language  
12.02 - 16.02 2018 Available English/French Select
26.02 - 02.03 2018 Available English/French Select
19.03 - 23.03 2018 Available English/French Select
09.04 - 13.04 2018 Available English/French Select

Select the number of passengers and departure date.

Itinerary

Day 1: Þingvellir National Park-Deildartunguhver Hot Spring- Barnafoss- Hraunfossar

Your day begins with your driver guide picking you up from your accommodations in Reykjavík and whisking you off to Þingvellir National Park. This area is where the old Viking Parliament used to meet and is a UNESCO World Heritage site. As the birth place of democracy in Iceland, it is a very important part of our country’s history. It is a magnificent location with a beautiful lake skirted by a small canyon. This fissure is part of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Next, you will visit Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland, followed by the waterfalls of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar - a row of waterfalls that emerged from underneath a lava field. From there, we visit one of the numerous lava caves in the region. In winter, the caves are decorated with beautiful ice stalactites. You will stay the night in a hut in the area, where you have the option of bathing in “hot pots” in the local swimming pool.

Hiking: 2-3 hrs. total divided into numerous shorter walks.

Day 2: Hveravellir

Today, we set our course for Hveravellir! Depending on weather and snow conditions, we go north of Langjökull glacier, either by route 1 and the mountain road Kjölur (a road that crosses the island from north to south between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull), or by crossing the lava fields of Hallmundarhraun. Hveravellir is known for its intense geothermal activity, fumaroles, hot springs and colorful ponds filled with boiling water. You will visit the site’s famous hot springs before putting on your snow shoes for a walk to the volcano Strýtur. There, you will see majestic views of the icecaps of Langjökull and Hofsjökull. In the evening, we relax by soaking in the Hveravellir natural geothermal pool. On a clear night, we might see the Aurora Borealis light up the dark winter sky! You will spend the night in a mountain hut.

Hiking: 3 hrs.

Day 3: Gullfoss-Geysir-Háifoss waterfall- Þjórsárdalur –Hekla

You will start the day off descending towards Gullfoss (the powerful “Golden waterfall”), where the turbulent waters of the river Hvítá plunge into a canyon. Then, you head to Geysir, which gives his name to all other spouting hot springs in the world! In the valley of Þjórsárdalur, which borders the lava field created by the volcano Hekla, you will visit the small valley of Gjáin and the grand waterfall of Háifoss. There, the water drops down a 122m high cliff.  Afterward, you will arrive at a hut near Hekla, one of the Iceland’s most active volcanoes. When the Danish ruled Iceland, they believed that Hekla’s crater was a gateway to the netherworld. The last eruption goes back to… February 2000! 

Hiking: 3-4 hrs total, numerous small walks interspersed with transfer in vehicles.

Day 4: Landmannalaugar

The route today is south-west into Landmannalaugar and, in certain conditions, will put the capacity of our vehicles to the test!  If weather and snow conditions allow, you will visit the immense crater of Ljótipollur. Later, you arrive at a mountain hut in Landmannalaugar at the foot of a lava field that formed after an eruption in 1480. After a hike in snowshoes through this extraordinary landscape of colorful rhyolite mountains, a bath in the naturally warm waters of rivers that run next to the mountain hut is an ideal way to end your day. 

Hiking: 3-4 hrs.

Day 5: Landmannalaugar-Tungná river- Hjálparfoss waterfall-Reykjvík

The day begins with a visit to the hot springs that lie at the foot of the hill Reykjarkollur before retracing our steps from the day before in our vehicles. We pass by the crater of Hnausapollar and descend into the great valley of the river Tungná. Farmers used to cross this vast river on boats with their sheep at the ford of Hófsvað. On the road to Reykjavík, we stop at the Hjálparfoss waterfall. There, one stream splits into a twin waterfall that comes together in a circular basin surrounded by twisted basalt columns that form a beautiful asymmetric wall. You will arrive to your accommodations in Reykjavík in the late afternoon. 

Hiking: 2 hrs. 

This itinerary may change due to weather and conditions.

Equipment List

Boots and Clothing:

  • Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred. 
  • Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
  • Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material. 
  • Hiking pants.
  • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material. 
  • Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
  • Socks – two to three pairs of hiking socks - Wool or synthetic.
  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 

 

Other gear:

  • Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres. 
  • Duffel bag for your overnight gear, preferably not a suit-case.  
  • Towel – A light weight and packable one. 
  • Sunglasses and sun protection. 
  • Water bottle. 
  • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
  • Swimsuit.  
  • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for summer tours. Good summer sleeping bag will do for winter tours in huts (depending on tour).
  • Earplugs 
  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 

 

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s). 
  • Pen knife. 
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films. 
  • Puffy jacket to through on during stops (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
  • Slippers for indoor use. 
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

 

Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@icelandrovers.is.

Map

Price From:

305000 ISK

This tour is available in:

  • JAN
  • FEB
  • MAR
  • APR
  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

Currency Settings

Choose your currency

Please note that our currency exchange rate is taken from the Icelandic Central Bank and might differ slightly from your bank's currency rate. Additionally, all charges are made in Icelandic Krona (ISK).

Select currency:

Iceland Rovers - Search

Looking for something special?

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
You may also like to receive: