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4x4 Highland Adventure & Hiking

(7 days / 6 nights)

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Experience the adventurous side of Iceland

Adventure awaits with this guided small group tour along the south coast of Iceland and the remote and rugged highlands. Enjoy long light-filled days while visiting the classic Icelandic nature highlights such as the Golden Circle, the waterfalls of the south coast, and the dramatic glacier lagoon, all with a rugged 4x4 driven by an expert local guide. On this tour you will also experience fun activities such as hiking and sailing among the icebergs at Jökulsárlón. This active tour is great to soak up the scenery of Iceland’s best known natural sites of the south, along with hidden gems.

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Why book a small group tour with Nordic Visitor

  • Groups limited to 16 travellers
  • Hassle-free travel experience
  • Quality & value for your money
  • Trusted local experts in Iceland
  • 100% guaranteed departures

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Tour Highlights

  • Visit the massive floating icebergs at the Glacier Lagoon
  • Explore Iceland‘s rugged terrain in Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk
  • Walk the Diamond Beach, seeing the scattered, glistening ice
  • Get out and experience Iceland by foot on this active tour
  • See the different colours, shapes and textures of a glacier during a guided glacier hike
  • Feel the power of the thundering waterfall Gullfoss
  • Marvel at eruptions at the Geysir geothermal region
  • Photograph the jagged basalt columns & sweeping black sand beaches
  • Enjoy the cascading waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss

Travel style

Guided Small Groups i

Interest

Active i, Highlands i, Hiking i

Pace level

Level 2 (Classic) i

Activity level

Level 3 (Challenging) i

Season

July

Departure

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Driving distance

1443/896 km/mi

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Arrival to Iceland

    Welcome to Iceland! Your time in Iceland kicks off with an airport transfer to Reykjavík, the capital of Iceland. Along the way you can relax as you are driven through the lava fields before getting to the city. After you have settled in, head out to explore the exciting city centre. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, restaurants, outdoor spaces, and places to get delicious ice cream—all within an easy walk. In the evening, have dinner at one of Reykjavík‘s many restaurants (not included) and spend the evening at leisure.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík at Icelandair Hótel Marina

    Included:
    • Private meet & greet airport transfer on arrival
    • Welcome drink and group information meeting with your guide

    Average Driving Distance: 49km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Attractions Accommodation details Optional Activities
  • Day 2: Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon

    Your first stop along the Golden Circle is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is fascinating for its geology as well as historical relevance.

    You will then visit Geysir—the original “geyser”—and its more active neighbour, Strokkur, which erupts steam and water metres into the air every few minutes. Next up is the majestic Gullfoss waterfall, which is a two-tiered waterfall with roaring white water thundering and crashing below. There's a reason why this is such a popular attraction! After a day of sightseeing, enjoy a soothing soak at the Secret Lagoon.

    Spend the night in Golden Circle area at Icelandair Hótel Flúðir

    Included:
    • Secret Lagoon entrance
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Dinner at Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 250 km / 155 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 hours

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  • Day 3: Landmannalaugar Highland Route

    Today it’s time for your driver to put your 4x4 vehicle to the test by exploring the southern highlands. Spend the first part of your day enjoying Landmannalaugar, a unique geothermal area surrounded by colourful rhyolite peaks. This is an ideal place to do some hiking and your guide will lead you on one of the numerous hiking trails in the region. Next up, your guide will head to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, where you will spend the night.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur at Hotel Magma

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Lunch pack for the day
    • Dinner at Hotel Magma

    Average Driving Distance: 132 km / 82 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 9-10 hours

    Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 4: Lakagígar & Fjaðrárgljúfur

    Start the day visit the unique Lakagígar, a fascinating site of crates that were created by a huge volcanic eruption in 1783. After exploring the region, your guide will continue to Fjaðrárgljúfur, a unique canyon that has been hollowed by the Fjaðrá river. Explore the area by one of the well-maintained walking paths.

    In the afternoon, you have the option to join a fat bike tour, where you will get to explore Iceland’s rugged terrain by two wheels. For those that more time to explore on their own, you can skip the bike tour and return to Hotel Magma, where you can relax at the hotel or roam the nearby surroundings on a walk.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur at Hotel Magma

    Included:
    • Lunch pack for the day
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 196 km / 121 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 6 hours

    Attractions Attractions Accommodation details Optional Activities
  • Day 5: Vatnajökull & Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Get ready for more outdoor adventures today! You will start your day with a hike to the cascading waterfall Svartifoss, which is located in Vatnajökull National Park, a region of great natural beauty. You will then enjoy lunch at Fjallsárlón before continuing to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, famous for its floating icebergs in shades ranging from milky white to bright blue. You will board a boat and marvel at the gigantic icebergs, a unique experience, and hopefully you will spot some seals lounging about on the ice. Next to the glacier lagoon we will stop at the Diamond Beach where you will see big chunks of ice that have washed ashore after being polished in the surf of the glacier lagoon.

    Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur at Hotel Magma

    Included:
    • Zodiac boat tour on Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Lunch by Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    • Dinner at Hotel

    Average Driving Distance: 249 km / 154 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 8 hours

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  • Day 6: Þórsmörk & the South Coast

    You will start the day travelling to the most famous volcanic black sand beach in Iceland, where huge waves crash along the shore– make sure to keep a good distance from the sea. You can also get some great photos by the basalt columns on the beach or the unique Reynisdrangar columns jutting out of the ocean. Next up, is the magnificent 60-metre free-falling Skógafoss waterfall, followed by Seljalandsfoss waterfall—the only of its kind in Iceland where you can walk behind the roaring cascade on a footpath.

    After exploring the south coast, your guide will head to the interior where you will have lunch at the Volcano Huts and enjoy a hike in Þórsmörk, an especially beautiful region that is surrounded by rugged mountains and glaciers—including Eyjafjallajökull volcano and ice cap, and has diverse landscapes spanning glacial rivers, rocky gorges, and hot springs.

    Spend the night in Reykjavík at Icelandair Hótel Marina

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Lunch at Volcano Huts in Þórsmörk

    Average Driving Distance: 322 km / 200 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 10 hours

    Attractions Attractions Attractions Attractions Accommodation details
  • Day 7: Departure from Iceland

    When it’s time for your Iceland adventure to end, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer by a shuttle bus about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option to visit the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing to the airport (optional).

    If you are interested in extending your stay, we can book extra nights and activities in the Reykjavík area or even combine this tour with a visit to one of our other Nordic destinations.

    Included:
    • Breakfast: Continental Breakfast Buffet at the Hotel
    • Shuttle Transfer to Keflavík International Airport on Departure

    Average Driving Distance: 49 km / 30 mi.
    Average Travel & Exploring Duration: 50 Minutes

    Optional Activities

Map

Here’s a map of your travel route, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three- or four-star hotel or the best accommodation available in the area at the time of booking. All provide breakfast (included in the price).

The hotels mentioned are our first priority for this tour. Please note that although we have included specific accommodations in the tour, these are subject to change in rare cases. We reserve the right to substitute a named property in the same locality for one of a similar standard. We will send you the final list of hotels before you arrive for your tour.

Tour Information

IMPORTANT & USEFUL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS TOUR
We recommend that all of our travellers read through the following information about what the tour includes, what to pack for your holiday and useful information about the activities included on the tour. 

Please be advised that this tour is not suitable for children.

OUR NORDIC VISITOR GUIDES
Our team of local expert guides at Nordic Visitor are highly recommended by our travellers and staff with years of experience. What they offer is local knowledge, love for their country, their stories, favourite places and sites where travellers, on their own, would not hear about or visit. They always have some trick up their sleeves and hidden gems to surprise our clients and therefore we recommend that you join our guided small group tours to get a personal experience for your Icelandic adventure. There will be one guide per tour, who will drive and lead the tour.

ACCOMMODATION
Our team of local travel experts at Nordic Visitor have put together a list of wonderful hotels for your stay in Iceland. The hotels that we use are based on our top favourites in Reykjavik and in the countryside, with an emphasis on quality, excellent ratings and comfort. To view the detailed list of hotels available for this tour, please view the accommodation section for this tour.

Note: Triple rooms are not available for this tour, only single and double rooms.

FOOD & DRINK 
A daily breakfast buffet is included at your booked hotels for the duration of your stay. You will also enjoy two included dinners. They will include either a set dinner menu or a dinner buffet with a good variety of local fresh ingredients.  You can choose meat, fish or vegetarian dishes by notifying your travel consultant in advance of any dietary restrictions.

Other meals are not included, but the guide will make sure to stop along the way for you to pick up snacks, drinks and lunch. Drinks are also not included during the trip. You will find a great selection of restaurants in Reykjavik during your stay for the first and last night in the city.

The average cost of meals depends on the type of restaurant, but for lunch we’d say that the average cost is from 2.500 ISK to 3.500 ISK per person. The average cost of dinner can range from 3.000 ISK up to 6.500 ISK per person for the main entree. Three course dinners at restaurants are priced around 7.000 ISK to 11.000 ISK per person.

INFORMATION ABOUT INCLUDED ACTIVITIES  
We include a zodiac boat tour in your package. The excursion takes roughly 40 minutes and includes an English-speaking guide who will explain to you the geology of the region and interesting facts about the lagoon. Everyone on board will receive a life vest which they must wear during the cruise.

TRAVELLING IN THE HIGHLANDS
This tour offers a great and unique opportunity to travel with an experienced guide into the remote highlands of Iceland. Please be advised that the region is largely undeveloped, so there are limited services like shops and toilets. The weather can be unpredictable so it is strongly advised to bring layers with you as well as sturdy footwear and waterproof outerwear.

WHAT TO PACK
  • A small backpack to store your items on the bus
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Sturdy hiking boots
  • Camera
  • Lip balm and moisturiser
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Swimsuit and towel are recommended
  • Water bottle to enjoy the clean Icelandic water
  • For more information on what to pack, please visit our Online Travel Guide.
     

LUGGAGE INFORMATION
To ensure comfortable seating for everyone on our tour, we need to limit the size and amount of luggage on the van. Each guest is allowed one suitcase or large bag that can be stored in the back of the van and one smaller item (e.g., a small backpack or daypack) to keep inside the van for daily essentials like camera, wallet, medications and so forth. Unfortunately carry-on suitcases (cabin bags) are too large to store inside the van in the overhead racks. If you have any questions about luggage your Nordic Visitor travel consultant will be able to assist you.

SAFETY, DAYLIGHT HOURS & WEATHER CONDITIONS
Please note that the programme is dependent upon weather and road conditions, and may be altered if conditions are not favourable. In the case of major changes to the programme, you will be notified and we will do our best to make sure that your experience will not be affected.

For information on weather conditions and daylight hours we recommend visiting our extensive Online Travel Guide.

CURRENCY RATE
All bookings are charged in Icelandic Króna (ISK), the official currency of Iceland. Prices displayed in other currencies are indicative only and based on the daily exchange rate as issued by the Central bank of Iceland. Therefore, conversions from ISK to other currencies will fluctuate from day to day.

AFTER BOOKING WITH NORDIC VISITOR
After booking your package with Nordic Visitor, you will be contacted within two working days by one of our travel consultants, who will serve as your dedicated contact person for all of your travel needs before, during and even after your holiday. Your travel consultant will provide you with details about your booking and your remaining payment (if not paid in full). You will also receive more information about what to expect during your holiday. 

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