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Iceland's Great Outdoors

(11 days / 10 nights)

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Hike, raft and drive through Iceland’s incredible landscape

Lace up your hiking boots and join us for an action-packed adventure around Iceland! With less time spent on the road each day, this exciting guided tour gives you more time to stretch your legs in the great outdoors and experience the power of the Icelandic nature. Since the landscapes and natural phenomena change dramatically from day to day, this is a great option for any group with an interest in nature, trekking, adventurous outdoor activities, and much more.

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Season

1 Jun - 15 Sep

Departure

Daily

Itinerary

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

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  • Day 1:  The adventure begins in Reykjavík 

    After a “meet and greet” at Keflavik Airport, the group is transferred to Reykjavík, where we will have a short guided city tour before settling in to our hotel in the city centre. After a brief orientation meeting with guide in the afternoon, the rest of the day is free to explore Reykjavik at your leisure!

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  • Day 2:  Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    The first leg of our journey takes us to the scenic Hvalfjörður fjord just north of Reykjavík. Enjoying the ever-changing landscape, we continue on to Snæfellsnes peninsula where we will spend the rest of the day exploring the fascinating sights, including Skarðsvík, Búðir, Hellnar, Arnarstapi and Dritvík cove. Spend the next two nights in the Snæfellsnes peninsula area.

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  • Day 3:  Snæfellsjökull Glacier Trek

    It’s time to lace up our hiking boots for a day of amazing trekking! Today we hike the mystical Snæfellsjökull Glacier—commonly believed to have mystical or energizing powers. The dazzling beauty of this massive snow cap is indescribable, which is why you need to experience it for yourself! Spend another night at our accommodation in Snæfellsnes peninsula. 
     
    Snæfellsjökull Hike:
    Difficulty: 3+ out of 5 / duration: 5-7 hours / elevation: 1100 metres. 
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  • Day 4:  Icelandic Horses at Varmahlíð

    We start the morning by taking in more magical sights of Snæfellsnes peninsula before heading to Varmahlíð in Skagafjörður, an area of North Iceland known as the “Mecca of the Icelandic Horse”. Besides the numerous horse farms, this area also offers incredible scenery and landscapes, history, museums, thermal pools, and plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities. Spend the night in the Varmahlíð area. 

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  • Day 5:  Glacial River Rafting Adventure

    It’s time for an adrenaline kick! Today we head down to Jökulsá Vestari (West Glacial River canyon) to tame the rapids with a thrilling river rafting trip. After our wet-and-wild adventure, we continue on to Akureyri, “the Capital of the North”, where we have the afternoon free to stroll around the charming town centre. Spend the next two nights in Akureyri. 

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    Difficulty: 2+ out of 5 / duration: 3-4 hours.

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  • Day 6:  Lunar Landscapes of Lake Mývatn 

    Prepare to be amazed by the unique natural beauty of the Lake Mývatn area! Take in the lunar landscapes as visit the Námaskarð Pass, the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters, and the Dimmuborgir lava formations. We also make a stop to Mt. Krafla, one of Iceland’s most interesting volcanoes.

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  • Day 7:  Kjölur Pass & Golden Circle 

    Today we make our way back to the south via the rocky mountain pass of Kjölur. Driving through the rugged interior, we pass by unearthly landscapes and take a break at Hveravellir where we have the option of taking dip in a hot spring. We then continue along the route known as the Golden Circle, including stops at the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of the great Geysir. Spend the next two nights in this area of south-western Iceland.

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  • Day 8:  Wonders of the South Coast 

    Our destination today is Iceland’s beautiful south coast, an area rich in natural diversity. At Seljalandsfoss waterfall, we can even walk behind the cascade and feel the light drizzle! As we continue to the picture-perfect Skógarfoss waterfall, our route takes us past erupted Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Then we drive to Vík, a village set near a gorgeous black volcanic beach. This is an ideal location for viewing the prominent rock formations of Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. We return to our accommodation in the afternoon.

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  • Day 9:  Þingvellir and Blue Lagoon 

    Start the day with a visit to Þingvellir National Park, site of the world’s oldest Parliament and the rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates are slowly drifting apart. Later, we head to the famous Blue Lagoon spa to relax our tired musclesafter so many adventures! After a soothing soak, we return to Reykjavik where we will spend the next two nights.

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  • Day 10:  Explore Reykjavík 

    This is your day to explore the city of Reykjavík at your leisure! If you are still up for more adventures there are plenty of options in the greater Capital Area, including hiking, diving, ATV quad biking, horse riding, whale watching and much more. Or if you prefer to relax and stay closer to downtown, you will find a wide range of cosy cafes, shops, museums, and landmarks to suit any interests. Spend another night at our accommodation in central Reykjavik.

  • Day 11:  Departure

    After all of our great outdoors adventures have come to an end, it’s time to return home to share our exciting stories with friends and family. Our guide will pick up the group at the hotel in time for departure check-in at Keflavik Airport.

Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Reviews

We don’t like to brag, so we’ll let our happy customers do it for us.

Customised self-drive 12-day tour of Iceland

Our experience with our tour agent Helga of Nordic Visitor from the time of our initial booking to the end of the trip was a pleasant and excellent one. Response was timely and comprehensive. She was proactive in customizimg our requirements to a 12-day self drive tour. We had a Citroen mid-size rental car which was comfortable and reliable. Hotels of comfort standard were generally good. All in all, I would recommend Nordic Visitor to friends and relatives.

Iceland at last...

I've wanted to visit Iceland since I was a small child, to ride the incredible horses and see the gorgeous scenery. For my 70th birthday I did just as I'd dreamed. Larus and Nordic Visitor worked with us to meet our plane and settle us in Snorri's Guest House, great fun! Great staff! We joined our riding group the first week, then thanks to Larus our rental car arrived and following our exciting itinerary we toured the island the second week. We experienced wonderful hikes, incredible scenery and history and met the most wonderful people. Each night we enjoyed a spotless twin room in a hostel or farm stay, each different, friendly and very comfortable. I'd do this over again in a minute.
 

Accommodation

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

Budget

Rooms with shared WC and shower (or bath) in farmhouses, guesthouses or well-appointed hostels. All provide breakfast (included in..

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Everything about this tour

Extra nights can be added by request; contact us for details This tour can be customized to include optional activities or combination tours; contact us for details.
 
Group size: Recommended group size 10-25
 
Language: English/French/German/Spanish/Italian/Danish/Norwegian/Swedish. Other languages upon request.
 
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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