Iceland Guided Walking Holiday

A vast and rugged land of extremes where fire meets ice


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Activity types:

  • Coastal
  • Hills & moorland
  • Rural peace


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Choosing the level of your walks

Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.

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Holiday overview

The land of fire and ice is a kaleidoscope of landscapes, from colourful rhyolite mountains at Landmannalaugar and the birch forests of Thórsmörk, to the glaciers of Stakkholtsgjá Gorge. Breathtaking waterfalls at Gullfoss and Skógafoss are a photographer’s delight and if the stunning terrain isn’t enough, take a boat trip across the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Holiday highlights

  • Varied walks through constantly changing scenery
  • Amazing geology and natural features - hot springs, glaciers, volcanoes and geysers, and a wealth of wildlife
  • Walk to the spectacular double waterfall of Gullfoss and the regularly erupting Strokkur geyser
  • Hear the history of Viking settlement and the Icelandic Sagas
  • Stunning scenery of Skaftafell, Europe’s largest national park, with ice caps, canyons and gorges
  • A true outdoors experience with long hours of summer daylight

Price includes

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks, led by specialist local guide
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel in private minivan

Please note: Tips are not included, owing to local restrictions. Please allow approximately £30 per person for tips

In pictures...


We stay in comfortable 3-star hotels, making use of some of the excellent facilities of the Fosshotel chain of hotels that are located around Iceland. All hotels feature comfortable rooms, welcoming dining and lounge areas and are well set up for walking and outdoor groups. They also enjoy wonderful locations surrounded by the stunning Icelandic scenery and national parks.

 Fosshotel-Reykjavik in Reykjavik, Iceland

Fosshotel - Reykjavik

Our first night in Iceland is spent at the Fosshotel Reykjavik, the largest hotel in Iceland. Opened in 2015, the 4 star hotel is located a short distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street. It affords wonderful views over the bay and city of Reykjavik.  

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Stracta Hotel - Hella

Located in the centre of Hella, the hotel has a number of amenities including a spa and wellness centre, including outdoor jacuzzis and sauna pods. Rooms have a TV, WiFi, tea/coffee making facilities and are all ensuite with complimentary toiletries.

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Hotel Skaftafell - Skaftafell

Located only 2 miles from Skaftafell National Park, you can relax after exploring the best of Iceland's stunning natural sights. There are 63 ensuite rooms in total, all of which feature a TV, phone and WiFi.


Hotel Ork - Hveragerði

The hotel is located in Hveragerði, famous for its hot springs and known locally as a 'health village'. The hotel is undergoing some improvements which are due for completion in mid-2018. Expect a friendly welcome and beautiful surroundings.


Centerhotel Midgardur - Reykjavik

We return to Reykjavik for our final night. Located a short walk from the city's main attractions, the hotel is decorated in a Nordic style and features a garden with a hot tub and a spa/wellness centre.

On occasion we may need to change the accommodation listed above. If this happens, your replacement accommodation will be of the equivalent standard or higher. In the rare instance this is not possible, we will contact you in advance.


Iceland Guided Walking & Sightseeing

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Walks are a mixture of part-day and full day, and are between 1 and 10 miles (1.5-16km), mainly on well-marked paths. There are some sections over rockier terrain on the harder walks. 

Day 1: Reykjavik

Explore Iceland & Reykjavik with HF HolidaysOn arrival in Iceland, transfer from the airport to Reykjavik where we spend our first night. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Days 2-3: Thórsmörk & Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar wildernessExplore this popular walking area with its gorges, glaciers and protected birch forests, including the moss green gorge of Stakkholtsgjá, before continuing to our evening's accommodation in Hella (2 nights).

The following day travel over the black volcanic sands of Hekla volcano and walk in this volcanic zone with contrasting colours and rock formations. It’s possible to relax in the natural hot springs after the day’s walk.

Days 4-5: Skaftafell National Park

Svartifoss waterfallJourney along the south coast, with a stop at the dramatic seashore of Reynisfjara and Kirkjubæjarklaustur. We continue along the south coast passing the small village of Vik and the black sandy plains south of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, before reaching Skaftafell National Park, for walks to admire the impressive Svartifoss (black waterfall). We visit the folk museum and Skogar waterfall before continuing to our hotel, where we'll spend 2 nights.

We'll head east to Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón and Breidarlon. Our walks discover the wilderness desert region of Öræfasveit, and tour Breidarlon. There's also plenty of time left for some optional visits including: boat tours among the icebergs and slightly quirky birdwatching tours to Ingolfshofdi Cap by tractor-drawn wagon!

Enjoy stunning walking in Europe’s largest national park, with views on a clear day of Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnúkur, and trails across Skaftafell moor to a lookout over the immense glacier.

Day 6: to Hveragerði

Heading west again we stop at Fjadrargljufur canyon – an impressive100 metre deep, 2 kilometre long narrow, winding gash in the landscape. We also visit the Lava Centre – a high-tech educational exhibition where you’ll learn about volcanoes, earthquakes and the creation of Iceland. We spend the evening in Hveragerði - a town peppered with hot springs (1 night).

Day 7: The Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon

The mighty Gullfoss waterfallA day of amazing sights in Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’. We visit the Secret Lagoon hot springs, with time for bathing, before heading to see the regular and impressive eruptions of Strokkur geyser. Next up is a visit to Gullfoss, one of the world’s most dramatic waterfalls to stand by its thundering cascades of water. If time allows, we'll walk in the Thingvellir National Park before returning to Reykjavik for our final night

Day 8 - Return flight

After breakfast, we transfer to the airport for our return flight to the UK


General Information

A full passport is required, valid for at least three months.

No visa is required by citizens of member states of the European Community, nor for citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. For other nationalities please check with your nearest Iceland consulate or embassy.

Health advice
Before booking, you should check with your doctor to see if any health precautions are needed. The following websites provide a wealth of information on travelling and health:

All our tours depart in the summer months when we hope to have some warm sunny days, although rain can fall at any time. Being close to the Arctic Circle, the weather can be unpredictable and changeable within the course of a day. During the summer months we will have long hours of daylight, up to midnight and longer in high summer. Midges will be present

The unit of currency is the króna (kr). Icelanders use credit and debit cards even for small purchases and you will find ATM machines across much of the country. Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most shops, restaurants and hotels, although some cash is useful for small purchases of drinks, etc. Most meals are included in the price of the holiday although some spending money will be required for personal expenses such as extra drinks, snacks and souvenirs and for lunch on departure day. Traveller’s cheques are not advised.

As guidance, we recommend you allow £30 per person for tips on this holiday to cover local staff and services.

For flights information please see the Dates and Prices tab


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Dates & Prices

Here at HF Holidays, we pride ourselves in offering a unique holiday full of experiences that you can’t find with anyone else. Find out what's included in this holiday.

We're sorry, there are no dates available for this holiday at the moment. Please check out our other tours and breaks or call our team on 0345 470 8558 to be notified of new dates as soon as they become available.

Prices are per person

Price includes

  • 7 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Full board, from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
  • A full programme of guided walks, led by specialist local guide
  • Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel in private minivan

Other important information

  • Single room: from £649 (2019)
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person
  • Please note: Tips are not included, owing to local restrictions. Please allow approximately £30 per person for tips
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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