DISCOVER A VAST AND RUGGED LAND OF EXTREMES
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Hills & moorland
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 use yellow for easy, orange for medium and red for hard. Challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
The land of fire and ice is a kaleidoscope of landscapes, from colourful rhyolite mountains at Landmannalaugar and birch forests of Thórsmörk to the glaciers of Stakkholtsgjá Gorge and rugged Fjardrargljufur. Breathtaking waterfalls at Gullfoss, Skógafoss and Hraunfossar are a photographer’s delight. If the stunning terrain isn’t enough, take a boat trip across the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
- 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
- Great coastal walks at Snæfellsnes Peninsula
- 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
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 - 1nt at start & 1nt at end of tour
Our first and final nights in Iceland are 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.
Hotel Hvolsvollur - 2nts
Our next two evenings are in Hvolsvollur, at the Hotel Hvolsvollur. Rooms are very spacious, comfortable and the location is an excellent base for our walking.
(18 July and 8 Aug groups will stay at the Stracta Hotel Hella, designed in typical Nordic style, with outdoor hottub and sauna).
Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon - 3nts
This 4 star hotel opened in June 2016, ideally located between Skaftafell and Jokulssarlon glacier lagoon. The deluxe rooms have a contemporary design and a bay window to enjoy the view. In the evening relax in the lounge bar and enjoy traditional Icelandic food in the restaurant.
Hotel Selfoss - 1nt
On to Selfoss, for one night at the modern, 4-star Hotel Selfoss.
Fosshotel Reykholt - 2nts
On the Snæfellsness Peninsula we stay at the Fosshotel Reykholt.
4 July group will stay at Hotel A, Reykholt.
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.
Wonders of Iceland itinerary
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
Fly to Reykjavik (1 night) and begin your holiday with a soak in the hot springs of the Blue Lagoon (included ), before heading to Reykjavik and dinner.
Days 2-3: Thórsmörk & Landmannalaugar
Explore 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 Hvolsvollur (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.
Day 4-6: Skaftafell National Park
Journey along the south coast, with a stop at the dramatic seashore of Reynisfjara. 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). Afternoon arrival at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon for 3 nights in a great location on the edge of the national park.
We'll head east to Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón and Breidarlon. Our walks disover 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 7: To Selfoss
Heading west again we stop at Fjadrargljufur canyon and Skogar to admire the Skogar waterfall, at 60m high, one of the highest in Iceland. Afternoon visits include Thorvaldseyri, where we learn about the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull. We spend the evening in Selfoss (1 night).
Days 8-9: The Golden Circle & Snæfellsness Peninsula
A day of amazing sights in Iceland’s ‘Golden Circle’. See the regular eruptions of Strokkur geyser and Gullfoss, one of the world’s most dramatic waterfalls, with walks in the Thingvellir National Park. Evening arrival at our hotel near Borgarnes (2 nights), the Hotel Hamar.
Today we visit the peninsula and the National Park area around the glacier. This is a day of excellent walking in an area that is said to resemble a mini-Iceland.
Days 10:-11 Waterfalls & Reykjavik
Beginning our day at Grabrok, we visit the must see waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, before driving along Hvalfjordur (fjord of the whales), to begin our hike to the beautiful Glymur waterfall. We return to Reykjavik for our final evening.
The next day transfer to Keflavik airport for your return flight home.
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.
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: www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk www.traveldoctor.co.uk
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 would 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
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ICWHW - Wonders of Iceland
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
Prices are per person
- 10 nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Full Board from dinner on arrival to breakfast on departure
- A full programme of guided walks, led by an experienced local tour leader
- Sightseeing, entrance fees and travel in private minivan
Other important information
- Single room: from £660 (2017), from £750 (2018)
- Allow £30 for tips
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person