Iceland's Mountain Highlands
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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.
Like nowhere else on Earth, Iceland offers wide open landscapes and great walking through ever-changing scenery.
This is a land of glaciers, waterfalls, spectacular geysers and long summer days where you’ll encounter tales of Viking exploration, mythical sagas and splendid arctic wildlife.
We've introduced this new itinerary into our programme for people who want to see what the interior and north of Iceland is like. The itinerary is very different to our Wonders of Iceland holiday.
- Boil an egg in a geothermal pool.
- Go whale watching at Husavik.
- Hike in Iceland’s mystical interior highlands.
- Walk in the Lake Myvatn area.
- Drive on the highland desert road where only specially designed vehicles can travel.
- 10 nights' ensuite accommodation
- Full board from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 11.
- A full holiday programme led by a specalist local leader
- All entrances to geothermal baths where listed, whalewatching cruise and all transport.
Images courtesy of GJ-Travel Iceland
The hotels range from 3 to 4-star with swimming pool to more basic accommodation in the mountain highlands. All are en-suite and, in typical Icelandic fashion, are clean and comfortable.
Hotel Frost & Funi, Hveragerdi (2 nights) - Situated in a wonderful location, rooms offer views across the river Varmá, the hot springs on its banks and beyond to Mt. Reykjafjall and the valleys Reykjadalur, Grændalur and Gufudalur above Hveragerði. Guests may wish to swim in the natural swimming pool (river behind the hotel!), there is also a hot tub.
Kerlingarfjoll Mountain Resort, (2 nights). Accommodation here is simple and basic, but it is the only accommodation in this wonderful scenic area and gives instant access to some fabulous walking in these interior highlands. Please note, new twin and double ensuite bedrooms are being constructed during 2016, and our guests will be accommodated in these new rooms.
Hotel Mikligardur, or Hotel Tindastoll, Saudarkrokur (1 night)
Hotel Reynihlid or Sel Hotel, Myvatn (3 nights). Both hotels are 3 star and offer comfortable rooms, and afford stunning views in each direction.
Hrauneyjar Highland Centre (1 night). At the edge of the vast interior of Iceland, rooms are basic, but do have ensuite facilities.
Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik (1 night). Our final night is spent in a modern 4 star hotel, the largest hotel in Iceland. Opened in 2015, the hotel is located a short distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street. It affords wonderful views over the bay and city of Reykjavik.
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.
Part day and full day walks up to 10 miles (16km). Given the nature of Icelandic terrain, it will be rocky underfoot and there will be significant ascent/descent on some days.
Days 1-2: arrive Keflavik. Transfer to Hveragerdi village (2nts).Visit the geothermal park. Hike up to Reykjadalur, an active volcanic area. Soak in a geothermal river.
Days 3-4: travel towards the Highlands of Iceland. Enjoy a short walk to Bruarfoss, lunch at a farm, and arrive at the Kerlingarfjoll mountain resort (2nts). Full day walk in the colourful interior highlands.
Day 5: visit Glaumbaer farm and folk museum. Walk to a lighthouse at the end of the Skagafjordur fjord in North Iceland. Overnight in Saudarkrokur (1nt).
Days 6-8: visit a herring museum, stop in Akureyri, capital of the north, before continuing to Myvatn (3nts). Walks in the Lake Myvatn area will visit Dimmuborgir, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi Canyon. Whalewatching in Husavik.
Day 9: travel across the highland desert of Sprengisandur, this is no ordinary road. Feel like you’re on the moon with black lava all around you. Enjoy distant views to the ice caps of the Vatnajokull and Hofsjokull glaciers. Leg stretch walk along the way. Overnight at the mountain centre Hrauneyjar (1nt).
Day 10: half day walk in the Tjorsardalur valley, one of Iceland’s hidden treasures. Continue to Reykjavik for city tour and final overnight (1nt).
Day 11: flight to UK.
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
Dates & Prices
|28 Jul 2017||
IHWHW - Iceland's Mountain Highlands
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|28 Jul 2017||IHWHW - Iceland's Mountain Highlands||10||£4,099.00||Book Now|
|18 Aug 2017||IHWHW - Iceland's Mountain Highlands||10||£4,069.00||Book Now|
- Single room: £570
- Allow £30 for tips
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person