Iceland: Mountain Highlands
DISCOVER A VAST AND RUGGED LAND OF EXTREMES
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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.
Steam rises above the geothermal pools of Reykjadalur, daring explorers to take a dip in its warm river amid the magnificent setting. The stunning Kerlingarfjöll mountain range takes you deep into Iceland’s mystical interior highlands, while black lava in the icy desert of Sprengisandur creates an otherworldly backdrop. In the distance, the Vatnajökull and Hofsjökull glaciers stand tall against the horizon.
- 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.
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 - 2nts
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, 2nts
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. New twin and double en-suite bedrooms are being constructed during 2016, and our guests will be accommodated in these new rooms.
Hotel Mikligardur, or Hotel Tindastoll, Saudarkrokur - 1nt
Hotel Reynihlid or Sel Hotel, Myvatn - 3nts
Both hotels are 3 star and offer comfortable rooms, and afford stunning views in each direction.
Hrauneyjar Highland Centre - 1nt
At the edge of the vast interior of Iceland, rooms are basic, but do have en-suite facilities
Fosshotel Reykjavik, Reykjavik - 1nt
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.
Iceland's Mountain Highlands itinerary
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: Hveragerdi
Arrive at KeflavikAirport and transfer to the village of Hveragerdi. Here we'll visit the geothermal park and hike up to Reykjadalur, an active volcanic area. Soaking in a geothermal river is an experience that's not to be missed.
Days 3-4: Kerlingarfjoll mountains
Our journey continues towards the Highlands of Iceland. Enjoy a short walk to Bruarfoss, and take lunch at a farm, before arriving at the Kerlingarfjoll mountain resort (2nts). Here we'll enjoy a full day walk in the colourful interior highlands.
Day 5: Skagafjordur Fjord
Visit the Glaumbaer farm and folk museum. Later we'll walk to a lighthouse at the end of the Skagafjordur fjord in North Iceland. Overnight in Saudarkrokur (1nt).
Days 6-8: Myvatn
Visit a herring museum, and stop in Akureyri, capital of the north, before continuing to Myvatn (3nts). Walks in the Lake Myvatn area will visit Dimmuborgir, Dettifoss, Asbyrgi Canyon. We'll also go whalewatching in Husavik.
Day 9: Sprengisandur
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: Tjorsardalur Valley & Reykavik
Take a 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.
Photo credit - GJ-Travel Iceland
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
Kristíana has worked as a guide for some 10 years, mostly in her free time from her job as an internal auditor. The last 4 summers she has worked full time as a guide. She enjoys travelling, and she loves the beautiful Icelandic nature so guiding in Iceland is the perfect job for her. Her main interests are hiking, camping in the highlands, and cross-country skiing in the wintertime.
Kristiana will be leading Wonders of Iceland 18 July 2017, and Iceland's Mountains Highlands 18 August 2017.
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.
|27 Jul 2018||
IHWHW - Iceland's Mountain Highlands
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Flight - Return
|27 Jul 2018||IHWHW - Iceland's Mountain Highlands||10||£4,495.00||Book Now|
|17 Aug 2018||
IHWHW - Iceland's Mountain Highlands
Flight - Outbound
Flight - Return
|17 Aug 2018||IHWHW - Iceland's Mountain Highlands||10||£4,495.00||Book Now|
Prices are per person
- 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.
Other important information
- Single room: £570 (2017), £600 (2018)
- Allow £30 for tips
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person