Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Hiking Iceland's Interior

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Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

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Hiking Iceland's Interior

Iceland boasts an unspoiled and truly surreal landscape that has captivated explorers, artists, and photographers alike. Hike through Thjorsardalur Valley to view impressive waterfalls, meet the residents of colorful fishing hamlets, and relax in some of Iceland’s renowned natural hot spring pools.

Daily Itinerary

Hiking Iceland's Interior Itinerary

  • Day
    1-2

    DEPART HOME / REYKJAVIK, ICELAND

    Board your independent flight to Iceland. Arrive in Reykjavik and transfer to our hotel. Gather this evening for a welcome reception and dinner at a local restaurant. (D)

  • Day
    3

    REYKJAVIK / BORGARNES / HUSAFELL

    After breakfast, go for a hike in the foothills of Mt. Esja, the iconic mountains to the north of Reykjavik. Keep your camera ready as you pass rushing rivers, forests, and grassy fields to several panoramic viewpoints. Arrive in Borgarnes in time for lunch. This area is the setting of one of Iceland’s most famous sagas about the fierce, but eloquent Viking poet, Egil Skallagrimsson. Take a short tour of the Settlement Museum to learn about the Vikings who lived here in the 9th century. Next, take a hike along the Nordura River to the Glanni Waterfall, Paradise Hollow, and the Grabrok volcanic crater. Continue to the Hraufossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, created by subterranean springs seeping through the porous lava. Arrive at Hotel Husafell in the late afternoon. (B,L,D)

    Gullfoss Waterfall
  • Day
    4

    HUSAFELL

    Today, visit the largest of all Icelandic lava caves, the Vidgelmir lava tube. The nearly mile-long cave is filled with unique and colorful geological formations. After lunch, embark on a two-hour hike near Husafell. Trek upriver to the confluence of the Nordlingafjot and Hvita rivers where you will see the clear spring waters of Nordlingafjort mix with the milky glacial waters of the Hvita. You should also have great views of Iceland’s second-largest glacier, Langjokull. During your walk, keep an eye out for the birds that inhabit the many wooded islets. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    5

    HUSAFELL / HELLA

    After breakfast, visit a nearby farm to learn about the Icelandic goat, also known as the settlement goat, a breed descended from the goats brought by the original Norse settlers. While the Icelandic goat is quite rare, the Icelandic sheep actually outnumbers people in Iceland! Time permitting, stop at the charming wool center in a nearby hamlet to learn about the traditional spinning and dyeing process. Stop for lunch in Hveragerdi, a small town known for it’s hot springs and greenhouse farms. Suitably fortified, take a hike in the Reykjadalur Valley, viewing hot springs, bubbling mud pools, and a delightfully warm river. You may even opt for a relaxing foot bath in one of the springs. Continue south and check in to the Hotel Ranga, your home base for the next three nights. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    6

    HELLA / SOLHEIMAJOKULL GLACIER

    Explore the southern coast today, taking in some of the region’s most dramatic scenery. Strap on crampons for a walk across the Solheimajokull Glacier. As you walk along the vast ice field, marvel at deep crevasses and element-sculpted ice formations. Afterward, visit the black-sand beaches of Vik to search for Atlantic puffins and take in stunning views of the ocean on one side and glacier-tipped volcanoes on the other. You’ll also visit the Skogagoss, Seljalandsfoss, and Gljufrabui waterfalls. (B,L,D)

  • Day
    7

    HELLA / THJORSARDALUR VALLEY

    This morning, take a hike in the lovely Thjorsardalur Valley, making stops at the beautiful waterfalls of Hjalparfoss and Haifoss. Visit a farmhouse that was buried in ash during the 1104 eruption of Hekla Volcano and later excavated. Nearby is a museum with a replica of a farm from the 11th century that offers a glimpse into Icelandic life at the beginning of the settlement period. Nearby is a dramatic gorge of twisting lava formations and small waterfalls covered in lush vegetation. After lunch, visit a ranch that breeds Icelandic horses. These even-tempered and hardy horses are unique to Iceland and are known for their ability to master a variety of gaits, including the famous tolt. For those who are interested, there will be an opportunity to go on an easy riding tour in the bucolic surroundings. (B,L,D)

    Icelandic horses
  • Day
    8

    HELLA / REYKJAVIK / DEPART

    After breakfast, explore the small fishing villages of Stokkseyri and Eyrarbakki. Observe the well-preserved 19th-century houses and one of Iceland’s oldest buildings, “The House,” dating back to 1765. Take a hike along the rocky shoreline to search for a variety of birdlife. Lunch at a local restaurant will include langoustine lobster, and Icelandic delicacy. Return to Reykjavik this afternoon and board your independent homeward flight, arriving in the USA the same day. (B,L)

Accommodations

Hotel Ranga, Iceland

Hotel Ranga

Hotel Rangá offers 52 luxurious and cozy rooms in various price ranges, including the renowned continental suites, decorated and themed after the continents, and a master royal suite. The beautiful rooms are designed for relaxation after a long day of adventure and taking part in various attractions and activities. All rooms include: Television, Free WiFi-internet, Telephone, Bathroom amenities, Hairdryer, Bathrobe(s) and slipper(s), Coffee and tea-maker, Minibar, 24 hour room service, Laundry service, and Wake-up service.

Field Leaders

Tom Sharpe

Tom Sharpe

Geologist

Originally from Glasgow, Scotland, Tom is a graduate of the universities of Glasgow and Leicester and has spent the last 35 years as a geology curator in the National Museum of Wales. He is a Chartered Geologist, a Fellow of the Geological Society, and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, as well as a member of a dozen other geological and polar societies. Tom has over three decades of experience of interpreting geology for a wide range of audiences, through talks, lectures, field trips, exhibitions, and publications.

From: $8,980 per person
Duration
8 Days, 7 Nights
Guest Capacity
14 Guests
Trip Type
Land
Travel Style
Destinations

Trip Highlights

  • Don crampons for a trek across Solheimajokull Glacier.
  • Hike through Thjorsardalur Valley to view impressive waterfalls, as well as a historic farmhouse that was buried in ash in 1104.
  • Meet the residents of colorful fishing hamlets, and visit a museum that recalls the settlement era.
  • Learn about Iceland's unique breeds of sheep, goat, and horse, and enjoy a horseback ride through bucolic countryside.
  • Relax after an active day in some of Iceland's renowned natural hot spring pools.