Hiking and photos in Iceland

Waterfalls in Iceland

A wild land settled in the 9th century by the Vikings, Iceland still feels ancient. On the high sea cliffs in summer, sea birds nest as they have for thousands of years. The fjords are so deep that whales can often be seen breeching close to the coastal roads, and seals bask on rocks. Sheep and horses graze on soft grass close to stunning waterfalls. In rocky fields, locals point out boulders that used to be trolls. In tiny fishing villages nestled around harbors, people sometimes keep elf houses in their gardens, in case any of the huldufolk or “hidden people” needs a home.

We’ll visit inland to the northeast of Reykjavik before we head to the incredible south shore. Black beaches, lava fields, and waterfalls will keep you in awe with their beauty. In October, we’ll have cool days and nights, perfect for taking nature walks. Iceland is famous for it’s hot mineral springs, and at this time of the year, if we are lucky, we’ll be able to watch the magnificent Northern Lights.

While on the south coast, we’ll travel through lava fields, black sandy deserts, past glaciers, waterfalls and stunning mountains. We stay in comfortable hotels or guesthouses in different locations while we explore the dramatic Icelandic nature. You will also enjoy the local cuisine in all its forms….from the freshest fish in the world to the most tender lamb and everything in between. Perhaps you will get to try the renowned Icelandic shark!

There are not many places in the world where you can see volcanoes, mountains covered in frozen deserts of ice and snow, boiling hot water flowing freely out of the ground and stunning waterfalls, all in one day. Iceland is truly a land of the opposites. This is where the hot and the cold, the black and the white, the hard and the soft meet.

Join us and create memories in this ancient and unique country, the land of fire and ice.

Travel with Us

Dates:
Mid October and mid January

Days: 8 Days / 7 Nights
Group Size: Approximately 10

Price: $4,595.00

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Reykjavik, Iceland

Day 1
Arrive in Iceland
Drive to Reykjavik
Breakfast at hotel
Reykjavik walk…..roughly 2 hours
Check in at hotel
Free afternoon
Welcome dinner in a Reykjavik restaurant

Day 2

Hvalfjordur Fjord
Deildartunguhver Hot Spring
Hraunfossar Waterfalls
Haafell Goat Farm
(Langjokull Glacier Tunnel)
Night in Husafell
Day 3
Kaldidalur Valley (if passable)
Thingvellir National Park
Efstidalur Dairy Farm
Geysir Hot Springs
Gullfoss Waterfall
Bruarhlod Canyon
Night at Fudir Village
Day 4
Eyjafjallajokull Volcano Visitor Center
Seljandsfoss Waterfall
Skogafoss Waterfall
Solheinajokull Glacier
Reynisfjara Black Lava Beach
Night in Vik Village
Day 5
Myrdalssandur Sands
Fjadrargljufur Canyon
Eldhraun Lava Field
Kirkjugolf Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Skaftafell National Park
Walk to Svinafellsjokull Glacier
Night in Skaftafell
Day 6
Walk to Svartifoss Waterfall
Glacier Lagoon.  Boat Ride.
Crystal Beach
Night in Skaftafell

 

Day 7

Drive back to Reykjavik
Free day in Reykjavik
Museums, galleries, cafes, swimming pools, shops, whalewatching, etc
Farewell dinner
Day 8
The Blue Lagoon
Transfer to Keflavik Airport for flight home

4 Star Hotels
Boat Cabin
Village Guesthouses
This trip consists of a variety of accommodations or various days.

a Chris Bandy With more than 25 years of expert wilderness paddling experience, co-owner Chris Bandy is a master guide who knows both wilderness and safety. He has been trained and certified by the American Canoe Association and specializes in teaching open water rescues techniques and navigation. Chris’s experience includes extensive paddling on Lake Superior-with its’ special challenges- and also paddling on most of the oceans on earth. He has been guiding our sea kayak adventures to Greenland, Lake Superior, the Bahamas and Vietnam for the past 15 years. Chris’s clients feel safe and well cared for. He’s well known for his ear to ear smile and adventure travel stories. You can’t travel with Chris without catching his adventurous spirit.

 

It’s hard to find someone more passionate about Iceland than our guide, Drew Brockett.  He has traveled the country numerous times, seeking out the best waterfalls, unique historic sites, and has driven some of the most remote roads.  From the international flavor of Reykjavik, to the quaint towns of the rest of the country, Drew and Icelandic friend and guide, Valdimar (Valdi) Harðarson Steffensen, will share with you the many natural wonders and inspiring vistas that make Iceland unforgettable.  When Drew went to Iceland the first time, he knew he would go back again and again.  His expertise and calm, easygoing manner will help you want to do the same.  When he’s not travelling in Iceland, Drew loves helping people enjoy the Boundary Waters as the Outfitting Manager for Piragis Northwoods Company in Ely, MN.