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4 Days | Best of Iceland Camping Trip

Your adventure begins here. A tour created for outdoor lovers. Enjoy a guided tour around Iceland's highlights with exciting activities each day and enjoy pure Icelandic nature while camping every night.

Reykjavík
4 days
Easy

Starting at 179.990 ISK

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Join us, fellow traveler and we will take you on a four-day journey that will feature dozens of Iceland's most beautiful sights and an open-air camping experience. 

Let us start this tour with the pick-up in Reykjavik. As we head through the Borgarfjörður area, we will be stopping at Deildartunguhver, one of the most powerful hot springs on the continent. Two breathtaking waterfalls follow, Hraunfossar (Lava waterfalls) and Barnafoss (the Waterfall of the children). The guide will explain the story behind the name of these waterfalls. We will also explore a lava cave at Vidgelmir, this expedition will take 90 minutes and the cave itself is 1 600 meters long. We will be camping at the Varmaland Campground for the night.

Visiting all of Iceland in way day? Some might say that is an impossible task. Well, it is not, if we are talking about the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which is also known as "Iceland in miniature". The day will start with some local folklore at the Berserkjahraun lava field, will continue with a local celebrity, the Kirkjufell mountain, star of the renowned "Game of Thrones" TV show. You will also have the chance to join us on a two-hour guided kayak tour around the surrounding bay. After this activity, we are reaching the top of a volcanic crater at Saxhóll, enjoying the magnificent view. At Djúpalónssandur we will learn about the history of the local strongmen, while at Arnarstapi we will visit the beautiful cliffs on the coastline. We will re-live the 19th century at the Budakirkja Black Church and also say hi to the sunbathing seal colonies at Ytri-Tunga. The overnight stay is at the charming town of Borgarnes

The third day will feature the ultimate Icelandic classic, the beloved Golden Circle. At Þingvellir we will visit the site of the first Iceland parliament (est. 930 AD) and walk from the European tectonic plate to the North-American one. The currently inactive, geyser number one, Geysir is next, lucky for us, the little brother Strokkur is still erupting every 5-8 minutes. One of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe, Gullfoss, the "golden waterfall" will be another stop on this day. On the way to Flúðir, where our overnight stay is located we are stopping at Kerið, a 55 meter deep and 270-meter wide volcanic crater, that has an aquamarine blue lake at its bottom. Before it is time for our daily rest, we will enjoy ourselves at the Secret Lagoon, one of the oldest pools in the whole country, that has opened its doors in 1891 and is still popular among the locals after all this time. 

The last day will have a fair share of insanely beautiful locations. At Seljalandsfoss waterfall (nesting under the notorious Eyjafjallajökull volcano) we will walk behind the waterfall's curtain and at the Skógafoss waterfall, we will look for the buried treasure. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Reynisfjara black sand beach follows, do not forget to look for the indigenous puffin families at the nearby Reynisdrangar basalt columns. The day is still not over, we kept the best for the last, a glacier hike on the Sólheimajökull Glacier. First, we listen to the safety instructions, check our gear, and then head to the ice, where we will be spending up to 1,5 hours. You will arrive back in Reykjavik around 8 pm.

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What's included?

  • Pick-up and drop off in Reykjavik
  • Tent & Sleeping bag
  • Breakfast & Dinner 
  • English-speaking guide
  • Small group
  • Wifi onboard
  • Admission to Viðgelmir Lava Cave
  • Guided two hour kayak tour
  • Admission to the Secret Lagoon
  • Glacier hike
  • Safety equipment for the glacier hike

Exclusions

  • Lunch

What do I need to bring?

  • Please dress according to the weather
  • Good hiking boots are required for the glacier hike (minimum size EU 36 / US 5,5 / UK 3,5)
  • Bring your camera
  • We will have stops during the tour where you can purchase food and snacks

Know before you go

  • Pick up is from designated locations in Reykjavík. Pick up is not available from Keflavik airport or outside of the greater capital area.
  • The tour is operated from June - August, to take advantage of the good weather conditions. However, it can happen that we have bad storms during the tour and we have to change our accommodation to Guesthouses.
  • When it comes to the glacier hike, safety is our priority number one. Even though the hike is created for first-timers, some of the terrains lead us through icy and steep terrain. If you don't like to be on your feet, the glacier hike may not be for you. We will provide you with all the necessary gear but full mobility is required in order to have a safe trip on the glacier. All our guides have a lot of experience with glacier hikes and they will make a final decision whether you are able to participate or not when we arrive at the glacier. Please remember that if a guide refuses to let you go on the glacier, the decision is made with your safety in mind.

Itinerary

Day 1: Silver Circle

The adventure starts with a pick-up in Reykjavik. Today we head north to explore the Borgarfjörður area. Our first stop is Deildartunguhver. The hot spring is the most powerful in Europe and around 180 liters per second of boiling hot water flows out of the ground. Next is Hraunfossar, known as the "Lava waterfalls". A truly spectacular place where water runs down the Hallmundahraun lava field. Just a short walk away is Barnafoss, the "Waterfall of the children". The waterfall came to its name when two children tried to cross the river and fell to their deaths. One of the highlights of the day is our visit to Vidgelmir Lava Cave. The cave is around 1 600 meters long and we will take a 90-minute-long expedition that takes us deep inside the lava field. Overnight stay will be at Varmaland Campground.

Day 2: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is often called "Iceland in Miniature". It is the perfect combination of waterfalls, rough lava fields, black sand beaches, and Icelandic folklore. We head west and our first stop is Berserkjahraun Lava Field. It was created around 4 000 years ago after the three surrounding volcanos erupted shortly after each other. The name also comes from an exciting story back from the Viking age. Your guide will tell you all about it and he'll show you the way to a secret and hidden waterfall. Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland is next on our list. You probably noticed it on the TV show "Game of Thrones". It is surrounded by a beautiful waterfall you'll get enough time to stroll around the walking paths to explore the area. Kirkjufell is also the place of our next activity as we take a two-hour guided kayak tour around the bay area.

Countless volcanic craters can be seen during the drive. Now it's time to put a foot on one of the dormant craters on the peninsula. Saxhóll volcanic crater was created around 3 000 years ago and it is 100 meters high. A staircase makes the walk to the top very easy and the reward is a brilliant view over the surrounding lava fields. Iceland is known for its black sand beaches. Djúpalónssandur is one of them and this place will definitely amaze you. Back in the day, a harbor for fishing boats could be found here and all the fishermen had to prove their strength beforehand. To do that, they had to lift stones of different weights. Only the strongest were able to secure a spot on one of the boats. The stones still can be found on the beach and you will have a chance to test your own strength. The next stop will be in Arnarstapi, a beautiful and charming fishing village. During the time, powerful waves eroded the cliffs and left the stunning rock formations behind that can be seen today. Also, a sculpture of Bárður Snæfellsás, the guardian of the Peninsula, can be found here. Of course, you can't miss Budakirkja Black Church when you are around the peninsula. The church was build in 1703. After the Danish king decided to dismiss the church in 1819, several residents fought for the reclamation and in 1849 they got the allowance to build a new chapel. A woman named Steinunn saved some of the old artifacts and thanks to her, we can still see them today. We will have one last stop at a beautiful golden-colored beach called Ytri-Tunga. Huge seal colonies can be found at this beach during the whole year and your guide will lead you to the place where you can find them. Overnight stay will be in the charming town Borgarnes.

Day 3: Golden Circle

t's time to head on the road again. Today we explore the Golden Circle. Our first stop is at Þingvellir, the place of the first Icelandic parliament. The first parliament was established there in 930 AD and it is, therefore, the oldest one in Europe. Besides all the history you can also see the Mid-Atlantic ridge. This is the split of the tectonic plates that divides Europe from North America. After that, we stop at Geysir. This "water puddle" gives its name to all the other Geysers in the world. It erupts every 5-8min and it is truly a big spectacle. After a short ride, we arrive at Gullfoss, the golden waterfall. In the summertime, up to 130 000 liters per second are running down this powerful waterfall. In good weather conditions, we are also able to see Langjökull glacier as well. Last but not least is Kerið. Kerið is a volcanic crater that is located in the Grímsnes area. It is part of the Western Volcanic Zone, which includes the Reykjanes peninsula and the Langjökull Glacier. The caldera of the crater is well intact and about 55 meters deep and 270 meters wide. Another remarkable feature is the aquamarine blue water of the lake that can be found in the crater. After that, we drive to Flúðir, the town where we stay overnight. We can also find the Secret Lagoon there and we will take a relaxing swim in the geothermal water. It was formed in 1891 and is still a popular place for all the locals in the area. It is therefore the oldest swimming pool in the country with a constant temperature of 38/40 °C, thanks to the hot waters from surrounding geothermal activity.

Day 4: Waterfalls, black sand beaches, and Viking Sagas

Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall lays underneath the well-known Eyfjallajökull, the volcano that erupted in 2010. We take a nice walk behind the waterfall’s curtain before paying a visit to its nearby cousin Gljúfrabúi, found hidden from view in the mountainside. After a short ride, we arrive at Skógafoss waterfall. Skogafoss was featured in "Game of Thrones" and it is said that one of the first settlers has buried a treasure chest behind it. Next up is Reynisfjara black sand beach. The beach was once rated as one of the ten most beautiful places worldwide. In the summertime, hundreds of Puffins are nesting here and the rock stacks called Reynisdrangar are standing picturesque in the ocean next to the beach. Next up is Vík, a charming fishing village which is the center of the southern region. On the tour, we will pay a visit to the church where we can enjoy a great view of the coastline. Now it's time to head back in the direction of Reykjavik. On the way back we will stop at Sólheimajökull Glacier. Besides waterfalls, Iceland is also known for glaciers. 11% of the country is covered by ice. Sólheimajökull is an outlet glacier coming down the fourth biggest glacier of Iceland, called Mýrdalsjökull. It's time for some action again. We put on our safety gear and start our hike on the glacier. The hike is approximately 2,5 hours long with 1,5 hours spend on the glacier. A perfect ending to an adventurous trip in Iceland. You can expect to be back in Reykjavik at around 8 pm.

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