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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

Tour description

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 1.600m 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 100m 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 Arnastapi, 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 Penninsula, 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 gt 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

It'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 l/s 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 55m deep and 270m 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 Eyfjallajokull, 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 10 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 2,5h long with 1,5h 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. 

Please note

  • 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.

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

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