Explore Iceland off the beaten track. Grab your backpack and explore places that are not on every tourist map.
Are you seeking adventure? If the answer is yes, this tour is for you. We take you off the beaten track. Travel with us to the East of Iceland, hike around the unique Icelandic nature, enjoy natural hot springs and the Icelandic glacier. All done with a backpack and a tent!
Day 1: South Coast Sightseeing
After your pick up, we head out of the city. We shortly arrive in the countryside passing Hellisheiðarvirkjun, the geothermal power plant for the capital area. Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. and we will walk behind the waterfall curtains. After a short ride, we arrive at Skogafoss 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. Overnight stay will be at the campground in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Day 2: Skaftafell and Svartifoss
After breakfast, we head to Skaftafell, located in the Vatnajökull National Park. A real paradise for hikers. We take a 5,5 km long hike around the area. The path also leads us to Svartifoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. Extraordinary views are our reward for hiking up the mountain path. After the hike, it is time for lunch. We then head further east and our next stop will be Jökulsárlon or the Glacier Lagoon. Big icebergs are breaking apart the man glacier and they are then floating around in the lagoon that is situated in front of the glacier. After some time, the icebergs melted enough to float out to the ocean. Waves bring back the crystal clear ice to the black beach next to the lagoon, creating a special place called the Diamond Beach. Overnight stay will be at the campground in Höfn.
Day 3: Eastfjords and Hengifoss
We start the day in style as we visit the well-known Vestrahorn mountain range. A great place to take stunning photos. The drive continues on narrow roads along the fjords and our next stop will be Djúpivogur, a small fishing village with a long history. Next to the city is Búlandstindur mountain, and it is said that this mountain can make wishes come true during the summer solstice. After passing Egilsstadir, the city where we will spend the next two nights, we pay a visit to Hengifoss waterfall. An easy hike leads us to Iceland's second-biggest waterfall. The waterfall is particularly picturesque. The layers between numerous Tertiary lava strata yield a reddish color particularly salient in the cliffs around Hengifoss.
Day 4: Waterfall Circle hike & Stuðlagil Canyon
Today is mostly about moving our legs. First, we head into the highlands of Iceland. Starting in Laugarfell, the Waterfall Circle is an 8 kilometers long hiking circle. On the hike, you can see five waterfalls and one canyon. Some of these waterfalls are among the most powerful in East Iceland. The most famous of the waterfalls are Kirkjufoss and Faxi. After the hike then it is a good idea to take a bath in the hot springs in Laugarfell. After Lunch, Stuðlagil Canyon is next on our agenda. Basalt columns surround the canyon, and turquoise water makes it a special place.
Day 5: Explore Iceland in a Kayak
Today we head back in the direction of Reykjavik. We are driving along Vatnajökull glacier until we reach Heinabergslón. We meet our kayak guide and go on a 3,5h exploration tour. Glacier kayaking is the ultimate way to experience the magnificence of the world-famous Vatnajökull National Park. An unforgettable trip where we enjoy unbeatable panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers and their reflection in the mirror-like water of the Heinaberg Lagoon. From the lagoon, you will have an excellent view over Vatnajökull and on the tour we step on one of the icebergs and take a short walk, overlooking the lagoon and surrounding area – safely equipped with the appropriate glacier gear. Heinabergslón is “out of the beaten path”, so there is no other traffic on the water. This is the tour for those who want to be environmentally friendly while exploring nature. Overnight stay will be at Svinafell campground.
Day 6: Glacier Hike
Our first stop today is the well-known canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur. The canyon is about 2km long and the cliffs can be high as 100m. We take an easy hike to walk all the way into the glacier. We saw plenty of glaciers, now its time to put a foot on one of them. We drive to Sólheimajökull glacier, an outlet glacier coming down from Mýrdalsjökull glacier. We put on our safety gear and step on the glacier. Our glacier hike is around 2,5h long with 1,5h spent on the glacier Even though the hike is relatively easy, a moderate level of fitness is required. On our way towards our campground, we will add one more stop at Urriðafoss waterfall. Overnight stay will be at the campground in Hveragerði.
Day 7: The steamy valley
After breakfast, we head straight to the mountain. Hveragerði. is well known among Icelanders because you can find hundreds of natural hot springs around it. We have to take a moderate hike (3km/2miles) to a valley called Reykjadalur. There we can find a hot spring that heats up a river. Depending on where you jump into the water, the temperature can reach more than 40°C/104°F. There is enough time to relax in the water or even explore the area more on your own. After we are fully relaxed we head back to the city and our week full of adventure.