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Hiking, Hot Springs and Northern Lights

4 days
Moderate

Starting at 172.000 ISK

About

This four-day winter adventure and hiking tour embraces the highlights of the South West of Iceland. It includes the historical and geological Thingvellir National Park, the majestic Golden waterfall Gullfoss, the world-famous Geysir hot spring, as well as the immense black sand beaches and beautiful waterfalls of the south coast, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. On top of these unique natural wonders, our friendly and knowledgeable guide will take our small group on an exciting hiking or snowshoeing walks amongst spouting hot springs, volcanic fissures, and hot rivers as well as thrilling Glacier Walk. We spend three nights at a country hostel where our guide/chef cooks for us delicious traditional Icelandic dinners. This is the perfect place to hunt for the Northern Lights!

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What's included?

  • Experienced and qualified driver-guide
  • Accommodation in double/twin room with private facilities
  • Breakfast (3), lunch (4), dinner (3)
  • Transportation in 4x4 minibus
  • Glacier hike

What do I need to bring?

  • Light hiking boots
  • Thermal underwear - Wool or synthetic
  • Wind and waterproof jacket and pants
  • Hiking pants
  • Gloves
  • Warm Socks
  • Warm hat
  • Extra warm jacket / parka for cold days (winter)

Itinerary

Day 1: The Golden Circle

Our driver guide will pick us up at our accommodation at 8:30. A short drive in 4x4 minibus brings us to the National Park of Thingvellir where we will hike along the fault lines that make evident the rifting of the earth’s crust. We hear about the major historical events that have taken place here and come to understand why we are stood in a UNESCO world heritage site. After this interesting hike we drive on to discover the rest of the Golden Circle namely the spouting springs of Geysir and the majestic Gullfoss waterfall.

Dinner and accommodation in a nice hostel by lake Laugarvatn where we will stay for three nights.

In the evening, we will look out for Northern Lights.

Hike: 10 km

Day 2: Nesjavellir - Hike in Geothermal Area

A short drive brings us to Nesjavellir which is a big geothermal power plant where heat is pumped up and used for warming houses in the capital area. Depending on the conditions we will either hike or a snowshoe walk in this magnificent area amongst the lava rocks, mud pots, and boiling springs. After the hike, we return to our hostel for dinner and overnight.

In the evening we have the possibility of baiting in the Geothermal Baths of Fontana Spa (optional) only a few minutes’ walk from the hostel. If we are lucky, we will be able to admire the Northern lights from the outdoor hot jacuzzi.

Hike: 5-10 km

Day 3: South Coast, Glacier Walk, Black Sand Beach and Waterfalls

Today we drive towards the South Coast of Iceland. We head for the Sólheimajökull glacier where an exciting adventure awaits us. Our certified and experienced glacier guide will lead us through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice. The spectacular colors of the ice can be white, blue or crystal clear. You will safely view deep crevasses and water cauldrons, along with other interesting features of the glacier. Your guide will share his wisdom about the ever-changing landscapes of the Icelandic glaciers, their formation and how these icy giants relate to the surrounding volcanoes and mountains. After this thrilling experience, we will drive a little bit further east to visit the Black Beach of Reynisfjara. On the way back to our hostel we stop to admire the waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Dinner and overnight at the hostel. Look out for Northern Lights in the evening.

Day 4: Reykjadalur Hike

Today we pack our bags and drive to the greenhouse village of Hveragerði from where we will hike, or snowshoe walk up to the Reykjadalur valley. We will be climbing up the hills into the magical valley of solfataras and hot springs. Those brave enough can dip into a natural hot river. We then drive to our accommodation in Reykjavík.

Hike: 11 km

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