4.45 69 Reviews

Classic Iceland Adventure

  • 7 Days
  • 14 People Max

    5 - 14 guests

  • Activity Level 3
    • Activity Level 3

      Earn Your Lunch

      I stay active on vacation and love the feeling of relaxing after a busy day on the go. I season my trips with a little fresh exercise.

    Read more about the Active Range

  • Trip Start: Reykjavik
  • Trip End: Reykjavik
Essence of Iceland Adventure

In just one week, explore the best of Iceland's dramatic landscapes on our Classic Iceland Adventure.

As you wind your way through Iceland's Golden Circle and venture further afield to remote glacier lagoons and volcanic landscapes, you'll be left amazed by the many landscapes you'll explore on our 7-day Classic Iceland Adventure. Starting in Reykjavik, you'll meet your fellow adventurers, kiwi guide and expert local guides before exploring the many natural wonders of Southern Iceland. Many will recognize Gullfoss Waterfall and Skógafoss Waterfall, known for their raw power and magnificent rainbows ever-present. As you hike high on the sea cliffs of Ingólfshöfði headland, keep your eye out for puffins, Iceland's iconic bird. And as you sea kayak on Heinabergsjökull Lagoon, pass by ancient ice floating along gently as icebergs. Throughout your week-long journey, you'll re-energize in hand-picked accommodations, enjoy hearty Icelandic food and learn about Icelandic traditions, many of which are still present today. If a hiking adventure in Iceland has been waiting on your bucket list, you've come to the right place.

Classic Iceland Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Reykjavik Trip End: Reykjavik
  • Day 1Arrive in Reykjavík

  • Day 2Explore Þingvellir National Park

  • Day 3Visit the Vestmannaeyjar Islands

  • Day 4Hike and explore Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls

  • Day 5Hike the Ingólfshöfði headland, spotting ‘Lundi‘

  • Day 6Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon, sea kayak Heinabergsjökull Lagoon

  • Day 7Return home

  • Day 1

    Arrive in Reykjavík


    Your trip begins in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital and Iceland’s cultural hub. If you’ve flown in this morning, you’ll be free to make your own way from Keflavík International Airport to the city. Bear in mind you won’t be able to check in to your hotel until 2 pm, so we recommend unwinding after your flight at the famous Blue Lagoon hot pools that are on the way to Reykjavík - remember to keep your swimwear handy! After dropping your bags at the hotel you’ll have some free time to take in the vibrant streets - grab some last-minute gear at the many outdoor clothing stores or explore the harbor. Later, we’ll all meet at the hotel bar for a trip briefing and a welcome drink, where you’ll get to know your fellow travelers and guides before having a delicious meal in a local restaurant. You might find your first evening a little strange, to be strolling around in daylight!

    Hotel Reykjavík Centrum, Reykjavík (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Explore Þingvellir National Park


    Today the adventure really begins, as we head northeast to Þingvellir National Park, home to Iceland’s first National Assembly. We’ll stretch our legs at our first waterfall called Öxàrarfoss (‘foss’ is Icelandic for waterfall). As strange as it may sound, this is actually a human-made waterfall, as the water was diverted, back in the 9th Century, to provide members and visitors of the Icelandic parliament ‘Althingi’ with water. There are further fascinating folklores about this region that you’ll soon discover! After enjoying a traditional Icelandic meat soup for lunch we’ll continue towards the highlands, with stops to learn about Iceland’s Laugarvatan cave people, and view the original Geysir Nature Reserve and the Gullfoss waterfall.

    Flúðir Hótel, Flúðir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: We'll explore the Nature Reserve, so do as much or as little as you like.

  • Day 3

    Visit the Vestmannaeyjar Islands


    This morning we’ll journey south down the coast to board a ferry. Our scenic crossing takes us to the bustling fishing port of Haeimaey, the only inhabited island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. This tiny island hosts a recent, rich volcanic history that we’ll learn about at the world-class Eldheimar Exhibition. After fueling up the body we’ll experience the lava fields with a volcanic hike to the Eldfell peak. At the top, you’ll be rewarded with views across to the mainland and a further appreciation for the 1973 eruption.

    Hótel Vestmannaeyjar, Vestmannaeyjar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Eldfell Peak hike: 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)
    Hiking: Optional hike 1: 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), 0.5-1 hour, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike and explore Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls


    After returning to the mainland we’ll take a hike to the top of Iceland’s most famous and spectacular waterfalls; first to Seljalandsfoss (where we can also walk behind the falls) and then to Skógafoss. After lunch we’ll hunt for stone trolls along the wild and beautiful South Coast - these trolls occupy an immense portion of Icelandic folklore, described as big, stupid and greedy, but sometimes kind and wise... Our journey continues alongside the soaring sea cliffs and moss-covered lava fields, where we’ll be able to see the infamous E15 ‘Eyjafjallajökull’ Volcano, Vatnajökull ice cap and its outlet glaciers. Tonight, we’ll relax in the wonderfully appointed Fosshótel, with impressive views down towards the coast.

    Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon, Öraefi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Seljalandsfoss hike: 0.5 kilometers (0.3 miles), 0.5-1 hour, elevation +/- 20 meters (65 feet)
    Hiking: Skógafoss hike: 5 kilometers (3 miles), 1-2 hours, elevation +/- 90 meters (300 feet)

  • Day 5

    Hike the Ingólfshöfði headland, spotting ‘Lundi‘


    Pack your binoculars this morning as we’re looking for 'Lundi', also known as puffin, Iceland’s iconic and beloved bird. As we hike the high sea cliffs of the Ingólfshöfði headland we’ll also catch glimpses of guillemots and skuas. Please note, in September the puffins will have headed back out to sea. However, we will still enjoy the stunning hike. After our hike and a bite to eat, we’ll head off to view yet another waterfall, known as Svartifoss, where nearby there are views across Europe’s largest outlet glacier, Skeiðarárjökull. You can decide to hike on the glacier with specialist guides for extra fees. Afterward, we’ll regroup and head back to the Fosshótel, for another relaxing evening.

    Fosshótel Glacier Lagoon, Öraefi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Sea cliffs hike: 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), 2.5-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)
    Hiking: Svartifoss hike: 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles), 1-2 hours, elevation +/- 100 meters (324 feet)
    Notes: Optional Ice hike on Svínafellsjökull Glacier (extra fee applies): An alternative option to the afternoon's waterfall hike is to strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and hike on the Svínafellsjökull glacier! Led by specialist glacier guides you’ll explore amazing ice formations checking out the crevasses, seracs, tunnels, and pools of glacial meltwater - no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice and make sure you make the most of the conditions. The ice hike is popular, so this option must be selected at the time of booking.

  • Day 6

    Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon, sea kayak Heinabergsjökull Lagoon


    Jökulsárlón Lagoon is a photographer’s dream and a spot where you may see seals playing amongst the icebergs. After hiking the entire length of Iceland’s shortest river (blink and you’ll miss it), we’ll end up on the beach surrounded by stranded icebergs. After lunch, it’s time to swap our hiking boots for a kayak paddle and venture out on the Heinabergsjökull Lagoon. Our professional kayak guides will keep you warm and dry, supplying you with all the necessary gear. We’ll explore amongst the icebergs and if conditions permit, get up close to the terminal face! After, a short drive takes us to the domestic airfield at Höfn for a domestic flight to Reykjavik where we'll enjoy one last farewell dinner together.

    Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavik (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Iceland's shortest river, around 2-3 hours
    Kayaking: 8 kilometers (5 miles), 2-3 hours

  • Day 7

    Return home

    This morning is yours to enjoy. Wander the city, indulge in a sleep-in, or pack in some last-minute souvenir shopping. If you’re staying on in Iceland be sure to ask us for advice about where to explore next!

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

Trip Dates

Classic Iceland Adventure Departure Dates

  • Upcoming
  • 3 months
  • 6 months
  • 1 year
USD $6899/per adult
14 May 2023
14 May20 May
Departure Filling Up Filling Up
10% OFF
21 May 2023
21 May27 May
Departure Open Open
28 May 2023
28 May3 Jun
Departure Filling Up Filling Up
10% OFF
4 Jun 2023
4 Jun10 Jun
Departure Open Open
2 Jul 2023
2 Jul8 Jul
Departure Almost Full Almost Full
13 Aug 2023
13 Aug19 Aug
Departure Filling Up Filling Up
10 Sep 2023
10 Sep16 Sep
Departure Open Open
5 May 2024
5 May11 May
Departure Open Open
12 May 2024
12 May18 May
Departure Open Open
19 May 2024
19 May25 May
Departure Open Open
26 May 2024
26 May1 Jun
Departure Open Open
2 Jun 2024
2 Jun8 Jun
Departure Open Open
9 Jun 2024
9 Jun15 Jun
Departure Open Open
11 Aug 2024
11 Aug17 Aug
Departure Open Open
8 Sep 2024
8 Sep14 Sep
Departure Open Open

Trip Map

What Our Guests Say About the Iceland Adventure

view all

Classic Iceland Adventure - January 2022

Iceland - Lundi

"Sölvi was a great guide! read more

"Sölvi was a great guide! read less

4 Stars (69 reviews)

Diana, United States

Classic Iceland Adventure - September 2021

Very well arranged - excellent service

"The trip was 6 days longs with many weather-related issues. Solvi our trip guide handled… read more

"The trip was 6 days longs with many weather-related issues. Solvi our trip guide handled it professionally and very expeditiously. There were adequate stops, intense inactivity as described and on time. Will strongly recommend it. read less

5 Stars (69 reviews)

Sai, United States

Classic Iceland Adventure - November 2019

Always the best time with Active Adventures!

"Iceland was my second adventure with Active Adventures and once again, it was an absolutely… read more

"Iceland was my second adventure with Active Adventures and once again, it was an absolutely AMAZING experience! Tom and Jo, our Active guides, did a wonderful job of welcoming us to this ruggedly beautiful country and keeping us going as we crossed the southern coast and faced changing weather conditions, challenging hikes and an occasional unexpected change in plans. Tom was extremely knowledgeable about the geology and the history of the country and his knowledge of the "back roads" had us unexpectedly chasing reindeer one afternoon as he took the van off roading so that we could have a view of another of Iceland's spectacular glaciers. Jo was mindful of our every need and her easy-going and cheerful personality was positively infectious. read less

5 Stars (69 reviews)

Susan, United States

Classic Iceland Adventure - October 2019

Iceland Lundi trip

"I feel as if I experienced the inner workings of our planet in this amazing… read more

"I feel as if I experienced the inner workings of our planet in this amazing adventure trip. Our local guide, Tom, was expert on the geographical history of Iceland as well as finding rays of sunshine for fun picnics in nature and ensuring we were able to experience unique locations other tours (fortunately for us) overlooked. Our other guide, Jo, was phenomenal at making us feel immediately, and throughout, that we were part of a special family destined to be inspired by every big and small moment along the way. read less

5 Stars (69 reviews)

Fred, United States

Classic Iceland Adventure - October 2019

Magical Iceland with Amazing Guides!

"Jo and Tom were awesome in ALWAYS tailoring our trip to us and current conditions! read more

"Jo and Tom were awesome in ALWAYS tailoring our trip to us and current conditions! read less

4 Stars (69 reviews)

Brad, United States

Classic Iceland Adventure - June 2019

The Only Way to Visit Southern Iceland

"Another incredible adventure with ACTIVE! The amazing thing about this organization is the consistency of… read more

"Another incredible adventure with ACTIVE! The amazing thing about this organization is the consistency of quality; each trip is perfectly tailored to optimize your time spent in a new location to ensure you experience the real highlights! The itinerary is packed with activities throughout the day to make the most of your time in the beautiful southern coast of Iceland. Additionally, ACTIVE employs local guides with an incredible knowledge and passion for their country and take you away from the typical tourist spots to see the truly hidden gems that most other visitors miss. And as always, the restaurants we visited were phenomenal and accommodations incredibly comfortable and modern. The ACTIVE Lundi trip is a very relaxing and enjoyable way to visit this exquisite region and capture the unique history and geology of the region. read less

5 Stars (69 reviews)

Georgina, United States

Classic Iceland Adventure - June 2019

Inaugural Lundi 5/2019

"Audrey and I had the best of times, a telling week of what Active Adventures… read more

"Audrey and I had the best of times, a telling week of what Active Adventures (AA) is all about. Our first experience with AA, we look forward to the next. Active and adventurous indeed, it was extremely personalized and attentive to individual preferences and needs, flexible and accommodating to local conditions and changing circumstances. From the first day introduction, it was like being guided by family and friends. read less

5 Stars (69 reviews)

Dick, United States

Classic Iceland Adventure - June 2019

Iceland In May

"Iceland is a land of diversity! From incredible waterfalls, hot thermal pools, active volcanos,… read more

"Iceland is a land of diversity! From incredible waterfalls, hot thermal pools, active volcanos, geysers, icebergs, glaciers, and beautiful birds, it is a land of extreme beauty. It's people are passionate about their country and one another. Active Adventures partnered with a local guide, Po'ra, who knew the island like the back of her hand. She would even add one more thing we just "had" to see. I also enjoyed being with the New Zealand guide, Andy Prill. He is one super human being with an extreme love of life who is eager for everyone else to experience it as well. I had several highlights. I especially enjoyed taking the ferry to the island off the south coast where we visited the museum and got a good feel of what the inhabitants experienced in 1973 when the volcano erupted --- a devastating time for them. Then we hiked to the top of two of the three active volcanos on the island which afforded incredible views. I also especially enjoyed waking on the black sand beach and feeling the black sand that was put there by the volcano of 2010, the one that caused all airports closed in Europe for a few weeks. The light colored basalt columns looked like organ pipes and, of course, were perfect for climbing and a group picture. Putting on crampons and walking on a glacier was another nightlight for me. At one point we had to attach ourselves by way of a carabiner to a robe where the uphill climb was a bit narrow and steep. It was thrilling and the guide was most helpful. Finally I very much enjoyed kayaking among the icebergs. It was chilly but we had been told to dress warmly and everyone was comfortable. Oh, I must also mention the waterfalls were spectacular. We even walked behind one. So cool. All in all The Lundi was an incredible experience. The length, one week, made it seem just right. A lot was packed into a short amount of time, however. I highly recommend this trip to anyone!! read less

5 Stars (69 reviews)

Emily, United States

Austin PIF 2

Take 10% off the trip price when you book a trip and pay in full.

By paying in full we are able to pass on savings to our guests, but please note that by opting for this payment plan, your booking becomes non-refundable, non-cancellable, and non-changeable. 

We highly recommend that you purchase Cancel For Any Reason (CFAR) insurance. We recommend Redpoint Insurance – you can find details here.

T+Cs Apply.


Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip, we'll meet you at the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum hotel bar in the evening for welcome drinks and a briefing at 6pm before dinner. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at this hotel directly or any other hotel in Reykjavik , though you must make your own way to the Hotel at the pre-designated time.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends after breakfast and you're free to fly out any time. You'll need to organise your own transfer to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) in time for your departing flight. 

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Reykjavik by 4pmMany guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, you can depart from Reykjavik at any time.

How fit do I need to be?

As an Activity Level 3 trip, you’ll need a solid level of fitness for this trip. We’ll get you into the back country to experience Iceland up close so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy yourself. While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills and down hills and perhaps even carrying a pack! With a little preparation before your trip begins, you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more.

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travellers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travellers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travellers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve selected the accommodation on this trip for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip is not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Iceland. We prefer to stay in quaint, country B&B’s and modern hotels.

While there maybe opportunities to do laundry during the trip, if need be, they won’t be convenient. Laundry can be quite expensive (usually around 1600Kr ~ US$15 per 2kg and takes 24 hours) so if you need to do this the best time will be in Oraefi on Day 4. 

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You'll need one piece of luggage plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality trekking daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) is required for the days on the trail.

Tell me about the Optional Activities on this trip?

You have the option to take an alternative adventure to the Svartifoss waterfall hike and strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and hike on the Svínafellsjökull glacier! No prior experience is required, everything you need is supplied, and as long as you can hike, you can glacier hike!

The three hour excursion is led by specialist glacier guides, you’ll explore amazing ice formations checking out the crevasses, seracs, tunnels and pools of glacial meltwater - no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice and make sure you make the most of the conditions. The ice hike is popular, so we offer advance reservations with the guiding company.

At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot, if it’s available. A good level of fitness is required and the following equipment is provided for you: glacier boots, socks, crampons, ice axe and a waterproof raincoat.

You’ll need to bring three warm upper body layers, leggings or lightweight trousers, waterproof trousers, sunglasses, sunscreen, some snacks and a small drink bottle. This is not a fast activity, as walking with a group and continually cutting steps in the ice can be time-consuming. This is however a unique experience.

NOTE: If you have (or have had) a heart condition or ACL Knee surgery then you may be refused this activity on arrival.

Is tipping expected in Europe?

Tipping is not expected in Europe however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per Trip Leader/guide.

show more

show less

Your Local Guides

Why Travel With Us


Experience adventure the way you want

You’ll be inspired and exhilarated, enjoying mind-blowing scenery on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike - all at your own pace. Get ready for the trip of a lifetime.

benefits awards

Crafting award-winning trips for decades - the Kiwi way

We're proud of our Kiwi roots and you’ll love our professional, warm and relaxed style of hosting. Plus, we’re always here to help with planning, travel, bookings... even hiking boot recommendations!

benefit time v2

Every detail covered, to maximise your time

As soon as your trip starts, we've got everything covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport, superb accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

benefit group travel

Group travel for those who aren’t ‘group travellers’

With our small groups of typically no more than 14 (up to 18 max), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like. It’s all about going at your own pace.

benefit gems

Explore hidden gems through our expert local guides

All our carefully selected guides are highly experienced and have deep personal connections to nature and culture. You’ll enjoy a special experience, authentic local knowledge and an adventure like no other.

benefit review

4.54 out of 5 from 17042 reviews. That’s pretty solid.

We could hang around all day telling you how wonderful our trips are... but the best people to hear it from are our guests themselves.

Trip Inquiry


Classic Iceland Adventure