Ultimate Iceland Adventure

  • 11 Days
  • Avg Group Size: 12
  • Activity Level 4
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  • Trip Start: Reykjavik
  • Trip End: Reykjavik
Iceland Hiking Adventure Stelkur

Experience authentic Iceland as you hike and explore remote landscapes on our Ultimate Iceland Adventure.

There's no doubt you'll be left speechless as you roam Iceland's vast landscapes on our 11-day Ultimate Iceland Adventure. With local experts leading the way, you'll hike to view puffins ('Lundi'), explore a lagoon in Vatnajökull National Park, and admire Öxaràrfoss, Gullfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. While it's no secret that Iceland is a feast for the eyes, what you may not know is how fascinating Icelandic people are. You'll witness their self-sufficiency and learn about their proud Viking heritage. In fact, their language today is very similar to what it was during the Viking Age! Iceland is commonly ranked as one of the happiest nations in the world, so prepare to have this attitude rub off when you're out and about exploring with the locals. Especially after enjoying a three-day hike through the Eastern Fjords, staying in stunning cabins, and indulging in hearty Icelandic cuisine.

Trip Highlights

Eldfell Volcano

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To wild puffin colonies

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Multi-day Fjord hike

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Reykjavík “Smokey Bay”

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Þingvellir & Vatnajökull National Parks

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Vestmannaeyjar Islands

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Iceland's famous waterfalls

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Jökulsárlón Lagoon

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Ultimate Iceland Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Reykjavik Trip End: Reykjavik

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  • Day 1Arrive 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, hike Múlagljúfur Canyon

  • Day 7Hike from Seyðisfjörður to Loðmundarfjörður Hut

  • Day 8Hike to Inlet Húsavík

  • Day 9Hike to Inlet Breiðuvík

  • Day 10Hike toward Borgarfjöður Eystri, return to Reykjavík

  • Day 11Return home

  • Day 1

    Arrive Reykjavík

    #653

    Our 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 Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavík (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Explore Þingvellir National Park

    #654

    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

    #655

    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 fuelling 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, Dinner)

    Hiking: 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)
    Hiking: Optional Hike: 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), 0.5-1 hour, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)
    Hiking: Optional Hike: 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles), 0.5-1 hour, elevation +/- 150 meters (492 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike and explore Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls

    #656

    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 a wonderful, locally-run guesthouse.

    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Öraefi (Breakfast, Dinner)

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

  • Day 5

    Hike the Ingólfshöfði headland, spotting ‘Lundi‘

    #657

    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 gone out to sea. However, we'll still enjoy this adventurous 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 Falljökull Glacier, where you can opt (at time of trip booking) to hike on the glacier with specialist guides (extra fee applies). Afterward, we’ll regroup and head back to our accommodation, for another relaxing evening.

    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Öraefi (Breakfast, Dinner)

    Hiking: 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), 2.5-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)
    Hiking: 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles), 1-2 hours, elevation +/- 100 meters (324 feet)
    Notes: Optional Ice hike on Falljökull 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 Falljökull 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, hike Múlagljúfur Canyon

    #658

    After breakfast we'll take a short drive to the hidden canyon Múlagljúfur where we'll hike along this magnificent canyon to visit two beautiful waterfalls Hangandifoss and Múlafoss, offering breathtaking views along the way. After the hike we'll enjoy lunch then make our way to Jökulsárlón Lagoon, 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. We continue to the small town of Höfn for dinner and overnight.

    Berjaya Iceland Hotels (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Iceland's shortest river, around 2-3 hours
    Hiking: Múlagljúfur Canyon, 5.7 kilometers (3.6 miles), Elevation + 367 meters (1,204 feet), 3 hours
    Notes: If you're short on time, this is where the 7-day 'Classic Iceland Adventure' finishes.

  • Day 7

    Hike from Seyðisfjörður to Loðmundarfjörður Hut

    #659

    This morning we’ll journey northeast to the small town of Egilsstaðir. We’ll continue onto the deep fjord, the harbor of the coastal village of Seydisfjordur, to begin the multi-day hike on the Víknaslóðir hiking trail. Set out over green mountains and plateaus, we’ll hike down to the uninhabited Lodmundarfjordur, which was, for many years, one of the most isolated and inaccessible communities in Iceland. Tonight we’ll be in one of Iceland’s charming backcountry cabins, our first along the trail, and we’ll be warmed by the log fire that keeps this cabin cozy!

    Loðmundafjörður hut (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 15.2 kilometers (9.5 miles), 5-7 hours, elevation +/- 600 meters (1970 feet)

  • Day 8

    Hike to Inlet Húsavík

    #660

    Our day will start with a walk to the old chapel at the foot of the beautiful fjord, then we’ll continue along the north seashore of Lodmundarfjordur. Loðmundarfjorður fjord is an impressive valley, that, at the turn of the 20th century, was home to 100 people thanks to rich farmlands and accessible fishing grounds. The hike leads through the massive Loðmundarskriður, formed thousands of years ago when the adjacent mountain literally burst forth. Situated in the southernmost creek of the Víknaslóðir hiking trail, at the foot of the Skælingur Peak. For those still with energy, there’s another optional walk after dinner, down to the beach to visit a quaint church that was in service until the seventies.

    Húsavík Cabin, Inlet Húsavík (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), 5-6 hours, elevation +/- 600 meters (1,970 feet)

  • Day 9

    Hike to Inlet Breiðuvík

    #661

    We continue south this morning, over another low mountain range towards Inlet Húsavík. If weather permits today, we’ll take a side hike up Mount Hvítserkur, a peak that certainly stands out in this region, with its light-colored grey/yellow. This is a challenging, optional hike, though offers the best way to soak in the views of the Eastern Fjord! This afternoon we end up in another deserted inlet known as Breiðavík, where we can enjoy the calm lapping of the Atlantic waves on this stunning and colorful beach. The only building in the area is our cozy home for the evening, a backcountry cabin in a stunning green valley, surrounded by rhyolite hills. You’ll be blown away by the emptiness of this place, and if you're here later in the season, the starry night sky - you won't find light pollution out here!

    Breiðavík Cabin, Inlet Breiðavík (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 13 kilometers (8 miles), 5-7 hours, elevation +/- 550 meters (1,804 feet)

  • Day 10

    Hike toward Borgarfjöður Eystri, return to Reykjavík

    On this last day, we‘ll hike out of Breidavik inlet, toward the picturesque little village of Borgarfjörður Eystri. After a decent hike, we'll continue via vehicle and take time to explore the puffin colony at Hafnarhólmi once we arrive. Nearly 10,000 pairs of puffins nest every summer here and this is probably the easiest and safest place to watch puffins in Iceland. We’ll take the short drive back to Egilsstaðir (the village we passed through a few days ago). Believe it or not, there’s actually an airport here, so after some refreshments, we’ll take a short 1-hour flight back to Reykjavík. We’ll be staying back in the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, which as the name suggests, is centrally located, meaning you’ll have a final chance to easily explore this vibrant and small city. We’ll share our last night’s meal together at a local restaurant - a perfect opportunity to relive the adventures shared together with new-found friends.

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

    Hiking: 10 kilometers (6 miles), 3-4 hours, elevation +/- 380 meters (1,246 feet)

  • Day 11

    Return home

    This morning breakfast will be provided at the hotel, and if you’re flying home today you're free to make your own way to the Keflavík International Airport.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

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  • Our own highly experienced guides and leader, with you from start to finish
  • Industry-leading Guest-to-Guide ratio (averaging 6:1)
  • Your own ‘Travel Wallet’, an online space with everything required for your adventure
  • Our knowledgeable Customer Service Team to answer your queries - just a phone call, email or chat away
  • Customer Service pre-trip phone calls to ensure you’re 'trip ready'
  • All accommodations for the duration of your trip
  • All meals except where indicated in the itinerary
  • Unlimited snacks to keep you fueled
  • Flights as outlined in the itinerary
  • All activities outlined in the itinerary
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities, including bikes (where bike rides are applicable)
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  • All park and other entry fees
  • Transportation in our air-conditioned vans - safe, clean, modern, and comfortable!

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Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2023

Iceland Adventure

"Our trip to Iceland was spectacular! From hiking the volcanoes and the glaciers to kayaking amongst icebergs to spotting puffins and sheep and horses to sleeping in mountain huts to viewing the hundreds of waterfalls, Iceland did not disappoint. Seeing the northern lights was icing on the cake! The 3 day hike was challenging but our guides Solvi and Mel were great coaches and I was able to go at my own pace. The feeling of accomplishment at the end was well worth the effort, not to mention the spectacular scenery and lack of other people along the route. Solvi's knowledge and love of Iceland was incredible, and Mel was unflappable as she guided us, cooked for us and handled every logistic cheerfully.

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"Our trip to Iceland was spectacular! From hiking the volcanoes and the glaciers to… read more

"Our trip to Iceland was spectacular! From hiking the volcanoes and the glaciers to kayaking amongst icebergs to spotting puffins and sheep and horses to sleeping in mountain huts to viewing the hundreds of waterfalls, Iceland did not disappoint. Seeing the northern lights was icing on the cake! The 3 day hike was challenging but our guides Solvi and Mel were great coaches and I was able to go at my own pace. The feeling of accomplishment at the end was well worth the effort, not to mention the spectacular scenery and lack of other people along the route. Solvi's knowledge and love of Iceland was incredible, and Mel was unflappable as she guided us, cooked for us and handled every logistic cheerfully. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

C Claudia | August 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure

"The Ultimate Iceland Adventure was easily one of the best trips we've every taken. Every aspect, from guides to accommodations to activities to food was spot on. The knowledge and attentiveness of our local guide combined with the striking geology created an experience unlike any other.

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"The Ultimate Iceland Adventure was easily one of the best trips we've every taken. Every… read more

"The Ultimate Iceland Adventure was easily one of the best trips we've every taken. Every aspect, from guides to accommodations to activities to food was spot on. The knowledge and attentiveness of our local guide combined with the striking geology created an experience unlike any other. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

H Harold | August 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2023

Iceland

"What can I say! It was beautiful, incredible and so enjoyable. The sights, the guides, the people we were with. Everything was great! On top of it all, we got to see the Northern Lights. How great that was. One of our guides, Mel, had just finished her late shower and she spotted them and proceeded to wake us all up. We were like little kids in a candy store looking up to the sky. Our 4 day hike was incredibly enjoying and tough but well worth it!

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"What can I say! It was beautiful, incredible and so enjoyable. The sights, the guides,… read more

"What can I say! It was beautiful, incredible and so enjoyable. The sights, the guides, the people we were with. Everything was great! On top of it all, we got to see the Northern Lights. How great that was. One of our guides, Mel, had just finished her late shower and she spotted them and proceeded to wake us all up. We were like little kids in a candy store looking up to the sky. Our 4 day hike was incredibly enjoying and tough but well worth it! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

P Paul | August 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2023

Another Fantastic Adventure

"My boyfriend and I joined Active Adventures for the second time for the Ultimate Iceland Adventure after having a wonderful time in the Galapagos last year. After such an exceptional vacation, we were worried that our trip to Iceland would struggle to compare. Our worries were unfounded! We were blown away by the beauty and history of this country, and the knowledge and passion of our guides, Kim and Dagny. By some meteorological miracle, we had perfect weather that allowed stunning views of waterfalls, mountains, and fjords, as well as puffins and sheep galore. The hotels and even the backcountry "huts" were comfortable and welcoming, and even as vegetarians, we were able to enjoy delicious Icelandic dishes (plus all the blueberries we could pick along the trails!). I'd recommend the trip to any friend who is up for an adventure.

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"My boyfriend and I joined Active Adventures for the second time for the Ultimate Iceland… read more

"My boyfriend and I joined Active Adventures for the second time for the Ultimate Iceland Adventure after having a wonderful time in the Galapagos last year. After such an exceptional vacation, we were worried that our trip to Iceland would struggle to compare. Our worries were unfounded! We were blown away by the beauty and history of this country, and the knowledge and passion of our guides, Kim and Dagny. By some meteorological miracle, we had perfect weather that allowed stunning views of waterfalls, mountains, and fjords, as well as puffins and sheep galore. The hotels and even the backcountry "huts" were comfortable and welcoming, and even as vegetarians, we were able to enjoy delicious Icelandic dishes (plus all the blueberries we could pick along the trails!). I'd recommend the trip to any friend who is up for an adventure. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

B Betsy | July 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2023

Vacation of a lifetime!

"The ultimate Iceland trip exceeded my expectations! The guides, accomadations, activities and the weather were amazing! the hiking was challenging but the views were breathtaking! The hiking part of the trip and staying in the huts was great- they saved the best for last! The food was great, the local favor was wonderful.

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"The ultimate Iceland trip exceeded my expectations! The guides, accomadations, activities and the weather were… read more

"The ultimate Iceland trip exceeded my expectations! The guides, accomadations, activities and the weather were amazing! the hiking was challenging but the views were breathtaking! The hiking part of the trip and staying in the huts was great- they saved the best for last! The food was great, the local favor was wonderful. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

A Ann | July 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure

"The trip was fabulous and totally met expectations. Thora and Kim were great guides and I really enjoyed hearing the many stories Thora had to tell about the history and Icelandic fables. Her local/geological knowledge was very impressive
Scenery, waterfalls, hiking was all fantastic. I enjoyed it all immensely

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"The trip was fabulous and totally met expectations. Thora and Kim were great guides and… read more

"The trip was fabulous and totally met expectations. Thora and Kim were great guides and I really enjoyed hearing the many stories Thora had to tell about the history and Icelandic fables. Her local/geological knowledge was very impressive
Scenery, waterfalls, hiking was all fantastic. I enjoyed it all immensely read less

4 Stars (41 reviews)

J Jenny | July 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2023

Great introduction to outdoor Iceland as well as the major tourist attractions.

"I had previously taken the "Rimu" (now "Ultimate South Island") trip in New Zealand and loved it, and this trip was equally good as an introduction to outdoor experiences in a country I had not visited before. I like the focus on hiking with some other activities for variety and for major experiences specific to Iceland. Having the hut-to-hut hike at the end is good to give the group time to cohere and the guides time to get to know us. (Though the weather was amazingly clear most of the trip, it got wet and cloudy for this last portion so we did not get to see the scenery on the middle two days.) Our local guide, Thora, was extremely knowledgeable and informative, more than any other guide I have had. I would like to come back for a hiking focused trip that leaves out the more crowded tourist attractions that I have now seen.

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"I had previously taken the "Rimu" (now "Ultimate South Island") trip in New Zealand and… read more

"I had previously taken the "Rimu" (now "Ultimate South Island") trip in New Zealand and loved it, and this trip was equally good as an introduction to outdoor experiences in a country I had not visited before. I like the focus on hiking with some other activities for variety and for major experiences specific to Iceland. Having the hut-to-hut hike at the end is good to give the group time to cohere and the guides time to get to know us. (Though the weather was amazingly clear most of the trip, it got wet and cloudy for this last portion so we did not get to see the scenery on the middle two days.) Our local guide, Thora, was extremely knowledgeable and informative, more than any other guide I have had. I would like to come back for a hiking focused trip that leaves out the more crowded tourist attractions that I have now seen. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

D Daniel | July 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2023

Another Amazing Active Adventure Trip!

"We completely enjoyed our Ultimate Iceland Active Adventure trip. The itinerary is the right mix of sightseeing and unique activities. Iceland is an amazing place to visit. The landscape is overwhelmingly diverse, dramatic and beautiful. The history fascinating. The geothermal activity...otherworldly. This trip pulls it all together and you come away feeling you have seen much of the best parts of Iceland. The hike really emerges you into the vastness of the landscape. And then there are the puffins! The trip affords you two opportunities to experience the puffins, both in very special environments. Both unforgettable! Once again, we have come away from an Active Adventure trip with memories that will last a lifetime.

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"We completely enjoyed our Ultimate Iceland Active Adventure trip. The itinerary is the right mix… read more

"We completely enjoyed our Ultimate Iceland Active Adventure trip. The itinerary is the right mix of sightseeing and unique activities. Iceland is an amazing place to visit. The landscape is overwhelmingly diverse, dramatic and beautiful. The history fascinating. The geothermal activity...otherworldly. This trip pulls it all together and you come away feeling you have seen much of the best parts of Iceland. The hike really emerges you into the vastness of the landscape. And then there are the puffins! The trip affords you two opportunities to experience the puffins, both in very special environments. Both unforgettable! Once again, we have come away from an Active Adventure trip with memories that will last a lifetime. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

L Lori | July 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - June 2023

Excellent Hiking trip!

"It was an excellent trip! The best part was the 4 day hut to hut hike. It is a must do. Thora and Kim did a great job leading our hikes and cooked amazing meals in the hut! It was a great time!

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"It was an excellent trip! The best part was the 4 day hut to… read more

"It was an excellent trip! The best part was the 4 day hut to hut hike. It is a must do. Thora and Kim did a great job leading our hikes and cooked amazing meals in the hut! It was a great time! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

F Fiona | June 2023

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - September 2022

Beautiful Iceland

"We had a great time in Iceland and experienced daily changes in the landscape as we traveled across the southern portion of the island. We were blessed with great weather the entire time we were there, which we were told is not typical. We had a great group of people to travel with and made new friends. As usual, we had excellent guides. Thora gave us plenty of things to think about with folklore stories, history and information on geology, and both Thora and Kim were great trekking partners and guides over the fjords at the end of the trip. We do hope we can get back to Iceland again in the near future.

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"We had a great time in Iceland and experienced daily changes in the landscape as… read more

"We had a great time in Iceland and experienced daily changes in the landscape as we traveled across the southern portion of the island. We were blessed with great weather the entire time we were there, which we were told is not typical. We had a great group of people to travel with and made new friends. As usual, we had excellent guides. Thora gave us plenty of things to think about with folklore stories, history and information on geology, and both Thora and Kim were great trekking partners and guides over the fjords at the end of the trip. We do hope we can get back to Iceland again in the near future. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

D Donald, United States | September 2022

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Ohh Iceland!

"This was an adventure of a life time. The guides, Ivar and Kim, were helpful and knowledgeable about the country. Ivar especially is an expert in the geology, history and folklore of Iceland. They are also excellent cooks!

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"This was an adventure of a life time. The guides, Ivar and Kim, were helpful… read more

"This was an adventure of a life time. The guides, Ivar and Kim, were helpful and knowledgeable about the country. Ivar especially is an expert in the geology, history and folklore of Iceland. They are also excellent cooks! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

M Maggie, United States | August 2022

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Great family trip to Iceland!

"We loved our Iceland Lundi trip with Jon and Holly! Gorgeous countryside and really fun experiences. Jon and Holly were awesome leaders and the other people on our trip were great. Would highly recommend.

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"We loved our Iceland Lundi trip with Jon and Holly! Gorgeous countryside and really… read more

"We loved our Iceland Lundi trip with Jon and Holly! Gorgeous countryside and really fun experiences. Jon and Holly were awesome leaders and the other people on our trip were great. Would highly recommend. read less

4 Stars (41 reviews)

L Lauren, United States | August 2022

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Iceland: Trip of a Lifetime!

"We learned so much about this unique and beautiful country from our guides on our journey across the southern part of Iceland. So many amazing stories and information about the changing landscape and the inclusive culture of this small but mighty country. Can't wait to go back and see more!

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"We learned so much about this unique and beautiful country from our guides on our… read more

"We learned so much about this unique and beautiful country from our guides on our journey across the southern part of Iceland. So many amazing stories and information about the changing landscape and the inclusive culture of this small but mighty country. Can't wait to go back and see more! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

L Lorie, Canada | August 2022

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Awesome Icelandic Adventure!

"After researching tours to Iceland Active Adventures offered the best overall package! Our group consisted of ten plus two wonderful guide; we became "family" in the week. Our Icelandic guides knowledge of the history and geography of Iceland was invaluable. Truly an incredible experience. Thank you Tora for sharing your beautiful country with us, we'll be back.

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"After researching tours to Iceland Active Adventures offered the best overall package! Our group… read more

"After researching tours to Iceland Active Adventures offered the best overall package! Our group consisted of ten plus two wonderful guide; we became "family" in the week. Our Icelandic guides knowledge of the history and geography of Iceland was invaluable. Truly an incredible experience. Thank you Tora for sharing your beautiful country with us, we'll be back. read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

R Roxanne, United States | August 2022

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Epic!

"Epic! That is the word I have used to describe this trip. As this was my third trip with Active, I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. We saw all the highlights (waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, and puffins) and then some. Our guides, Kim and Solvi, were kind, knowledgeable, and amazing chefs. They made sure all of us had a great time. The hut to hut trek is NOT to be missed and was certainly a highlight for me. There is something magical about hiking in the backcountry for several days. I highly recommend this trip!

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"Epic! That is the word I have used to describe this trip. As this was… read more

"Epic! That is the word I have used to describe this trip. As this was my third trip with Active, I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. We saw all the highlights (waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, and puffins) and then some. Our guides, Kim and Solvi, were kind, knowledgeable, and amazing chefs. They made sure all of us had a great time. The hut to hut trek is NOT to be missed and was certainly a highlight for me. There is something magical about hiking in the backcountry for several days. I highly recommend this trip! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

M Melissa, United States | August 2022

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Iceland in July

"Loved seeing Iceland with great guides Solvi and Kim. Hiking fjord to fjord was the best part!

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"Loved seeing Iceland with great guides Solvi and Kim. Hiking fjord to fjord was the… read more

"Loved seeing Iceland with great guides Solvi and Kim. Hiking fjord to fjord was the best part! read less

5 Stars (41 reviews)

C Camille, United States | August 2022

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What is not included?

Flights to and from trip start/end points
Pre/Post accommodation
Optional extra activities
Travel insurance
Gratuities for your guides
Rental gear

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. You are welcome to tip an equivalent amount in the local currency. There are plenty of ATM’s and banks in the larger towns of Europe.

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 5pm 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 4pm. Many 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 fly out anytime after breakfast. 

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, 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 travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers 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.

How fit do I need to be?

As an Activity Level 3-4 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!

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, with the exception of the multi-day hike in the Eastern Fjords when we stay in backcountry cabins for three nights, these rustic buildings have furnace heating and showers.

If you've selected a single supplement for your trip, the multi-day hike is not included as no single rooms are available in the cabins, and the single supplement price takes this into account.

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 are allowed one piece of luggage on your trip, plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage should not exceed 50 pounds (23 kilograms) and can be anything from a duffle bag to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase. You’ll also want a good quality backpack sized 25-30 liters (2000 cubic inches) to use throughout the days. 

You'll also need an overnight trekking pack for the multi-day hike on the Vikur Hiking Trail, though your daypack could double as your overnight trekking pack if you bring along a 30-40 litres size (2000- 3000 cubic inches). Your overnight trekking pack needs to be large enough to carry your rain jacket/pants, warmer layers, camera, some snacks, a packed lunch, some water (1-2 litres) and any other personal items inside, and your other gear will be transported for you by vehicle to the huts each day. 

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 Falljökull 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.

Tell me about the Eastern Fjord multi-day hiking

We’ll be out in the Borgarfjöður county wilderness area for four days and three nights. You’ll be hiking a one way track from hut to hut carrying a day pack. You’ll need to carry your own gear for the day, (warm jacket, rain gear, water, packed lunch etc) while your other hiking gear will be transported for you by vehicle to the hut’s.

The three day trek is a remote one way hike along the Vikur Hiking Trail. While it might be a bit of a challenge, the rewards are well and truly worth it! The first day we’ll start by hiking up from Seydisfjordur over green mountains and plateaus to Loðmundafjörður hut. The following morning we’ll continue north, reaching our hut for the night at the foot of the Skælingur Peak and the third day we’ll head to Inlet Breiðavík for our final night on the trail. The final day we’ll head toward Borgarfjörður valley to meet our vehcile to take a short drive back to Egilsstaðir where we’ll take a flight to Reykjavík. The trek is close to sea level so you won’t be dealing with any altitude factors.

The trail is 43 kilometres (27 miles) in total length and we average around 7 hours or 14 kilometres (9 miles) per day.
The trails are very well maintained so finding your way is never a problem. 

During the trek you’ll be spending three nights in mountain cabin’s. These unique cabins are open to the public and are warm, dry and comfortable. They’re located in very remote areas (with amazing scenery) so they don’t have private rooms, electricity or phones however there’s a shared outhouse with hot showers and flushing toilets - and the view from the
outhouse is second to none! This really is Iceland’s wildest country and you’ll meet and share the experience with other mountain adventurers and explorers.

You’ll be carrying a day pack of around 40 litres (2500 cubic inches) in volume. Your pack needs to be large enough to fit the following gear inside -strapping things to the outside of your pack is not recommended in Iceland. Your other gear will be transported for you by vehicle to the huts each day.

In your day pack you’ll carry your rain jacket/pants, warmer layers, camera, some snacks, a packed lunch, some water (1-2 litres) and any other personal items inside.

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Ultimate Iceland Adventure

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