Across the Wilderness 2020 - 11 days

Guided rough terrain vehicle tour - 11 days

Across the Wilderness 2020 - 11 days

Bestseller

Guided rough terrain vehicle tour - 11 days

With a specially adapted 4x4 mountain coach, you will travel off-the-beaten track through the uninhabited and deserted highlands of Iceland, highlighted by the multi-coloured mountains of the Landmannalaugar Nature reserve and the barren black sands of Sprengisandur. When combined with other major attractions such as Geysir geothermal area, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Dettifoss waterfall, this tour is sure to conquer the hearts of all first-time visitors, as well as those that have been here before!
The tour includes some short, guided nature walks/hiking that let you experience more fully the beauty of Iceland’s natural beauty.
With our flexible itinerary there’s always plenty of time to stop and fully appreciate the magnificence of Icelandic nature.


Highlights:
• Discover the beauty and power of Iceland’s wilderness, an area that few travelers visit
• Visit beloved “must see” natural wonders of the Golden Circle region and the Glacier Lagoon
• Enjoy short guided walks/hikes that give you more insights into natural wonders
• Get a taste of adventure with travel on unpaved mountain tracks in a specially-outfitted vehicle

IT05 Map

IT05 Map

AVAILABLE:
June 25 to August 31

DURATION:
11 days, 10 nights.

TOUR ID:
IT05

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Included

    9 day guided tour as per itinerary with expert local guide
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    Free Wi-Fi on board tour vehicle
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    Pick up and drop off at hotel. If you book the tour without accommodation in Reykjavík, a return transfers from pre-arranged bus stops in Reykjavik to meeting point prior to and after tour.
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    2 nights in a standard room w/private facilities in Reykjavík
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    8 nights in a standard room w/private facilities in the countryside
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    10 Icelandic breakfast buffets (except arrival day)
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    8 two course dinners in the countryside
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    Participation in Reforestation Project in Haukadalur
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    Zodiac Tour on Fjallsárlón Iceberg Lagoon
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    Entrance to Eiriksstadir Museum
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    Great photo stops
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    Seat rotation during the tour
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    Customer care service during office hours
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    24-hour emergency line assistance while you are in Iceland
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Not Included

    Breakfast on arrival day
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    International airfare
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    Baggage porterage at airport/hotel
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    Personal travel insurance (highly recommended)
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    Round-trip transfers between Keflavik airport and hotels
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    Beverages, snacks, lunches, dinners unless otherwise noted in itinerary
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    Guaranteed early check-in (check-in time for most hotels in Iceland starts between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm)
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    Guaranteed late check-out
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    Any service not specifically listed under "included"
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Itinerary

Day 1. Arrival

Transfer to Reykjavík is on your own. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers.

Once in Reykjavik, check into your hotel. If you arrive early in the day, you might want to explore Reykjavik’s old town area, location of many museums and galleries. You might also enjoy visiting one of the city’s outdoor geothermal swimming pools where you can shake off your jetlag. In the afternoon you could take one of our day tours, such as whale watching or horseback riding, both bringing you close to Iceland’s nature and landscape. If you want to stretch your legs, the city has many scenic walking trails.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland’s capital.
Please note guaranteed early check-in is not included in the price. Most hotels begin check-in between 14:00 and 16:00 (2:00pm and 4:00pm).

Overnight stay in Reykjavik (airport transfer not included).
Dinner on your own.

Day 2. Þingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir


The guide will pick you up at your hotel or from pre-arranged bus stops in Reykjavík to the tour’s meeting point. The first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world’s first parliament. Here you can see the dramatic continental drift between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Your guide will share interesting facts about some of the interesting historical events that have happened at Thingvellir.
An hour’s drive away, the popular Geysir geothermal area awaits. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes, but you’ll also witness several other boiling pools and hot springs.
Next your group will take part in reforestation programme, located in Haukadalur valley. You can help your group plant a total of five trees, which not only allows you to leave your mark in Iceland but also for your tour group to reduce your carbon footprint!
Then you‘ll head onwards to Iceland’s most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stage Gullfoss (“Golden Falls”). A series of easy footpaths leads around the waterfall, giving you the chance to get excellent views from different angles.

Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage site with Geological Wonders – The beautiful Golden Falls – Exploding Geysers - Conservation Project

Overnight and dinner: Hvolsvöllur area.

Approximate distance: 215 km (134 miles)

Day 3.Hvolsvöllur - Vík - Dyrhólaey - Kirkjubæjarklaustur


Start the day by driving along the highway, making a stop at two impressive waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Head to the black sand beaches to enjoy the far-reaching views from Dyrholaey headland, where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest (puffins generally seen between May and mid-August. Enjoy a stop in the quaint village of Vik before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains created by flowing water from nearby glaciers. The day ends after passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the world’s largest recorded single lava flow in the last 10.000 years.

Highlights: Thundering Waterfalls – Seabird Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore – Lava Fields

Overnight and dinner: Kirkjubæjarklaustur area for the next two nights.

Approximate distance: 185 km (115 miles)

Day 4. Jökulsárlón - Skaftafell


The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. You will also get a view of Hvannadalshnjukur, the country´s highest peak. The highlight of the day will surely be the Fjallsarlon and Jokulsarlon lagoons, where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. Experience up close this stunning sight on a zodiac tour among the icebergs. You will also view the much-photographed Diamond Beach area, where glittering shards of ice rest on a black sand beach. Continue on your way, passing by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull. Along the route you also will get magnificent views of Skaftafell, a glacier-crowned wonderland within Vatnajokull National Park.

Highlights: Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Scenic Glacial Park – Europe’s Largest Glacier

Overnight and dinner: Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Approximate distance: 255 km (158 miles)

Day 5. Landmannalaugar


Today some of the roads will be bumpy since you’re on highland wilderness tracks, but it’s all part of the adventure and the views will be amazing! It’s now time to leave the asphalt behind and meander along the scenic and rugged Fjallabaksleid interior track to Landmannalaugar, an astonishing area surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains. The surreal beauty of the uninhabited interior reveals deep valleys and sculptured mountains, many formed by volcanic eruptions that happened beneath glaciers during the Ice Age. After a nice walk in the nature reserve (optional), enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs. It’s an authentic Iceland experience!

Highlights: Multi-coloured Wilderness Mountains – Lava Fields – Hot Spring Bathing

Overnight and dinner: Thjorsardalur area.

Approximate distance: 140 km (87 miles)

Day 6. Sprengisandur


Today wilderness adventure awaits! It’s time to head north through the very heart of Iceland. Discover hidden treasures of Iceland’s uninhabited interior along the Sprengisandur highland route, a vast, barren, black desert connecting Iceland´s north and south. With only rough tracks and un-bridged glacial rivers, your group will rely on your experienced driver to navigate the rugged passage between the glaciers. This is a true taste of Iceland‘s wild side—bumpy roads and driving through rivers are a part of the experience. (Note: If Sprengisandur is closed due to road conditions, your group will take the Kjolur highland route instead.)

Highlights: Wild Heart of Iceland and Black Sand Desert

Overnight and dinner: Lake Mývatn area for the next 2 nights.

Approximate distance: 259 km (161 miles)

Day 7. Lake Mývatn – Dettifoss – Ásbyrgi – Tjörnes


Today you will visit the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park, as well as Lake Myvatn. Travel to the unforgettable Lake Myvatn area, a geological wonderland and paradise for bird watchers. Some of the most visually bizarre attractions in the region include the colorful boiling mud pits of Hverarond and the still-warm lava fields of Krafla volcano, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, located in the awe-inspiring Jokulsargljufur canyon. Discover the impressive 100 meter (328 feet) high walls of the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. Drive around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of your journey. In the afternoon drive to the town of Husavik where you have the option to experience the hot spring bath named GeoSea.

Highlights: Magnificent Canyon – Europe’s Mightiest Waterfall – Volcanic Wonderland

Overnight and dinner: Lake Mývatn area.

Approximate distance: 245 km / 152 miles

Day 8. Akureyri - Skagafjörður


Start the adventure today with a visit to Godafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country. (The name means “Waterfall of the Gods,) Continue to Akureyri, the vibrant “Capital of the North”. Enjoy some free time to explore this colorful and charming town. Some activities might include a visit to the delightful botanical garden, a swim in the local geothermal pool, or perhaps enjoying the culture, art and fine food of the Listagil artists‘ district. The route then continues to the Skagafjordur area, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland. This area also contains many historical sites from the classic Viking-age Sagas. Tonight, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse might be an appealing option. Or simply enjoy a peaceful walk in the countryside around your hotel.

Highlights: Waterfall “Of the Gods” – The Capital of the North – Scenic historical fjord

Overnight and dinner : Laugarbakki area.

Approximate distance: 239 km (149 miles)

Day 9. Hvammstangi - Eiríksstaðir - Vatnsnes Peninsula


The journey continues around Vatnsnes Peninsula, which contains the extraordinary rock formation of Hvitserkur, a 15 meter (49 feet) tall cliff jutting out straight from the sea. This off-the-beaten path peninsula is part of the newly designated Arctic Coast Way, which focuses on the enchanting and wild wonders that border the Arctic Circle. This is an area where the sea and the sky seem to meet together, and there are inspiring views far into the distance. You might also see seals resting close to the beach. In the after-noon, drive through rolling farmlands and across Laxardalsheidi heath to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir. This was the original homestead of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most legendary Vikings in the world. In a replica of a grass-roofed house, meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge.

Highlights: Historical Farmlands – Mysterious Scenic Peninsula – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson

Overnight and dinner: Fellsströnd or Snæfellsnes.

Approximate distance: 215 km (134 miles)

Day 10. Snæfellsjökull National Park


Today you will explore the amazing variety of natural landscapes in Snaefellsjokull National Park. The park‘s crown jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself, which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. In addition, you’ll also see Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland. Walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape of Djupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi, you can observe magnificent basalt rocks in stacked formations and perhaps take a walk along the unique hiking trail linking the historical settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar. At the end of the afternoon, the journey leads back to Reykjavik.

Highlights: Snaefellsjokull Glacier – Pebble Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Quaint Fishing Villages

Overnight: Reykjavik.
Dinner on your own.

Approximate distance: 435 km (270 miles)

Day 11. Departure

Breakfast at your hotel. Please note that this might be a light breakfast if you are taking an early morning departure flight.

Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to book a transfer for you. We recommend departing your hotel no later than three hours before your international flight

Tour Dates

June 25, 2020 English Guaranteed Max group size 16 passengers
July 02, 2020 English, Dutch Guaranteed Max group size 19 passengers
July 09, 2020 English Guaranteed Max group size 16 passengers
July 16, 2020 English Guaranteed Max group size 16 passengers
July 23, 2020 English, Dutch Guaranteed Max group size 19 passengers
August 06, 2020 English Guaranteed Max group size 16 passengers
August 13, 2020 English, Dutch Guaranteed Max group size 19 passengers
August 20, 2020 English Guaranteed Max group size 16 passengers
August 27, 2020 English Guaranteed Max group size 16 passengers

Price Information

June 25, 2020 - August 31, 2020:
Price per person in Double/Twin room including accommodation in Reykjavík 432492 ISK (3201 EUR)
Price per person in Single room including accommodation in Reykjavík 542064 ISK (4012 EUR)
Price per person in Double/Twin room excluding accommodation in Reykjavík 400062 ISK (2961 EUR)
Price per person in Single room excluding accommodation in Reykjavík 482171 ISK (3569 EUR)

Optional

 

GeoSea geothermal baths - per adult
Price: 4967 ISK (37 EUR)

GeoSea geothermal baths - per child
Price: 2623 ISK (19 EUR)

Evening Horse Riding Tour in the North - per adult
Price: 9522 ISK (70 EUR)

Payments & Terms

20% Deposit
Cancellation Policy
Time of cancellation for individual traveller(s):
More than 3 weeks (22+ days) prior to arrival: deposit (20%) charged
3 weeks (21 days) and more than 1 week (8 days): 50% charged
1 week (7 days) and more than 72 hours: 75% charged
72 hours' notice and less: 100% charged

Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

Maximum nr. of passengers: 19
Minimum nr. of passengers: 2

Activity/Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 (Easy)

Optional: It is possible to book this escorted tour without accommodation in Reykjavík. The itinerary starts then on Day 2 with a pick up from pre-arranged bus stops in Reykjavik.

Important
* Please note that good trekking shoes/hiking shoes are required for this tour, as some of the walking is on unpaved, sometimes with uneven surfaces.
* Some wilderness interior roads during the trip are unpaved with bumpy driving conditions– it‘s all part of the authentic adventure and fun of exploring the highlands!
Please note: that we reserve the right to alter routes without prior notice should the necessity arise due to road conditions.

Travel Tips
* Some people like to bring hiking poles, though they are not required.
* We also suggest bringing a mosquito/fly head net as there can be harmless midges around Lake Myvatn. It‘s not required, but some visitors have found it more comfortable.

Please note: that this tour books up quickly and therefore we recommend to book with advance. An update on availability may not appear immediately at our website after the tour fills up. Kindly contact us to check for availability before making an online booking.

Children 6-11 years sharing a room and/or traveling with a guardian will receive 25% discount from the listed price, valid when one child shares a double room with 2 adults.
Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.
It is not recommended that children 0-5 years old travel on scheduled tours.

Accommodation:
This tour stays in Comfort Accommodation with private bathrooms.

Payment:
A non refundable deposit of 20%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.

Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.
TOURIS accepts Visa and MasterCard

Travel Insurance:
To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too.

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

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