Experience the otherworldly volcanic landscapes of Iceland's uninhabited interior!
Season: June - September Duration: 11 Days/10 Nights
Across the Wilderness offers a complete Icelandic experience in only 11 days.
With a specially adapted 4x4 mountain coach, you will travel off-the-beaten track through theuninhabited 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!
With our flexible itinerary there’s always plenty of time to stop and fully appreciate the magnificence of Icelandic nature.
Day: 1 Arrival in Iceland
Arrival in Iceland, with an afternoon and evening at leisure.
Overnight stay in Reykjavík.
Day 2: Thingvellir – Gullfoss – Geysir
UNESCO World Heritage site with Geological Wonders – The beautiful Golden Falls - Exploding Geysers - Plant a birch tree
The first day begins with a visit to Thingvellir National Park, the ancient site of the world's first parliament Here we see the dramatic continental drift between the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Next we travel to the nearby Geysir geothermal area and witness boiling pools and hot springs. The most active geyser, Strokkur, shoots water high into the air every few minutes.
Next we take part in Iceland Travel´s reforestation program located in Haukadalur valley. Here our task is to plant a total of five trees, which not only allows us to leave our mark in Iceland but also reduce our carbon footprint!
Onwards to Iceland's most popular waterfall, the impressive two-stageGullfoss (“Golden falls”).
Dinner and overnight stay in Hvolsvöllur area.
Day 3: Vik – Dyrholaey – Kirkjubaejarklaustur
Thundering Waterfalls – Puffin Colony – Black Sand Beaches of the South Shore – Lava Fields
Start the day with a visit to the two impressive waterfalls Seljalandsfossand Skogafoss. We then stop to enjoy the far-reaching views from Dyrholaey headland where thousands of puffins and other seabirds nest until mid-August. A stop in the quaint village of Vik follows before crossing the Myrdalssandur volcanic ash outwash plains. The day ends by passing through the vast Eldhraun lava field, the world's largest single lava flow in about 10.000 years.
Dinner and overnight stay in Kirkjubaejarklaustur area for the next 2 nights.
Day 4: Jokulsarlon – Skaftafell
Glacial Lagoon with Icebergs – Europe's Largest National Park – Europe's Largest Glacier
The day starts with a drive through beautiful scenery towards the Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, with the country´s highest peak Hvannadalshnjukur. The highlight of the day is Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where huge icebergs dance around in icy seawater. An optional boat tour among the icebergs is available. On our way we pass by several outlet glaciers from Vatnajokull, visiting at least one of them. Along the route we are afforded magnificent views of Skaftafell National Park.
Day 5: Landmannalaugar
Multicolored Mountains of the Interior – Lava Fields – Hot Springs with Bathing – Hekla Volcano
Meander along the 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, often mossy mountains, many formed in volcanic eruptions under glaciers during the Ice Age.
After a nice (optional) walk, visitors take a bath in a warm brook created by the convergence of hot and cold springs
Dinner and overnight stay in the Thjorsardalur area.
Day 6: Sprengisandur
Uninhabited Interior and Black Sand Desert
We discover hidden treasures of Iceland's uninhabited interiortraveling along the central Sprengisandur highland route, which is a vast, barren, black desert connecting the north and south. With only rough tracks and un-bridged glacial rivers, we rely on our experienced driver to navigate the rugged passage between the glaciers.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Lake Myvatn area for the next 2 nights
Day 7: Tjornes – Asbyrgi – Dettifoss – Lake Myvatn
Glacial River Gorge – Europe's Most Powerful Waterfall – Geothermal Activity – Rich Birdlife
Ahead is a fully packed day of wildly varying landscapes. We travel through the town of Husavik and around the Tjornes peninsula, the northernmost point of our journey. Discover the impressive 100 meter high walls of the horseshoe-shaped canyon of Asbyrgi, that according to Norse mythology, is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the magical eight-legged horse of the pagan god Odinn. Vikings believed it was a hoof-print left by Sleipnir, Odin's eight-legged flying horse from Norse mythology. The journey continues to Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall which is located in the awe-inspiring Jokulsargljufur canyon. Next we 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 are the mud pits of Hverarond, and thestill-warm lava fields of Krafla, teeming with lava flows, fissures and explosion craters.
Overnight in Lake Myvatn area
Day 8: Akureyri – Skagafjordur
Waterfall "Of the Gods" – Iceland's Second Largest City – Viking Horses
Godafoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in the country, is visited before we continue to Akureyri, the vibrant "Capital of the North". Free time in Iceland's second largest city can include a visit to the delightful botanical gardens, taking a dip in the local geothermal pool, or perhaps enjoying the atmospheric Listagil area that is exclusively dedicated to culture, art and fine food. Our route continues to the Skagafjordur district, known as the traditional heart of horse breeding in Iceland and boasts many historical sites from the classic Sagas. In the evening, horseback riding on a purebred Viking horse is an appeal option, as is an invigorating walk in the picturesque surroundings.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Laugarbakki area.
Day 9: Hvammstangi – Eiriksstadir – Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Fertile Farmlands – Birthplace of Leif Eiriksson – Quaint Fishing Villages
The journey continues through rolling farmlands and across Laxardalsheidi heath to the Viking Age house at Eiriksstadir, the original home of Erik the Red and birthplace of his son Leif Eiriksson, two of the most celebrated Vikings in the world. In a replica grass-roofed house visitors meet modern day Vikings who demonstrate the lifestyle from 1000 years ago, sharing their crafts and knowledge. We travel through small seaside towns on the northern coast of theSnaefellsnes peninsula.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Snaefellsnes area.
Day 10: Snaefellsjokull National Park
Snaefellsjokull Glacier – Pebble Beaches – Sea Cliffs with Birdlife – Quaint Fishing Villages
Today is spent exploring the amazing variety in natural landscapes ofSnaefellsnes National Park. Undoubtedly the crowning jewel is Snaefellsjokull glacier itself which covers a dormant volcano that last erupted in 250 AD. We walk along the uniquely pebbled seascape ofDjupalonssandur beach. At the picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi we observe magnificent basalt rock in stacked formations and take a unique walk along the hiking trail linking the settlements of Arnarstapi and Hellnar before driving back to Reykjavik.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 11: Departure
Departure from Iceland