This trip is for those who want to discover the heart of Iceland, its uninhabited landscapes, unaccessible 9 months out of 12, without doing trekking or intense hiking. On the contrary, we privilege multiple smooth and short walks and enjoy looking at the nature surrounding us.
This trip will let you discover the Highlands of Iceland, along the rift emerging in Iceland where the thoughtful, the walker, the photographer will be fulfilled away from mass tourism.
You’ll visit the volcanic area of Kerlingarfjoll, literally the witch’s mountains, the geothermic area of Hveravellir with mud pools and hot springs. You’ll cross the endless desert of Kjolur and Sprengisandur where Harpa, your guide, will tell you the stories of the banned, and of the hidden people… You’ll get close to the volcano Askja and sleep at close proximity to this ice giant, the biggest glacier in Europe, the Vatnajökull. Your route ends in the East fjords after a crossing in diagonal of the country.
Thanks to the nights in huts, you’ll enjoy the silence of the highlands and you will be disconnected to all your electronics devices that get more and more intrusive in your live.
Your guide will welcome you in Reykjavik and will start with you this amazing journey across the island. We will drive to the famous and crowed Golden Circle. We will make a quick stop at the famous geysir at Geysir and continue to the Gullfoss waterfall. Once we leave behind us those two popular sites we will enter the tracks of Iceland, reserved for 4×4. We will drive across a splendid landscape of desert, surrounded by mountains and glaciers at far distance. The tracks is rocky and bumpy, the soft asphalt of civilisation is now a memory for the rest of your trip. We will get to the witch’s mountains where we will spend the night.
We spend the whole day discovering those amazing mountains of rhyolite. Here the ground is literally boiling under our feet. In the afternoon, we will have the chance if, to bath into a natural hot spring located 20 min away from the hut. Night at the same place.
We continue our drive along the Kjolur plateau and stop at Hveravellir, an amazing oasis where hot springs, solfatares, sulfur and mud pools explode from the ground to create a colorful place. There is again a chance to bath in this wild place. When we get to Blonduon lake we take another track less visited and drive across a beautiful valley a green heaven before getting to another desert the Sprengisandur. The name sprengja means “to ride a horse to death” and picture where we are entering. Our destination for the night is the hut of Laugafell with a natural hot spring to warm us.
Today we arrive in the heart of Iceland. We get to a very isolated place where we will find our hut for the night. The place is a little oasis in the middle of the desert. When we look around we only see sand and scories and in far distance, a mountain range and glaciers.
Our destination of the day is the Askja volcano and its caldeira in the middle of this pumice stone ground due to an explosion that happened in the XIXe century. We understand why the NASA did the training of their astronauts here. We will see the remains of the last eruption that happened at Holluhraun in 2014. We will end the day at the bottom of Herdubreid the Icelandic mountain queen.
We will explore the area and get closer to the glacier tongue of Kverkjoll, breathtaking.
We start our last part of this trip but before getting to the civilisation we will spend some more time in the wilderness. The Wilderness Center will be the link between men and tradition and will show us how they possibly survive in this rough environnement. A peaceful and beautiful place
We drive to Egilsstaðir and drop you at the airport where you’ll get a domestic flight to Reykjavik. Once arrived in Reykjavik you can get to the Keflavik airport by bus or extend your stay in the capital (contact us).
Group from 6 to 14 people.
Walks : All our walks are on an accessible level. Their duration depends on weather conditions and on the overall level of the group. They can be extended or shorted depending on circumstances.
Indicative itinerary and safety : The day by day plan for this Jewels of Iceland tour is given indicatively and is susceptible to change for safety reasons such as bad weather conditions, volcanic activity etc… Your guide knows perfectly the terrain and will always be the only one in charge, especially to take decisions relative to safety.
Guide : Your guide is always attentive to both the group and the Icelandic nature in order to ensure you enjoy perfectly this magical midnight sun tour.
Vehicle : For your group we will operated a private and dedicated minibus.
Food : Any allergy or strict diet must imperatively be stated clearly during the inscription.
For conviviality in the group : (not mandatory) we recommend everyone to bring a delicacy from their home land.
Participation : Our guests are kindly asked to help the guide if he requests some help in preparing the picnic.
Accommodation during your stay : All our accommodations have been selected to make your experience comfortable.
Extension of your stay : Please contact us! You might not come back to Iceland any time soon, and if you can spare a few more days, we advise you to extend your stay a little bit, in an independent trip to discover another region or just to enjoy more of the northernmost capital city in the world. We can arrange 1 or 2 days more in Reykjavik for you to really submerge in its relaxed and original way of living, to enjoy its excellent coffee-shops and wonderful book-stores, to discover its fascinating little museums and art galleries, and to relax yourself in its swimming pools, spas and original night life.
Be careful to choose your prolongation early on, because modifying your plane ticket on site can be pricey and even sometimes impossible.
According to the season and to the weather’s instability of these northern countries, we ask you to follow this gear list, for you own safety and pleasure.
YOUR PERSONAL GEAR :
If you have a doubt on your gear, feel really free to contact us to receive some personalized advice!