Cascading Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland
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The Ultimate Adventure in Iceland

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Explore Iceland's epic natural wonders as you trek across glaciers, kayak icy lagoons, and hike to waterfalls in the Golden Circle

What's Included?

Activities & Certified Guides

All itinerary activities with expert, English-speaking guides

All accommodation

2 nights in hotels and 2 nights in a cosy guesthouse

Meals

All breakfasts are included

Transfers

All transfers from the start point in Reykjavik, until the end point at Keflavik Airport or Reykjavik city (arrival airport transfer not included)

Permits

All permits and entry fees

Small Like-minded Groups

Solo-friendly by design, join our small n’ sociable groups of up to 14 like-minded, active and outdoorsy people
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What's it like?

Cascading Skógafoss waterfall in Iceland
Kayakers on the lagoon at Sólheimajökull glacier, Iceland
Woman bathing in a geothermal pool at the Sky Lagoon in Iceland.
Group of hikers with ice axes on a glacier in Iceland.
Fissure between the two tectonic plates in Iceland at Thingvellir
People silhoutted against a geyser erupting in Iceland
Glacier hike in Iceland, image from Icelandic Mountain Guides host
Seljalandsfoss Waterfall in Iceland Getty -1403467552

Kayak the ethereal glacial lagoon of Sólheimajökull surrounded by towering icebergs, before clambering across the icy glacier itself

Hike to the cascades of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, the hidden waterfalls of Gljúfrabúi and Nauthúsagil, and marvel at thundering Gullfoss

Kick back in natural hot rivers and geothermal pools by the sea, and wander along striking black sand beaches

Witness the earth’s raw power as Strokkur geyser shoots plumes of water high into the air, and walk among the tectonic plates in Thingvellir National Park

Key Information

Day 1

Welcome to Reykjavik

Aerial view of Reykjavik's harbour and skyline in Iceland.

Welcome to the land of fire and ice! Make your way from the airport to your hotel (see Getting There for more info) – your adventure begins in downtown Reykjavik. After settling into your city centre hotel, you may wish to head into town with your fellow adventurers to discover the vibrant capital's food scene – you'll find everything from cosy eateries serving up classic Icelandic dishes, to trendy spots offering inventive fusion cuisine.

Day 2

Hike to natural hot springs and kayak a glacial lagoon

Kayakers on the lagoon at Sólheimajökull glacier, Iceland

Hiking

2-3hrs · 3km · 340m up · 340m down

Kayaking

2.5hrs

After a delicious Icelandic breakfast, meet your guide for a welcome briefing before setting off to explore some of Iceland's most stunning natural wonders. First stop is the town of Hveragerði, surrounded by lush greenery and bubbling geothermal activity. Thanks to its unique location near the mid-Atlantic ridge Hveragerði is known as the 'hot spring town', with steam rising from the ground. In the town's backyard lies the Reykjadalur Valley, where you’ll hike past steaming springs and bubbling mud pools before stopping at a hot river, where you can jump in for a relaxing dip. Hop back into the van and head towards Sólheimajökull by the southern coast, a glacier tongue extending from the larger Mýrdalsjökull glacier. You’ll meet with your expert kayaking guide to get equipped with dry suits and briefed on technique, before navigating your way through the pristine glacial waters dotted with a labyrinth of majestic icebergs.

Day 3

Glacier walk on Sólheimajökull

Hikers on a glacier in Iceland.

Hiking

4-5hrs · 10km · 200m up · 200m down

Set off early this morning to explore the black sand beach at Sólheimasandur. In 1973, an American DC plane crash-landed on this desolate stretch of coastline and the stark contrast of the white plane against the black sand creates a surreal, science fiction-like scene. Next, you’ll head to Reynisfjara, where the Atlantic Ocean crashes against towering basalt columns. In the afternoon, you'll hike across the glacier of Sólheimajökull. Led by experienced guides, you’ll step onto the icy expanse kitted out with crampons and with ice axes. This glacier is constantly changing and evolving, making each hike unique. As the day draws to a close, make your way to one of Iceland's largest waterfalls: the majestic Skógafoss. According to Icelandic folklore, there is Viking treasure behind the cascading waters of Skógafoss, hidden over a thousand years ago.

Day 4

Explore Iceland's wild waterfalls

Person standing at the dramatic Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland.

Hiking

2-3hrs · 5-6km · 100m up · 100m down

This morning, head out on a short hike to the picturesque Kverna waterfall – a hidden gem which is one of Iceland's more secluded and peaceful spots – before hopping into the van to the awe-inspiring Seljalandsfoss waterfall. At over 60 metres tall, it’s one of Iceland's most iconic natural highlights as you can walk behind the powerful cascade of water. Next, you’ll head to the nearby waterfalls of Gljúfrabúi – hidden within a narrow gorge – and Nauthúsagil, tucked away in a steep and secluded canyon. A brief drive takes you to your next hike up Vördufell for magnificent views, before moving on to two of Iceland’s most renowned sights: the majestic Gullfoss waterfall and the captivating Geysir hot spring area. Gullfoss, the 'golden falls', is a powerful two-tiered waterfall that plunges into a rugged canyon, and the iconic Geysir is the geyser after which all are named. While Geysir itself is now largely dormant, its neighbour, Strokkur, steals the show with its regular eruptions.

Day 5

Bathe in Iceland's geothermal Sky Lagoon

Woman looking towards the ocean from the infinity pool at the Sky Lagoon in Iceland.

Hiking

2hrs · 5km · 250m up · 250m down

Sauna

2hrs

This morning, you’ll drive to Thingvellir National Park, where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates are gradually moving apart, creating a rift valley where you can hike along the faults and fissures. Thingvellir was also where the world's first parliament, the Althing, was established by the early Icelandic settlers. The Althing served as a gathering place for Icelanders to discuss laws and important decisions, making it one of the oldest democratic institutions in the world. Later, you’ll drive on to the Sky Lagoon, a geothermal spa located in Kópavogur with oceanside hot springs, cold plunges, saunas, and steam. After a couple of hours, it's time to say your goodbyes: you'll be dropped off at Keflavik International Airport at 14:00 (those extending their stay in Reykjavik will be dropped off at the BSI bus terminal).

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Guesthouse · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

Icelandic Cod fish and tomatoes on a plate in a restaurant, Iceland.

All your breakfasts will be included during the trip, but at lunch and dinner times, you'll be free to explore Icelandic cuisine at a variety of local restaurants.

Icelandic cuisine blends traditional Nordic flavours with modern twists, focusing on hearty meals and fresh seafood, often using locally sourced ingredients and traditional preservation methods. In Reykjavik, you'll be able to try a rich array of Icelandic food like hákarl (fermented shark) with brennivín (schnapps), or comforting options like plokkfiskur (a creamy fish stew) and hangikjöt (smoked lamb with rye bread), all washed down with local craft beer.

Vegans, vegetarians and most food allergies can be catered for. Please let your host know of any dietary requirements in advance.

What is the accommodation like?

Clean, white bedroom with twin beds and a picture on the wall
Hotels and Guesthouses

Accommodation in Iceland is in high demand, gets booked up quickly, and can be very expensive. We've opted for simpler hotels and guesthouses on this adventure to keep the trip as affordable as possible, while still providing a comfortable base after each day's adventures and exciting activities.

You'll spend the first night in the Fosshotel Rauðará, located in Reykjavik's tranquil neighbourhood of Hlíðar. Close to downtown and within walking distance of the city's main attractions, you'll stay in comfortable twin-share rooms with private bathrooms and complimentary WiFi. It has a lounge and bar – a great spot to meet up with your group.

For the next two nights, you'll be at the Kverna Guesthouse in Skógar, a picturesque village in southern Iceland. Enjoy its cosy rooms, hearty Icelandic breakfasts, and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Your last night will be spent in the heart of the Golden Circle at Hotel Laugarvatn. The rooms each have lake or mountain views, which you'll stay in on a twin-share basis with private bathrooms. You can gather with your fellow adventurers at the Póstbarinn, the communal living area downstairs.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room can be booked for an extra charge. See Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Your hotel in Reykjavik

Arrive any time on Day 1

Ends

Reykjavik City Centre or Keflavik Airport

14:00 on Day 5

Transfers

Your adventure begins at your hotel in downtown Reykjavik. This means that when you arrive at Keflavik Airport, you'll need to hop on one of the frequent Flybus services operated in connection with all arriving flights at Keflavik Airport. You can buy a ticket in advance on the Flybus website or at the Flybus desk in the Keflavik terminal – tickets cost £20/€24/$27 each way. The bus is very easy to find, right outside the arrival terminal – just look for signs for Flybus. Your host will provide details on where you need to get off the bus and how to find your hotel in the pre-departure information you are sent prior to travelling to Iceland.

At the end of the trip on Day 5, you will be dropped off at Keflavik Airport at around 14:00 for your onward flight home. We recommend booking flights that depart after 16:00 to allow enough time for security checks. Alternatively, you can ask your host to drop you off in Reykjavík city centre later in the afternoon.

For those arriving early or wanting to stay on longer, extra nights at the hotel and airport transfers may be arranged with your host at an additional cost. Pre- and post-trip accommodation can't be guaranteed, as accommodation sells out very quickly and prices fluctuate, however, your host will do their best to accommodate any requests. Please see Optional Extras for more information.

Travel options

There are regular flights to Iceland from airports across the UK, Europe and North America.

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What's included?

  • All equipment needed for glacier hiking
  • All equipment needed for kayaking, including a dry suit

What do I need to bring?

Bags

  • Suitcase
  • Daypack (10-15 litres)
  • Waterproof liner for rucksack
  • Small drybag, if you want to take your phone with you on the water-based activities

Clothes

  • Hiking boots (worn-in, waterproof and with ankle support)
  • Sports shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (for kayaking)
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Breathable wicking layers
  • Fleece jacket or a jumper
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • Long-sleeved thermal tops
  • T-shirts
  • Lightweight gloves (wool or synthetic)
  • Clothes and shoes for the evenings
  • Hiking socks (2-3 pairs, wool or synthetic)
  • Extra socks (to wear after kayaking)
  • Buff or neckscarf
  • Swimwear (for thermal pools and hot river)
  • Quick dry towel
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Eye mask (for long summer daylight hours)

Other

  • Reusable water bottle (1 litre)
  • Universal travel adapter
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Quick-dry towel
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Double/Twin Room in Reykjavik (prices are indicative and may vary)

Payable Before Departure

Double/Twin Room in Reykjavik (prices are indicative and may vary)

Per Night

Single Room in Reykjavik (prices are indicative and may vary)

Payable Before Departure

Single Room in Reykjavik (prices are indicative and may vary)

Per Night

Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Private Room Upgrade

This trip is brand new

We’re still waiting to collect any reviews from other travellers on this trip. However, all our hosts go through an extensive vetting process to ensure that your adventure is awesome.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 108kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

The Sky Lagoon is a unique geothermal spa with springs naturally warmed by geothermal activity. You'll be able to enjoy the mineral-rich baths before unwinding in the Icelandic saunas and steam rooms – and for those brave enough, there's a cold plunge pool. The highlight of the Sky Lagoon is its infinity pool, with stunning views across the sea.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The elements can be unpredictable and occasionally your host may need to revert to a 'Plan B' if it is not safe to follow the scheduled itinerary. An alternative excursion will be offered in place of any missed activities and will be chosen based on the specific conditions encountered and the availability of services. Your guide will discuss the options with you if this becomes necessary.

As the Icelandic Tourist Board explains in this video, it's confined to the Reykjanes Peninsula and not affecting travel at all. Iceland is open for business and perfectly safe.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Our team of Adventure Hunters create exclusive adventures with highly vetted, specialist hosts. We only work with independent, local in-destination experts who know the very best places to explore and how to stay safe. See here for more info about the local teams we partner with.

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DEPARTURE DATES

April 2025

Wednesday • 30th April 2025

to Sunday • 4th May 2025
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