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Trekking Glaciers and Volcanoes in Iceland

Explore the remarkable landscapes of southern Iceland with 4 days of guided trekking.

The south coast of Iceland is home to some of the country’s most famous and beautiful sights. Begin your adventure with a tour of the Golden Circle and a hike across the Solheimajokull Glacier, then base yourself in Thorsmork to trek some of the most scenic parts of Iceland. Your hassle-free trip includes:

  • 4 days transportation in a comfortable 4X4
  • 3 nights accommodation in a mountain hut in Thorsmork
  • All meals
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Certified glacier guide
  • Glacier trekking equipment
  • All taxes and fees

Perfect for:
This trip is perfect for active travelers wanting to explore the diverse natural beauty of Iceland away from the Ring Road.

  • Mountain huts/refuges
  • —Reykjavík > Reykjavík
  • Activity Type
    • Do guided day walks, returning to a base
  • Groups up to 10
  • Features
    • cooking facilities
    • drying space

Service

Day 1: Golden Circle and Glacier Walk

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavik and drive you to the cluster of famous sights known as the Golden Circle.

You’ll trek through Thingvellir National Park where the European and North American tectonic plates are splitting apart at Earth’s surface, walk among the famous geysers in the Haukadalur Valley, and stare in amazement at the thunderous Gullfoss waterfall. Enjoy a lunch of traditional lamb stew at a restaurant by the falls.

Continue to the Solheimajokull glacier for a guided 2-hour trek. Following a safety briefing and introduction to the equipment, you’ll walk across the complex surface of the glacier and learn all about the unique environment.

Afterwards you’ll finish the drive to Thorsmork, settle into your mountain hut and look for the Northern Lights.

4.5 hours driving, 2.5 hours walking

Day 2: Fimmvorduhals Trek

After breakfast you’ll embark on a trek between the glacier-topped volcanoes Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull.

The Fimmvorduhals Trek is considered one of the most scenic hikes in Iceland, climbing 1000m through a landscape of dramatic ravines, craters, glaciers and streams. Your guide will explain how the area was impacted by the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajokull.

Return to your hut in Thorsmork to look for the Northern Lights.

7 - 8 hours walking

Day 3: Trekking

The day’s activities will depend on weather.

One option is to hike Stakkholtsgja, a 2km ravine as deep as 100m and run through with streams and waterfalls.

Another is to trek to the summit of Mt. Rettarfell and check out the “fairy church”, a beautiful cave set in a cliff.

You may also climb Mt. Valahnukur, a prominent peak with rewarding views of Iceland in every direction.

In the evening you’ll return to Thorsmork for the last night in your familiar hut.

Day 4: Gigjokull, Seljalandsfoss, return to Reykjavik

In the morning you’ll leave Thorsmork and stop by the Gigjokull glacier, a 7.5km tongue of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier.

You’ll then continue to the south coast and visit the famous Seljalandsfoss waterfall. The waterfall drops 60m into a surprisingly still pool, and you can even walk behind it!

Afterwards you’ll finish the drive to Reykjavik, arriving around 14:00 at your hotel.

3.5 hours driving

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You will stay at a mountain hut in Basar. The 2-floor hut features a kitchen, mud room, sitting room, and bedrooms with bunk beds. You’ll get your water from a nearby stream, and enjoy the beauty of the Northern Lights at night without light pollution from cities. Lavatories are located in a small outhouse nearby.

Location

Iceland is a small but diverse island nation straddling the Arctic Circle. With just over 330,000 inhabitant, Iceland has a smaller population than most European cities. Almost two-thirds of the population live in and around Reykjavik, leaving the rest of the country very sparsely populated.

The Golden Circle is the name for a group of popular tourist destinations within a day’s drive of Reykjavik. They include Thingvellir National Park, where you can see the edges of both the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates; the enormous tiered waterfall Gulfoss; and the geysers Strokkur and Geysir. Strokkur erupts a 25 m tall plume of water every 5-8 minutes!

Thorsmork is a popular hiking destination in Iceland’s interior. Despite being located between two glaciers, Thorsmork is often warmer and greener than the rest of Iceland. The valley provides access to a wide range of hikes, waterfalls, rivers and glaciers.

Start point?
Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavik. They will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Finish point?
You will be dropped off at your hotel in Reykjavik. Your host will be in touch before the trip to finalise details.

Getting there and away?
Iceland’s international airport is located in Keflavik, about 45 minutes west of Reykjavik. Direct flights between mainland Europe and Iceland are frequent throughout the year. Taxis, shuttles and buses are available to take you between the airport and Raykjavik.

F.A.Q.

What extra costs are there?

The following are not included in the tour price:

  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Accommodation before and after the tour
  • Drinks
  • Personal expenses
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips for your guides

How fit do I need to be?

This trip is suitable for all travellers with a good level of fitness.

Can I book on my own?

Sure can! A lot of people do, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

How big will the group be?

This trip is guaranteed to run, max groups size is 10.

Is there a minimum age?

Yes, participants need to be 15+ to take part.

What’s the weather like?

Despite the country’s name, winters in Iceland are surprisingly temperate courtesy of the warm North Atlantic and Gulf Stream currents. Temperatures in Reykjavik and along the coasts and lowlands average -3 to 3 °C most of the winter. Weather conditions can be very changeable, though, so prepare to for all conditions every day, including wind, rain, and maybe even snow. Daylight hours are limited, with the sun remaining above the horizon for just 4 to 7 hours each day. The beautiful Northern Lights often fill the night sky.

What’s the food like?

Icelandic food is largely based on seafood, lamb and dairy, though locally produced vegetable are becoming more common. Favorite dishes include roasted lamb, salmon fillets, skyr (yogurt), blueberries, bread and pastries, and the very popular hot dog. Your guide will cook for you; likely dinners include a warming stew or barbecued lamb.

Can my dietary restrictions be accommodated?

Absolutely! Just let us know at booking.

What should I pack?

In Iceland there’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing! Bring plenty of warm and waterproof layers, sturdy and warm hiking shoes, gloves, hat, sunglasses, and a small rucksack for carrying layers and personal items. You will need a sleeping bag for the hut. Your host can arrange rental of hiking boots, hiking poles and a sleeping bag.