Explore Northern Iceland and Swim in Natural Hot Springs

Pack volcanic craters, geothermal caves, waterfalls and hot springs into one hiking and superjeeping weekend . 2 days off work.

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Explore Northern Iceland and Swim in Natural Hot Springs

Pack volcanic craters, geothermal caves, waterfalls and hot springs into one hiking and superjeeping weekend . 2 days off work.

Get away from the usual tourist areas of Iceland and explore the microcosm of natural wonders that the North has to offer. Hike in the Lake Mývatn conservation area from the craters to geothermal caves and explore the more remote areas via superjeep. This weekend adventure also gives you the opportunity to hunt for the Northern Lights after a trip to the Myvatn Nature Baths. This Icelandic weekend adventure includes:

  • 2 days of hiking and snowshoeing
  • 1 night of accommodation
  • Local, professional English-speaking guide
  • Breakfast and Dinner on Sunday
  • Transfers to/from Akureyri
  • All equipment
  • Entrance to nature bath
  • Glacier Hike
  • Trip to see the Northern Lights (if lucky)

Perfect for: The perfect trip extension for anyone travelling in Iceland and wants to get into the more remote places that in winter, only super-jeeps can reach.

What to Expect

Saturday: Explore Iceland’s Geothermal Wonders

Grab a cup of coffee and catch an early flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri. Your guide will pick you up from the airport at 08:45, and take you on to the guesthouse where you can check in.

From here, you’ll take a superjeep to the Godafoss Waterfall, one of the most spectacular in Iceland. With a height of 12m and a width of 30m, it’s not hard to see why.

You’ll continue the day onto Lake Myvatn, a natural conservation area known for its outstanding natural beauty. Here, you will actually be able to hike along the magnificent pseudo craters, finishing at the second biggest crater in the world; Hverfjall. The 2800-year old crater stretches 1km in diameter and is 140m deep.

You’ll hike from here to Dimmuborgir, where you will head into the spectacular lava cave and geothermal hot springs of Grjótagjá.

At the end of the hike, you will head to the Myvatn Nature Baths, a man-made lagoon. It is much less touristy than the Blue Lagoon so will serve at the perfect end to your hike.

Open a bottle of wine and relax with a drink as you soak in the hot springs. If you’re lucky, the Northern lights will appear right above you.

To end your day of activities, you will head back to Akureyri, where you might even see the Northern Lights on the drive there. If they appear, your guide will pull over and help you get your camera set for the perfect shot.

You won’t arrive back to your accommodation until after midnight but it will be worth it to pack so many of Iceland’s geological wonders into one day.

4-5 hours hiking/snowshoeing, 3h drive in superjeep

Sunday: Hike to Staðarbyggðafjall

After breakfast, you will leave the hotel around 09:30 am. From here, it’s a short drive and hike to Staðarbyggðafjall.

Clip on your snowshoes and crampons and make your way to the viewpoint which towers at 950m high. The climb has some steep sections, but once you reach the peak you will be rewarded with magnificent views overlooking the Eyjafjörður area and its surroundings.

Take in your surroundings before starting your descent. To round off your North Iceland adventure, your guide will invite you to his home for a freshly prepared traditional Icelandic dinner with his family before heading back to the airport in time for the 20:15 flight back to Reykjavík.

6 hours hiking/snowshoeing, Dinner at Icelandic home

Accommodation

You will stay in the Hafdals B&B, 2km away from Akureyri Airport. The hotel offers stunning views of the sea, mountains, and city. Rooms are on a twin-sharing basis, and rooms include a flat-screen TV. There are also plenty of comfortable areas to relax and take in the scenery.

Dates & Prices

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

If you can't find a private trip that suits you, try a group trip or ask for a quote.

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Airport Transfers
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Additional Night Accommodation in Akureyr Payable Before Departure
Additional Night Accommodation £150.00

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Location

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Akureyri is a town in northern Iceland and the second largest urban area in the country. It is surrounded by mountains and the perfect gateway to the geological wonders of Northern Iceland. From here, you can travel into the Lake Myvatn conversation area which is a microcosm of natural wonders. From desolate craters to bubbling mud pools and geothermal caves, the area is absolutely breathtaking and further away from the usual tourist areas.

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Akureyri Airport where your host will pick you up and take you to your B&B for the night. Your transfer will meet the NY114 flight from Reykjavík Airport (RKV) which lands at 08:45.

Finish point?
Your host will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Reykjavík. Your transfer will meet the flight which leaves at 20:15.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Akureyri Airport (AEY), which is located in the north of Iceland. The airport is served by domestic flights or international flights from Greenland. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

Travel to Reykjavik
To get to Iceland, you will need to fly into Reykjavík Airport (KEF) which is served by flights from London Gatwick, London Stansted, and London Heathrow.

Travel to Reykjavík Domestic Airport
If you are travelling from Reykjavík Domestic Airport (RKV), you will need to travel via bus or taxi from the city centre to the airport. The Flybus is operated every day and picks up passengers from some of the major hotels and guest-houses, before dropping them at the airport.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

Frequently Asked Questions

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Reykjavik
  • Flights to/from Akureyri
  • Transfers inside Reykjavik
  • Lunches and Dinner on Day 1
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for your guides (optional)

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 6.

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

Apart from breakfast and the dinner on Day 2, you’ll stop at grocery stores along the way to stock up for the day. The dinner will be freshly prepared by your guide at his home. The ingredients used may vary, however, you can be sure it will be traditionally Icelandic.

Eating out in restaurants in Iceland can be an experience that does not suit everyone’s budget. For this reason, the dinner on the first a night is not included. If you like to enjoy a dinner on your first night, your host will transfer you to a restaurant close to the nature bath. Alternatively, you will stop at grocery stores along the way to grab snacks for lunch and dinner.

Absolutely, just make a request when booking.

This trip is open to anyone, you do not need any particular experience. However, you will be hiking on for up to 6 hours through snow, so a base level of fitness would be recommended.

Yes, of course. We work with some of the best leaders in the industry.

Our adventures are very social in nature and we’ve seen lots of new friendships born out of them. Expect a mix of solo travellers and very small groups, all with a shared appreciation of escaping the city for the great outdoors to try something new and meet new people.

The weather is the most unpredictable thing in Iceland. During September - October, you might also face some rain but as you come into May - June, the days will get longer and warmer. In the winter months, you should be ready for snow and cold as temperatures can drop to -20°C.

In the worst case, the weather may prevent some activities from going ahead, in which case, you would stay around Akureyri to do some alternative activities.

No, unfortunately the Northern Lights are notoriously unpredictable so it is impossible to say that you will definitely see them. The chances are highly dependent on the weather and visibility, as you will need clear skies to view them properly.

However, this trip will definitely increase your chances as you will be staying in a remote location, away from light pollution and in an Icelandic hotspot for Aurora spotting. You will also have the opportunity to search for the Northern Lights with your guide in the evening, giving you the best chances possible to see them.

You will be provided with snowshoes when needed, and mini-crampons if necessary.

Your host recommends that you bring:

  • Good outdoor clothes, at least 3 layers
  • Hiking boots
  • Gaitors if possible

Start point?
You’ll arrive in Akureyri Airport where your host will pick you up and take you to your B&B for the night. Your transfer will meet the NY114 flight from Reykjavík Airport (RKV) which lands at 08:45.

Finish point?
Your host will transfer you to the airport for your flight to Reykjavík. Your transfer will meet the flight which leaves at 20:15.

Getting there and away?
Fly into Akureyri Airport (AEY), which is located in the north of Iceland. The airport is served by domestic flights or international flights from Greenland. You’re free to book whichever flights you like as long as they meet the included transfer times.

Travel to Reykjavik
To get to Iceland, you will need to fly into Reykjavík Airport (KEF) which is served by flights from London Gatwick, London Stansted, and London Heathrow.

Travel to Reykjavík Domestic Airport
If you are travelling from Reykjavík Domestic Airport (RKV), you will need to travel via bus or taxi from the city centre to the airport. The Flybus is operated every day and picks up passengers from some of the major hotels and guest-houses, before dropping them at the airport.

We will contact you before you leave to check your arrival and departure plans.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances such as erupting Icelandic volcanoes, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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