Highland Escape in Iceland

Experience the amazing highlands of Iceland and some of the classic attractions in less than a week. This tour includes an unconventional city tour

Highland Escape

Experience the amazing highlands of Iceland and some of the classic attractions in less than a week. This tour includes an unconventional city tour of Reykjavík, geothermal areas such as Geysir and a handful of famous waterfalls.

You’ll travel through the rugged highland in modified 4x4 usually called “Super Jeeps” in Iceland, especially modified vehicles with extra-large tires and elevated suspension, that handle the rugged terrain much better than ordinary SUV’s and allow you to reach some scenic places which are off-limits to other vehicles.

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Duration: 6 Days / 5 NightsMap - Highland Escape

Travel Season: June - August

Included:
- 5 nights including breakfast for the whole trip, room categories according to the wishes of the group.
- Lodging tax.
- 2 dinners.
- Barbeque lunch on the third day.
- Bike tour of Reykjavik
- Transportation in a Super Jeep for three days.
- Boat tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Professional Super Jeep driver guide
- Entrance fee:
   - Blue Lagoon incl. towel

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Day 1: Arrival

Upon arrival you’ll be picked up from Keflavík International Airport. Transfer by bus to your accommodation in Reykjavík.

After check-in we’ve planned a special city tour of Reykjavík for you – on bicycle! This is perhaps the most fun way to explore both the well-known sites in Iceland’s capital city as well as some of its hidden secrets. This tour includes but is not limited to: Reykjavík’s Old Harbour, Harpa Concert Hall, City centre, Parliament building, University of Iceland campus, south coast of the Reykjavík Peninsula – Ægissíða, Reykjavík’s Catholic cathedral, Tjörnin city lake and more. This easy-bicycle ride lasts approximately 2.5 hours and you’ll cover 7 km of some of Reykjavík’s most historic and interesting parts with a knowledgeable guide. Overnight in Reykjavík.


Day 2: Þingvellir – Geysir – Gullfoss – Langjökull Glacier and Kerlingafjöll Mountains

Today, we travel in a super-jeep to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and National Park Þingvellir. The national park was founded in 1930 to commemorate the 1000 year anniversary of the Viking-Age parliament established there in 930 AD.

In 2004 the national park was added to the UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Sites for its cultural uniqueness. The national park is also known for its remarkable geological features, such as a rift valley, lava fields and shield volcanoes.

From National Park Þingvellir we cross a low mountain pass and fertile farmlands before we arrive at Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. Gullfoss waterfall is perhaps the most famous waterfall in Iceland and for a good reason. It falls 32 meters in two cascades and never fails to impress. Geysir geothermal area is famous for its spouting springs, namely Geysir and Strokkur. The star attraction in the geothermal area is the spouting spring Strokkur which spouts every 3-8 minutes to about 25 meters. The geothermal area is named after the Great Geysir spouting spring, after which all spouting springs in the English language are named.

In the afternoon we visit the rugged highlands where you’ll experience the benefit of travelling in super-jeep. We visit Langjökull glacier, Iceland’s second largest glacier.

Optional one hour snowmobile excursion is available. If time allows we continue towards Kerlingarfjöll area, famous for its geothermal area and colourful rock formations. Overnight in the Geysir area.


Day 3: Landmannalaugar – Fjallabak Nature Reserve

This morning we travel through farmland on our way to Þjórsárdalur valley where you’ll visit the not so easily accessible Háifoss waterfall (High Waterfall) in a super-jeep. Then we head for the highlands where you’ll visit Landmannalaugar – named for its geothermal pool. You’ll have time to do a short hike in Landmannalaugar on a geologically recent lava field before dipping into the natural hot spring.

In the afternoon we travel in the comfort of the super-jeep along the rugged but very scenic route called Fjallabak nyrðri on the north side of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Along the way we’ll make a stop at Eldgjá volcanic fissure ravine, and make a short hike to Ófærufoss waterfall. Eldgjá fissure is the largest of its kind in the world, 40 km long, 270 meters deep and up to 600 meters wide.

The Fjallabak Nature Reserve was established in 1979. The Nature reserve is 47.000 hectares and lies more than 500 meters above sea level. The land is mountainous, sculptured by volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by lavas, black-basalt sands, glacier and spring-fed rivers and lakes.
Overnight in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.

Day 4: Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

After early breakfast we visit the Skaftafell region which is one of the most beautiful parts of Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður – Europe’s largest National Park. Later, we enjoy a boat ride amongst the countless ice bergs of various colours, sizes and shapes floating on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

In the afternoon we travel through fertile farmland along the foothills of former sea-cliffs of the south coast. We spend the afternoon sight-seeing a black sandy beach with sea stacks, caves and columnar basalt formations, as well as two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, before returning to Reykjavík. Overnight in Reykjavík.
 

Day 5: The Blue Lagoon

Today, we’ll visit one of the most popular places in Iceland – the Blue lagoon. We travel by bus through the various municipalities in the Greater Reykjavík Area and then across some recent lava fields before arriving at the Blue lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is the most popular man-made attraction in Iceland and for a good reason too. Its mineral- and algae rich geothermal water, generally around 38 degrees Centigrade, is surrounded by a lava field which came up in a volcanic eruption in 1226.
Overnight in Reykjavík.
 

Day 6: Departure

Transfer from hotel to Keflavik International Airport

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