3 days
Length

The Highlands of Iceland is the part of Iceland where people don’t live.  It’s nature’s kingdom, for us to adore.  We will lead you on tour like no other, with waterfalls, stark contrast and pure, amazing nature.

The Highlands at the right pace

Highlights include:

  • Landmannalaugar nature reserve
  • Hekla volcano
  • Sveinstindur
  • Eyjafjallajökull (yes, that one)
  • Strútslaug thermal pool
  • Mælifellssandur black desert
  • Eldgjá volcanic rift
  • Þórsmörk
  • Seljalandsfoss waterfall
PICK-UP Pick-up is at your hotel/accommodation in Reykjavík, or somewhere en route.
DEPARTURE TIME Every Monday June 19th to September 25th, not later than 10 am.
DURATION Three full days, 2 nights.
WEAR Comfortable clothing, according to weather.
PARTICIPANTS Ma 10, Min 2 people or minimum fee.
SUITABLE FOR Everyone, but tour includes moderate hikes.
INCLUDED
Private Guide Breakfast, lunch and dinner (Except breakfast on first day and dinner on last day)
Northern lights hunt (late august – early april) Transportation in mini-coach/jeep
NOT INCLUDED
Beverages

All cancellations must be made by e-mail.

Itinerary for The Highlands

Day 1

1

Pick-up

Passengers get picked up in their accommodation in Reykjavík.
2

Drive over Rangárvellir

On the way we’ll tell you stories about Mt. Hekla and how she (yes, it’s a she) has affected life in this area.  We’ll also visit the remains of Gamla-Næfurholt, the farm closest to Mt. Hekla.
3

Drive Dómadalsleið

We’ll drive through gravel roads through the Dómadalsleið road and if weather permits, visit Rauðaskál Crater and up towards Litla Hekla (a debris mound on the shoulder of Mt. Hekla).
4

Picnic with a view

We’ll sit down for a picnic in the Icelandic nature.  If the weather is unfavorable we’ll drive straight to Landmannalaugar and have lunch there.
5

Landmannalaugar

This nature reserve is known for its spectacular rock formations, multicolored rhyolite mountains and expansive lava fields, along with the geothermal natural baths in the area.  We’ll take a walk around the area and take a bath in the natural pools.
6

Lake Langisjór

Langisjór is a 20 km long and 2 km wide lake up in the highlands, far from civilization.  Enjoy the solitude and magnificent landscape!
7

Sveinstindur -BBQ and overnight stay

We’ll end the day in Sveinstindur Hut, which is a small hut in the highlands.  We’ll set up a BBQ and have a feast.  If weather permits and people are up for it, we can hike up to Mt. Sveinstindur, which is one of the most spectacular vantage points of Iceland.

Day 2

1

Wake up and breath in the mountain air!

There’s nothing better than waking up in nature.
2

Sveinstindur

If we didn’t hike up the mountain the day before, we most certainly will in the morning of the second day.  This view just can’t be missed!
3

Strútslaug

Strútslaug is a geothermal pool lodged between two glaciers, perfect for peace and serenity.  The pool is located next to a cold river, perfect for dipping into between sessions in the hotspring.
4

Skælingar

Strange moss covered lava formations, far off the beaten track.  There’s a small cabin close by, which used to belong to the farmers in the area and was used for the annual autumn sheep round-up.
5

Elgjá Canyon

Now, Eldgjá Canyon must be pretty proud of itself, as it holds two world records!  It’s the largest volcanic canyon in the world, 40 km long and 600 m wide and the first documented eruption in 934 was the largest flood basalt in historic time, but 18 km3 of magma poured out of the earth!  How about that!
6

Ófærufoss Waterfall

Ófærufoss is a remarkable waterfall in the Eldgjá chasm.  It used to have a natural bridge over it, but the bridge collapsed in the 90’s.
7

Lunch in Álftavötn

We’ll have lunch by Álftavötn Lake.
8

Mælifell

We’ll drive over the sands of Mælifellssandur, to Mt. Mælifell.  Mælifell, which means Measure Mountain, is amazing in its green contrast against the black sand.
8

Overnight stay and BBQ in Hungurfit Hut.

Day 3

1

Markafljótsgljúfur

Markarfljótsgljúfur is an impressive gorge, carved out the land by the Markarfljót River.  On the way to Markarfljótsgljúfur will pass through striking scenery.
2

Gígjökull Icefall

Gígjökull is an icefall out of the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier, that caused so much uproar in 2010 when it erupted and stranded flight passengers all around the globe.
3

Stakkholtsgjá

Stakkholtsgjá is a charming narrow canyon with where you can enjoy nature, birdlife and of course cold, clean mountain water.  The canyon is 2 km deep and ends with a small but beautiful waterfall.
4

Þórsmörk

Named after the Nordic god Thor, Þórsmörk is one of the most incredible spot on our small island of ice. A valley, locked in with glaciers on each side and gorgeous landscape. Hike and lunch.
5

Gljúfrabúi Waterfall.

A secret little waterfall inside a narrow canyon.
6

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Have you ever walked behind a waterfall?  Well, now you can!  Seljalandsfoss is magical with its elfish backdrop and walk-behind feature.
7

Return to Reykjavík.

After two adventurous days we’ll head back to Reykjavík, or to the accommodation of your wishes.

Tour Reviews

5 based on 1 review
January 16, 2017

I can’t rave enough about our amazing experience with “This is Iceland” tours. We were treated to an adventure we couldn’t have had any other way. The vehicle was perfectly equipped for the terrain, the group was small and our tour guide, Klem, was extremely knowledgeable and very personable – we felt like we were travelling with a friend. He brought us to all the best spots and shared fascinating history and stories, but what was most remarkable was when we ventured off the beaten path to experience things the average tourist would miss. It was an adrenaline rush and Klem made the day extraordinary. I think the ultimate test for a travel guide is when the experience is such a thrill you don’t want it to end! This was one of our favourite vacations and we will definitely return! Regardless of how long you’re visiting Iceland, do yourself a favour and book a tour with “This is Iceland” – it’s the best and only way to experience Iceland!

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