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Ultimate Iceland Adventure

  • 11 Days
  • 14 People Max

    This trip has a maximum of 14 guests, plus one experienced Active Adventures guide and a specialist local guide.

  • Activity Level 4
    • Activity Level 4

      Challenge Accepted

      I'll let my trusty guides sweat the small things, so I can focus on my goal. Getting to the top, reaching the end, achieving my dreams! Sure, it'll be tough, but the views will be worth it.

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  • Trip Start: Reykjavik
  • Trip End: Reykjavik
Iceland Hiking Adventure Stelkur

Experience authentic Iceland as you hike, kayak and explore remote landscapes on our Ultimate Iceland Adventure.

There's no doubt you'll be left speechless as you roam Iceland's vast landscapes on our 11-day Ultimate Iceland Adventure. With Kiwi guides and local experts leading the way, you'll hike to view puffins ('Lundi'), sea kayak on a lagoon in Vatnajökull National Park and admire Öxaràrfoss, Gullfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. While it's no secret that Iceland is a feast for the eyes, what you may not know is how fascinating Icelandic people are. You'll witness their self-sufficiency and learn about their proud Viking heritage. In fact, their language today is very similar to what it was during the Viking Age! Iceland is commonly ranked as one of the happiest nations in the world, so prepare to have this attitude rub off when you're out and about exploring with the locals. Especially after enjoying a three-day hike through the Eastern Fjords, staying in stunning cabins and indulging in hearty Icelandic cuisine.

   This trip is operated by Active Adventures.

Ultimate Iceland Adventure ~ Itinerary

Trip Start: Reykjavik Trip End: Reykjavik
  • Day 1Arrive Reykjavík

  • Day 2Explore Þingvellir National Park

  • Day 3Visit the Vestmannaeyjar Islands

  • Day 4Hike and explore Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls

  • Day 5Hike the Ingólfshöfði headland, spotting ‘Lundi‘

  • Day 6Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon, sea kayak Heinabergsjökull Lagoon

  • Day 7Hike from Seyðisfjörður to Loðmundarfjörður Hut

  • Day 8Hike to Inlet Húsavík

  • Day 9Hike to Inlet Breiðuvík

  • Day 10 Drive to Borgarfjöður Eystri, return to Reykjavík

  • Day 11Return home

  • Day 1

    Arrive Reykjavík

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    Our trip begins in Reykjavík, the world’s northernmost capital and Iceland’s cultural hub. If you’ve flown in this morning, you’ll be free to make your own way from Keflavík International Airport to the city. Bear in mind you won't be able to check-in to your hotel until 2pm, so we recommend unwinding after your flight at the famous Blue Lagoon hot pools that are on the way to Reykjavík - remember to keep your swimwear handy!  After dropping your bags at the hotel you’ll have some free time to take in the vibrant streets - grab some last-minute gear at the many outdoor clothing stores or explore the harbour. Later, we’ll all meet at the hotel bar for a trip briefing and a welcome drink, where you’ll get to know your fellow travellers and guides before having a delicious meal in a local restaurant. You might find your first evening a little strange, to be strolling around in daylight!
    Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavík (Dinner)

  • Day 2

    Explore Þingvellir National Park

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    Today the adventure really begins, as we head north east to Þingvellir National Park, home to Iceland’s first National Assembly.  We’ll stretch our legs at our first waterfall called Öxàrarfoss (‘foss’ is Icelandic for waterfall). As strange as it may sound, this is actually a human-made waterfall, as the water was diverted, back in the 9th Century, to provide members and visitors of the Icelandic parliament ‘Althingi’ with water. There are further fascinating folklores about this region that you’ll soon discover! After enjoying a traditional Icelandic meat soup for lunch we’ll continue towards the highlands, with stops to learn about Iceland’s Laugarvatan cave people, view the original Geysir Nature Reserve and the Gullfoss waterfall.
    Flúðir Hótel, Flúðir (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: We'll explore the Nature Reserve, so do as much or as little as you like.

  • Day 3

    Visit the Vestmannaeyjar Islands

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    This morning we’ll journey south down the coast to board a ferry. Our scenic crossing takes us to the bustling fishing port of Haeimaey, the only inhabited island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago. This tiny island hosts a recent, rich volcanic history that we’ll learn about at the world class Eldheimar Exhibition. After fuelling up the body we’ll experience the lava fields with a volcanic hike to the Eldfell peak. At the top you’ll be rewarded with views across to the mainland and a further appreciation for the 1973 eruption. For those that feel up to it, there's the option to continue on and complete the 'Three Peaks Hike'.
    Hótel Vestmannaeyjar, Vestmannaeyjar (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 2 kilometres (1.2 miles), 2-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 200 metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656 feet)

    Optional Hike: 1.5 kilometres (0.9 miles), 0.5-1 hour
    Elevation Gain: 200 metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656 feet)

    Optional Hike: 1.8 kilometres (1.1 miles), 0.5-1 hour
    Elevation Gain: 150 metres (492 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 150 metres (492 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike and explore Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls

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    After returning to the mainland we’ll take a hike to the top of Iceland’s most famous and spectacular waterfalls; first to Seljalandsfoss (where we can also walk behind the falls) and then to Skógafoss. After lunch we’ll hunt for stone trolls along the wild and beautiful South Coast - these trolls occupy an immense portion of Icelandic folklore, described as big, stupid and greedy, but sometimes kind and wise... Our journey continues alongside the soaring sea cliffs and moss-covered lava fields, where we’ll be able to see the infamous E15 ‘Eyjafjallajökull’ Volcano, Vatnajökull ice cap and its outlet glaciers. Tonight, we’ll relax in a wonderful, locally-run guesthouse. 
    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Öraefi (All meals)

    1st Hike Distance: 0.5 kilometres (0.3 miles), 0.5-1 hour
    Elevation Gain: 20 metres (65 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 20 metres (65 feet)

    2nd Hike Distance: 5 kilometres (3 miles), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 90 metres (300 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 90 metres (300 feet)

  • Day 5

    Hike the Ingólfshöfði headland, spotting ‘Lundi‘

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    Pack your binoculars this morning as we’re looking for ‘Lundi’, also known as puffin, Iceland’s iconic and beloved bird. As we hike the high sea cliffs of the Ingólfshöfði headland we’ll also catch glimpses of guillemots and skuas. Please note, in September the puffins will have gone out to sea. However, we'll still enjoy this adventurous hike. After our hike and a bite to eat we’ll head off to view yet another waterfall, known as Svartifoss, where nearby there are views across Europe’s largest outlet glacier, Skeiðarárjökull.

    Optional: Ice Hike (extra fee applies)
    An alternative option to the afternoon's waterfall hike is to strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and hike on the Svínafellsjökull glacier! Led by specialist glacier guides you’ll explore amazing ice formations checking out the crevasses, seracs, tunnels and pools of glacial meltwater - no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice and make sure you make the most of the conditions. The ice hike is popular, so we offer advance reservations with the guiding company. At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot, if it’s available. 

    Afterwards, we’ll regroup and head back to our accommodation, for another relaxing evening. 
    Guesthouse, Öraefi (All meals) 

    1st Hike Distance: 3 kilometres (1.9 miles), 2.5-3 hours
    Elevation Gain: 200 metres (656 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 200 metres (656 feet)

    2nd Hike Distance: 5.5 kilometres (3.4 miles), 1-2 hours
    Elevation Gain: 100 metres (324 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 100 metres (324 feet)

    Optional Ice hike on Svínafellsjökull Glacier: 1-2 hours on the ice, 2.5-3 hours total time for experience.

  • Day 6

    Visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon, sea kayak Heinabergsjökull Lagoon

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    After breakfast we’ll visit Jökulsárlón Lagoon, a photographer’s dream and a spot where you may see seals playing amongst the icebergs. After hiking the entire length of Iceland’s shortest river (blink and you’ll miss it), we’ll end up on the beach surrounded by stranded icebergs. After lunch it’s time to swap our hiking boots for a kayak paddle and venture out on the Heinabergsjökull Lagoon. Our professional kayak guides will keep you warm and dry, supplying you with all the necessary gear. We’ll explore amongst the icebergs and if conditions permit, get up close to the terminal face! 

    For anyone flying joining our 7-day 'Lundi' trip, you'll take a short domestic flight at 5:50pm back to Reykjavik.
    Hótel Höfn or similar, Höfn (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: Iceland's shortest river, around 2-3 hours

    Sea Kayaking Distance: 8 kilometres (5 miles), 2-3 hours

    If you're short on time, this is where the 7-day 'Stelkur' trip finishes.

  • Day 7

    Hike from Seyðisfjörður to Loðmundarfjörður Hut

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    This morning we’ll journey north east to the small town of Egilsstaðir. We’ll continue onto the deep fjord, the harbour of the coastal village of Seydisfjordur, to begin the hike. Set out over green mountains and plateaus, we’ll hike down to the uninhabited Lodmundarfjordur, which was, for many years, one of the most isolated and inaccessible communities in Iceland. Tonight we’ll be in one of Iceland’s charming backcountry cabins, situated in the southernmost creek of the Víknaslóðir hiking trail. For those still with energy, there’s another optional walk after dinner down to the beach. You’ll sleep well tonight, warmed by the log fire that keeps this cabin cosy!
    Loðmundafjörður hut (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 15.2 kilometres (9.5 miles), 5-7 hours
    Elevation Gain: 600 metres (1970 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 600 metres (1970 feet)

  • Day 8

    Hike to Inlet Húsavík

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    Our multi-day hike will start with a morning walk to the old chapel at the foot of the beautiful fjord, then we’ll continue along the north seashore of Lodmundarfjordur. Loðmundarfjorður fjord is an impressive valley, which, at the turn of the 20th century, was home to 100 people thanks to rich farmlands and accessible fishing grounds. The hike leads through the massive Loðmundarskriður, formed thousands of years ago when the adjacent mountain literally burst forth. Situated in the southernmost creek of the Víknaslóðir hiking trail, at the foot of the Skælingur Peak. For those still with energy, there’s another optional walk after dinner, down to the beach to visit a quaint church that was in service until the seventies.
    Húsavík Cabin, Inlet Húsavík (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 15 kilometres (9.3 miles), 5-6 hours
    Elevation Gain: 600 metres (1970 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 600 metres (1970 feet)

  • Day 9

    Hike to Inlet Breiðuvík

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    We continue south this morning, over another low mountain range towards Inlet Húsavík. If weather permits today, we’ll take a side hike up Mount Hvítserkur, a peak that certainly stands out in this region, with its light-coloured grey/yellow. This is a challenging, optional hike, though offers the best way to soak in the views of the Eastern Fjord! This afternoon we end up in another deserted inlet known as Breiðavík, where we can enjoy the calm lapping of the Atlantic waves on this stunning and colourful beach. The only building in the area is our cosy home for the evening, a backcountry cabin in a stunning green valley, surrounded by rhyolite hills. You’ll be blown away by the emptiness of this place, and if you're here later in the season, the starry night sky - you won't find light pollution out here!
    Breiðavík Cabin, Inlet Breiðavík (All meals)

    Hiking Distance: 13 kilometres (8 miles), 5-7 hours
    Elevation Gain: 550 metres (1804 feet)
    Elevation Loss: 500 metres (1640 feet)

  • Day 10

    Drive to Borgarfjöður Eystri, return to Reykjavík

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    On this last day, we ‘ll drive to the picturesque little village of Borgarfjörður Eystri and take time to explore the puffin colony at Hafnarhólmi. Nearly 10,000 pairs of puffins nest every summer here and this is probably the easiest and safest place to watch puffins in Iceland. We’ll take the short drive back to Egilsstaðir (the village we passed through a few days ago). Believe it or not, there’s actually an airport here, so after some refreshments we’ll take a short 1-hour flight back to Reykjavík. We’ll be staying back in the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, which as the name suggests, is centrally located, meaning you’ll have a final chance to easily explore this vibrant and small city. We’ll share our last night’s meal together at a local restaurant - a perfect opportunity to relive the adventures shared together with new-found friends.
    Hotel Reykjavik Centrum, Reykjavik (All meals)

  • Day 11

    Return home

    This morning breakfast will be provided at the hotel, and if you’re flying home today you're free to make your own way to the Keflavík International Airport. If you’re staying on for longer, drop us a line for recommendations! (Breakfast)

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- May 2022

Amazing trip with great guides

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- May 2022

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Useful Info

Where does the trip start?

You’ll be free to make your own way to Hotel Reykjavik Centrum in Reykjavík whenever you arrive. An Active Adventures Europe representative will meet you at the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum hotel bar in the evening for welcome drinks and a briefing at 6pm before dinner.

Where does the trip end?

Your trip ends after breakfast and you're free to fly out any time. You'll need to organise your own transfer to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) in time for your departing flight. 

What flights would you recommend?

Arrival: We recommend arriving in Reykjavik by 4pm. Many guests like to arrive a day or two early to accommodate potential flight delays and/or explore the city prior to your trip start.

Departure: Flying out on the last day of the trip, you can fly out anytime after breakfast. 

How fit do I need to be?

As an Activity Level 3-4 trip, you’ll need a solid level of fitness for this trip. We’ll get you into the back country to experience Iceland up close so you’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy yourself. While you don’t have to be extremely fit, you should be in the habit of doing regular aerobic exercise, ideally involving some up hills and down hills and perhaps even carrying a pack! With a little preparation before your trip begins, you’ll enjoy the active and outdoor nature of your trip all the more. 

Please head to our Fitness Guide for great tips on how to prepare along with a workout plan!

What accommodations do we stay at on this trip?

We’ve selected the accommodation on this trip for the unique character and adventuresome feel – this trip is not designed as a tour of the fanciest hotels in Iceland. We prefer to stay in quaint, country B&B’s and modern hotels, with the exception of the multi-day hike in the Eastern Fjords when we stay in backcountry cabins for three nights, these rustic buildings have furnace heating and showers.

If you've selected a single supplement for your trip, the multi-day hike is not included as no single rooms are available in the cabins, and the single supplement price takes this into account.

While there maybe opportunities to do laundry during the trip, if need be, they won’t be convenient. Laundry can be quite expensive (usually around 1600Kr ~ US$15 per 2kg and takes 24 hours) so if you need to do this the best time will be in Oraefi on Day 4. 

How much luggage can I bring on this trip?

You'll need one piece of luggage plus a daypack. Your main piece of luggage can be anything from a backpack, to a sports bag with wheels or a suitcase and a good quality trekking daypack 25-30 litres (2000 cubic inches) is required for the days on the trail.

You'll also need an overnight trekking pack for the multi-day hike on the Vikur Hiking Trail., though your daypack could double as your overnight trekking pack if you bring along a 30-40 litres size (2000- 3000 cubic inches). Your overnight trekking pack needs to be large enough to carry your rain jacket/apnts, warmer layers, camera, some snacks, a packed lunch, some water (1-2 litres) and any other personal items inside, and your other gear will be transported for you by vehicle to the huts each day.

Tell me about the Optional Activities on this trip?

You have the option to take an alternative adventure to the Svartifoss waterfall hike and strap on crampons, pick up an ice axe and hike on the Svínafellsjökull glacier! No prior experience is required, everything you need is supplied, and as long as you can hike, you can glacier hike!

The three hour excursion is led by specialist glacier guides, you’ll explore amazing ice formations checking out the crevasses, seracs, tunnels and pools of glacial meltwater - no previous experience is required! The constant movement of the glacier means every day is different, so your guides will cut steps in the ice and make sure you make the most of the conditions. The ice hike is popular, so we offer advance reservations with the guiding company.

At the time of booking, or up until one month before your trip, we can reserve a space for you, or you can leave your decision until the start of your trip and your guides will get you a spot, if it’s available. A good level of fitness is required and the following equipment is provided for you: glacier boots, socks, crampons, ice axe and a waterproof raincoat.

You’ll need to bring three warm upper body layers, leggings or lightweight trousers, waterproof trousers, sunglasses, sunscreen, some snacks and a small drink bottle. This is not a fast activity, as walking with a group and continually cutting steps in the ice can be time-consuming. This is however a unique experience.

NOTE: If you have (or have had) a heart condition or ACL Knee surgery then you may be refused this activity on arrival.

Tell me about the Eastern Fjord Multi-Day Hiking

We’ll be out in the Borgarfjöður county wilderness area for four days and three nights. You’ll be hiking a one way track from hut to hut carrying a day pack. You’ll need to carry your own gear for the day, (warm jacket, rain gear, water, packed lunch etc) while your other hiking gear will be transported for you by vehicle to the hut’s.

The three day trek is a remote one way hike along the Vikur Hiking Trail. While it might be a bit of a challenge, the rewards are well and truly worth it! The first day we’ll start by hiking up from Seydisfjordur over green mountains and plateaus to Loðmundafjörður hut. The following morning we’ll continue north, reaching our hut for the night at the foot of the Skælingur Peak and the third day we’ll head to Inlet Breiðavík for our final night on the trail. The final day we’ll head toward Borgarfjörður valley to meet our vehcile to take a short drive back to Egilsstaðir where we’ll take a flight to Reykjavík. The trek is close to sea level so you won’t be dealing with any altitude factors.

The trail is 43 kilometres (27 miles) in total length and we average around 7 hours or 14 kilometres (9 miles) per day.
The trails are very well maintained so finding your way is never a problem. 

During the trek you’ll be spending three nights in mountain cabin’s. These unique cabins are open to the public and are warm, dry and comfortable. They’re located in very remote areas (with amazing scenery) so they don’t have private rooms, electricity or phones however there’s a shared outhouse with hot showers and flushing toilets - and the view from the
outhouse is second to none! This really is Iceland’s wildest country and you’ll meet and share the experience with other mountain adventurers and explorers.

You’ll be carrying a day pack of around 40 litres (2500 cubic inches) in volume. Your pack needs to be large enough to fit the following gear inside -strapping things to the outside of your pack is not recommended in Iceland. Your other gear will be transported for you by vehicle to the huts each day.

In your day pack you’ll carry your rain jacket/pants, warmer layers, camera, some snacks, a packed lunch, some water (1-2 litres) and any other personal items inside.

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