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Ultimate Iceland Adventure

  • 11 Days
  • 14 People Max

    5 - 14 guests

  • 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.

Trip Highlights

Eldfell Volcano

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To wild puffin colonies

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Multi-day Fjord hike

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Heinabergsjökull Lagoon

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Reykjavík “Smokey Bay”

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Þingvellir & Vatnajökull National Parks

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Vestmannaeyjar Islands

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Iceland's famous waterfalls

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Jökulsárlón Lagoon

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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 10Drive to Borgarfjöður Eystri, return to Reykjavík

  • Day 11Return home

  • Day 1

    Arrive Reykjavík

    #653

    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 2 pm, 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 harbor. 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 travelers 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

    #654

    Today the adventure really begins, as we head northeast 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, and view the original Geysir Nature Reserve and the Gullfoss waterfall.

    Flúðir Hótel, Flúðir (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

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

  • Day 3

    Visit the Vestmannaeyjar Islands

    #655

    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.

    Hótel Vestmannaeyjar, Vestmannaeyjar (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 2 kilometers (1.2 miles), 2-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)
    Hiking: Optional Hike: 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), 0.5-1 hour, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)
    Hiking: Optional Hike: 1.8 kilometers (1.1 miles), 0.5-1 hour, elevation +/- 150 meters (492 feet)

  • Day 4

    Hike and explore Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss Waterfalls

    #656

    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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 0.5 kilometers (0.3 miles), 0.5-1 hour, elevation +/- 20 meters (65 feet)
    Hiking: 5 kilometers (3 miles), 1-2 hours, elevation +/- 90 meters (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, where you can opt to hike on the glacier with specialist guides (extra fee applies). Afterward, we’ll regroup and head back to our accommodation, for another relaxing evening.

    Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon, Öraefi (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 3 kilometers (1.9 miles), 2.5-3 hours, elevation +/- 200 meters (656 feet)
    Hiking: 5.5 kilometers (3.4 miles), 1-2 hours, elevation +/- 100 meters (324 feet)
    Notes: Optional Ice hike on Svínafellsjökull Glacier (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 this option must be selected at the time of booking.

  • 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!

    Hótel Höfn or similar, Höfn (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: Iceland's shortest river, around 2-3 hours
    Kayaking: 8 kilometers (5 miles), 2-3 hours
    Notes: If you're short on time, this is where the 7-day 'Classic Iceland Adventure' finishes.

  • Day 7

    Hike from Seyðisfjörður to Loðmundarfjörður Hut

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    This morning we’ll journey northeast to the small town of Egilsstaðir. We’ll continue onto the deep fjord, the harbor of the coastal village of Seydisfjordur, to begin the multi-day hike on the Víknaslóðir hiking trail. 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, our first along the trail, and we’ll be warmed by the log fire that keeps this cabin cozy!

    Loðmundafjörður hut (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 15.2 kilometers (9.5 miles), 5-7 hours, elevation +/- 600 meters (1970 feet)

  • Day 8

    Hike to Inlet Húsavík

    #660

    Our day will start with a 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, that, 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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 15 kilometers (9.3 miles), 5-6 hours, elevation +/- 600 meters (1,970 feet)

  • Day 9

    Hike to Inlet Breiðuvík

    #661

    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-colored 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 colorful beach. The only building in the area is our cozy 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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

    Hiking: 13 kilometers (8 miles), 5-7 hours, elevation +/- 550 meters (1,804 feet)

  • Day 10

    Drive to Borgarfjöður Eystri, return to Reykjavík

    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 (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

  • 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.

    No Accommodation (Breakfast)

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Included

  • Experienced guides with exceptional local knowledge 
  • 7:1 guest-to-guide ratio 
  • Exemplary pre-trip customer care service available to answer questions 
  • Travel Wallet: a resource for everything you need to know about your trip in one secure space!
  • All accommodation for the duration of your trip 
  • Most meals (except where indicated, so you can experience local cuisine independently!) 
  • Unlimited snacks 
  • All activities described in the itinerary 
  • All necessary equipment (well-maintained and safe) for activities 
  • Specially curated tour ‘Wow’ moments throughout your trip 
  • All ground transportation and cable cars from trip start to end 

Not Included

  • International/Domestic Flights and transfers to start/end point 
  • Optional additional activities 
  • Travel insurance 
  • Alcoholic beverages  
  • Additional equipment available to rent as per your itinerary
  • Gratuities for your guides at the end of your fabulous trip 

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What Our Guests Say About the Trip

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Ultimate Iceland Adventure - September 2022

Beautiful Iceland

"We had a great time in Iceland and experienced daily changes in the landscape as… read more

"We had a great time in Iceland and experienced daily changes in the landscape as we traveled across the southern portion of the island. We were blessed with great weather the entire time we were there, which we were told is not typical. We had a great group of people to travel with and made new friends. As usual, we had excellent guides. Thora gave us plenty of things to think about with folklore stories, history and information on geology, and both Thora and Kim were great trekking partners and guides over the fjords at the end of the trip. We do hope we can get back to Iceland again in the near future. read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Donald, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Ohh Iceland!

"This was an adventure of a life time. The guides, Ivar and Kim, were helpful… read more

"This was an adventure of a life time. The guides, Ivar and Kim, were helpful and knowledgeable about the country. Ivar especially is an expert in the geology, history and folklore of Iceland. They are also excellent cooks! read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Maggie, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Great family trip to Iceland!

"We loved our Iceland Lundi trip with Jon and Holly! Gorgeous countryside and really… read more

"We loved our Iceland Lundi trip with Jon and Holly! Gorgeous countryside and really fun experiences. Jon and Holly were awesome leaders and the other people on our trip were great. Would highly recommend. read less

4 Stars (32 reviews)

Lauren, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Iceland: Trip of a Lifetime!

"We learned so much about this unique and beautiful country from our guides on our… read more

"We learned so much about this unique and beautiful country from our guides on our journey across the southern part of Iceland. So many amazing stories and information about the changing landscape and the inclusive culture of this small but mighty country. Can't wait to go back and see more! read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Lorie, Canada

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Awesome Icelandic Adventure!

"After researching tours to Iceland Active Adventures offered the best overall package! Our group… read more

"After researching tours to Iceland Active Adventures offered the best overall package! Our group consisted of ten plus two wonderful guide; we became "family" in the week. Our Icelandic guides knowledge of the history and geography of Iceland was invaluable. Truly an incredible experience. Thank you Tora for sharing your beautiful country with us, we'll be back. read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Roxanne, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Epic!

"Epic! That is the word I have used to describe this trip. As this was… read more

"Epic! That is the word I have used to describe this trip. As this was my third trip with Active, I knew what to expect and was not disappointed. We saw all the highlights (waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, and puffins) and then some. Our guides, Kim and Solvi, were kind, knowledgeable, and amazing chefs. They made sure all of us had a great time. The hut to hut trek is NOT to be missed and was certainly a highlight for me. There is something magical about hiking in the backcountry for several days. I highly recommend this trip! read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Melissa, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - August 2022

Iceland in July

"Loved seeing Iceland with great guides Solvi and Kim. Hiking fjord to fjord was the… read more

"Loved seeing Iceland with great guides Solvi and Kim. Hiking fjord to fjord was the best part! read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Camille, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2022

Icelandic Adventure

"Amazing scenery, challenging (but do-able) activities, beautiful weather, delicious food, and outstanding guides and fellow… read more

"Amazing scenery, challenging (but do-able) activities, beautiful weather, delicious food, and outstanding guides and fellow tour goers... what more can be said? This was an incredible trip. Our guide provided a wonderful experience in sharing her country and culture. The trip was definitely active and we covered a lot of ground, but it was very stress free and we couldn't have asked for more. read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Charlotte, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - July 2022

AMAZING ICELAND TRIP

"This was my 3rd trip with active adventures- Patagonia and New Zealand and now Iceland.… read more

"This was my 3rd trip with active adventures- Patagonia and New Zealand and now Iceland. Every time things have been so organized with great friendly helpful guides. We got to the main attractions and then to the hidden gems where we were out in the backcountry really experiencing the beauty of the country. I highly recommend any trip with active adventures!! read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Kim, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - October 2021

Aug 1 2021 Stelkur with Thora

"Thora is a spectacular human! We were thrilled to learn from her, see her… read more

"Thora is a spectacular human! We were thrilled to learn from her, see her beautiful country thru her eyes and explore together! read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Jennie, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - October 2021

Amazing scenery

"The Active Adventures trip to Iceland/Stelkur had amazing scenery and a fantastic extremely knowledgeable and… read more

"The Active Adventures trip to Iceland/Stelkur had amazing scenery and a fantastic extremely knowledgeable and personable guide. The group size of 10 was very good, and we had good comradery and was "cozy" (as well-stated by Hafi, another adventurer). The four-day hut to hut trek was absolutely the highlight, with excellent food by chef guide everything Solvi, gorgeous unique scenery, a few extra adventures, and added interest of sheep gathering. read less

4 Stars (32 reviews)

Shirley, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - October 2021

Stelkur with Solvi

"Wow-an amazing experience! Solvi was an excellent host and guide. Always giving us… read more

"Wow-an amazing experience! Solvi was an excellent host and guide. Always giving us native insights about the people and culture added immensely to my appreciation for the journey. The natural beauty of Iceland ranks up at the top of places I've been fortunate to visit including Patagonia (Condor trip), Alaska, Hawaii and more.

One thing that could have been better--it would be nice to have had a better description of the accommodations at the huts and what to expect. For example, I think several of us were a bit surprised to be sharing a single room with all 17 guests and limited showers and restrooms. Also, letting folks know that their full baggage was available each night at the huts was great but not knowing that ahead of time, I thought we'd be lugging more on our backs during the treks through the fjords. No real complaints here!!

Thora joined us as a second guide during the last few days as well and was quite delightful--really enjoyed her view on things as well. read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Mark, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - September 2021

Iceland - land or fire and ice

"The Stelkur trip around Iceland gave hearty servings of the history, culture, geology and ethos… read more

"The Stelkur trip around Iceland gave hearty servings of the history, culture, geology and ethos of this remarkable island. Sure, we all knew the island had volcanoes and glaciers, but I for one was not aware of the tremendous impact of glacial flooding on the island and its people. This trip hit so many high points that it was almost dizzying, from puffins and whale spotting to black sand beaches littered with remnants of icebergs, to seemingly countless waterfalls and glacier views, to vigorous and rewarding hikes, superb cooking by our guide, solitude on the hut to hut portions (we saw one other hiker during 4 days), tales of Icelandic heroes, trolls and elves. Our guide, Solvi, was a natural teacher, gifted storyteller and even sang us to sleep one night with an Icelandic lullaby. He surprised us often with little outings or touches that were not listed on the official itinerary and made us feel like we'd been let in on special secrets. We looked for kids rescuing young puffins who had not made it to water, tobogganed down a huge black sand dune, and snatched blueberries from the bushes that lined the trails as we hiked. There was magic in the air on this trip! read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Leslie, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - September 2021

Impressive Iceland

"Pictures of Iceland pale in comparison of seeing the real thing. Up close to waterfalls… read more

"Pictures of Iceland pale in comparison of seeing the real thing. Up close to waterfalls and icebergs - and puffins, lots of puffins! read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Annelise, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - September 2021

Stunning Iceland!

"Active Adventures small group tour makes it easy to see Iceland and stay active. The… read more

"Active Adventures small group tour makes it easy to see Iceland and stay active. The activity on this trip is "light" on physical demands by our standards. Our fellow travelers were all great--professionals from mid-thirties to seventies. Everyone got along and all but one were active adventure alumni. Our Iceland guide worked hard to give us good information and a fun experience. read less

4 Stars (32 reviews)

Nanette, United States

Ultimate Iceland Adventure - September 2021

Iceland was magnificent

"I loved how much of Iceland we were able to see. We lucked out… read more

"I loved how much of Iceland we were able to see. We lucked out with great weather. The hut to hut hiking was amazing and I appreciated all of Solvi's knowledge and many skills. read less

5 Stars (32 reviews)

Joy, United States

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BOOKING CONDITIONS

Useful Info

How do rooming arrangements work?

Trip prices are based on shared arrangements (typically two guests per room), unless otherwise stated. For solo travelers, we’ll pair you with another person of the same gender to share rooms and if there’s no one suitable to share with, there’s no forced single supplement. However, if you specifically request your own rooms, you can opt to pay the single supplement. Solo travelers who book within 90 days of departure, where there are no other solo travelers willing to share, will be required to pay the single supplement. 

For Family Vacation bookings, families consisting of four guests traveling with children aged 17 and under will be automatically assigned one shared room. However, the following alternative rooming allocations are available:

  • Families consisting of four guests with all children aged 13 and above are welcome to opt for additional rooms as per advertised double occupancy adult rates.
  • Families consisting of four guests with at least one child aged 12 and under are automatically assigned a shared room. However, families can opt to pay the adult rates for all guests in their family to have an additional room.
  • The same principles apply for families consisting of more than four guests.

Rooming preferences are subject to availability and must be communicated in writing at time of booking. Automatic assignments as per this policy will be applied in the absence of any specification provided by guests. Any request for additional rooms during trips will be at guests’ own expense and subject to rates made available by the accommodation provider at the time. All minors (guests aged 17 and under) must be accompanied by at least one adult.

Where does the trip start?

On the first day of the trip, we'll meet you at the Hotel Reykjavik Centrum hotel bar in the evening for welcome drinks and a briefing at 5pm before dinner. You are welcome to book your pre-trip stay at this hotel directly or any other hotel in Reykjavik , though you must make your own way to the Hotel at the pre-designated time.

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.

Is tipping expected in Europe?

Tipping is not expected in Europe however you might want to tip a little extra if you feel someone gave really fantastic service, but it's not really necessary. Many of our people also choose to tip their Active Adventures Europe trip leaders and local guides and we recommend USD$20 per day, per guest, per Trip Leader/guide.

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