Ultimate Iceland Adventure

About the Experience

Feel the black basalt sand beneath your feet. Hear the ancient ice crack as you move across the glacier tongue. Dip your paddle again and again into the same thousand island fjord that orcas and sea birds dive into.

Some landscapes deserve to be experienced from every angle. Above, beside, and within—this trip will surely acquaint you with Iceland in all of its rugged beauty. In the company of our wild women companions, you will come face to face with hot springs and volcanoes to melt your troubles, waterfalls to replenish you, mountains to evoke wonder, and birch forests as enchanting as they write about in folk tales.

We will spend our days journeying all that Iceland has to offer, by foot, by horse, and by kayak. Your well-earned sleep will be enjoyed in accommodations as varied as the landscape from modern hotel, to mountain hut, farm, and tent.

And, just as this adventure begins to settle and take root in your chest, treat your mind and body to a massage or a soak in a geothermal spa at the Blue Lagoon before heading home with all of your stories of Iceland’s unrivalled wilderness.

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Ultimate Iceland Adventure

About the Experience

Feel the black basalt sand beneath your feet. Hear the ancient ice crack as you move across the glacier tongue. Dip your paddle again and again into the same thousand island fjord that orcas and sea birds dive into.

Some landscapes deserve to be experienced from every angle. Above, beside, and within—this trip will surely acquaint you with Iceland in all of its rugged beauty. In the company of our wild women companions, you will come face to face with hot springs and volcanoes to melt your troubles, waterfalls to replenish you, mountains to evoke wonder, and birch forests as enchanting as they write about in folk tales.

We will spend our days journeying all that Iceland has to offer, by foot, by horse, and by kayak. Your well-earned sleep will be enjoyed in accommodations as varied as the landscape from modern hotel, to mountain hut, farm, and tent.

And, just as this adventure begins to settle and take root in your chest, treat your mind and body to a massage or a soak in a geothermal spa at the Blue Lagoon before heading home with all of your stories of Iceland’s unrivalled wilderness.


DAY ONE: LANDMANNALAUGAR

Arrive at KEF airport early this morning and make your way to downtown Reykjavik where you will meet your Wild Women group at 10 am. Your local guide will go over the trip orientation over lunch and then make your way to the bus for your transfer into the highlands!

The 4-5 hour drive from Reykjavik to Landmannalauger takes you through the countryside, along the lava flows of Hekla volcano into the land of hot pools. We settle into our shared mountain hut, enjoy dinner and spend the evening relaxing in the nearby hot springs.

  • Driving time: 4-5 hrs

 

DAY TWO: STARTING THE LAUGAVEGUR TREK

A hearty breakfast nourishes your body for the day’s trek. Pack your daypack for the day’s hike. Your luggage is packed into the support vehicle and off we go on the trail.

Through the geothermal landscape, set your aim for the summit and our next mountain hut in Hrafntinnusker, where you will be spending your second night. This first part of the route is the shortest in kilometres, but as the elevation is close to 500m and this is the first day of the hike, many people find this part a little strenuous. The weather is unstable in this area, and it is often necessary to walk in the snow, which further increases the difficulty. The reality is that hikers may need all the energy they have, to get through this first part of the trail.

The first part leads up to the lava field of Laugahraun, crosses it, then heads downhill before heading up again to the plateau, just below Brennisteinsalda. It is a good idea to stop here and look around at the stunning views, flora, mountains and gorges in all colours of the rainbow.

The trail then continues further up on to the plateau, where small ravines cut into the landscape as the rivers shape the soft mountain. The way ahead is all uphill, but it not extremely steep.

Today expect to come across a magnificent geothermal scenario, including Stórihver hot spring, and rhyolite mountains. Trekking through the geothermal landscape of rare rhyolite mountains, is a feast your eyes on a exaggerated spectrum of colours. It is approximately an hour walk from here, up to the hut Hrafntinnusker. This part of the trail is often covered with snow. Here is also the greatest risk of fog. It must be stressed that hikers must be careful and follow the stakes.

Settle into Hrafntinnusker Hut and relax while your guide prepares the evening meal.

  • Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)
  • Walking time: 4-5 hrs
  • Ascent: 470 m (1540′)

 

DAY THREE: RAVINES OF RED

We leave the hut after breakfast and continue on the Laugavegur trail. Today we walk along Mt. Reykjafjöll and into the spectacular Jökultungur area. Here the geothermal activity has turned the ravines red and yellow. The area is a valley bottom which is mostly flat, but there are a few ravines that should be crossed extra carefully, since they are often half-full of snow. Next, the direction is taken to the west of Kaldaklofsfjöll and up to the spine between them and Jökulgil.

The trail now goes up and down through a few ravines until it reaches the edge of Jökultungur, with incomparable views over the whole trail and the three glaciers Tindfjallajökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.

From the top of Jökultungur, we have a great view over lake Álftavatn and Fjallabak. We descend the steep and rocky slope into the valley and here, we have to cross the first unbridged stream along the trail. Take off your boots and step into the moving glacial water. On the other side, dry your feet and warm yourself again in your hiking boots. We continue another 3km towards our next Mountain Hut, Álftavatn, where we will be spending the night.

  • Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)
  • Walking time: 4-5 hrs
  • Descent: 490 m (1610′) [the steepest section of the trail is here]

 

DAY FOUR: BLACK SAND

This day’s hike starts like yesterday’s ended – with a stream crossing. We then climb up the hill above Hvanngil to where the view is magnificent.

We walk through another hut area, called Hvanngil and stop to use the toilet facilities. From Hvanngil, there is a short walk to the river Kaldaklofskvísl, which can be crossed on a footbridge. Just south, is another river, Bláfjallakvísl without a bridge. In most cases, it is not so difficult to cross but great care is needed, especially during heavy rain when the river can grow fast.

Now the route lies mostly on the main road until the river Innri Emstruá is reached. It has a bridge. The next part of the trail takes us through black sand deserts on our way to Emstrur. The volcano Stórasúla and the flat-topped Hattfell mountain make a fantastic contrast, as they rise from the desert, draped in green.

Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers lie spread out before us as we approach Emstrur. We will spend the night in a green oasis at Emstrur in another mountain hut. This evening, you can take time to walk to Markarfljótsgljúfur, to admire the 200m deep canyon.

  • Distance: 16km (9.5 mi)
  • Walking time: 6-7 hrs
  • Descent: 40 m (130′)

 

DAY FIVE: UP CLOSE TO MÝRDALSJÖKULL GLACIER

We leave Emstrur and continue on our way to Þórsmörk. We will be hiking within a

few kilometres from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier today. We get our best views as we hike down into the narrow canyon, over the bridge and back up to the sander flats.

Soon the trail runs through two small ravines, Slyppugil and Bjórgil. In each of them, there is a little creek with drinkable water, making this an excellent spot to rest and have lunch. After hiking up from the latter ravine, Bjórgil, the trail leads to Fauskatorfur and gradually to an area with more vegetation. It is called Úthólmar. The hill upwards from the river Ljósá is called Kápa or Coat and is the last steep on the trail. As we descend into Almenningar, the landscape will change and some trees will appear, preparing us for the birch forest in Þórsmörk.

When the trail brings you down from Kápa, hikers have to ford the river Þröngá which in most cases is not difficult but can be quite rocky. The river marks the boundary of Þórsmörk and now there is only a bit more than half an hour hike through Hamraskógar until you arrive at the Skagfjörðsskáli cabin in Langidalur, Þórsmörk.

Once we arrive in Þórsmörk, we‘ll join the highland bus shuttle out of the backcountry and taken to the small town of Hella. In Hella, we pack our selves and luggage into a smaller bus and make for our hotel. Dinner tonight is at the hotel.

  • Distance: 15km (9.5 mi)
  • Walking time: 6-7 hrs
  • Descent: 300 m (985′)
  • Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs


DAY SIX: GLACIER HIKE

Today we have flexibility and many options.

Your guide will help the group decide which sights to see depending on interests and energy levels. Options include:

    • Seljalandsfoss waterfall – one of Iceland’s greatest attractions. Here you have the opportunity to walk behind the magnificent wall of water and feel its sheer strength.
    • Reynisfjara (Black Sand Beach) – where you can leisurely stroll along the black sand beach known for its famous basalt columns and caverns. Witness the Reynisdrangar cliffs and basalt rock stacks that rise from the sea which Icelandic legends say are mischievous trolls turned into rock by the rising sun.
    • Skógafoss waterfall

Depending on the weather, your guide will plan the hike up Sólheimajökull for the best time of the day. This journey is a giant one for those that have never set foot on a glacier. This easy to moderate glacier walk, lets you get to explore the wonderland of ice sculptures, water cauldrons, ridges, and deep crevasses on the breathtaking Sólheimajökull glacier. While enjoying all the features of the glacier and its spectacular surroundings, you will also learn more about the behaviour of glaciers and their impact on nature. No technical requirements are needed for this activity as an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment, such as crampons and an ice axe.

After the thrill of the glacier, you drive through the fertile farming villages of south Iceland, an area with rich Viking history and heritage, watched over by the infamous Eyjafjallajökull and Hekla volcanoes. On clear days, you will have an excellent view of these renown volcanoes along with the Westman Islands rising steeply from the ocean just off the coast.

Hveragerði is where we find our accommodation for the night at Hjarðarból farm. After check-in, you have dinner at an authentic Icelandic restaurant.

  • Glacier hike: 3 – 3.5 hours in total, about 2 hours on the ice
  • Driving time: 4 hrs

 

DAY SEVEN: RIDE TO REYKJADALUR

Our beginner friendly ride takes us along the slopes of Reykjafjall mountain and continue on trails surrounding the small village Hveragerði. The path then takes us through a green forest to a vibrant geothermal valley with hot springs, an area which expanded dramatically during an earthquake in 2008.

On our way towards the green hills surrounding the volcano Hengill we will have a good opportunity to try the “tölt”, the special gait of the Icelandic horse. The horses then take us at a leisurely pace following narrow trails up into the valley Reykjadalur. We pass the beautiful waterfall Djúpagilsfoss and some hot springs before we reach Reykjadalur valley and will have the opportunity to take a relaxing bath in a warm stream. Swimsuit and towel highly recommended!

During the ride down the valley we’ll enjoy fascinating panoramas overlooking picturesque farmland and all the way down to the coastline. We continue along the mountain slopes back to the farm, where coffee and home-baked cake await us.

After, we go out for a dinner at an authentic Icelandic restaurant.

  • Riding Time: 5-6 hours with stops and bathing in the hot river

 

DAY EIGHT: KAYAK TO FJORDS

From Hveragerði, we drive to the Snæfellnes peninsula to the small town of Stykkishólmur. Here we‘ll gear up for our overnight sea kayaking in the Breiðafjörður fjord, the fjord with the thousand islands. The guide will teach the basics, review gear and safety practices, and help load the gear into the kayaks. We carry the kayaks down onto the rocky, seaweed strewn beach and launch.

We paddle for 5-10 km among whales, sea birds, and seals in the shelter of the islands. When we reach our camping island, we‘ll set up our tents and cook dinner by a cozy bonfire.

  • Driving time: about 2 hours
  • Paddling Distance:5-10 km in a sheltered bay with lots of islands

 

DAY NINE: SEA KAYAK

After breakfast, we pack up camp and put on our kayaking gear. We paddle for about 5-10 km until we reach the shores of Stykkishólmur in the afternoon.

We will make a cultural stop at the shark museum at Bjarnarhöfn. There we will have the opportunity to taste fermented shark, an Icelandic delicacy and brennivín, the Icelandic schnapps.

We then drive south across the Snæfellnes peninsula on our way back to Reykjavik. Dinner at the hotel together and take some time to share about our Icelandic adventure.

  • Paddling Distance: 5-10 km in a sheltered bay with lots of islands
  • Driving time: about 2 hours

 

DAY TEN: BLUE LAGOON

Today you will head to the infamous geothermal Blue Lagoon, about a 45 min – 1-hour drive. We plan to spend about 2 hours soaking and relaxing here, reflecting on your wild Icelandic adventure.

From the Blue Lagoon, your guide will head directly to KEF for airport drop-offs around 2 pm and then back to Reykjavik if you’re continuing to travel in Iceland. Your guide can drop you off at one of the main bus stops nearest your accommodations.

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