hike & relax
in south iceland
Upon request for private groups
This tour can also me tailor-made upon group´s wishes
and can be combined with our other Hike and Relax tours!
- Lovely walks around the natural wonders of SOUTH ICELAND with geysirs and waterfalls, historic Viking sites and amazing views of volcanoes and glaciers.
- Optional tours include a short ride on the sturdy and beautiful Icelandic Horses (suitable for beginners) and a River Jet tour on the glacial river Hvítá.
- Accommodation for three nights in South Iceland. Single, twin or double rooms with private shower/wc and with jacuzzi in the garden.
- Stunning riverbank paths, valley trails, undiscovered waterfalls and colourful mountains.
- Including visit to Secret Lagoon, a natural geothermal pool.
- Suggested accommodation: Icehotel Flúðir ***, Fosshotel Hekla ***, Hotel Rangá ****, Hotel Grímsborgir ****
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Day by day itinerary - Suggestion
Day 1: Reykjavík - Gullfoss – Geysir – Hótel Flúðir (approx. 4 hours of walking)
Meet & Greet with your guide in the morning. Drive to Geysir Hot Springs Area and walk in Haukadalur forest to Svartagil canyon (approx. 2 hours, some short steep uphill hiking). On our way we visit the grave of giant Bergþór close to the beautiful parish church at Haukadalur valley. Lunch at Hótel Gullfoss and walk along the canyon to Gullfoss Waterfall (approx. 1 hour) Drive via dramatic Brúarhlöð canyon to Flúðir. The Flúðir village is situated perfectly for daytrips to the natural wonders of South Iceland. Upon arrival and check-in we sit down to a wonderful three course dinner prepared with local products of the region – many of them organic. After dinner we go for a stroll around the village ending at the local ICE-SAR station, where we are invited to small introduction to the work of the Icelandic Mountain Rescue Teams. Coffee and cake at the station. Back at the hotel we recommend a bath underneath the midnight sun in the jacuzzis in the hotel garden.
Day 2: Along the banks of Þjórsá river – Secret Lagoon Natural Hot Springs (4-5 hours)
After breakfast we start with an easy walk along the banks of Þjórsá glacial river with magnificient views of Mt. Hekla and Eyjafjallajökul glacier. Far away from any traffic we walk along the banks of the wild glacial river through fields with wild flowers and rich bird life. On little tracks made by sheep and horses we walk through fields where the Icelandic horses roam almost wild. These are the fields where the farmers keep their mares and foals during the summer. Lunch at a cozy local pub. Please note: Optional horse riding tour on offer instead of hiking after Lunch today. In the evening we go for a bath in the Secret Lagoon, a natural hot spring. The pool´s steam rising into the air gives the place a magical feeling. The warm water keeps a temperature of 38-40° Celsius all year round. Close by there is even a little Geysir which erupts every 5 minutes, showing off for the guests relaxing in the hot spring. Changing rooms with showers are on site. Langoustine Feast and homemade confect at Restaurant Mika nearby.Optional tour in the evening: River Jet Tour on the glacial river Hvítá.
Day 3: Sightseeing and easy hikes: Þjórsárdalur Valley and Landmannalaugar (or Þórsmörk) (4- 5 hours)
After breakfast we start our tour by visiting the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss, lined by basalt columns and the Þjóðveldisbær Open Air Museum, the reconstrution of an old Viking Home. We visit the excavation site of an Viking farm that went under ash in a Mt. Hekla eruption in 1104. From there on we take an easy stroll (approx. 1-2 hours) to the beautiful Gjáin valley with its numerous waterfalls and basalt formations. Truly one of the most beautiful natural wonders of South Iceland. We continue by bus and take a lunch stop at the Highland Hotel Háland and from there into the remote wilderness of the Landmannalaugar area, a place famous for its colourful rhyolite mountains. At the Mountain Camp of Landmannalaugar we go for another easy walk (ca.2-3 hours, 8-10 km) around the volanco Brennisteinsalda (855 m). Brennisteinsalda is a highly colourful mountain, coloured by sulphur (wherefrom it gets is name, 'Sulphur Wave'), blue and
black lava and ashes, green mosses and red iron. In front of the mountain is an obsidian lava field which we will be crossing. During this walk we have splendic views of the colourful mountains all around. After the walk we can enjoy a relaxing bath in the hot river of Landmannalaugar before heading back to our hotel. Truly an adventurous day! Please note that on the May and June departures we might need to go to the beautiful Þórsmörk Nature Reserve instead of Landmannalaugar due to possible road closings in spring time. Þórsmörk is a beautiful area with incredible hiking possibilities in between the famous glaciers of Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull and Tindfjallajökull. Dinner and optional walk up to Miðfell mountain (251 m) outside Flúðir village in the evening (1-2 hours).
Day 4: Þingvellir Nationalpark – Whole day of hiking – easy level (5-6 hours)
Today we are planning on hiking for a full day at the Nationalpark of Þingvellir. We start with Arnarfell Mountain which gives us a beautiful view over the majestic Þingvallavatn Lake (ca. 2 hours). We continue on small tracks through the beautiful birchforest with fissures indicating that here we are truly walking on land between the continents. During today´s walk we also visit all the main sites of the ancient parliament: the law speakers hill, the gruesome drowning pool and the magnificent Öxaráfoss waterfall (approx. 3-4 hours). Today we settle for a luxury alfresco lunch at the banks of Þingvallavatn. Return to Reykjavík in the evening.
.......or continue on our Hike & Relax in West Iceland
Exploring Iceland reserves the right to alter routes, itineraries or timetables should the necessity arise. The estimated duration of tours as indicated by km or timing can change according to road or weather conditions.
- 3 nights in rooms with private facilities at hotel in South Iceland
- Full pension starting with Lunch on the first day and ending with picnic lunch on the last day.
- 4 days of guided walking according to itinerary.
- Entrance fee to Secret Lagoon & use of towel.
- All transfers during the tour.