Ultimate Iceland
Keflavík, Iceland 14 nights from £7,999

Ultimate Iceland

Make a full circuit around the island of Iceland, heading far from the beaten track to uncover the true beauty of this wild and mysterious country on foot, under the leadership of experienced guides.

  • 11 days trekking

Highlights

World class landscapes

World class landscapes

Experience a range of some of the most photographed, captivating landscapes on the planet.

A land of fire and ice

A land of fire and ice

From active volcanoes to huge glaciers, explore the incredible natural phenomena of Iceland.

Resplendent nature

Resplendent nature

Witness the power of nature, with towering waterfalls punctuating the route.

Overview

Take on a fifteen-day adventure, making a circuit of the fascinating landscapes of Iceland. Heading far from the beaten track, uncover hidden delights, under the leadership of experienced and knowledgeable guides to help extract the most from this adventure. From active volcanos and bubbling mud pools to crashing waterfalls and imposing sea cliffs, it's an immersive adventure to get under the skin of this incredible country.

Route Highlights

  • Travel the famous Route 1

    Make a full circuit of the island of Iceland, leaving no stone unturned.

  • Explore the volcanic landscape

    Immerse yourself into a world of geothermal activity, with active volcanoes and explosive geysers.

  • Be awe-struck by glaciers

    Hike to the foot of the largest glacier in Europe. 

  • Mountain
  • Newcomers
  • All fitness levels
  • Solo
  • Groups
  • Couples

Degree of difficulty

  • Whilst there will be hiking excursions each day, this is considered an easy adventure, achievable by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. Distances covered on foot are relatively short and do not cover particularly demanding terrain. 

Icelandic Menus

  • Full board is provided whilst trekking. Expect a varied and fresh menu, making good use of local produce and delicacies such as skyr, smoked salmon and lamb. 
  • Each day will start with a hearty breakfast, with plentiful tea and coffee. A buffet-style lunch will be laid out each morning, where participants are able to prepare their own packed lunch from the options provided. 
  • In the evenings, it's expected that the group works together to assist in the kitchen, not only does this add to the experience, but it helps to create a good atmosphere and bond within the group during the adventure. 

Ultimate Iceland accommodation

  • The trip comprises a mix of hostel-style accommodation in Guest houses and Farmhouse inns.
  • Guest houses offer dormitory rooms for 4-6 people. Single or double rooms can be booked upon request, subject to availability. There are shared bathroom facilities and a communal kitchen. Generally, wifi is available at the accommodation. 
  • Farmhouse inns offer simple, traditional accommodation. Dormitory rooms, again with private en-suite rooms available to book subject to availability. Bathroom facilities are shared, electricity and hot running water are available and wifi is provided at most locations.

Clothing to bring

  • Hat for sun protection and sunglasses
  • Hat for warmth, scarf or head scarf that can be wet and warm gloves
  • Long sleeve shirts or cotton t-shirts
  • Jumpers, 1 lightweight and 1 warm
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood and trousers
  • Breathable fast-drying underwear
  • Comfortable long trousers (fast drying)
  • Thermal long-sleeved vest and leggings
  • Trainers or sandals for evenings
  • Walking socks
  • Hiking boots (high rise, sturdy soles)
  • Swimming costume may be useful

Equipment to bring

  • Sleeping bag with minimum comfort rating of 0˚C
  • 2 water bottles or flasks minimum (1 litre)
  • Walking poles (highly recommended)
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulb
  • Toiletries (including wet wipes)
  • Dry bags to keep clothes dry in your luggage
  • Container for any toxic rubbish (batteries, sanitary items etc)
  • Duffel bag (80 to 90 litres), flexible and water resistant
  • Daypack (30 to 40 litres) to carry each day

Season

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

  • Flights
  • Transfers

Meeting point

Keflavík Airport
Keflavík
235
Iceland

Getting to iceland

  • Keflavik Airport is well connected to a range of airports in the UK and various international locations.
  • Guides will meet travellers at the airport upon arrival before taking a transfer. Keflavik is a short drive away from the capital Reykjavik.

  • Hill
  • Mountain
  • Beach
  • Bus
  • Minibus
  • Ferry

Ultimate Iceland Itinerary

  • Day 1 | Arrival in Iceland

    Arrive in Iceland to be met by the guides. Take a transfer to Reykjavik with the rest of the day free to explore the city.

  • Day 2 | The Golden Circle

    Start with a trip to Thingvellir, the valley of the parliament, before continuing onwards to the huge Gullfoss waterfall and Strokkur geyser. Afternoon boat journey to Heimaey island in the Vestmann archipelago.

  • Day 3 | Vestmann Islands

    Climb to the volcanic cone of Eldfell during a full day of hiking and exploring. 

  • Day 4 | Skogafoss and Vik

    Return boat journey to the mainland. Visit the waterfalls at Seljalandfoss and Skogafoss en route to Vik, the famous black sand beaches. Continue to Skaftafell to reach the accommodation for the night.

  • Day 5 | Skaftafell National Park

    A full day hiking within the boundaries of the National Park. Wake up to views of the largest glacier in Europe, before trekking along sublime trails with views over ribbons of glacial rivers stretching out to sea. Afternoon option to take a short, crampon-assisted hike on the glacier itself. Short drive to Jökulsárlón lagoon in the evening. 

  • Day 6 | Jökulsárlón to Egilsstadir

    Leaving Jökulsárlón and the south coast for the eastern fjords. Stops in Djúpivogur and Fàskrùðsfjörður en route to Egilsstadir.

  • Day 7 | Dettifoss and Husavik

    Hike alongside lava fields before arriving at Dettifoss, one of the most powerful waterfalls in Europe. Continue to Husavik, where it is possible to indulge in a spot of whale watching on the nearby coast. 

  • Day 8 | Myvatn

    A full day of hiking around Lake Myvatn and the surrounding geothermal landscapes. Fumaroles and pools of bubbling mud punctuate this otherworldly area.

  • Day 9 | Goðafoss ad Glaumbaer Museum

    Leaving Husavik, visit Goðafoss, the waterfall of the gods. Continue to the Hvammstangi region, famous for horses. 

  • Day 10 | Vatnsnes Peninsula

    Explore the Vatnsnes peninsula and dramatic rock formations that line the coast, before heading to the fjords of the north west. 

  • Day 11 | West Fjords

    Take a drive to the westernmost point of Europe, and largest cliff in Iceland - Latrabjarg. Wonderful wildlife watching opportunities in this area, rich in seabirds.

  • Day 12 | Westfjords to Snaefellsness

    Take a ferry to the small island of Flatay, exploring the Snarfellsness peninsula, home to the Snaefellsjökull stratovolcano. There is potential to also visit Kirkjufell mountain which sits looming over a picturesque waterfall.

  • Day 13 | Snaefellsness Peninsula

    Hike from the village of Hellnar to Arnarstapi, along basalt cliff paths. Pass the Gatklettur lava arch and explore the old fishing village of Bùðir before taking the road back to Reykjavik

  • Day 14 | Reykjavik and Fagradalsfjall volcano

    The morning is free to relax or take on additional tours from Reykjavik. Visit the Reykjanes peninsula and Fagradalsfjall volcano in the afternoon. Enjoy a final meal as a group next to the flowing lava.

  • Day 15 | Departure

    After breakfast, take a transfer to the airport to continue the journey home.

  • Accommodation
  • Guides
  • Flights
  • Meals
  • Transfers

What's Included

  • Return airport transfers
  • All accommodation as outlined in your itinerary
  • All transportation during the trip including ferry crossings
  • Full board (except for nights spent in Reykjavik)
  • Services of an expert guide

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals in Reykjavik
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Entry fees for sites / museums

  • Age 18 & over
  • Between 2-10 in group
  • Private group option
  • ABTA
  • ATOL

Costs

Deposit

£1599.80

Price per person (inc deposit)

£7999.00

Enquiries & bookings

If you have any questions or would like to check availability or make a booking, please provide a few details about you, your group size and any preferred dates. A member of the team will then get back to you or you can go ahead and book online.