Iceland Walking Tour - Interior and Exterior
No 2024 dates
Visiting many of the magnificent wonders this incredibly dramatic island has to offer.
We will spend the first two nights in Reykjavik (giving you a whole free day to explore the vibrant capital), and then 11 days circumnavigating Iceland, followed by a final night in the capital. We will be travelling in a comfortable 4WD 18 seat ‘Mercedes Sprinter’ with USB charging points overhead on all the aircraft style comfy seats. Our experienced driver Bjarni has all the skills to safely transport us on this wonderful expedition around the island. He knows all the back roads like no one else and with this special vehicle, we can access remote and rough places that ordinary cars can’t reach. And so we will have no constraints to stop us penetrating some of the wildest and most unbelievable landscapes on earth – experiencing bare nature at it’s raw finest.
New for 2023 – we will spend a couple of days in Borgarfjörður Eystra, in the far Eastern Fjords – with stunning mountains and coastal scenery and good hiking all around. Last year, we only spent one night there and it was just not enough – it’s such a stunning area and there are many fabulous walking trails to explore.
Luca and Martin have conducted numerous circumnavigations of Iceland over the last few years and and they share a joyful rapport that has enriched the experiences of those that join us, always keeping you cheerful. Last year was no exception and they were joined by Martin’s son Ross who is taking up the reins in 2023! So I invite you to join Ross and Luca this year – they are well acquainted and will facilitate your explorations of Iceland magnificently, together with our local driver/guide Bjarni, (however, this is all immensely enjoyable and it is the only practical way to experience some of the great natural wonders that lurk far off the beaten track of this volcanic island – that actually sits atop the ever spreading Mid Atlantic Ridge). Luca and Martin have also run many other tours together over the past 12 years, particularly in Italy.
Everything about this trip is an amazing adventure – visiting many of the most magnificent wonders that this extreme island has to offer. We will stay in hotels and good quality lodgings as far as is possible, although in a few of the remoter places, we will have to stay in comfortable cabins that are the best in option where there are no affordable lodgings.
Breakfast, lunch and evening meals are provided throughout the tour, except for two night’s dinner in Reykjavik and at 1 hotel while on tour and 2 lunches en-route while on tour.
The formula for this tour is itinerant, travelling nearly every day to explore new locations. It is a true overland experience. Sometimes we will jump out of the bus to admire the view and take a short walk, or sometimes we’ll enjoy an adventurous longer trek through a stunning wonderland. The gradients are normally fairly low and well within the scope of any competent and healthy walker. Typically, we might walk between 3-4 hours per day and other days will have more travelling. In fact, simply driving through this wonderland is an adventure in itself. However, due to the “ups and downs” of Iceland’s rugged trails, it may feel as though you have actually walked rather more on a few days. It is important to have a good hiking backpack (with waterproof cover) that will hold the usual essentials: also good footwear, windbreaker and waterproofs, fleece, hat & gloves, a little fruit or chocolate and your water bottle, etc. A full packing list will be provided. There are viable alternatives if you do not want to participate in any of the excursions in full.
Ross and Luca will reveal the hidden wildlife (last year we saw an Arctic Fox!) and explain the basics of many concepts for you in an interesting and light-hearted way, so that Iceland’s history, coasts, geology and geomorphology (landforms) really come alive. Both Ross and Luca are keen geologists… which in Iceland is a real bonus, as Iceland is the youngest and most exciting geological landscape on earth. Luca will cook up wonderful evening meals for you on most nights, that will naturally incorporate Italian fine dining with local produce. On some nights, we’ll eat in local restaurants for a change. Our lunches will usually be picnics, or sometimes be taken in local restaurants.
If you have painful knees or suffer unduly from vertigo, do please consider your suitability for such a holiday. A few walks include steep sections or are through ‘scoria’ (volcanic scree) and over rough lava fields.
2023 Dates: August 30th – September 13th – 29th (14 nights).
£3,925 per person if group exceeds 10 and a slightly higher price for a smaller group. Details on application.
Please contact us for our fully detailed pdf brochure. For photos from our last Iceland and other Walking Tours please go to our Facebook page.
All participants of our International holidays will be required to sign a Liability Release form upon arrival at the destination.