Come along on this tour of the exciting Highlands of north Iceland. This tour is perfectly suited for nature and outdoor enthusiasts who want to connect directly with Iceland's raw and unbound natural elements.
The tour begins in the charming village of Varmahlíð, where you will be picked up from your accommodation. You will be taken across the rolling agricultural area, with fields of Icelandic horses grazing in the sun, past the many greenhouses and geothermal features which make this area special.
Your first stop is one such place, Laugarfell hot spring. Located between two glaciers, Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull, this bubbling pool is an oasis from the cold. In summer, the pools have three open huts where you may rest or make a meal before you take a dip in the warm, naturally soothing waters.
After you‘ve refreshed yourself, you‘ll visit Sprengisandur, a vast black sand plateau. In the Middle Ages, this expanse provided an important path connecting remote areas of Iceland to the south, so that people could make their way to the yearly parliament, the Alþing.
A treacherous area of the country, Sprengisandur is often inaccessible because of flooding in the spring and snow in the winter, and it is said to be haunted by the ghosts of those unwary souls who attempted to make the crossing in bad conditions.
Next, you‘re off to enjoy the view of Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe, crossing the Gæsavatnaleið highland road. Then, you will take in the majestic sight of Askja caldera, the rippling waters of Lake Askja at the bottom ringed by the snow-capped Dyngjufjöll mountains.
After this, you’ll take in another geological wonder: Víti, a volcanic explosion crater created by an earth-shaking volcanic eruption at the start of the famous Mývatn Fires of 1724. The eruption continued for five years, and Víti’s bubbling crater boiled for more than a century following this traumatic event.
From Víti, you’ll make your way to Herðubreið, a mountainous volcanic structure known as a tuya, and to Lake Mývatn, with its surrounding wetlands and rich bird life, before reaching your nightly destination in Akureyri, the capital of the North, via Goðafoss waterfall.
The beauty of this area of Iceland is only accessible for a few months each year, so don’t miss your chance to see it! Check availability by choosing a date.