Isolated Iceland | 8-Day Hiking & Camping Tour in the Highlands

Isolated Iceland | 8-Day Hiking & Camping Tour in the Highlands
The Icelandic Highlands are home to mountainous landscapes and wild meandering rivers.
The Icelandic Highlands are famous for their multi-coloured mountains and wild meandering rivers.
Long dormant volcanic craters are now home to turquoise blue lakes.
The Icelandic Highlands are some of the most remote and far-flung places in Iceland.
The gorgeous Icelandic Highlands as seen from above.
There are countless hiking trails to follow in the Highlands.

Embark on this eight-day hiking adventure and escape the crowds into Iceland’s wildly beautiful and far-flung Highlands. This tour is the perfect option for those looking to explore Iceland's less visited attractions and avoid the big buses to discover stunning and more remote landscapes.

This eight-day excursion combines great hikes in some of Iceland’s most secluded areas alongside transportation in a Land Rover Defender to get you to a rich variety of places. The Highland roads, also known as the F-Roads, are only open for a few months of the year and are only accessible by 4WD vehicles by law.

This is a small group tour with space for eight at a time accompanied by two expert guides across the Icelandic Highlands and the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. On this excursion, you will hike the famous colourful mountains of Landmannalaugar, and summit the top of Mount Sveinstindur for the best views of the longest lake in Iceland: Langisjór.

You will travel to the Lakagígar volcanic fissure which is famous for one of the most catastrophic volcanic eruptions in Icelandic history. Your guides will tell you more about the infamous 1783 eruption and the disastrous consequences it had on Icelandic society.

You will visit immense waterfalls, black deserts, hidden hot pools, and you will hike across the most incredible and wild areas.

During the trip, you will experience isolation difficult to find elsewhere, hundreds of miles away from civilisation. In the Highlands, you will camp in the evenings, sharing a tent with one other member of the group and there will be a spacious communal teepee for sharing meals or relaxing at the end of the day.

On the first and seventh days, you will spend the evening in Reykjavík and the town, Hvolsvöllur where you will sit down for a meal at a restaurant and share stories with fellow travellers and spend the night in comfortable accommodation.

Discover forgotten lands and confront the true power of nature in isolated Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Sep.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English, Spanish
  • Attractions: Highlands, Reykjavík, Langisjór, Lakagígar , Landmannalaugar, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Álftavatn, Laugavegur Hiking Trail, Fjallabak, Bláhnjúkur, Ljótipollur, Torfajökull, Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 08:00.

Included:
  • 2 local guides & drivers

  • Transport in a Land Rover Defender

  • Accommodation in a 4-person room in Reykjavík & Hvolsvöllur with breakfast included (days 1 & 7)

  • Accommodation in a 2-person tent during the trip (in the Highlands)

  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day (in the Highlands)

  • Vehicle fuel

  • Camping & cooking equipment

  • Airport transfer

  • All the excursions detailed in the itinerary

  • Agency phone support 24h

  • Everything not specified in "Included"

  • Sleeping bag, mattress & personal equipment

  • Snacks and refreshments

  • Every lunch not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Dinner in Reykjavík on Day 1 & Dinner in Hvolsvöllur on the Day 7

  • International flights


What to bring:
  • 25L - 30L backpack (suitcases are not permitted)

  • Sleeping bag & hiking mattress

  • Hiking boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should be waterproof and have a robust sole.

  • Warm clothing

  • Thermal clothes

  • Waterproof jacket and pants

  • Hiking pants

  • Hiking socks

  • Warm hat and/or baclava

  • Swimsuit & towel

  • Sandals

  • Warm gloves (preferably waterproof)

  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries

  • Suncream

  • Sunglasses

  • Earplugs

  • Head torch

  • Hiking poles (recommended)

  • Water bottle (1-2 L, enough to last a whole day)

  • Extra batteries for your head torch


Good to know:

Please be advised this itinerary may be subject to change in the case of bad weather conditions.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland!


The Midnight Sun shines behind one of Iceland's most famous monuments, Hallgrímskirkja church.


Welcome to Iceland! Once you have touched down at Keflavík International Airport, you will collect your luggage and meet your guides who will take care of your airport transport to the capital, Reykjavík.

Once you have settled in, you will meet your guides again for more details about your trip and a thorough equipment check to ensure you are fully prepared for your excursion into the Highlands. Make the most of any free time you may have and explore Reykjavík's many attractions before settling down for the evening.


Day 2 - Transfer to the Highlands & hiking in Landmannalaugar


The gorgeous peaks of the Highlands make for breathtaking views that you won't forget.


Today, your Highlands adventure begins. You will be picked up a Land Rover Defender and whisked away to the Landmannalaugar geothermal area, famous for its multi-coloured rhyolite mountains and geothermal hot springs and rivers.

Your first hike begins from this fascinating and magical region and the destination is the "Blue Peak Mountain", or B´lahnúkur as it is called in Icelandic. As you summit this beautiful elevation you will be met with incredible views of the surrounding mountain and multitude of rivers and streams.

Your expert local guides will take you to the most stunning attractions and hidden gems along the way such as volcanic craters filled with turquoise water, green volcanoes and majestic canyons filled with waterfalls

The group will then set up camp for the evening close to some natural hot springs, where you can soak in rejuvenating geothermal water before turning in for the night.


Day 3 - Langisjor lake hiking


Hiking through the Highlands is a once in a lifetime experience.


Once you have woken up and packed up the campsite, your guides will drive you along green, brown and grey mountains and cross several rivers to reach your destination for the day; Langisjór Lake and Mount Sveinstindur.

After setting up the campsite and preparing for the day's hike, you will summit Mount Sveinstindur, surrounded by the outstanding views of the Langisjór lake, characterised by the different tones of green from the moss, and white from the beautiful glaciers on the horizon.

You will then return to the campsite for the night.


Day 4 - Hiking in Lakagigar (Laki's Craters)


The vibrant colours of the Highlands make for extraordinary views.


After breakfast at the campsite, you will make a short journey to a town on the South Coast to pick up some supplies before returning to isolation in Iceland crossing rivers and traversing volcanic roads.

Today's adventure is to Lakagígar craters, which last erupted in the eighteenth century, wreaking havoc on Icelandic society at the time.  Between 1783 and 1784 the Lakagígar system erupted massively, causing the death of 50% Icelandic living creatures at the time and some believe contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution in 1789.


Day 5 - Myrdalsjokull glacier northern area


The Highlands of Iceland is a wild and barren but beautiful region.


Day five, and you will be visiting some of the most beautiful landscapes of the trip so far. From the campsite, you will make your way to the northern part of Iceland's fourth largest glacier, Mýrdalsjökull, crossing black deserts, waterfalls, hidden hot pools as well as the magnificent Maelifell mountain.

The day's hike will bring you to the Lake Álftavatn area, where you will set up camp for the night next to a famous mountain hut which is also part of one of Iceland's most famous hiking trails, Laugavegur.

Enjoy an evening lakeside before retiring to your tent for the evening.


Day 6 - From Alftavatn to Emstrur: hike on the Black Desert


During your Highland hike you will cross countless rivers and pass many mystical mountains.


Today you will wake up particularly early for the longest hike of the tour from Álftavatn to Emstrur (15km). This may be one of the more challenging hikes but it holds the promise of being one of the most beautiful.

This hike belongs to the Laugavegur Trail, which is considered one of the most beautiful trails in the world according to National Geographic. Today's adventure will see you cross rivers by foot and discover the immensity of the Black Desert coloured by tiny pink flowers growing underfoot.

Towards the later part of the day, the group will make its way to the famous Emstur hut where you will set up camp for the evening and take in the marvellous surroundings.


Day 7 - North of Eyjafjallajokull volcano


Around every corner in the Icelandic Highlands there's an epic landscape waiting for you and your camera.


Today will be the last hiking day but by no means the least impressive. After packing up the campsite, there will be a short hike to visit some of the different attractions dotting the nearest canyon all the while with Mýrdalsjökull glacier on the horizon.

After one last lunch in the wilderness, your guides will take you by car to the north of Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano, which was made famous in 2010 when it erupted and caused big problems for European air traffic.

Finally, you will make your way to the small town of Hvolsvöllur, and the home of Njál's Saga, one of the most known Viking Sagas and pivotal within the Nordic culture.

After nearly a week spent in tents, you will spend the evening in comfortable accommodation in this idyllic small town setting. You are welcome to join your fellow travellers for the last meal before you say your goodbyes, however, this meal is not included in the price of the excursion.


Day 8 - Goodbye to the Highlands & flight home


After you've completed your Highland adventure, you'll be counting down the days until you can return.


Today you will say goodbye to the fantastic, mysterious and wild area that is the Icelandic Highlands. Your guides will drive you back to Reykjavík for further Icelandic adventures or an airport transfer for you to return home.

The outstanding landscapes, colorful mountains, the silenced beauty of the lava fields and the white tones of glaciers will forever be engraved in your memory.


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