Highland Tours

Highland Tours

The Highlands of Iceland comprise the country's mountainous and uninhabited interior, including the popular hiking area Landmannalaugar. Highland tours are a mixture of super jeep excursions, trekking ventures and sightseeing tours that provide you with captivating insights into untouched regions.

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George R Porter

George R Porter

02/08/2018, 00:27
Review of 8 Day Summer Vacation Package Tour of the Best Attractions in Iceland

Summer 2018: -We would absolutely recommend! Guide to Iceland made it very easy to plan this trip and once I was there everything was set up and ready to go. The hotels were clean and centrally located to everything. The bus pick up was easy, every driver knew my name and called me and got me to where I needed to be on time. Each planned excursion was exciting and well planned out by the tour guides. -The top highlights of my solo trip include: 1. Snowmobiling on a glacier with Mountaineers of Iceland - "a must do" 2. Hiking on a glacier 3. Going inside a volcano (note: there is about a forty-five walk through a lava field just to get to the volcano from the parking lot, which is great when it is nice outside). 4. Hiking the rim of another volcano to see the colorful oozing looking rocks 5. The waterfalls 6. The boiling geysers 7. The tiny, quiet city of Reykjavík 8. ATV tour (I booked that at my hotel, it was a lot of fun.) 9. My fun tour guides 10. All the people from around the world I met traveling through Iceland 11. The locals who make it fun and like talking to tourists (I just sat in the park and spoke with a few on a nice day). 12. The cool black volcanic beaches 13. The glacier lagoon (Golden Circle Tour) 14. Blue lagoon (wow). It is not cheap, but for good reason. You get what you pay for and it like nothing you have ever seen before on this planet (note: I got a crazy sunburn from the lagoon, so be careful in summer). 15. Hiking in the national parks and seeing the divide between Europe and North America. 16. Seeing where Game of Thrones and J.B. film the show/video. 17. Great pick up and drop off right from my hotel, or just down the street. 18. If you do have leftover time in the city, take a walk to a geothermal city pool. It is a good way to spend a few hours, and it is not expensive. 19. Eight days was the perfect amount of time to see the highlights of Iceland. --Suggestion/observations: 1. Save money on food by going to the "Bonus" grocery store. Also, take a short walk out of the highly touristy areas, the farther you walk, the lower the prices. The complimentary hotel breakfasts are great, so eat up each morning. 2. Reykjavík won't take more than one day to explore so plan an excursion for each day. Most excursions end around 6 pm so you will have plenty of time to see the city. 3. Reykjavík is flat and very walkable. You won't need to hire a cab (or drive a rental) to get around. There are no highways to walk across in the country and being a pedestrian is the way to safely go. 4. Great water resistant shoes are highly recommended for every excursion. You don't need winter jackets or snow pants in the summer. Just a warm sweater and a warm rain jacket will suffice. 5. Alcohol is expensive, so don't plan to spend too much time at the bar. 6. It is fun to go with a group of friends, but you can also safely do this trip solo without any problem. You meet nice people, of many different ages, from around the world each day and the tour guides love talking with everyone.

Frequently asked questions

What are the most popular attractions in the Highlands of Iceland?

The most popular attractions are Landmannalaugar geothermal area, Thorsmork valley and Kerlingarfjoll mountain resort.

What is there to do in the Icelandic Highlands?

The Highlands is a haven for hiking, mountain climbing and sightseeing. It is also the most inaccessible and remote part of Iceland as there are no permanent human settlements in the Highlands.

When is the best time to visit the Highlands of Iceland?

Usually, the Highlands are accessible from June until August, when Iceland is at its warmest. During the winter, the Highlands become very dangerous for traveling because of extreme colds and frequent snowstorms.

What are the most popular hiking trails in the Highlands of Iceland?

The most popular day hikes are in Landmannalaugar, although Fimmvorduhals pass, from Thorsmork to Skogar is another leading trail. The Laugavegur hiking trail, from Thorsmork to Landmannalaugar is the most popular multi-day hike.

What type of car do I need to reach the Icelandic Highlands?

You will need a four-wheel-drive but certain routes are only accessible by super jeep. The only exception is Kjolur Highland Road, but this route is only suitable for four-wheel cars and jeeps.

Where are the hotels in the Highlands of Iceland?

Accommodation in the Highlands is composed mainly of mountain huts. Kerlingarfjoll Mountain Resort, Hrauneyjar Highland Centre, and the Obyggdasetur Wilderness Centre are the exceptions. Accommodation is relatively sparse in the highlands, so we recommend booking in advance.

Are there any campsites in the Highlands of Iceland?

Yes, there are many designated camping areas in the Highlands. Please note that all camping must take place on designated sites. It is, therefore, a good idea to plan your route in advance. Logging your travel plan is also a good idea, for safety purposes.

Where do I shop for food in the Icelandic Highlands?

There are no shops in the Highlands, thus you will need to prepare all the food you need in advance. It is also a good idea to take more food than you think you’ll need, so you never find yourself going hungry.

Am I in danger of being caught in a volcanic eruption in the Highlands?

The odds are minimal. Volcanoes in Iceland can technically go off at any time, but if there are any signs of a pending eruption, the area will be quickly evacuated.

Are there any dangerous animals in the Highlands?

No, there are no animals dangerous to humans in Iceland. The only predators in the highlands are minks and arctic foxes, who usually try to avoid humans.

Do people live in the Highlands of Iceland?

No, there are no permanent human settlements in the Highlands of Iceland. The area commonly has extreme colds and snowstorms during the winter, making it inhabitable.