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4 Days in the Icelandic Highlands
This private guided 4 day unspoiled tour is an absolute must for any nature admirer and it is the photographers dream tour. A photographer or not the highlands of Fjallabak Nature Reserve, is without a doubt one the most beautiful natural reserves that can be visited on the island and as close to nature as possible. Including unspoiled natural wonders like; waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes and mountains, rivers, volcanic fissures, black sand deserts and black sand beaches, lava fields and geothermal hot springs and baths.
- HIGH LIGHTS -
Volcanos and waterfalls.
We start with an early pickup in Reykjavík City. Driving out of the capital we will head east towards the ancient seabed of Iceland, our current south coast.
We will not spend to much time on route 1, because we will drive inland shortly after driving through Selfoss, where the magnificent Háifoss waterfall stands 122m tall. We want to enjoy that one and in good weather, a short hike would be a special delight.
Next stop is Rauðaskál or the Red bowl which lies in the hills of our most frequent erupting volcano Mt. Hekla. This would be the second option for a short hike. While your standing on the edge of the red bowl, different lava fields from numerous past eruptions can be seen below and on a perfect day one can see as far as Langjökull glacier, that lies far inland.
After a nice local lunch we will be back on route one, where we will spend the rest of our day visiting epic waterfalls like Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrabúi and Skógafoss. The black sand beach Reynisfjara is on the to do list, where one can walk along the beach with a view of the roaring North Atlantic Ocean.
If needed we will make a quick stop in Vík, before heading to our super friendly Hrífunes guesthouse.
The only thing left to complete your first day is to taste the best local cuisine on the whole island and sharing stories with other travellers from all over the world.
Duration 9-11 hours
After a very pleasant breakfast we take off to Lakagígar.
With a lunchpack for the road, we will drive far into the highlands, towards the middle of the island. We want to visit renown Laki, that is a part of a 25 km long volcanic fissure known as Lakagígar. They were formed in Skaftáreldar between 1783-1784 and are evidence of one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in Icelandic history. With devastating local effects for years to come, the travelling ash also had global effects, causing failure of crops throughout europe, that many state was one of the reasons for the France revolution.
We will eat lunch in the highlands and enjoy the whole day in this volcanic wonderland.
In the end of the day we will head back to Hrífunes and enjoy another high quality dinner.
Fjallabak Nature Reserve.
We leave Hrífunes after breakfast again with a lunch pack for the road.
The first destination is Eldgjá or The Fire Canyon. Its a massive volcanic fissure accessible on foot with the beautiful Ófærufoss waterfall that runs through ancient lava formations.
Driving from Eldgjá we drive through Álftavatnskrókur with monumental Mælifell mountain and Mælifellssandur desert with some serious river crossings, black deserts, monumental mountains and glacier views like no other.
After eating lunch out in nature, we will travel through Hvanngil, Álftavatn following the Fjallabak S. route down to the south coast.
Dinner and accommodation in luxurious Hotel Skálakot Manor Farm Resort.
On our last day of the Ultimate Unspoiled tour we will drive along the coastline of Iceland making stops in small local fishing villages with possible seal spottings.
Around lunchtime we will be in the area of the Atlantic Ridge, surrounded by geothermal hot springs and Rhyolite mountains in Seltún area.
On our way back to the capital we will stop by Kleifarvatn lake, amongst other photo-stops.
We should be back in Reykjavík in time for dinner of your likings.
- TOUR INFORMATIONS -
Included in tour:
Pickup/drop-off: 8:00-8:30. at hotel or a designated pickup place.
Double occupancy accommodation for 3 nights with breakfast at hotels/guesthouses during the tour.
Transportation with spacious and modified 4×4 vehicles.
English guidance by a native guide and photographer.
Note: For a single room there is a supplement extra, as single rooms are more expensive.
The 4 day Ultimate Unspoiled is also available with the first night in Hrífunes guesthouse, then for following nights staying in mountain huts over night in sleeping bag accommodation with dinners in the mountains.
Bring with you warm and waterproof clothes and sturdy shoes ready for winds and occasional showers.
- BOOKING & PAYMENTS -
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