IJSLAND  

Schilderachtige wandelingen

Wandel en bezoek reis

10 daagse  bezoek en wandelreis in groep o.l.v. een Engelstalige gids,

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Ervaar het IJslandse binnenland                10 d / 9 n 

Wandel en bezoek-reis

Tijdens deze 10 daagse bezoek en wandelreis doet u de het binnenland van IJsland aan... absolute toppers als de Vallei van Thorsmork, Landmannalaugar, Myvatn en Asbyrgi zijn echte pareltjes om te wandelen! Maar u bezoekt ook de klassiekers als Golden Circle met Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir, Hraunfossar, Braunfossar, Namaskard, Dummiborgir, 

Blue Lagoon

Day 1 -  Arrival to Iceland

On your own, transfer to Reykjavik is not included. We recommend the easy and convenient FlyBus Plus transfers,
which can be booked through us. If you want to visit the Blue Lagoon, you need to book it as soon as possible... it can be combined in the FlyBus Plus ticket since there are special luggage lockers at your disposal.

Dinner is on your own. Reykjavik offers a multitude of restaurants and/or coffee-houses, making dinner a great way to get better acquainted with Iceland's capital.  

Overnight stay in Reykjavík  

Hraunfossar

Day 2: Reykjavik – Hvalfjordur - Borgarfjordur

Breakfast at your hotel. Begin the day with a short orientation tour of Reykjavik. Drive along the scenic coastline of Hvalfjordur Fjord, one of Iceland‘s longest and deepest, on the way to Glymur. This is Iceland's highest waterfall, which descends gracefully in streaming ribbons down a 200-metre (658 foot) drop into a massive canyon adorned in lush, green moss. Both the fjord and the waterfall are linked to a local legend about a mythical whale that swam up the waterfall into the lake at the top. Eerily enough, whale bones have been found here! Spend some time hiking in the area to enjoy different views of the waterfall and surrounding nature. Before heading to your overnight accommodation, you will also visit the amazing Hraunfossar “’Lava” waterfalls and the Deildartunguhver, the most powerful rushing hot springs in Europe.

Dinner and overnight stay in the Borgarfjordur area.

Hiking information for Glymur waterfall: Distance: 5 km  -  Elevation: 357 m  -  Walking time: About 4 hours

Note: Part of the trail includes walking through a small river on a natural bridge in the water. The crossing is not difficult but good to know about it. (Some people like to carry along a pair of wading shoes to use during this part of the trail, but this is not required)

Remote Westfjords – Stunning Bird
Cliffs - Red Sand Beach –
 Quirky Folk Museum

Day 3: 

Borgarfjordur - Glanni and Grabrok - Vididalur Valley - Hofsos - Siglufjordur

Breakfast at your hotel. Continue your discoveries of Borgarfjordur with a refreshing short walk to Glanni, a multi-tiered waterfall rumoured to be a home for elves and trolls. You will then visit the 3,500 year old Grabrok crater, which has hiking trails taking you to the top of the crater for remarkable views over moss-covered lava fields. The hike up the crater is steep, but steps have built on part of the route to make the hike easier. Continue your scenic journey as you cross Holtavorduheidi plateau, the gateway between North and South Iceland. Head to the Vididalur Valley and its rushing river. Here you will hike in Kolugljufri, a lava rock canyon that leads to a hidden waterfall. Continue to the charming village of Hofsos and take a short stroll down to Stadarbjargarvik inlet to admire a group of beautifully geometric basalt columns located right at sea level. Then drive on to the stunning Trollaskagi (Troll Peninsula) with its amazing views of mountains and fjords, en route to Siglufjordur town.  Overnight stay in Siglufjordur for the next two nights.  

Dinner is on your own at one of the town‘s charming restaurants. Tonight recharge your body and soul with a soak in the hotel’s geothermal hot tubs. With a view over the harbour and the fjord, the hot tubs are a perfect setting for relaxation.


Nature walk information for Glanni waterfall: Distance: 350 m - Elevation: Very little - Walking time: + 10 minutes

Hiking information for Grabrok: Distance: Varies  -  Elevation: 90 m  - Walking time: About 1 hour

Hiking information for Kolugljufur:  Distance: route chosen by guide - Elevation: Very little - Walking time:  30 - 60 minutes

Nature walk information for Stadarvikurbjarg: Distance: Minimal  -  Elevation: Very little - Walking time: 5-10 minutes


Day 4: Siglufjordur – Troll Peninsula Hiking – Local Heritage

Breakfast at your hotel. 

Trollaskagi, The Troll Peninsula, is a hidden gem in Iceland, a bit separated from the rest of the country by its high mountain range. The area is home to numerous little-known hiking routes showcasing the area’s spectacular scenery.

In the morning visit the award-winning Herring Era Maritime Museum, where the harbour atmosphere of the early 20th century is brought to life in three historical buildings.

In the afternoon, take an exciting and scenic hike. This afternoon’s hike is led by an expert local guide who will decide which trail is best to explore based on the experience level of the group and trail conditions. The total hiking time is variable, based on group experience. Those who do not wish to participate in the locally-guided hike can stay behind in Siglufjordur and enjoy a light walk in the scenic areas around the village with the tour group guide.

After an active day in the outdoors, visit the home of a local resident for a home-cooked meal of hearty Icelandic meat soup featuring local ingredients.

Overnight in Siglufjordur, where you can enjoy the hotel’s geothermal hot tubs.

Hiking information for Siglufjordur area: distance - elevation: Varies - Walking time: route chosen by guide, max 4-5 hours

Fjord Sailing - Abandoned Settlement - Arctic Foxes

Day 5: Isafjordur

Breakfast at your hotel. 

 The day begins with spectacular views of mountains and coast as you head along the Troll Peninsula and Eyjafjordur fjord. Make a short stop in Akureyri, the colourful “capital” of North Iceland. After some time to enjoy the atmosphere of this charming town, head to picturesque Godafoss, the ‘Waterfall of the Gods’ before heading to Lake Myvatn Nature Reserve, a geological wonderland of wildly contrasting nature. With the powerful peaks of Mt. Hverfjall and Krafla volcano as a backdrop, Lake Myvatn has a surprising serenity that is ideal for light hiking. Summertime is peak birding season, so it‘s good to have some binoculars on hand to catch diverse species, possibly even the rare Barrow´s golden eye. Begin your Myvatn adventure with a hike to Hverfjall crater. In the vicinity is Dimmuborgir, where you’ll take a walk among strange “Dark Castles” with their rugged stacks of towering rocks.

Next, hike up to Mt. Leirhnjukur hot spring area, which is part of the Krafla volcanic area and teems with ancient lava flows and fissures. Afterwards, visit the Namaskard geothermal field to view boiling fumaroles and violently bubbling pools of mud. The tour will then make a stop at the Myvatn Nature Baths where you can see how the locals benefit from the geothermal activity. There will be a chance for an optional swim in the warm and soothing waters.

Dinner and overnight in the Myvatn area.

Hiking information for Hverfjall: Distance: 4 km - Elevation: 190 m - Walking time: About 2-2,5 hours

Nature walk information for Dimmuborgir: Distance: 2,4 km - Elevation: Very little - Walking time: About 1 hour

Hiking information for Leirhnjúkur: Distance: 5 km - Elevation: 50 m - Walking time: About 2-3 hours

Asbyrgi

Day 6: Holmavik – Laugar Saelingsdal

Breakfast at your hotel. 

Today you will be hiking in the northern part of Vatnajokull National Park, the largest national park in Western Europe. The park is named after vast Vatnajokull Glacier and covers about 14% of Iceland’s surface.

Begin with a trip around the fossil-rich Tjornes Peninsula on the edge of the Arctic Circle to Vatnajokull National Park. Your first discovery in the park is the enormous horseshoe-shaped Asbyrgi canyon. According to Norse mythology, the canyon is the hoof-print left by Sleipnir, the god Odinn‘s magical eight-legged horse. Take a trail leading to the bottom of the canyon with views of an enchanting pond as well as an area where you can look over the canyon. Continue onwards to Hljodaklettar or ‘Echo Rocks’, a distinctive cluster of angular rock columns. The unique shape of the rocks creates interesting acoustics and echoes. Hlodaklettar is near Jokulsargljufur, Iceland‘s longest canyon. The canyon was carved by a river flowing from Vatnajokull Glacier.

Spend the remainder of your afternoon exploring the lush vegetation and forested areas of Hlodaklettar where stones stand like troll sentinels. (hiking route can be adjusted to the level of the group).

The day ends with an unforgettable visit to Europe’s mightiest waterfall, Dettifoss, a thundering cascade of glacial water and mist among shattered cliffs. An easy trail leads you down to the waterfall. Afterwards, return to the Lake Myvatn area for your overnight.

Dinner and overnight in the Myvatn area.

Hiking information for Ásbyrgi: Distance: 1 km - Elevation: Very little - Walking time: About 30 minutes to 1 hour

Hiking information for Hljóðaklettar: Distance: 10 km - Elevation:  50-100 m Walking time:   4-4,5 hours (several trails combined)

Gullfoss

Day 7: Kjolur - Hveravellir – Gullfoss – Geysir

Breakfast at your hotel. 

 Today you will head into the wilderness heartland via Kjolur mountain track. This route goes back to Viking times and heads straight through Iceland’s uninhabited interior highlands, passing between the mighty Langjokull and Hofsjokull glaciers. You will see Iceland‘s true remoteness and nature at its rawest. This area of black sand deserts has numerous scenic walking paths along the way, dotted with hidden geothermal treasures and green oases. The highlands also hold ghost stories tales of outlaws, including the famous couple Eyvindur and Halla. Your group will stop at Hveravellir, a multi-coloured geothermal field with a natural pool that is perfect for a relaxing break.

The Kjolur highland route emerges into civilization again in the Gullfoss and Geysir area. Gullfoss, the majestic waterfall of sparkling mist and golden charm is situated on the Hvita River, which is fed by Iceland’s second largest glacier, Langjokull. The intriguing great Geysir area is nearby, a steamy geothermal field of bubbling mud and high-shooting hot springs.

Dinner and overnight in the Hella area. A perfect way to unwind is a soothing soak in the hotel´s geothermal hot tub and sauna, located in a garden area.  

Landmannalaugar

Day 8: Day in Landmannalaugar

Breakfast at your hotel. Iceland’s southern highlands set a surreal stage for today's adventure. The uninhabited wilderness of Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak reveal geological influences in volcanic craters, multi coloured rhyolite mountains, steaming lava fields, and the ominous Hekla volcano. There are many beautiful walking trails in the area, and a crater-filled lake lush with brown trout. Today your guide will choose the best route for your group based on your overall experience level and trail conditions. Hiking times vary based on route chosen.

Afterwards, enjoy the benefits of this geothermal area with a refreshing swim in Landmannalaugar´s hot-spring fed river, one of the most scenic, unique springs in Iceland.

Overnight in the Hella area. Dinner is on your own.

Hiking information for Landmannalaugar: Distance: 8,5 km - Elevation: About 400 m - Walking time:   5-6 hours (several trails combined)

Seljaland waterval

Day 9: Thorsmork - Seljalandsfoss – Reykjavik

Breakfast at your hotel. Thorsmork Nature Reserve (also known as the Thor’s Playground) should be on every nature lover’s bucket list. This enchanted hidden valley is nestled between two glaciers and protected by rivers and mountains. On the way Thorsmork, stop at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can gain a different perspective by walking behind the curtain of cascading water. Once within Thorsmork, walk along marked trails in the beautiful scenery of delicate trees and green grass surrounded by towering mountains and glacial tongues. Your guide will choose the best route for your group based on your overall experience level and trail conditions. Hiking times vary based on route chosen.

After a beautiful day here, the tour heads to Reykjavik.

Overnight stay in Reykjavik. Dinner is on your own.

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Hiking information for Thorsmork: Distance: 5-6 km - Elevation: About 200-300 m  - Walking time: About 5-6 hours (several trails combined)


Day 10 :  Flight back home

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer to the airport not included, but we would be happy to add it to your trip. 

We recommend you depart from Reykjavik no later than three hours before your international flight.


Prijs per persoon

Juli & augustus              

3.495 € in dubbel te delen

4.645 € in single kamer

01 september

3.283 € in dubbel te delen

3.459 € in single kamer

Included:

  • 8 day guided tour as per itinerary from/to Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 2 nights w/facilities in Reykjavík
  • Accommodation 7 nights w/facilities in countryside
  • Breakfast daily except arrival day
  • 4 dinners in the countryside (day 2, 5, 6 and 7)
  • Icelandic meat-soup dinner at a local’s home (day 3)
  • 4 lunch boxes (day 6, 7, 8 and 9)
  • Hiking in the Siglufjordur area with a local guide (day 3)
  • Entrance to the Herring Era Museum (day 3)
  • Service fee at Landmannalaugar Hot Springs (day 8)

Not included

  1. Flights Brussels to Kefalvik

Optional tours and activities: Booked via your guide at the start of your tour.

Day 5 or 6: Jeep tour in the Lake Myvatn area | 2 - 3.5 hrs  
                    Price for summer 2017: 14.000 ISK

Day 5: Entrance to Myvatn Nature Baths | 1-2 hrs  
            Price for summer 2017: 4.300 ISK

Day 7 or 8: Horse riding tour in the evening | 2 hrs  
                    Price for summer 2017: 10.500 ISK

Data & Taal     dubbel  -  single

16 juni                   Engels              3.495 € per persoon       4.645 €

07 juli                    Engels               3.495 € per persoon       4.645 €

28 juli                    Engels               3.495 € per persoon       4.645 €

11 augustus         Engels               3.495 € per persoon       4.645 €

01 september      Engels               3.283 € per persoon       4.359 €  


Children 6-11 years old travelling with 2 adults and sharing 1 DBL room: 25% discount (valid only per 1 child).

Children 12 years and older pay full price as adults.

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Please note this is a general guide. Actual times may vary based on weather and trail condions. Our expert guides will assess and choose the actual hiking routes and hiking duration for each day based on weather and the fitness/experience level of your group.