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ICELAND

Northern Countryside & Highlands

Summer in north Iceland
from £2461 6 nights | July 2018 Exc. flights See price details
  • Departs:
  • July 2018

Overview

Traverse Iceland’s spellbinding interior not once, but twice, on this spectacular 4WD escorted tour. With one of the country’s top guides at the wheel of your luxury Mercedes supertruck, you’ll follow ancient routes across the volcanic Highlands, explore the geothermal wonders of Lake Myvatn and visit the fascinating fjord-side towns of Akureyri and Siglufjordur.

Highlights

  • Travel the iconic Kjolur and Sprengisandur routes across the interior
  • Experience the volcanic deserts, hot springs and icecaps of the Highlands
  • Explore the volcanic and geothermal scenery around Lake Myvatn
  • Visit the picturesque towns of Akureyri and Siglufjordur
  • Experience the thrill of travelling by luxury 4WD supertruck
  • Travel in a small group of up to 10 with a leading expert guide

Your expert guide

The grandson of one of Iceland's pioneers of Highland driving, Gudmundur 'Gummi' Gunnarsson is your guide on this special holiday. His personal connection to the country and years of experience means you'll be in the safest hands whilst enjoying a thrilling journey. Driving an amazing 4WD Mercedes Benz supertruck, Gummi will not only show many of the north's iconic sights, but also share some of it's hidden treasures tackling rugged Highland tracks.

I know my homeland and have driven everywhere in Iceland - the places not in the guidebooks are best. I always keep my passengers happy but the landscape makes them happier. You cannot beat it!

Across the Highlands – and back again

This weeklong Highlands odyssey is bookended by two exciting crossings of the interior. You’ll start by traveling north on the Kjolur route, scaling a volcanic plateau between the Langjokull and Hofsjokull icecaps, with a stop at the Hverarellir hot springs. Then, towards the end of your trip, you’ll return south across the Highlands on the Sprengisander route – originally used as a horse trail between North Iceland and the ancient midsummer assembly at Thingvellir. Travelling in style aboard a specially adapted Mercedes supertruck with 42-inch tyres and raised suspension, this expert-guided trip takes you to the heart of the Land of Fire & Ice.

Lake Myvatn and the north

Once you reach the north, you will have several days to enjoy its stunning coastline and rugged hinterland. As well as dawdling through the fishing villages of Siglufjordur and Dalvik, there’s an opportunity to explore Akureyri – capital of North Iceland – with its shops, cafes, cathedral and botanical gardens. At Lake Myvatn, meanwhile, you can see everything from steaming vents and black lava fields to pseudocraters, basalt towers and lava caves. The lake is also an internationally important nesting site for dozens of species of waterbirds. The great waterfall of Dettifoss – hurling 200 cubic metres of water into the Jokulsa Canyon every second – is just a short drive away, while a longer day will be spent on a classic journey into the interior to the giant caldera of Askja.

Itinerary & Accommodation

Day 1: arrive in Iceland
On arrival at Keflavik airport, transfer to Reykjavik city and overnight at Hotel Klettur.
Day 2: Kjolur route
Meet the guide and the rest of the group in the hotel reception and board the luxury 4 wheel drive mini bus. A stop will be made where you can purchase your lunch for today, then head north and enter the ancient Kjolur route into the Highlands between the glaciers Langjokull and Hofsjokull. The track takes you into a very different world where you will cross rivers and enjoy stunning scenery. You will also have a chance to bathe in the natural hot spring of Hveravellir, before re-joining civilisation in the town of Saudarkrokur where you will spend the night at Hotel Solarborg.
Day 3: Siglufjordur - Akureyri - Godafoss - Myvatn
Travel east passing through the idyllic waterfront towns of Siglufjordur and Dalvik, before arriving in the town of Akureyri, the picturesque main town of northern Iceland. Enjoy a stroll, visit the botanical gardens - which boast examples of every species of plant native to Iceland - the Cathedral and the main street with its many cafes and shops. Stop at Godafoss, a mesmerising symmetrical waterfall, much loved by photographers. Finally continue east to Myvatn where you will be based for the next 3 nights.
Day 4: Askja - Holuhraun
Head south to visit Askja, a crater formed by the 1875 eruption which led to the mass emigration of many Icelandic people. The region to the south of Askja is also home to one of Iceland's newest attractions, a lava field created by the volcanic eruption at Holuhraun, part of the Bardarbunga volcanic system, which first started releasing its fiery molten rock in August 2014.
Day 5: explore Lake Myvatn
Spend the whole day exploring this fascinating region, including visits to the eerie mud pools of Namaskard and the bird watching paradise on the shores of the lake. There's also an opportunity to enjoy a dip in the milky geothermal waters of the Myvatn Nature Baths (bathing fee payable locally, approximate cost of £31pp).
Day 6: Sprengisandur route
This full day of remarkable travelling is just as much about the drive itself as it is about the views you will see along the way. The Sprengisandur route is a formidable challenge with its rough undulating surfaces and hazardous river fords, but the might of the Mercedes powered engine and the wisdom and vast experience of your driver guide will ensure you can simply sit back and enjoy the ride. After navigating the track between the Vatnajokull and Hofsjokull icecaps, take a well earned rest in the relaxing and comfortable facilities of Hotel Highland, your accommodation for the evening.
Day 7: depart Iceland
Leave Hotel Highland after breakfast and take a brief tour of the sights around the Reykjanes Peninsula, including the bubbling mud pools of Krysuvík and a walk across the bridge between two continents (stops are weather and time dependant), before reaching Keflavik Airport in time for you flight home.

Accommodation Options

This itinerary is based on the hotels shown below in rooms with private facilities. We offer a wide range of accommodation from farms to self catering cottages, budget hotels to luxury properties, ask our Iceland experts for recommendations.

Hotel Laxa, Myvatn

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Opened in summer 2014, this 3-star hotel near Lake Myvat…

Hotel Highland

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

Found in a stunningly remote yet easily accessible locat…

Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik

  • Grade: Standard
  • Type: Hotel

A quick drive from downtown Reykjavik, the 166-room Hote…

Prices & Dates

Airfares start from around £100 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price.

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Departures - Summer 2018

These are starting prices in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

Departure DateTwinSingleAvailability
28 July 2018 £2,461 £2,999 Available

Price includes 6 nights accommodation in room with private facilities on a full board basis (inclusive of dinner on day 2 to lunch on day 7); services of a driver guide.

Price excludes any optional excursions; all drinks with evening meals.

  • Group Size: minimum 8, maximum 10 participants.
  • Dining: dinner is a 3 course set menu or buffet, for most evening meals arrangements are made for participants to dine as a group, lunch is a packed lunch.

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