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3-Day - Iceland’s Highlands and Volcano Adventure | IS-AA-3DHV

Explore The Highlands, Laki and Lakagigar Volcano in Iceland

Overview

Are you ready to explore and hike for three days to discover Vestmannaeyjar Island, puffins, the volcanoes Laki and Lakagígar, Eldgjá Volcanic Canyon, Landmannalaugar, and the Icelandic Highlands on this tour?

Highlights

  • Vestmannaeyjar Islands
  • Puffin Watching
  • Hiking
  • Eldheimar Museum
  • Mt. Eldfell, South Coast Of Iceland
  • Vík Village
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • Eldhraun Lava Fields
  • Mt. Laki
  • Lakagígar Craters
  • Eldgjá Volcano Canyon
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Iceland Highlands
  • Hjálparfoss Waterfall

This tour includes three fabulous days of hiking. You will hike past Vestmannaeyjar Islands and Cape Stórhoefði and then hike up to the mountain of Eldfell Volcano, where you can catch a glimpse of waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. On this tour, you will have the opportunity to see the Lakagígar craters, formed during one of the largest volcanic eruptions in historical times. Finally, you will visit Landmannalaugar, a jewel of the highlands. In Landmannalaugar, you will have the opportunity to explore the Laugahraun lava field, hike to the colorful Mt. Brennisteinsalda and/or swim in a natural geothermal pool. 

  • Small groups (minibus)
  • Personal Experience
  • Expert guides
  • Free Wifi
Availability June - Sept
Duration 3 day
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Easy
Minimum age 8 years
Ratio 1:19 Guide to client ratio
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

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Per Adult
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What's Included

Included

  • Pick-up & Drop-off in Reykjavík
  • 2 Nights of Hotel Accommodation w/ Private Bathroom and Breakfast
  • Guided Small-Group Experience
  • Eldheimar Museum Admission
  • Vestmannaeyjar Ferry
  • Landmannalaugar Facility Fees

What to bring

  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • A waterproof jacket and pants
  • Headwear and gloves
  • Swimsuit
  • Good hiking shoes are recommended

Not Included

  • Meals and drinks (except breakfast)

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About tour / Itinerary

Find out more details about the tour and its highlights.

Information

This 3-day tour combines a visit to Vestmannaeyjar Islands, a hike along the Fjaðrárgljúfur Gorge, a drive along the highlands and exploration of Landmannalaugar and the Laugahraun lava field, a hike to the colorful Mount Brennisteinsalda and/or a swim in a natural geothermal pool.

On the morning of the first day of your tour, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík. The tour will then take you to the southern part of Iceland. The first stop of the day is at the port of Landeyjarhoefn, where you will board a ferry to Vestmannaeyjar Islands. After a 30-minute ferry ride to Vestmannaeyjar Island, you will head straight to the southernmost part of the main island, Cape Stórhoefði. It is an ideal place to get up close to the oldest inhabitants of the island: the puffins. Next, visit Eldheimar Museum, a volcano museum dedicated to the memory of the 1973 volcanic eruption, when the entire population had to be evacuated from the island to the mainland in the middle of the night. After the museum, you have the option of taking a short hike up Mt. Eldfell Volcano or spending some time in town before heading back to the mainland in the afternoon. Once back on the mainland, you'll drive along the south coast of Iceland and get some views of waterfalls, such as Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, and the infamous Mt. Eyjafjallajoekull Volcano, which erupted in 2010. The eruption caused massive disruptions to air travel throughout Europe and North America. We then stop in the picturesque coastal village of Vík, where you will have some time to stroll around the village or walk down to the black sand beach. From Vík, you will drive for about an hour through the lava fields of Eldhraun to your hotel, where you will spend the night. 

Day Highlights
  • Vestmannaeyjar Islands
  • Stórhöfði Cape
  • Eldheimar Museum
  • Mt. Eldfell Volcano
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skógafoss Waterfall
Included
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • One night at a hotel
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur Or similar

After breakfast, begin the day's adventure at the majestic Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. The hike along the canyon is like something out of a fairy tale painting. After exploring the canyon, we continue to less-traveled areas of Iceland, Laki and Lakagígar, which are part of the UNESCO National Park of Vatnajoekull. Once at Laki, we will hike to the top of the volcano, where you will have great views of the area. You will see the Lakagígar craters, formed in an eruption from 1783-1784, one of the largest volcanic eruptions in historical times. The eruption and resulting ash caused a famine in Europe that eventually changed history, as it is said that the famine was the beginning of the French Revolution. We continue through the highlands, making a few shorter stops before rejoining the main road. There we stop at the small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur, where you will have time for a walk. You can check out Systrafoss Waterfall, Systrastapi Rock or Kirkjugólf (Church Floor), which are basalt columns and stone slabs. From there, it is only a short drive back to the hotel. 

Day Highlights
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
  • Laki and Lakagígar
  • Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • Systrafoss Waterfall
  • Systrastapi Rock
  • Kirkjugólf
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour
  • One night in a hotel
Accommodation
Hotel Geirland
Cozy countryside hotel, located only 2 km from Kirkjubæjarklaustur Or similar

In the morning, have breakfast and then check out of the hotel before heading back on the road. We will make our way back to Reykjavík, but we will take you off the beaten path by driving along the scenic F-road known as Fjallabaksleið nyrðri. Our first stop of the day is at Eldgjá Canyon, which is part of the same volcanic system as Katla Volcano. It is the largest volcanic canyon in the world – about 40 km long, 600 meters wide and 270 meters deep. We will hike in the canyon and explore Ófærufoss Waterfall. From Eldgjá, we continue to Landmannalaugar, a pearl of the highlands. In Landmannalaugar, you have the opportunity to explore the lava field Laugahraun, hike to the colorful mountain Brennisteinsalda and/or swim in a natural geothermal pool. After spending about two hours in Landmannalaugar, we will return to Reykjavík before nightfall. Before reaching Reykjavík, we make a short stop at Hjálparfoss Waterfall, located in the Þjórsárdalur Valley. When you are back in Reykjavík in the evening, you will be dropped off at your preferred location. 

Day Highlights
  • Eldgjá Canyon
  • Ófærufoss Waterfall
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Mt. Brennisteinsalda
  • Hjálparfoss Waterfall,
  • Þjórsárdalur Valley.
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Guided Minibus Tour/Return to Reykjavík

Return time: We will return to Reykjavík around 8pm, depending on the conditions.

Pick-up Information: Pick up is at 8:00 a.m. from your hotel or a nearby meeting point in Reykjavík. Picking everyone up can take up to 30 minutes, your patience is much appreciated. Available pick-up points: pick-up list.

Remember to bring: Warm outdoor clothing including layers, thermal underwear (top and bottom), a waterproof jacket and pants, headwear, scarves, gloves, swimsuit and towel.

Frequently asked questions

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

Our multi-day tours will give you a small group experience as they are operated in a mini-bus and you get a better connection with the guide.

By booking a multi-day tour with us, you don’t need to have to worry about finding accommodation during the time of the tour as our multi-day tour includes accommodation which is often booked far in advance. You will get more opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to see on a one day tour. Please be noted that packages do not include accommodation.

All of our tours are English guided so you will have English speaking licensed guide throughout the tour that will tell you everything about what you see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by at to get the absolute best experience.

When booking you are guaranteed accommodation at a friendly country hotel and/or guesthouse. All of the hotels we have partnered up with are all with the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The standard room is a twin room but it is possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking.

Free Wi-Fi, towels, a hairdryer, and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels.

If you want to have your own room than a single supplement is available but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you do not wish to book a single room then you will be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.

Breakfast is included at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant during the tour. Meals and beverages are not included on your tour. However, we will make stops at restaurants and conveniences stores where you are able to purchase all necessities.

The average amount spent on food each day per person is 8,000 ISK (80$). Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are accepted at all restaurants and stores. A small amount of cash won't hurt though.

Breakfast is included at all the hotels/guesthouses we stay during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.

Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch, where you can find a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels/guesthouses we stay at for the night.

For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44lbs).

*The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62in).

*You can store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on the tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in  Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.

*Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.

We welcome all participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. Our average group usually consist of participants between the age of 22-55 years. Although we have people of all ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. We get a lot of solo travelers joining us as well as families and friends.

If you find yourself having difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, then you are more than welcome to skip it. Iceland is surrounded by beautiful scenery so you can explore your surroundings in the meantime r wait elsewhere while others do the activity. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available if requested.

The average is around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You’ll spend approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. Stops are of course made on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks, lunch stops and etc.

We do offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking shoes. These items are available to book under the selection ‘’Extras’’ in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.

If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do that at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts, via our Customer Portal.

We always highly recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30) you should be able to join the tour, but be aware that some risks could follow such as flight gets delayed and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.

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