“See the highlights of a country rooted deep in culture and its relationship to the environment!”
Return to nature in the country where each moment brings you into contact with your roots. Landscapes of breath-taking beauty and drama turn the most sceptical into nature lovers and poets here. Tales of the hidden folk will make you believe in fairies and you will fall asleep at night dreaming of the stars and the shimmering northern lights. This short package will give you a taste of the wonders that Iceland has to offer: from geothermal baths and lava caves to glimmering glaciers and vast black-earth valleys. Spend nights adventuring in search of the Northern Lights or unwinding in the roof-top hot tub to see if the magic comes to you. Though short, this adventure is one you will never forget!
Your accommodation for this trip has been certified by Vakinn, the official tourist board for quality and sustainable travel in Iceland. The certificate requires the holder to meet a number of criteria. At the lowest level, this includes recycling facilities for waste and responsible treatment of the region (e.g. by supporting development, nature conservation, and/or community projects in the area) alongside numerous other initiatives.
Arrive at Keflavík International Airport before 11 AM. Your guide will welcome you to the country. On your way south, you will explore the Reykjanes Peninsular. This dramatic landscape is home to the famous Blue Lagoon, active volcanoes, and windswept fishing villages. You will stop for lunch and do some sightseeing to get a feel for the country that is ice-encrusted and bubbling with geothermic power beneath. Depending on what time your flight comes in, you may have time, on arriving at Midgard Base Camp, to explore the incredible Lava caves only a few minutes walk away. You will have some time to settle in and rest after your flight before an Icelandic dinner at the base camp where you can get to know the rest of the group. A clear night sky and a promising forecast will see you packing your bags and heading out to search for the Northern Lights shimmering overhead. Of course, if you are tired from your travels and not willing to head out again so soon, you are free to relax in the hot tub on the roof and see if the lights come to you!
With all the energy you’ll use to explore and keep warm, you’ll want to fuel up. Fortunately, you will have a delicious breakfast to enjoy at base camp before you head out on an adventure! You will spend the day roaming the south coast. Possible stops include Skógafoss waterfall, Seljalandsfoss waterfall (you can walk behind it!), black sand beach, Vík, Reynisfjara, and Dyrhólaey. In the afternoon, fasten on your crampons at the Sólheimajökull outlet glacier. You’ll be going on a short glacier hike! This is a poignant place, as you will be able to witness for yourself the ongoing changes to the glaciers. You guide will introduce you to this ever-changing, shimmering and ethereal landscape. If time, light, and weather allow, you will head all the way to Vik. Iceland will introduce you to a life that is shaped by natural forces just as our ancestors’ were. Heading back to Midgard basecamp, we recommend you check out the local outdoor (but heated!) swimming pool and the hot tubs and saunas dotted around it. In the evening, you will enjoy another delicious meal. Some activities will be offered depending on how enthused or tired your group is feeling. You may head outdoors for more exploring but if everyone is a little tired, you will have a chance to gather around the bar and exchange stories. Once again, if the forecast is promising, you will head out in search of the Northern Lights or enjoy them from the rooftop hot tub.
After breakfast on day three, layer up and get ready to head out to Þórsmörk, the valley of the Thunder God Thor. This dramatic valley of dark earth, meandering rivulets, and roaring glacial rivers is a sight to take your breath away. Specked with lush green moss, fern, and birchwood, it is not hard to see why landscapes like this are said to be the home of faerie folk. On your way along the valley, you will visit the active volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. Stop by the outlet glacier Gígjökull where Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption was first seen. In the evening, there is still the chance to visit the pool or lava caves or, if you have the energy, you are invited to go on a bike tour around the Hvolsvöllur area. As with the two previous nights, you will search for the Northern lights in the forecast is good.
Undoubtedly this trip will pass in a flash but you will be able to fill your time to the full. There are a number of options for today. You will likely head out on a hike to Reykjadalur, the geothermal area, to enjoy the natural baths. If the weather is bad, there are options to visit the Golden Circle, Þjórsárdalur valley, or more… In the afternoon, you will take a transfer to Keflavík International Airport (KEF) for a flight at 7 pm or later. Alternatively, if you wish to extend your stay in Iceland, let us know and we will find somewhere new for you to explore. If you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon (advanced booking required) then you can be dropped here instead.
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- Reykjavík/airport pick up on day 1 and drop off in Reykjavík/airport on day 4
- Accommodation in bunk beds (6-bed dorm) at Midgard Base Camp. To upgrade to a private double room with a private bathroom the price is £117 per person for all the nights (based on two people deciding on this). To upgrade to a family room for four people with a shared bathroom the price is £86 per person (based on four people deciding on this).
- Guided tours all days
- Ice walk
- Northern light evening tour - given a good forecast
- All meals (except breakfast on arrival day and dinner on departure day)
- Personal expenses