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This captivating hike & drive tour takes you deep into the heart of the country’s geothermal paradise. The tour is designed with beginners in mind, ensuring you can explore Iceland’s wonders with ease while maintaining a sense of adventure. Venture into hidden mystical valleys, hike through canyons, and marvel at glacial wonders along the way, concluding your journey with a breathtaking encounter with the explosive prowess of the Fagradalsfjall volcano. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience the best of Iceland’s landscapes in one epic adventure. Embark on an unforgettable immersive journey creating memories that will last a lifetime.

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Adventure highlights

  • Absorb everything Iceland has to offer

    Journey into the heart of Iceland’s geothermal paradise and soak in the incredible contrasts of colors

  • Geothermal paradise

    Traverse everything from black sand beaches and mossy meadows to piping hot volcanoes and daring ice caves

  • Combine exploration with comfort

    60 km of hiking in 6-days, accommodations in hotel rooms and dining in local restaurants

Itinerary

From the picturesque Troll Mountains to the vibrant Rainbow Mountains, this 6-day tour showcases the country's most captivating landscapes. Discover the awe-inspiring Gullfoss waterfall, witness the power of geysers, and explore the fascinating Thingvellir National Park. Savor a farm-to-table lunch at Fridheimar tomato farm and recharge at the cozy mountain huts and hotels.

  • You will meet your guide and the rest of the group in Reykjavik, where you’ll go through the itinerary and, once you’re all set, begin driving along the famous Golden Circle. Stop by the national park Thingvellir and walk between the tectonic plates of the Mid-Atlantic rift and through time as you learn how the Vikings settled Iceland and formed the Althing, the world’s oldest parliament. Watch geysers erupt in the Geysir geothermal area and hike to Iceland’s bluest waterfall, Bruarfoss. In the evening, enjoy a relaxing bath in the geothermal pool. At the end of the day, head to your accommodation for the night, the Highland Base. This warm sanctuary will offer you a place to relax and recharge after dinner at the restaurant.

    Hiking: 5 hrs, 12 km/7.5 miles
    Driving:
    3 hrs, 200 km/124 miles
    Accommodation:
    Highland Base

    Kerlingarfjöll (The Ogress' Mountains), a volcanic mountain range situated in the highlands of Iceland. The shimmering red-orange color of the earth is because of the volcanic rhyolite stone the mountains are composed of. Two excursionists are walking along one of the ridges of the mountain range.
  • After a hearty breakfast, hike deep into the Troll Mountains, where you’ll discover the incredibly beautiful geothermal valley called Hveradalir. The water coming from the depths of the earth delivers all sorts of minerals to the surface that give the valley its colors.  Steaming hot springs and boiling mud pits, blue glacial rivers, colorful hillsides and magnificent mountains all around covered in perennial snow fields. Enjoy vast views of the central highlands and of the two glaciers Hofsjokull and Langjokull. After the hike, drive back out of the highlands, stopping at the powerful Gullfoss waterfall.

    Hiking: 5 – 6 hrs, 12 km/7.5 miles
    Driving:
    2 hrs, 100 km/62 miles
    Accommodation: Highland Base

    Icelandic landscapes are so versatile - volcanoes, glaciers, green mountains and countless waterfalls. You will meet horses and sheep as well
  • Today you’ll drive towards Landmannalaugar highlands, also known as the Rainbow Mountains due to the incredibly colorful mountains found there. Scenic drive into the Fjallabak nature reserve with stops at the jaw dropping Sigoldugljufur canyon and Ljotipollur volcano crater. Hike on the 600-year-old lava field Laugahraun and through the green colored ravine Grænagil to reach the top of Brennisteinsalda volcano. After the hike, drive the moon-like road through Domadalur valley, past the very much active volcano Hekla on the way back to civilization.

    Hiking: 3 hrs, 8 km/5 miles
    Driving:
    4 hrs, 250 km/155 miles
    Accommodation: Midgard Base Camp

    Ljotipollur in the left of the image is a crater of volcanic origin in South Highlands of Iceland. Behind it is Hnausapollur crater.
  • Take a day tour from Midgard into the beautiful hiking paradise of Thorsmork—the Valley of Thor. The only way in is to cross 10 – 15 glacial rivers. The hiker’s paradise Thorsmork has many trails to offer. It is one of the most popular hiking destinations in Iceland, and a favorite of nature lovers and photographers. It is a secluded oasis surrounded by three volcanic glaciers which creates a diverse and contrasting landscape, where lush green valleys meet glaciers and volcanic rocks, the rivers flowing from the glaciers snake their way to the ocean.

    Along the way, you will witness the spectacular beauty of the Merkurker ravine, Gigjokull glacier and Stakkholtsgja canyon. You will hike deep into the Stakkholtsgja canyon to find a hidden gem and then continue to the Hvannargil canyon. Once again, you will retreat to the Midgard Base Camp and recharge your batteries for tomorrow’s adventure.

    Hiking: 5 hrs, 12 km/7.5 miles
    Driving: 2 hrs, 100 km/62 miles
    Accommodation: Midgard Base Camp

    Stakkholtsgjá canyon in Iceland during a beautiful sunny summer morning with sunlight touching the side walls of the canyon.
  • After breakfast, head out for a day tour to the South Coast’s magical waterfalls and black beaches. Sightseeing stops will include the famous Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black sand beach. Next, it’s time to go on the Solheimajokull glacier hike for about 3 hours before heading to the cave that is formed when the melting water has nowhere else to go and returning to the Midgard Base Camp.

    Hiking: 3 hrs, 4 km/2.5 miles
    Driving:
    3 hrs, 200 km/124 miles
    Accommodation:
    Midgard Base Camp

    Aerial view of the Reynisfjara black sand beach with Dyrholaey peninsula in the background. This popular icelandic beach is located near Vik i Myrdal in south Iceland.
  • In the morning, you will say goodbye to Midgard and go on to explore the volcanic Reykjanes peninsula where the last three eruptions in Iceland have taken place. As you drive around, you will witness the magnificent power of Mother Nature as you visit the Raufarholshellir lava tunnel, Krysuvikurkirkja black church and lunar-line Seltun geothermal area. Along the way, you will hike to Fagradalsfjall volcano where there is still steaming hot lava from the 2021 and 2022 eruptions. Once you take in the views and walk on some hardened lava, you will return back to Reykjavik where your adventure ends.

    Hiking: 4 hrs, 12 km/7.5 miles
    Driving:
    3 hrs, 200 km/124 miles

    Erupting volcano in Iceland
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Meet your guides

Maggnus Viking
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Maggnus Viking
Maggnus Viking is sometimes called the Handstanding Viking because he’s often seen upside down on top of a rock or next to a waterfall. He got his rough traditional Icelandic vibe and behavior from his father, and his soft, academic side from his mother. Maggnus loves adventure and socializing—perfectly connected through guiding adventurers through Icelandic wilderness, he’s a commercial pilot, flight instructor, ship captain and a truck driver.
Norse Adventures
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Norse Adventures
Norse Adventures is a family-run guiding service provider focusing on turning travels to Iceland people only dream of into reality. Travel deep into the mountains and hike the roads less traveled to find hidden gems that you will remember for the rest of your life. Norse Adventures are determined to provide the absolutely best support and enthusiasm to make it happen.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 6 days of hiking through Iceland
      • Accommodations for 5 nights in a mountain hut and a hotel
      • Private vehicle for the duration of the trip for all purposes
      • All meals for the duration of the tour
      • Transfer of luggage between huts

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to and from Reykjavik
      • Accommodations in Reykjavík before and after the tour
      • Personal hiking gear
      • Alcoholic beverages
      • Meals before and after the tour
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • This hike is suitable for everyone with a decent fitness level and in generally good health. If you can walk for four to six hours with little elevation gain, you are good to go!
    You’ll be hiking for several hours, covering around 6-12 miles (9.6-19 km) per day with moderate altitude change while carrying a loaded daypack. Your main luggage will be transported with a support vehicle. Keep in mind that you’ll also be covering tricky volcanic terrain, the weather and trail conditions may affect the difficulty and you will encounter several river crossings along the trail.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

      • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
      • Waterproof duffel bag for transporting your overnight gear between huts
      • Quality lightweight hiking shoes with ankle support
      • River crossing shoes — Crocs are a good choice, don’t use open sandals or flip-flops
      • 2-3 pairs of soft wool or fleece hiking socks
      • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear, wool or fleece)
      • T-shirt (thermal underwear, wool or synthetic)
      • Light sweater (wool, fleece or similar)
      • Jacket with a good hood — windproof, waterproof and breathable, GoreTex or similar
      • Hiking pants or shorts, something strong and light that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell
      • Rain trousers — windproof, waterproof and breathable, don’t bring a poncho
      • Warm hat and gloves
      • Hiking poles
      • Light towel, easily packable
      • Sunglasses or ski goggles
      • Sun and lip balm
      • Neck buff
      • Wind- and waterproof protective clothes
      • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
      • Slippers for indoor use
      • Clothes for wearing in the hut/hotel
      • Toiletries (hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
      • Headlamp or flashlight
      • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Your main luggage will be transported with a support vehicle, and you will not have access to it until you reach the huts in the afternoon. Everything needed for the day’s trek must be in your day backpack.

    Please do not bring hard suitcases. A soft duffel bag, ca 60 L, is preferable, and please do not exceed 40 lbs (18 kg) per person. Also, keep in mind that the bags might move around or get wet during transport, so pack accordingly.

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 13:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 5 people for this tour to operate.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking in Iceland can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Keflavík International Airport (KEF). From there, you can take a bus, shuttle, or taxi to Reykjavík.

    You will be meeting your guide at the BSI bus terminal in central Reykjavik, which can be easily accessed by foot or public transportation. From there, you’ll head to the trailhead.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Iceland, please refer to the official guidelines for international travel to Iceland.

  • Iceland, the “Land of Fire and Ice”, has forever lived with volcanic activity. Minor and major eruptions have occurred every few years since the island was formed. Some of Iceland’s appeal, aside from sheer natural beauty, surely stems from this very fact.

    However, every new eruption, such as the recent Reykjanes Peninsula fissure, will make some travelers, tourists, and adventurers uneasy, especially given the fact that sensationalist media is not immune to misinformation and speculation.

    Since we work with a number of expert local guides in Iceland, we thought we’d share their input and fill you in on what’s actually going on.

    First of all, air traffic has not been affected. Flights to and from Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík Domestic Airport are operating as they always do.

    Second, the effects of volcanic activity have been localized, with some roads closed, and all services in Iceland are operating as usual. Reykjavik, the capital, is around 40 km (25 miles) away from the volcanic fissure, and life there is as normal as ever.

    And third, trips offered by 57hours are taking place much further away, and are thereby even less likely to be affected by the volcanic activity, being perfectly safe for adventurers. Naturally, the authorities (and guides) are monitoring the situation and doing everything possible to keep both local residents and visitors safe and well informed.

    In case you have any additional questions or dilemmas, feel free to get in touch with either your guide or 57hours. For more information, please visit:
    https://safetravel.is/
    https://www.visiticeland.com/article/volcano-info

  • Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you’ll be the first one to know. Pick the month that suits you best and we’ll let you know once the dates are live—don’t risk missing out on your bucket list adventure!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
        Once the set dates for the following season are live, you can confirm your booking by the end of this year by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.
      • Once the trip has been confirmed, the regular cancellation policy applies.

    A non-refundable 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies.

      • For cancellations anytime prior to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of seventy percent (70%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • For cancellations thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking.
      • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
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