Supreme Iceland- EI121
Super jeep tour to the Highlands, South Coast with Glacier Hike & Aurora hunt
This four day combo tour includes a whole lot of activities! We go on a super jeep tour to Landmannalaugar, do the Golden Circle route, as well as a minibus tour of the south coast with a glacier hike, and a northern lights search in the evenings.
An experience that shows a totally new perspective on winter travelling, where the guests and staff blend together into one, cooperating and taking an active part in all parts of this adventure tour.
Minimum age: 10 years old
Duration: 4 days
Season: Nov - Apr
Pick up: 09:00
*Departures: On Sundays, except during Christmas and New Years.
Map of route: Click here
Transportation, hotel pick up, guided tour
Accommodation and sleeping bags for two nights in a mountain lodge with shared facilities
Meals while in Landmannalaugar (breakfast x2, dinner x2, lunch x1)
Snow scooter driving (when conditions allow) & helmets for the snowmobile ride
One night in a hotel in Reykjavik
All equipment for glacier walking
Bring with you:
Warm layers of clothes, such as wind and rainproof outer shells, warm wool socks, hats and gloves, thermal or wool middle layer and inner layer. Sturdy waterproof hiking boots are a must and it is good to have slippers for the lodge. Travel pillows, ear plugs and pyjamas are also good things to bring along. Don’t forget your bathing suit and a towel.
Please note that we urgently need to know about any special dietary needs or allergies when you book the tour.
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Do as Icelanders do and come with us on a journey full of exciting challenges against the forces of nature, bathe in the stunning geothermal natural pool in the snowy highlands. Enjoy being alone in the wilderness, surrounded only by the stars and watch the northern lights dance in the winter sky.
This tour is full of adventures and constant challenges. You will take on the unpredictable highlands and face new experiences along the way. There are no disappointments, no failures. Everything is a part of the experience, so enjoy the moment!
Day 1-3: Journey to Landmannalaugar
Spend three amazing days on a journey in the Icelandic highlands. You will traverse harsh landscapes, stay in a remote cabin in the arctic wilderness and watch the northern lights dance in the sky, among many other exciting activities.
We start the day by picking you up at your hotel and drive towards the valley of Thjorsardalur. There we get a view to the volcano Hekla, which we will get closer to on our way into the highlands. In earlier times, Hekla was believed to be the gateway to Hell. This cone shaped volcano is made up of a series of ridges and it is one of Iceland's most famous and active volcanoes. Hekla last erupted in the year 2000, for 11 days.
We drive along the River Thjorsa, the longest river in the country. We drive into the valley of Thjorsardalur, stopping by Hjalparfoss Waterfall - the Helping Falls, which is where travellers used to let their horses graze in the last lush area before heading across the sandy desert of Sprengisandur.
We have lunch in Hrauneyjar Highland Center. This will be the last stop before we enter the real highlands at Fjallabak Nature Reserve. We drive through vast lava fields, which are most often covered by snow at this time of year. We pass Lake Hnausapollur and Lake Ljotipollur and have a stop at Lake Frostastadavatn. The surrounding mountains and strange rock formations are reflected in the mirror like surface of the lake when the weather is calm - an excellent photo opportunity.
Finally, we get to Landmannalaugar, which will most likely be snow covered. But the steep rhyolite mountains and rough lava fields are visible, highlighting the geothermal activity of the area, where hot springs and naturally heated rivers criss-cross the land at every turn.
After the drive you will be able to relax in the geothermally heated pool whlist your driver-guide prepares dinner from premium Icelandic ingredients. And If we are lucky with the weather, we can go outside and check if the Northern Lights show up. If they do not show up it is still spectacular to view the stars shining extra bright so far away from the light pollution of civilization.
The lodge is heated and kept warm all year and is especially inviting for visitors on cold days in the Icelandic winter. The lodge has two floors; downstairs there is a large sleeping area with bunk beds, a large and spacious kitchen, a cozy sitting area and the mud room. Upstairs there are three separate sleeping areas. The lodge is heated with geothermal heat and the kitchen is equipped with gas. The lavatories are in a small building located next to the main building.
Many travellers begin their day by bathing in the geothermal pool before breakfast, and start wondering where the heat comes from. The mountains encircling the area are mostly formed from sour magma which was cooked in the magna chamber of a volcano located at the glacier of Torfajokull, south of Landmannalaugar. The Torfajokull area is the country’s second largest high temperature geothermal area. The sour magma and the geothermal heat are located within a huge chamber - the largest of its kind in Iceland.
During breakfast we go over the schedule of the day, which is based on the snow conditions, weather and of course your own preferences. Some examples of the activities that are available: a snowmobile tour in the area, a hike to the one of the numerous interesting locations nearby or a ride with your guide in the modified Super Jeep to nearby lakes and interesting locations. Or if you’re in the mood for relaxation, just stay put and bathe in the hot pool outside, enjoying the peace.
For dinner we prepare a delicious barbecue dinner, enjoy life in the lodge, embrace the solitude and, of course, partake in geothermal bathing in the pool.
We begin our last day in Landmannalaugar by eating breakfast, before heading out to the dam at Hrauneyjar. Once there, we take a look around and stop for lunch. From there we drive through Thjorsardalur on to the Golden Circle route, the most popular tourist route in Iceland.
Our first stop on the Golden Circle is the majestic Gullfoss Falls ("Golden Falls"), in the glacial river Hvita. The river flows from the lake Hvitarvatn and the glacier Langjokull, the second biggest glacier in Iceland. Gullfoss is 32 metres high but it plunges in two stages (11 m and 21 m).
Next we stop at the geothermal field of Geysir, where you can find hundreds of hot springs of all types – a few of them geysers. Geysir is one of the most famous hot springs in the world. It is sometimes referred to as The Great Geysir, and was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser (a spouting hot spring) derives from the Icelandic name “Geysir”.
We then head on to the third main stop of the Golden Circle, the national park of Thingvellir. Sometimes called the heart of Iceland, Thingvellir has a history that goes back to the first settlers of Iceland and was declared a National Park in 1930.
A law was passed designating Thingvellir as "a protected national shrine for all Icelanders, the perpetual property of the Icelandic nation under the preservation of parliament, never to be sold or mortgaged".
Weather conditions, snow and general road conditions all play a big role in our tour. Therefore, the travelling time can vary greatly. The time of arrival in Reykjavik is estimated to be in the early evening, at dinner time.
Day 4: South Coast, Glacier Hike & Aurora hunt
On this fourth day of the tour, we explore the South Coast of Iceland, which is full of natural wonders to look at. We will go glacier hiking, see beautiful waterfalls, visit a black-sand beach and then go out and look for the Northern Lights if possible.
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