Day 1: Early morning departure from Reykjavík towards the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park. After a short hike there the road takes us to Geysir geothermal area before continuing to the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Next, the highland track of Kjölur brings us to Kerlingarfjöll mountains one of Iceland´s greatest geothermal area. Night in a hut.
Driving: 4 hrs
Walking: 3 hrs combining several stops.
Day 2: The day is spent exploring the magnificent landscape of Kerlingarfjöll by foot. Here the contrast of snow and ice and the hot springs are painted in their fullest glory, in a colorful landscape of red, yellow, ochre brown rhyolite mountains. We enjoy the views towards Iceland’s second and third largest glaciers of Hofsjökull and Langjökull. Night in a hut.
Walking: 6 to 7 hrs
Day 3: On the Kjölur track we continue northwards to Hveravellir where one of Iceland´s finest hot spring zone is to be found. There a short stop will allow us to enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural hot pool enjoying the nature around us. From Hveravellir the track slowly descends north to Skagafjörður where we turn east towards Akureyri and the region of Lake Mývatn, stopping by at the Goðafoss waterfall. Night at a hostel.
Day 4: A day devoted to the exploration of the famous nature reserve Lake Mývatn. First a walk up to the Hverfjall crater and over to the black lava formations at Dimmuborgir before heading to the Krafla volcano for a second walk. On the way to Krafla we will take an obligatory stop to take a look at the solfataras of Námaskarð. The Krafla area had nine different eruptions from 1975 to 1984 and the lava is still warm in places, emitting steam creating an otherworldly atmosphere. Night at a hostel.
Driving: Approx.2 hrs.
Walking: 6 hrs
Day 5: Heading back into the highlands we pass by the Nature reserve of Herðubreiðarlindir and its crystal clear springs. At Herðubreiðarlindir an ingenious outlaw survived a hard winter by using his skills and the endless supply of clean water. Even though we might not be happy with his amenities today it is still a sight to see. In the afternoon we tie up our boots on and walk over the Dyngjufjöll mountains enjoying the strange feel of the otherworldly landscape. Once on the rim of the Askja caldera spectacular views are ours to enjoy and Askja´s a mystical aura won’t leave anyone untouched. Before leaving this magical place it is possible to bath in the crater Víti (21 to 24°C). Night at Drekagil hut.
Driving: 4 hrs.
Walking: 4 hrs
Day 6: Today the infamous track of Gæsavötn is on the agenda. The crossing of the deserts north of the Vatnajökull will be quite a challenge for our 4x4 minibus. This rough track leads through lava fields and black sand deserts, past craters of all sizes, through rivers and over rocks. The mighty Vatnajökull glacier is our constant companion throughout the day and the extraordinary Urðarháls crater is a must visit.
Continuing on we arrive at the central Highlands at Nýidalur. In Nýidalur, the new valley (800 m.s.l.) over 50 vascular plants have been found, making it quite an oasis in this vast black desert. Night in a mountain hut.
Day 7: Continuing our track from Nýidalur through the largest sand deserts in Iceland with stunning views to glaciers and mountains in the distance. Coming down into the Fjallabak Nature Reserve we arrive at Landmannalaugar where we spend a few hours walking to enjoy the colors of this world famous rhyolite massif. Night in a mountain hut at Landmannalaugar.
Driving: 4 hrs.
Walking: 3-4 hrs
Day 8: We will spend the day exploring the incredible surroundings of Landmannalaugar and take a dip in the thermal river before we take the bus back to Reykjavík. Arrival in the evening.