Winter Highlights - ILR54

During the winter, Iceland’s wild and remote highlands are an enchanting frozen wonderland, and this 5 day, 4 night all-inclusive tour will allow you to experience some of the best of it. True to it’s name as the land of fire and ice, you’ll experience frozen landscapes and waterfalls, spouting geysers and natural hot springs. Enjoy the legendary interior areas, Hveravellir and Landmannalaugar, and attractions like the mighty waterfalls, Gullfoss and Háifoss. Activities include, snowshoeing, hot spring bathing and loads of wondrous sightseeing. This is a tour only accessible by specialized super jeeps designed to float on snow, fjord streams and tackle any terrain; all part of the fun. Overnight in cozy mountain huts and enjoy amazing meals. See full description below.

Geysir Geothermal Area
Photo: Gregory Gerault

Geysir Geothermal Area

Super Jeep Adventure
Photo: Gregory Gerault

Super Jeep Adventure

Cosy Mountain Huts
Photo: Gregory Gerault

Cosy Mountain Huts

Photo: Gregory Gerault


Super Jeep Adventure
Photo: Gregory Gerault

Super Jeep Adventure

Super Jeep Adventure
Photo: Gregory Gerault

Super Jeep Adventure

Photo: Gregory Gerault
River Crossing
Photo: Gregory Gerault

River Crossing

Photo: Gregory Gerault


Photo: Gregory Gerault


Photo: Gregory Gerault
Photo: Gregory Gerault


Photo: Jean Marmeisse
Hot Spring Bath
Photo: Jean Marmeisse

Hot Spring Bath

Tour type: Winter super jeep tour into the highlands with snowshoeing




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Adult: 305000

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What's included: Driver-guide, full board, accommodation, sleeping bag and snowshoes

Duration: 5 days, 4 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts sleeping bag accommodation

Pick up: Pick up and drop off at your Reykjavík accommodation

Group size: 4 to 16 participants

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 2-5 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The Icelandic Highlands in Winter
    • Adventurous Super Jeep drinving
    • Snowshoeing through frozen landscapes

    Iceland Winter Discovery 4x4 Highland Adventure

    In winter Iceland’s mountainous interior hides several rare treasures under a layer of snow and ice. Among them Hveravellir and Landmannalaugar with their hot springs, and the famous Geysir and Gullfoss, to name a few. However these magical places are not to easily accessed. That is why on this tour we use impressive 4x4 super-jeeps that have been modified and adapted for winter conditions (raised chassis and giant underinflated tires that allow the vehicles to “float” on the snow) to reach these locations and experience adventures filled with different impressions. Travelling in these vehicles is an adventure in its own right, a ride into an enchanting winter world and sometimes in extreme conditions. At our destinations other adventures await: hiking in snowshoes through landscapes held in winter’s frozen grips, open air baths in natural hot springs, the sight of waterfalls of all shapes and sizes where water and ice form magical sculptures, vapor clouds that burst out from earth’s interior, solfataras, mud pots, and geysers that are strangely spectacular in the winter season. A completely different universe and unique scenery!

    Included : Guide for 5 days, food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5), sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts, cooking gear, transportation.

    Minimum age: 14 years

    Note: For this tour to be confirmed, the minimum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Þingvellir National Park-Deildartunguhver Hot Spring- Barnafoss- Hraunfossar
    Our day begins with a hike in Þingvellir National Park, the site of the old viking parliament and a place of great historic importance. The birth place of democracy in Iceland, it is a symbol and an emblem of Democracy with a capital “D”. The park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is a magnificent location with a beautiful lake skirted by a small canyon, a fissure that is in fact part of the Mid-Atlantic Rift. Next, a visit to Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland, followed by the waterfalls of Barnafoss and Hraunfossar, a row of waterfalls that over a few hundred meters emerge from underneath a lava field. From there we visit one of the numerous lava caves in the region. In winter the caves are decorated with ice stalactites. We stay the night in a hut in the area where a bath in the “hot pots” of a local swimming pool is optional.
    Hiking: 2-3 hrs. total divided into numerous shorter walks.

    Day 2: Hveravellir
    We set course for Hveravellir! Depending on weather and snow conditions, we go north of Langjökull glacier either by route 1 and the mountain road Kjölur (a road that crosses the island from north to south between the glaciers Langjökull and Hofsjökull), or by crossing the lava fields of Hallmundarhraun. Hveravellir is above all known for intense geothermal activity, fumaroles, hot springs and colorful ponds filled with boiling water. We visit the site’s famous hot springs before putting on our snow shoes for a walk to the volcano Strýtur, and majestic views of the icecaps of Langjökull and Hofsjökull. In the evening we relax, soaking in the Hveravellir natural geothermal pool, where on a clear night we might see the Aurora Borealis light up the dark winter sky! Night in a mountain hut.
    Hiking: 3 hrs.

    Day 3: Gullfoss-Geysir-Háifoss waterfall- Þjórsárdalur –Hekla
    From the plateau we descend towards Gullfoss (the powerful “Golden waterfall”) where the turbulent waters of the river Hvítá plunge into a fault (canyon). Then we head to Geysir, which gives his name to all other spouting hot springs in the world! We come to the valley of Þjórsárdalur, which borders the lava field created by the volcano Hekla. We visit the grand waterfall of Háifoss where the water drops down a 122m high cliff, and the small valley Gjáin, before arriving at a hut near Hekla one of the Iceland’s most active volcano. When the Danes ruled the country they believed that its crater was a gateway to the Nether world. The local farmers, clever as they were, told them it was all true, and for that matter, one could hear Danish being spoken down there.  The last eruption goes back to… February 2000! 
    Hiking: 3-4 hrs total, numerous small walks interspersed with transfer in vehicles.

    Day 4: Landmannalaugar
    We head south-west in to Landmannalaugar, a route that in certain conditions will put the capacity of our vehicles to the test!  If weather and snow conditions allow, we visit the immense crater of Ljótipollur before arriving at the mountain hut in Landmannalaugar at the foot of a lava field from an eruption in 1480. After a hike in snowshoes through this extraordinary landscape, of colorful rhyolite mountains, a bath in the warm waters of river that runs next to the mountain hut is an ideal way to end our day. 
    Hiking: 3-4 hrs.

    Day 5: Landmannalaugar-Tungná river- Hjálparfoss waterfall-Reykjvík
    The day begins with a visit to the hot springs that lie at the foot of the hill Reykjarkollur before retracing our steps from the day before in our vehicles. We pass by the crater of Hnausapollar and come down into the great valley of the river Tungná. There, in the past farmers used to cross this vast river on boats with their sheep at the ford of Hófsvað. On the road to Reykjavík we stop at the Hjálparfoss waterfall where one stream splits into a twin waterfall that comes together in a circular basin surrounded by twisted basalt columns that form beautiful asymmetric wall. Arrival in Reykjavík in the late afternoon. 
    Hiking: 2 hrs. 

    This intinerary may change due to weather and conditions.

  • Equipment List

    Equipment list - Discovery Adventure

    Equipment list for Discovery Adventures

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred. 
    • Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material. 
    • Hiking pants.
    • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material. 
    • Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
    • Socks – two to three pairs of hiking socks - Wool or synthetic.
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 

    Other gear:

    • Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres. 
    • Duffel bag for your overnight gear, preferably not a suit-case.  
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses and sun protection. 
    • Water bottle. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Swim suit (depends on tour). 

    Tours in huts

    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for summer tours. Good summer sleeping bag will do for winter tours in huts (depending on tour). 
    • Earplugs 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s). 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.  
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films. 
    • Puffy jacket to throw on during stops (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits (huts). 

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact

  • Gear Lexicon

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  • Map
  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    12.02 - 16.02 2018 Available English/French Select
    26.02 - 02.03 2018 Available English/French Select
    19.03 - 23.03 2018 Two needed to confirm English/French Select
    09.04 - 13.04 2018 Available English/French Select

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