Perfect for the more active adventurer, this high-octane itinerary takes you through beautiful southern Iceland. Explore some of Iceland's most stunning sites on a partially self-guided hiking and biking tour from the Thórsmörk Valley to the black sands of Reynisfjara to the must-see Skógafoss waterfall. Discover impressive coastlines, thunderous waterfalls, towering ice-caps, and glistening glaciers.

Highlights

  • Go off-roading in the Thorsmork Valley in a Super Jeep
  • Trek the Sólheimajökull glacier and hike the Fimmvörðuháls trail
  • Ride a fat bike on a self-guided adventure

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Super Jeep off-roading and Thorsmork hike Hvolsvöllur
Day 2 Southern coast ice walk and waterfall hike Hvolsvöllur
Day 3 Self-guided fat bike trek; departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Super Jeep Off-Roading and Thorsmork Hike

Cross rugged terrain in a Super Jeep

Meet your guide in the center of Reykjavik and travel to your starting point in Hvolsvöllur, just over an hour southeast of the capital. Hop into your Super Jeep and drive across the wilds of Iceland to reach your hiking starting point in Þórsmörk (Thorsmork). Þórsmörk is located in southern Iceland and is surrounded by the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and two ice-capped volcanoes: Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. 

Breathe in the fresh air and explore the untouched wilderness. On the way in and out of Þórsmörk, you'll stop to appreciate the scenery, like Gígjökull—an outlet glacier close to where Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010. Return to Hvolsvöllur to check in to your accommodation at Midgard Base Camp and relax any tired muscles in their rooftop sauna or hot tub.

Hiking distance: 5 miles
Hiking duration: 
4 hours

Day 2: Southern Coast Ice Walk and Waterfall Hike

Sólheimajökull

Start the day early and make your way towards Iceland's southern coast with a stop at the stunning waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Take in the sights at Reynisfjara and walk its black sand beach with the craggy cliffs of the Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop.

Put your crampons on and join your professional guide for a two-hour walk on the Sólheimajökull glacier before driving to your next location. Stretch your legs and go on a two-hour hike along the Fimmvörðuháls trail to reach the beautiful waterfalls of Skógarheiði — they become ice-caves in the winter! Return to Midgard Base Camp in Hvolsvöllur for the night.

Day 3: Self-Guided Fat Bike Trek 

Ride a fat bike on a self-guided tour

After breakfast, grab your fat bike (a bike with oversized tires built for rugged off-roading) and head 10 miles down a local fishermen's trail to a famous salmon river, Eystri Ranga. Then feel free to explore the local caves. If you are up for more of a challenge, try a three-hour biking route instead and then meet your guide for a short hike up Þríhyrningur Mountain (1476-foot elevation gain). Then head back to Hvolsvöllur for a relaxing swim before catching the bus back to Reykjavik.

Biking duration:2 hours
Hiking distance: 3 miles
Hiking duration:
2 hours

Map

Map of Hiking and Biking Adventure in Southern Iceland - 3 Days
Map of Hiking and Biking Adventure in Southern Iceland - 3 Days