This 4-day itinerary offers an introduction to the highlights of southern Iceland, keeping the active adventurer in mind. Experience awe-inspiring landscapes like glaciers, lava-flows, cascading waterfalls, and geothermal pools and rivers, ending each day in search of the Northern Lights. Hike, bike, and stroll as you traverse the rugged lands of Iceland, on foot or in a Super Jeep outfitted for the rough terrain.

Highlights

  • Go on a Super Jeep adventure in Þórsmörk
  • Watch a (weather permitting) magical Northern Lights display
  • Explore the Eyjafjallajökull volcano
  • Hike Reykjadalur and bathe in a geothermal river

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Reykjavik Midgard Base Camp, Hvolsvöllur
Day 2 Explore the South coast & glacier hike Midgard Base Camp, Hvolsvöllur
Day 3 Super Jeep in Þórsmörk & explore the Highlands Midgard Base Camp, Hvolsvöllur
Day 4 Reykjadalur or Golden Circle; departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Iceland!

Reykjanesskagi
Acidic hot springs in Reykjanesskagi

Arrive at the airport in Reykjavik bright and early and meet your guide. Drive a short distance south to explore the Reykjanesskagi (Reykjanes Peninsula), which has been described as looking like the surface of the moon! On route, stop for lunch to sightsee and you'll begin to understand what Iceland is all about: the landscape and the geothermal power beneath its surface.

Continue on to Midgard Base Camp, located in Hvolsvöllur, and visit the Lava Center before enjoying an Icelandic dinner back at Base Camp and getting to know the rest of the group. Take a short, post-dinner stroll or relax in the rooftop hot tub and sauna with a potential magic show of the Northern Lights.

Day 2: South Coast and Glacier Adventure

Ice trekking in Sólheimajökull
Ice trekking in Sólheimajökull

Start the day right with a delicious breakfast buffet at Midgard Base Camp before heading out to explore the beautiful southern coast. Possible stops include Seljalandsfoss waterfall (you can walk behind it!), Skógafoss waterfall, black sand beaches, Reynisfjara, Vík, and Dyrhólaey. Visit the Sólheimajökull outlet glacier and witness the ongoing changes of the glacier. Or better yet, fasten your crampons and take a short hike on the ice to get a better understanding.

Return to Base Camp in the afternoon and take a dip in the heated swimming pool. Depending on your energy level in the evening, have a drink at the bar, or go for an evening bike ride with the Northern Lights as a backdrop.

Day 3: Þórsmörk Super Jeep Adventure & Hidden Highlands

Traversing the elements in a Super Jeep
Traversing the elements in a Super Jeep

After breakfast, head out to Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) in a weatherproof off-roading Super Jeep. Explore the changing landscape, due to continued volcanic eruptions. The most recent was Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010. Stop by the Gígjökull glacier where the eruption first started. Spend the evening as you please: hang out in the Lava Center, swimming pool, hot tub, or sauna — or go on an evening hike possibly admiring the Northern Lights.

Day 4: Reykjadalur or Golden Circle

Geothermal pool, Reykjadalur valley, Southern Iceland
Geothermal  pools in Reykjadalur

Weather permitting, drive to Reykjadalur (Steam Valley) — suitably named for its geothermal activity — and relax in a hot spring. If the weather does not allow for a geothermal swim, explore the Golden Circle and the Þjórsárdalur valley before returning to the airport in the evening.

Map

Map of Winter Northern Lights Adventure - 4 Days
Map of Winter Northern Lights Adventure - 4 Days