Iceland Driving, Hiking, Camping

  Group of 2 friends visited Iceland in June 2017

“Hello!

A friend and myself are traveling within the dates specified and are looking for a good itinerary to follow. We're primarily going for the landscape and would primarily like to hike, camp in remote, interesting areas and coastlines as well as maybe a couple day trips to see the surrounding areas and culture. We are primarily interested in what appears to be the beauty of the North but are open to suggestions.

We have our own camping equipment but am happy to pay a fee for booking an itinerary with you that involves the car rental as we have not yet found one with a half-decent price for this time! Thank you in advance.”


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Remote Iceland: Þórsmörk and Hornstrandir

Day 1: Arrival and Downtown Reykjavik
Day 2-4: Hiking in Þórsmörk, "Valley of Thor"
Day 5: Back to Reykjavik, Flight to the Remote Westfjords
Day 6-7: Hornstrandir Traverse
Day 8: Return from Hornstrandir
Day 9: Flight to Reykjavik
Day 10: Departure

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Chris McCarty - Iceland Travel Specialist

Hi Brendan, welcome to kimkim! I'm Chris and I will be your kimkim travel specialist for your trip to Iceland. I’ll work with you to put together a great custom itinerary for your trip this summer.

With 15 days I would recommend the ring road, and you can spend more time in the north which will have fewer tourists and be great for those dates because there will be very long days.

If you are interested, there are also some multi-day treks in that area. Or if you prefer just day hikes I can recommend those as well.

Traveler

Hi Chris!

That sounds like a plan. The multi-day treks sound very interesting. We'd love to see what places and activities you would recommend! I'm hoping I've provided a decent amount of information to get us started?

Thanks, Brendan

Chris McCarty - Iceland Travel Specialist

Hi, I will send you some more information on a few multi day treks later today. I just got back from a trip last night so I am running a bit behind due to that, but will get you more information on the different multi-day hikes soon.

Here are some trek options, and I can add more details later for each of them

Hornstrandir Nature Preserve (Westfjords) 
Ásbyrgi Canyon to Dettifoss 2 day hike 
Hut to Hut Hiking in the Eastern Fjords 
Nupstaðaskogar - Skaftafell (5 days) 
Laugavegur Trail (4-5 days from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork)

Chris McCarty - Iceland Travel Specialist

Please let me know if any of these sound good to you and I'll focus more there.

Traveler

Hey Chris, just finished reviewing. Looks amazing. The Hornstrandir looks amazing. Is there a way to plan a multi day hike in this are? The coast lines and Icelandic dessert in the Westfjords area have become a must-see! The laugavegur trail also looks great and was the second one we would do if we had time. One, thing is that we wanted to be able to go at our own pace without a group tour scenario. We're fine to pack food, heaters and everything we need as we've made longer trips before but always on our own. Hopefully this won't be an issue? Thanks!

Traveler

Anything coastal or untouched nature/landscape is what we're really looking forward to, so that looks like it fits the bill. Your article "7 Days Exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Westfjords, and Golden Circle" looks like it also has some excellent places that we'd like to visit. I'm looking forward to what you can come up with! Thank you

Chris McCarty - Iceland Travel Specialist

For Hornstrandir, we work with a local guide company that runs guided treks from 1 day up to 7 days.

It is also possible to go to Hornstrandir and only book the ferry. This is a wilderness hiking area, there are no trails or marked hiking tracks, so people have to have some experience with that and plan ahead. Also there is almost no phone/internet connection there. That said, many hikers do visit Hornstrandir on their own.

Laugavegur is the most popular trek route, which means you will see more people. There are also guided tours there where you can carry just day packs. Or you can do it on your own and either camp in tents or in the mountain huts while you are there.

If you plan for about 4 days on Laugavegur, and 3-4 around Hornstrandir you will have about a week in addition to that. You could start with a day in Reykjavik, a couple days in the volcanic Snaefellsnes Peninsula, then 1-2 days in the Westfjords, do the Hornstrandir trip, drive south and hike around Landmannalaugar and Thorsmork, and then head back to Reykjavik. You will also avoid a good portion of the south coast and golden circle which will have the biggest crowds at this time.

If this sounds like a good plan, I can start putting together the custom itinerary with more details and logistics for you.

Traveler

Hey Chris, just going to make a final review later today with my partner. 

Traveler

We also wanted to see if we could book our car through you as well as it appears we are going to have a tight schedule and dont want to make any mistakes. Thanks

Chris McCarty - Iceland Travel Specialist

Hi Brenda, I'll made the change. I can book the accommodations and car rental for you once we settle on which days you will need the accommodations vs. camping on the treks. If you're interested, we have a partner in Isafjordur that runs kayaking tours and guided hikes of Hornstrandir. They can probably lead a guided trek with just the two of you if that's something that will interest you.

Traveler

Hey Chris. That sounds good. We've had a chat and are happy to go with a group. Being with just the guide would be a bit odd hahaha. We're just buying the tickets in the next couple days. I'm happy to pay for the itinerary now, but shouldn't we get a day-by-day overview first or how does it work? We wouwld like to spend the first night in Reyjkavic if possible, and the last night as well.

Thanks.
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Traveler Review

Amazing specialist helping us out and made it a really special and exciting trip tailored just the way we wanted. Thank you to his dedication!

Again, fantastic specialist and was 100% the reason our trip was so perfect. Big thanks to him in particular. Chris is who really made the trip awesome and ensured that personally.