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South Coast Camping Tour


Highlights

  • Fantastic all-around introduction to Iceland
  • See geysers, hot springs, glaciers and iceberg lagoons
  • Explore Iceland's lava fields, kaleidoscope-colored landscapes, and villages
  • Enjoy our basecamp accommodations and fantastic cuisine
  • Go on a variety of hikes throughout the South Coast area of Iceland
  • Enjoy our exceptional service and expert guides


Description

The South Coast Camping Tour is perfect for first time visitors to Iceland looking to have a fantastic hiking experience; explore an amazing diversity of scenery, sites and highlights; have an all-around outdoor experience; and take advantage of the most affordable way to experience the wonders of the South Coast! This tour combines stunning day hikes to must-see Icelandic destinations including glaciers, waterfalls, lava fields, geothermal features, black sand beaches, glacial lagoons with icebergs and wildlife, mountains with phenomenal views and more! We also visit several small Icelandic villages that our guests love! Each evening we enjoy hearty dinners prepared by your guide and comfortable basecamp amenities. This tour is the total Icelandic package!!!

Another major highlight of this tour is the fascinating knowledge your guide will pass on to you as you hike - information about the geology, ecology, glacial history, volcanic activity, and climatic phenomena of Iceland. We'll also discuss the human habitation of Iceland, which began in the 9th century when the Norse created permanent settlements on the long-uninhabited island.

Don't miss this extraordinary Iceland hiking experience - give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) to learn more or book your spot today!

This trip is officially operated by Wildland International, a partner company of Wildland Trekking. Click here to read more about Wildland International.


 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

On this Iceland hiking tour, we provide you with a shuttle voucher to get from Keflavik International airport in Reykjavik, Iceland to tonight's hotel. After checking into your hotel room (included), you are free to explore the capital city on your own. Reykjavik’s city center is small and you can travel everywhere on foot. Your guides will designate a time to conduct the pre-trip orientation meeting and check into our hotel rooms. The orientation meeting is time to ask questions, meet the other guests, check over gear, and review the itinerary. Icelandic weather can be cold and rainy so be sure to follow the gear list closely! After the orientation meeting, we’ll give you some of our favorite recommendations for a quintessential Icelandic dinner (not included).

NOTE: If your flight lands in the morning, your hotel room will not be ready for you to check in. However, you will be able to store your luggage and start your city exploration.


Day 2

Driving Duration: 4-5 hours
Hiking Mileage: <1 mile
Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
Trekking Duration: 1-2 hours


This morning, we will pick you up at your hotel and begin driving to the Icelandic country side along the South coast. After passing a few villages, we will reach the wonderful Seljalandsfoss waterfall and keep heading east along the Southern coast and its black sand beaches. After a couple more waterfalls, we will check out the Dyrholaey cliffs or the Reynisfjara black sand beach. We will continue on to the village of Vik, where the scenery changes dramatically. We will encounter vast moss-covered lava fields and immense glacial deposits. Continuing on, we will reach the Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park, where we will set up our Base-camp for 3 nights.


Day 3

Driving Duration: minimal
Hiking Mileage: 5-10 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 3000 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-7 hours


Today’s hike is dedicated to the Skaftafell area. After breakfast we will head to the Svartifoss waterfalls and on toward a glacial valley (Morsardalur) or a summit overlooking a glacier (Kristinartindar), and snow covered peaks.


Day 4

Driving Duration: 1-2 hours
Hiking Mileage: 4-6 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
Trekking Duration: 3-5 hours


This morning we journey to a world of ice! Along the southern shore, we will travel East between snow covered peaks, glaciers, and the coastline on the other side of the road. We will arrive at Jokulsarlon, an amazing glacial lagoon. Arctic terns, great skuas, geese and Eider ducks are a few birds we are likely to see today. We will head back to our base camp for our last night in the Vatnajokull National Park.


Day 5

Driving Duration: 3-4 hours
Hiking Mileage: 2-5 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 1500 feet
Trekking Duration: 3-5 hours


This morning we will break down base camp and head west to the highlands of the famous Fjallbak area. We will take a beautiful hike to the stunning Eldgja Chasm. We will then keep driving north on an unpaved road, cross a dozen or so creeks, traverse gorges and valleys and finally reach Landmannalaugar, where we will set up camp for 2 nights and unwind in the hot springs!


Day 6

Driving Duration: minimal
Hiking Mileage: 4-12 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 2400 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-8 hours


After breakfast, we will begin our hike through stunning and colorful rhyolite mountains, obsidian lava fields and geothermal features. We will have a lunch break in the middle of the day before continuing on. There is nothing better than a soak in the hot creek upon return from our day hike. We will have dinner and your guides will tell you the plan for the next day.


Day 7

Driving Duration: 4 hours
Hiking Mileage: 1 mile
Elevation Gain/Loss: minimal
Trekking Duration: 1-2 hours


After breakfast, we will break down camp and get back on the Domadalur dirt road. We nickname our first destination Iceland’s Niagara Falls and you will definitely understand why! We will then head to Geysir, the one that gave its name to all the "geysirs" on the planet, where water bursts every 5-10 minutes from the famous Strokkur Geysir. The original, namesake "Geysir" doesn’t erupt regularly anymore.

We’ll continue on toward Thingvellir National Park and the Parliament Plains, a fantastic historical site and also a fascinating geological phenomena. The lakes contain crystal clear water and there are multiple, scenic waterfalls in the area. After enjoying the stunning scenery of Thingvellir, we'll shuttle back to Reykjavik, check into our hotel rooms (included) and your guide will make dining suggestions, as dinner is on your own this evening.


Day 8

Today is the final day of the Wildland Trekking,s Iceland: South Coast Wonders-Camping Tour. Our shuttle driver will come to your hotel 3 hours before your flight departure and deliver you to Keflavik International Airport. If you are remaining in Iceland, please let us know. We can help you arrange extra activities in Iceland. Thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however it can change occasionally based on temporary access restrictions, weather, road closures, guest ability/injury, and natural events like fires and flooding.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip
  • All camping gear (tents, sleeping pads, sleeping bags, shelters, dining tent...etc.)
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 through lunch on the last day of the camping/trekking portion of the trip
  • Professional, knowledgeable, certified Iceland hiking guides (U.S.-based guides)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Dinners in Reykjavik
  • Trip insurance that includes $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Iceland hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. Most meals are prepared on the trip by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping pads
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at Keflavik International Airport (in Reykjavik) on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight needs to arrive before 3PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 2 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides (U.S.-based) along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals (U.S.-based) with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 10 guests and 2-3 guides, with a minimum of 4 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Iceland

The weather in Iceland is generally cool, and the country has what is considered a temperate climate. The relatively warm North Atlantic Current makes Iceland's temperatures more temperate than many places of similar latitude. It can be quite cool, rainy and windy in the summer, so being prepared with the proper rain gear and warmth layers is critical.

The average temperatures and precipitation in Iceland are:

Average Iceland Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month Hi Low Wet Days
June 54° F 45° F 15 days
July 60° F 50° F 15 days
August 57° F 48° F 16 days
September 52° F 43° F 18 days