Best of Iceland Camping Tour
- All-around experience of Iceland
- Geysers, hot springs, & glaciers
- Stunning landscapes & villages
- Wonderful camping accommodations
- Fantastic outdoor cuisine
- Diversity of hikes
The Best of Iceland 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.
(This trip is operated by Wildland International, a partner company of Wildland Trekking with shared ownership, management teams, guides, and other resources.)
Trip Dates & Booking
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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.
- 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 towns, 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.
- Hiking Mileage: 5-13 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.
- 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.
- 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 Fjallabak Nature Reserve. 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!
- 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.
- 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.
Today is the final day of the Wildland Trekking Best of Iceland Tour. We will ensure you get on the proper Flybus Shuttle for departure 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!
Add-on Rooms: If you'd like to extend your stay, we are happy to book extra room nights at some destinations (not available at all destinations) before and/or after your trip at our preferred hotel for an additional 10% service fee.
Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureacratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.
- 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 (Lodging Details)
- 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, certified Wildland Iceland hiking 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!
- Transportation to Reykjavik, Iceland
- Dinners in Reykjavik
- Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
- Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
- All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
- Clothes, raingear, and footwear
- Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
- Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
- Gratuity for guide(s) and crew (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; please tip your lead guide and they will distribute responsibly to the crew. USD or local currency is acceptable.)
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.
We provide all group gear which includes the following:
- Trekking poles
- Sleeping bags, sleeping pads
- Company-issued first-aid kit
- Satellite phone
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.
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.
Ready to hike? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 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!
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 4 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.
Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides 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.
Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals 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.
Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.
The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-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
For your protection, we strongly recommend the purchase of field evacuation, repatriation, and medical trip insurance. International travel is expensive, and the modest cost of trip insurance is a sound investment in an uncertain world.
If you wish to purchase trip insurance, we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance.
For information on recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.
For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:
Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.comIf you already have insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions.
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you secure an insurance policy please bring a copy of it to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.
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)|
|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|
In central Reykjavík, this premier hotel is easy walking distance to the main shopping district, many great restaurants, and a wonderful city park.