Home of the most incredible scenery and awe-inspiring landscapes on the planet, it’s no wonder that Iceland has a huge variety of exhilarating experiences to get the heart of the most fearless explorer pumping. The challenging, varied terrain – from deep blue glacial waters and sweeping lava fields to snow-capped volcanoes and black sanded shores – provides the perfect setting for adventure. We have put together four days of the very best that Iceland has to offer.
Touch down and head straight to hotel Reykjavik Marina Residence for a restful night as the next few days know no bounds.
SCALING & TRAVERSING
Wake up to a hearty, refreshing breakfast and feel energised. In the heart of southern Iceland surrounded by miles of scenic grassland there’s much to explore but it’s the towering Mt. Hekla in the distance that provides the setting for this morning’s adrenaline fix. Strap on your crampons, grab your ice pick and with an expert guide head vertically up the blue iced glaciers. Explore the angular ridges and hidden crevasses as you navigate upwards, challenging your survival skills (safely).Read more
A super jeep will pick you up from here and after a brief stop for some delicious organic lunch we’ll take you on an exhilarating ride across the rocky landscape that is the base of the temperamental Eyjafjallajokull Volcano (famous for last erupting in 2010). You’ll stop off at Seljalandfoss, one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls to traverse between glaciers and uncover valleys surrounded by stunning canyons. If there’s still time, and water conditions allow, feel free to unwind by casting a rod into the West Ranga River for some superb fly fishing.
Today we’re spicing things up with varied modes of transport to help you fully appreciate the wonder of this country. Spend your morning speeding on quad bikes across Iceland’s beautiful countryside in Reykjanes. Race between hot springs and volcanic craters and let your inner wild child emerge. A helicopter will pick you up after a brief spot of lunch and whisk you over the south shore and up over Eyjafjallajokull volcano. On a clear day marvel at the impressive views of lava and smoke climbing upwards inside the vast crater as the colours of the sky swirl and merge on the horizon ahead. Let your pilot know exactly what you want to see and how you want to see it.
Once your feet are back on the ground, the immersive experience doesn’t have to stop there. If visiting between May and October, take the recently opened lift 120 metres under the surface of the earth into the giant magma chamber of the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano. This type of experience is not available anywhere else on our planet, allowing a lucky and daring few the chance to see the geological workings of our world. For the winter months, we recommend flying straight around the coast of the city up via Mt Esja before heading out to sea to spot any gliding pods of whales.
DIVING & RIDING
A dramatic underwater session awaits your next day. First, we’ll chauffeur you out to Thingvellir National Park. Home to the beautiful and unique indigenous Icelandic horses, you will saddle up and go on a trek through the terrain. You’ll be staying close to the park for the next few hours as the best is still to come. Head to the Silfra tectonic fissure to dive between the craggy, sheer-faced, vertical cliffs of the two tectonic plates in the lakes’ crystal-clear glacial waters.You can choose to snorkel the plates by day, or wait until dark to scuba dive into the unknown. Either way, swimming in-between slowly separating tectonic plates, snug in your dry suit, the combination of crystal clear waters and rocky crags at depth will leave you speechless.
SKIING & SLEDDING
Find out how far you want push yourself on the snow today, as there’s no extremity we will not take you to. If it’s between December and May, start your morning with husky sledding across the white expanses of Skalafell, thundering ahead with the power of eight fine creatures stampeding in perfect unison. Or simply head straight up the mountains to get your adrenaline levels up to a suitable standard after strapping on your skis.
Spend a day careering down the slopes and sampling the fine snow in Skalafell if you please. If however you’re advanced and hungry for a challenge, we’ll scoop you (and your luggage) up in a helicopter straight from the slopes and drop you and an expert guide off (literally) after an hour flight north on the summit of the Troll Peninsula. Considered one of the best heli-skiing spots on earth, your life will never be quite be the same again. A true one-off experience and a sample of the very best adventure the world has to offer.