Mountain experience – for young and old alike
The highlands of Iceland are an exciting place to explore. Here you can see volcanoes, lava fields, black sands, ice-cold rivers, hot springs, natural geothermal baths and glaciers up close. Nobody lives in the highlands- unless you count ghosts, trolls and maybe an outlaw or two. To get to the highlands, you can´t just rent a car and strike out on your own: the roads here aren´t designed for small cars, you have to drive over lava and unbridged rivers.
Travel with locals – this tour is popular among icelandic families
We’ll enjoy the Icelandic nature, linger in it, draw, sculpt, paint, and make a record of things that capture our fancy. Along with the tour-guide an artist specialized in artistic work with children will offer participants art and nature observation.
We place emphasis on good local food and offer our guests traditional Icelandic dishes. For breakfast organic porridge from Icelandic barley, delicious delicacies on the road and meals from high quality raw materials.
Price: 149.300 ISK*
Price for children: 108.800 ISK (- 12 years)
max. 2 children per adult
Group size: 8-20
- Pick-up at lodgings
- Transportation (4 x 4)
- Guided tour in English, French, German
- Full meals (high quality organic food)
- Cooking service
- Mountain kitchen tent with dining facilities
- Art teacher, watercolors, pencils etc.
- Yoga morning stretches
Sleeping bags (can be rented upon request)
possible overnight in hut, costs 6000/3000 ISK per person per night – but camping is much more fun!
Perfect for parents and children who want to share in the spirit of mountaineering –
All welcome: single adults, couple; you don’t have to be accompanied by children to enjoy –
Grandmas and Grandpas, aunts and uncles, friends and strangers, people traveling alone and people traveling in groups.
Day 1: Volcanoes and glaciers
Pick-up at hotel/lodgings in Reykjavík on departure day at 8:30 a.m. We head out of the city and into the Icelandic countryside, then swing off the beaten track and follow a leisurely jeep trail that leads us through the highlands of Iceland. With scenery like this, we absolutely refuse to stay in the car for too long at once! We’ll make plenty of stops along the way. In the afternoon, we arrive at Mt. Strútur in a cosy valley at the feet of Torfajökull glacier, that will be our home for the next two nights – the perfect place for sharing stories about ghosts, trolls and the hidden people who make Iceland their home.
Day 2: Mountain bath (maybe with trolls!)
After waking up bright and early, we take the time to stretch well, eat a good breakfast and make a lunch to take with us before setting out on a wilderness walk. The mountain landscape here could hardly be more amazing: pitch-black sands, soft moss, glaciers and glacial rivers. We stop to relax in a natural hot pool, built long, long ago by shepherds so they could soothe their tired muscles after a long day of chasing after sheep – and maybe running away from trolls and outlaws! Back to our home in the highland, we all join together to prepare for an evening feast and entertainments.
Day 3: Desert sands – the old Viking path
Like true hikers, we’ll rise early, eat breakfast and pack our lunches for later in the day. The path leads over desert sands, the old Viking path Mælifellssandur, named after Mt. Mælifell (Mt. Measurement). We head out through the mountainous terrain across the black-sand desert, moss-covered plains, glaciers and glacial rivers – an unforgettable landscape like no other place on earth. Possibility for short legs to follow the driver and walk a part of the way. We spend next two nights in the green highland valley, Hvanngil (Angelica Valley).
Day 4: in the heart of the highland: A day to explore the incredible landscape in the middle of the highland. There are endless hiking possibilities in the area so we will spend the day according to interest of our group.
Day 5: We’ll say good-bye to our highland oasis and drive back toward civilization. We’ll pass by mountains with strange names, such as Tuddi (Bull) or Tvíbaka (Cake), Stórkonufell (Mt. Large Woman) and the pyramid-like peak Hattfell (Mt. Hat Fur). We’ll drive further over mountain roads in the uninhabited Icelandic wilderness, surrounded by green peaks and glaciers, and watched over by a unicorn – well, a mountain named Unicorn, anyway! On the way we visit the colorful canyon of Markarfljót river. Arrival in Reykjavík in the afternoon.
*prices include VAT