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Best of Iceland Lodge Based

Reykjavík, Iceland
5.0 (1 reviews)

Trip Highlights

  • Comprehensive Iceland Itinerary
  • Charming Icelandic Villages
  • Glaciers & Icebergs
  • Geysers & Hot Springs
  • Stunning Waterfalls
  • Lava Fields & Stunning Landscapes
  • Cozy, Inviting Accommodations
  • Diversity of Hikes


The Best of Iceland Lodge-based 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; and do it in style with a high level of comfort! 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 the luxury of hot showers and warm beds in cozy lodges, hotels and inns. 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.

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8 Days


Return Guests get a 10% discount on all Trips!
Trip Type: Inn-Based Tour
Difficulty Level:
Solitude Level:
Group Size: 4-12 Guests
Trip Length: 8 Days
Distance: 20+MI / 32+KM


Scale of 1-5. 1 is least difficult; 5 is most difficult

This trip features a variety of hikes, some strenuous and some easy to moderate. It is ultimately between Level 2 and 3 in difficulty. Days 3 and 7 – with hikes requiring significant elevation gain/loss (up to 3,000 feet) – are closer to Level 3, but the overall average skews slightly toward Level 2.
Hiking Distances:

Up to 10 mi
Backpack Weight:

10-15 lbs

Lightly Rugged
Max Daily Elev. ↑↓:

Up to 3,000 ft
Heights Exposure:


Physical requirements:

  • Hiking uphill or downhill with a 10-15 lb backpack for 6-8 hours
  • Maintaining balance and footing on variable, uneven terrain
  • River and creek crossings
  • Hiking in potentially cold, rainy, windy conditions


1 least solitude, 5 most solitude

We rate this Iceland hike a solitude 2. You can expect to have as much as an hour of solitude at a time while hiking.


For our Iceland treks you will need to fly into Keflavik International Airport on Day 1, no later than 3 P.M. Your guide will rendezvous with you at our hotel (we provide a shuttle voucher for transport from the airport to the hotel). An orientation meeting and accommodations are included on Day 1. Your return flight can be scheduled anytime on the final day of the tour or later.

Flights to and from Keflavik Airport are the guest’s responsibility. Multiple airlines operate flights into Keflavik from many U.S. and European international airports. Some of the primary U.S. departure cities include Denver, Portland, Boston, Washington DC, San Francisco, New York and Minneapolis. The duration of nonstop flights is 6-9 hours.

Your flight on the final day of the trip can depart at any time.

Minimum of 4 Guests

We require a minimum of 4 guests to confirm this trip. If a trip date is not confirmed yet, you can register and will be notified when the trip is officially confirmed. We recommend not making final travel arrangements until your trip meets the minimum number of guests and is confirmed.

In most cases, if a trip does not reach the minimum number of guests, you may choose to transfer to another trip date or another trip, be refunded your payments in full, or you may have the choice to pay a supplemental fee to run the trip with fewer guests. We make the final determination for these trips 45 days before the departure date.

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Our sliding scale for private trips is based on the final number of guests in your group. Rates are per person and do not include sales tax, national park fees or guide gratuity. The final rate is based on the actual number of guests on the trip and may adjust based on cancellations or additions.

Please Note: you can also enjoy a private trip at our normal scheduled rates by filling any empty tour to capacity. However, if group members drop from the tour those spots will automatically become available on our website for instant booking. By purchasing a private trip at the rates listed below, your trip will remain exclusive to your group regardless of cancellations. 

Private Rates FOr This Trip

  • 4-5 People: Rate x 1.5
  • 6-10 People: Rate x 1.15
  • 11-12 People: Rate x 1

*all rates are per person and single supplements apply

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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.

Icelandic buildings on far side of water


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

This morning, your guide and driver will pick you up at your hotel and begin driving to the stunning Icelandic country side along the South Coast. After passing a few villages, we will reach the wonderful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. We will then head to the Dyrholaey Cliffs and/or the Reynisfjara black sand beach with its stunning basalt columns. We will then drive east to the village of Vik, one of the most charming settlements on the Southern Shore. Further East, we reach the Kirkjubaejarklaustur village after spending time exploring vast, moss-covered lava fields. After a long day of scenic travels, photographing, exploring and hiking, we will check into our hotel, which will become our base for the next three nights.

Hikers on grass cliff overlooking water


  • Driving Duration: 1-2 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 5-10 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 3000 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 6-8 hours

After a hearty breakfast, we will head east and soon leave the moss-covered lava fields for landscapes filled with glacial deposits. We are heading to the Skaftafell area of Vatnajokull National Park! Today’s hike is dedicated to the Skaftafell area. We will hike to the Svartifoss waterfalls and on toward a breathtaking glacial valley (Morsardalur) and/or a summit overlooking an extraordinary glacier (Kristinartindar). Eventually we will return to our hotel for a relaxing dinner, conversation about all the sights we’ve seen so far, and a discussion of the next day’s potential activities (which will partially depend on weather).

Icelandic puffins


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

Today is a day of options – all of them unforgettable. After breakfast we’ll journey to a world of ice! Along the Southern Shore, we will drive East between snow covered peaks, glaciers, and the coastline to Jokulsarlon, an amazing glacial lagoon. Arctic terns, great skuas, geese and Eider ducks are a few birds we are likely to see today.

Enter the hiking options. After exploring Jokulsarlon, we can hike out toward the Fjadrargljufur Gorges, where we’ll traverse along a different part of the Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Or we can hike and explore the Kviarjokull moraine – a valley of debris dumped from the receding Kviarjokull Glacier. Depending on weather, we’ll enjoy a couple longer hikes or several shorter ones. Guests also sometimes want to add an optional glacier walk, or boat tour on the iceberg lagoon, both of which are additional options.

Icelandic glacier and water


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

After breakfast, we will pack up our gear and begin our journey west, to the highlands of the Fjallabak area. Today’s highlight will include the famous Eldgja Chasm. After a visit to the chasm, we will keep driving north on an unpaved road, cross a dozen or so creeks, traverse gorges and finally reach the village of Landmannalaugar. Our hike today will lead us through stunning and colorful rhyolite mountains, obsidian lava fields and geothermal features. After the hike, we will enjoy a hot soak in the creek before departing to our hotel, where we will stay for the next 2 nights.

Icelandic landscape


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

After yesterday’s big day we will enjoy a more laid back morning today. We will start the day with a short hike to the impressive Haifoss waterfall. After the Haifoss we will travel through the Thjorsardalur Valley, toward Gullfoss, for the first site of the famous Golden Circle. We nicknamed it “Iceland’s Niagara Falls,” and you will understand why! We will then continue on to a nearby geyser, where water bursts every 5-10 minutes. After enjoying the geyser, we will return to our hotel for a relaxing dinner.

Hikers near red Icelandic hot springs


  • Driving Duration: 3-4 hours
  • Hiking Mileage: 3-5 miles
  • Elevation Gain/Loss: 1200 feet
  • Trekking Duration: 3-4 hours

This morning we head toward Thingvellir National Park and the Parliament Plains. This destination is an important historical site and also a mythical spot, geologically speaking. The lakes contain literally crystal clear water, which makes for spectacular reflections of the sky and clouds. We will continue on to Hvalfjordur and hike to the Glymur waterfall or to another hot spring in the Hengill Mountain area, depending on the group’s preference. After our hike, 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.

Erupting Icelandic geyser


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!

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: lodging/campground availability, extreme weather, political or bureaucratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Dates & Booking


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Trip Details

Trip Details


  • 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 for the duration of the tour (double accommodations or single supplement)
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals from Breakfast on Day 2 through lunch on the last day of the trekking portion of the trip
  • Professional, certified Wildland Iceland tour and 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!


  • Flights to/from 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, rain gear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • 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.)

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about what to pack.


This Iceland hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. For the most part we’ll be enjoying in-town meals for dinner and some breakfasts and carefully-selected restaurants and lodges, and lunches are prepared on the trail 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:

  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Emergency communication device(s)


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.


When you register for this tour you’ll receive access to a printable, downloadable trip information packet with detailed guidance about what clothes to pack (click here to see it now.) All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots, rain gear, and our recommended clothing system. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required.

Trip Logistics

Trip Logistics


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!


Wildland Trekking will provide a Flybus voucher for you to exchange for a ticket to the hotel when you arrive at the International Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland. After checking in the hotel rooms, you are free to explore the capital city on your own. Reykjavik’s city center is small and very walkable. Your guide will contact you approximately 45 days before your trip begins to answer any questions you have and coordinate a time to conduct the pre-trip orientation meeting.

Click here to see a printable, downloadable trip information packet with more detailed guidance about flights, shuttles, recommended lodging and more.


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 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) 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.


This trip is led by expert, local Wildland guides. Our approach to international travel is to combine the best of two worlds: the dialed-in details, professionalism and consistency Wildland trips are known for; and the cultural immersion and intimate regional knowledge that only locals can provide. To excel with this approach, we vet and hire the best local guides, welcome them into the Wildland family and train them to meet our standard of excellence with every aspect of a trip. But along with managing logistics and safety, your guides will teach you about the area’s history and culture, and provide a level of familiarity and intimate detail only locals can.

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 1-800-715-HIKE (4453) 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.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664

If 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.

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)
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






In central Reykjavík, this premier hotel is easy walking distance to the main shopping district, many great restaurants, and a wonderful city park.




This cozy, perfectly located hotel puts us right in the action for 3 days of trekking and exploration of lava fields, glaciers, craters and a glacial lagoon.



With very nice rooms, all with private bathrooms, and access to their amazing “Viking Pool,” a wonderful outdoor hot spring pool, this hotel is a guest favorite.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

Trip Reviews

Trip Reviews

  • Average Customer Ratings:

  • 5.0 (1 reviews)
Joseph H.


2 years ago

If Wildland International is one of the companies your considering for your next trekking adventure, stop hesitating. They’re the one to choose. From preparation, to implementation, to providing the most excellent guides, you won’t do any better than Wildland. Have fun!

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