Highland Paradise - Kerlingarfjoll Mountains - EI54
Amazing geothermal territory, Aurora Watching, Golden Circle
This two-day journey to the highlands of Iceland offers the best of what nature has to offer: Spectacular scenery, rivers, lakes, geysers, geothermal areas, ice, and glaciers. The area is very secluded and beautiful, and you can stay at the only hotel in all of the highlands
Super jeep / Minibus tour
Small groups and personal service
Minimum age: 10 years
Duration: 2 days
Pickup time: 11:00 - 11:30
Available: Nov - Mid Apr
Drop-off: 20:00 - 21:00 on day 2*
Max group size: 10 persons
*Drop-off information: We drop you off at your hotel sometime between 20:00 - 21:00 on day two, depending on road and weather conditions.
Included: Hotel pick up and drop off. All transport, mini-bus on lowland but super-jeep up in the highland from Gullfoss to Kerlingarfjoll and back to Gullfoss. Dinner on day one and breakfast and lunch on day 2. Northern lights hunting on the first day.
Bring with you: Warm layers of clothes, such as wind and rainproof outer shells, warm wool socks, hats and gloves, thermal or wool middle layer and inner layer. Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots are a must and it is good to have slippers for the lodge. Spikes that fit over shoes to provide extra grip on ice. Travel pillows and pyjamas are also good things to bring along. Don’t forget your bathing suit and a towel.
Note: You will not have the same guide all the time. We have a Golden Circle expert driving the minibus, and then a super jeep expert driving in the highlands.
The Golden Circle
The Highlands of Iceland
Northern Lights searching
Super Jeep action
Kerlingarfjoll Mountain Range
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Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. Our guides evaluate circumstances and take the best informed decision possible.
On the first day of this tour we explore the highlights of the famous Golden Circle route. We stop at the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park, with Almannagja Canyon, Lake Thingvallavatn, and Oxararfoss Waterfall. We visit the magnificent Geysir Geothermal Area, and one of Iceland’s most stunning waterfalls, Gullfoss Waterfall. At Gullfoss we change vehicles and contine in a super jeep through the totally uninhabited highlands to the secluded Kerlingarfjoll Area where we overnight. On a clear night, this is the perfect place to gaze into eternity - and at auroras.
Day 1 in detail...
One of our experienced and licensed tour guides will pick you up from your Reykjavik accomodation and head straight to Thingvellir National Park. Thingvellir is significant in Icelandic history as the Icelandic national parliament (Althingi) was founded here in 930 and when its millennium was celebrated, Thingvellir became the first national park in Iceland.
History is not the only marvel of Thingvellir as the geology in the region is exemplary. At Almannagja Canyon you can see how the North-American and the Eurasian tectonic plates drift apart, but they move around 1.5 cm apart each year.
The stunning Oxararfoss Waterfall falls from the cliffs of Almannagjá and we will indeed get a chance to admire its beauty. Lake Thingvallavatn is the largest natural lake in Iceland, covering 83,7 km2 (33 sq. miles) is both very cold and very clear, with water coming from Langjökull glacier.
From Thingvellir National Park the route continues to the ever popular Geysir Geothermal Area. There we will see many hot springs, mud pots, and fumaroles. Geysir, the geyser that has given the phenomenon its name, is fast asleep but the neighbor, Strokkur, erupts every few minutes, sometimes up to 40m (130 feet) in the air. Take care as the water is very hot and you might get wet from the erupting geyser. It is fantastic to walk around in this whole area and experience with your own eyes the extreme power of nature..
The most famous waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss, The Golden Waterfall, is just a short ride away. Gullfoss flows down the river Hvítá in several huge steps – and again you might get wet – this time from very cold water. This majestic waterfall was saved in the early 19th century from being used to construct a power plant by a young farmer’s daughter who did not want to see her waterfall demolished. After having lunch at the café by Gullfoss we head for the highland in a super jeep, alongside Langjökull glacier to Kerlingarfjoll mountain range, which is a 150 km2 (58 sq. miles) stunning area in the highlands of Iceland, filled with hot springs and gorgeous landscapes. Kerlingarfjoll is one of the largest geothermal area in all of Europe. The highlands are the super jeep’s natural habitat, and in order to get to Kerlingarfjoll Area in the wintertime, we need to travel by super jeep. Crossing rivers and driving on coarse gravel roads -or in heavy snow - in a super jeep will be an adventure you won’t forget any time soon.
Kerlingarfjoll is one of the best places on earth to see the northern lights. Being in the middle of nowhere, no electrical lights will affect the visibility of the northern lights splendor. Your guide will follow the
forecast, to make sure you will not miss the aurora if they show.
We spend the night at the only highland hotel in Iceland. It is magnificent to sleep in the middle of nowhere, only surrounded by nature. You have three different options on your sleeping arrangement. You have the option of a double hotel room, single hotel room or a simple cottage accommodation.
On the second day we go out and explore the magnificent area of Kerlingarfjoll. Most of the mountains in the area were created by sub-glacial volcanic activity. The oldest mountain in the area is 336.000 years old, and the youngest mountain is 79.000 years old.
You have the option of snowshoeing in this great area or going snowmobiling (snowmobiling not included in price, see booking engine). You can also dip into a geothermal pool or just relish in the amazing nature of the highlands.
Day 2 in detail ...
After spending the night in the peaceful and remote Kerlingarfjoll area, we go out exploring the beauty of the surroundings. Apart from the great scenery, everyone should find something of interest: Snowshoeing, snowmobiling (snowmobiling not included), or relaxing in a geothermal pool.
After lunch, we drive back homewards, through the highlands and again to Gullfoss waterfall. Here we change cars again and continue our journey on the lowland, through agricultural area that relays on geothermal hot water.
The following tours are great in combination with this tour, if you have more days to spare:
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