ROAD TO ICELAND

 

November 2022

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Expedition Overview

Winter Drive Across Frozen Glaciers, Volcanoes, and Search for Northern Lights

Iceland is not a destination. It’s an adventure set in stunning scenery. It’s nature on steroids: volcanoes, ice caves, craters, geothermal pools, all while the sky is alight with the aurora borealis. It’s an island of striking landscapes, where rivers run through deserts and molten lava erupts from ice. It’s also steeped in history and is rich in folklore. So, whether you’re after culture or spectacular, other-worldly landscapes, Iceland is the place. Winter is a magical time to explore Iceland, a country with incredible landscapes and ice formations, as well as the world’s most beautiful natural light display. You’ll start to appreciate what traveling in Iceland is actually like, when you drive through some splendid real-world off-road experience which are wild, indomitable and unpredictable. It’s an adventure where man and machine are continuously pit against Mother Nature. Driving a specially prepped 4×4 across calving glaciers, active volcanoes, blue icebergs, roaring waterfalls, makes this journey even more epic and an unforgettable adventure.

What to Expect

Motor Across Challenging Routes That Only Our Legendary 4×4s Can Travel.

Expedition Details

Country Iceland
Duration 8 days
Expedition Vehicle Land Rover Super Defender
Group Size 12 Pax
Terrain Snow, Frozen Glaciers, Ice Trails and Tarmac
Weather Max 4°C and Min -15°C
Drive 1200 kms
Ideal for : Adventurous Couples (25 – 35 years old)

What We've Seen ...

We Have Seen Some of the Most Breathtaking Views During Our Iceland Expeditions.

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Expedition Itinerary

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT REYKJAVIK

Driving Distance: NA (~1 Hr. from Airport) | Route: NA
Accommodation: Grand Hotel or Similar

Reykjavik, the world’s northerly capital, will be your gateway into Iceland’s breathtakingly beautiful natural wonders. Once you arrive at the airport, a private transfer will take you to your hotel where you will be welcomed by our expedition leader who will help you check-into your hotel and assist you with all the necessary information you need. If you happen to arrive early during the day, and if you would like to step out and explore the city, we can help you with personal recommendations to spend a quality time. Later in the evening, we have planned for a welcome dinner in a traditional Icelandic Restaurant, a wonderful way to get to know the expedition members before the start of an epic journey into the Icelandic wilderness.

About the accommodation: Grand Hotel Reykjavik is Iceland’s largest hotel, though located slightly outside the city center, is an ideal luxury hotel to start our journey. In case if you are planning to come a few days earlier, and wish to stay in a hotel closer to the city center, we can help you with our recommendation. 

Our recommendation: Fly into Iceland a day or two earlier if you would like to acclimate and explore places in and around Reykjavik which are not covered in our expedition program. We could help you plan a custom trip extension if needed.

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DAY 2: Þingvellier-Gullfoss

Accommodation: Hotel Gullfoss or Similar

You have an early morning start today. After breakfast you will be introduced to your expedition vehicles and a detailed walk through to familiarize you with the machines, followed by an expedition briefing. And post that, you will get behind the wheels of the specially modified Land Rover Defenders, and start your journey by heading out of the city. We have planned this day with simple driving routes so that you can get familiar with the machines before we start to push them on challenging terrains.

First you will visit the famous Þingvellir National Park, where you will get to walk between two continents. It’s the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland. It’s a place where Iceland’s stark geological processes are playing out right in front of you; it is where the history of the nation truly began and where almost all its major historical turns were made; and, quite simply, it is a beautiful site with a wealth of things to do. No matter your interests, you are sure to find something here that fascinates you. Later in the day, we will continue our journey taking an interesting detour driving between mountain ridges and glaciers, isolated from other roads. This will give you the first taste of 4×4 driving in Iceland. Enroute we will stop at Hagavatn lake, a glacial lake in the Icelandic Highlands and then continue our drive towards Gullfoss, one of the iconic waterfalls in Iceland before we reach our hotel to call it a day.

About the accommodation: Hotel Gullfoss is a family owned establishment since 1988. A great hotel to relax and enjoy the spirit of Icelandic nature, surrounded by peaceful and quiet moments waiting for you to explore. 

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DAY 3: Langjökull Glacier - Kerlingarfjöll

Accommodation: Kerlingarfjöll highland resort or Similar

After breakfast, you will start driving deeper into Icelandic Highlands. The highlands are an uninhabited plateau that covers most of the interior of the country and considered to be one of the most remote areas in Iceland. The first interesting driving section today will be crossing the Langjökull Glacier, the second largest glacier in Iceland. Depending on the ice conditions, we will drive deeper into the glacier that offers endless views of spectacular landscapes that many people never get to see. Be ready to push your driving skills to the next level, as you will be challenged by difficult winter conditions. Today we will spend most of our time in remote areas, so we have planned to carry lunch boxes. 

After a quick lunch, we will continue driving deeper into Iceland’s central highlands towards one of the largest geothermal areas in Iceland called Kerlingarfjöll – a place accessible only by 4WD vehicles. You will spend the rest of the day hiking in these mountains that will expose you to hot springs, geysers, steam vents, and boiling mud pots. You can see the 3 big Icelandic glaciers from the peaks and also see the ocean to the south and north of Iceland, from the same spot, just turning 180°. After the hike enjoy a wonderful dinner at the resort and listen to some of the greatest stories about this region from our cultural expert.

About the accommodation: Kerlingarfjöll highland resort is situated in the Ásgarður valley. A comfortable setting and has all the conveniences like private rooms with attached bathrooms, a restaurant, a bar/lounge, and beautiful landscape that surrounds it.

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DAY 4: HVERAVELLI - GEYSIR - Flúðir

Accommodation: Hotel Fludir

In the morning, we will leave this mountain paradise and start driving towards a beautiful oasis in the highlands of Iceland – Hveravellir Nature Reserve. This place has the most beautiful geothermal area in Iceland. It also has a lovely hot pool in a geothermal river, in which one can bathe. It’s awesome sitting in this hot pool in the wilderness of Iceland, hidden away between two of Iceland’s glaciers, Langjökull and Hofsjökull glaciers. After soaking in the geothermal pools, we will continue our drive south on scenic F-roads that will take us to Flúðir where we will be staying this night. Enroute, we will stop at Geysir, the famous hot spring in the geothermal area of Haukadalur Valley, where you will get to see erupting jets of boiling water spouting steam up to 40 metres high in the air.

About the accommodation: Hotel Fludir is a stylish hotel in the Icelandic countryside located in the picturesque village of Fludir; nestled amongst rolling hills; streams; geothermal springs; greenhouses and framed by mountains on two sides. 

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DAY 5: LANDMANNALAUGAR

Accommodation: Landhotel or Similar

Another beautiful dawn in Iceland. Today, you will be driving to one of the most remarkable and fascinating places in the Icelandic Highland – Landmannalaugar, which is part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. It is a place most people fall in love with from the moment they visit this extraordinary creation of Mother Nature. It is also one of the five most fascinating natural wonders you can visit in Iceland and perhaps one of the most interesting places you can visit on the planet. A place that is always reluctant to show its colors and beauty during winter, is often packed with snow or under attack by severe blizzards and cold. It is a place that can offer serious 4X4 winter driving adventures. A short hike around this place will be a mind-blowing experience. After the hike, we will have our lunch amidst this natural spectacle, and we will get back into our machines to continue our drive through some interesting mountain roads which will lead us to Landmannahellir cave. Located in Dómadalur pass, this place has long been used for centuries to shelter both men and horses. And from here we head straight to our beautiful new hotel to unwind and relax. The restaurant at the hotel offers a great culinary experience with local delicacies, traditional home-style Icelandic cuisine, authentic recipes and ethnic delights and their ingredients are straight from the farm to the table.

About the accommodation: Landhotel is a new elegant four-star hotel. The architecture and its interiors are inspired from the surroundings and offer fantastic views of the highlands, lowlands and midlands. This hotel is perfectly located and hence making it an ideal doorway into the wonders of South Iceland.

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DAY 6: LANDEYJARFJARA - VíK -KöTLUJöKULL - ÞóRSMörK

Accommodation: Volcano Huts

In the morning we will leave Landhotel to explore otherworldly sights of south Iceland. First, we will head to the black sand beach called Landeyjarfjara, with shipwreck remains strewn about the sand. Unlike the beaches at Vík, this will likely be deserted and you’ll have views of the iconic Eyjafjallajökull (that erupted a few years back and shut the Europe-American air corridor) and Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands). After a relaxed walk on this isolated beach, we will continue our drive towards the largest active volcano in Iceland – Katla. This will be an epic drive through the volcanic sand plains that had been shaped by Katla volcano’s eruptions through the years. You will reach the ice caves located within the Kötlujökull glacier, an icefall of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where you will be hiking. Strap crampons to your boots, and stroll by way of the ever-changing ice cave. After the glacier hike, we have planned for an exclusive lunch and then continue our drive towards Þórsmörk Valley, also called the Valley of Thor. This remotely located reserve in the southern Icelandic highlands is nestled between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, and Tindfjallajökull. It’s not an easy place to reach and requires a capable 4×4 vehicle as the drive involves crossing numerous rivers and the most notorious of all – Krossá. The place where you’ll be staying tonight is right after the final river crossing. This day being the last day in Icelandic countryside, we have planned for a special dinner to celebrate some of the greatest moments we had during this overland journey, and oh boy what a place to celebrate it too.

About the accommodation: Volcano Huts is located in the stunning Thorsmork (Þórsmörk) Nature Reserve. It is a collection of mountain huts that allow guests to soak up in the dramatic scenery. You will be staying in private rooms which are cozy. It’s not a luxury hotel but its location is literally out of a dream located between volcanic glaciers, raw rugged nature, and braided glacier rivers.

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DAY 7: ÞóRSMöRK - GELDINGADALIR - REYKJAVIK

Accommodation: Grand Hotel or Similar

We wake up in the morning with mesmerizing views around the Volcano Huts. After an early breakfast, we will start our final leg of the expedition towards the world’s newest volcano – Geldingadalir. Imagine that: an active volcano one would deem “accessible.” It was lying dormant for 800 years and had recently burst open, unleashing a spectacular fountain of lava from a tear in the earth’s crust. So far, the lava hasn’t stopped gushing. You will experience the rare close contact with the earth’s interior. Despite this being an otherworldly experience, it begins, like many adventures, in a car park. A steady saunter leads to a relatively steep incline, up and over a crest; about an hour later, as you may pass boulders navigating loose volcanic rock, the main crater comes into view. It may seem asleep; it may simmer and bubble like a pot about to boil over; or you may catch it during one of its truly awesome displays. The volcanic activity is considered unpredictable and if you are lucky, you might get a glimpse of the action. After spending some time here, we will head back to Reykjavik before it gets too late, and on the way, you will drop your expedition machines in our garage before heading to the hotel. The next day, you will be dropped at the airport as per your flight departure time.

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DAY 8: DEPART FROM REYKJAVIK

You will finally bid adieu to this magical country before heading back home. Depending on the time of your flight, a private transfer will take you to the airport.

Au Revoir.

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Your Expedition Vehicle

Land Rover Super Defender

Dates & Prices

Dates Price per Person Interested?
November 2022 (Exact Dates TBA) $6,260 INQUIRE TODAY

The quoted price is per person on double occupancy basis unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change without notice. Families travelling with kids are requested to contact us for exclusive family prices. Solo travelers and groups with more than 2 members and those who need single supplement are requested to contact us for the differential pricing. Optional activities are at an additional cost. All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars.

What's Covered & What's Not

  • Exclusive Expedition Vehicle for each team of 2 people
  • Nomadic Road Expert team throughout the trip
  • Local cultural expert throughout the trip
  • Support vehicle with back-up drivers and essential tools for vehicle preparation
  • All necessary permits
  • Airport transfers
  • Accommodation for all nights on twin share basis or shared huts as mentioned in the itinerary
  • Breakfast
  • Third party vehicle liability insurance
  • Comprehensive pre-departure documentation
  • International Flights
  • Visa
  • International Driving Permit
  • Fuel for the expedition vehicles
  • Lunch and dinner expenses
  • Trip cancellation insurance and travel insurance
  • Personal medication
  • Optional activities and tours
  • Extras like room service, optional excursions and items of personal nature like laundry, tips, phone calls etc.

Come explore some of the least accessible places in Iceland.

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