Looking to explore Iceland but thought it was unaffordable? Think again. This adventurous seven day camping trip with Women Who Explore will have you soaking in the sights and seeing the best Iceland has to offer. We are stepping off the beaten path on this trip to bring you the sights of Iceland you have never even heard about, as well as the most popular locations. Soak in the Blue Lagoon, stand next to Gullfoss; one the most popular waterfalls in Iceland, venture into the highlands where natural hot springs begged to be soaked in, camp at the roots of glaciers and fjords and discover the Iceland that many travellers don’t ever get to experience.
This guided trip includes all camping gear including tents, sleeping bags, pillows, all kitchen ware, chairs and a table and a Women Who Explore staff member to drive. There will be 4 women per vehicle and 2 tents provided which means you will be sharing a tent with one other woman.
Itinerary August 9th-15th, 2018
Day One: Welcome to Iceland
Arrive at Keflavík International Airport, located in the barren lava desert of the Reykjanes Peninsula.
A Women Who Explore staff will meet you there and help collect your bags and get you loaded into our vehicle for the week.
Our first night in Iceland will be at a camping site within walking distance from the centre. After you’ve settled in, you can start exploring the beautiful Reykjavík city. Or perhaps you want to soak in the natural geothermic springs located just metres from the campsite.
Tonight there will be time to buy anything you have forgotten, extra snacks, etc. Dinner will be on your own tonight in the city, or choose to cook at camp.
We will have an early night as we have some busy days ahead of us.
Day Two: Golden Circle and the Geothermal Area of Kerlingarfjöll
We will wake up in Reykjavík, grab a bite to eat and head out for the day.
This morning we are headed to the popular sightseeing route, The Golden Circle which features Þingvellir National Park, the bubbling mud pools, the steaming hot springs and erupting geysers of the Geysir geothermal area, the famous geyser Strokkur, and the Golden Waterfall’ Gullfoss.
After we snap all the photos, we are headed off into the highlands to the picturesque Hvítárvatn glacier lagoon and the geothermal area of Kerlingarfjöll, a stunning red mountain range striped with age-old volcanic rock, formed by massive glaciers of a bygone era.
We will be camping here for the night and we will make sure to take a tranquil bath in the warm, geothermal waters from one of the hot rivers that flow through this area.
Day Three: Hofsós and the North
We will spend the morning having breakfast, soaking in the Kerlingarfjöll area and perhaps taking a hike to the nearby glacier for some spectacular views.
Once we have packed up in the afternoon, we will head north through the vivid green farmlands of the Skagafjörður valley to the town of Hofsós. On the way, you will pass the majestic Troll mountains of Tröllaskagi and the old herring-fishing village of Siglufjörður.
Our campsite tonight will be in the town of Hofsós which houses the country’s most beautiful swimming pool, also known as the infinity pool. With a view to the sea of the fjord and the mountains and islands, this will be one beautiful place to relax.
If we are feeling adventurous we will head into the town of Siglufjörður. Siglufjörður is a particularly beautiful fjord, surrounded by dramatic mountains. The settlement of the same name, nestled within it, is a lovely little town, with one of Iceland's most beautiful harbours
Day Four: Búðardalur Valley
Today we are heading south but before we begin our journey we will head to he town of Sauðárkrókur where horse riding is a big sport. Its everyone’s favourite stop as we visit with the Icelandic horse, known for its small size, friendly demeanour, and five unique gaits.
A notable stop along the way is the rock formation Hvítserkur, a 15 metre (49 ft) tall basalt stack on the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes Peninsula in northwest Iceland. This formation also happens to be the nesting area for gulls and fulmars and is near one of the country’s largest seal colonies. We will spend some time watching them play in the sea and on the beach.
We will camp tonight in the village of Búðardalur and head over to the Gudrunarlaug-Natural pool for a dip before bed.
Day Five: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today we will explore a 90 kilometre stretch of land that is filled with lava fields, beaches, charming fishing villages, stunning coastline and an inspiring glacier volcano. This little piece of land is sometimes nicknamed ‘Iceland in Miniature’ due to the many diverse attractions, but most of the time it is just called the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Some of the highlights of today include the following:
Grundarfjörður. : Home to Iceland’s most photographed mountain, the stunning Kirkjufell. Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones might recognise it as the ‘arrowhead mountain’ from season six and seven.
Snæfellsjökull National Park. We are headed to the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier. The glacier actually covers a 700 thousand-year-old volcano and the location was used as the entryway to the underground trip in Jules Verne’s classic novel ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’.
Djúpalónssandur beach: To get there, we will have to walk through a maze of natural sculptures made from hardened lava. At the other side of the labyrinth, is the beautiful beach which is made out of smooth black pebbles. Scattered around the area are the remains of a trawler that perished in the water 70 years ago.
We will then make our way to the beautiful Hvalfjörður fjord where we will find incredible views of mountains and the ocean, and ruins of an old WWII army base. We will spend the night in Hvalfjörður fjord.
Day 6 - South Coast
We will wake up early and head south this morning to enjoy the most of the South Coast.
The first stop of the day is the stunning waterfall Seljalandsfoss. Make sure to pack waterproof clothes as you will be able to follow a footpath that leads you behind the cascading water. From Seljalandsfoss, you can take a short walk to a hidden gem, Gljúfrabúi waterfall which is partly covered by large cliffs.
It is just a short drive to our next destination, Skógafoss, a massive cascade that will show you both Mother Nature’s strength and beauty at the same time. The waterfall lies beneath the majestic glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
Before we reach the city, we will make a stop at Seljavallalaug pool, which is hidden inside a mountain pass, and unwind in the warm water after our adventures on the road.
We will camp just outside the city tonight.
Day 7 - Blue Lagoon and Departure
Sadly, today is the last day in Iceland and we will do our best to enjoy it before our flights depart.
Before we leave, however, we will partake in one last adventure. Located in the ink-black lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula, midway between Reykjavík and the airport is the world-famous Blue Lagoon spa.
We will spend our last hours in Iceland unwinding in the warm, geothermal waters of the spa, enjoying the beautiful scenery with a complimentary silica mud mask. The water at the Blue Lagoon is at a comfortable temperature, averaging at 37-39°C (98-102°F). The silica mud in the water is said to have great healing properties for skin and be relaxing for muscles. It is the perfect place to end your Icelandic vacation.
- Six nights accommodations in tents.
- All transportation to and from airport, destinations and activities
- All campground fees
- All camping gear including tents, sleeping bags, pillows, camp stove, cooler, chairs and table
- Entrance to the Blue Lagoon
- All meals with the exception of dinner on night one
- Visits to the most photograph worthy sights including Skógafoss, Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss, Hvítárvatn glacier lagoon, Kirkjufell, Snæfellsjökull National Park and more.
What’s Not Included
- Dinner night one
*Itinerary is subject to change depending on weather and road conditions.