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Icelandic Highlands for Nature Lovers: Kerlingafjöll and Reykjavik (Pre)


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Hike among the beauty and drama of Iceland's famous volcanic highlands in Kerlingarfjöll on this 4-day tour.
  • Spend a night in Iceland's cosmopolitan capital, Reykjavík

  • Enjoy two nights in the Icelandic Highlands of Kerlingarfjöll

  • Visit Gullfoss waterfall and UNESCO-listed Thingvellir National Park

  • Take a dip in the Secret Lagoon and visit Friðheimar greenhouse

Planned itinerary Pre-programme

Day 1: Overnight in Reykjavík  

Upon arrival in Iceland's capital, you'll check in to your hotel. If there's time, why not explore the many things to see and do in this charming city.  

Day 2: Reykjavík to Kerlingarfjöll  

After breakfast, you'll begin your two-day tour of Kerlingarfjöll in the Highlands. We'll pass through dramatic landscapes on the way to our first tour stop – the Kerið Crater. You’ll see the steaming hot springs as we enter the Geysir Geothermal Area, where the stunning Strokkur geyser spouts. After lunch, we head to the double cascades of Gullfoss, known as the 'Golden Waterfall'. Then we'll drive up into the volcanic highlands for a cosy night at Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Resort, including dinner. 

Day 3: Kerlingarfjöll  

Today, take the opportunity to explore mini glaciers, steaming springs and Arctic vegetation while hiking around Hveradalir in the Kerlingarfjöll mountain range. It's full of colourful extremes, from pure white snow to shining black obsidian. Afterwards, take time to enjoy a long soak in one of the natural baths just a short hike from Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Resort. Back at the hotel we’ll enjoy dinner and spend a second night. 

Day 4: Return to Reykjavík  

After breakfast, you'll visit the Secret Lagoon – created in 1891 – for a dip in its warm spring waters. Next, we'll stop at Friðheimar tomato greenhouse for a fascinating glimpse into Icelandic agriculture and horse breeding. You'll enjoy a tomato-themed lunch at their restaurant. The last stop on your tour is UNESCO-listed Thingvellir (Þingvellir) National Park, with stunning views of the vast lava plain filled with wildflowers. Then we'll take you straight to the pier in Reykjavík in time for embarkation. 

Please note that we may visit sites in a different order.

Practical information


  • One night at a hotel in Reykjavík, with breakfast. 

  • Two nights at Kerlingarfjöll Mountain Resort, with half-board. 

  • A professional English-speaking driver/guide during the tour to Kerlingarfjöll. 

  • 3 x lunch or lunchbox. 

  • Entrance fee to Secret Lagoon (including towel). 

  • A greenhouse visit.                                         

Not included 

  • Dinner at the hotel in Reykjavík, drinks and gratuities. 

Remarks and requirements 

  • Tour starts four days before embarkation in Reykjavík. 

  • Moderate to difficult, includes substantial walking. This tour is not suitable for guests with limited mobility. 

  • If the minimum number of participants is not reached, we reserve the right to cancel the trip up to six weeks before departure.

Penguins perched on the ice of Cuverville Island, Antarctica. Credit: Espen Mills / HX Hurtigruten Expeditions

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