THE SOUTH ADVENTURE


2275€

10 days / 9 nights

THE TRIP:

The South Adventure is the perfect journey for those looking for a unique trip to Iceland, rather than the typical sightseeing. It combines the highlands and the must-see of the South part of the island, trekkings, thermal springs, and incredible excursions. We will be kayaking between the icebergs and walk through a glacier tongue with the local guides on Europe’s biggest glacier! We won’t miss a break in the charming spa with hot tubs as well as a visit to the Geothermal Exhibition of the 3rd biggest power station in the world. Prepare yourself as the South and Highlands hidden gems will leave you speechless while hiking through the mesmerizing mountain ranges of Kerlingarfjöll and Landmannalaugar. This adventure breaks with traditional trips to Iceland, offering you a small group trip with 10 people, an experienced guidepowerful 4×4 van, everyday activities and the unique route.


Highlights: short hikes; highlands; must-see places; valleys; 4×4 van; kayak; glacier walk; Icelandic villas/guesthouses and mountain huts; sustainable; small group

PRICE:

2275€ PER PERSON when the group is 10 people

WHERE: THE SOUTH AND HIGHLANDS OF ICELAND                                        

GROUP: max. 10 PEOPLE

EFFORT: MEDIUM-LOW

AVAILABLE DATES:

  • from the 17th OF JUNE to the 26th OF JUNE 2021FULL!
  • from the 28th OF JUNE to the 7th OF JULY 2021 – FULL!
  • from the 10th OF JULY to the 19th OF JULY 2021 – FULL!
  • from the 9th OF AUGUST to the 18th OF AUGUST 2021 – 2 AVAILABLE PLACES!
  • from the 19th OF AUGUST to the 28th OF AUGUST 2021 – 6 AVAILABLE PLACES!
  • from the 2nd OF SEPTEMBER to the 11th OF SEPTEMBER 2021 – 5 AVAILABLE PLACES!

YOU ARE THE 5TH ELEMENT OF OUR TRIPS:

We promote sustainable and responsible tourism!

From 5elemenTravel we want to give every traveller the opportunity to get involved and support the country they will discover. In the case of Iceland, we want to encourage and support the CarbFix project, where they work to minimalize the climate change and study how to reduce the effects of CO2 emissions, capturing greenhouse gases in rocks. Travelling with us you will also offset a big part of the trip’s (flight and car) carbon emission through a donation for tree planting. In addition, from each traveller, a part will be donated to the Icelandic rescue team of volunteers ICE-SAR and their projects, e.g. https://safetravel.is/.

Apart from the projects, while executing the trips, we are also:

  • working with local suppliers and guides
  • respecting the driving rules, especially on the delicate interior part
  • informing about and respecting the borders set in the touristic areas
  • never working with single-use tools and materials
  • drinking Icelandic, completely healthy, tap or stream water, and reducing the use of plastic

THE ROUTE:

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LAST YEAR’S PHOTOS:

These photos were made by our guides and travellers

INCLUDED:

Transfers from and to the Keflavík airport

9 nights in private and shareable accommodations (huts in the highlands)

Half-board every day (excluded dinner in Reykjavík)

Experienced guide and driver of ‘5elemenTravel’ (ENG/ES)

4×4 van and fuel

Every-day visits

Travel insurance with cancellation 

EXCURSIONS INCLUDED:

Kayaking between icebergs on Jökulsárlón glacial lake

Hike on one of the glacier tongues of the Europe’s biggest glacier, Vatnajökull glacier

Entrance to the Fontana thermal baths

Entrance to the Geothermal Exhibition of the Hellisheiði Power Station, the third-largest geothermal power station in the world

Trekking in the Kerlingarfjöll mountain range

  Trekking in the Landmannalaugar area

  … and much more!

NOT INCLUDED:

Flights

Lunches

Dinner on the last night in Reykjavík

Sleeping bags

Costs arising from the adverse climatology or flights delay

Everything that’s not specified in “Included”

DAY 1: AIRPORT OF THE ORIGIN-KEFLAVÍK

Our guide will welcome you and pick you up at Keflavik airport. If the time allows, with our 4×4 van, we will travel around the Reykjanes peninsula, known for its geothermal activity. We will visit the area known for fumaroles and boiling muds. Accommodation and dinner in the Laugarvatn area, in a spacious villa with a hot tub (for two nights).

DAY 2: KEFLAVÍK-GOLDEN CIRCLE

Our first full day of exploring Iceland! Today it is time to visit the famous Golden Circle, a set of 3 visits on the geology and history that make up one of the most visited places in Iceland. This visit is the best way to start contextualizing and understanding this country. Thingvellir, Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall will be our stops. At the end of the day, we will head to our lodging in Laugarvatn, not before going through the complex of thermal springs that will help us to start the journey very relaxed. Accommodation and dinner in the Laugarvatn area (the same as the previous night).

DAY 3: GOLDEN CIRCLE-KERLINGARFJÖLL

On our next day we will enter into the highlands of Iceland. The interior is characterised by complete depopulation, with a large presence of glaciers, volcanoes and lava deserts. This combination makes it a unique place. Our destination is the mountains of Kerlingarfjöll. An active area where besides enjoying our trekking, we will take a bath in the natural thermal waters. Accommodation and dinner in the mountain hut of Kerlingarfjöll.

DAY 4: KERLINGARFJÖLL-SELFOSS

We start the day with a trekking in the colourful mountains area. An unusual landscape: slopes with different orange and red colours, volcanic hot springs and rivulets and some permanent snow on the peaks. Once the trekking is over, a thermal bath will help us recover and encounter this place even more. We leave the highlands to head south, to unique glamping, where we will have the pleasure to rest in spacious, private and modern tents after this packed day. Accommodation and dinner in the tents near Selfoss.

DAY 5: SELFOSS-THAGKIL

Our fifth day of the travel will tour the famous South, the area of Iceland with more famous landscapes, such as the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara (basalt beach) and the famous volcano, because of its eruption in 2010′, Eyjafjallajökull. Our group will not be left alone with the typical visits from the area, the day will reveal many other waterfalls and hidden gems that we will walk next to and observe while hiking near. At the end of the day, we will enter the heart of Thakgil, a magical place where we will spend the night. Accommodation and dinner in the huts of Thakgil.

DAY 6: THAGKIL-HOF

Today we will head to the largest glacier in Europe, to undertake another hike on the ice, on one of its glacier tongues. We will end the day on Iceland’s most visited and famous canyon, made up of an ancient and feared volcano. Our accommodation and dinner for two nights is a cosy guesthouse in the small village of Hof.

DAY 7: HOF

We return to the glacier again, but this time we change from yesterday’s crampons and piolet to a kayak. Today’s star activity is to navigate kayaks between icebergs of the famous Jökulsárlón. An activity that will give us a spectacular view of this landscape. Once completed we will make another trekking near the glacier to visit a glacier tongue and/or a hidden waterfall. Accommodation and dinner in the last night guesthouse in Hof.

DAY 8: HOF-LANDMANNALAUGAR

If you were stunned by the interior of Iceland at the beginning of the trip… it’s time to come back! This time we’ll enter the most famous area of the highlands: Landmannalaugar. In this part prepare yourself for a little bit of everything: a 4×4 adventurous route through rivers and lava fields to reach a volcanic area. In our refuge today we have numerous trekkings to do and thermal waters to take a bath in unforgettable surroundings with beautiful mountainous landscapes. Accommodation and dinner in the hut of Landmannalaugar.

DAY 9: LANDMANNALAUGAR-REYKJAVÍK

Last day of the incredible adventure, but not the least spectacular. Leaving the highlands by another magnificent route in 4×4, we will visit the most spectacular waterfall of the entire journey. Before arriving at the capital we will visit the 3rd biggest geothermal power plant that supplies the whole city. Once in Reykjavik we will make a tour around the city and have the evening and night off to enjoy the city. Accommodation in the most sustainable and green hotel in the centre of the Reykjavík.

DAY 10: REYKJAVÍK-KEFLAVÍK-AIRPORT OF THE ORIGIN

Time to say goodbye to Iceland! After breakfast, you will spend extra time in the capital or head directly to the airport of Keflavík. We hope to see you again soon :).