Our journey begins in Reykjavik and takes us into an untamed world of fire and ice, of spouting geysers, blue lagoons, massive glaciers, and multicolored valleys stretching to the sea. Our spectacular adventure immerses you in the full realm of Iceland's extraordinary landscapes, with fantastic coastal and mountain walks.
We travel northeast and our first few days are spent in the delightful remote fishing port of SiglufjoerdurI, a highlight of any trip to the northwest. The country's most northerly town, Siglufjörður clings precariously to the foot of steep mountain walls, which enclose an isolated narrow fjord on the very edge of Iceland. The Arctic Circle is barely 40km away but Siglufjörður makes an excellent base for walking around the surrounding mountains.
From here we also have the opportunity to join a whale-watching excursion in search of humpbacks or even the giant blue whale. After visiting Godafoss, "waterfall of the gods", with its spectacular cascade, we head to Lake Myvatn, known as one of the best bird-watching sites in the world.
We explore the lake surroundings and also visit Dimmuborgir lava field, an area of bizarre lava formations with volcanic arches, pillars, caves, and bridges. In the Krafla volcano area, our walk brings us across countless rift fissures and lava flows from the eruptions of 1975 and 1984.
We pass through the starkly contrasting desert scenery of the Northeast Highlands to the enormous Dettifoss in Vatnajökull National Park. Europe's largest waterfall, in terms of volume discharge, Dettifoss is bizarrely set in an arid area of sand and rock formations.
We continue moving east and come to Seydisfjordur, a place of singing waterfalls and peculiar characters and stay in this welcoming town, rich in history. The Vatnajökull icecap, Europe's largest glacier, is the backdrop for our walks between mountain and shore.
We walk along stunning Jökulsárlón Lagoon, cross Skaftafellsheidi Heath, passing the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall and skirting the massive Skaftafellsjökull Glacier. We explore the Reykjadalur Valley, with its green hills and natural hot Springs and magnificent Thingvellir National Park, a World Heritage Site.
On our last day we allow time for a soak in the milky blue waters of the Blue Lagoon, a famed geothermal spring.
We are happy to say that we have found some amazing hotels and an Icelandic cuisine that deserves a special mention for its creativity and high quality! Attention coffee connoisseurs - this is high competition to Italy - we never had a bad coffee anywhere!
OUR HOTELS & CUISINE
The first three nights we stay in the Siglufjord and our hotel is built into a fisherman's marina. All rooms have wonderful views of the surrounding mountains and quaint town of Siglufjordur. Enthusiastic chefs at the hotel's restaurant have some culinary surprises in store for us.
We spend 3 nights in our hotel at Lake Mývatn which blends well into the landscape and the grass roof does not destract from the unique views of the lake and the river Laxá. From the hotel's restaurant we can admire the beauty of the surroundings.
Seydisfjordur is one of our favourite places in Iceland. The pretty village lies in a deep cleft between high snow-covered mountains and is famous for its 19th century wooden houses.
We spend 2 nights at our hotel which consists of three separate houses and is full of character and atmosphere.
The next 2 nights are spent at the Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon in Hnapavellir. The view from the hotel is spectacular, over green pastures, moors, mountains and glaciers.
Less than an hour's drive from the hustle and bustle of Reykjavík and set against a backdrop of majestic mountainous lava fields, the last 3 nights are spent in a Luxury Adventure Hotel. Its location by the "Golden Circle" route makes it the perfect base for our walks. It has an awesome Lava Spa, an execellent restaurant and an award-winning Northern Lights bar with amazing views of the magnificent landscape that stretches out to the horizon.
Fantastic trip around Iceland with a great tour company and fellow travellers. Great accommodation and plenty of things to see and do."
Desma from Canberra ACT, Australia 
Another adventure in an amazing place thanks to Walkabout. Iceland is the land of extremes. From beautiful snow caped mountains, glaciers, floating icebergs, icy waterfalls to old volcanoes, old lava flows, steam and hot water coming from the ground and bubbling pools of mud, we saw it all. Our walks took us through, over and past all of these natural elements of this incredibly beautiful country. Gabriella and Callum looked after us during our adventure making sure we visited all these interesting places. The local guides were very informative with lots of knowledge to pass on to us all. A very enjoyable adventure."
John & Cheryl from Hervey Bay QLD, Australia 
What a country - so many beautiful locations offering a smorgasbord of photographic opportunities - we enjoyed the scenic "degustation menu" on offer. The local guides were excellent and we learnt a lot from them, particularly how the various amazing landscapes were formed."
Geoff from Melbourne, VIC, Australia 
Iceland is a country of stark and beautiful landscapes and the opportunity to complete diverse walks with knowledgeable guides was a memorable immersive experience. This is the first time we have done a fully guided tour and we enjoyed the companionship of our small group of likeminded Australians. Best of all Gabriella's passion for travel was inspiring. With the assistance of Callum, the various weather, injury and dietary challenges were met with a can-do attitude and enthusiasm ensuring we all had a fantastic experience."
Peter & Wendy from Canberra, ACT, Australia 
Iceland is full of amazing landscapes - thundering waterfalls, steaming (and stinking) geothermal areas, tiny communities sandwiched between cliffs and fjords, beautiful glaciers and more. We loved the hikes over ridges and down green misty valleys, alongside old lava flows and through 'Game of Thrones territory'. And puffins are impossibly cute! It was great to hike again with Graeme and Pascal and the local guides who joined us were also terrific. Another first class experience with Walkabout."
Jane from Canberra, ACT, Australia 
Thank you for another amazing walkabout adventure in the land of fire and ice. Iceland has it all spectacular scenery, friendly locals, delicious food and the northern lights which we were so lucky to experience. As always our Walkabout guides Gabriela and Pascal worked tirelessly to accomadate everyone... Thank you"
Gary & Sandra from Hervey Bay, QLD, Australia 
This was an excellent round trip of Iceland, with experiences of the vast grasslands, lava and volcanic areas, impressive waterfalls, ice and the beautiful coastline. Plus we had the unexpected bonus of the Northern Lights twice. Staying in quaint little towns, such as Siglufjordur and Seydisfjordur was fantastic. The walks were very good, particularly over the pass from Siglufjordur on a glorious sunny day. The local guides were excellent and their local knowledge, including the folk-lore greatly enhanced the joy and value of the trip."
Graeme from Shepparton, VIC, Australia 
Iceland was a revelation, in lava! We enjoyed a wonderful holiday, easy walking and a great group with whom to do it. Graeme and Pascal and our local guides, fonts of useful information, kindness and charm."
Anne from Brisbane QLD, Australia 
To put it in a nutshell - it was just great! Iceland is such an interesting country, and once again Graeme ensured we had a fabulous time. We were with a fabulous group which made it even better. The landscape is so diverse - from volcanoes to glaciers, with a few sheep grazing in between (where possible). From green fields, snow covered mountains to moonscapes - just an amazing country. The walks were interesting and the local guides really made our time with them informative and enjoyable. We have enjoyed all our Walkabout tours - but I think this one tops them all. Thank you so much Graeme and Gabriela (and Trish)."
Christine from Brisbane QLD, Australia 
The holiday was Great. There were new vista's around every turn. The local guides were helpful,knowledgeable friendly and patient. They led us with the skill expected. The walks were great and allowed us to explore all the facets of the Island - from glaciers to volcanoes to hills and lakes. The accommodation was also good and generally well positioned. The drives between locations was long in some instances but the magnificent changing scenery more than compensated for this. Our Walkabout guides were once again exceptional."
Tony from Sydney NSW, Australia 
An interesting experience getting to see and feel the whole country. A country with such a wide variety of scenery. Volcanos, glaciers, thermal activity. Such a wide variety of country landscapes and ever changing scenery. A country well worth a visit." Graham from Sydney NSW, Australia 
It was a wonderful and memorable trip. A little fine tuning is needed. Highlight for me was that we really only spent 1 day on the "tourist trail". Thank you Graeme and Gabriella for all that driving, all that organizing, and all that puffin hunting!"