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Summer in Iceland: From Thorsmork to Thingvellir
Hike the remote wilderness of Iceland, exploring black deserts, glacial rivers and volcanic valleys
Choose your dates for your trip to Iceland
5 day trip from £2149 - £2199
Thu 21 May - Mon 25 May
Wed 24 Jun - Sun 28 Jun
Wed 15 Jul - Sun 19 Jul
Thu 27 Aug - Mon 31 Aug
About your trip
Iceland in summertime offers a landscape like no other, with glacial rivers, black deserts and sheer volcanic cliffs.
On this long weekend, we’ll hike the remote hinterlands of this summer landscape – every bit as spectacular as it is in winter.
We’ll take you deep into the wilderness, exploring a terrain of magnificent canyons, glacial rivers and volcanic ridges, before sleeping beneath the stars in boutique tents.
We’ll also dig into Reykjavik’s modern food and craft beer scene, learn about Icelandic produce and uncover the authentic flavours of its traditional cuisine. To round off an epic adventure, sink into the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon before returning to the real world.
Summer in Iceland is a magical immersive experience – join us for an unforgettable adventure beneath the midnight sun.
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Atol protected
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included. We're happy to help you find the best ones for you.
Day 01 Uncover Reykjavik’s foodie scene
Welcome to Reykjavik. Upon arrival, an airport shuttle bus will take you to your hotel in the city, where you’ll meet your companions and Pack Leader. Come evening, we’ll head out to a local gastro-pub for a three-course welcome feast. Iceland’s foodie scene is in the midst of transformation, with a new generation of chefs reinventing ancient staples – think dried fish, smoked lamb and rye pancakes, with a 21st century twist. After dinner, it’s time to hit the local bars along the high street and uncover the city’s famed craft beer scene. Get to know your fellow Flashpackers as you knock back the drinks, settling into the fine adventure ahead.
Day 02 Hiking in Thingvellir
This morning, treat your hungover taste buds with a local foodie session, learning all about Icelandic produce and gastronomic traditions. From delicious tomatoes to geothermally-baked bread, this is an authentic taste of Icelandic cuisine from the perspective of local farmers. With a belly full of fresh rye bread, we’ll venture onto Thingvellir National Park. This is a landscape of otherworldly beauty, where shifting tectonic plates have created a rift in the earth that has filled up with lush valleys. If you’re a Game of Thrones fan, you’ll recognise this as the epic entrance to the Eyrie castle. As we hike deeper into volcanic terrain, encounter the bubbling geysers and hot springs scattered across the landscape. We’ll then make our way to Gullfoss Golden Waterfall, where the river thunders spectacularly over a sheer drop into the canyon below. In the evening, settle into your glamping tent for a relaxing night beneath the skies.
Day 03 Into the valley of Thor
After a light breakfast and coffee, we’re heading into Thorsmork for a full day of hiking. Located in Iceland’s rugged highlands, this cavernous valley is named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor. This is a truly remote part of Iceland, and the only way to reach it is by 4×4. Sip a hot mug of tea – or even whiskey – to warm up before a long hike, then we’ll spend a good six hours hiking through the valley. Experience a spectacular landscape that lives up to its majestic namesake, with three rivers coursing through a black desert terrain, shielded by sheer, volcanic glaciers in all directions. The mountains of Thorsmork are cloaked in a fine mist, with lush flora and fauna blooming in the valley. This is particularly striking in summer, when the snow has melted and you can experience Thorsmork in its full splendour. After an epic hiking experience, we’ll tuck into a well-deserved dinner buffet at the glamping site, before gathering around a bonfire in the light on the midnight sun. Then soothe your muscles after a day of activity in the blissful hot springs, ready for another day of action.
Day 04 Canyons, rivers and waterfalls
After breakfast, we’ll start the day with a gentle hike into Stakkholtsgja Canyon. Situated at the entrance to Thorsmork, this beautiful, hidden ravine is the gateway into the valley. Game of Thrones fans may recognise this as the site where Jon Snow faces up to the wights in season 7. Immerse yourself in the wilderness, with birds fluttering overhead and fresh mountain water flowing through the streams – perfect for a refreshing drink or quick dip. After our hike, we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch, before making our way to Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the road to Reykjavik. Admire the sight of the waters thundering over green cliffs; in winter, this is an icy barren landscape, yet summer brings a lush beauty to the area. Finally, we’ll arrive in Reykjavik, where the rest of the day is yours to do as you please.
Day 05 Blue Lagoon and goodbyes
Enjoy your final breakfast buffet at the hotel, before we immerse ourselves in one last incredible experience. We’re off to the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa built into an 800-year-old lava field in the Reykjanes Peninsula. Sink into an immersive thermal healing experience – the perfect way to round off an action-packed adventure. Then, it’s time for your group transfer to the airport. What an incredible adventure: you’ve explored a magnificent landscape of volcanoes and glaciers; feasted on the delicacies of Reykjavik; and bathed in the soothing waters of the Blue Lagoon. What an excellent way to spend a long weekend.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Volcano Huts, Thorsmork
Glamping tents overlooking the black valleys of Thorsmork
Situated in the Husadalur Valley, these boutique tents are the finest way to experience the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape.
Why we stay here
This glamping site offers incredible hiking opportunities right on your doorstep. Boasting a sauna and hot springs, this is the perfect place for a deep detox.
Skuggi Hotel, Reykjavik
A modern, downtown hotel with access to all the city sights
With crisp, minimalist interiors, a restaurant and breakfast buffet, this hotel has all you need to
feel rested after your city adventures.
Why we stay here
Its central location means you’re right at the heart of Reykjavik’s sights, from its charming bars and cafes to churches and cultural activities.
Fly into and out of Reykjavik-Keflavík International Airport (KEF).
Try to arrive into Iceland before 4pm on Day 1 and make sure your flight home is after 4.30pm on Day 5, otherwise you may miss out on the Blue Lagoon experience.
Head to Iceland between mid-May and mid-August to witness the midnight sun. Bear in mind that you won’t be able to see the Northern Lights in summer.
It is safe to assume you will experience all the different types of weather during your Iceland adventure so make sure you pack lots of layers.
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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