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Iceland

Hiking in South Iceland: The Drama of Nature

Discover stunning natural beauty as you explore colorful volcanic landscapes, bubbling geothermal pools and sparkling waterfalls with local experts.
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Program No. 10537RJ
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
625
Iceland

Hiking in South Iceland: The Drama of Nature

Discover stunning natural beauty as you explore colorful volcanic landscapes, bubbling geothermal pools and sparkling waterfalls with local experts.
Length
9 days
Starts at
3,999
Flights start at
625
Program No. 10537 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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Sep 21 - Sep 29, 2021
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3,999
Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2022
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3,999
Jul 22 - Jul 30, 2022
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3,999
Aug 5 - Aug 13, 2022
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3,999
Aug 19 - Aug 27, 2022
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Sep 9 - Sep 17, 2022
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Sep 23 - Oct 1, 2022
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3,999
DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Sep 21 - Sep 29, 2021
Starting at
4,899
Jul 8 - Jul 16, 2022
Starting at
4,899
Jul 22 - Jul 30, 2022
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4,899
Aug 5 - Aug 13, 2022
Starting at
4,899
Aug 19 - Aug 27, 2022
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4,899
Sep 9 - Sep 17, 2022
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4,899
Sep 23 - Oct 1, 2022
Starting at
4,899

At a Glance

The world’s 18th-largest island is also one of the most fascinating, where eons of glaciation, combined with an active molten core, have resulted in a landscape like few others on the planet. Traverse the landscape and national parks on foot, studying Iceland’s natural and cultural history with local experts. Don’t miss a chance to revitalize in one of South Iceland’s many thermal pools.
Activity Level
Outdoor: Challenging
Hikes can be between 6-8 miles on uneven terrain; both established trails and “off trail” routes, elevation changes up to 1,500 feet on hikes.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about Iceland’s energy source at a geothermal power plant.
  • Explore Skaftafell National Park, which spans three glaciers on the southern edge of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest icecap.
  • Soak in a naturally heated river in the colorful, volcanic Landmannalaugar region.
Featured Expert
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Dagur Egonsson
Dagur Egonsson was born in Reykjavik and has lived all but six years of his life in Iceland. He has also lived in Denmark, where he earned a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Copenhagen. A professional hiking expert, Dagur has traveled all over Iceland with his family for the last 20 years, absorbing knowledge and embracing his magical native land wherever he goes.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Dagur Egonsson was born in Reykjavik and has lived all but six years of his life in Iceland. He has also lived in Denmark, where he earned a bachelor’s in computer science from the University of Copenhagen. A professional hiking expert, Dagur has traveled all over Iceland with his family for the last 20 years, absorbing knowledge and embracing his magical native land wherever he goes.
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Sigrún Jónsdóttir View biography
Sigrún Jónsdóttir has been working as a professional group leader since 1986. Born and raised in Iceland, she has a degree in anthropology that has served her well in her long career. She has traveled all over Iceland, indulging in her love of nature and keen interest in Icelandic folklore, especially tales of elves. She takes great pleasure in sharing her knowledge of Icelandic culture, history, and nature. Sigrún lives in Reykjavík with her family and cats. She practices yoga and is an active environmentalist.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Iceland Imagined
by Karen Oslund
This cultural and environmental history explores the geography, literature, language, culture, politics and symbolism of Iceland, Greenland, northern Norway and the Faroe Islands.
The Almost Nearly Perfect People, Behind the Myth of the Scandinavian Utopia
by Michael Booth
Guardian journalist Booth writes with laugh-out-loud humor and brutal candor about the Scandinavians, mixing history and his own experiences in Nordic regions in this searing cultural portrait.
Iceland, Land of the Sagas
by Jon Krakauer (Photographer), David Roberts
Krakauer and colleague Roberts hike and climb around Iceland in this classic travel narrative, reissued as a paperback and featuring Krakauer's color photographs. The book interweaves the natural and cultural history of the island with the authors' own adventures.
Iceland Adventure Map
by National Geographic
A detailed map at a scale of 1:465,000, printed on handy tear- and water-resistant paper.
North: The New Nordic Cuisine of Iceland
by Evan Sung (Photographer), Jody Eddy, Gunnar Gislason
Catering to a rising interest in Nordic cuisine, this cookbook celebrates Iceland’s food alongside its haunting landscapes, portrayed in starkly beautiful, full-color photos.
The Sagas of Icelanders
by Jane Smiley (Editor), Robert Kellog (Introduction)
Nine sagas and six tales composed between the years 1000 and 1500, including an account of Leif Eriksson's voyage to North America, all newly translated.
Jar City
by Arnaldur Indridason
Indridason's first moody police procedural finds Reykjavik detective Erlendur Sveinsson investigating the brutal murder of a lonely pensioner and the man's connection to the deaths of a number of young women. Made into a darkly superb film.
Auroras, Fire in the Sky
by Dan Bortolotti, Yuichi Takasaka (Photographer)
These 80 color photos by Yuichi Takasaka celebrate the beauty, history, folklore and science of the northern lights.
Independent People, An Epic
by Halldor Laxness
Rich in local color, this great mock-epic by the Icelandic Nobel Prize-winner features the indelible Bjartur of Summerhouses, a hard-headed, independent-minded sheep farmer.
Letters from Iceland
by W.H. Auden
Written with fellow poet Louis MacNiece, this quirky, under-appreciated masterpiece captures the spirit of Iceland, its people and landscapes.
Last Places, A Journey in the North
by Lawrence Millman, Paul Theroux (Introduction)
Millman explores the culture and history of the Faroes, Iceland and Greenland in this hilarious account of his travels in the wake of the ancient Vikings.
Song of the Vikings, Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths
by Nancy Marie Brown
Brown brings to life not just the great Norse tales of medieval Iceland but also the life and times of the worldly Icelandic chieftain, known as the "Homer of the North."
Butterflies in November
by Brian Fitzgibbon (Translator), Auour Ava Olafsdottir
Scorned by love, a quirky, unapologetically independent 33-year-old woman takes a spontaneous trip along Iceland’s Ring Road, her best friend’s 4-year-old deaf-mute son in tow. Evocative of the Icelandic spirit.
The Windows of Brimnes, An American in Iceland
by Bill Holm
In these provocative essays, Minnesotan Bill Holm writes about the fate of America from his fisherman's cottage on the shore of a creek in northern Iceland.
Penguin Historical Atlas of the Vikings
by John Haywood
This history of the Vikings tells their story through a series of innovative maps and excellent photographs. It traces the routes of 9th-century Viking merchants and explorers throughout Europe and the New World.
Insight Guide Iceland
by Insight Guides
This guide emphasizes culture and history, with wonderful photographs, maps and essays from experts.
The Arctic, A Guide to Coastal Wildlife
by Tony Soper
An essential handbook for the ship-based traveler, this compact guide to the plants, marine mammals and birds of the Circumpolar North features handsome watercolor illustrations and lively text. This new edition includes a section on the Bering Sea.
The Vikings, Lords of the Seas
by Yves Cohat
An indispensable reference that fits in your pocket, this slim volume is packed with maps, archival photographs and illustrations.
Ring of Seasons, Iceland, Its Culture and History
by Terry G. Lacy
A longtime resident of Reykjavik, Lacy weaves tales of family life, anecdote, lore and history into this illuminating personal portrait of Iceland.
A Naturalist's Guide to the Arctic
by E.C. Pielou
A primer on Arctic climate, geography, plants, birds, mammals and insects in a single nicely written book. It's a highly recommended, enthusiastic guide to natural history throughout the Circumpolar North.
Island on Fire: The Extraordinary Story of a Forgotten Volcano That Changed the World
by Jeff Kanipe, Alexandra Witze
Two science writers discuss the political and natural ramifications of the 1783 eruption of Iceland’s largest volcano, Laki, which led to global death, famine and even revolution. Great for the geologically minded but accessible to all with an interest in volcanoes.
The Control of Nature
by John McPhee
In the classic McPhee tradition, these sparkling essays explore our generally feeble attempts to combat all-powerful nature, including valiant efforts by Icelanders to control the flow of a volcano across the harbor at Heimaey in the Westman Islands.
Meals
22 Meals
8 Breakfasts
7 Lunches
7 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Low Fat, Low Salt, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Lodging
Lodgings may differ by date. Select a date to see the lodgings specific to that date.
Display
Sep 23, 2022 - Oct 01, 2022 (Hveragerdi to Reykjavik)
  • Sep 21, 2021 - Sep 29, 2021 (Hveragerdi to Reykjavik)
  • Jul 08, 2022 - Jul 16, 2022 (Hveragerdi to Reykjavik)
  • Jul 22, 2022 - Jul 30, 2022 (Hveragerdi to Reykjavik)
  • Aug 05, 2022 - Aug 13, 2022 (Hveragerdi to Reykjavik)
  • Aug 19, 2022 - Aug 27, 2022 (Hveragerdi to Reykjavik)
  • Sep 09, 2022 - Sep 17, 2022 (Hveragerdi to Reykjavik)
  • Sep 23, 2022 - Oct 01, 2022 (Hveragerdi to Reykjavik)
2 nights
Hveragerdi
Hotel Ork is located in Hveragerdi, the hot spring capital of Iceland!
1 night
Hella
The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is situated in the southern part of Iceland’s uninhabited interior region, with spectacular views of Mt. Hekla. The hotel offers many marked hiking trails in the surrounding area.
1 night
Efri-Vik
• Telephone • Desk • Toilet • Private bathroom • Heating • Bath or Shower • Flat-screen TV • Wake-up service • Wardrobe/Closet
2 nights
Oraefi
Hotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.
1 night
Reykjavik
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is a new and stylish hotel in the old downtown harbor district of Reykjavik. The hotel combines colorful and modern design with old relics of the harbor and shipyard to create a bright and authentic maritime atmosphere.
2 nights
Hveragerdi
Hotel Ork is located in Hveragerdi, the hot spring capital of Iceland!
1 night
Hella
The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is situated in the southern part of Iceland’s uninhabited interior region, with spectacular views of Mt. Hekla. The hotel offers many marked hiking trails in the surrounding area.
1 night
Efri-Vik
• Telephone • Desk • Toilet • Private bathroom • Heating • Bath or Shower • Flat-screen TV • Wake-up service • Wardrobe/Closet
2 nights
Oraefi
Hotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.
1 night
Reykjavik
Modern boutique hotel in central Reykjavik. Its location on the marina's quayside, in the art district, offers easy access to both the city and the sea. National Gallery of Iceland, Reykjavik Art Museum, Cathedral of Christ the King, and Hljómskálagarður Park are all within walking distance. Facilities include Slippbarinn bar on ground floor, serving food, and Boiler Room gym.
2 nights
Hveragerdi
Hotel Ork is located in Hveragerdi, the hot spring capital of Iceland!
1 night
Hella
The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is situated in the southern part of Iceland’s uninhabited interior region, with spectacular views of Mt. Hekla. The hotel offers many marked hiking trails in the surrounding area.
1 night
Efri-Vik
• Telephone • Desk • Toilet • Private bathroom • Heating • Bath or Shower • Flat-screen TV • Wake-up service • Wardrobe/Closet
2 nights
Oraefi
Hotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.
1 night
Reykjavik
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is a new and stylish hotel in the old downtown harbor district of Reykjavik. The hotel combines colorful and modern design with old relics of the harbor and shipyard to create a bright and authentic maritime atmosphere.
2 nights
Hveragerdi
Hotel Ork is located in Hveragerdi, the hot spring capital of Iceland!
1 night
Hella
The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is situated in the southern part of Iceland’s uninhabited interior region, with spectacular views of Mt. Hekla. The hotel offers many marked hiking trails in the surrounding area.
1 night
Efri-Vik
• Telephone • Desk • Toilet • Private bathroom • Heating • Bath or Shower • Flat-screen TV • Wake-up service • Wardrobe/Closet
2 nights
Oraefi
Hotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.
1 night
Reykjavik
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is a new and stylish hotel in the old downtown harbor district of Reykjavik. The hotel combines colorful and modern design with old relics of the harbor and shipyard to create a bright and authentic maritime atmosphere.
2 nights
Hveragerdi
Hotel Ork is located in Hveragerdi, the hot spring capital of Iceland!
1 night
Hella
The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is situated in the southern part of Iceland’s uninhabited interior region, with spectacular views of Mt. Hekla. The hotel offers many marked hiking trails in the surrounding area.
1 night
Efri-Vik
• Telephone • Desk • Toilet • Private bathroom • Heating • Bath or Shower • Flat-screen TV • Wake-up service • Wardrobe/Closet
2 nights
Oraefi
Hotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.
1 night
Reykjavik
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is a new and stylish hotel in the old downtown harbor district of Reykjavik. The hotel combines colorful and modern design with old relics of the harbor and shipyard to create a bright and authentic maritime atmosphere.
2 nights
Hveragerdi
Hotel Ork is located in Hveragerdi, the hot spring capital of Iceland!
1 night
Hella
The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is situated in the southern part of Iceland’s uninhabited interior region, with spectacular views of Mt. Hekla. The hotel offers many marked hiking trails in the surrounding area.
1 night
Efri-Vik
• Telephone • Desk • Toilet • Private bathroom • Heating • Bath or Shower • Flat-screen TV • Wake-up service • Wardrobe/Closet
2 nights
Oraefi
Hotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.
1 night
Reykjavik
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is a new and stylish hotel in the old downtown harbor district of Reykjavik. The hotel combines colorful and modern design with old relics of the harbor and shipyard to create a bright and authentic maritime atmosphere.
2 nights
Hveragerdi
Hotel Ork is located in Hveragerdi, the hot spring capital of Iceland!
1 night
Hella
The Highland Center Hrauneyjar is situated in the southern part of Iceland’s uninhabited interior region, with spectacular views of Mt. Hekla. The hotel offers many marked hiking trails in the surrounding area.
1 night
Efri-Vik
• Telephone • Desk • Toilet • Private bathroom • Heating • Bath or Shower • Flat-screen TV • Wake-up service • Wardrobe/Closet
2 nights
Oraefi
Hotel Skaftafell is a splendid resort located near Skaftafell National Park. The hotel is sheltered by vegetated glacial moraines in front of one of Iceland’s most impressive glaciers, the Svínafellsjökull glacier. It truncates from the biggest volcano and highest mountain in Iceland, Öræfajökull (2119 m). Behind the hotel, there are many of the highest and most impressive glacier peaks in the country. In front, a vast glacial outwash plain stretches to the sea, some 20 km away.
1 night
Reykjavik
The Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Marina is a new and stylish hotel in the old downtown harbor district of Reykjavik. The hotel combines colorful and modern design with old relics of the harbor and shipyard to create a bright and authentic maritime atmosphere.





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