Walking Holidays in Iceland - Iceland - Full Circle - 21 Nights

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The itinerary has much to offer, with spectacular waterfalls and remote mountains to ascend. The East and South has more dramatic coastal scenery and potential for glacier walking than the West and North of the island.

Personalised quotation

We will gladly send you a personalised quotation for the holiday, duration and routing of your choice, we do not however offer locations that one of our team has not visited and experienced. The first and last days can also be adjusted depending on time of arrival and departures.

Driving Around

Distances in Iceland are large and public transport outside of Reykjavik is sporadic, so to link all the walking places in Iceland the best way is by car. We have put together  holidays combining good walking with visiting the ‘must sees‘ of the country all linked by self drive car. You are unlikely to meet any other walkers in many places while walking around Iceland which is a delight, but you need to be prepared for sudden changes in the weather. Our holidays will appeal to those who not only wish to see the major sites of this unique country but also to explore it close up and not just from a car window. There is a choice of walks at most locations for all abilities.

Driving in Iceland is a real joy. Although some of the minor roads have dirt surfaces, all but a very short distance of the main road round Iceland is paved and all rural roads are pretty empty. Reykjavik is busy and does have some traffic jams at peak times but the rest of the country is traffic jam free. The distances are large with long periods of driving without a building or any other sign of human habitation in sight - just spectacular scenery, mountain ranges to cross, mountain streams and rivers to follow and waterfalls to spot. You will pass through isolated settlements either for farmers or fishermen, and you look at their lifestyle with envy of their spectacular views and setting and fear of what it is like to live so far away from anyone else. We provide a booklet with detailed driving directions.

Day 1: Arrive Keflavik, the international airport for Reykjavik. Drive to your first hotel near the small town of Selfoss. If arriving early, you could stop off and take a walk to bathe in a hot river above Hveragerdi. HB. DD 76 miles

Day 2: Drive to þingvellir by far Iceland’s most famous historic site. This is where Iceland had its first general assembly in A.D.930, so can claim to be the original government seat. Walk this historic area on the geological divide between two continental plates. Then drive on to the best known hot spring geyser and then visit the nearby magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Overnight Selfoss. HB

Day 3: Today you drive to a delightful walk along the top of a spectacular gorge culminating in viewing Iceland’s highest waterfall, Glymur, with a drop of 200m. (3½ hours ascent and descent 280m, 4 miles) Then drive onwards around Hvalfjord with the remains of the British occupation in the Second World War to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.Overnight  Snaefellsnes. HB DD 141 miles

Day 4: Today there is a choice of walks in the area, either explore around Snaefellsjokull, a dormant volcano that is topped by a glacier and where Jules Verne started his ‘journey to the centre of the earth’. Walk to a waterfall through bizarre tuff rock formations (3 hours ascent and descent 230m), or take a short coastal walk along the cliffs to view impressive rock arches. (2 hour ascent/descent 20m) Overnight Snaefellsnes. HB

Day 5: Leave early and drive to Akureyri and your hotel for two nights. An early arrival will allow you to explore the beautiful town of Akureyri by following the recommended route.  DD 220 miles Overnight Akureyri. HB DD 237 miles

Day 6: Walk to the summit of Kaldbakur (ascent and descent 1100m, 5 hours), for outstanding views over Eyjafjordur (Island fjord) and surrounding area and out to the Arctic Ocean. Or alternatively enjoy a low level fjord side walk. Overnight Akureyri. HB

Day 7: Walk to the top of Sulur a delightful summit with commanding views from the top down the fjord and towards central Iceland,  then drive onward to Husavik. Take a break enroute and walk to the viewpoints above Godafoss (The Gods Waterfall).Overnight at Husavik. BB. Enjoy dinner in one of the superb seafood restaurants. DD 56 miles

Day 8: Drive to Dettifoss Waterfall considered by many to be the most impressive in Europe. After a short walk, drive on and take a longer walk to the spectacular Asbyrgi valley and the impressive Jokulsa Canyon. (5 hours ascent/descent 200m) return by a great drive along the Arctic coast. Overnight at Husavik. BB  

Day 9: Either take one of the many whale watching trips run by ex-whalers (not included in the price) and visit the fascinating whale museum, in this whale watching capital of Iceland. Then drive to Myvatn. Or drive to Myvatn and take one of the many walking options in the area. Overnight at Myvatn. BB DD 40 miles

Day 10: There are many short walks in the Myvatn area, exploring extensive features of historic volcanic activity or the more recent 1984 eruption. You can also explore the sulphur and mudholes. Overnight at Myvatn. BB.

Day 11: Drive to Egilstadir through some spectacular scenery (even for Iceland) , then onto your hotel at Seydisfjodur, from where you can take a local walk in the area of this beautiful fjord. Overnight Seydisfjodur HB DD 129 miles

Day 12: Two walks around Lake Lagerfljot taking in Iceland's 2nd highest waterfall, a massive ancient landslip or attractive forest areas (unusual for Iceland). Overnight Seydisfjodur HB

Day 13: Walk locally, or explore by car the remote settlements of the Eastern Fjords. Overnight Seydisfjodur HB

Day 14: The first of many spectacular coastal drives, amongst the best in the world. Today you drive to Djupivogur a small fishing village. If you arrive in time walk around the nearby headland and see the reason why this area is famous for birdlife. Overnight Djupivogur BB DD 184 miles

Day 15: Take a challenging walk around the summit of nearby Stong (965m) or take a boat over to the island of Papey famous for being the home of 30000 breeding puffin pairs. Overnight Djupivogur BB

Day 16: Continue along the coast skirting the edge of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokul. Stop at Skaftafell and undertake a walk to the edge of a glacier. Also stop en-route at the ice blue glacial Lake Jokulsarlon to view floating icebergs. Overnight Kirkjubaejarklaustur HB DD 187 miles

Day 17: A choice of walks today, including across lava fields, past waterfalls and around a lake. Overnight Kirkjubaejarklaustur HB

Day 18: Return to Skaftafell National Park where you have a choice of walks and the possibility of a guided glacier walk. Overnight KirkjubaejarklausturHB

Day 19: Drive on the latest section of highway 1 to be completed allowing a circumnavigation only from 1974. Stop in and visit Vik and take a walk to a fine viewpoint of the Glacier. Take a short visit to the majestic waterfall of Skogarfoss and explore the area. Return car and overnight Reykjavik RO DD 163 miles

Day 20: Day at leisure in Reykjavik, take our self-guided walking tour of the capital, and visit many of the city’s museums. Overnight at Reykjavik. RO

Day 21: Reykjavik - Explore further the capital, or bathe in the famous Blue Lagoon. Overnight at Reykjavik. RO

Day 22: Transfer to the airport and fly home.

We can put together any combination of the days above to fit the time you have and your particular interests. Just contact us and we will discuss your particular requirements.

HB = dinner, bed & breakfast included BB = Bed and Breakfast RO = Room only DD = Driving distance in miles directly between hotels

Walk Grading

Self-Guided – A choice of Easy, Moderate & Challenging walks.

This map is for illustration purposes only and we cannot be held responsible for its accuracy.


We have chosen mostly accommodation located on farms, an Icelandic speciality. You stay in the farmer's purpose built building which offer not only quality accommodation but the joy of staying in a rural environment. They are effectively small country hotels with all modern facilities, en suite rooms and television. Each of the families will provide you with an excellent dinner and breakfast featuring local produce some originating from the farm.


Availability Information

Iceland enjoys a much milder climate than its name and location adjacent to the Arctic Circle would imply. A branch of the Gulf Stream flows along the southern and the western coast greatly moderating the climate. The walking season is short, from middle of May to mid October with the first and last months being still quite cold and could be interrupted by poor weather. The days have almost endless daylight in June and July. Even in July and August you can have cold days and there is always the chance of rain and storms. It is very rarely 'hot'.

Please note our best to go information is generally referring to the walking which may fall in the early or late season in some places. This may mean that not all tourist facilities will be open at the time you visit.

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