Iceland Criss Cross          

Kerlingarfjoll in central Iceland

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Enjoy all of the nature Iceland has to offer; from the classic sights to the barren wilderness of the Icelandic highlands. Our driverguide will take you safely across the center of Iceland and back while showing you and explaining the natural wonders of Iceland

Great mix of photography and sightseeing in Iceland.

Tour details:
Duration: 12 days
Season:  June 25 - September 30
Price: ISK 1935000 for 2 persons  - ISK 2319200 for 4 persons

Dbl room accommodation in the best locations, hotels with breakfast, private Super-Jeep with a local English speaking driver-guide with solid knowledge of Iceland.

Excluded: Flights to and from Iceland, airport transfers, food & drinks, optional activities

This tour is on Super-Truck or Super-Jeeps that can take you to the remote locations with local driverguides who are photo enthusiasts and know Iceland as a landscape photographers.  Our aim is to let you take your photographs and help you get to the best and most unique locations. 

Price: ISK 1935000 for 2 persons

Available in: June - Sept.
Private 4x4 tour across Iceland

This Iceland tour will not disappoint you. 

For your safety Nature Explorer reserves the right to change tours due to weather, road and snow conditions


June to September (weather dependent)

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Map and itinerary for the Iceland Criss Cross tour

Day 1: Arrival
A private taxi can pick you up at the airport and take you to your centrally located hotel in downtown Reykjavik.  Depended upon your arrival you can take a stroll and visit some of the many shops, you can climb the tower of Hallgrimskirkja church for an amazing view of the city.
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik.

Day 2: Golden Circle
Your guide will pick you up in the morning in the Super Jeep and you start your tour by departure from Reykjavik to Thingvellir where the oldest parliament in world was founded and you can see the tectonic plate boundaries. After Thingvellir we take the scenic highland detour Geysir and Gullfoss. We drive a desert mountain road, through the lava fields with a view to the south of Iceland's second largest glacier, Langjokull.
At the edge of the glacier there is a nameless waterfall, enjoyed by very few because how remote it is.
After seeing another waterfall, Gullfoss which is Iceland's most famous waterfall, up close and listening to its roaring thunder as it cascades 32 meters down the mighty glacial river Hvita we drive to the geysers. Your Hotel is right next to Geysir therefore you can go outside again after dinner to photograph.
Accommodation: Hotel Geysir.

Day 3:  Mountain Track Kjolur
In the morning we head off the main road and into the wilderness of the highlands.  Traveling across Kjolur mountain track, which lies between the two glaciers of Langjokull and Hofsjokull, we take a photo stop at Kerlingafjoll Mountains.  Midway across the track is Hveravellir where there's enormous geothermal heat in the ground and you'll find colorful hot springs such as Blaihver and Graenihver as well as a natural outdoor geothermal pool where you can have a relaxing soak. We then go north through the town of Akureyri and stop at Godafoss waterfall before heading to Lake Myvatn.
Accommodation: Hotel at Lake Myvatn

Day 4:  Myvatn & Horseback riding
The day is spent exploring the Lake Myvatn area, seeing sites such as Dimmuborgir lava formations, Krafla caldera and Namaskard hot spring area.  This area is also the home of over 2.000 birds in the summer.  There has been a lot of volcanic activity by Myvatn and there's a lot of geothermal heat in the ground.  Myvatn, is the fourth largest lake in Iceland covering an area of 36,5km2. The lake has 44 island and endless nooks and crannies. Myvatns most popular attractions include Dimmuborgir, Hofdi, Hverfjall, Leirhnjukur/Krafla the pseud-craters at Skutastadir, the boiling mud pits and fumeroles on the east of Namaskard, and the hot streams in the caves of Grotagja.  In the afternoon it's perfect to go for a relaxing soak in the Myvatn Baths.
Optional: Horseback ride
Accommodation: Hotel at Lake Myvatn

Day 5: Diamond Circle
Today we will explore northern Iceland. Husavik is a town with population of 2500, The town is particularly beautiful and offers many activities and attractions, such as whale watching, horseback riding, museums, Husavik Whale Centre and botanical gardens. Asbyrgi is next in line, the extensive birch forest is a natural phenomenon with sheer cliffs rising to around 100 meters and also has beautiful woodland and the lake Botntjorn. Various theories have attempted to explain this huge natural amphitheater, we of course believe it’s in fact a hoof- mark from Odins eight-footed horse, Sleipnir.
After Asbyrgi, we head off to Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, and from there we can take a walk to Selfoss 10 meters high and downstream is Hafragilsfoss at 27 meters high.
Accommodation: Hotel at Lake Myvatn

Day 6: Sprengisandur
This is route is a bit hard to describe but you will get a true sense of the Icelandic highlands and wilderness.
You will see almost every type of landscape there is; from the bottom of the fjord were Akureyri is situated to the green countryside where it slowly changes to a mountain desert and lava fields where Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin practiced for the their moon landing. Spectacular view of 3 glaciers and a few glacier rivers to cross make the route a fun and scenic drive. Plenty of time to stop and photograph, including a waterfall and ruins of a hideout by Iceland’s most famous outlaw, Fjalla-Eyvindur (‘Mountain-Eyvind’)
Accommodation: Hotel Highland.

Day 7:  Hrafntinnusker, Landmannalaugar
Driving along Domadalur Mt. track we head to Hrafntinnusker (Obsidian Skerry), where the geothermal heat in the ground is constantly shaping the environment; melting snow and forming ice cave.  Then we head into Landmannalaugar nature reserve, a beautiful area with an amazing array of different colours; green, black orange and yellow mountains.  In Landmannalaugar there is a geothermal pool where you can have a relaxing soak after a day of exploring and hiking.
We now travel south-east across Fjallabak mountain track, an old, scenic horse route used by Vikings.  It takes you into the wilderness, away from the main roads and bigger crowds.
Accommodation: Hotel by Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Day 8: Jokulsarlon & Skaftafell in Vatnajokull National Park
First we head to Skaftafell, a beautiful national park of unspoilt nature with plenty of hiking paths and great photo-opportunities, like Svartifoss waterfall which flows down black basalt rock. We then head to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon where you go on a boat ride among the majestic icebergs which float in the water. Seals are often seen swimming in the water or sun bathing on an iceberg
Accommodation: Hotel by Kirkjubaejarklaustur

Day 9: South Shore
Today we explore more if what the South Shore has to offer. Seljalandsfoss, one of the taller waterfalls in Iceland, a small path will take you behind the waterfall to enjoy a different view of it. A short drive east is Skogarfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland which offers a spectacular view as you stand on the grassy fields and gaze upon the waterfall and the mountains around it. Next you'll feel the great power of the Super Jeep, driving along the tracks and up to Myrdalsjokull glacier, which is situated on top of Katla volcano and you'll have a spectacular view of the surrounding countryside and the smaller Solheimajokull glacier.  We will explore the black sand beach off road and go to Dyrholaey peninsula which forms an arc into the ocean and from where you can view Reynisdrangar, strange lava formations that stand out from the sea, as well as the surrounding countryside and Myrdalsjokull glacier.
Accommodation: Hotel Ranga or another hotel near Hvolsvollur

Day 10: Thorsmork Nature Reserve & Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
Today we visit one of the most beautiful locations in Iceland; Thorsmork. Located by the roots of Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted so memorably in 2010, the green valley is one of Iceland's most popular hiking grounds. The route into Thorsmork is a great strip of mountain track, with plenty of unbridged rivers and streams to cross. The day is spent hiking and photographing in Thorsmork. On the way out of the valley we can stop for a walk along a long valley with a picturesque waterfall at the end.
Accommodation: Hotel Ranga or another hotel near Hvolsvollur

Day 11: Reykjanes Peninsula and Blue Lagoon
From our hotel we head west to the lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula. Here the landscape has been shaped by centuries of volcanic activity, having formed vast lava fields. There are some great mountain tracks that we travel along, stopping at Lake Kleifarvatn, Seltun and Krysuvik to see the bubbling mud pits and blowing steam vents. We can also stop and explore Leidarendahellir lava cave. After a fun Super Jeep adventure we head to the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing soak.
Accommodation. Hotel near the Blue Lagoon or in Reykjavik.

Day 12: Free day
If you stay near the Blue lagoon you can book a in water massage in the Lagoon. You can also go for a ATV ride or enjoy a nice hike and explore the Lunar like landscape.
If you stay in Reykjavik you can take a relaxing stroll downtown and explore the city’s many shops and dine at a nice restaurant. You can also book a private city tour with the same guide.
Accommodation. Hotel near the Blue Lagoon or in Reykjavik.

Day 13: Departure from KEF airport
We can provide with a private taxi transfer to take you to the airport. If your flight in in the afternoon we can suggest activities in the morning.

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