Discover one of Europe’s last wilderness areas on our “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
"The guides were both exceptional; incredible group of people! Highly skilled, professional, organized, fun, great people skills and attitude...felt totally safe with both of them. Dave was so patient and helpful with our slower group of hikers! Ryder-Walker is lucky to have such committed and skilled guides!"- Gail L.
"We loved our guides. Babsi was so energetic and excited right from the beginning. We got great big hugs upon our arrival! Both of them were always upbeat and enthusiastic. We had a surprise river crossing and they made it an adventure. Stash was a great driver and there was a lot of driving on this trip. There was one small glitch and they handled it well. We always felt well taken care of."- Kathy Leavenworth
"I had a wonderful week in Iceland that exceeded my expectations in every possible way."- Kate T.
Trek beneath the glacier peak of Snæfellsjökull.
Hike along Látrabjarg, a 14km long, volcanic cliff.
Ferry to the famous Westfjords, Iceland’s most spectacular region.
Immense glaciers and endless fjords, unspoiled wilderness areas waiting to be explored, clean icy seas where whales surface, volcanic cliffs with one of the biggest bird colonies in the northern hemisphere, geysers, active volcanoes and ancient fishing villages – Iceland’s cinematic beauty is simply overwhelming.
Beginning in Iceland’s progressive capital, Reykjavik, our trip leaders will whisk you away to Hellnar, a beautiful old fishing village on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula that is known for its lush fjords, crackling sulphur lava fields, wild sand-strewn beaches and haunting volcanic peaks. Hike beneath the ice-capped Snæfellsjökull, an active volcano that was immortalized in Jules Verne’s tale Journey to the Center of the Earth. Cross Breidafjörður by ferry and fill up your memory cards while hiking along Látrabjarg, a 14 km long volcanic cliff and one of Iceland’s natural wonders, home to thousands of sea birds and puffins.
Our adventure of Iceland would not be complete without exploring the now-deserted Hornstrandir Peninsula, a synonym for stunning subarctic hiking. As one of Europe’s last true wilderness areas, it provides the perfect destination for spotting arctic foxes, seals, whales and teeming bird life.
Keep your binoculars handy during the last boat transfer back to Ísafjörður, and celebrate your journey across Western Iceland in one of the town’s comfortable hotels.
Explore one of the last true wilderness areas in Europe. Hike through volcanic landscapes, and picnic amongst arctic foxes. On our 8 day hiking tour across Western Iceland, you will take roads less traveled and enjoy natural beauty that is unmatched.
Meet your trip leaders in downtown Reykjavik and transfer with the entire group by van to Hellnar, a small fishing village on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the setting for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. We recommend arriving a day early and spending one night in Iceland’s capital. We will happily suggest a suitable hotel.
Snæfellsjökull National Park offers a variety of trails for every level of hiker. Expect to hike beneath the glacier peak of Snæfellsjökull, Iceland’s most famous volcano. The author Jules Verne immortalized Snæfellsjökull when he wrote, “for through its crater we shall reach the center of the earth.” Enjoy endless views over black lava beaches. Shuttle ride: approximately 30 minutes each way.
Connect by van and ferry to the famous Westfjords, Iceland’s most spectacular region. The ferry across from Stykkishólmur to Brjanslaekur is a great opportunity to spot wildlife and you can enjoy last glimpses of Snæfellsjökull in the south. Expect to stretch your legs on a shorter hike along the way before settling into your hotel in Patreksfjörður.
Shuttle by van to the Bjargtangar Lighthouse, Europe’s most westernmost building and Iceland’s westernmost point. Enjoy a stunning loop hike along the Látrabjarg cliff, one of Iceland’s natural wonders. Extending for approximately 9 miles along the coast and ranging from 131 to 1,312 feet, the dramatic cliffs are mobbed by nesting sea birds. You will come into arms reach of puffins, razorbills, guillemots, cormorants and gulls. Return to Patreksfjörður.
Continuing our way north, we shuttle from Patreksfjörður on a scenic drive in and out of the Westfjords to Suðureyri, a small finishing village. Stretch your legs during a shorter, afternoon hike near stunning waterfalls and deserted fjords.
After a 20 min. van ride, arrive in Ísafjörður, the capitol of the Westfjords. Board a ferry to Aðalvik, a beautiful and deserted bay in the western part of Hornstrandir. From here, hike across the peninsula to Hesteyri, and spend the night at an old farmhouse. Delicious home cooked food, wine and a performance of traditional Icelandic music by the staff makes for an unforgettable evening in Iceland’s most northern part.
Note* This is a very simple accommodation with bunk beds and a shared bath. Guests should bring a sleeping sheet, travel towel, toiletries, headlamp, slippers and change of clothes. No luggage access on this night.
After a delicious breakfast at Hesteyri, venture out and explore the southern side of the peninsula. Enjoy vast views of sheer endless fjords and the Drangajökull glacier. Keep your camera at hand as it is very likely to spot seals, whales, arctic foxes and many different types of birds. Return to Ísafjörður by ferry in the afternoon and celebrate the last evening in Iceland.