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 Reykjavik and transfer by van to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the setting for Jules Verne’s, Journey to the Center of the Earth. Shuttle ride: approximately 3 hours.
Snæfellsjökull National Park offers a variety of trails for every level hiker. Expect to hike beneath the glacier peak of Snæfellsjökull and enjoy endless views over black lava beaches. Shuttle: approximately 30 minutes each way.
Distance: up to 9 miles. Elevation gain/loss: up to 3490 ft.
Connect by van and ferry to the famous Westfjords, Iceland’s most spectacular region. The ferry across from Stykkishólmur to Brjanslækur is a great opportunity to spot wildlife while enjoying glimpses of Snæfellsjökull in the south. From Brjánslækur, shuttle to Rauðasandur, a remote beach which is famous for its striking reddish-sand. Hike from there to Keflavìk following the cliff band at Brekkuhlìð. Meet the van for a short transfer to our family run hotel in Patreksfjörður. Shuttle: morning ride 2 hours by van and ferry.
Distance: up to 5 miles. Elevation gain/loss: up to 1300/600 ft.
Shuttle by van to Látravatn and begin your approach to the Látrabjarg cliff, one of Iceland’s natural wonders. Extending for approximately 9 miles along the coast and ranging from 131 ft to 1312 ft, the dramatic cliffs are mobbed by nesting sea birds. You will come into arm’s reach of puffins, razorbills, guillemots, cormorants and gulls. Return to Patreksfjörður. Morning transfer: 15 minutes, afternoon transfer 1 hour.
Distance: up to 9 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1734/1838 ft.
Begin today with a shorter hike right out of patreksfjörður as we walk up Litildalur towards lambeyrarháls. We then drive across the Westfjords to Ísafjördur, the gateway town for the famous Hornstrandir Peninsula. We will stop at natural hot springs as well as Dynjandi, the biggest waterfall in northwestern Iceland. Shuttle: 3.5 hours.
Distance: up to 6 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1500 ft
Transfer by boat across the gorgeous Ísafjördur fjord to Hesteyri, a hamlet on the deserted Hornstrandir peninsula. Enjoy a stunning hike to the northern shore of Hornstrandir. Return to Hesteyri. No luggage tonight. Expect shared accommodations/bathrooms at the Old Doctor’s house.
Distance: up to 13 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2100 ft.
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.
Today we venture out and explore the southern side of the peninsula. Enjoy vast views of sheer endless fjords and the Drangajökull glacier. Look for seals, whales, artic foxes and many different types of birds. Return to Ísafjörður by ferry in the afternoon and celebrate the last evening in Iceland.
Distance: up to 11 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 1650 ft.
We recommend a flight from Ísafjörður to Reykjavik. There are usually two connections each day.