Walking Holidays in Iceland - Iceland - East & South - 13 Nights

Holiday Highlights
  • Visit Iceland’s most famous historic site, home to their first General Assembly in A.D. 930
  • Dramatic coastal scenery, glacial walking, magnificent waterfalls and amazing ‘Geysirs’
  • Pass through isolated settlements and envy the spectacular views the locals are lucky enough to see every day

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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. If arriving early transfer to Reykjavik domestic airport and fly to Egilstadir collect car and drive onto Seydisfjodur,  If arriving later transfer to hotel in Reykjavik. Overnight Reykjavik/ Seydisfjodur RO/HB

Day 2: Transfer to Reykajavik airport for early flight to Egilstadir and collect car hire and drive to Seydisfjodur from where you can take a local walk in the area of this beautiful fjord. Overnight Seydisfjodur HB DD 17 miles

Day 3: Choice of walks around Lake Lagerfljot taking in Icelands 2nd highest waterfall, a massive ancient landslip or attractive forest areas (unusual for Iceland). Overnight Seydisfjodur HB

Day 4: Walk locally, or explore by car the remote settlements of the Eastern Fjords. Overnight Seydisfjodur HB

Day 5: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: A choice of walks today, including across lava fields, past waterfalls and around a lake. Overnight Kirkjubaejarklaustur HB

Day 9: Return to Skaftafell National Park where you have a choice of walks and the possibility of a guided glacier walk. Overnight KirkjubaejarklausturHB

Day 10: 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. Overnight Reykjavik BB DD 163 miles

Day 11: 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. (2½ hours ascent/descent negligible) Then drive on to the best known hot spring ‘Geysir’, from which derives the English word “geyser” for spouting hot springs, and then visit the nearby magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Overnight Reykjavik (1 hour) RO

Day 12: 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 13: Reykjavik - Explore further the capital, and maybe visit the famous Blue Lagoon. Overnight at Reykjavik. RO

Day 14: 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 June to September 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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