This exciting day hike in Kerlingarfjöll will uncover the best of the Icelandic wilderness. Rhyolite mountains, steaming hot springs, gushing glacial rivers, and more await you on this journey!
Icelandic highlands, where the Kerlingarfjöll mountain range is located, is a unique place, completely remote and uninhabited. Here you will be able to admire a picturesque landscape of 10,000-year-old rhyolite mountains with snowy caps and steam rising from the geothermal springs below. It is a magical place to spend your day out in the wild.
The tour begins with a pick-up from Reykjavik at around 8 a.m. Once everyone's on board, we'll be driving inland, deep into central Icelandic highlands. Finally, we'll reach Kerlingarfjöll, an ancient rhyolite mountain range, and this is where our adventure begins.
We'll make a short stop at the Highland Base, where we'll fill our supplies and prepare for the hike. Highland Base is located eight at the foot of Kerlingarfjöll in the Ásgarður Valley. Later, we'll make our way to Hveradallir, the most well-known geothermal valley in the area, and this is where our hike begins.
Hveradallir, also known as "the Valley of Hot Springs," is one of the biggest geothermal valleys in Iceland. It is full of steaming vents, boiling mud pots, and bubbling hot springs. Not all of these hot springs are suitable for bathing - some of them are so powerful that it is wiser to admire them from a distance. The whole area is surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains with ice caps, creating a beautiful contrast between the heat and the cold.
After exploring the area, we'll make out way to Snækollur, where the second part of our tour begins. We'll go on a loop hike with 500 meters of elevation. The hike also involves going up and down several times, so be prepared for moderate walking. Total hiking distance 8 km.
After a day full of adventures, we'll return to Reykjavik around 9 p.m. in the evening.
Pick-up and drop-off information
Pick-up from Reykjavik starts at 8 a.m. We’ll pick you up from your preferred pick-up location, which you have to choose upon booking. You also can choose the pick-up location from Gullfoss Cafe, pick-up starts there at 10 a.m.
We’ll drop you off around 9 p.m. at the same location in Reykjavik or 6:40 p.m. at Gullfoss.
- 1 day notice: 100% charge
Kerlingarfjöll Hiking Tour from Reykjavík is approx. 13 hours, so we will be back in Reykjavík around 9 pm. If you are traveling from Gullfoss, drop-off there is at 6:40 pm.