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Iceland Camping on a Shoestring

Problem: You want to fully explore Iceland but don’t have loads of cash at your disposal. Solution: Take this economical nine-day adventure and get the whole experience for significantly less. This tour was specifically built for travellers who don’t want to cut corners on the experience but don’t mind camping and travelling a little leaner. You’ll get to witness the mind-blowing geysers, waterfalls, lava formations, and other natural delights of this volcanic wonderland, plus the chance to hike glaciers, take to the sea in search of whales, and hang out in the unique city of Reykjavík, all at a reasonable cost. Suggestion: Should we rename it (Reasonable Pr)Iceland? (No. No we should not.)

What's Included

  • Grábrók Crater Visit
  • Hvítserkur Cliff Visit
  • Kolugljúfur Canyon Visit
  • Free time to explore Akureyri
  • Free day to explore Reykjavik
  • Golden Circle tour (including Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir Hot Springs and Þingvellir National Park)
  • Skógafoss Waterfall visit
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall visit
  • Reynisfjara Beach. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Holiday Highlights

Travel Style: Yolo
Physical Rating: 1 - Easy
Service Level: Camping
Trip Type: Small Group

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Day 1 Reykjavík

Arrive at any time into Reykjavik.

Included Activities

Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Day 2 Reykjavík/Akureyri

Icelandic people share a very strong belief in Huldufólk - or, the "hidden people". Learn more about this mystical influence as you drive through some of the most magical natural landscapes in Europe.

Included Activities

Grábrók Crater Visit
Glanni Waterfall Visit
Hvítserkur Cliff Visit
Kolugljúfur Canyon Visit


Private Van with Wi-fi (4.50-6.50 hours, 380km)

Day 3 Akureyri

With its laid back cafes, traditional Icelandic restaurants, and easy access to some of the most incredible sights in the world, this small town is the perfect place to spend some free time.

Other Information

Dossier Disclaimer

The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary.

VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.

Itinerary Disclaimer

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Important Notes

This trip includes a free day in Reykjavík (Day 5) to allow you to fully experience this city and amazing surrounding area. To help you get the most out of your time, G Adventures offers the option to pre-book a selection of the most popular activities departing from Reykjavík. Speak to your booking agent about including an activity into your itinerary for this day, or speak to your CEO on tour to book while in destination.

Glacier Hiking on Sólheimajökull -
Learn how to walk safely on the ice of the Sólheimajökull Glacier, then explore the ice formations and crevices. The ice flows from the larger Myrdalsjokull glacier to Sólheimajökull, an outlet glacier. The icy landscape with bright, blue caves and ridges is a unique hiking experience, one that is rapidly changing due to climate change.

Hot Spring Hiking Tour -
Explore geothermal phenomena within the Reykjadalur valley on this scenic hike. Do as the locals and relax in pools of water naturally heated by subterranean volcanic activity.

Rafting and ATVs -
Hop on an ATV and drive to the top of Hafrafell mountain to enjoy the stunning view of Reykjavík capital area and Esja mountain. Next, gear up for rafting along seven kilometres of the whitewater river of Hvítá, through a mix of serene canyons and rapids. Get the chance to jump from a cliff into the river.

Snorkelling in Þhingvellir National Park -
Located in the heart of Þingvellir National Park, with clear, narrow blue water channels, Silfra Fissure is one of Iceland’s most incredible spots for snorkelling. Float between the American and Eurasian continental plates and explore the incredible rock formations that make this spot regularly rated as one of world's top ten dive sites.

Whale Watching from Reykjavik Harbour -
Take a boat ride into Faxaflói bay to try and spot minke and humpback whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Each tour has an expert guide to maintain safety at sea and answer any questions you may have.