Multi-day tours

5 day - South coast, eastfjords and highlands

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335.000 ISK

Experience the best that south east Iceland has to offer!

On this tour, we take you from downtown Reykjavík to the remote areas of Vatnajökull and the east fjords. Discovering some of the best hidden places, but also stopping at some of the must-see classic spots on the way.

This tour is family-friendly and easy for fit people who hike regularly, but can be hard for unfit people. We will do hikes with around 500m elevation gain on rock/snow-covered ground.

  • Season: June - September
  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Start time: 09:00
  • Duration: 5 days, 4 nights
  • Area: South coast, eastfjords and highlands
  • Type: Multi-day tour
  • Meeting point: Downtown Reykjavík, by bus stop Nr. 8
  • Age limit: 12
  • Group size: 1-7
  • Tags: Glacier, Glacier Walk, Ice cave tour, Family friendly

Experience the best that south east Iceland has to offer

This tour is operated by our friends at Off The Beaten Path.

Book your tour via email, [email protected]

This plan is dependent on the weather, we often have to do days 2-4 in different order or swap days 1 and 5 depending on the weather.

Day 1 

  • Driving the South Coast
  • We start by meeting up in downtown Reykjavík at 9:00, by the bus stop nr. 8
  • After a short briefing we drive down to the south coast, stopping at the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss and the black sand beach of Reynisfjara.
  • From there we stop by some less visited canyons and waterfalls before finishing the day by checking in and having dinner at our guesthouse, where we stay for the next 4 nights.

​Bus stop nr 8 location: Bus stop nr.8

​Where we will drive on day 1

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Day 2 

  • Hiking and Kayaking in the south east
  • We start our second day by hiking and exploring the area next to our guesthouse, which has a beautiful secluded canyon.
  • After that we head over to Vestrahorn where we hike around what might be the most dramatic Beach and bay Iceland has to offer.
  • We then end the day by heading over to Heinabergsjökull, one of many glaciers in the area, where we spend the evening kayaking. Surrounded the many icebergs in the glacier’s lagoon.
  • These places are all within an hours drive from our guesthouse.

Where we will drive on day 2

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Day 3

  • Skaftafell the heart of Vatnajökull glacier and highest mountain in Iceland
  • We head for the area of Skaftafell where we will spend a full day exploring one of the glaciers, with a visit to a blue ice cave. The glaciers are very much an ever changing place and so your guide will pick the best glacier with the best cave depending on how they form each season. But when you have a full day to explore we are always able to find something good to visit.
  • On the way back we will visit the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and Diamond beach before returning to our guesthouse.

Where we will drive on day 3

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Day 4

  • Exploring and hiking in the East fjords
  • Now it’s time to head further east to explore the east fjords. While the landscape of the south coast is an ever changing mix of lava fields and active volcanos the east is a much older part of Iceland, and so the landscape looks very different. Here you will see fjords, eroded by glaciers, steep mountains and even forests, something you will not find along the south coast. Here we also visit some waterfalls and beaches.

Where we will drive on day 4

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Day 5

  • Driving back to Reykjavík through the highlands, hiking in the Landmannalaugar region.
  • Now it’s time to pack our bags and head back to Reykjavík. For the way back we travel through the incredible area of Fjallabak and Landmannalaugar nature reserve, there we will go on one of the many incredible hikes the area has to offer, expect about 4 hours of hiking with around 500m of elevation gain. This area is only accessible in the summer but is a must see during this time of year. 
  • After that we finish the drive all the way back to the city of Reykjavík

Where we will drive on day 5

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What’s included?

  • Each person can bring one large and one small suitcase/backpack
  • Breakfast and dinner for days 2-4 is included in the tour, locally sourced from Iceland
  • 4 nights in our private guesthouse in South east Iceland

What’s not included? 

  • Dinner in Restaurants on day 1 and 5 and lunch that we can buy from supermarkets on the way

THE OFF THE BEATEN PATH MEETING POINT is located at Bus stop nr.8 Downtown Reykjavík, next to Hallgrímskirkja church. We recommend being there at least 15 minutes before departure time. You will find the meeting point on Google Maps here

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