Incredible Iceland.

Adventure & Travel Program

Come and have a life changing experience on one of our exclusive summer camps

Iceland Summer Program:

Length: 15 days
Ages: 14 years +
Service Hours: 30-40 hours
Arrive: Keflavik, Iceland CEF
Depart: Keflavik, Iceland CEF
Fees: Contact us
What's included?: See here

There’s nothing quite like a good road trip, especially when it takes you past active volcanoes, bright blue icebergs, roaring waterfalls, and towns where elves are respected.

 

Iceland is a country of sharp contrasts, where fire and ice coexist along with the summer’s midnight sun.

 

From Reykjavik to UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park to the idyllic Friðheimar Greenhouse Cultivation Center and everywhere in between, we see all that this magical country has to offer.

 

Our 14-day Nordic Elements program balances backcountry trekking with an adventurous roadtrip down the southern coast. 

This program is designed for active participants who want to hit Iceland's highlights, camp beneath the midnight sun, and test their backcountry skills on our 4-day Laugavegur trek. Don’t forget your camera on this journey: Iceland is a photographer's dream!

Highlights

 

#1  Landmannalaugar & The Laugavegur Trek

The Laugavegur Trek is the most famous hiking trail in Iceland. Known for trails offering astounding and breathtaking sites, it remains one of "25 Best Hikes in the World.”  Landmannalaugar is a geothermal wonderland offering views of red and yellow mountains, fields of obsidian, black sands, and sparkling white glaciers. The Laugavegur trail will take you to Þórsmörk, a breathtaking green valley nestled at the foot of the famous glacier Eyjafjallajökull. This trek is not to be missed!

#2  Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

Europe's largest glacier, Vatnajökull, and the accompanying ice lagoon, Jökulsárlón, are characterized by breathtaking ice sculptures, glacier tongues, rugged highlands, and a lava landscape.

 

The seawater entering the lagoon melts the ice from the glacier tongue and chunks of ice slowly drift out to sea where they meet Atlantic waves and the black volcanic beach. Sprinkling this black beach are the remains of the glacier - crystal-like pieces of ice that are thousands of years old.

 

Seals can be seen swimming in the lagoon or relaxing on top of an iceberg. The drive along the south coast to reach this gem is breathtakingly beautiful and is well worth our time.

#3  Wonders of the Golden Circle

The Golden Circle--a crucial route for any visit to Iceland--contains some of the best waterfalls, geysirs, and sites in the country. Along the Golden Circle, we will explore beautiful Þingvellir National Park, which has been nominated as a UNESCO world heritage site. This ancient assembly site of the Vikings is set in a picturesque area of vast lava fields, a tranquil lake, and deep gorges.

Waterfalls are a central part of experiencing Iceland first-hand. Falling water, surrounded by verdant landscape and rainbows from the mist, is not only iconic in Iceland’s natural history, but important to its culture as well. It’s stated in Icelandic mythology that Skógafoss (shown below) has a treasure chest filled with gold and jewels hidden beneath the waterfall. Though we won’t try to find the hidden gold, we will gain our own treasures exploring the many waterfalls of Iceland! 

#4  Gullfoss Waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss

#5  Valley of the gods

Waterfalls are a central part of experiencing Iceland first-hand. Falling water, surrounded by verdant landscape and rainbows from the mist, is not only iconic in Iceland’s natural history, but important to its culture as well. It’s stated in Icelandic mythology that Skógafoss (shown below) has a treasure chest filled with gold and jewels hidden beneath the waterfall. Though we won’t try to find the hidden gold, we will gain our own treasures exploring the many waterfalls of Iceland! 

#6  Whale Watching

We finish our adventure around Iceland by heading back to Reykjavik. This spot in Iceland hosts more than 20 different species of cetacean animals that frequent the local waters. These species include minke, fin, blue, humpback, sperm, and killer whales. Also notable are the permanent residents of the Icelandic waters, the white-beaked dolphins and harbor porpoises.

 

Program Information

                     Activities:

  • Explore: Reykjavík, The Golden Circle, Geothermal Springs, Blue Lagoon, Granite Sea Stacks, Kerið Crater, þingvellir, Höfn, Black Volcanic Sand Beaches, and Vík í Mýrdal

  • Culture: Greenhouse Horticulture Visit, Icelandic Horse Breeding

  • Hike: Skaftafell National Park in the Vatnajökull Glacier
     

  • Zodiac Boat Expedition: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon's Floating Icebergs
     

  • Backpack: Landmannalaugar - The Laugavegur Trek
     

  • Waterfalls: Gullfoss, Seljalandsfoss, Hraunfossar, and Skógafoss
     

  • Wildlife: Whales, Puffins, Dolphins, Artic Foxes and Terns, Seals, Common Snipe, Ravens, Golden Plovers, and Reindeer, Icelandic Horses, and Sheep

                       Accommodations:

In Iceland, our accommodations are a mix of hostels and tent camping. Bunk beds are available in hostels. We camp during the majority of our time in Iceland. Showers will be available every three to four days. Bathrooms will be flush toilets at hostels and a mix of latrines and backcountry bathrooms on the trek.  

Itinerary

 

Arrival (Day 1-2):

After we’ve gathered at the Keflavik airport, we will take a bus to our campsite in Reykjavik, where we will become familiar with our gear and our fellow travelers!

We spend the next day exploring the quaint, Scandinavian capital: Hallgrimskirkja Cathedral, The Sun Voyager sculpture, City Centre, and Reykjavik harbor. Our group also uses the day to prepare for the upcoming trek by shopping for groceries, reviewing proper backpacking techniques, repacking our bags, and answering any lingering questions before heading into the backcountry! 

Hike the Laugavegur Trail (Days 3-7):

Transfer to Landmannalaugar, where we will embark on our four day trekking adventure along the Laugavegur Trail, one of Iceland’s famous hiking routes. Hike past ancient thermal springs, colorful rhyolite mountains, glacier-fed rivers, and mossy floodplains.

Golden Circle (Day 8):

Explore Iceland’s iconic Golden Circle, hike in Þingvellir National Park, and sightsee at Geysir and Gullfoss (the golden waterfall) as we make our way to Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland.

Explore Iceland's Southern Coast (Day 9):

Wander through the enchanting seaside village of Vik, travel to the geologically unique basalt cliffs, and transfer to Skaftafell National Park, an area famous for its stunning nature and proximity to Europe’s largest glacier.

Skaftafell National Park & Glacier Tour (Day 10-11):

Discover Iceland’s unique volcanic history at the Skaftafell Nature Center before exploring the jagged mountains and glacial tongues of the park and Vatnajökull Glacier. Hike to a beautiful basalt waterfall and alongside deeply carved valleys. We transfer further east to embark on a boat tour through the magical Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, cruising past icebergs and seals face-to-face with pristine arctic beauty. 

Explore Selfoss & Iceland Horticulture (Days 12-13):

Enjoy warm tomato soup and freshly baked bread at the world-reknowned Friðheimar Farm while discovering how Icelandic farmers use geothermal heat and learning what makes Icelandic horses different than any other horses on the planet. We also visit Selfoss, one of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls! 

Blue Lagoon & Whale Watching (Day 14):

Celebrate the journey by taking a whale watching tour near Reykjavik and then pamper ourselves with a dip in the therapeutic hot spring pools at Blue Lagoon.

Departure (Day 15):

Take in the beautiful town of Reykjavik one last time before boarding flights home.

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