This active and engaging multi-sport adventure explores the southern part of Iceland. In one week, we’ll hike, bike, kayak, walk on glaciers, snorkel, 4×4 and explore waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, caves and natural hot springs.
Iceland: Land of Molten Magic
An underpopulated island, marooned near the top of the globe, Iceland has been wooing nature lovers and adventure seekers for good reason. Literally a country in the making, Iceland is a vast volcanic laboratory where mighty forces shape the earth: geysers gush, mudpots gloop, ice-covered volcanoes rumble and glaciers carve great pathways through the mountains. Its supercharged splendor seems designed to remind visitors of their utter insignificance in the greater scheme of things.
It’s the power of Iceland’s nature to turn the prosaic into the extraordinary. A dip in a pool becomes a soak in a geothermal lagoon; a casual stroll can transform into a trek across a glittering glacier; and a quiet night of camping may mean front-row seats to the aurora borealis’ curtains of light, or the soft, pinkish hue of the midnight sun. Iceland has a transformative effect on people too - its sagas turned brutes into poets, and its stories of huldufólk (hidden people) may make believers out of skeptics. Here you'll find some of the world's highest concentrations of dreamers, authors, artists and musicians, all fueled by their surroundings.
A Nordic Nirvana
Don’t think for a minute that Iceland’s intrigue is just about the out-of-doors. The counterpoint to so much natural beauty is found in Iceland’s cultural life, which celebrates a literacy legacy that stretches from medieval sagas to contemporary thrillers by way of Noble Prize winners. Live music is everywhere, as is visual art. Handicrafts and locavore cuisine. The world's most northerly capital is home to the kind of egalitarianism, green thinking and effortless style that Nordic brethren are famous for. However, the warmth of Icelanders and their industriousness and creativity is what impresses visitors the most.
When to Visit
June through August is the high season in Iceland but it’s the best time for outdoor adventures. With long sunny days and the best weather of the year, the south is where most people flock, but for good reason. You’ll be rewarded with endless daylight, interesting festivals, and at this time of year the highland roads are open to 4x4 access to the best hiking. ROAM’s Icelandic itineraries access Iceland’s hidden gems and our timing and design minimizes the crowds.