South Iceland Hike & Swim Adventure

South Iceland Hike & Swim Adventure

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  • Dive into our brand new Hike & Swim adventure in Iceland’s south where geothermal heat meets glacial cold
  • Enjoy swimming in waters heated by the earth itself amidst the land of geological contrasts
  • Experience the thrill of swimming between two tectonic plates in the Silfra Fissure
  • Witness Silfra’s countless shades of jewel-like blue & green and the famous bright green ‘troll hair’
  • Join the locals and swim at Nautholsvik geothermal heated beach
  • Hike through Laugahraun, Vondugil Canyon & Brennisteinsalda, before dipping in hot springs amongst colourful rhyolite mountains
  • Delve deep into Icelandic culture and folkore and enjoy being part of the community hub of swimming
  • Swim & dip with confidence as you’ll be accompanied by our Swim Coach at all times.


Dive into the heart of Iceland’s cherished swimming culture with our brand new South Iceland Hike and Swim Adventure. In Iceland, the love of swimming runs deep, an essential skill taught from the youngest age. Across this land of fire and ice, from colourful & quirkey capital of Reykjavik to remote villages, there’s always a welcoming swimming pool, a serene lagoon, or steamy natural hot springs waiting for you. These aren’t just places for a leisurely swim; they’re steeped in tradition and folklore, vibrant community hubs where stories and laughter are shared in the warm geothermal waters.

What makes Iceland’s swimming spots truly unparalleled is the natural warmth provided by the earth itself. From public pools to hidden gems, the geothermally heated waters offer the perfect respite admidst the rawest of nature. For the adventurers at heart, take the plunge into the Silfra Fissure, an awe-inspiring swim between two tectonic plates in pure glacier water, the only place in the world where you can swim between two continents. Snorkel the crystal-clear waters between the walls of the rift of Silfra, an experience that is now considered to be one of the top five dive sites in the world.

Your journey will lead you on foot to some of the most superb wild swimming locations in Southern Iceland, where the focus is on learning new swimming & dipping skills whilst reconnecting with nature. As the day fades into evening, enjoy tailored swimming coaching in community pools, a chance to refine your strokes under the guidance of our Swim Coach. Then, unwind in the geothermal bliss of warm waters, a cherished Icelandic tradition.

This adventure is more than just a trip; it’s an invitation to be part of a community, to soak in the warmth of Icelandic hospitality, and to experience the magic of the land through its waters. Join us for an adventure that flows like the very rivers of Iceland, carving memories that will last a lifetime.

Is this trip right for you?

Whether you’re a dipper or a swimmer, our South Iceland Hike & Swim adventure offers the perfect 5-day escape where you can connect with some of the most spectacular natural environments on the planet. Ideal for those new to wild swimming or those seeking a refreshing break, this journey caters to all levels. Our Swim Coach will be on hand to offer tips, advice, and stroke correction coaching where applicable and our Local Icelandic Guide will accompany us filled with plenty of folklore and Icelandic traditions to share. 

Day 1

Arrival and welcome 

Get ready to embark on your adventure! Upon your arrival into Reykjavik Airport, our private minibus will greet you, whisking you away to your welcoming accommodation in Selfoss. An early dinner awaits, with a trip briefing and warm introductions to your fellow adventurers and our dedicated team.

Nestled close to your home away from home is a cherished community treasure – a geothermal heated outdoor swimming pool, where the heart of Icelandic culture beats strongly. Here you’ll take the plunge for an evening swim under the expert guidance of our qualified swimming coach, who will tailor the experience to match your skill level.

But the magic doesn’t end there. Post-swim, immerse yourself in the soothing embrace of warm Jacuzzis, a social hotspot where locals of every generation gather to exchange stories, share laughs, and forge friendships under the starlit sky. This isn’t just the beginning of your journey; it’s your welcome into a community, into the heart of Icelandic warmth and camaraderie. Welcome to a story you’ll tell for years to come.

Private transfer: 4×4 minibus 
Accommodation: Selfoss Hostel (twin/triple share basis)
Meals: Not included

Day 2

Trek & dip amidst the Landmannalaugar and Hekla Volcano area

On day two, you’re off to the impressive Landmannalaugar region, with the iconic Hekla Volcano setting the scene for an incredible day amidst the land of geological contrasts. Lacing up your hiking boots, you’ll trek through the surreal landscapes of Laugahraun lava field, Vondugil Canyon, and Brennisteinsalda, where nature’s artistry unfolds in vibrant hues and dramatic formations. It’s then time to relax with a well deserved soak in a natural hot spring, nestled among the stunning rhyolite mountains. The perfect day to reconnect with nature at its finest.

Returning to your accommodation place for dinner, the evening offers another opportunity for a tailored coaching session in the pool or a welcoming dip in the warmth of the hot tubs. Whether you choose to refine your swimming skills or simply unwind in the soothing waters, this day promises to be an unforgettable blend of adventure, relaxation, and awe-inspiring natural beauty.

Trekking distance approx. 10km.

Private transfer: 4×4 minibus 
Accommodation: Selfoss Hostel (twin/triple share basis)
Meals: Breakfast only

Day 3

Trek Thingvellir National Park, snorkel the Silfra Fissure and dip in the Secret Lagoon

After a breakfast, you’ll hop aboard your private 4×4 minibus headed for the awe-inspiring Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site where the Earth tells its most profound story of continental drift. Feel the thrill of walking and swimming between two continents as you explore this geological marvel with a 10km trek around the Thingvellir Loop, soaking in its stunning geology and profound historical significance.

Post picnic lunch, you’ll gear up for an unforgettable swim in the Silfra Fissure, a natural wonder created by a major earthquake in 1979, now filled with glacial meltwater from the nearby Langjokull Glacier. Immerse yourself in an aquatic adventure like no other, snorkeling through crystal clear waters that flow between the North American and Eurasian plates – rated as one of the top 10 activities in the world. Marvel at the vibrant underwater landscape as you glide over lava beds and through vast volcanic canyons.

Following an early dinner, you’ll journey to the Secret Lagoon. A unique treasure kept “hidden” by locals for years. It’s known to Icelanders as Gamla Laugin or the Old Pool since it’s the oldest swimming pool in
Iceland, made in 1891. Revel in the now modern edge – scandi-style facilities, set amidst the surreal beauty of a geothermal landscape. The pool’s warm waters, maintained at 38-40°C year-round, offer the perfect sanctuary to unwind under the glow of the midnight sun, surrounded by a picturesque setting of grassy hummocky banks, small geyser hot spring, trickling hot streams and bubbling mud.

This day will become a treasured memory, one you’ll recount for years to come.

Trekking distance approx. 10km.

Private transfer: 4×4 minibus 
Accommodation: Selfoss Hostel (twin/triple share basis)
Meals: Breakfast only

Day 4

Trek Reykadalur Valley, Djupagilsfoss Waterfall and Swim Nautholsvik geothermal heated beach

Following breakfast, you’ll check out of your accommodation. You’ll jump aboard your minibus to the Reykadalur valley for the start of your hike to a hot river which is heated by the Hengil Volcano. Your path takes you by the beautiful Djúpagilsfoss Waterfall as it pours into the Djúpagil Canyon, leading up to a plateau where, on a clear day, the sea stretches out before you. Despite its popularity, the hot river offers ample space for all, with well-organised changing areas and a boardwalk, making it an ideal spot for a leisurely picnic lunch.

Next, you’ll make your way to Reykjavik, check in to your accommodation before diving into a swimming experience of a different kind at Nautholsvik geothermal heated beach. This area is a popular spot for locals and is perfect for sea swimming, boasting facilities like changing rooms, showers, sea baths, and hot tubs. Thanks to geothermal heating, the human-crafted lagoon offers refreshing swims in water temperatures ranging from 15 – 19 degrees during the summer. Whether you’re looking to refine your open water swimming techniques or dip your toes in the sea for the first time, our Open Water Swimming Coach will be there to guide you through skills like race starts, sighting, drafting, and turning. This day is set to be an adventure that combines the thrill of exploration with the joy of swimming in some of Iceland’s most unique locations.

Trekking distance approx. 7km – 10km (depending on route taken).

Private transfer: 4×4 minibus 
Accommodation: Guesthouse (twin share basis)
Meals: Breakfast only

Day 5

Dip in the Blue Lagoon before returning home 

Following breakfast at your hotel in Reykjavik, you’ll journey to the enchanting Blue Lagoon for your final Icelandic dip. Revel in the world-renowned milky blue waters, brimming with nourishing minerals. Celebrated as one of the 25 wonders of the world, this experience is not to be missed.

Afterward freshening up, your private transfer will take you to Reykjavik Airport, for your return flight home feeling revitalised and invigorated.

Private transfer: 4×4 minibus 
Meals: Breakfast only

Why go

Supporting local tourism, communities and understanding of Iceland’s diverse environment

We’re keen to promote adventures in countries that are actively working towards sustainable tourism and conservation projects. Given the numerous environmental, cultural and conservation projects in place in Iceland, we’re particularly keen and passionate to help support the local tourism industry here whilst also giving you the chance to get out and explore the pristine landscapes of this incredible country in a safe and fun manner.

This trip has been designed to deliver an amazing experience in the less visited areas of Iceland and showcase some of the otherworldly geologic wonders and Icelandic way of life. It trip also gives you the chance to learn new skills and reconnect with nature.

Pre-trip info

On booking this trip, you will receive all the exciting trip info via our free travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper to benefit the environment and the need of carrying around documents with you. A’ppy days.

Pre-trip support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on our Hike & Swim adventures and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the UK and Sue being a competent volunteer crew at our local RNLI Lifeboat Station; in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.

Plus having created this adventure, both Jim and Sue are best placed to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small. We’re here to help every step of the way.


You will need to fly to Reykjavik Airport Iceland.

Flights are not included in your Hike & Swim South Iceland giving you the flexibility to travel from your nearest airport, use any frequent flyer points or extend your stay in Iceland if you wish. We will provide you with the recommended flights for this trip in order for you to take up the airport transfers included in Iceland. Alternately, you can book your flights through our flight agent who is ATOL & ABTA protected.


Safety and well-being

Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority.

Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place. 


Swim Instructor and Local Guide

You will be accompanied by our Adventurous Ewe Swim Leader who is a certified Open Water Swim Instructor throughout your trip. Our Instructors have the relevant swimming and lifeguarding qualifications – current SLSGB beach lifeguard, Scottish Swimming Teacher Qualification, Oceanman Open Water Diploma and American Swimming Association Coaching level 1.

Your Local Guide & Driver is an experienced Mountain Leader. 

They’re also a friendly bunch with a huge level of care and a great sense of humour. Rest assured they are fully experienced and first aid qualified. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.

Leaders will carry safety equipment and first aid kits with them at all times. Please note, these kits are for emergencies only so please come prepared with your own personal first aid items.

Please note, the itinerary is there as a guide and may change due to unusual weather patterns, local conditions, and other unpredictable factors. We will do our very best to keep to the set itinerary; however we cannot be held responsible for any last minute changes that may occur. In all such circumstances, your Local Guide and Swim Instructor will have the final say.

Group size

We pride ourselves in small group adventures to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety & well-being and to make your experience more authentic.

The minimum group size for this trip to run is 7 people. The maximum group size is 12 people.

Our adventures are typically made up of a mix of solo travellers and small groups of two or three friends who simply love adventure, pushing themselves and meeting awesome like-minded people. Over 50% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people. 

If you have a group of over 7 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trip for you. 

For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke trip, we’d love to hear from you at or call 01492 588 069.

Group management

Our Hike & Swim adventures are all about reconnecting with nature and taking the time to immerse yourself and appreciate your natural surrounds. We encourage team spirit and support of each other to ensure everyone has the best opportunity to enjoy the whole experience, learn new skills and witness different ways of life and local cultures. These trips are a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and share an incredible adventure whilst being accompanied and supported by friendly and qualified Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew.

With swimming & dipping, it doesn’t matter if you’re an age group champion or a beginner who likes to dip. The coaching will be tailored for you.

Trip grading

The South Iceland Hike & Swim is graded as ‘Medium’ dependent on weather conditions. This trip is designed for people who want to swim & dip at a more relaxed pace, enjoy the scenery and learn new skills (be it cold water dipping or stroke coaching). A good base level of fitness will help you enjoy the trekking.

Swimming: previous open water swimming experience is not required as full instruction and support will be provided. As a safety precaution we recommend that you’re able to swim 25m in distance. If you are not a confident swimmer please let us know so we can make the necessary plans. There’s also plenty of opportunities for dipping and your Swim Leader will always be nearby.

Please note; our swim itineraries are an example of what may take place during your trip and should be used as a guide only. Actual swim locations will vary according to local weather and conditions.



To help you prepare for your trip, we also have exclusive offers with our Training Partners and Communities – Her Spirit and Strength & Movement Coach, Peter Lant. For more info, please visit our Training & Preparation page.

The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!


A full kit list will be provided when you book on this trip. In summary:

  • Swimming caps
  • Swim safety device/Tow float

Soft duffel bag or rucksack for all your kit 

Waterproof jacket (with hood) and trousers
Down jacket or similar
Trousers/shorts/skirts for hiking (not jeans)
T-shirts (merino wool or wick fabric)
Underwear and socks
Warm hat/beanie
Something to sleep in
Water-proof trail runners or hiking boots which are well worn in

Swim-suit x 2
Swim goggles x 2 (if you wish to swim as opposed to dipping)
Aqua shoes or neoprene socks 
Neoprene gloves and socks (optional)
Beanie for dipping
Quick dry towel
Changing robe or dryrobe (exclusive discount code will be provided for smoc smoc on booking)

Mobile phone. It may be a good idea to bring a decent cover for your phone and any other equipment
Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
Hand sanitiser
Reusable water bottle (x1 litre)
Water bladder/camelbak or similar for trek (2 litre capacity)
Hot water flask
Favourite snacks and electrolytes 

Card games 

Exclusive kit discount code

To help you get the very best from your adventure we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in independent UK outdoor retailers both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, swimming, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and your adventure.



The weather in Iceland can change rapidly so it is essential that you are prepared for all conditions including rain, wind and heat. In the week leading up to your trip we recommend checking the weather forecasts. You will also receive weather updates via our mobile travel app.

Weather Caveat

For safety reasons, we rely on decent weather conditions when carrying out some of our swims. As a consequence,these trips require a certain degree of on-trip flexibility which can result in changes to the planned itinerary. These changes often add a touch of uniqueness to your trip and will be communicated to you by your Adventurous Ewe Swim Instructors and Local Guide as quickly as possible.

Please note, your Local Guide and Swim Instructor/s reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it as your safety and wellbeing is our top priority at all times.  In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.


4 nights accommodation included in hostel (3 nights) and 3 star hotel (1 night) accommodation on a twin/triple share basis.

A single room supplement is available at £225 per person.

Food and drinks

All breakfasts are included in your travel package. Lunch and dinners are not included giving you the flexibility to order what you wish from local cafes and restaurants. 


Please bring your own water bottle/s and hot water flasks to refill. This avoids the purchase of single use plastic water bottles. 

Water-to-go bottles

The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’

You can make a difference too with taking part in this Multi Activity and purchasing one of these environmentally friendly reusable alternative bottles compared to single-use plastic water bottles. Grab a Water-to-Go bottle through Adventurous Ewe and receive a 15% discount. Even better, Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% to our charity partner, Cool Earth. For more info please click here or email us at to buy your Water-To-Go bottle.

Payment info

Deposit: £325 per person required on booking and non-refundable
Remaining balance: £2060 per person due for payment no later than 90 days prior to the trip departure date
Total cost: £2385 per person

Monthly payment plan
A monthly payment plan can be arranged for this trip. Please contact us for more information or to set up your plan. Simply email or call 01492 588 069.

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As well as carefully crafting amazing and meaningful adventures across the planet, we’ve made booking them as flexible, safe and as simple as possible. 

For the latest info regarding booking and travelling with Adventurous Ewe, please visit our website.

Travel insurance
We strongly recommend taking out travel insurance when booking on this trip. For UK residents we have partnered with Campbell & Irvine to provide you with a travel insurance program. If you would like to obtain cover for your trip please feel free to contact specialist Insurance Brokers, Campbell Irvine Direct for a quote.

Stay connected

All your trip info will be sent to you through our free mobile travel app. You will receive an email from Adventurous Ewe with your personalised log in code for this app.

For the latest and greatest from the land of adventures, simply follow us at:

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You are most welcome to use the hashtags
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Your Adventurous Ewe crew have radios and mobile phones in case of emergencies. The team are trained to deal with these situations. Please ensure you listen to your Local Guide & Swim Instructor during these times and refrain from putting any posts on social media during this time. Should you find yourself unable to continue with the trip, your crew will make the necessary arrangements. Depending on the situation, you will be met by the support vehicle (depending on access) and you will be transferred back to your accommodation or nearby medical facility as required. Your Emergency Contact at Adventurous Ewe HQ is Jim Young on 07747 346 588.

Departure & Return Duration Availability Deposit Total Cost* (*Total cost includes the deposit)
Aug 23, 2025
Aug 27, 2025
5 Days Available £325.00 £2385.00 Book Now

What's Included?


  • Personalised support in the lead up to your trip 
  • Exclusive discount on personal kit from local eco wild swimming retailer – smoc smoc
  • All trip info supplied via our free mobile travel app
  • Public liability insurance
  • Risk assessment and safety management.

On your adventure:

  • 5 day trekking and swimming adventure in Iceland
  • Private 4×4 Minibus transfers to and from Reykjavik Airport at a designated time and throughout the trip
  • 4 nights hostel and 3 star hotel accommodation (twin/triple share basis)
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon (comfort package)
  • Entrance to the Secret Lagoon
  • Snorkeling Silfra Fissure
  • Entrance to Nautholsvik geothermal heated beach
  • Entrance to all community swimming pools
  • SLSGB Beach Life Guard cover
  • Open water coaching
  • Local Icelandic Trek Driver/Guide
  • Swimming Teaching Association (STA) public liability cover for swimming
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Water bottle refilling
  • All trip management before, during and post trip.

What's Not Included?

  • Return flights to Reykjavik Airport, Iceland
  • Lunch, dinner and drinks
  • Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
  • Visiting any tourist attractions outside your itinerary
  • Personal spending money
  • Any expenses incurred with leaving the trip early.


Adventurous Ewe is very proud to have been awarded the Travelife Partner award recognising the long-term efforts we undertake regarding sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility. Travelife is the leading international sustainability certification for the travel sector. 

We comply with more than 100 criteria, related to our office management, product range, international business partners and customer information. The Travelife Partner level standard is covering the ISO 26000 Corporate Social Responsibility themes, including environment, biodiversity, human rights, and labour relation.

Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering adventures in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability as a core focus. We respect and aim to operate our adventures and events to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!

Some of the ethical trip management features embedded in our South Iceland Hike & Swim Adventure are:

  • Using local crew who are qualified and who are all extremely knowledgeable and experienced
  • Staying in locally owned accommodation wherever possible
  • Minimising plastic waste wherever possible with providing a complimentary Water-To-Go bottle on departure
  • We wash, dry and check all our swim clothing and equipment to avoid introducing invasive non-native species
  • Where possible, our crew collect any rubbish 
  • We recycle and reuse wherever possible
  • We record our recycleable and general waste from the adventure with the review to measure and reduce 
  • We always operate by our ‘Leave no travel ethos’ – Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories
  • By taking part in this trip you are helping us support the climate change charity, Cool Earth
  • Please see our Responsible Tourism Policy for more info and some top tips.


  • Leave no trace: We do all we can to ensure we leave no rubbish behind in the wild and beautiful places we visit; we ask that you do the same. 
  • Plastic waste reduction: Please bring your own re-usable water bottle/s on this trip. 
  • Your packaging waste: If bringing some snacks or new items/clothing from home, please remove as much packaging as possible and recycle or responsibly disregard this rubbish. 
  • Wash, dry and check: All your clothing and equipment before using it again to avoid introducing invasive non-native species to other waterways. 

Together, we can all make a difference in helping preserve this precious and wonderful planet.

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