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Walking and Hiking Iceland Adventure

8 days
7 nights

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Rates:

Per person in USD:
$ 3,000.00 (double occupancy)
$ 3,000.00 (triple occupancy)
$ 3,780.00 (single occupancy)

Prices for Sep 01 - Sep 30:
$ 2,700.00 (double occupancy)
$ 2,700.00 (triple occupancy)
$ 3,405.00 (single occupancy)

Dates:

Jul 17, 2002 - Jul 17, 2009 
Jul 16, 2017 - Jul 23, 2017 
Jul 30, 2017 - Aug 06, 2017 
Aug 13, 2017 - Aug 20, 2017 
Aug 27, 2017 - Sep 03, 2017 
Sep 10, 2017 - Sep 17, 2017 

Hotels:

Is provided in simple but clean country hotels, cottages and guesthouses – rooms with private shower/wc. Most of our groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change):
  • First and last night: Guesthouse Borgartún in Reykjavík (2016) and Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavík (2017)
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th night: Árhús Cottages in Hella, South Iceland
  • 5th and 6th night: Hotel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull national park

Included:

Roundtrip airport transfers
Accomodations
7x breakfast, 3x picnic lunch (day 3, 4 & 5) and 2x 3-course dinner or buffet (day 5 & 6)
Visit to two National Parks, entrance & towel to the "Secret Lagoon" in Flúðir, zodiac boat trip on glacial lagoon, Vatnajökull glacier hike  and an average of 3-4 hours moderate hiking/walking per day.
 

 

Highlights & Experience:

 

  • Moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters
  • Small groups, maximum 20 persons
  • Bath in hot rivers, walk on lava and explore two national parks
  • 3,5 hour glacier hike
  • Zodiac cruise between floating icebergs
  • Ford glacial rivers by bus and explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk and Laki
  • Little to carry, as the tour bus will convey your luggage
  • Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels and cottages with private facilities

 

Itinerary:

This Iceland adventure brings the world to your feet with an average of 3-4 hours daily hiking and walking amidst the most stunning landscapes of the South Iceland. Your tour included the Golden Circle sites, the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, the glacial valley of Þórsmörk, the most fascinating volcanic landscapes at Lakagígar and the glacial wonders of Vatnajökull National park.

Your everyday activities will include hiking, bathing in geothermal pools, climbing up volcano craters, walking on glaciers and zodiac cruising between floating icebergs. With a maximum group size of 20 persons and the bus to carry your belongings this tour is easy and enjoyable to most ages.Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels, cottages and guesthouses with private facilities.

 

Day 1  : WELCOME TO ICELAND (31 mi)

The Flybus shuttle transfer to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. After some rest explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2  : GOLDEN CIRCLE (118 mi)

Our Iceland adventure starts today with a 1-2 hour walk near the ancient Viking Parliament and a hike in UNESCO World Heritag Þingvellir National Park. We will visit Geysir geothermal area with Strokkur “the churn” spouting up to 25 meters (70 feet) every 5-7 minutes, explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls”. We will then experience a true Icelandic bathing in a natural hot spring in a small village Flúðir, called the “Secret Lagoon”. We will stay in South Iceland for the next 3 nights.

Walking today: 1-2 hours, 2-4 km, elevation 100-200 meters

Day 3  : LANDMANNALAUGAR (180 mi)

Our Iceland adventure continues to the barren highlands of Landmannalaugar, surrounded by rhyolite mountains. The hiking trail will take us through vast lava field to an amazing hot spring field, then up the incredibly colorful slopes of Brennisteinsalda. We return via a spectacular Grænagil gorge. In Landmannalaugar there is also a natural geothermal stream where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. Have swimwear and towel ready. We continue our trip passing near Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. On the way back to our accommodation we stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss in Þjórsárdalur valley, surrounded by extraordinary basalt rock formations.

Walking today: 3-4 hours, 6-7 km, elevation about 300 meters

Day 4  : ÞÓRSMÖRK (81 mi)

In the morning we visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall and continue to Þórsmörk valley named after the Viking God of Thunder "Thor". The valley is surrounded steep mountains and glaciers, glacial rivers and streams. This dramatic landscape is prominent with Eyjafjallajökull volcano towering on one side and the massive glacial river Markarfljót on the other. On this hike we will explore the aftermath of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in April 2010, which destroyed a glacial lagoon and left a blackened area.

Þórsmörk is one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland and it is breathtaking to stand on top of the many hills and mountains in this region. There are many different hiking options. We select the trails according to the weather and the fitness of the group. If everybody is ready for a 4-5 hours long challenging hike and a maximum of 800 meters ascend, we might be able to enjoy jaw dropping views. You see the rumored Icelandic highlands at its best - volcanoes, glaciers, high mountains, glacier made valleys and canyons, glacier rivers, lava fields and many more gems that the Icelandic nature holds captured.

Walking today: 4-5 hours, 7-8 km, elevaton about 800 meters

Day 5  : LAKI (211 mi)

We travel along the south coast of Iceland towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur and into the highlands. The craters in Laki, called Lakagígar, were formed in one of the world's largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. This continuous series of eruptions emitted a vast quantity of lava and substantial amounts of volcanic ash from a fissure stretching 25 km across the area west of the Vatnajökull ice cap. The craters are regarded as a globally unique phenomenon and are a protected natural monument. Laki is a very remote location and one of the most unique places within the Vatnajökull National Park. It is however a very fragile area so visitors are asked to treat the nature with utmost respect. There are numbers of hiking trails and we explore this volcanic wonderland during a 2-3 hour hike. We also visit Fagrifoss which means “beautiful waterfall” in Icelandic, and the name isn't a bad match. An easy climb leads to the view of the impressive waterfall and you can only hear the roar of the water. We stay for 2 nights at the simple but well located Hotel Skaftafell, next to Europe‘s largest glacier and beneath Iceland‘s highest mountain.

Walking today: 2-3 hours, 4-6 km, elevaton about 300 meters

Day 6  : GLACIER HIKE & GLACIAL LAGOON (87 mi)

This is a day packed with fun activities and breathtaking sceneries. We start with a moderate 3,5 hour glacier hike in the majestic surroundings of Svínafellsjökull. The glacier is hemmed in by some of Iceland´s most spectacular peaks. We climb the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue up to the deep glacier valley between the summits of Hvannadalshnjúkur and Hrútsfjall. An experienced glacier guide leads you safely through the glacial wonderland of strangely shaped ridges, deep crevasses, huge water cauldrons and different ice formations. In the afternoon we head over to the famous glacier lagoon for a ride on a Zodiac adventure cruise, sailing between the icebergs of all shapes and sizes, which float in the clear blue water. After the Zodiac experience there is time to go down to the black sand beach to take a closer look at the icebergs that have floated all the way from the glacier lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean.

Walking today: 3-4 hours, 4-6 km, elevaton about 100-150 meters

Day 7  : VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (211 mi)

Skaftafell is today a part of the Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. The area nestles under the slopes of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier and is dominated by Iceland’s highest peak Mount Hvannadalshnjúkur (2,110 meters). This area used to be one of the most isolated communities in Iceland because of the ice cap on its north, the harbourless sandy beach of the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the wild glacial rivers in the barren sands to the east and the west. The landscape has been formed through thousands of years by different influences of fire, ice and water and the mild climate is characteristic for Skaftafell compared to the rest of southern Iceland. We hike up to the waterfall Svartifoss (Black Fall), which is surrounded by black basalt columns, and from there to Sjónsker (View Cliff) where we have a magnificent view of Mount Hvannadalshnjúkur and the area that was flooded during an eruption under the ice cap in the year 1996. Now it is time to return towards Reykjavík. We cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík and stop at Skógafoss waterfall before arriving back at Iceland’s capital.

Walking today: 2 hours, 5-6 km, elevaton about 200 meters

Day 8  : DEPARTURE HOME (31 mi)

The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.

MODERATE HIKING
The Iceland Walking & Hiking Adventure Tour is accessible and suitable to all those with good health and those who are doing some sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours without much carrying. This tours is based on moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters.

NOTE:

  • Total mileage in 6 days is about 1,430 km (887 miles) which is an average of 238 km (148 miles) per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days, especially in the interior highlands, the driving might be longer than on some other days. This tour has an average of 2-5 hours  moderate hiking/walking each day and is suitable for fit people who are doing sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours with carrying only a day pack.
  • Most hotels, cottages and guesthouses used on this tour are simple but clean, and all rooms offer private facilities. 

Tour Code: GJ-56

Notes:

GROUP SIZE: max 20 people
LANGUAGE: Englsih only
NATURE FEES: There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.
MODERATE HIKING: The Iceland Walking & Hiking Adventure Tour is accessible and suitable to all those with good health and those who are doing some sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours without much carrying. This tour is based on moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters. Minimum age: 14 years
AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Included in the program and price.