The Treasure Trail

The Treasure Trail– Iceland –6 days / 5 nights, Reykjavik - Snæfellsnes - Borgarfjördur - Thingvellir - Gullfoss - Geysir - Vatnajökull - Eyjafjallajökull - Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon - SkaftafellTreasure Trail, discovery of Iceland's most loved treasures! This new tour takes you to some of the most attractive sites of south and west Iceland. Visit the country's most famous sites like Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss and Geysir, Vatnajökull glacier and pass right under the notorious Eyjafjallajökull Volcano. Travel from ocean and cliffs of the west, to the highlands, along the south coast with sandy beaches, hot springs and glaciers.

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Operation April 28 - August 25, 2015
Departure April 28 - May 3
May 19 - May 24
June 9 - June 14
August 25 - August 30
Price $1,695 per person in double room
$1,865 single room
Included Guide for 6 days
Meals for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6)
Accommodation in guest house/hostel in made up beds with linen (4 nights)
Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain hut in Thorsmörk (1 night),
Sleeping bag, cooking gear
Transportation
Not Included International flights
Arrival and departure transfers
Gratuities
Personal items
Travel insurance
$25 Service fee
Please Note Pick up: At accommodation in Reykjavik before the tour starts (between 8:30 and 9:00 am)
Groups: 6-16 participants
Walking per day: 3-5 hours total
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Day 1 REYKJAVIK - SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA (L, D) Departure from Reykjavik in the morning, as we set course to west Iceland and Snæfellsnes, a volcanic peninsula that stretches out from the Icelandic west coast and is divided by a chain of mountains that lies form east to west. Before heading to the Snæfellsjökull National Park we will take a walk to the crater Eldborg, a beautiful explosive crater that rises 60m up from the surrounding lava.

Stops at Arnarstapi and Hellnar before we head to Dritvík and Djupalonssandur beach. At Djupaloonssandur the lava formations run all the way to the sea creating a unique landscape. There we also find 4 big lifting-stones that in the old times fishermen use to measure their strength, and to see if men were fit for a space on a fishing boat! Night in a guest house.
Driving: 3-4 hrs total / Walking: 3-4 hrs total

Day 2 SNÆFELLSNES - BORGARFÖRDUR - THINGVELLIR (B, L, D) Turning back east we head to the beautiful Borgarfjördur region. This is the home of Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland (and even in Europe) and the lush waterfalls of Hraunfossar, a row of waterfalls that emerge from underneath the lava field, and Barnafoss, the waterfall of the children. This is also the home of many lava tubes and tunnels, some of Iceland's biggest and most impressive, and we will stick our noses into one of these to get a glimpse of the Icelandic underworld!

Our next stop is Thingvelllir National Park, the site of the old Viking Parliament and the birthplace of democracy in Iceland. Here the Althing, an open-air assembly representing the whole of Iceland, was established in 930 and continued to meet until 1798. The park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition to the historical importance, the location is wonderful, a beautiful lake skirted by a small canyon that in fact is a part of the Mid-Atlantic rift. We spend the rest of our day here. Night in a hostel in the Laugarvatn area.
Driving: 4-5hrs total / Walking: 4 hrs total

Day 3 GULLFOSS - GEYSIR - THORSMÖRK GLACIER VALLEY (B, L, D) The day begins with a visit to the famous waterfall Gullfoss and Geysir, the namesake of all sprouting hot springs! We then head to Thorsmörk, a magnificent glacier valley hidden behind the glaciers of the south coast. Going into Thorsmörk is an adventure on its own since we have to ford numerous rivers to get there. The road also takes us right around the glacier covered volcano Eyjafjallajökull (1167m), which so famously erupted in April 2010, sending an enormous quantity of ash into the atmosphere, blocking air traffic in large parts of Europe for days.

The afternoon is spent exploring this remarkable location with its many possibilities for hiking, from a walk up to Valahnukur giving us a view of the whole valley to the gorges of Stakkholtsgja, with strange rock formations and caves. Overnight in mountain hut.
Driving: 4 hrs total / Walking: 4-5 hrs total

Day 4 SELJALANDSFOSS - SKOGARFOSS - VIK - SKAFTAFELL (B, L, D) From Thorsmörk we return to the main road and continue east. Stop at the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss, where it is possible to walk behind the waterfall if it is not to icy, and the magnificent Skogarfoss.

Optional, a stop at the new Eruption Center at Thorvaldseyri farm, right under the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, for a short documentary on the 2010 eruption (price approx. 5€).

A walk on the black beaches of Vik, admiring the power and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean will be refreshing before the last part of road east. The high cliffs dominate the black beach below and just off the coast pillars of rock rise up from the Ocean's surface. Legend says that these are trolls that turned into stone after staying up past sunrise...

After a drive over the vast sand desert of the south and the lava field of Eldhraun, one of the biggest lave flow coming from one single eruption, we arrive at Skaftafell National Park right under Iceland's highest peaks, Hvannadalshnukur (2110) in the late afternoon. Night in Guest house.
Driving: 4 hrs total / Walking: 4 hrs total

Day 5 SKAFTAFELL - JÖKULSARLON GLACIAL LAGOON (B, L, D) Today we take our vehicle east to reach the Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, one of the marvelous features of this region, a lake scattered with Icebergs that break off from the great Breidamerkurjökull glacier. A boat ride on the lake among the icebergs is optional (available from April to October price 4000 ISK).

In the early afternoon we come back to Skaftafell to further explore the hiking trails of this magnificent park at the foot of the mighty Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. It is a green oasis covered with arctic birch, and colorful valleys, rivers, waterfalls and flowers decorate the landscape, in contrast with the mountains surrounding it on one side and looking over sandy plains of Skeidararsandur, where in 1996 an impressive flood caused by an volcanic eruption under the Vatnajökull glacier took place. A Glacier walk on Svinafellsjökull outlet glacier is optional. Overnight in Guest house.
Driving: 2-2h30 total / Walking: 5 hrs total

Day 6 SKAFTAFELL - HOT SPRING HIKE - REYKJAVIK (B, L) Even though we have some route to cover back to Reykjavik we will make a few interesting stops along the way and do some hiking. Our first stop is at the Systrafoss waterfall and the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur followed by a short walk at the gorgeous Fjardarargljufur Canyon. We pass through the villages of the south coast and just of the geothermal village of Hveragerdi we go for a hike among the numerous hot springs and boiling mud pools in Reykjadalur valley, a magical place (or Grændalur depending on snow conditions). Arrival in Reykjavik in the afternoon.
Driving: 4-5 hrs total / Walking: 3-4 hrs total

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