Volcanic Trail 1: Explorer's Peak to the Canyon of Fire

Volcanic Trail 1: Explorer's Peak to the Canyon of Fire– Iceland –4 days / 3 nights, Reykjavik - Geysir - Gullfoss - Hveravellir - Thjofadalir - Thverbrekknamuli - Frodarheidi - Hvitarvatn - ReykjavikThe Volcanic Trails is a trekking tour combining three distinct sections. The first part takes you through one of the greatest volcanic regions of the southern Icelandic highlands, the area of Skafta River and Eldgja "Fire Canyon". Our journey begins in the Vatnajökull National Park at Sveinstindur by the magical Langisjor Lake, along the Skafta River to the Eldgja volcanic fissure mountain. Return to Reykjavik via the highland oasis Landmannalaugar.

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Operation July 4 - August 22, 2015
Departure July 4 - July 7
July 18 - July 21
July 25 - July 28
August 1 - August 4
August 22 - August 25
Price From $1,025 per person in mountain hut
Included Guide during the trek (until morning day 4)
Meals for 4 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 4)
Accommodation in sleeping bag in mountain huts for 3 nights
Bus from Reykjavík to Sveinstindur
Bus from Holaskjol to Reykjavik via Landmannalaugar
Transfer of luggage
Not Included International airfare
Airport taxes
Sleeping bags
Personal items / personal insurance
$25 Service fee
Please Note Trekking: 4 days
Total distance: 36 kilometers (22 miles)
Altitude: 400 - 1050 meters (1300 - 3450 feet)
Maximum ascent: 450 meters (1480 feet)
Group size: 5 to 14 participants

The tour starts and ends at the central bus station in Reykjavik (BSI)
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Day 1 REYKJAVIK - SVEINSTINDUR (L, D) Meeting point at 7:15 at BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik. You meet your guide and get onto the bus that will take you into the magical southern highlands, partly on highland tracks. You arrive at the foot of Mt Sveinstindur, named after one of Iceland's first explorers and naturalists Sveinn Palsson. Climb to the summit of this peak that is located at the western end of the magical lake Langisjor offering superb views over the lake and the massif of Fögrufjöll on its southern shores. Descent to a traditional mountain hut on the other side of the mountain where you spend the first night. Rustic hut, outhouse and no showers.
Distance: 5 km Ascent/descent: 480 m

Day 2 SVEINSTINDUR - SKAFTA - SKÆELINGAR (B, L, D) Today we hike along the shores of the glacial river Skafta, draining from the nearby Vatnajökull icecap. The trail leads to the small and impressive canyon of Hvanngil before reaching the spectacular Uxatindar peaks and their nearby canyons. The landscape is truly volcanic, black volcanic sands, and old lava fields along with different rock formations of the canyons allow for an impressive hike. Past the Uxatindar the landscape becomes more green and at the end of the day you arrive in the magical Skælingar area, an ancient lava forest close to the riverbed of Skafta. Here a traditional mountain hut awaits for the night. Rustic hut, outhouse and no showers.
Distance: 12 km Ascent/descent:250 m Walking time: 6 - 8 hrs

Day 3 SKÆELINGAR - GJATINDUR - ELDGJA (B, L, D) After packing up we start the day's hike leading to the Canyon of Fire - Eldgja. We climb the soft hills up to the peak of Gjatindur, located at the eastern end of the canyon. From the peak amazing views give us an idea of the immensity of the canyon that reaches far beyond to the Myrdalsjökull glacier. A slow descent into the canyon and we have time to enjoy this remarkable place and its many wonders before concluding the day with a hike to huts at nearby Holaskjol where we spend the night after having completed the first section of the Volcanic Trail. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
Distance: 14 km Ascent/descent: 350 m Walking time:6 - 8 hrs

Day 4 HOLASKOL - LANDMANNALAUGAR - REYKJAVIK (B, L) Today you return to Reykjavik on the scheduled bus, taking leave of your guide that will continue along the Volcanic Trails. The bus leaves Holaskjol for the 2,5 hour drive to Landmannalaugar. At Landmannalaugar you have a 2 hours stop and can dip into the natural pool on the premises or simply admire the beauty of this amazing rhyolite area. The bus to Reykjavik leaves Landmannalaugar at 15:30 and arrives at the Reykjavik Bus Terminal at 19:35 where the tour ends.

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