Walking & Hiking Adventure
Walking & Hiking Adventure– Iceland –8 days / 7 nights, Reykjavik - Thingvellir National Park - Hellisheidi - Grindavik - Burfell - Heidmörk - Krysuvik - Reykjanes PeninsulaThis activity tour offers a 7 night stay in Reykjavik with daily hiking and biking tours in Southwest Iceland. Included is a bike tour of Reykjavik, Golden Circle minibus and bicycle tour combination, walk in the mountains and nature reserve. Enjoy a glacier walk, ice climbing near the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, climb Mt. Esja, bike through lava fields and along the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Bathe in natural hot pools and the famous Blue Lagoon.
|Operation||June 25 - September 17, 2017|
|Departure||Sunday - Sunday, 2017
June 25 - July 2
July 2 - July 9
July 9 - July 16
July 16 - 23
July 23 - July 30
August 6 - August 13
August 20 - August 27
August 27 - September 3
September 10 - September 17
September 17 - September 24
|Price||June - August 2017
from $2,900 per person in twin room
from $3,645 single room
from $2,685 per person in twin room
from $3,400 single room
|Included||Airport transfers on arrival and departure day
2 nights Guesthouse Borgartun in Reykjavik
5 nights country hotels, cottages, guesthouses, private facilities
Breakfast buffet daily
3x picnic lunch (day 3, 4 & 5)
2x 3-course dinner or buffet (day 5 & 6)
Tours & activities as per itinerary
Visit to two National Parks
Entrance & towel to "Secret Lagoon" in Fludir
Zodiac boat trip on Glacial Lagoon
Vatnajökull glacier hike, 3.5 hrs
All specialized equipment for biking, glacial hike & ice climbing
|Not Included||International airfare & airport taxes
Personal insurance / personal items
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Small group with maximum 20 persons Average of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km moderate hiking/walking per day
Minimum age: 14 years
Accommodations: simple but clean country hotels, cottages and guesthouses
Difficulty: This 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 with carrying only a day pack. It is based on moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters. Good hiking boots are needed and we recommend bringing walking poles.
Minimum age: 14 years
|Tour Options||Additional nights in Reykjavik
Additional optional excursions
|More Information||Walking & Hiking Adventure map|
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Day 1 ARRIVAL ICELAND Sunday
Individual arrival at Keflavik Airport. The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavik International airport to Reykjavik where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own. (50 km/31 mi)
Day 2 GOLDEN CIRCLE (B) Monday
We start our adventure in Iceland with a 1-2 hour hike at the ancient Viking Parliament area and UNESCO world heritage site of Thingvellir National Park. Visit the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur "the churn" spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes and explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double "Golden Falls".
We continue to the "Secret Lagoon", a natural hot spring in a small village called Fludir, where you can get a true Icelandic bathing experience. The surroundings of the geothermal pools and its steam rising into the air give a magical feeling to the place. We stay 3 nights in South Iceland. (190 km/118 mi)
Walking today: 1-2 hours, 2-4 km, elevation 100-200 meters
Day 3 LANDMANNALAUGAR (B, L) Tuesday
Today we drive to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands, surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. Depending on fitness level and hiking experience of group members and subject to weather conditions, we hike from the hut in Landmannalaugar. The trail goes through a rough lava field to an amazing hot spring field and up the slopes of Brennisteinsalda with its incredible spectrum of colours. Return via Grænagil gorge that can only be described as simply spectacular and beautifully colourful.
In Landmannalaugar there is also a natural geothermal stream where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. Have swimwear and towel ready. Continue the trip passing close to Hekla, one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. On the way back to our accommodation we stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjalparfoss in Thjorsardalur valley, surrounded by extraordinary basalt rock formations. (290 km/180 mi)
Walking today: 3-4 hours, 6-7 km, elevation about 300 meters
Walking today: 3-4 hours, 6-7 km, elevation about 300 meters
Day 4 THORSMÖRK (B, L) Wednesday
We start the day at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall and continue to Thorsmörk, a wide valley named after Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. This beautiful valley is surrounded on three sides by steep mountains and glaciers. Fording raging glacial rivers and gentle streams is a big part of the great adventure. The landscape is dramatic with Eyjafjallajökull volcano towering on one side and the massive glacial river Markarfljot flowing on the other. We walk to explore the aftermath of the immense fast flowing flood, caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010, which destroyed a glacial lagoon and left a blackened area.
Thorsmörk 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. (130 km/81 mi)
Walking today: 4-5 hours, 7-8 km, elevation about 800 meters
Walking today: 4-5 hours, 7-8 km, elevaton about 800 meters
Day 5 LAKI (B, L, D) Thursday
We travel along the south coast of Iceland towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur and into the highlands. The craters in Laki, called Lakagigar, 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. (340 km/211 mi)
Walking today: about 2 hours, about 4-5 km, elevation about 300 meters
Walking today: 2-3 hours, 4-6 km, elevaton about 300 meters
Day 6 GLACIER HIKE - GLACIAL LAGOON (B, D) Friday
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 Svinafellsjökull. The glacier is hemmed in by some of Iceland's most spectacular peaks. We climb the Svinafellsjökull glacier tongue up to the deep glacier valley between the summits of Hvannadalshnjukur and Hrutsfjall. 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. (140 km/87 mi)
Walking today: 3-4 hours, 4-6 km, elevation about 100-150 meters
Walking today: 3-4 hours, 4-6 km, elevaton about 100-150 meters
Day 7 VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK - THE SOUTH (B) Saturday
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 Hvannadalshnjukur (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 Sjonsker (View Cliff) where we have a magnificent view of Mount Hvannadalshnjukur and the area that was flooded during an eruption under the ice cap in the year 1996. Now it is time to return towards Reykjavik. We cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. Stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vik and stop at Skogafoss waterfall before arriving back at Iceland's capital. (340 km/211 mi)
Walking today: 2 hours, 5-6 km, elevation about 200 meters
Walking today: 2 hours, 5-6 km, elevaton about 200 meters
Day 8 REYKJAVIK DEPARTURE (B) After breakfast the Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport. (50 km/31 mi)
Good hiking boots, warm outdoor clothing, waterproof jacket and pants, hat, gloves and a towel are needed for this trip (see further information on detailed itinerary).
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.
Total mileage in 6 days is about 1,430 km (887 mi) which is an average of 238 km (148 mi) 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.