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The Treasure Trail Hiking Tour

The Treasure Trail Hiking Tour

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Price
From £1,955

Duration
7 Nights

Departures
March - Aug

A guided hiking tour that takes you to some of Iceland’s most attractive locations of the south and west. Along with less known treasures we will visit the country’s most famous sites like Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir, Vatnajökull glacier and pass right under the notorious Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, and hear stories about other kind of treasures hidden in nature. Here you will experience a great variation in landscape and scenery, with a little bit of everything. From the ocean and cliffs of the west, into the highlands. Along the south coast, sandy beaches, hot springs and waterfalls, lava fields, caves, volcanoes, glaciers and icebergs create unbelievable contrasts in the scenery surrounding us.

Every day different hikes give you a chance to take in the essentials and the essence of our strange and unique country. Furthermore travelling out of the summer season gives you a different sense of its arctic nature and atmosphere. Each season has its special charm. In the autumn and spring migrating birds set their mark on the land. The many shades of autumn colors along with the northern lights are prominent in the fall and winter. Snow and ice can make this tour a winter adventure. In spring nature is coming back to life and the days seem endless. An excellent tour to discover the unique magic of Iceland.

Higlights:

  • All inclusive adventure hiking tour
  • Explore Snæfellsnes and the South Coast of Iceland
  • See the glacier lagoon and spend a night at Þórsmörk Mountain Hut

ITINERARY SUGGESTION - 7 NIGHTS

Day 1 - Arrival
Arrival at Keflavík Airport, individual bus transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík. You may want to start your adventure with a dip in the famous Blue Lagoon (if flight time allows) or explore Reykjavík. We will send you plenty of ideas of the "must see's" in the city.

Enjoy Reykjavík by night.

Day 2 - Reykjavík-Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Departure from Reykjavík 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 Djúpalónssandur beach. At Djúpalónssandur 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 3 - Snæfellsnes-Borgarfjörður-Þingvellir
Turning back east we head to the beautiful Borgarfjörður 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. 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 Þingvelllir N.P. the site of the old Parliament and the birthplace of democracy in Iceland.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 4 - Gullfoss- Geysir -Þórsmörk Glacier Valley
The day begins with a visit to the famous waterfall Gullfoss and Geysir, the namesake of all sprouting hot springs! We then head to Þórsmörk, a magnificent glacier valley hidden behind the glaciers of the south coast. Going into Þórsmörk 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) that 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 Valahnúkur giving us a view of the whole valley to the gorges of Stakkholtsgjá, with strange rock formations and caves. Night in mountain hut.

Driving: 4 hrs total
Walking: 4-5 hrs total

Day 5 - Þórsmörk-Seljalandsfoss - Skógarfoss- Vík- Skaftafell
From Þórsmörk 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 Skógarfoss. Optional, a stop at the new Eruption Center at Þorvaldseyri farm, right under the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, for a short documentary on the 2010 eruption (price approx 5€). A walk on the black beaches of Vík, 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 N.P right under Iceland‘s highest peaks, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110) in the late afternoon. Night in guest house.

Driving: 4 hrs total
Walking: 4 hrs total

Day 6 - Skaftafell National Park - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lake
Today we take our vehicle east to reach the Jökulsárlón Glacier lake, one of the marvelous features of this region, a lake scattered with Icebergs that break off from the great Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. A boat ride on the lake among the icebergs is optional (available from April to October). 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 Skeiðarársandur where in 1996 an impressive flood caused by an volcanic eruption under the Vatnajökull glacier took place. A Glacier walk on Svínafellsjökull outlet glacier is optional. Night in guest house.

Driving: 2-2h30 total
Walking: 5 hrs total

Day 7 - Skaftafell-Hot Spring Hike-Reykjavík
Even though we have some route to cover back to Reykjavík 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 Fjarðarárgljúfur Canyon. We pass through the villages of the south coast and just of the geothermal village of Hveragerði we go for a hike among the numerous hot springs and boiling mud pools in Reykjadalur valley (or Grændalur depending on snow conditions). A magical place. Arrival in Reykjavik in the afternoon.

Driving: 4-5 hrs total
Walking: 3-4 hrs total

Day 8 - Deparutre
Depending on your flight time you might want to explore the city in the morning or visit the world famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa on route to the airport if you have not had the chance on your arrival day.

Depart for home.

Please note: This schedule may change due to weather and conditions.

Travel dates: Daily departures, March - August 2017

Groupsize: 6-16 people

March - August From £1,955* per person based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room

*Price is subject to availability

Included:
- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Return airport transfer
- 2 nights accommodation in Reykjavík (before and after tour) 3 star standard hotel including breakfast
- 5 nights in the countryside during tour, Hostel/guesthouse and one night in mountain hut, sleeping bag (in fall and spring) including breakfast, lunch and dinner
- 6 day fully guided tour in English/French, small group tour with transport by mini bus
- 3-5 hours moderate hike/walking per day during tour (often split into multiple shorter hikes, difficulty 1-2 out of 5)

Additional Fees:
- Booking fee £10 per person
- ATOL Protection fee £2.50 per person (only applicable if flights are booked through All Iceland)
- Debit/credit card fees

Not included:
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance
- Any service not specifically listed under "included"

Departures 2017:

May:
June: 05.06.2017 - 10.06.2017 - On request
July:
August:


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All Iceland cooperates with all the airlines that fly to Iceland, Icelandair, Wow air, easyJet and British Airways. We can assist you to find the optimal flight package. The airlines fly to Keflavik International airport.

Icelandair operates flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Belfast City. Icelandair offers 3 classes, Economy, Economy Comfort and Saga Business Class.
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Fugfélagið Ernir offers Domestic flights to Vestmannaeyjar, Höfn, Húsavík, Bíldudalur and Gjögur.


 

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