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Walking and Hiking Adventure

Walking and Hiking Adventure

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Price
From £2,025

Duration
7 Nights

Departures
July - Sept

Small Group Tour. The world at your feet with an average of 3-4 hours hiking and walking a day in some of the most stunning nature in South Iceland. You visit the Golden Circle sites, explore 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 Icelandic adventure includes daily hiking, bathing in geothermal lagoons and rivers, climbing volcano craters, walking on glaciers and zodiac cruising between floating icebergs. With a maximum group size of 20 persons, this program includes six full days of touring, exploring and hiking in South Iceland and the interior highlands. You discover national parks, green valleys, high mountains, moon landscapes, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs and glaciers. You explore Icelandic highlights and secrets. There is a lot to see but little to carry, as the tour bus will convey your luggage. Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels, cottages and guesthouses with private facilities.

Highlights

  • Small group tour with moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters
  • Bathe in hot rivers, walk on lava and explore two national parks
  • Enjoy exciting activities including 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

TOUR ITINERARY - 7 NIGHTS

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland (50 km/31 mls)
Departure from the UK, arrival at Keflavík International Airport. Catch the Flybus shuttle bus from the arrival hall that will bring to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2 - The Golden Circle (190 km/118 miles)
Pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík about 08.30 am, you will meet your guide and fellow travelers.

We start our adventure in Iceland with a 1-2 hour hike at the ancient Viking Parliament area and UNESCO world heritage site of Þingvellir National Park. We 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 Flúðir, 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.

3 night stay in South Iceland in the same accommodation.

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

Day 3 - Landmannalaugar (290km/180 mls)
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. We 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. We continue our 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 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 Valley, Waterfalls and Volcanoes (130 km/81 miles)
We start the day at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall and continue to Þórsmörk, 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 Markarfljót 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.

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, elevation about 800 meters

Day 5 - Laki and Vatnajökull National Park (340 km/211 miles)
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 1,5-2 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: about 2 hours, about 4-5 km, elevation about 300 meters

Day 6 - Glaciers and Icebergs (140 km/87 miles)
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, elevation about 100-150 meters

Day 7 - Head South (340 km/211 miles)
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, elevation about 200 meters

Day 8 - Departure (50 km/31 mls)
Departure to the UK from Keflavík International Airport.
The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel about 3 hours before your flight departs and takes you to Keflavik airport.

Depending on your flight time, you may want to explore Reykjavík in the morning or take an optional tour to the world famous Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa on your way to the airport.

Optional Excursion: Visit to the Blue Lagoon
Enjoy the Blue Lagoon for 2-3 hours. You can book a treatment if you like, have a lunch at the Blue Lagoon or just relax in this wonderful spa. If you have a morning flight, you can do the Blue Lagoon as a day trip from Reykjavík or on arrival.


ADDITIONAL NOTES: 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.

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.


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.

Travel dates: July - September 2017

July & August: From £2,225* per person based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room
Single room supplement from £530*
September: From £2,025* per person based on 2 persons sharing a double/twin room
Single room supplement from £530*

*Price is subject to availability

Included:
- Return flights from the UK including 20kg luggage allowance, taxes and fees
- Return airport transfer
- 7 Nights accommodation, 2 nights Reykjavík (before and after tour) and 5 nights in the country side with private facilities including breakfast
- 7 day fully guided tour with English speaking guide
- x3 picnic lunch (day 3, 4 and 5) and x2 three course dinner or buffet (day 5 and 6)
- Visit to two national parks
- Entrance fee and towel to the Secret Lagoon in Flúðir
- Zodiac boat trip on the glacier lagoon
- Vatnajökull glacier hike
- 3-4 hours moderate hike/walking per day

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"


Departure Dates 2017 Availability
Sunday 02.07.17 - 09.07.17 Sold Out
Sunday 16.07.17 - 23.07.17 Sold Out
Sunday 30.07.17 - 06.08.17 Sold Out
Sunday 13.08.17 - 20.08.17 Sold Out
Sunday 27.08.17 - 03.09.17 On Request
Sunday 10.09.17 - 17.09.17 Sold out

Accommodation
Simple but clean country hotels, cottages and guesthouses. Rooms with private facilities. Most of our groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change):

  • First and last night: Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavík
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th night: Árhús Cottages in Hella, South Iceland
  • 5th and 6th night: Hotel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull national park

FLIGHT OPTIONS

Why book with All Iceland?

All Iceland is a UK based travel company that specialises in Iceland
Book with the Icelandic experts!

Our office is staffed and run by Icelanders, we promise intimate local knowledge from where to stay to places to eat and the hidden gems that you will not find in tourist guides. We will help you get the holiday you want and we can adapt this package. Book through us and your holiday will also be fully ATOL and ABTA protected. Travel with confidence! 


Contact us and we can help you:

- to stay longer and discover more, this package can be extended -
- to book additional excursions -
- if you have specific accommodation requirements -
- to book this package with or without flights -


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.
WOW Air operates flights from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Dublin and Bristol 
EasyJet offers flights from London Gatwick, London Luton, London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester, Belfast and Edinburgh.
British Airways offers flights from London Heathrow

We can provide a package with or without flights. When enquiring about a specific holiday package, let us know what airport you prefer to fly from.

Air Iceland
offers Domestic flights between Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Akureyri, Egilsstaðir, Ísafjörður, Vopnafjörður, Grímsey and Þórshöfn.
Fugfélagið Ernir offers Domestic flights to Vestmannaeyjar, Höfn, Húsavík, Bíldudalur and Gjögur.


 

All Iceland offers holiday packages to Greenland and Faroe Islands in addition to Iceland. We work with the following airlines that offer flights to these destinations.

Atlantic Airways offers flights from Edinburgh to Faroe Islands
Air Greenland offers flights from Copenhagen to Greenland
Air Iceland offers flights from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Faroe Islands and Greenland

Icelandair, British Airways, Wow Air, EasyJet

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With this in mind you cannot book this holiday directly on the website but please send us an enquiry or give us a call and we will help you to create your once in a lifetime holiday. Contact our team of Icelandic Experts today and start planning with us!

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