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Iceland Walking Explorer

from $3,279.00

Waterfalls, Volcanoes, Geysir and wonderful National Parks

  • Reviews 9 Reviews
    5/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Guided
  • Activity Level Moderate
    5/8
  • Group Size Small Group
    6 - 16
All about the Iceland Walking Explorer.

This full-circuit trekking itinerary includes four full day hikes in some of the best hiking spots in Iceland as well as some shorter hikes on transit days. We start at the Troll peninsula and hike from the remote valley of Hedinsfjordur fjord to the fishing village Siglufjordur. Then we trek in the lunar-like Lake Myvatn landscape of pseudo craters, lava fields and plentiful hot springs. We move on to the dramatic south easst coast where we hike in the Vatnajokull NP as well as hike on one of the outlet glaciers from the Vatnajokull ice cap, which covers about 11% of Iceland. Our last camp is on the south coast in Vik where we do our last full day hike. On the last day we drive from Vik to international airport for those catching afternoon flight back home that day. From the airport we head for Reykjavik for those that have extended their trip.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

* All breakfasts and 6 lunches
* All accommodation (9 nights fixed camping, 1 night hotel)
* All transport and listed activities; Full porterage

Tour leader throughout

 

 

What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • A full circuit of the country combining all the major sites
  • See the new craters formed by the Eyjafjallajokull eruption
  • Well-equipped campsites, some next to hot springs or with hot tubs or showers
  • Flybus transfer to meet any flight
  1. Day 1 Start Reykjavik.

    Iceland’s compact capital city is well worth exploring, and we strongly recommend a couple of extra days before or after your tour. Two of the most striking attractions are the Hallgrímskirkja Church; a fine example of expansionist architecture and the beautiful Harpa Concert Hall. The nearby old harbour is a great starting point to explore the narrow streets of the old town. Depending on your arrival time you may wish to visit one of the public thermal baths for your first taste of Icelandic culture. Our trip begins with a briefing at our start hotel at 1830. **

  2. Day 2 Drive to Siglufjordur

    Stop at the swimming pool at Hofsos.

  3. Day 3 Hike to the top of the home peak of the town Siglufjordur. Stunning views over the mountains of Troll Peninsula and over the north Atlantic out to Grimsey island.

    We start with a short drive from town which takes us to Skardsdalur valley where we start our hike. We head hike up to a saddle below Mt. Skardshnjukur. From there we head north along the edges and out to Mt. Hafnarhyrna, the home mountain of Siglufjordur. We enjoy stunning views to the north and the south of the ridge. To the north of the Atlantic Ocean and out to Grimsey island, arctic circle runs through Grimsey. To the south we have the town and endless peaks of the Troll Peninsula – the most mountainous area of Iceland.

  4. Day 4 Drive to Lake Myvatn via the Akureyri and Godafoss Waterfall, explore the Hverfjall Crater and Dimmuborgir Lava field

    From Siglufjordur we head for Lake Myvatn, passing en route through the fishing villages on the Troll Peninsula. We make a short stop at Akureyri before we turn east and head for Lake Myvatn via the waterfall Godafoss. Our journey then takes us on to Myvatn for a short walk in the lava fields and craters. We reach Dimmuborgir, a vast area of lava towers and natural arches. The most spectacular of them is ’the Church’, a large vault resembling a church. Only a short distance from Dimmuborgir is Mt.Hverfjall, a huge circular crater with a depth of 140 metres and 1000 metres in diameter. It is one of the most beautiful craters in Iceland, one which erupted some 2500 years ago and covered the Myvatn area in tephra (fragments of volcanic rock). It is also thought to be one of the largest on the planet. We traverse Mt.Hverfjall, and a little further north is the rift crevasse Grjotagja with its crystal clear warm water

  5. Day 5 Dettifoss waterfall and a hike from the volcanic Krafla area to the Nature Baths.

    We start by heading for Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. We park nearby and walk down to the edge of the waterfall to experience this immense power for ourselves. We then drive into the Krafla volcano area to explore the craters and lava from the eruptive period of 1975-1984. We hike into one of the craters and look at the strange textures of cooled magma splatters and rich colours of the mineral deposits. From the colourful Leirhnjukur hill we set course down to Lake Myvatn on foot and cross countless rift fissures and the lava falls Elda (Fire River) on an unforgettable hike. Back at Myvatn we have the chance to soak our muscles in one of the geothermal pools in an optional tour to the Nature Baths. This is a fabulous setting to enjoy traditional Icelandic relaxation (see optional costs below for prices).

  6. Day 6 Drive to Hofn via Saenautasel farmstead and the Studalgil Canyon basalt columns. To the town Egilsstadir and then down to the south east coast to Hofn.

    Long drive to the town Hofn on the south east cost.* *

  7. Day 7 Hike in Vatnajokull NP to Mt. Getiafellstindur. With stunning views of Vatnajokull ice cap, some of its outlet glaciers and glacier carved valleys.

    Hike in Vatnajokull NP to Mt. Getiafellstindur. With stunning views of Vatnajokull ice cap, some of its outlet glaciers and glacier carved valleys.

  8. Day 8 Glacier Lagoon, Black beach with ice on the beach. Skaftafell and Svartifoss waterfall.

    Glacier Lagoon, Black beach with ice on the beach. Skaftafell and Svartifoss waterfall.

  9. Day 9 Walk on Solheimajokull glacier.

    Dyrholaey and Glacier walk on Solheimajokull glacier.

  10. Day 10 See Skogarfoss and Kvernufoss waterfalls and the Reykjanes peninsula en route to Reykjavik where our trip ends.

    See Skogarfoss and Kvernufoss waterfalls and the Reykjanes peninsula en route to Reykjavik where our trip ends.

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Where you stay

Camping & Hotel

The first and last two nights are spent in Reykjavik. Here we usually use Hotel Cabin or Klettur both offering comfortable rooms with en suite facilities. The hotel is approximately 800m from the city centre. As hotel availability in Reykjavik can be scarce during the summer due to strong demand, we may occasionally use an alternative hotel of the same standard.
When camping we usually stay at organised campsites, with good facilities and showers are available for a small fee (about $3) at some, included at others. Some also have a launderette service or facilities for washing clothes.
We use spacious two-person tents with sewn-in groundsheets and separate flysheets are supplied. We provide a dining tent with a table, campstools, and LED lamps. Please note that some campsites in Iceland cannot be pre-booked, and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Occasionally in busy periods we may use campsites different to those outlined in the itinerary.

Single accommodation, including a single tent, is available on request.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts and 6 lunches included.
Typical Meals when camping:
Breakfast: fresh fruit; yoghurt; porridge; muesli; bread; jam; tea/coffee.
Lunch: bread and soup; cheese; tuna; biscuits.

Evening meals will be taken in restaurants near the campsites.

Dietary requirements – vegetarians can be catered for, please advise at time of booking. As this is predominantly a camping trip, there is limited flexibility whilst in camp. If you have specific dietary requirements please ask at time of booking to allow us to check with our local partners. Unfortunately, due to the remoteness of some locations, we are unable to cater for vegans.

This trip is classified Level 3, Moderate.
Walks are of varying length and distance on this trip, interspersed with days spent driving and visiting some of the memorable sites in Iceland.
The two longest days are around 4-6 hours. Many days involve shorter walks in 2 or 3 different areas with a drive in between.
Much of the terrain in Iceland is rocky and without paths, although we keep the walking non-technical, there will be some areas of loose ground where you must concentrate to keep your footing. There are also some areas with steep drops which may not be suitable for vertigo sufferers.
Walks are subject to change in the event of adverse weather conditions.
While camping, members are expected to participate, including erecting and dismantling your own tent and helping the leader with some kitchen duties and the preparation of meals.
Due to the distance covered on this trip, there are a number of long drives, but these are broken up with stops at various sites of interest.
Main luggage is transported to each campsite by minibus, meaning you will only need to carry provisions for one day at a time, see the packing list for details of the daypack required.

Overall Rating
5/5
Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Iceland walking explorer trek

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many, it is difficult to just name a few. Being at the top of Kritinartindar and taking in the amazing view on the glaciers; watching reflections of icebergs in in still glacier lagoon waters; in Bakkagerdi, admiring the full moon on a purple sky and at the same time a reddish sun set then rise on the sea (was worth staying up until 2 am!); witnessing how earth power is harvested efficiently into renewable energies; running down the Hverfjall crater.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Pétur is a great guide and a very nice person. He made sure everyone could get out of the trip what they'd come for despite differences in personalities, fitness levels etc. (e.g. lengthened walks, shortened walks with bus ride, etc.). He is very passionate and it is great to be able to talk in depth about his country. Him and David (our driver) organised several wicked activities such as a few hours at the swimming-pool in Egilsstadir, evenings at the pub, bathing in remote hot springs, music sessions (singing and playing), tasting some incredible fish and stews, visit of the Lindarbakki turf house etc. They both have a great sense of humor!
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were really lucky during our 2 weeks, as we only had sunny weather (and did get a tan!) with very little rain overall. however this was rather unusual for the season (and the country!) and therefore I would recommend you pack for heavy rain, wind and cold. Also, on this type of trek, expect the unexpected to happen so please just be open-minded, go with the flow and enjoy the adventure (for example at our last campsite, the terrain was not ready for tents so instead the owner let us use one of the cabins with bunk beds. It was like being at a holiday camp, very fun!). Otherwise, you should consider joining less adventurous and challenging holidays.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just enjoy and take it all in!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Beautiful, awe inspiring scenery

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many great points, we ran out of superlatives to describe the amazing views. Skaftafell hike was great, getting to the peak and seeing the three glaciers. Standing on a hill at 1:30am with a full moon over mountains behind us and sunrise over the sea n front.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Petur was fantastic and happily shared his love of Iceland, explaining the history and information about each area. He sometimes had to keep the group moving on hiking days to ensure we got the best out of the holiday. We got to the top of Skaftafell hike with an amazing incredible view of the glaciers. Had time to take photos etc. and as we walked back down, we looked back and the whole hillside was covered in cloud. Its that experience of his country that made you feel safe and trust his instincts to get the most enjoyment out of the holiday.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just to be fully prepared for a range of weather and that you will be walking on a full range of ground types from well maintained trails to knee deep snow and everything in between. The guide is experienced and knows what is safe. There is 24hour daylight but you soon get used to sleeping without any darkness :-) sometimes its great as can get some beautiful sunset/sunrise shots between 11pm and 2am. Be prepared for long days of driving which is not too bad thanks to the wonderful views.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland is a beautiful country and with a huge variety of things to see and experience. Often people say it is expensive but found most of the prices to be not too dissimilar to the alps.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't pick out a single moment - each walk was so interesting but also so different from each other.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Great fun and a wry sense of humour. Made sure we did everything on the itinerary but tweaked, and added things to cater for our group.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be happy and prepared for cold weather and to do the walks in rain and cloud - good waterproof jacket and trousers are a must have!I am 30 years old and have never used walking poles but could have done with a pole for this trip to help walk down the steep slippery and loose slopes, and when crossing sections of ice and snow.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland is an expensive country to visit and my husband and i had been wanting to go for ages but putting it off due to the cost, but it was well worth it and i would really recommend that anyone in the same situation just goes for it - i promise you you won’t regret it!

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

Outstanding trip!

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many special moments & highlights. To name a few - the scenery which was different but always stunning every day, walking around the top of Eyafjallajokull and having a picnic lunch in one of it's craters, icebergs stranded on the beach at Jokulsarlon, the turquoise icy lake in the Dyrfjoll Mountains, fresh arctic char & BBQ camping dinners.
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristjan was exceptional in many ways - not only a cultured, interesting, amusing, experienced leader but also a captivating storyteller and excellent cook who was flexible to our wishes and provided many extras along the way. Our driver Thor was also a huge asset to our tour due to his sense of humour & willingness to help out in many ways.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Add a night or two at the beginning or end as there is a lot to do in Reykjavik & the surrounding area. Don't be fixated on dinner time! Days can be longer than expected so dinners were sometimes pretty late, but Kristjan always had biscuits to keep us going. The tents are quite small for 2 people & bags. If you are travelling on your own & sharing, might be a good idea to upgrade to a single for just the camping part if you can. Bring sun tan lotion. Even though temperatures are not high the sun can be very strong.
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were 14 of us on our trip & I am sure that everyone was very impressed. We had people of different abilities, some of us who although generally quite fit, do not trek very often but it all worked out. I didn't think anywhere was dangerous although you do have to concentrate & watch your footing in some places. I can't see how anyone could not fail to be in love with Iceland after this trip.

Reviewed On 26/07/2019
5/5

The Best Bits of Iceland

  • What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A spectacular sunset over Lake Myvatn that seemed to last for hours...breaking through the low cloud on the day of the last walk in the central highlands to emerge into bright sunshine, and managing to reach the peak to enjoy spectacular views...the Arctic Char dinner that Gunnar cooked for us one evening - lots of inspirational moments!
  • What did you think of your group leader?

    Gunnar was a great leader. A man of few, but well chosen words, with a good sense of humour and the ability to bring together 16 very different group members over the course of the holiday. Lots of entertaining stories about his homeland (watch out for those trolls in the mountains). He also struck the right balance between looking after the group and letting people do their own thing if they wanted to. Our driver, Michael, was also exceptional.
  • Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even if you are not the greatest camping fan in the world (like me!) don't let the fact that this is a camping trip put you off. The tents are easy to put up and down once you get the hang of it, the campsites are generally pretty civilised, even if you do have to queue for a shower on occasion, and they are in spectacular locations. Plus, if you go in July, like we did, it never gets dark, which means that the usual scramble before dinner to get the tent sorted out, locate your head-torch etc is unnecessary. That makes a surprisingly big difference. It also makes the walking/ travelling more relaxed. You don't need to change much money into Icelandic Kronor, as you can pay for almost everything, almost everywhere, with a debit or credit card. The only thing we absolutely needed cash for was the showers at a couple of the campsites. Take good waterproofs!
  • Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really recommend this holiday.

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