Trek

Trek Iceland

Iceland 6–10 Jul 2017

Supporting…

The Salvation Army

Take part in a charity challenge to the land of Ice, Rock & Fire! 

 

Highlights :

  • Trek for 3 days in breath-taking scenery, taking in geysers, waterfalls, lava fields and glaciers, making new friends along the way
  • Celebrate your achievement by visiting the Blue Lagoon or going Whale Watching (optional trips)
  • Raise funds for The Salvation Army’s work providing summer breaks for disadvantaged children or your local Salvation Army project.

What's Included

Flights to / from Iceland including airport taxes, accommodation (3 nights camping, 1 night hotel), transfers, full medical support, experienced guides, support staff, water & all meals except lunch and dinner on Day 5.

What's Not Included

Travel insurance, lunch and dinner on Day 5, optional tours, gratuities & spending money.

How To Take Part

To sign up for this challenge you will need to pay a registration fee and pick from one of the following two payment options: 

  1. Option 1 (Full Sponsorship) - You pay a £299 registration fee and agree to raise the £2,350 sponsorship. 
  2. Option 2 (Self-Funder and raise a minimum) - You pay a £299 registration fee, plus pay the balance of the tour cost and airport taxes of approx. £1,180 yourself. You agree to raise £1,180 sponsorship.

* For more information on these options take a look at our booking conditions. 

All costs correct at the time of writing, subject to change

Optional extras:
Blue Lagoon Tour including transfers: £85 per person
Whale watching boat tour (2.5 – 3 hrs): £70 per person


Itinerary

 

Day 1 : UK to Keflavik

We fly from London to Keflavik Airport where we will be met by the local team, we transfer by bus to the beautiful Southern Highlands about 150 miles east of Reykjavik, approx. 3 hours. There will be a refreshment stop en-route – the last shop you will see for several days! The barren lava fields that surround Iceland's international airport are an eye-grabbing introduction to this near-Arctic island. On the way we enjoy views of Mount Hekla, the most famous of Iceland’s volcanoes, glistening with glaciers, geysers, hot springs and waterfalls. We arrive at Landmannalaugar where we will camp for the night and enjoy a welcome dinner. Before the day is over we will have the opportunity to bathe in the hot springs. Landmannalaugar is in the heart of Southern Iceland’s thermal area on the mid-Atlantic rift and surrounded by multi-coloured rhyolite mountains and lava fields. Overnight: Camp


Day 2 : Landmannalaugar to Álftavatn  

Today we have an action-packed first day. We will wake up nice and early and after breakfast will start our hiking expedition. We will climb up through the rhyolite, cross lava fields, pass steaming vents and in stark contrast to the steam we cross snowfields. Near the highest point (3,600ft) we pass Storihver – a big hot spring amongst a field of vents – with spectacular views back across Hrafntinnusker. After lunch we will hike through fields of sparkling black obsidian rock. Finally, we will have a long downhill descent over scree and a river crossing to Álftavatn, a huge volcanic lake where we pitch camp for the night. The stunning surroundings make this long and very challenging day really worthwhile – if we’ve still got any energy there is the option to swim in the lake or otherwise simply relax and take in the beautiful landscape.  Overnight: Camp
9 hours trekking approx. / 24km

Day 3 : Álftavatn to Emstrur  

Today’s hike is a slightly shorter in distance than yesterday but by no means less challenging. The scenery will change as we leave the rhyolite and enter a glacial area with fast running glacial streams off the Myrdalsjokull Icecap, with steep deep gorges. We start by walking along a 4WD dirt track which quickly joins a mountain track. We will tackle river crossings today, both by wooden bridges and by wading through ice-cold streams. We then climb down to the oasis Hvanngil and trek across desert-like passes and hills to the Emstrur hut. Overnight: Camp
7 hours trekking approx. / 14km

 

Day 4 : Emstrur to Thorsmörk and transfer to Reykjavik  

Completing the journey today, we start with a river crossing using ropes on a footbridge to climb down and have views of the amazing Markarfljót gorge and the bridged Ljorsa fissure. The trek ends with a long steep drop into the main valley of Thórsmörk, the stunning scenery on today’s walk includes giant glaciers and raging rivers. It is regarded as one of Iceland’s most well known beauty spots – a real trip highlight. From Thorsmörk we transfer back to Reykjavik (about 3½ hours) where we will celebrate our achievements in this wonderful city.  Reykjavík boasts all the trappings of a modern European city, as well as an interesting old town, whitewashed wooden buildings, and rows of brightly painted concrete houses. Nearly everything of interest is within walking distance of the old settlement. 
Overnight: Hotel
7 hours trekking approx. / 15km

 

Day 5 : Reykjavik and return to UK

We spend our last morning in the world‘s most northerly capital, surrounded by stunning mountains. Stroll around the city to experience the culture first hand or enjoy one of the optional tours on offer.

The Blue Lagoon or whale watching.  The famous Blue Lagoon is one of Iceland‘s pools of pure, mineral-rich, geothermal seawater, set amongst fields of lava against a spectacular backdrop of green rolling hills. If you opt for whale watching you will take a boat trip in Reykjavík harbour, the most common whale you may see is the minke whale.

Finally, we head to the airport for our afternoon flight back to London.

Please Note: This is a complex itinerary & may be subject to change

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