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Hiking in Iceland

Description:

Organiser - Gary Box
When - July 17th-24th 2013
Cost - £530.00 (includes accommodation, all transport within Iceland and guided walks except Glacier walk)

Summary

The chance to see all the best parts of the south of Iceland including Reykjavik, Golden Circle tour, The Blue Lagoon, Landmannalaugar, Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón.

Itinerary

Wednesday 17th July 2013

Depart London Gatwick on WOWair flight X9202 leaving 12:15 and arriving at Keflavik at 14:25. You will be met at airport by Gary and then taken to our accommodation at Kex Hostel in Reykjavik. Time to explore the centre of Reykjavik in the afternoon and evening. You can see some photos from our August 2012 trip on our Gallery or Facebook page.

Thursday 18th July 2013

Leave Reykjavik and do the famous Golden Circle tour which includes Þingvellir, Gullfoss and the Strokkur Geyser. Þingvellir was the site of the first parliament but is also a great place to see the rift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Gullfoss waterfall is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and if the sun is out you get a rainbow over the waterfall due to the amount of spray the waterfall produces. Stokkur is the most reliable Geysir in Iceland, shooting water 20 metres into the air every 4-8 minutes. The even larger Geysir shoots water up to 70 metres into the air but does so rarely. At the end of the tour we will head to our new accommodation, a lovely rented house which will be our base for the next 3 nights, Knarrarholt near Selfoss (complete with hot tub).

Friday 19th July 2013

Leave Selfoss hostel and drive to Landmannalaugar on mountain F road (we will have 4WD vehicle suitable for this road). Landmannalaugar is a popular hiking destination both for day trippers wanting to see the multi coloured Rhyolite mountains and those wanting to do the famous multi day Laugavegur trail which starts here and ends at Þórsmörk. Our day walk will provide you with some great views of the multi coloured mountains and lava fields and there is even a natural hot spring close to the car park if you want to pack a bathing costume. At the end of the walk we will return to our rented house near Selfoss.

Landmannalaugar

Rhyolite Mountains, Landmannalaugar

Saturday 20th July 2013

Our walk today will be in Skaftafell National Park. After parking at the visitor centre we will lead a long scenic route that will include Svartifoss waterfall and the summit of Kristínartindar (Christine's peak) which is 1126 metres high. Return to rented house near Selfoss. .

Sunday 21st July

Clean and leave rented house and head to Skaftafell National park. Today you have a choice of options with MoutainGuides which are not included in our trip price:

  1. Glacier Adventure - 4 hours Glacier Hike on Crampons on Svínafellsjökull, part of the great Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Cost ISK 10500 (approx £54.00)
  2. Full day Glacier Adventure - A full day hike (7 hours) on the ice field of Svínafellsjökull, part of the Vatnajökull Glacier in Skaftafell National Park. Cost ISK 16900 (approx £84.00)
  3. If you want to save money you can take this as a rest day.

At end of activity head to new accommodation at Vesturhus hostel, close to Skaftafell National Park.

Monday 22nd July 2013

Leave hostel and drive to Jökulsárlón for views of the amazing icebergs. You can either just photograph them from the shore or if you want you can take a boat tour which gets you slightly closer, explains more about the lagoon and also gives you the chance to eat ice from an iceberg. The cost of the boat tour is an additional ISK 3500 (approx £17.00). At end of day drive back to Reykjavik for another 2 nights at Kex Hostel.

Tuesday 23rd July 2013

We will visit the famous Blue Lagoon for some relaxing in the hot waters, perhaps applying some bright blue silica mud. Entry costs €35.00 (£28.00) and you can stay as long as you wish. We will return to Reykjavik and you have the chance to explore the city some more.

Wednesday 24th July 2013

Leave Kex hostel early to drive to the airport where the car hire company will be waiting for us. Catch return flight X9201 which leaves Keflavik at 06:45, arriving at Gatwick at 10:55.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

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