Join St Wilfrid's Hospice on this 4-day trek in Iceland. This Icelandic adventure offers wonderful trekking through Iceland’s spectacular volcanic landscapes as you take on three of the country’s most spectacular volcanoes; Hengill (807m), Hekla (1490m) and Eyjafjallajökull (1666m). You will hike over lava fields created during previous eruptions, snow fields and vast glaciers as well as enjoying some of Iceland’s other diverse landscapes, and you will have an introduction to glacier exploration skills including using crampons. After the trek, there is an option to extend your stay to enjoy some free time in Reykjavik, perhaps taking a visit to the famous Blue Lagoon thermal baths to soothe your muscles from the trekking!
Day 1 (Thursday 12th October 2017): London - Reykjavík
Fly from London to Reykjavík and transfer 45 minutes to a central hotel. Welcome dinner this evening and overnight at hotel.
Day 2 (Friday 13th October 2017): Reykjavík – Hengill Volcano - Laugarvatn
Today we set off for the Hengill volcano, 30 km east of Reykjavík, where we attempt our first peak - Vörðu Skeggi (807 m), the highest point of this central volcano. From the summit you have great views over the Þingvellir National Park to the north and if conditions are favourable you can see all the way to Iceland’s second biggest ice cap, Langjökull on the northerly horizon. Having accomplished our first summit we drive to Þingvellir and have some time to explore the area. We end the day with a drive through the small town of Laugarvatn and to the geothermal area of Geysir, before continuing to our hostel for dinner and overnight.
Day 3 (Saturday 14th October 2017): Laugarvatn – Hekla – Eyjafjöll
After breakfast we get ready for the 2nd summit of this challenge, the famous Hekla (1490 m), one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. The trail to the summit takes us through lava fields from different eruptions and the higher we get the more possibilities there are for encountering snow fields. There is not any single crater on this volcano but a fissure that runs along the shoulder of the mountain, so it looks like an upturned boat seen from afar. If we have good weather conditions on the summit we will enjoy amazing views. Descending back to our vehicle we set off for the Skógar hostel which will be our base for the next 2 nights.
Day 4 (Sunday 15th October 2017): Sólheimajökull glacier exploration
Today we head to the Sólheimajökull glacier for a chance to try crampons and learn how they work, before the big climb tomorrow. This is an outlet glacier of the Myrdalsjökull ice cap and you will be introduced to some basic glaciology on this tour, as well as gaining insights into how the glacier affects its surroundings. After some hours on the ice we drive to the nearby Reynisfjara beach, a black sand beach with some majestic basaltic columns and puffins. Return to the hostel for the night and preparations for tomorrow´s climb.
Day 5 (Monday 16th October 2017): Eyjafjallajökull Summit Climb
Today is the final summit of our challenge, and the biggest and toughest! Eyjafjallajökull is a glacier-covered volcano and very different from the other volcanoes you will have climbed. The volcano is still active and the last eruption happened in 2010, creating havoc worldwide as air traffic across the North Atlantic came to a standstill. The first part of the climb, the foothills of the mountain is on terra firma but once you reach the glacier you need to rope up with your guide in order to ensure the safety of all. The glacier is not steep and should not be difficult to ascend even though crampons may be necessary for a part of it. From the summit we’ll have splendid views over the crater that erupted in 2010 as well as the area to the north of the mountain. We descend along the same route have an opportunity to take a dip in a nearby natural pool, to ease the muscles at the end of the descent, We then drive back to Reykjavik for the our last night in Iceland at our central hotel, stopping for dinner en route.
Day 6 (Tuesday 17th October 2017): Reykjavik - London
There may be some time this morning to explore Reykjavik (subject to flight times) before our transfer to the airport for the flight back to London.
N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control. In all such circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest of the health and safety of the group.
What is included
- Return flights from the UK
- Airline taxes and charges
- Local transfers and transport in Iceland
- 3* hotel and basic hostels on trek
- English-speaking local guide
- Different Travel UK tour manager
- All meals as per itinerary
- Trek permits
What is not included
- Any necessary vaccinations
- Drinks, laundry and personal expenses
- Spending money (tips and gratuities, souvenirs)
- Transport to/from UK airports
- Personal trek kit
- Travel insurance
- Carbon emission offsetting
12th - 17th October 2017
This trip is graded as Challenging
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