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Iceland: Volcanoes and Glaciers Adventure

14th Oct 2023 - 19th Oct 2023

6 days/Iceland /Moderate


Explore the other-wordly landscapes of the volcanoes and glaciers of Iceland. As well as the popular Golden Circle we will be exploring lava flows at twilight, discovering the incredible beauty of ice caves, taking on the frozen wonderland as we hike remote glaciers and enjoying spectacular views of the black sand beaches of the south.

A not to be missed adventure of a lifetime!

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This trek is graded moderate. You will be trekking long distances over varying terrain. You will stay in hotels and hotel cabins, with shared bathroom facilities.

You will be accompanied by local guides who have an excellent knowledge of culture and hiking in the region. The guides are first aid trained and will support you throughout your journey. You will also be accompanied by a Different Travel Company UK tour manager.

This trek is graded moderate. You will be trekking long distances over varying terrain. You will stay in hotels and hotel cabins, with shared bathroom facilities.


Temperatures can typically peak to around 6°C during the day and drop to around 1°C at night however you must be prepared for variations to this which are out of our control. Weather during the adventure will be dry with light winds and rain is possible. Please note: the temperatures and conditions above are historically accurate but climate change can impact the seasons so you may experience uncharacteristic conditions during the trip which are out of our control. The guides will assess the situation and make decisions to ensure the best enjoyment and safety of the group.

You will be provided with plenty of hearty Icelandic meals which typically include fish and lamb and will keep your energy levels high for each day of discovery. Please inform us in advance if you have any dietary requirements or preferences. Please note that dinner is not included on days 2 and 5.

The minimum age is 18. It may be possible to participate if you are 16 or 17 years old but you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There is no upper age limit. The ideal candidate would be fit, healthy and determined, open to adventure and adaptable to unexpected changes.

You will stay in a cabin hotel or similar for the duration of the trip. A single-occupancy hotel room may be possible subject to availability and payment of a single supplement.

This trek does not take place in an area of high altitude.


E-tickets + pre-departure info
Passport & copy
Insurance policy details
Pen for immigration forms
Cash (£) / ATM card(s)
LED head torch + spare batteries
Adaptor 2 round pins (Euro)
Sunglasses (100% UV)
Camera + spare batteries
Mobile phone + charger

Clothing & Accessories

Hiking boots*
Trainers/camp booties for evenings
Trek socks & underwear
Non-cotton base layer
Non-cotton t-shirt
Warm jacket (e.g. down/Primaloft)
Warm mid layer or fleece
Waterproof jacket + trousers
Thermal top + bottoms
Sun hat
Lightweight trek trousers
Warm gloves
Warm hat
Casual attire for travel days


Shampoo + shower gel*
Toothbrush + toothpaste*
Antiperspirant deodorant*
Wet wipes (small pack)*
Toilet paper (1-2 rolls)*
Sun cream (SPF 30+)
Hand sanitizer
Small travel towel
Feminine hygiene products*
Nappy sacks (for used toilet paper)*

First Aid Kit

Prescription medicine
50% DEET insect repellent
Ibuprofen and Paracetamol
Blister plasters (Compeed)
Imodium (Loperamide)
Rehydration (e.g. Dioralyte)
Muscle rub (tiger balm/Deep Heat)
Anti-histamine tablets/cream
Antiseptic cream (e.g. Savlon)
Indigestion remedy (e.g. Gaviscon)
Lip balm with SPF protection
Throat lozenges (optional)
Zinc oxide tape (optional)
Spare glasses/contact lenses


Video Camera + charger
iPod/MP3 player
Walking pole(s)
Notebook/diary and pen
Books/playing cards
Packing cubes/luggage organiser
Portable powerbank/device charger


Suitcase for checked luggage
Daypack (25-30 litres)
Combination padlocks
Dry bag/rucksack liner

Eating and Drinking

Energy snacks
2-litre water bottle (e.g. CamelBak) plus
1-litre standard water bottle or
3x 1-litre water bottles
Water purification (e.g. Biox Aqua)
Electrolyte tablets (e.g. NUUN)
Flask/Thermos (optional)
Favourite tea/coffee/choc (optional)


Ear plugs (essential)
Pyjamas (use your thermals on trek)

Please note: This list is just a guideline and is not exhaustive. The items on this list do not take into account your personal preferences based on your previous trekking experience, or individual requirements. For information about items on this list please refer to the trip dossier or contact The Different Travel Company on

*Please ensure you pack your hiking boots into your hand baggage in the unlikely event your checked luggage goes missing or is delayed.

*Please consider eco-friendly or biodegradable options.


Day 1 (Saturday 14 October 2023):

London – Reykjavik
Depart London for Reykjavik and transfer to a cabin hotel (or similar).
Overnight: Cabin hotel
Meals: None

Day 2 (Sunday 15 October 2023):

Reykjavik – Reykjanes Peninsula & Geldingardalir Volcano – Reykjavik
The Reykjanes Peninsula is a centre of volcanic and geothermal activity and is the only place in the world where the Mid-Atlantic Ridge is visible above sea level. The lava-scarred landscape is other-worldly, full of fissures and faults, and a fantastic introduction to Iceland!  Earlier this year, the area experienced a new volcanic eruption, for the first time in around 800 years. If the eruption is still on-going, and safe to visit, we plan to take a short hike to witness the lava flow at twilight.  Return to Reykjavik this evening.
Accommodation: Cabin hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3 (Monday 16 October 2023):

Reykjavik – Golden Circle
Today we set off to see the highlights of Iceland, no less spectacular due to their popularity! The three main stops are spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir with its numerous geysers (named after the town!), and Pingvellir National Park, important for both geological and political reasons, as it was here the first parliament of Iceland was formed in 930.  There is also a chance to take a dip in a natural hot spring at Reykjadalur, before continuing our journey to finish the day at Skogar. There may be time for a short hike alongside the waterfall before checking into our accommodation, the Kverna Hotel (or similar).
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4 (Tuesday 17 October 2023):

Golden Circle – Solheimajokull Glacier Hike
A full day of hiking, starting off in a glacier truck, enabling us to reach remote areas which normal vehicles cannot access, and then continuing our journey on foot.  The glacier guide will lead us through a frozen wonderland of different shades of glacier ice – white, blue and crystal-clear. You’ll peer down into deep crevasses and water cauldrons, as well as enjoying views across to the coast and the black sand beaches of the south.  Return to Skogar for the night.
Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5 (Wednesday 18 October 2023):

Skogar – Reykjavik
Today offers a unique opportunity to explore an ice cave, recently discovered on the Solheimajokull glacier.  Witness first hand one of Iceland’s great natural wonders as you walk into a frozen world of crevasses, water cauldrons and ridges.  After completing our adventure we head back to Reykjavik for a final night at the Cabin Hotel (or similar).
Accommodation: Cabin hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 6 (Thursday 19 October 2023)

Reykjavik – London
Today we take the flight home back to London.
Meals: Breakfast

N.B. This itinerary may change due to weather, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the itinerary but we cannot be held responsible for changes outside of our control. In all circumstances your guide and tour leader will have the final say in the interest health and safety.  

Costs & How to pay

Registration fee: £320
and then either…

Self-funded: £1850


Sponsorship: £3700


Flexi: £1850 trip costs and £1850 sponsorship for a charity* of your choice


This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves. There is no sponsorship required although if you wish to raise sponsorship for a charity you are welcome to do so.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to Different Travel 10 weeks prior to departure.
  • You are welcome to fundraise separately for any charity of your choice but this is not mandatory. Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.


This option is for those who wish to raise sponsorship to cover both the costs of the trip (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) and a donation to their chosen charity. There is a minimum sponsorship amount for each trip that you are required to raise in order to participate.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • The minimum sponsorship must be paid to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • The amount the charity receives is at least 50% of the minimum sponsorship total.


This option is for those who choose to pay the trip costs (flights, accommodation, food, guides etc.) themselves while still raising some funds for the charity.

  • A registration fee is payable at the time of booking.
  • Trip cost balance is payable to the charity 12 weeks prior to departure.
  • Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

*If your chosen charity is not on this list, please seek permission to fundraise for them by taking part in this challenge before making your booking.

What's included

  • Return flights from London (inc. current taxes and fuel surcharges),
  • Transfers and transport in Iceland
  • Accommodation in hotels (4 nights)
  • Tents and sleeping mats on trek (3 nights)
  • Meals as specified
  • Local guides
  • Different Travel UK tour manager

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Tips (£50-60pp)
  • Personal expenses (e.g. drinks, souvenirs etc.)
  • Vaccinations

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