20th Nov 2024 - 25th Nov 2024
6 days/Iceland /Moderate to Challenging
Explore the landscapes of Iceland. Join St David’s Hospice as they spend three days trekking across fields of geothermal activity with bubbling mud pools and hot springs, the peaks of the Mount Hengill heritage site and the fault lines between Europe and America. Keep your eyes to the skies and you might be lucky enough to experience Lady Aurora herself!
Iceland is a Nordic island sitting in the North Atlantic and Arctic Ocean, just outside of the Arctic Circle. It is the most sparsely populated country in Europe and with its constantly active geologic border is littered with volcanoes, glaciers, mountains, geysers and lava fields.
Its capital Reykjavík, the world’s most northerly capital, is the heart of Iceland’s cultural, economic and governmental activity. Established as the first Icelandic settlement in 870 AD, Reykjavík has gone through many changes in its long and storied existence. It’s home to the National and Saga museums, tracing Iceland’s Viking history. The striking concrete Hallgrímskirkja church with its rotating Perlan glass dome and the modern glass honeycomb structure of the Harpa concert hall and conference centre are architectural marvels offering sweeping views of the sea and nearby hills.
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 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.
If you do not already regularly exercise you should aim to start training (including plenty of hills) as early as possible. The best training is hill walking, which will prepare you for the type of terrain you will experience. Other activities which can complement hill walking include running, cycling, gym workouts, boot camps etc.
You will stay in a hotel or similar for the duration of the trip. Travel to and from the airport and hotel will be by private minibus.
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.
Temperatures can typically peak to around 5°C during the day and drop to around 0°C at night however you must be prepared for variations to this which are out of our control. The weather during the adventure is expected to be dry with light winds however, rain is possible.
London – Reykjavik
Depart London for Reykjavik and transfer to a hotel on the southern coast of Iceland.
Nesjavellir – Reykjadalur – Hveragerdi
After breakfast we drive to Nesjavellir from where our day’s hike starts. We will hike across a field of geothermal activity with bubbling mud pools to Ölkelduháls. From there we continue down to the magical valley of Solfataras and hot springs called Reykjadalur where those brave enough can dip into a natural hot river. We continue down to the car park near Hveragerði where our bus awaits us. We will have a short drive back to our hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Hengill – Mt. Vorduskeggi
After a good breakfast, we drive up to the Mt Hengill area. From there we will hike up to Vörðuskeggi Peak (805m). From the top, you will enjoy views of Lake Þingvellir and Langjökull to the north and Eyjafjallajökull and the distant Westman Islands. From there we will hike up to Mt Skeggi the highest peak in the Hengill Heritage Site. We will then return to our hotel for dinner and a jacuzzi!
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Trek: approx. 13-14km
Pingellir National Park – Reykjavik
A short drive brings us to the National Park of Thingvellir where we will hike along the fault lines that divide America and Europe. After the hike, we drive to Reykjavik for your celebration dinner in town.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek: approx. 10km
Today is free for you to explore Reykjavik or take an optional excursion to visit the Blue Lagoon (payable separately).
Meals: Breakfast, dinner
Reykjavik – London
Today we take the flight home back to London.
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 of health and safety.
Registration fee: £395
and then either…
Flexi: £1,995* trip costs plus £1,995 fundraising for St David’s Hospice
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.
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.
*NB Trip costs are based on the overall group size and are subject to change. This is the most you will be required to pay for this trek.
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