4th Nov 2024 - 9th Nov 2024
6 days/Iceland /Moderate to Challenging
Join St Richard’s Hospice as they spend three days trekking through the other-worldly landscapes of Iceland.
Discover active volcanoes and vast lava fields, bubbling mud pools, hot springs and more. We will be hiking to Iceland’s youngest volcano, Gelgingaldir and neighbouring Fagradaslsfjall before exploring the ethereal peaks of the Mount Hengill heritage site – scaling the impressive Vörðuskeggi Peak with spectacular views over Lake Þingvellir, and Eyjafjallajökull and the distant Westman Islands. Our adventures will also see us trek along the fault lines between Europe and America.
Don’t forget to keep your eyes to the skies while you are there and you might be lucky enough to experience Lady Aurora herself!
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 to challenging. You will be trekking long distances over varying terrain over consecutive days.
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. 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.
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 hotel for the duration of the trip. A single-occupancy hotel room may be possible subject to availability and payment of a single supplement.
This is not a ‘hunting for the Northern Lights’ trek. However, between September and April Iceland is treated to a magnificent natural display of aurora borealis. While we cannot guarantee that you will see the Northern Lights on this adventure, there is a very high chance that there will be solar activity in the area at this time of year. This trek will be exploring the very best Iceland has to offer – if you are lucky enough to see the lights while you are there this is a bonus!
UK – Reykjavik
Depart for Reykjavik and transfer to a hotel on the southern coast of Iceland.
Gelgingaldir – Fagradaslsfjall – Seltun
Today we will drive for an hour along the South Shore Road on the Reykjanes peninsula.
We will be taking a hike up to Iceland’s youngest volcano, Geldingadalir, before walking to neighbouring Fagradalsfjall Volcano and the surrounding lava fields. We spend the day hiking in this area and you will be able to explore the devastating yet beautiful aftermath of recent volcanic eruptions. On the way back to our hotel we will stop at Seltún Geothermal Area and visit the bubbling pools of mud, fumaroles, and hot springs.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek: approx.14km/6 hours
Hengill – Mt Vörðuskeggi
After a hearty breakfast we will drive up to the Mt Hengill area before our hike up to
Vörðuskeggi Peak (805m). From the top we can enjoy stunning views of Lake Þingvellir and Langjökull to the north, and Eyjafjallajökull and the distant Westman Islands to the West. We will then trek up to Mt Skeggi the highest peak in the Hengill heritage site.
We will return to our hotel tonight for dinner and a well-earned jacuzzi.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek: approx. 13-14km / 8 hours
Þingellir National Park – Reykjavik
A short drive brings us to the National Park of Thingvellir where we will hike along the fault lines that divides America and Europe. After the hike we drive to Reykjavik for your celebration dinner in town and last night at a hotel.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner
Trek: approx. 10km/ 4 hours
Today is a free day to explore Reykjavik at your leisure. There is an optional trip to the famous Blue Lagoon for an addition cost if you wish.
Meals: Breakfast and dinner
After breakfast we will tranfer to the airport for our flight home.
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.
Registration fee: £480
and then either…
Flexi: £2015* trip costs plus a suggested fundraising target of £2000 for St Richard’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.
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