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16th May 2017
Discover green valleys, moon landscapes, lava fields, hot springs and bird cliffs. Bathe in a natural geothermal river, enjoy a ferry to the Westman Islands and hike to the top of the volcano crater on the island of Heimaey. Discover the off-the-beaten-path secrets of the Reykjanes Peninsula and relax in the rejuvenating water of the Blue Lagoon. Nights are spent in Hveragerði, South Iceland and, of course, Iceland´s wonderful capital city, Reykjavik.
Day 1 - Arrive Reykjavik
Arrive Keflavik Airport where you’ll be transferred by airport bus to your hotel. You’ll have the remainder of the day free in Reykjavik to explore on your own. There’s plenty to do, from shopping on the main street, to hunting for street art, and in the evening you’ll find a great selection of wonderful restaurants. We particularly like Lækjarbrekka - their fish soup is to die for and their lamb is indescribable!
1 night REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik (B)
Day 2 - Hike on Lava
Pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavik and travel about 40 minutes by car to Hveragerði in South Iceland, You’ll hike in a unique rocky landscape that feels like being in the middle of a “Lord of the Rings” scene. Explore one of the most spectacular lava formations that the Hengill volcanic area has to offer on paths less travelled and in unspoiled nature. When conditions are good, you can enjoy an amazing view from the top. The tour ends at Nesjavellir where geothermal steam from the ground is used to produce electricity.
Hiking time: 6-7 hours including stops. Hiking distance: 7.5 miles.
3 nights - HVERAGERÐI - Hotel Örk
Day 3 - Geothermal Mountain Bath Hiking Tour
The main purpose of this tour is to take a wilderness bath in a geothermal river up in the mountains and enjoy the magnificent nature. You will witness huge geothermal springs while hiking through Reykjadalur valley, which is known for beautiful and rough nature.
Hiking time: 5-6 hours including stops. Hiking distance: 4.4 miles.
Day 4 - Volcano Hike Across Fimmvörðuháls
Guided day tour to Thorsmork valley and hike in the foothills of Eyjafjallajökull & Fimmvörðuháls volcanoes, reaching the 2010 eruption site at the top of Fimmvörðuháls volcano. Thorsmork is a nature reserve at the foot of the majestic Eyjafjallajökull volcano and Mýrdalsjökull glacier, and a truly unique valley with its rugged nature. For thousands of years glaciers and glacial rivers have carved out this spectacular valley, creating a very dramatic landscape of sandstone sculptures, deep canyons and sharp ridges. It is a spectacular sight never forgotten. To reach this secluded highland valley and to drive across unabridged glacial rivers we need a modified 4x4 vehicle and an experienced guide. The tour begins with a drive along the beautiful south coast to Seljalandsfoss and passes the Gígjökull glacier where we see first-hand the results of the destructive power of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. There in 2010 a massive flood of melt water and small ice burghs from the volcanic crater ripped the glacier to shreds and flooded the area completely.
Continuing onwards our destination is the Básar cabin where we take off on our 6-8 hour hike up and down the Fimmvörðuháls volcanoes. The ascend is between 700-800 meters. This spectacular trail of approximately 16 km, through Iceland´s varied landscape, encompassing views on glaciers, snow-capped mountains, new brand craters and lava, volcanoes and the most surreal beauty of Thorsmork. This challenging hike offers an unforgettable trekking experience and the feeling of solitude and natural beauty.
To make sure the belongings stay dry please pack everything in a water and dust proof travel sack. Fragile items such as cameras should packed in proper cases/bags. We highly recommend not to carry with you computers or others valuable devices while hiking or doing any other outdoor activities as run the risk of getting wet or damaged. This tour is for real hikers and nature lovers. We take you to the site of the volcano eruption from 2010 where the lava is still warm!
Hiking time: 6-8 hours including stops. Hiking Distance: 16 km (10 miles)
Day 5 - Skeggi: Top of Volcanic Mountain
This is a beautiful hiking tour with a great view, where you will reach the highest top of the rocky volcanic Hengill area which is 805 meter above sea level. From the top you will see the spectacular landscape including Þingvellir National Park, where the continental plates of Europe and America meet. On our way up we will travel through a rocky volcanic environment and on our way down we will come into a big valley of grass where we will take a look at a geothermal area and perhaps take a foot bath, and finish our lunch. Most of the tour will be on roads/paths less travelled.
Hiking time: 7-8 hours including stops. Hiking Distance: 16km (10 miles). In the late afternoon transfer back to Reykjavík for the night.
1 night - REYKJAVIK - Fosshotel Reykjavik (B)
Day 6 - Departure
Transfer to airport for your return flight to the UK.
Departure: From UK airport
Departure Dates: 14 Jun - 14 Sep
Duration: 5 nights
Price per person: For a quote please call a member of our reservations team 01274 875199
There is a possibility that some of the nature attractions around Iceland might charge an entrance fee during the trip. These entrance fees are not included in the tour price and need to be paid by all tour members additionally on the spot, when entering any of these nature sites. Locations, amount of entrance fee, form of payment and other details are not known at the present time and are subject to change.
Fosshotel Reykjavik ***
Fosshotel Reykjavík is located in the city centre, it's a large hotel that still offers personal touches in both appearance and service. Only a short walking distance from Laugavegur, the main shopping street, it's the ideal location for any visitor to Reykjavik.
The hotel has 16 floors with many rooms offering magnificent views of the city and the bay area. We recommend unwinding with Icelandic draught beer at the Bjórgarðurinn / Beer Garden or enjoy dining at their restaurant, Haust. All rooms are en suite and equipped with modern facilities including Wifi.
Hotel Örk, Hveragerði ***plus
Hotel Ã–rk offers friendly accommodation and excellent facilities in beautiful surroundings. The hotel features 76 spacious and well-furnished twin rooms and 9 superior rooms that offer even more luxury. For families there are triple rooms and rooms with connecting doors. Each room has a private bathroom and is fitted with a mini-bar, telephone and television. The bathrooms are equipped with both a shower and a bathtub. There is a large outdoor swimming pool with a water slide, two hot tubs and a geothermal sauna. Enjoy healthy and wholesome food, some of which is grown right next-door in geothermally heated greenhouses. On the hotel property is a nine hole golf course for the hotel guests, and they can also play golf at the local golf course (2 km from the hotel) free of charge.
LANGUAGES: This tour is guided in English and German
MEALS: Buffet breakfast and 3-course served dinner or buffet are served from Day 2 to Day 4 (ending at breakfast). Breakfast only is included in Reykjavik in order that tour participants may explore the city independently and choose from one of the city´s many excellent restaurants.
GROUP SIZE: The minimum number for this tour is 2 and the maximum number is 14.
HIKING: This tour is aimed at those travellers who like to stretch their legs and explore the nature more on foot. There are few proper hiking paths in Iceland and participants will be walking over moraine, lava, snow and through streams. Although no particular level of fitness is required for this tour participants should enjoy walking at home and be able to walk for a duration of up to 5 hours, with stops, reasonably comfortably.
EQUIPMENT LIST: Please be informed that it is important that clients bring the right clothing so they can really enjoy and explore the countryside. We recommend, even for hotel tours:
BAGGAGE PORTERAGE: This is mostly not available in hotels in rural Iceland or tourist class hotels in Reykjavik and it is not included in the tour price. A good rule of thumb is to bring no more than what guests can comfortably carry between the bus and the hotel room.
PICK UP FOR TOUR FROM REYKJAVIK: We always pick up participants from the accommodation in Reykjavik approx. 30-45 minutes before departure. This time will be given on your detailed Travel Itinerary which you will receive with your Travel Documents pack.
BUSES: We use a fleet of 22 Mercedes-Benz coaches, ranging in size from 10 - 62 seaters, as well as specially designed mountain/highland buses.