WALKING & HIKING ADVENTURE

from EUR 2420

The world at your feet with an average of 3-4 hours hiking and walking a day in some of the most stunning nature in South Iceland. You visit the Golden Circle sites, explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, the glacial valley of Þórsmörk, the most fascinating volcanic landscapes at Lakagígar and the glacial wonders of Vatnajökull national park.

Tour Code: GJ-56
  • Tour Availability: Sun
  • Seasons: June to September
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Min. nr of Participants: 1

National parks and the interior highlands. Glacier hike and boat tour between floating icebergs

Impressions from Hiking and Walking Adventure Iceland (22).jpgThe world at your feet with an average of 3-4 hours hiking and walking a day in some of the most stunning nature in South Iceland. You visit the Golden Circle sites, explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, the glacial valley of Þórsmörk, the most fascinating volcanic landscapes at Lakagígar and the glacial wonders of Vatnajökull national park. Your Icelandic adventure includes daily hiking, bathing in geothermal lagoons and rivers, climbing volcano craters, walking on glaciers and zodiac cruising between floating icebergs. With a maximum group size of 20 persons, this program includes six full days of touring, exploring and hiking in South Iceland and the  interior highlands. You discover national parks, green valleys, high mountains, moon landscapes, lava fields, waterfalls, hot springs and glaciers. You explore Icelandic highlights and secrets. There is a lot to see but little to carry, as the tour bus will convey your luggage. Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels, cottages and guesthouses with private facilities.

Highlights and Experiences

  • Moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters
  • Small groups, maximum 20 persons
  • Bath in hot rivers, walk on lava and explore two national parks
  • 3,5 hour glacier hike
  • Zodiac cruise between floating icebergs
  • Ford glacial rivers by bus and explore the interior highlands of Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk and Laki
  • Little to carry, as the tour bus will convey your luggage
  • Accommodation is provided in simple and clean hotels and cottages with private facilities

Moderate Hiking

The Iceland Walking & Hiking Adventure Tour is accessible and suitable to all those with good health and those who are doing some sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours with carrying only a day pack. This tour is based on moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters. Minimum age: 14 years

Tour Code: GJ-56

Iceland Walking and Hiking Adventure 2015Day 1, SUN: WELCOME TO ICELAND (50 km/31 mls)
The Flybus shuttle brings you from Keflavík International airport to Reykjavík where you spend the first night in Iceland. We provide you with ideas how to explore Iceland's capital on your own.

Day 2, MON: GOLDEN CIRCLE (190 km/118 miles)
We start our adventure in Iceland with a 1-2 hour hike at the ancient Viking Parliament area and UNESCO world heritage site of Þingvellir National Park. We visit the active geothermal area of Geysir, where we can see Strokkur “the churn” spout up to 25 meters (70 feet) every five to seven minutes and explore Gullfoss, the beautiful double “Golden Falls”. We continue to the “Secret Lagoon”, a natural hot spring in a small village called Flúðir, where you can get a true Icelandic bathing experience. The surroundings of the geothermal pools and its steam rising into the air give a magical feeling to the place. We stay 3 nights in South Iceland.

Walking today: 1-2 hours, 2-4 km, elevation 100-200 meters

Day 3, TUE: LANDMANNALAUGAR (290km/180 mls)
Today we drive to Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the barren highlands, surrounded by colourful rhyolite mountains. Depending on fitness level and hiking experience of group members and subject to weather conditions, we hike from the hut in Landmannalaugar. The trail goes through a rough lava field to an amazing hot spring field and up the slopes of Brennisteinsalda with its incredible spectrum of colours. We return via Grænagil gorge that can only be described as simply spectacular and beautifully colourful. In Landmannalaugar there is also a natural geothermal stream where you can enjoy a refreshing bath. Have swimwear and towel ready. We continue our trip passing close to Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. On the way back to our accommodation we stop at the beautiful waterfall Hjálparfoss in Þjórsárdalur valley, surrounded by extraordinary basalt rock formations.

Walking today: 3-4 hours, 6-7 km, elevation about 300 meters

Day 4, WED: ÞÓRSMÖRK (130 km/81 miles)
We start the day at the high but narrow Seljalandsfoss waterfall and continue to Þórsmörk, a wide valley named after Thor, the Viking God of Thunder. This beautiful valley is surrounded on three sides by steep mountains and glaciers. Fording raging glacial rivers and gentle streams is a big part of the great adventure. The landscape is dramatic with Eyjafjallajökull volcano towering on one side and the massive glacial river Markarfljót flowing on the other. We walk to explore the aftermath of the immense fast flowing flood, caused by the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in April 2010, which destroyed a glacial lagoon and left a blackened area.

Þórsmörk is one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland and it is breathtaking to stand on top of the many hills and mountains in this region. There are many different hiking options. We select the trails according to the weather and the fitness of the group. If everybody is ready for a 4-5 hours long challenging hike and a maximum of 800 meters ascend, we might be able to enjoy jaw dropping views. You see the rumored Icelandic highlands at its best - volcanoes, glaciers, high mountains, glacier made valleys and canyons, glacier rivers, lava fields and many more gems that the Icelandic nature holds captured.

Walking today: 4-5 hours, 7-8 km, elevation about 800 meters

Day 5, THU: LAKI (340 km/211 miles)
We travel along the south coast of Iceland towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur and into the highlands. The craters in Laki, called Lakagígar, were formed in one of the world's largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. This continuous series of eruptions emitted a vast quantity of lava and substantial amounts of volcanic ash from a fissure stretching 25 km across the area west of the Vatnajökull ice cap. The craters are regarded as a globally unique phenomenon and are a protected natural monument. Laki is a very remote location and one of the most unique places within the Vatnajökull National Park. It is however a very fragile area so visitors are asked to treat the nature with utmost respect. There are numbers of hiking trails and we explore this volcanic wonderland during a 1,5-2 hour hike. We also visit Fagrifoss which means “beautiful waterfall” in Icelandic, and the name isn't a bad match. An easy climb leads to the view of the impressive waterfall and you can only hear the roar of the water. We stay for 2 nights at the simple but well located Hotel Skaftafell, next to Europe‘s largest glacier and beneath Iceland‘s highest mountain.

Walking today: about 2 hours, about 4-5 km, elevation about 300 meters

Day 6, FRI: GLACIER HIKE & GLACIAL LAGOON (140 km/87 miles)
This is a day packed with fun activities and breathtaking sceneries. We start with a moderate 3,5 hour glacier hike in the majestic surroundings of Svínafellsjökull. The glacier is hemmed in by some of Iceland´s most spectacular peaks. We climb the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue up to the deep glacier valley between the summits of Hvannadalshnjúkur and Hrútsfjall. An experienced glacier guide leads you safely through the glacial wonderland of strangely shaped ridges, deep crevasses, huge water cauldrons and different ice formations. In the afternoon we head over to the famous glacier lagoon for a ride on a Zodiac adventure cruise, sailing between the icebergs of all shapes and sizes, which float in the clear blue water. After the Zodiac experience there is time to go down to the black sand beach to take a closer look at the icebergs that have floated all the way from the glacier lagoon into the Atlantic Ocean.

Walking today: 3-4 hours, 4-6 km, elevation about 100-150 meters

Day 7, SAT: VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND THE SOUTH (340 km/211 miles)
Skaftafell is today a part of the Vatnajökull National Park, the largest national park in Europe. The area nestles under the slopes of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier and is dominated by Iceland’s highest peak Mount Hvannadalshnjúkur (2,110 meters). This area used to be one of the most isolated communities in Iceland because of the ice cap on its north, the harbourless sandy beach of the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the wild glacial rivers in the barren sands to the east and the west. The landscape has been formed through thousands of years by different influences of fire, ice and water and the mild climate is characteristic for Skaftafell compared to the rest of southern Iceland. We hike up to the waterfall Svartifoss (Black Fall), which is surrounded by black basalt columns, and from there to Sjónsker (View Cliff) where we have a magnificent view of Mount Hvannadalshnjúkur and the area that was flooded during an eruption under the ice cap in the year 1996. Now it is time to return towards Reykjavík. We cross the sandy desert of the south coast, overlooked by mountainous cliffs, glaciers and waterfalls. We stroll along the black lava beach and bird cliffs near the village of Vík and stop at Skógafoss waterfall before arriving back at Iceland’s capital.

Walking today: 2 hours, 5-6 km, elevation about 200 meters

Day 8, SUN: DEPARTURE HOME (50 km/31 mls)
The Flybus airport shuttle picks you up at your hotel and takes you to Keflavik airport.

MODERATE HIKING
The Iceland Walking & Hiking Adventure Tour is accessible and suitable to all those with good health and those who are doing some sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours without much carrying. This tours is based on moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters. Minimum age: 14 years

NOTE:

  • Total mileage in 6 days is about 1,430 km (887 miles) which is an average of 238 km (148 miles) per day. You spend about 3 hours per day on the bus, depending on road conditions, traffic and daily distances. On some days, especially in the interior highlands, the driving might be longer than on some other days. This tour has an average of 2-5 hours  moderate hiking/walking each day and is suitable for fit people who are doing sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours with carrying only a day pack.
  • The hotels and guesthouses used on this tour are simple but clean, and all rooms offer private facilities. 
Tour Code: GJ-56

National parks and the interior highlands. Glacier hike and boat tour between floating icebergs

2017 Departures
Tour Code From To Guided in  Availability
GJ 56/G Sunday, 25.06.2017 Sunday, 02.07.2017 German only Yes
GJ 56/H Sunday, 02.07.2017 Sunday, 09.07.2017 English only Yes
GJ 56/I Sunday, 09.07.2017 Sunday, 16.07.2017 German only Yes
GJ 56/J Sunday, 16.07.2017 Sunday, 23.07.2017 English only Not available
GJ 56/K Sunday, 23.07.2017 Sunday, 30.07.2017 German only On request
GJ 56/L Sunday, 30.07.2017 Sunday, 06.08.2017 English only On request
GJ 56/M Sunday, 06.08.2017 Sunday, 13.08.2017 German only Yes
GJ 56/N Sunday, 13.08.2017 Sunday, 20.08.2017 English only Not available
GJ 56/O Sunday, 20.08.2017 Sunday, 27.08.2017 German only Not available
GJ 56/P Sunday, 27.08.2017 Sunday, 03.09.2017 English only Yes
GJ 56/Q Sunday, 03.09.2017 Sunday, 10.09.2017 German only Yes
GJ 56/R Sunday, 10.09.2017 Sunday, 17.09.2017 English only Not available
GJ 56/S Sunday, 17.09.2017 Sunday, 24.09.2017 German only Not available

Tours listed with "On request" are almost sold out and therefore check with us regarding the latest booking status.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE DAY: Sundays

TOUR STARTS: On Mondays at 08:30 from Reykjavík

TOUR ENDS: On Saturdays between 17:00-19:00 in Reykjavík

DURATION: 8 days / 7 nights

LANGUAGES: In German or English (see travel dates and languages above)

GROUP SIZE: Maximum 20 passengers. Once a booking is confirmed, the departure is guaranteed.

ACCOMMODATION: Simple but clean country hotels and cottages – rooms with shower/wc

DIFFICULTY: This tour is accessible and suitable to all those with good health and those who are doing some sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours with carrying only a day pack. This tours is based on moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters. Good hiking boots are needed and we recommend bringing walking poles. Minimum age: 14 years

Tour Code: GJ-56

2017 PRICE PER PERSON

Departures: June-August Departures: September 
in double or twin room in triple room* in single room in double or twin room in triple room in single room
EUR 2.620 EUR 2.620 EUR 3.270 EUR 2.420 EUR 2.420 EUR 3.070

*Triple room on request

GROUP SIZE: Small group travel with maximum 20 persons. Minimum age: 14 years

MEALS: 7x breakfast, 3x picnic lunch (day 3, 4 & 5) and 2x 3-course dinner or buffet (day 5 & 6)

INCLUDED: 
  • Arrival & departure transfer by FLYBUS airport shuttle (no guide)
  • 6-day escorted coach tour with an English or German speaking guide or driver-guide
  • 7 nights accommodation in rooms with shower/wc
  • 7x breakfast, 3x picnic lunch (day 3,4,5) and 2x 3-course dinner or buffet (day 5,6)
  • Visit to two national parks
  • Entrance & towel to the "Secret Lagoon" in Flúðir
  • Zodiac boat trip on glacial lagoon
  • Vatnajökull glacier hike
  • An average of 3-4 hours moderate hiking/walking per day

PRE & POST NIGHTS IN REYKJAVÍK: Included in this tour program, ask if you require extension nights.

AIRPORT TRANSFERS: Included in the program and price.

NATURE FEES: 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.

ACCOMMODATION: Is provided in simple but clean country hotels, cottages and guesthouses – rooms with private shower/wc. Most of our groups will stay at the following accommodations (subject to change):
  • First and last night: Centerhotel Plaza in Reykjavík (2017)
  • 2nd, 3rd and 4th night: Árhús Cottages in Hella, South Iceland
  • 5th and 6th night: Hotel Skaftafell, Vatnajökull national park
MODERATE HIKING: The Iceland Walking & Hiking Adventure Tour is accessible and suitable to all those with good health and those who are doing some sport regularly and are able to walk/hike 4-6 hours without much carrying. This tour is based on moderate daily hiking of 2-5 hours, 4-16 km and with an elevation from 200-800 meters. Minimum age: 14 years

BOOKINGS & FURTHER INFORMATION: Either via our international tour operator network or directly by email gjtravel@gjtravel.is and we process your booking by personal email communication. We will send you a confirmation and invoice. In general there is a non-refundable booking fee/deposit of up to 20 % in order to secure space on the tour. Final payment is due latest 4 weeks prior to the tour start. We accept international bank transfer, visa or mastercard. Once paid in full, we will send the vouchers and travel documents. Unfortunately we do not offer an online-booking engine and online-payment system for this tour.

CANCELLATIONS: A cancellation fee of 20% of the tour price and accommodation will be retained by us for cancellations made from 4 to 8 weeks before tour start. From 28 days until 7 days before tour start, the fee is 50%. No refund is possible for cancellations less than 7 days before tour start, or for no shows, and a tour begun, but not completed. The exchange of one arrangement for another must be agreed by us beforehand. GJ-Travel reserves the right to charge a non-refundable bookings fee/payment deposit of up to 20 % in order to secure space on the tour. Final payment is due 4 weeks prior to the tour start.
.
Tour Code: GJ-56
Excellent tour, perfect guide, wonderful accommodation and meals. Good bus and safe driver (booked through Wolters Germany)
---
Es war einfach wunderbar! (gebucht durch Set Geo Aktiv Germany)
---
Well organized and the tour delivered fully to my expectations. Brilliant guide, very knowledgeable. Guesthouse in Reykjavik is basic, all other accommodation is lovely. Good meals. Excellent driver (booked through TUI Germany)
---
Very good organization, excellent travel documentation. Amazing guide, nice accommodation, excellent driver (booked through Globetrotter)
---
All very well organized, but driving to Laki takes a long time and is slow. The guide was fantastic, explains a lot and gives interesting information. We could not have asked for a better guide. Accommodations are fine. We loved the cottages in South Iceland. Driver excellent and vehicle is the right choice for this type of tour (booked through GJ-Travel Iceland)
---
Amazing locations. Always at the right time at the right spot. Very friendly and interesting guide, telling us many exciting stories. Great timing! Hotels at wonderful locations and offer good facilities. Excellent meals. Very good bus and driver. (booked through Wolters Reisen Germany)
---
The trip was the best. The guide is outstanding. Landscape unique. Wonderful hikes. Perfect hiking holiday (booked through Globetrotter Switzerland)
---
Very nice tour program. Excellent guide, knows everything. Simple accommodation but clean. Good meals. Excellent driver (booked via Internet)
---
We loved this tour, even with all the rain. The guide could not have been better! Suitable accommodation for this tour program and good meals. Super driver. (booked through Island Erlebnisreisen Germany)
Tour Code: GJ-56