Southern Icelandic Adventure

From black sand beaches and volcanoes to multi-coloured mountains and icebergs, Southern Iceland is home to some of the most dramatic scenery in the world. Explore the highlights of Southern Iceland with minimal impact on the environment. We use local buses, camping accommodation and follow the ‘leave no trace’ outdoor ethical code to mimimize our impact. A truly special eco-friendly 8 day adventure - become part of the spectacular landscapes in South Iceland.

Programme

  • Jour 1 Reykjavik

    Reykjavik Welcome to Iceland! We will greet you at the airport and escort you to your accommodation in the capital city. Evening at leisure exploring Reykjavik you can join a walking tour of the capital city or perhaps you’d like to visit a museum or eat at a local restaurant... We have lots of recommendations for your first evening in Iceland.

    Accommodation: Guesthouse or youth hostel
    Transport: Bus, 35 miles
    Optional Activities: free walking tour of the captital city, traditional meal in local restaurant & museum visit

  • Jour 2 The dramatic south coast

    The dramatic south coast This morning we will head to Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. On the way we will visit Vik and the iconic black sand beaches of Reynisfjara - This area is so impressive that it has featured in many films and TV shows including Star Wars Rogue One, Star Trek Into Darkness and Game of Thrones! With dramatic North Atlantic Ocean waves, black sands, impressive basalt columns, a huge cave, interesting folklore history plus the chance of puffin sightings this is a destination not to be missed! Our scenic journey ends in Skaftafell where we will set up camp for the next three nights in a calm secluded spot overlooked by glaciers.

    1 hour of walking
    Accommodation: Camping
    Transport: Local bus, 200 miles

  • Jour 3 Hiking & glacier walking in Vatnajökull National Park

    Hiking & glacier walking in Vatnajökull National Park A day in Skaftafell: an area with impressive geology, surprising wildlife and an interesting history. This morning we will go hiking in this intriguing place and to visit Svartifoss waterfall (‘Black Falls’), famous for its tall black basalt columns. With views of Icelands highest peak (Hvannadalshnukur) and largest Ice Cap (Vatnajokull) todays walk is one for the books! Then this afternoon we are in for a real adventure - we will go glacier walking on part of Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Iceland!

    4-6 hours of walking & glacier walking
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Jour 4 Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Today we have the chance to explore a truly magical place, Jökulsárlón (‘glacial river lagoon’) where we can enjoy a peaceful day visiting the deepest lake in Iceland and its many floating Icebergs. Here lumps of ice from the glacier drift towards the sea making eerie noises as they go. If we are lucky we might spot seals playing and hunting along the icebergs– an enchanting place!

    1-4 hours of walking
    Accommodation: Camping
    Transport: Local bus, 75 miles

  • Jour 5 Lava Fields and Multi-Coloured Mountains

    Lava Fields and Multi-Coloured Mountains Today we will visit the largest volcanic canyon in the world, Eldgjá and follow a beautiful mountain trail past Ófærufoss waterfall (‘the impassable waterfall’). We love discussing the intriguing history and geology of this area as we travel together through the canyon like a true Icelandic Explorers, crossing rivers and lava fields. After an adventurous day in this impressive area we will head to Landmannagalaugar. Here we will set camp for the next two nights in a quiet spot sheltered by the distinctive multi-coloured mountains that this region is famous for. We can enjoy an evening stroll in this beautiful area and bathe in local hot springs before bed.

    2-4 hours of walking
    Accommodation: Camping
    Transport: Local bus, 100 miles

  • Jour 6 Hiking with volcanoes and rhyolite mountains

    Hiking with volcanoes and rhyolite mountains Today we will go hiking to fully explore this extraordinary area of volcanoes and rhyolite mountains. We will follow winding trails and uncover the remarkable geology of this colourful region with its impressive formations like the volcanic Torfajokull. We will discover the valley of the Storihver hot springs and cross Brennisteinsalda Mountain, the most colourful volcano in Iceland. We will explore the vast Laugahraun lava fields and perhaps we can even climb to the top of Blahnukur for an exceptional panorama view. We can finish the day by swimming or relaxing in a warm river near to our camping spot.

    6 hours of walking
    Accommodation: Camping

  • Jour 7 Landmannalaugar – Reykjavik

    Landmannalaugar – Reykjavik This morning is our last chance to enjoy the beautiful Landmannalaugar area. We have time to take a short walk and have a final swim in the hot water before we pack up camp and head to Rekjavik. On our scenic route back to the capital city we will pass Hekla, one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland! Tonight is a free evening in Reykjavik; why not spend your last night in Iceland enjoying the local cuisine at an Icelandic restaurant? Or perhaps you want to visit some of Reykjaviks famous landmarks or museums – we have lots of recommendations.

    2-3 hours of walking
    Accommodation: Guesthouse or Youth Hostel
    Transport: Local bus, 120 miles
    Optional Activities: traditional meal in local restaurant & museum visit

  • Jour 8 Fly home

    Fly home Morning transfer to the airport and flight home

Please note that this itinerary, including walking distances and times, is indicative. Our guides aim to provide the adventure that is best suited to the weather, your interests and the demands of the group. Please be aware that in order to achieve this, changes to the program may be made.

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Dates & prix

Départs pour les groupes parlant anglais :

Pas de départ pour l'instant

Code voyage: EISL8VA

Le prix comprend

  • All in country transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Full board (except meals in Reykjavik)
  • Full supervision by a qualified expert guide
  • Two nights in Reykjavik with free walking tour of the capital city
  • The full Golden Circle Tour
  • Multiple guided hikes with our professional guide (including hikes in the following areas: Skaftafell, Landmannalaugar, Vik, Jokulsarlon & Eldgja)
  • Boat trips to and from the Westman Islands
  • Glacier walking on part of the largest glacier in Iceland
  • Swimming/bathing in hot springs & warm rivers

Le prix ne comprend pas

  • Registration fee: €18 (free for under 12s)
  • International flights
  • Meals in Reykjavik (2 evening meals and one breakfast)

Additional Options

Please let us know if you would like to reserve any of the following optional activities:
  • Icelandic meal in traditional restaurant: From  €20

Museums in Reykjavik

There are lots of museums in Reykjavik, our personal favourites are:
  • The National Museum of Iceland: €16 (free for under 18s)
  • Aurora Reykjavik Northern Lights Centre: from €10
  • Reykjavik City Museum and Settlement Exhibition: from €15 (free for under 17s)
Please let us know if you would like to plan museum visits to these museums or any others in Reykjavik ahead of time. Reservation in advance is not necessary. 

Remarques

Comfort - 3/5 Various

Some of our trips involve a mixture of accommodation options. These trips often include several nights of camping interspaced by guesthouse stays and often with hotel accommodation for the first and last nights.

Difficulty - 1/5 Easy

Normally our ‘easy’ trips involve less than 6 hours of activity per day, no previous experience in the activity/activities is required and time to relax and unwind is included - accessible to all people in fair health with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude.


Please note that our difficulty ratings may vary depending on the weather.

Assurance

Infos pratiques

Encadrement

You will be welcomed at the airport by a representative from our friendly team and accompanied for the duration of your holiday. Armed with an abundance of experience and a wealth of knowledge our professional Icelandic team know the country inside out. All activities are lead by our qualified guides who are all English speaking outdoor practitioners with a passion for everything Icelandic. 

Alimentation

This trip includes full board - we are proud of the varied, fresh and frankly delicious food we provide on our camping trips. Meals are based on a selection of local products and you will have the opportunity to try Icelandic delicacies such as skyr, smoked salmon and leg of lamb.

Each day will start with a hearty breakfast accompanied by plenty of tea and coffee. Then you will prepare your own picnic lunch for the day from a buffet style array of options - everyday there will definitely be sandwiches, fruit and cakes among the other options. Each evening meal will include meat, fish and vegetables - we offer fresh fruit and vegetables everyday.

Your help in the kitchen is expected and much appreciated, particularly in the evenings. We like when the whole group work as a team to cook dinner, it creates a pleasant atmosphere as we reflect on the days adventures together.

Please let us know about any dietary requirements when you book the trip and we will work with you to cater for your needs.

Hébergement

First and last nights in Reykjavik - traditional style guesthouse / hostel close to the city centre, shared facilities.

The remaining nights will be spent camping in two different rustic campsites. Both are in fabulous locations putting you in the heart of Icelands wild landscape. We will provide you with state of the art 3 man tents, 1 per 2 people for maximum space and comfort plus a spacious mess tent for meals.

Déplacement et portage

We will use Icelands local bus services for all transfers in this trip. The local buses are generally punctual and comfortable and they are designed for Icelands rough terrain. In more rural areas it is not uncommon for local buses to cross rivers and follow roads which are more like tracks! We like using local buses whenever possible to support local services, it is an environmentally friendly way to travel and gives you a chance to meet other interesting travellers.

Budget et change

The currency in Iceland is Icelandic Krona (ISK). Please budget for:
  • Meals in Reykjavik (2500-5600ISK)
  • Showers in campsites (around 500-600ISK per shower)
  • Drinks & personal expenses

Pourboires

Alcohol is very expensive in Iceland and you can only buy beer which is stronger than 2.25% alcohol in state run liquor stores. If you want to enjoy an evening drink after your days adventures, we recommend buying Duty Free alcohol in the airport.

The tap water in Iceland is of very high quality and it is delicious.

Equipement fourni sur place

  • 3 man dome tents (1 per 2 people for maximum space and comfort)
  • Self-inflating sleeping mat
  • A mess tent with table, stools and cooking equipment if neccessary

Equipement indispensable

  • A warm sleeping bag
  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof jacket (with a hood)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • A warm jumper or two
  • Suitable underwear, t-shirts and walking trousers
  • Thermals - top & long johns
  • A swimsuit
  • Warm gloves and hat (even in the summer - evenings can be chilly)
  • Sunhat and sun cream
  • Sunglasses (UV 400)
  • Any personal medication
  • Towel & toiletries
  • A water bottle
  • A small rucksack to use as a day bag
  • Warm pyjamas
  • Head torch & spare batteries (although it is nearly always light in the summer months)

Matériel

We prefer that you do not wear cotton clothing, including underwear, when participating in activities. When cotton gets wet from water or sweat it ceases to insulate and it does not dry fast. The best materials for outdoor activities are fast drying materials like polyester or materials which are warm when wet like wool.

The most powerful materials against the wind and rain are 'breathable' materials like Gore-Tex or Nikwax.

Equipement utile

You may also consider packing
  • Your camera
  • Binoculars
  • A notepad and pencil
  • A thermos flask
  • Plastic bags for wet/dirty clothing
  • A comfortable evening outfit
  • Walking poles
  • Inflatable pillow
  • Insect repellant

Bagages

You may bring a hold bag (up to 23kg) as well as a cabin bag

For you hold luggage please bring a soft bag like a ruckack rather than a hard cased suitcase because it is more practical when loading local buses and trailers. We also recommend that you pack your clothes in plastic bags inside your rucksack so that they stay dry in the event of bad weather.

Don't forget to bring a small rucksack to use as a day bag. You can bring this as hand luggage on the plane. You will carry your lunch, water, spare layers and any personal medication with you each day in this bag.

Pharmacie

Your guide is a trained first-aider and will carry a full first aid kit at all times during the trip. We recommend that you bring any medication you may need with you such as inhalers, plasters and painkillers.

A vaild European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) will insure that you can access state-provided healthcare in Iceland for free or at a reduced cost.
For more information click here

Passeport

You will need a passport that is valid for at least three months after your return date

Visa

You do not need a VISA to travel to Iceland which is part of the Schengen cooperation.

However USA, Canadian and Australian citizens need to buy a return ticket or provide proof of onwards travel - we will help you to do this.

Vaccins obligatoires

There are no specific health risks

Climat

Contrary to the name 'Ice-land' the weather in Iceland is relatively mild considering its location. In summer the average temperature is 10-13°C (50-55 °F) but warm summer days can reach 20-25°C

From June to September it is nearly always light with the return of night and the first Northern Lights appearances towards the end of August.

Electricité

Iceland uses Northern European electrical standards (50Hz/220 volts)  and the standard Europlug socket with two round prongs.

Please be aware that some of our more remote campsites and refuges charge for electricity use.

Heure locale

Iceland uses Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) like the United Kingdom but does not observe daylight-saving time in the summer

Géographie

Area: 39,768.5 m²
Population: 334,252 inhabitants (2016)
Capital: Reykjavik
Languages: Icelandic
Regime: Parliamentary Republic

Iceland is 20 million years old and is a volcanic island with around one eruption every 5 years. 11% of the island is covered with ice, 1% of the land is cultivated, 20% is grassland, 2% is lake, 40% is sand and the rest is desert.

Tourisme responsable

 As adventure and wilderness travel experts who run trips to some of the most remote parts of the world, we take responsible tourism very seriously. We respect the ‘Leave No Trace’ outdoor ethical code and try to explore this beautiful location whilst causing minimal environmental damage.

The Leave No Trace policy can be summarized in 7 simple steps which we hope you will follow during ourtrip...

1.    Be prepared
2.    Stick to trails and camp overnight right
3.    Stash your trash and pick up waste
4.    Leave it as you find it
5.    Be careful with fire
6.    Respect wildlife
7.    Be considerate of other visitors

Over the years we have built up good relations with our local suppliers and we are keen to support local businesses as much as possible. We are a small company and we pay our local partners and suppliers directly insuring fair rates. 

Our small group sizes not only provide a more intimate adventure but also cause less impact on the environment and local communities.

We expect all who travel with us to support and uphold our Sustainable Tourism philosophies.
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Isabelle

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Isabelle

  • Outdoor activities enthusiast
  • Adventure travel expert
  • Graduated with a UK First Class Honours Degree in Outdoor Leadership
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Région
Eldgjá Jökulsárlón Landmannalaugar Reykjavík Skaftafell The South The South Coast Vík
Activité
Hiking Off-season Puffins Summer Walking and Sightseeing
Durée
8 jours
Groupe
4 à 15 personnes
Code
EISL8VA
Prix
A partir de 1 850 €
Niveau
1/5
Confort
3/5
Langue(s)
anglais

Points forts

  • Environmentally friendly hiking & camping adventure
  • Puffins, mountains & the remote volcanic westman islands
  • Guided hikes in world renowned walking destinations & National Parks
  • Waterfalls, glaciers & volcanoes
  • Geysirs, black sand beaches & icebergs 

Niveau requis

This trip is accessible to anyone in fair health with a sense of adventure and a positive attitude. We will walk around 4-6 hours a day, our hikes are not technically difficult but may venture off-trail and there may be steps on and off vehicles. This trip involves camping and please note that your help with tasks such as cooking is much appreciated and expected - we want you to be a part of our team;not just a sheep!

Minimum age: 15
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