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ICELANDIC EXPLORER

from £3499
Walking in Iceland offers a fascinating land sculpted by millions of years of volcanic and glacial activity.
  • Product Code 27100
  • Holiday Type Walking Holiday
  • Grade Grade 6
  • Holiday Duration 10 Nights

Guided Walking Holidays - Icelandic Explorer

Setting foot in the land of ice and fire is like taking a deep breath of fresh air into oxygen starved lungs. Iceland has vast open spaces and a landscape that pulses with continent dividing energy. Our paths take us through rocky lava fields, past active volcanoes and rushing rivers. Feel the spray from powerful waterfalls and walk through surprisingly verdant mountain highlands. Relax in a hot spring or delight in bubbling mud pools and witness unpredictable geysers. Simply put, Iceland invigorates your senses.

Our first centre is Bifrost, minutes from western Iceland's main walking highlights. The basalt landscape of the wide valley floor with its rivers and lakes is flanked by long mountain ridges and volcanic cones. The centrepiece is the three million year old near perfect volcanic cone of Baula.

Next we move north to historic Akureyri, at the head of Eyjafjördur, opening to the ocean just 25 miles south of the Arctic Circle. The surrounding flat-topped mountains are formed from ancient lava, carved by vast glaciers into steep-sided ridges, some still topped with ice. We walk from Akureyri and can make trips further afield to the tiny coastal towns of Olafsfjördur or Husavík and include a day trip to My´vatn, a beautiful lake in an active volcanic area, a bird watchers paradise and surrounded by geothermal landscapes.

From Akureyri, we cross the Interior Highlands, passing hot springs, majestic mountains and vast expanses of snow topped wilderness. We descend to the magnificent Gullfoss (Golden Waterfall). At Geysir ‘Strokkur’ shoots boiling water into the air every few minutes. Our day’s journey ends at Hveragerði, Iceland’s ‘flower town’ edged by steaming geysers and mud pits. Our final night is spent in the capital, Reykjavík.


Holiday Highlights

  • Experience the active volcanic area of Lake My´vatn – volcanic craters, lava fields and bubbling mud pools – the landscape here is simply out of this world!
  • Visit Gullfoss – Iceland’s Golden Falls are a magnificent example of the power of nature.
  • Unique opportunities to swim in hot springs and warm streams.
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Keflavík (Icelandair)
      Airport transfers
      Half board en suite accommodation
      All local transport costs.
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised program, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 6

  1. Day 1

    Upon arrival into Iceland we will transfer from Keflavik Airport to our first hotel which is around 20 minutes outside Reykholt.

  2. Day 2

    Our first day exploring this mysterious landscape and country will be a walk from the nearby town of Bifrost. The walk is a great introduction to the variety of landscapes you will see during your time in Iceland - scenery such as craters, lava fields, lakes and moors. There are no strenuous uphills but be aware that throughout Iceland as on this walk you will encounter sections of wet ground. Keep an eye out for salmon leaping! 16km, 5 hours, 220m Ascent/Descent.

  3. Day 3

    Once in Reykholt we will follow the local river to Raucsgil following from there a gorge to Trollafoss. Along our path waterfalls are our constant companion. 20km, 6 hours, 350m Ascent/Descent.

    On our way back to the hotel we will stop and view the Hraunfossar Waterfall and stop at the Deildartunguhver Hot Springs. Should time allow it might be a good idea to have a cup of coffee or even take your swimming stuff as there is a great thermal springs facility that you could pay to go into.

  4. Day 4

    It is a longer travel day today as we head to the north of the country to Akureyri. To break up our journey we will be making a number of stops. When we reach Kolugljufur Gorge we will take a short walk to stretch the legs. After we have stopped for lunch we will visit the cod drying area at Saudarkrokur followed by drive onto Flaumbaer Turf Museum then arriving in Akureyri.

  5. Day 5 to 7

    During our time in Akureyri we will have two walks in the local area and also visit Myvatn a real jewel in Iceland's crown.

    Mt Sulur Walk - The walk to the summit of Mount Sulur can offer splendid views but is weather dependant even in the summer due to snow and is very much at the top of the walking grade. 10km, 5 hours, 880m Ascent/Descent

    Lambi Hut - A great walk taking you up to orignal huts in the wildernesses of Iceland, a great choice should there be bad weather. 20km, 6 hours, 470m Ascent/Descent

    Olafsfjordur - Instead of being inland this walk takes us first along the coast before heading inland up the route a former glacier has travelled down the valley. This walk although shorter than some offers great opportunities for photography and bird-watching. 12km, 5 hours, 240m Ascent/Descent

    Myvatn - The Grand Tour - This day is a true highlight of the holiday, a day not to forget! Although this is a coach tour day it takes in all the main points of visiting Iceland through its volcanic areas. Our route takes us from our hotel to Godafoss Waterfall, Skutustadir with its craters, the lagoon and great bird watching opportunities, Dimmuborgur Lava Field where we will have a short walk, Viti Crater and more...  

  6. Day 8

    Today we leave Akureyri and head for Hveragerdi. En route we will stop at the high view point of Hvervellir for photographs then continue Gullfoss Falls for a walk of around an hour (it would be a good idea to make sure you have your waterproof on this walk due to spray from the falls). We then head to the Geysir Area a geological feature Iceland is well know for before finishing our journey to Hveragerdi.

  7. Day 9

    It has come time for our final dedicated walking day of your holiday, an interesting walk from Hveragerdi with fumaroles and mud pools which is scenic and has good views. At the end of the walk is our final opportunity to enjoy bathing in Icelands thermally heated waters so it would be a good idea to make sure you have your swim stuff and sandals. 16km, 6 hours, 400m Ascent/Descent   

  8. Day 10

    As we make our way to our final centre of Reykavik the country's hub, we will visit the Thingvellir National Park to view the country's constantly shifting tectonic plates. Once in Reykavik the time is yours but might we suggest visiting some of the following:

    • Harpa concert hall – this is a magnificent building where conducted tours are available (charge).
    • Waterfront – where there are memorials to fishermen, British naval personnel and other mariners.
    • National Museum
    • National Gallery
    • Maritime museum
    • Saga museum
    • Hallgrimskirkja Church – cathedral like and splendid, with a viewing tower (charge)
    • Whale watching opportunities – aim for main harbour area.

  9. Day 11

    Sadly it has come time to say goodbye to this jaw dropping country as we head back to the airport for our flights back home.

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Keflavík (Icelandair)
  • Airport transfers by road c. 2 hours 30 minutes
  • We can offer regional flight options but due to the location and travelling time to our resort we operate just one transfer coach between the airport and our hotel to coincide with our main group. This may mean that there is a wait at the overseas airport in one or both directions

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Hotel Ork

One of the hotels we stay in is the four star Hotel Ork, that is well located in the centre of Hveragerdi to access the hot springs and the surrounding countryside. The hotel has its own hot tubs, geothermal sauna and even a large water slide that shoots into the outdoor pool! Other features are the restaurant serving healthy Icelandic food, some of which is grown right next-door in geothermally heated greenhouses. Breakfast is a buffet with a good selection of freshly baked bread, hams, cheeses, jams, cereals and more. Bedrooms include fridge, telephone, TV, en-suite bathroom, tea and coffee making facilities and free Wi-Fi.


FOSSHOTEL

Fosshotel Reykjavík, Iceland’s largest hotel stands prominently in Reykjavík’s business district, only a short walk from the main shopping area. Here, from the heart of the city, you can easily explore Reykjavík's magnificent architecture, captivating history, vibrant markets and rich culture – ideal starting point for experience the best of everything the city has to offer. With 16 floors, many of our rooms offer magnificent views of the city and the bay area. The top floor features seven suites, 2 that can be used as meeting rooms and on the second floor you will find first class conference facilities. Unwind at the Beer garden with local Icelandic draught beer and enjoy select dining at Fosshotel Reykjavík's restaurant, Haust.






Hotel Nordurland

The simple Yosemite Cedar Lodge offers fresh air and acres of pure natural wonder with the Yosemite National Forest just 8 miles away. All guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor pools, access to a private sandy beach on the Merced River and an American family-style restaurant, plus a sports bar and grill.




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