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A trip to Iceland, the land of extremes and contrasts, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, is the opportunity for a fabulous lesson in geology. Volcanoes, glaciers, lava fields, geothermal areas, natural baths and black sand beaches make up wild landscapes that, according to the sky and the lighting, evoke the beginning or the end of the world.
At every moment we marvel at the grandeur of the landscapes. In a word, Iceland is a unique destination for lovers of nature and open spaces.
Dates: From July 24th to 29th 2019
Number of participants: 4
Level : Private guided trip with some trekking
Accommodation : B&B's, huts and hotels.
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You arrive to Iceland at 08.30 in the morning, your driver-guide, Philippe, will be welcoming you at the airport, then you will drive along the South coast of the Reykjanes peninsula and to Héraðsskólinn boutique hostel
at Laugarvatn lake (close to the golden circle). Dinner at the cozy hostel, if you want a good soak in the hot tubs or go into a sauna, the Fontana Spa
is next to the hostel and opened until 22 oclock.
Enjoy a nice breakfast at the hostel and then you drive on the South Coast and stop by beautiful waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss (where you can walk behind and the majestic Skogafoss. There is a museum in Skogar
, if you are interested in going there.
On the way you could go on Solheimajökull glacier and do a walk with crampons. Optional, not included.
We continue on the main ring road towards the black sand beach of Reynisfjara and grassy headlands of Vik in Mýrdal. In Vik you could see lots of puffins. Walk on the beautiful beach of black sand Reynisfjara between the famous reefs and the promontory of Reynisdrangar. Dyrhólaey arch with its impressive black basalt columns.
Plan a: Staying at the charming guesthouse/hotel Glacier View
near Kirkjubæjarklaustur at our friends Elins and Borgar. The couple makes great food, they live a part of the year in Kenya. For the moment you are still on a waiting list but we are hoping it will free up.
Plan B: Holaskjol private hut near the Eldgja volcanic fissure or at Fosshotel Glacier Lagoon.
We leave the accommodation after a good breakfast with a local lunch pack for the road. First destination is Eldgjá fissure. It is a massive far in the highlands, accessible on foot with a beautiful waterfall that runs through the ancient lava formations. A relatively easy 2-3 hours hike to the waterfall of Ófærufoss is appropriate if the weather permits. Leaving Eldgjá we drive to the direction of Landmannalaugar and its incredible colour palettes.
We sleep in one of the private little hut of Landmannahellir
, 15 km away, in sleepingbag accommodation.
River crossing on the way and breathtaking landscapes that are like on another planet.
You can have a little hike up on the beautiful mountain of Mount Löðmundur behind your chalet, with a 360°view over the highlands.
Trekking day from Hellir to Landmannalaugar ending with a bath in the hot pool/river. On the way beautiful places like the lake of Frostastaðavatn and Ljótipollur. Then you drive to the little cosy and rustic hut of Afangagil
in sleepingbag accommodation.
Drive back to Reykjavik and stopping at different places on the way.
Tonight you will be staying at Hotel Alda
downtown, in the mainstreet of Laugavegur.
We recommend that you stroll around town to see the little colored houses, the famous church of Hallgrimskirkja, the concert hall Harpa etc. Then dinner at one of many good restaurants in Reykjavik.
A private taxi transfer from you hotel 3 hours prior to your flight.
Duration: 6 days
Group: 4 people
Level: Private guided tour
Accommodation: hotels***, B&B's*** and huts
Date : July 24th to 29th
Climate : Despite its geographical location, just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland enjoys a temperate climate, thanks to the Gulf Stream that sweeps the west and south coasts of the island. The period from the beginning of July to the end of September is the most favorable for a visit of the island (the days last almost 24hours long, from May to the end of July).
Currency: The monetary unit is the Icelandic krona (ISK). Bank cards are accepted almost everywhere.
Electricity: 220W. European standards.
Language: The official language is Icelandic, which is a bit similar to other Scandinavian languages like Swedish, Norwegian or Danish, with whom it shares common origins. Most Icelanders speak English.
Health: No vaccine is required. Tap water is drinkable, not a single Icelander buys bottled water. The hospital infrastructure is of an excellent standard. It is advisable to take out a good insurance covering the medical expenses and the repatriation health.
Surface: Iceland covers 103 000 km2
Population: Iceland has approx. 348,450 inhabitants
You’ll need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you from cold and wet weather, such as polypropylene, capilene, or pile. Wool and wool/synthetic blends are also suitable - though wool, if wet, dries slowly compared to synthetic fabrics. We discourage the use of cotton in wet conditions it dries very slowly. When camping, tents are provided. You will be responsible for bringing your mattress and sleeping bag.
When layering, the innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer must be a breathable waterproof jacket such as a good quality Gore-Tex wind/rain parka and over-pants.
For quantities for each item listed, use your own judgement, based on the expected weather conditions and overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
- Regular underwear. Synthetics are easier to wash and dry
- Synthetic thermal underwear
- Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
- Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
- Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
- Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Down jacket from mid-August to September (optional)
- Hiking shorts, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Pile/fleece pants, ideal for around the camp
- Sun & rain hat
- Wool hat
- Gloves (wool or pile)
- Waterproofed shell gloves
- Medium weight synthetic socks
- Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
- Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
- Hiking boots, medium-weight, all leather, with padded ankle, good arch support, and a lug sole traction. Your hiking boots should be waterproof, well broken in, and suitable for rocky terrain or possibly snow.
- Comfortables shoes to wear when not hiking (optional) Teva-type sandals for river crossing. Absolutely recommended! Gaiters. Highly recommended.
- Comfortable sleeping bag +10°C to –10°C which can be opened all the way
- Cotton sheet for hut’s mattress
- Pillow if you can’t sleep without one (optional)
- Swimsuit and towel for hot spring bathing and swimming pool
- 1-to-2 liters capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
- Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August only)
- Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not in hand luggage, when flying !)
- Toiletry kit—soap, toothbrush, and so on.
- Moisturizing lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry)
- Eye shades. Highly recommended!
- Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or contact lenses (but not only lenses, as wind-blown dust can make them very uncomfortable)
- Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more intense than you probably imagine)
- Personal first aid kit
- Netting hood
Optional Travel Accessories
- Hiking poles. Highly recommended
- Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
- Reading and writing material
- Your favorite snack food such as raisins or chocolate
- Protein supplements for vegetarian
- 1 or 2 good bottles of wine or a bottle of something stronger