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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.
Dates: From August 7th to 8th 2019
Number of participants: 4
Level : Private guided trip with some hiking
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DAY 1. ÞÓRSMÖRK – AN EPIC OUTDOOR ADVENTURE INTO THE VALLEY OF THOR - AUGUST 7TH
After a nice breakfast we are going on a real outdoor adventure into the highlands of the south coast of Iceland. We travel by modified 4x4 vehicle on gravel roads with river crossings, into the Valley of the thunder god, Thor. It is an absolute natural wonder, packed with carved canyons, elves and trolls and endless single-track trails all over the valley. We will visit the outskirt glacier Gígjökull, witnessing the total devastation from the Volcanic eruption in Eyjafjallajökull in the year 2010. While traveling through the Valley of Thor, we will enjoy a 1-3 hour hike out in the unspoiled nature of Iceland (optional). On our way back we will visit the two epic waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Gljúfrabúi waterfall.
Tonight we drive back to your accommodation between Hella and Hveragerði.
Duration 7-8 hours.
DAY 2. – FJALLABAK NATURE RESERVE - THE HIGHLANDS - AUGUST 8TH
We leave your accommodation after breakfast (good to buy a lunch for the road since we can’t buy anything in the highlands). First destination is Eldgjá. It is a massive fissure 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 Ófærufoss is appropriate if the weather permits. Leaving Eldgjá we drive through Álftavatnskrókur with Mælifell and Mælifellssandur and some serious river crossings, black deserts and monumental mountains like no other. After eating lunch out in nature, we will travel through Hvanngil, following the
Fjallabak S. route down to the south coast. If perfect weather conditions and if we have time, we will enjoy some of the monumental waterfalls on the south coast.
At the end of the day we drive to Hveragerdi, Hotel Örk, where you will be staying tonight. You say goodbye to your guide who will go back to Reykjavik.
Duration 7-8 hours.
Duration: 2 days
Group: 4 people
Level: Private guided tour
Date : August 7th and 8th
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.
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