Outdoor Hiking Challenge
Imagine hiking in the stunning landscapes of South Iceland, the culmination of your efforts to prepare for a personal or charity challenge. Amongst ancient volcanoes, across lava fields and between steaming and gurgling geothermal pools and streams, it’s a unique experience.
Perfect if you would like to join a small group of like minded people to immerse yourself in Icelandic nature, geothermal earth-cooking and bathing and sleeping under the night sky. At this time of the year, the colours of the Icelandic autumn are beautiful, and there’s also the chance that the Aurora will be there for us too.
PROPOSED ITINERARY – walking routes on days 2-5 may vary
Day 1: Tuesday September 7. ‘Welcome to Iceland’
Arrive at Keflavik International airport in Iceland during the day and meet our bus transfer from Reykjavik. Flights can be booked through Iceland Traveller, or self-booked and we will confirm the travel plans on an individual basis for arrival day. Hotel check in will be in the late afternoon, followed by an evening welcome, introductions and dinner. After dinner, get into the Icelandic way of life and relax in a hot tub under the night sky.
Day 2: Wed September 8. ‘A peaceful mountain environment’
After breakfast we’ll start the day with a kit check, pick up our packed lunches and set off for a day’s hiking. Exact routes and plans always depend on the conditions on the day, but we’ll get our first glimpses of the colourful, often steamy surroundings so prevalent in this part of South Iceland. We’ll be back at our small hotel for another home-cooked dinner, an overnight stay and hot tubs.
Day 3: Thursday September 9: ‘Lakeside setting in the Golden Circle’
After breakfast, we’ll only keep with us the equipment that we need for the next 2 nights. We’ll carry what we need for the day and the overnight kit will go in the jeep. Subject to local conditions the plan for the day is to begin with a short road trip through the National Park to the north shore of Lake Thingvellir and to the mountain Hrafnaborg, where we begin a 2-day hike that will head south along and overlooking the lake with fabulous views across to the American tectonic plate boundary. Today’s hiking distance is about 11km and our overnight stop will be in countryside huts at the southern end of the lake. The accommodation is simple, with electricity, hot showers and we will eat well.
Day 4: Friday September 10: ‘An extraordinary camping experience’
After breakfast, we’ll pack up and take our day kit on with us as we begin our full day’s hiking to the geothermal area around the Hengill volcano. Our route will take us half way around the volcano with a climb of about 600 meters and a distance of about 11km during the day. During the evening, make camp, bathe in the hot river, eat a wonderful geothermal ‘earth-cooked’ dinner and then watch for the Aurora. With all the correct kit, we will be warm, sheltered and well prepared for an experience out in the natural landscape and darkness that many visitors to Iceland crave but do not achieve.
Day 5: Saturday September 11. ‘Smokey valley and autumn colours’
After a unique al fresco breakfast we clear the camp and begin our final hike beside bubbling hot springs, across springy turf and along lava tracks. With luck, time for another hot river swim before arriving in the village of Hveragerdi, a celebration dinner and a comfy warm bed! Last time we decided to make a trip with our guides (in jeeps) to hunt for the Aurora. It was a magical end to the trip and since we hadn’t spent a single kronur during the whole stay, everyone agreed it was absolutely worth it.
Day 6: Sunday September 12. ‘Homeward travel or extend your stay’
After breakfast, we’ll be picked up and taken to Keflavik and from there, it is time to fly home or use the weekend to stay on in Iceland. We’ve planned the trip to fit inside a regular working week, and with Tuesday as the scheduled start of the programme there’s time available to fly out earlier and do some of the must-see places and activities in South Iceland and still get back to the UK within a week if you wish. Please ask us about this, so that we can make the best use of your time and money in the way that you would like to experience some of the rest of Iceland! Relaxing in spas or lagoons, exploring Reykjavik’s food or entertainment opportunities, adventuring under water, underground or on ice, or taking a trip to the Glacial Lagoon… there’s so much choice and also something for everyone.
- 6 days/5 nights in Iceland
- Full board (5 dinners and 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches)
- Shared accommodation including I night camping
- Professional hiking guides for the trail
- Luggage moved every day, hike with a day pack
- Transfers from and to Keflavik airport
- Use of hot tub/pool where these are available on site
- Booking arrangements, information and equipment lists
- Advice on preparation
- Opportunity to join our UK walk training
- Certificates and prizes in recognition of your achievement!
- Flight booking and pre/post-holiday arrangement booking as required
- Your documentation, travel information pack, detailed itinerary and travel vouchers
- 100% financial protection guarantee
- Price per person: from £1295
- Tour code HC21
NOT INCLUDED: Please contact us to discuss your plans.
- Meals before the evening of Sept 7 and after breakfast on Sept 12
- Single room supplement (only available on certain nights)
- Any contribution to charity – this walk is designed as a personal achievement OR charity challenge.
- Any extra COVID related costs (eg testing)
WHY NOT ADD THESE?
- An extra day to explore more of Reykjavik
- More time to visit locally or further afield
- Relax in the world-famous Blue Lagoon when you arrive or before you fly
- Welcome to Iceland: private meet and greet with direct airport transfers
- Please ask us about booking flights and ATOL protection for your holiday