Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers - ILR33

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Adult: 249.900

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Duration: 5 days

Accommodation: Hotel

Pick up: Pickup from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik from 08:30 in the morning

Group size: 6-16 participants

Walking per day: 2-5 hours

Note: Participants are picked up and returned at accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The famous Gullfoss - Geysir
    • Glacier Lagoon and its Icebergs
    • The Aurora Borealis

    Discover the Most Beautiful Landscape of South and South-East Iceland.

    This is an outstanding trip to one of Iceland’s most attractive areas, including the famous Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall, the Skaftafell part of Vatnajökull National Park, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the famous Laki volcano. On this tour you will be hiking through stunning volcanic sceneries with breathtaking panoramic views over glaciers and spectacular mountain peaks. Whether it is the glacier lagoon and itsamazing icebergs, the incredible volcanic landscapes of the Laki area or Skaftafell that impresses you the most, you can be certain to have an outstanding adventure. And maybe, if weather conditions permit we might enjoy the dramatic and phenomenal midnight sun decorating Vatnajökull icecap. The evenings and nights will be spent at a nice and comfortable countryside hotel in the close vicinity of the small town of Kirkjubæjarklaustur in the southeast. Transport in comfortable 4 wheel drive vehicles.

    Included in price: Guide for 5 days, vehicle transportation for 5 days, breakfast and dinner for 4 days (lunch not included but can be added), accommodation in a comfortable country hotel in double/twin rooms (single supplement is 42.500 ISK per person).

    Not included in price: Lunch - can be added for 12.500 ISK, optional 2 - 3 hour walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier (all glacier and safety gear provided) - special rate: 8.125 ISK pr. person.

    Minimum age: 14 years 

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Gullfoss – Geysir - Hotel Pickup from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik from 08:30 in the morning.
    First on our program for the day is a visit to the Great Geysir geothermal area. There we will take a look at the areas namesake and its neighbor, Strokkur a feisty geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes. Close by we find Gullfoss, one of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls; in two giant steps the water falls 32 meters into a deep gorge. We continue east through one of the largest agriculture areas. Passing by two very impressive glaciers, a huge sand desert and one of Iceland’s biggest lava fields we reach our hotel where we stay for the next 4 nights.
    Driving: 6 hrs total    Walking: 2-3 hrs total

    Day 2: Vatnajökull National Park-Skaftafell
    Vatnajökull National Park is Europe’s biggest National Park.The southeast part of this park is the area of Skaftafell which is composed of natural forest growing between glacial tongues, reaching down almost to sea level - a unique place to visit. We walk through a birch forest up to the Svartifoss waterfall, which is famous for its black basalt columns. On the way we will get fantastic views of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull and Hvannadalshnúkur (2110m), its highest peak. In the afternoon a 2-3 hour inspiring walk on the glacier is optional. You will be provided with all the necessary gear (crampons and ice axes) to discover the amazing blue world of ice and explore its ridges and crevasses ! Return to the hotel.
    Driving: 2 hrs total    Walking: 4-5 hrs total

    Day 3: Volcano Laki
    Today we head for the craters of Laki. In 1783 a 25km long fissure opened and lava flew out of 130 craters, devastating huge pasture fields. Clouds of poisonous gases killed over 50% of the livestock on Iceland. This led to a great famine which soon killed about 20% of the population. This was the greatest eruption in Iceland since the original settlement and naturally had a deep impact on the Icelandic population. However, today these craters are mostly covered with green moss which makes a huge contrast to the black and red color of the underlying lava. In good weather we will climb to the top of the the Laki mountain. From there we have a splendid view over all the craters and the ice cap of Vatnajökull. Return to the same hotel.
    Driving: 4-5 hrs total    Walking: 3-4 hrs total

    Day 4: Jökulsárlón – Slaga
    Today we head east along the Öræfajökull glacier which covers one of the country’s greatest volcanoes and its highest summit. We then cross great flatlands in front of the huge Breiðamerkurjökull glacier before arriving to Jökulsárlón lagoon with its picturesque floating icebergs. This place has provided the backdrop for many Hollywood films - for example the James Bond movie “Die another Day”. We discover a great variety of icebergs of different forms and shapes and the wide range of blue and white colours in the ice. In the afternoon on our way back, we will take a walk at the foot of the Öræfajökull glacier, with fantastic views over the vast sand plains of the river Skeiðará. In 1996 the great glacier outflow from under the Vatnajökull icecap destroyed the longest bridge in Iceland. A huge mass of ice (3000 billion liters) melted and the water reached a flow rate of 55,000 cubic meters per second and covered these huge plains with water. Return to the same hotel.
    Driving: 3-4 hrs total    Walking: 4-5 hrs total

    Day 5: Vík – Hot springs of Ölkelduháls – Reykjavik
    On our return to Reykjavik we pass by the village of Vík (Vík í Mýrdal) where we can enjoy a walk on the black beach. The pinnacles of Reynisdrangar are to be seen just offshore. According to legend, the pinnacles were left standing there after two trolls tried to pull a three master ship past the headland, but were caught and petrified by the first rays of sunshine. North of the village Hveragerði, famous for its greenhouses, we enjoy our last walk over to the geothermal area of Reykjadalur where we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a warm stream before returning to the hectic life of Iceland’s capital.
    Driving: 4 hrs total    Walking: 3-4 hrs total

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  • Equipment List

    Equipment list - Discovery Adventure

    Equipment list for Discovery Adventures

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    • Hiking boots – light hiking boots with waterproofing and ankle support are preferred. 
    • Long and short sleeve thermal underwear – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Rain Jacket with a good hood– Preferably waterproof and breathable material. 
    • Hiking pants.
    • Rain trousers – Waterproof and breathable material. 
    • Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
    • Socks – two to three pairs of hiking socks - Wool or synthetic.
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 

    Other gear:

    • Backpack for clothes and items used during the day. Size: 20-30 litres. 
    • Duffel bag for your overnight gear, preferably not a suit-case.  
    • Towel – A light weight and packable one. 
    • Sunglasses and sun protection. 
    • Water bottle. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes.
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc. 
    • Swim suit (depends on tour). 
    • Tours in huts: 
    • Sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for summer tours. Good summer sleeping bag will do for winter tours in huts (depending on tour). Please note Sleeping bag is not needed for The Treasure Trail IMG332
    • Earplugs 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s). 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films. 
    • Puffy jacket to throw on during stops (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

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  • Gear Lexicon

    Trekking Tours

    Trekking tour - definition:

    Hiking tour where all the overnight gear it transported from one camp-site/hut to the next. You will only need to carry your daypack during each days hike. Your daypack should only contain a small amount of extra clothing for the day (rain gear, puffy jacket etc.), sunglasses, and river crossing gear, sunblock and food and water for the day.


    Hiking Boots:

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    Scarpa Hekla

    Sturdy hiking boots with good ankle support. Leather or synthetic with a waterproof membrane, e.g. Gore-Tex. Make sure they are a good fit, leaving some space for your toes – and wear them in, even if it is just by light hiking in the city.


    Long sleeve- / T-shirt (thermal underwear):

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    Bergans Merino

    A thin base layer (next to skin). The most popular is merino wool – comfortable to wear for multiple days without the smell of synthetic materials. Most people should be fine with the same merino shirt on for 2 – 3 days. Having short and long sleeve is great for adjusting to different weather conditions. A sleeveless shirt (merino wool) can also be a good addition for a base layer as well as a sports bra for the women.


    Light wool or fleece sweater:

    This is your regular insulation layer for hiking during the day. Options from Merino wool are available as well as the standard fleece jacket. Not too thick for summertime use, but consider layering with two jackets or a jacket and a vest – that way you will be prepared for any type of weather.


    Trousers – softshell:

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    Soft shell is strong and durable, wind resistant and quick drying. Perfect for hiking pants. Some might consider a thin base-layer for extra insulation on colder days. If you have a thinner trousers consider having long-johns handy for cold days.


    Jacket with a good hood (wind and waterproof):

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    ME Manaslu

    A good “hard-shell” jacket with a large protective hood. Gore-Tex membrane or similar to keep you dry. Make sure it is not too tight and that you can fit insulation underneath. Note that a soft-shell jacket is a great addition but will not replace a good waterproof hard-shell when you really, really need one! Good rain gear – tops and bottoms are mandatory on all our tours. 


    Rain trousers – wind and waterproof:

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    Good rain pants are absolutely compulsory in Iceland. They should be lightweight – as they are in the backpack most of the time. If they have zip-up legs to ease getting into it is a big bonus. Make sure they are breathable and strong enough to take some abuse from walking.  We often see cheap rain pants come apart on the seams. Gore-Tex or similar waterproof breathing membrane is appropriate. Good rain gear – tops and bottoms are mandatory on all our tours.


    Gloves:

    A light pair of fleece or wool gloves or mittens does the job. You can also take a pair of ski-gloves or other wind and waterproof shell gloves. Having an extra pair is recommended, and then of different thickness.


    Socks:

    Wool is definitely the preferred material for hiking socks. Different blends are available. If you are prone to blisters or have new boots you might consider wearing a thin liner sock underneath your hiking socks. Make sure you have a few pairs of socks to keep your feet dry and in good conditions.


    Warm hat:

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    ME Knitted beanie

    A normal ski-hat/beanie is perfect. You could also use a thick buff. As an extra a buff is also nice to have, you can use it to protect your neck and face when needed or as a thinner option for a hat.


    Duffel-bag:

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    ME Wet & Dry bag

    Your overnight gear is going to be transported from hut-to-hut and space is limited. We therefore ask you to pack your gear in a soft bag rather than a regular hard suite case. A 70 - 80L bag should be more than enough for all your extra kit including a sleeping bag.  If it is reasonably waterproof that is a big bonus.


    Backpack / day-pack:

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    Love Alpine AirZone Trek 30L

    You will need a nice daypack to carry your extra clothes, river crossing shoes and food and water for the day. Having a compartment for smaller items like sun screen and sunglasses is also good. The pack will never be heavy but a bit of padding on the shoulder- and hip straps is good. Unless you have some bulky personal needs like photographic equipment then you should be fine with a 30L pack.


    River shoes:

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    Keen Newport Sandal

    An old pair of running shoes will do just fine. Closed hiking sandals or neoprene kayaking shoes will also work great.  Any quick drying shoe with a good sole that can be securely attached to the foot will do. Loose slippers, flip-flops etc. are not acceptable.
    A good addition to your river crossing shoes are neoprene socks – see Neoprene socks.


    Neoprene Socks:

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    Neoprene socks

    A good addition to your river crossing shoes are neoprene socks – they should go well above the ankles and the best once have welded seams. You will be able to do most of your river crossings without them, but it is just so much nicer with them. They should be a tight fit, but not too tight to get one when wet.


    Sleeping bag:

    The mountain-huts during the summer are usually warm, although not heated during the night. Any old sleeping bag will therefore do, unless you get cold easily. For temperature control having a full length zipper is great. A liner bag is also a very nice addition and will improve your ability to regulate your head during the night.  If you are doing a winter trip or summer camping a 3 season sleeping bag would be sufficient. All the huts we use have mattresses on the beds so no need to bring your own for hut trips.


    Towel:

    To save weight and bulk, a light weight microfiber towel is ideal. You might like a big one for drying off after a swim and a small one for drying your feet after river crossings.


    Sunglasses and sun protection:

    Believe it or not, you will need those things in Iceland. There are no big issues with sun, so a high SPF rating for sun block is not an issue unless you plan to be on a glacier or on snow. You should have a small bottle to save weight in your pack. Likewise; any pair if sunglasses would be sufficient – but make sure you pack them. If you plan to be in snow or on ice a pair of glasses with a high UV (close to 100%) and/or cat (3 – 4) rating and side shields will be appropriate.


    Water container / thermos flask:

    In Iceland you can drink from the stream, no filters, not iodine or chlorine! It is good to have a small water bottle at hand. For most days a 0,5 – 1L bottle should be plenty as water is easily found all over. If you are a warm drinker we will be happy to fill up your thermos in the morning and a selection of teas will be available (very dedicated tea drinkers often bring an emergency stash of their favourite brand).


    Head-lamp:

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    Even though the summer night is bright the inside of the hut might not be. A headlamp is also useful for a bit of reading. There are plenty of options available for LED head lamps that are just perfect for reading and getting around the hut. A small flash-light will also do the job. Most LED headlamps have more than enough light for our purposes and the battery life is so good that one set will do for your Iceland trip.


    Casual clothes / change of clothes:

    Once in the hut it is good to be able to change out of your trekking gear. Even if we do not like you to wear jeans during the hike you are welcome to wear them in the hut in the evening - same with a cotton T-shirt. If it is could a warm jumper or an extra fleece jacket is always nice. Few pairs of comfy socks and some fresh underwear.  Avoid bringing to much extra clothing – life in the mountains is simple and nice, so one pair of extra pants, warm jumper and a few t-shirts and briefs should do the job just fine.


    Personal first-aid-kit:

    The guides on our tours will have a first aid kit available. It is still nice to have some small items to be self-sufficient with minor things. Band-Aid, Compeed for blisters, pain killers and/or anti-inflammatory drugs.


    Personal items:

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    Make sure to have all your prescription medication with you, if you have any medical condition that could in any way affect you during the trip make sure to let your guide know. For those suffering from allergies having antihistamine is advisable – or any other medication that works for your conditions. Items for personal hygiene should also be included, having a small bar of soap handy or some liquid hand soap is a good idea. Toothbrush, toothpaste and dental-floss should be packed. Pack shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in small plastic bottles that close tight. Avoid liquid antiperspirant and glass containers due to risks of spilling. Feminine products like pads, tampons etc. should also be packed if needed. If you take vitamins or other supplements you should continue to do so during your holiday.
    A bit of toilet-paper in a plastic bag along with a lighter to burn it after use is the way to go in Iceland. In most cases you are sharing a room with a few fellow travellers – so a pair of good ear-plugs can ensure a good night sleep. Those not used to the bright summer might also like to bring an eye mask.  Contact lenses, lens liquid etc.


    Swim suit:

    Bathing in the natural hot-pools will be one of the highlights of your trip in Iceland. Make sure you come dressed for the occasion. There are no specific rules, written or unwritten on how to dress or not to dress; board shorts, speedos, bikinis or bathing suits – anything goes. Quick drying is good.


    Trekking pole(s):

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    Black Diamond Trekking / hiking poles

    One or two poles are nice to have. Some trekkers like to use them all the time, other use them only during river crossings or on steep ups and downs. If you like them, make sure that they are foldable and light weight. A small basket is also nice.


    Gaiters:

    For summer time use you should normally not need gaiters as they are designed to keep snow from getting into your boots. Some like them also for scree slopes. Keep in mind that the volcanic soil in Iceland is very abrasive so you will want to be able to remove the strap that goes under your boot sole to keep it from getting trashed.


    Sun/rain hat or Cap:

    A baseball cap or a comfortable hat with brim is great to have. If it is a bite water and weather proof that is a great addition. It will keep the rain from running down your face and into your layering.  Be prepared to take it off if the wind picks up.


    Shorts:

    It does get warm enough in Iceland to wear shorts. They are also nice for sleeping in, in case you need to get out in the night. For hiking it is nice to have some pockets, for the items that other ways would be in the pockets of you pants. But any old pair of shorts will do.


    Thermal mattress:

    It is really nice to have a small thermal mattress to sit on during lunch break and other stops.  It should not be big, just enough to sit on. And it should fold up nicely so it does not get in the way inside your pack.


    Puffy Jacket:

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    ME Compressor Hooded Jacket PrimaLoft

    A nice light puffy is great during brakes. The insulation could be down or synthetics (Primaloft). It should not be very big or bulky – Iceland is not that cold. Synthetic insulation is preferred in Iceland as it keeps most of its insulating properties also when wet. A puffy vest would also be a good option.


    Dry-bags:

    There are plenty of different products available for storing your equipment inside your pack and keeping it dry. A rain cover over your pack often has limited use in Iceland due to the wind – a safer option is to pack whatever needs to be kept dry into dry-bags inside your back-pack. It is also a great way to organize the inside of your pack. One bag for electronics (camera and phone) and one bag for extra clothing, as an example.


    Slippers for indoor use:

    A pair of comfy slippers to use in the hut is a great thing to have. If your river shoes are fast drying you might also use them.


    Aperitif of other heart-warming spirits:

    Liquor laws in Iceland prohibit the sale of alcohol in most places you come by on your trip in the highlands and limited opening hours stop you from buying any most other places. So having a flask (preferably plastic or metal) to share with your fellow travels in front of the camp fire (gas heater) can be the crowning of a good day. You can take care of this in the duty-free up on arrival in Iceland if you like. Just follow all the Icelanders on your flight – they will take you straight to duty-free!


    Other cool things to have when trekking:

    Book – to read during the evenings.
    Music - and head phones. Some of our guides also have speakers with them to share Icelandic music.
    Diary or note-book – to write down your good memories from Iceland. Also a pen or pencil.
    Power-bank / extra battery for you electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland so a pre charged power bank is a better option.  Charging your electronics in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Having converters adapters for 220 V and/or USB will help.
    Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel
    Cash – for the showers, a shower normally costs about 500 ISK. 
    Travel pillow – as long as it is not very bulky, other ways you can just use your clothes.
    Powder drink mix – Icelandic water is great – but you might like a bit of variety. Some also contain vitamins and minerals that help your body after a hard day.


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  • FAQ

    FAQ for IMG33 Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers

    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included: Guide for 5 days, vehicle transportation for 5 days, breakfast and dinner for 5 days, accommodation in a comfortable country hotel in double/twin rooms. Single room during the tour (supplement) is 32.800 ISK per person
    • Not included: Lunch – can be added for 12.500 ISK, optional 2-3 hour glacier walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier – price is 8.125 ISK pr. person. Both can be booked and paid for on the tour.

    What are my options if I do not book the lunch package through you?

    • You can buy food for the tour before it starts or buy food at small shops/gas stations that are along the way on the tour. You can also buy lunch from the hotel for 2.000 ISK pr. day.

    What is included in the lunch package?

    • On day 1 of the tour, we stop at Café Gullfoss and have an authentic Icelandic meat soup.
    • The usual lunch from the hotel includes a sandwich, yoghurt/Icelandic Skyr, piece of cake or biscuits, tea/coffee and a piece of fruit.


    Is pick-up and drop off included? What time is the pick up?

    • Yes, pick-up and drop off is included. Passengers are picked up between 8:30 and 9:00 am
    • from their accommodation in Reykjavík.


    Do I need a sleeping bag for this tour?

    • No, a sleeping bag is not required for this trip since hotel accommodation is included.


    Is this a Super Jeep tour?

    • No, this is not a Super Jeep tour. A 4x4 vehicle is needed but it will not be a Super Jeep.


    I am a single traveler. Will I have to share a room if I don‘t book the single supplement?

    • If you do not book the single supplement, you will have to share a room with another single traveler of the same sex. If there is no other single traveler on the tour, you will stay in a single room for no extra charge.


    Is there free WIFI at the hotel?

    • Yes, free WIFI is included at the hotel.

    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • The hotel provides both breakfast and dinner and can accommodate such requirements.
    • Please let us know beforehand about such requirements.


    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while I’m on the trip?

    • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the tour then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • You can also store luggage at the Icelandic Travel Market downtown. Remember to label your bags carefully with your name and when you will pick it up.


    What is the accommodation like on the tour?

    • Accommodation is in a comfortoble country hotel


    What will we have to carry on the daily hikes?

    • Only a day backpack with some extra clothes, food for the day and water.


    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.


    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at
    incoming@mountainguides.is

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