South Coast and Highlands – T678

Tour type: Discovery adventure with sightseeing and short hikes

Difficulty:

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HARD

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Adult: 229.000

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What's included: Guide, full board, accommodation, transportation

Departures: May, June, July, August, September, October

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Accommodation: Hostel or mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation

Pick up: Pick-up from and drop off at your Reykjavik accommodation

Group size: 6-15 participants

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 4-6 hours total (sometimes divided into multiple shorter hikes)

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Glaciers, Geysers and waterfalls
    • Incredible diversity in landscapes
    • Untamed southern highlands and the south coast

    Discover the Beautiful Landscapes of the Icelandic Highlands and South Coast.

    This is a tour that takes you to the beautiful southern highlands and south coast of Iceland.  On the tour, you’ll get to see some of the highlights of Icelandic nature including Þórsmörk glacier valley, Skaftafell part of Vatnajökull National Park, the colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar and the famous Gullfoss and Geysir. Everywhere we go, waterfalls, glaciers, sheeps and the dramatic coastline are waiting for you to discover! Along the way we will go on beautiful day hikes and be inspired by the country’s untamed nature that is so full of contrasts. Accommodation is in mountain huts or hostels. Transport in a four-wheel drive vehicles. 

    Included in price: Guide for 6 days, vehicle transportation for 6 days, food for 6 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day6), sleeping bag accommodation in hostel/mountain hut.

    Not Included: Boat tour on Jökulsárlón, other service not included above. 

    Minimum age: 14 years 

    Note: For this tour to be confirmed, the minumum number of passengers has to be met. If the tour is not confirmed you will get a full refund.

    Available upon request: Accommodtaion in Reykjavík

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Valley of Þórsmörk

    Our first stop is the valley of Þórsmörk, a beautiful valley hidden behind the glaciers of the south coast.  This fantastic landscape of volcanic tuff has been carved out by the numerous rivers originating from the surrounding glaciers. Its valley floor is covered with small forests of arctic birch.  Going to Þórsmörk is an adventure as you need to ford a dozen glacial rivers. From here we stand at the foot of a large volcano covered with the glacier Eyjafjallajökull (1666 m). Its eruption in April 2010 released into the atmosphere huge amounts of ash that paralyzed air traffic all over Europe for several days. A hike in the afternoon in this exceptional place offers several opportunities: up to a viewpoint overlooking the valley, Stakkholtsgjá whose gorge is cut like a razor in the tuff, caves and other strange shapes taken by the tuff. Sleeping bag accommodation in a mountain hut.

    Driving: 3 - 4 hrs                          Walking: 4-5 hrs (accumulated) 

    Day 2: Þórsmörk – Waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss – Vík – Skaftafell
    From Þórsmörk we return to the main road and continue east. Along the way we stop at the beautiful waterfall Seljalandsfoss, which you can walk behind, and the impressive waterfall of Skógafoss. We continue eastward through the village of Vík, where in May and June we can discover the country's largest arctic tern colony. A walk to the black sand beach is dominated by coastal cliffs and rocky needles protruding from the ocean. After a stop on the major flood plains of Mýrdalssandur the road crosses the vast lava fields of Eldhraun, which was one of the greatest lava flows in historic times. Arrival in Skaftafell, a national park at the foot of the country’s highest peak Hvannadalshnúkur, is set for the late afternoon. Sleeping bag accommodation in a hostel.
    Driving: 4 hrs                          Walking: 4 hrs. (accumulated)

    Day 3: Skaftafell National Park – Jökulsárlón 
    We head to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lake dotted with icebergs that calve from the massive Breiðamerkurjökull and is one of the wonders of this region.  Optional boat tour among the icebergs (Price: 5000 ISK).  Back in Skaftafell by the early afternoon, we explore Skaftafell’s beautiful nature at the foot of the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull.  It is a green oasis of arctic birch surrounded by mountains and powerful glacier tongues.  Decorated with colorful valleys, rivers, waterfalls and flowers it overlooks the vast black flood plains of Skeiðarársandur. Sleeping bag accommodation in a hostel.
    Driving: 1,5 hrs                          Walking: 5-6 hrs

    Day 4: Waterfall Ófærufoss – Landmannalaugar
    Heading west past the village of Kirkjubaejarklaustur, we walk along the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.  Afterwards we plunge into the interior of Iceland towards Eldgjá or ​​the “Canyon of Fire,” which was established in the year 934.  This eruption was as powerful as the Laki eruption in 1783.  Eldgjá is only a small section of the long mid-Atlantic rift, which for the last 200 million years has been slowly pulling America and Europe apart.  Under the pressure of the lava, the rift diverges here at an average speed of about 1.8 cm per year.  Within the canyon is Ófærufoss, a waterfall which waters plunge in two majestic leaps into the depths of the Eldgjá fault.  We continue our journey to Landmannalaugar by traveling in a colorful landscape of ochre yellow to reddish or blueish inclusions and geothermal plume vapors. Sleeping bag accommodation a mountain hut.
    Driving: 4 - 5 hrs                          Walking: 4 hrs .(accumulated)

     

    Day 5: Volcano of Hekla – Þjórsárdalur : Stöng – Gjáin gorge – Waterfalls of Háifoss and Granni
    Journey to the foot of the Hekla volcano, one of the country’s most active.  It last erupted in February 2000!  Walking in the recent lava fields, we can admire the various forms created by this natural phenomenon.  Continuing to the Þjórsárdalur Valley we visit the gorge Gjáin, where a walk takes us to the archaeological site of Stöng.  It is a perfectly preserved Viking farm, which was buried under the ashes of Hekla’s early twelfth century eruptions.  This site allows us to see what the Viking houses of old Iceland looked like.  To close the day we visit the waterfalls of Háifoss and Granni that offer a majestic view, but Háifoss is 122m high and is the third highest waterfall in Iceland! Sleeping bag accommodation in a hostel/a mountain hut.
    Driving: 2 - 3 hrs                          Walking: 4-5 hrs (accumulated) 

    Day 6: Geysir – Gullfoss – Þingvellir – Reykjavík
    Our last day takes us to Gullfoss or the “Golden Waterfall,” which flows into an impressive canyon of the river Hvítá or “White river.”  Then we have a short transfer to Geysir, which is where the international name geyser derives from, a rare phenomenon of water violently and intermittently discharging from the ground.  After that we head to the national park of Þingvellir, the site of Iceland’s original Alþingi annual parliamentary gatherings.  These meetings are known as one of the oldest institutions of democracy in the world.  Þingvellir offered a superb location with Iceland’s largest natural lake lying adjacent and the continental drift running through the park.  It is a UNESCO world heritage site.  At the end of the day, we drive back to Reykjavík.  
    Driving: 3 - 4 hrs                          Walking: 3 – 4 hrs. (accumulated)

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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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