The Central Highlands - IMG391

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HARD

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Adult: 320.000

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Duration: 8 days

Accommodation: Mountain hut sleepingbag accommodation/hostel

Pick up: At accommodation in Reykjavík from 8:30-9:00

Minimum Age: 14

Group size: 12

We provide: Guide, Food for 8 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 8), Accommodation: Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation (5 nights), hostel (2 nights). Transport: Highland truck.

Note: All departures are in English/German.

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The colorful Kerlingafjöll Massif
    • Magical lake Mývatn
    • Askja volcano and steaming new lava

    The central highlands of Iceland are a place of wonders. Here we aim to uncover the magic of black deserts, colorful geothermal mountains and glaciers. To acheive this goal we will travel many of Iceland´s most famous mountain tracks like Kjölur and Sprengisandur. In between we will use our legs to explore different areas like the colorful geothermal mountains of Kerlingafjöll and Landmannalaugar. The magic ef lake Mývatn, the mystique beauty of the volcano Askja and Iceland´s newest lava at Holuhraun just north of the great Vatnajökull glacier are also ours to discover on this extraordinary highland tour!

    Included: Guide, Food for 8 days (lunch from day 1 to lunch on day 8), Accommodation: Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation (5 nights), hostel (2 nights). Transport: Highland truck.

    Please note that accommodation in Reykjavík can be added.

    All departures are in English/German.

    Minimum age 14 years.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Early morning departure from Reykjavík towards the UNESCO  World Heritage Site of Þingvellir National Park. After a short hike there the road takes us to Geysir geothermal area before continuing to the Golden Waterfall, Gullfoss. Next, the highland track of Kjölur brings us to Kerlingarfjöll mountains one of Iceland´s greatest geothermal area. Night in a hut.
    Driving: 4 hrs
    Walking: 3 hrs combining several stops.

    Day 2: The day is spent exploring the magnificent landscape of Kerlingarfjöll by foot. Here the contrast of snow and ice and the hot springs are painted in their fullest glory, in a colorful landscape of red, yellow, ochre brown rhyolite mountains. We enjoy the views towards Iceland’s second and third largest glaciers of Hofsjökull and Langjökull. Night in a hut.
    Walking: 6 to 7 hrs

    Day 3: On the Kjölur track we continue northwards to Hveravellir where one of Iceland´s finest hot spring zone is to be found. There a short stop will allow us to enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural hot pool enjoying the nature around us. From Hveravellir the track slowly descends north to Skagafjörður where we turn east towards Akureyri and the region of Lake Mývatn, stopping by at the Goðafoss waterfall. Night at a hostel.

    Day 4: A day devoted to the exploration of the famous nature reserve Lake Mývatn. First a walk up to the Hverfjall crater and over to the black lava formations at Dimmuborgir before heading to the Krafla volcano for a second walk. On the way to Krafla we will take an obligatory stop to take a look at the solfataras of Námaskarð. The Krafla area had nine different eruptions from 1975 to 1984 and the lava is still warm in places, emitting steam creating an otherworldly atmosphere. Night at a hostel.
    Driving: Approx.2 hrs.     
    Walking: 6 hrs

    Day 5: Heading back into the highlands we pass by the Nature reserve of Herðubreiðarlindir and its crystal clear springs. At Herðubreiðarlindir an ingenious outlaw survived a hard winter by using his skills and the endless supply of clean water. Even though we might not be happy with his amenities today it is still a sight to see. In the afternoon we tie up our boots on and walk over the Dyngjufjöll mountains enjoying the strange feel of the otherworldly landscape. Once on the rim of the Askja caldera spectacular views are ours to enjoy and Askja´s a mystical aura won’t leave anyone untouched. Before leaving this magical place it is possible to bath in the crater Víti (21 to 24°C). Night at Drekagil hut.
    Driving: 4 hrs.     
    Walking: 4 hrs

    Day 6: Today the infamous track of Gæsavötn is on the agenda. The crossing of the deserts north of the Vatnajökull will be quite a challenge for our 4x4 minibus. This rough track leads through lava fields and black sand deserts, past craters of all sizes, through rivers and over rocks. The mighty Vatnajökull glacier is our constant companion throughout the day and the extraordinary Urðarháls crater is a must visit.
    Continuing on we arrive at the central Highlands at Nýidalur. In Nýidalur, the new valley (800 m.s.l.) over 50 vascular plants have been found, making it quite an oasis in this vast black desert. Night in a mountain hut.

    Day 7: Continuing our track from Nýidalur through the largest sand deserts in Iceland with stunning views to glaciers and mountains in the distance. Coming down into the Fjallabak Nature Reserve we arrive at Landmannalaugar where we spend a few hours walking to enjoy the colors of this world famous rhyolite massif. Night in a mountain hut at Landmannalaugar.
    Driving: 4 hrs.
    Walking: 3-4 hrs

    Day 8: We will spend the day exploring the incredible surroundings of Landmannalaugar and take a dip in the thermal river before we take the bus back to Reykjavík. Arrival in the evening.  

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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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