The Crossing of Fire and Water - T61L

Tour type: Discovery adventure with sightseeing and short hikes

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 255.000

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What's included: Guide, full board, camping fees and camping gear (except sleeping bag), transportation with public bus.

Departures: June, July, August

Duration: 8 days

Accommodation: Camping

Meeting point: BSÍ bus station in Reykjavík

Group size: 6-15 participants

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 2-7 hours

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Hiking in three exceptional yet different sites.
    • Time devoted to hiking as transfers are concentrated on certain days.
    • Þórsmörk valley underneath the infamous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
    • Skaftafell and the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón. 

    This program highlights hikes in three exceptional sites.  Þórsmörk, in the heart of the volcanic zone, is the first stop.  In the beginning of 2010, during the eruption of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull that paralyzed air traffic throughout Europe, this valley rapidly flooded by the ensuing glacial melt in the aftermath of the eruption.  Þórsmörk is a verdant valley carved out of volcanic tuff that is home to an immense variety of landscapes: narrow gorges, phantasmagoric rocks, birch forests, and much more.  Dominated by the surrounding Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers it is a true paradise for hiking.  Then we have the Skaftafell National Park, at the foot of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull.  This park is surrounded by the highest peaks of the country, Hvannadalshnúkur being the tallest at 2110m.  From the summits gigantic glacial tongues descend onto the black volcanic sand that borders the ocean.  Finally, passing by the great canyon of fire Eldgjá we complete the journey in Landmannalaugar and hike amongst its famous volcanic landscapes shimmering with color and hot springs.  It is a journey through lava, canyons, waterfalls, and ice in the middle of a vast ocean.

    Included: Guide, full board, camping fees and camping gear, transportation with public bus. 

    Not Included: Sleeping bag, boat tour on Jökulsárlón, glacier tour in Skaftafell, anything else not mention above. 

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

    Available upon request: Accommodation in Reykjavík. 

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík - Þórsmörk

    Heading south-east we leave the main road to enter 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 ice above and is covered with small forests of arctic birch.  Going to Þórsmörk is already a small expedition in itself as you need to ford two dozens of glacial rivers.  Being the Þórsmörk we stand at the foot of a large volcano covered by the infamous glacier, Eyjafjallajökull.  Arrival towards mid-day where we setup camp.  In the afternoon, our first exploration of the surroundings.  

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

    Day 2: Valley of Þórsmörk

    From our base camp we have many choices for hiking.  Your guide will help you choose between the tuff gorge of Stakkholtsgjá, an approach to one of the many glacial tongues of Krossárjökull, the top to bottom green covered mountain of Rjúpnafell formed during a subglacial eruption, the ridge of Stóri-Endi with overhangs and strangely shaped rocks, the valley of the Trolls, the Church of the Elves that contains a crater cavity shaped like a church nave, and many more possibilities. Night at the same camp.
    Driving: none                          Walking:  6-7 hrs. 

    Day 3:  Seljalandsfoss – 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 Skógafoss. After that we stop in Reynisfjara where we have the opportunity to admire magnificent basaltic columns right next to the ocean. From May to June Rinisfjall hosts a large colony of friendly and picturesque puffins. We continue eastward through the village of Vík, where also in summer 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 of historic times. We arrive in the Skaftafell National Park in late afternoon. Setup camp for the night.
    Driving: 8 hrs. (including stops)                         Walking:  Small breaks during transfer. 

    Day 4: Skaftafell National Park

    This beautiful park sits at the foot of Europe’s largest glacier Vatnajökull.  It is a green oasis of arctic birch decorated with flowers, valleys, waterfalls and rivers surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Overlooking the park is Iceland’s highest peak Hvannadalshnúkur, an enormous glacial mountain that rises 2,110 meters above sea level.  From Skaftafell we can also see all the way to the ocean across the immense black flood plain of Skeiðarársandur.  Our climb of the day leads us to the peaks of Kristínartindar, a breathtaking view of all the park’s glaciers descending from the highest peaks of the country.  Night at the same campsite.
    Driving: none                         Walking:  5-7 hrs. 

    Day 5: Jökulsárlón

    By bus we head to Jökulsárlón, a glacial lake dotted with icebergs that calve from the massive Breiðamerkurjökull, one of the wonders of this region.  There is hiking around the lagoon and along the beach, both areas are frequented by sea lions. Optional boat tour among the icebergs (Price: 5000 ISK).  Return again to Skaftafell afterwards. Night at the same campsite.
    Driving: 2 hrs.                                                Walking:   2 – 3 hrs. 

    Optional (not included in price) on Day 4 or 5:

    • Climbing to the highest point of Iceland Hvannadalshnúkur with a summit guide: 42 900 ISK.
    • Excursion onto the Svínafellsjökull glacier, led by a glacier guide: 2.5 hours (price: 11 900 ISK) or 4 hours (16 900 ISK).

    Day 6: Eldgjá – Landmannalaugar

    Spectacular bus transfer from Skaftafell to Landmannalaugar as we head back west.   After the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur the road turns inland towards Eldgjá.  ​The "canyon of fire" probably dates back to 934 according to ash and ice core samples carried out in Greenlandic glaciers.  The eruption was shown to have been as powerful as Laki 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 2.5 cm per year.  A hike into the canyon brings us to Ófærufoss, a waterfall whose waters plunge in two majestic leaps into the depths of the Eldgjá fault.  We continue on to Landmannalaugar where a colorful landscape of ochre yellow to reddish or blueish inclusions awaits us.  There is bathing in the hot spring close by to end the day. Setup camp at the campsite.
    Driving:  5 hrs total (including stop at Eldgjá)                        Walking: 3 (accumulated) 

    Day 7: Landmannalaugar and the Torfajökull massif

    Walking day to explore some of the many trails of Landmannalaugar.  In addition to its high geothermal activity, Landmannalaugar is particularly interesting for its great variety of volcanic formations.  Rhyolite domes and casts of acid rock situated side by side with cinder cones, explosive craters, pseudo-craters and crater lakes.  In the vicinity lies the caldera of Torfajökull, its name describing a small glacier that lies outside of the caldera itself but nonetheless has quite strong thermal activity.  It composes of the largest area of silicic rock in Iceland.  The day ends with a bath in the hot springs! Night at the same camp as before.
    Driving: none                                                                         Walking:  6 hrs. 

    Day 8: Landmannalaugar - Reykjavík

    Last hike and swim in Landmannalaugar.  In the early afternoon, we head by bus westwards back to Reykjavík through the valley of Dómadalur.  The drive will take us past Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano.  Arrival at the end of the afternoon in Reykjavík.
    Driving: 4 hrs.                                                            Walking:  2 - 3 hrs

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  • Equipment List

    For your own wellbeing and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, which includes having good quality rain-gear tops and bottoms! Also, understand 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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