The Southern Highlands - IMG392

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Adult: 240.000

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Duration: 6 days

Accommodation: Mountain hut sleepingbag accommodation (3 nights), hostel (2 nights)

Minimum Age: 14

Group size: 12

Language: English/German

We provide: Included: Guide, food for 6 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6) Accommodation: Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation (3 nights), hostel (2 nights). Transport: Highland truck.

Note: All departures are in English/German

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Elf landscape of Þórsmörk
    • Landmannalaugar geothermal area
    • Glaciers of Skaftafell

    The southern highlands of Iceland are full of natural wonders that in this tour are ours to discover. From the colorful geothermal mountains of Landmannalaugar, east to the Eldgjá crevasse on to Vatnajökull´s snowy peaks where the glaciers and the icebergs of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are also ours to discover. The magical landscape of Þórsmörk is our final stop in the tour and there we hike up to the craters of Fimmvörðuháls from the 2010 eruption. The display of unique landscapes you find on this tour is certain to leave a mark on the traveler that in his turn leaves only his footprint in the regions traveled.

    Included: Guide, Food (From lunch day 1 to lunch day 6) Accommodation: Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation (3 nights), hostel (2 nights). Transport: Highland truck.

    Note: Accommodation in Reykjavík can be added.

    Minimum age 14 years.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: The trip starts early morning at BSI central bus station  where we will catch the bus at 8:00 am to Landmannalaugar. We will spend the day exploring the incredible surroundings of Landmannalaugar and take a dip in the thermal river that is located next to the hut. Night at the hut at Landmannalaugar. 
    Walking:5 - 6 hrs. 

    Day 2: From the Landmannalaugar we take the mountain track that leads to Eldgjá – the Fissure of Fire. Walk to the Ófærufoss waterfall in the Eldgjá, we come down to the main road. Turning east towards the south side of the great Vatnajökull glacier, we have to drive across the world largest lava field, the Eldhraun and the huge flood plains of Skeiðarársandur before arriving at our destination at Skaftafell. Night at a hostel.
    Driving: 4 hrs.     
    Walking:
     4 to 5 hrs.

    Day 3: The whole day is spent exploring this part of the Vatnajökull National Park. In the morning we start by taking a tour to the Jökulárlón Glacier Lagoon where we will admire the floating icebergs. The afternoon we spend hiking in Skaftafell. This is the true kingdom of glaciers and many hiking possibilities are available. Also a large variety of plants is to be found here and even a natural forest, creating quite a contrast with the rugged outlet glaciers crawling down from the icecap and the endless sands to the south. An optional activity is to take a walk on one of the glaciers with a local glacier guide. Night at a hostel.
    Walking: 7 hrs.

    Day 4: Leaving Skaftafell we turn back west along the south coast with its blacks sands and waterfalls. Arriving at the foot of the famous Eyjafjallajökull, yes the one that managed to stop air traffic all over Europe in the spring of 2010, we turn back into the highlands. By a mountain track we enter the valley of Þórsmörk at the foot of this fierce volcano. The last 25 km into this hidden valley are quite an adventure as we need to ford many rivers. Night in a mountain hut.
    Driving: 4 to 5 hrs.    
    Walking: 
    3 hrs.

    Day 5: We walk up to the new craters of Fimmvörðuháls (the two craters that erupted before the very summit of Eyjafjallajökull started to spew ash in march 2010). This walk takes us through the breathtaking palagonite landscape of Þórsmörk, cut with deep canyons, dotted with rock columns and sharp ridges. On the walk up we enjoy fantastic views towards the glaciers surrounding us as well as the green valley of Þórsmörk before arriving  at this new lava field and the new craters. Again a totally new type of landscape! Night in the same mountain hut.
    Walking: 7 hrs.

    Day 6: Leaving this beautiful place, we only drive for a short while before a taking brief walk in the deep gorge of Stakkholtsgjá. There the Northern fulmar soars on the thermals in this spectacular canyon carved by fire, ice and water. Shortly we are back on the main road heading towards Reykjavík. At the hot spring village Hveragerði we make our last hike up to the colorful valley of Grændalur where, dotted with numerous hot springs. If time allows we walk over to the nearby Reykjadalur valley before a last 40 min transfer back to the capital.

    Driving: 3 hrs.
    Walking: 4 to 5 hrs.

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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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