The Treasure Trail IMG332

Come discover Iceland’s treasures on this 6-day comfortable all-inclusive adventure tour that is literally chock full of attractions, views, waterfalls, history, light hikes and even a legend or two. This tour runs in the Fall, Winter and Spring, and each of these seasons brings a new, beautiful change in nature; Fall and Winter offers the chance to see the otherworldly Northern lights. Along your ‘feast of a journey,’ you’ll see and experience the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the South Coast and the stunning Skaftafell area within Vatnajökull National Park. Treasures all! Overnight in comfortable hostels, or farm guesthouses. Travel by comfortable 4x4 van or bus. See full description below.

Djúpalónssandur Beach
Photo:  Bárður

Djúpalónssandur Beach

Þingvellir
Photo:  Jan Zelina

Þingvellir

Almannagjá

Gullfoss
Photo:  Jan Zelina

Gullfoss

Jökulsárlón Lagoon
Photo:  Jan Zelina

Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Jökulsárlón Lagoon
Photo:  Jan Zelina

Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Svínafellsjökull Glacier
Photo:  Jan Zelina

Svínafellsjökull Glacier

Hraunfossar
Photo:  Jessica Levine

Hraunfossar

Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Photo:  Bárður

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsjökull Glacier

Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach

Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach

Skógarfoss
Photo:  Craig Downing

Skógarfoss

Stakkholtsgjá
Photo:  Jan Zelina

Stakkholtsgjá

Strokkur
Photo:  Jan Zelina

Strokkur

Geysir Geothermal Area

Tour type: Discovery adventure with sightseeing and short hikes

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 236.000

  • JAN
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  • MAY
  • JUN
  • JUL
  • AUG
  • SEP
  • OCT
  • NOV
  • DEC

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

Duration: 6 days, 5 nights

Accommodation: Hostel/guest house

Pick up: Pick up and drop off at your Reykjavík accommodation

Group size: 6 to 16 participants

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 3-5 hours total (often divided into multiple shorter hikes)

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Ocean and Cliffs of Snæfellsnes
    • The Glacier Lagoon
    • Waterfalls of the South

    Discovery of Iceland’s most beloved treasures!

    A tour that takes you to some of Iceland’s most attractive locations of the south and
    west. Along with less known treasures we will visit the country’s most famous sites like
    Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir and Vatnajökull glacier, and also learn about treasures said
    to be hidden out in nature according to tales. On the tour you will see a great variation
    in landscape with a little bit of everything. From the ocean and cliffs of Snæfellsnes to
    the world of glaciers in Vatnajökull National Park you’ll experience a great contrast in the scenery. Add the sand beaches of the south coast, hot springs, waterfalls, lava fields, volcanoes and icebergs and you have all of Iceland’s natural highlights.

    Daily hikes give you a chance to take in the essentials and the essence of this strange and unique country and each season has its special charm. In the autumn and spring migrating birds set their mark on the land.The many shades of autumn colours along with the northern lights are prominent in fall and winter. Snow and ice can make this tour a real winter adventure and in spring, nature is coming back to life and the days seem endless. 
    An excellent tour to discover the unique magic of Iceland!

    Included: Guide, vehicle transportation, from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 6, accommodation in guest house/hostel in double/twin rooms with shared facilities (single room available for 18.500 ISK supplement).

    Not included: A 2-3 hours walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier (all glacier and safety gear provided). Glacier walk can be added for 8.720 ISK pr. person

    Minimum age: 14 years 

    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.

    Please note: Package price is higher for departures in June and August. 

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík - Snæfellsnes Peninsula

    Departure from Reykjavík in the morning, as we set course to west Iceland and Snæfellsnes, a volcanic peninsula that stretches out from the Icelandic west coast and is divided by a chain of mountains that lies from east to west (in the darkest days of December and January this hike may have to be omitted because of the short daylight hours). We stop at the hamlet of Arnarstapi for a short walk among the basaltic rock formations before heading to Djúpalónssandur beach. At Djúpalónssandur the lava formations run all the way to the sea creating a unique landscape. There we also find 4 big lifting-stones that in the old times fishermen use to measure their strength, and to see if men were fit for a space on a fishing boat! Night in a guest house.
    Driving: 3-4 hrs total                         Walking: 2-3 hrs total (accumulated) 

     
    Day 2: Snæfellsnes-Borgarfjörður-Þingvellir

    Turning back east we head to the beautiful Borgarfjörður region. This is the home of Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland (and even in Europe) and the lush waterfalls of Hraunfossar a row of waterfalls that emerge from underneath the lava field, and Barnafoss. We then head over to Þingvelllir N.P. the site of the old Parliament and the birthplace of democracy in Iceland. The park is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. In addition to the historical importance, the location is wonderful, a beautiful lake skirted by a small canyon that in fact is a part of the Mid-Atlantic rift. We spend the rest of our day here. Night in a hostel in the Laugarvatn area.
    Driving:  4-5hrs total                          Walking: 2-3 hrs total


    Day 3: Gullfoss - Geysir - Fljótshlíð

    The day begins with a visit of two of Iceland’s most famous natural treasures the waterfall Gullfoss and the Geysir hot spring area. The famous hot spring is the namesake of all sprouting hot springs, and his neighbor, the reliable Strokkur geyser, spouts hot water up as high as 15 - 30 m, every 5 – 10 min. We make our way through the farmlands of the south and make a few scenic stops with short hikes before we head inland again to the Fljótshlíð area where we find our guesthouse for the night.

    Driving:  4 hrs total                             Walking: 2-3 hrs total

    Day 4: Gígjökull -Seljalandsfoss - Vík - Fjaðrárgljúfur – Skaftafell 

    Today we continue on our way east and our first stop is at the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss (where it is possible to walk behind the waterfall if it is not too icy). If conditions allow we continue on the route for Þorsmörk and make our way to the glacier of Gígjökull, an outlet glacier that falls down from the Eyjafjallajökull Crater. After we head on to Vík. Optional is a stop at the new Eruption Center at Þorvaldseyri farm, right under the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, for a short documentary on the 2010 eruption (price approx 5€). At Vík we take a short walk on the black beaches, admiring the power and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean a refreshing stop before the last part of road east. The high cliffs dominate the black beach below and just off the coast pillars of rock rise up from the Ocean’s surface. Legend says that these are trolls that turned into stone after staying up past sunrise... After a drive over the vast sand desert of the south and the lava field of Eldhraun, one of the biggest lave flow coming from one single eruption, we take a short walk at the gorgeous Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon in the late afternoon. Night in a guest house.

    Driving: 4 hrs total                              Walking: 2-3 hrs total


    Day 5: Skaftafell NP- Jökulsárlón Glacier Lake

    Today we take our vehicle east to reach the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lake, one of the marvelous features of this region, a lake scattered with Icebergs that break off from the great Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. In the early afternoon we come back to Skaftafell to further explore the hiking trails of this magnificent park at the foot of the mighty Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. It is a green oasis covered with arctic birch, and colorful valleys, rivers, waterfalls and flowers decorate the landscape, in contrast with the mountains surrounding it on one side and looking over sandy plains of Skeiðarársandur where in 1996 an impressive flood caused by a volcanic eruption under the Vatnajökull glacier took place. A Glacier Walk on Svínafellsjökull outlet glacier is optional (price approx. 48€). Night in a guest house.
    Driving: 2-2h30 total                          Walking: 4-5 hrs total


    Day 6: Skaftafell-Hot Spring Hike-Reykjavík 

    Even though we have some route to cover back to Reykjavík we will make a few interesting stops along the way. One of these stops is at Reynisfjara where the basaltic formations of the ocean cliffs tower impressively over the beach. Continuing on we pass through the villages of the south coast and just of the geothermal village of Hveragerði we go for a hike among the numerous hot springs and boiling mud pools of Grændalur. A magical place. Arrival in Reykjavik in the afternoon.
    Driving:  4-5 hrs total                         Walking: 2-3 hrs total

     This schedule may change due to weather and conditions.

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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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  • FAQ

    FAQ For IMG332 the Treasure Trail

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

    • Included: Guide for 6 days, vehicle transportation for 6 days, food for 6 days from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6, accommodation in guesthouse/hostel in double rooms with made up beds/beds with linen. The rooms do not have private facilities, Meals are prepared by your guide and a little help from the participants is appreciated.  
    • Not included: Optional visit to the Eruption Center at Þorvaldseyri (750 ISK), optional boat ride on the Jökulsárlón Glacier lake available April Octpber (4000 ISK), and optional glacier walk on Svínafellsjökull (8.720 ISK). All can be booked and paid for on the tour.


    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 and dropped off at the end of the tour.


    What is the difficulty level of the hikes during the tour?

    • The hikes are on the scale of one to two in difficulty which means that they are easy to moderate; accessible to all those in good health who do some sport regularly, and who are used to all terrain walks. Walking is 3-5 hours in total per day.


    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 do not pay for a forced single suppelement. 


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

    • Yes, Icelandic Mountain Guides can accommodate dietary requirements. Please let us know beforehand about such requirements and note it carefully in the passenger information form.


    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 in Bankastræti downtown Reykjavík. 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 in guesthouse / hostel in made up beds in double or twin rooms with shared facilities. Single room is available for 18500 ISK. 


    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 concerning this tour, please contact us at incoming@mountainguides.

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    20.03.2017 Confirmed Departure Select
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