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.

Photo:  Bárður

Djúpalónssandur Beach

Photo:  Jan Zelina

Þingvellir

Almannagjá

Photo:  Jan Zelina

Gullfoss

Photo:  Jan Zelina

Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Photo:  Jan Zelina

Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Photo:  Jan Zelina

Svínafellsjökull Glacier

Photo:  Jessica Levine

Hraunfossar

Photo:  Bárður

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Snæfellsjökull Glacier

Reynisfjara - Black Sand Beach

Photo:  Craig Downing

Skógarfoss

Photo:  Jan Zelina

Stakkholtsgjá

Photo:  Jan Zelina

Strokkur

Geysir Geothermal Area

Tour type: Discovery adventure with sightseeing and short hikes

Difficulty:

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Price from:  

Adult: 249.900

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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 9.810 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.

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  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík – Hot Spring Hike – Skaftafell

    Departure from Reykjavík in the morning. We leave the capital and head east towards the picturesque south coast. First stop is just of the geothermal village of Hveragerði, there we go for a hike among the numerous hot springs and boiling mud pools of Grændalur, a magical place.  We continue east through small villages and past impressive waterfalls, like the Skógarfoss waterfall where we make a short stop. Next we visit the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara where we can admire the power and beauty of the Atlantic Ocean. At Reynisfjara the basaltic formations of the ocean cliffs tower impressively over the beach. We then continue east until we reach our guesthouse/hostel close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Driving: 4-5 hours total           Walking: 2-3 hours total

     

    Day 2: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Skaftafell

    Today we take our vehicle east to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, 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 head to Skaftafell National Park to explore the hiking trails of this magnificent park at the foot of the mighty Vatnajökull glacier, the largest glacier in Europe. In winter this area is the domain of glaciers, but in fall and spring you see how Skaftafell is the green oasis covered with arctic birch, and colorful valleys, rivers, waterfalls and flowers that decorate the landscape, in contrast with the mountains surrounding it on one side and the sandy plains of Skeiðarársandur on the other. A Glacier Walk on Svínafellsjökull outlest glacier is optional. Night in the same guesthouse/hostel as the night before.

    Driving: 2-2,5 hours total        Walking: 4-5 hours total (2-3 hours total in winter)

     

    Day 3: Fjaðrárgljúfur – Vík – Seljalandsfoss – Gígjökull

    Today we head west and start our day with a short walk at the gorgeous Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Then we continue west driving over the vast sand plains of the south and the lava field of Eldhraun, one of the biggest lava flow coming from a single eruption. When we reach Vík where we take a short walk on the black beaches (if weather and conditions allow). The high cliffs dominate the black beach below and just of 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 Vík we drive past Eyjafjallajökull volcano. Optional stop at the new Eruption Center at Þorvaldseyri farm for a short documentary about the 2010 eruption. If conditions allow we will head inland on route for Þórsmörk and make our way to the glacier of Gígjökull, an outlet glacier that falls from the Eyjafjallajökull Crater. Night in a guest house in Fljótshlíð.

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

     

    Day 4: Gullfoss – Geysir – Laugavatn

    Today we visit two of Iceland‘s most famous natural treasures, the waterfall of Gullfoss and the Geysir hot spring area. The famous hot spring is the namesake of all the sprouting hot springs, and his neighbor, the reliable Strokkur geyser, spouts hot water up as high as 15-30m every 5-10 min. The best known of the many waterfalls in Iceland, Gullfoss is considered one of its most beautiful; in two giant steps the flow of the water Hvítá falls 32 meters into a deep canyon. We then make our way to Laugavatn where we spend the night in a guesthouse/hostel located in a beautiful building that used to serve as a school.

    Driving 2-2,5 hours Walking 2-3 hours total

     

    Day 5 Þingvellir – Borgarfjörður – Snæfellsnes.

    We begin the day by heading over to Þingvellir National Park, the site of the old Parliament and the birthplace of democracy in Iceland. The park is now an 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 then head for the west of Iceland to the Borgarfjörður region. This is the home of Deildartunguhver, the most powerful hot spring in Iceland (and even Europe) as well as the lush waterfalls of Hraunfossar, a row of waterfalls that emerge from underneath the lava field, and Barnafoss. At the end of our day we head out to Snæfellsnes, a peninsula that stretches out from the west coast of Iceland and is divided by a chain of high mountains. On its end sits the glacier of Snæfellsjökull.  Night spent in a guest house in Snæfellsnes.

    Driving 4-5 hours total                            Walking 2-3 hours total

     

    Day 6: Snæfellsnes peninsula – Reykjavík.

    The last day begins at Arnarstapi for a short walk among the basaltic roc formations. We then head out to Djúpalónssandur beach where the lava formations run all the way to the sea, creating a unique landscape. At this beach we also find 4 big lifting-stones that in the old times fishermen used to measure their strength, and to see if men were fit enough for a place on a fishing boat! We then start heading back to Reykjavík the route depends on weather and daylight hours.

    Driving 3-4 hours total                            Walking 2-3 hours total

     

    This schedule may change due to weather and conditions. In the darkest months of winter some stops may have to be omitted or reorganized.

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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 – light weight and packable. 
    • 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). 
    • Earplugs 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s). 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap.  
    • 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 (huts). 

    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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  • Gear Lexicon

    Discovery Adventure

    What is a Discovery Adventure?

    On our Discovery Adventures you will get a chance to see allot of Iceland – driving between sightseeing spot. You should also be ready for some for a bit of walking – but nothing extreme or hard. Depending on tours you could be staying in Mountain huts, guesthouses or hotels.
    Please note that not all parts of the gear lexicon apply on all tours. 


    Light Hiking Boots

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    Salomon Quest Origins GTX

    A light pair of boots is more than sufficient. Having them waterproof and high enough to support and cover your ankles is a great benefit and will help keep you dry on wet or snowy ground. 


    Rain Jacket and Pants

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    ME Manaslu

    Wind and waterproof tops and bottoms are essential in Iceland. Preferably a jacket with a good hood. Rain pants with zippers along the legs make getting them on much easier. 


    Insulation layer

    A fleece jacket is a classic insulating layer material. Wool is also a good option. It is possible to layer up – two thin jackets or a jacket and a vest rather than one very thick jacket.


    Hands, feet and head:

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    ME Knitted beanie

    Gloves: A light pair of fleece or wool gloves/mittens does the job. You can also take a pair of ski-gloves or other wind and waterproof shell gloves. Having an extra pair of different thickness is recommended. 

    Socks: Wool is the preferred material for skiing socks, and different blends are available. If you are prone to blisters or have new boots, you should consider wearing a thin liner sock underneath your socks in your ski boots. Make sure you have a few pairs of socks to use to keep your feet dry.

    Warm hat: A normal ski-hat/beanie is perfect. You can also use a thick buff. An extra buff is nice to have - you can use it to protect your neck and face when needed, or as a thinner option for a hat. 


    Puffy Jacket

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    ME Compressor Hooded Jacket PrimaLoft

    A light puffy is great during breaks. The insulation could be down or synthetic material (such as Primaloft). It should not be very big or bulky for summer time use. Synthetic insulation is preferred as it keeps most of its insulating properties when wet, but down is also a good option.  A puffy vest is a good option as well.


    Casual clothes / change of clothes

    Once in the hut, it is good to be able to change out of your trekking gear. We highly discourage you from wearing cotton clothing (including jeans!) while skiing or hiking but you are welcome to wear them in the hut/tent in the evening. If it is cold, a warm sweater (jumper) or an extra fleece jacket is always nice. We always recommend having a few pairs of comfy socks and some fresh underwear.  Avoid bringing too much extra clothing. Life in the mountains is simple and nice, so one pair of extra pants, a warm sweater (jumper), a few t-shirts and underwear should do the job just fine. Light sneakers and slippers for indoor use will feel great at the end of the day


    Backpack / day-pack

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    Love Alpine AirZone Trek 30L

    You will need a nice daypack to carry your extra clothes, river crossing shoes, food and water for the day. Having a compartment for smaller items like sun screen and sunglasses is also good. The pack will never be heavy, but a bit of padding on the shoulder- and hip straps/belt with a buckle is good. Unless you have some bulky personal needs, like photographic equipment, then you should be fine with 20-30L (1200 - 2000 cu in).


    Duffel-bag

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    ME Wet & Dry bag

    On many of our tours your overnight gear is going to be transported from hut-to-hut / camp-to-camp and space is limited. We therefore ask you to pack your gear in a soft bag rather than a regular hard suite case, since this is more space-efficient. A 60 - 80L bag should be more than enough for all your extra kit including a sleeping bag.  If it is reasonably waterproof that is a big plus. 


    Sun

    A baseball cap or a comfortable hat with brim is great to have and is useful both in sunny and rainy weather. You should also have a nice pair of sunglasses and some sun-bloc – SPF 15-25 should be enough protection for most.  If you plan to be playing on snow covers summits you should bring a pair of quality sunglasses for mountaineering SPF 30 – 50 sunblock.  


    Personal items

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    Make sure to have all your prescription medication with you. If you have any medical condition that could in any way affect you during the trip, make sure to let your guide know. For those suffering from allergies, having an antihistamine is advisable – or any other medication that works for your condition. Items for personal hygiene should also be included, such as a small bar of soap or some liquid hand soap. We recommend packing a toothbrush, toothpaste and dental-floss. Avoid liquid antiperspirant and glass containers due to risks of spillage. Feminine products like pads, tampons etc. should also be packed, if needed. If you take vitamins or other supplements, you should continue to do so during your holiday. In most cases, you are sharing sleeping facilities with one or more fellow travelers – so a pair of good ear-plugs can ensure a good night’s sleep. Those not accustom to the bright summer nights might want to bring an eye mask.  Please make sure to pack extra contact lenses (if needed), contact lens cleaning solution, shampoo, conditioner and shower gel in small plastic bottles that close tight. A big towel is nice to have – especially if you are taking a bath in one of the natural hot-pools. 


    Swim suit

    Bathing in the natural hot pools will be one of the highlights of your trip in Iceland. Make sure you come dressed for the occasion. There are no specific rules, written or unwritten on how to dress or not to dress; board shorts, speedos, bikinis or bathing suits – anything goes. Quick drying material is always a good idea. 


    Water container / thermos flask

    In Iceland & Greenland, you can drink from any stream, no filters, no iodine and no chlorine needed! It is good to have a small water bottle at hand. A 1L bottle should be plenty, as water is easily found all over. If you prefer warm drinks, we are happy to fill up your thermos in the morning and a selection of teas will be available. Very dedicated tea drinkers often bring an emergency stash of their favorite brand. Those who like cold drinks might like to bring their favorite powdered vitamin/energy drink. 


    Sleeping Bag Hut

    The mountain-huts during the summer are usually warm, although most are not heated during the night. Any old sleeping bag will therefore do, unless you get cold easily. For temperature control having a full length zipper is the best. A liner bag is also a very nice addition and will improve your ability to regulate your head during the night.  If you are doing a winter hut trip or summer camping a 3 season sleeping bag would be sufficient. All the huts we use have mattresses on the beds so no need to bring your own for huts.  


    Head-lamp

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    Even though the summer night is bright, the inside of the hut/tent might not be. A headlamp is also useful for those that want to do some reading. There are plenty of options available for LED head lamps that are just perfect for reading and getting around. A small flashlight will also do the job. Most LED headlamps have more than enough light for our purposes and the battery life is so good that one fully charged battery will be enough for your trip.  


    Other cool things to have

    Book – to read during the evenings. 

    Music - and head phones. Some of our guides also have speakers with them to share Icelandic music. 

    Diary or notebook – to write down your good memories from Iceland. Also, a pen or pencil

    Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland, so a pre-charged power bank is a better option.  Charging your electronics in huts in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Make sure you have an adapter plug and/or a voltage converter for 220 V. 

    Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel. 

    Cash – showers in mountain huts normally cost about 500 ISK and take 100 ISK coins. 

    Travel pillow – if it is not very bulky. Otherwise, you can just use your clothes. 

    Powder drink mix – Good water is never a problem – but you might like a bit of variety. Some powders contain vitamins and minerals that help your body after a hard day.  

    Shorts - It does get warm enough to wear shorts on occasions. They are also nice for sleeping in, and can be worn if you need to get out of your sleeping accommodations at night. For hiking, it is nice to have some pockets to hold items that would normally be in the pockets of your pants. But any old pair of shorts will do.


    Aperitif of other heart-warming spirits

    Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits - Liquor laws in Iceland prohibit the sale of alcohol in most places you come by on your trip in the highlands. Additionally, limited opening hours prevent you from buying alcohol in most places unless you are staying in a hotel. Having a flask (preferably plastic or metal) to share with your fellow travellers in front of the camp fire (gas heater) can be a great way top off a good day. You can buy alcohol in the duty-free shops upon your arrival in Iceland. Just follow all the Icelanders on your flight – they will take you straight to duty-free! Also, there are government run alcohol stores in Reykjavík called Vínbuðin.  If time allows, you can purchase alcohol there but alcohol is much less expensive in the duty-free shops at the airport. 

    On trips to Greenland, you can buy alcohol in the duty-free shop on arrival in Iceland. Duty free in Kulusuk, Greenland does not sell high % spirits – but if you make it to the supermarket they will have beer. 


    Gear shopping in Iceland

    Already in Iceland and need to grab some extra gear? No worries. There are a few shops in Reykjavík to go to (remember to ask for a VAT refund slip when you buy over 5000 ISK, which will save you 14%):

    Íslensku Alparnir: http://alparnir.is/  this is where IMG gets its Mountain Equipment gear, much of with is featured on the pictures above – can’t go wrong there.

    GG-Sjósport: http://www.gummibatar.is/ great products, but not in the downtown area.

    Laugavegur: the main shopping street downtown has a few stores, including some local brands like 66°North and Cintamani.

    Kringlan & Smáralind are the indoor shopping centers in Iceland – both have outdoor adventure equipment stores and are open on Sundays.

    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.  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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