Tour Types - What to expect

Discovery Adventures:

  • Travelling with a vehicle between highlight locations. At these locations we will go on short hikes, averaging between 2 – 5 hours total during the day (hiking times often represent a total of many shorter hikes), with only a day pack.
  • Difficulty level varies from 1-2 (Easy to Moderate) to 2-3 (Moderate to Challenging).
  • Accommodation can vary from mountain hut or hostel accommodation in sleeping bag to made up beds to guest house or hotel accommodation depending on the tour.
  • Meals are included, and in hut/hostel accommodation the guide prepares the meals with the help of the group.
  • General level of fitness is required. Participants should be able to do light hiking for 3 hours without much difficulty (note that the tours Multi-Activity Adventure and Complete Highlands include some longer days). No prior experience is required.

Discovery tours are e.g. The Complete Highlands, The Treasure Trail, and Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers.


Trekking Tours:

  • Hiking on trails between mountain huts with only a day pack while larger luggage is transported between accommodations. Hiking involves an average of 12 – 15 km (7-10 mi) per day, often on marked trails. On many treks you will need to ford rivers.
  • Difficulty level varies from 2-3 (Moderate to Challenging) to 3-4 (Challenging-Demanding).
  • Sleeping bag accommodation in a mountain hut (bunk beds dormitory style) or at a hostel.
  • Meals are included and the guide prepares the meals with the help of the group.
  • General level of fitness is required. Participants should be able to hike for up to 3 hours without much difficulty. Some experience of basic travelling in mountainous terrain and/or hiking on rough trails is useful.

Trekking tours are e.g.  Hiking at the End of the World, The Laugavegur Trek, and The Strútur Trail.


Backpacking tours:

  • Hiking in less travelled locations between camps/huts with all the gear carried by participants. Hiking involves an average between 10– 20 km (6-13 mi) per day in often difficult terrain and over rivers and/or glaciers.
  • Difficulty level varies from 3 (Challenging) to 4-5 (Demanding-Strenuous).
  • Cooking gear, food and tents (when used) are distributed equally across the group
  • Meals are included and the guide prepares the meals with the help of the group.
  • Participants should have some experience in travelling in mountainous terrain with a backpack and be able to hike with a backpack for 6 hours without much difficulty.

Backpacking tours are e.g. In the Shadow of Vatnajökull, Núpstaðaskógar-Skaftafell, and Nýi Dalur- Eldgjá.


Summit tours:

  • Travelling with a vehicle between locations where some of Iceland’s most beautiful summits are climbed. Days with summit climbs can involve over 20 km (13 mi) hiking, over 2000 m (6500 ft ) ascent and take over 14 hours.
  • Sleeping bag accommodation in huts or a hostel.
  • Meals are included and the guide prepares the meals with the help of the group.
  • Participants should have some experience in travelling in mountainous terrain and be able to hike uphill for up to 14 hours.

Summit tours are e.g.  The Three Peaks Challenge.


Bike tours:

  • Biking mostly on gravel roads and mud trails. Larger luggage transported between accommodations with a support vehicle that follows the group. Involves 10-60 km (6-35 mi) biking per day.
  • Sleeping bag accommodation in huts or hostels on mountain bike tours, or at a guest house on downhill/single track programs.
  • Meals are included, and in hut/hostel accommodation the guide prepares the meals with the help of the group

TBiking tours are e.g.  From Laki to Landmannalaugar, Land of Lava and Iceland’s Best Single Tracks.


Alpine ski touring:

  • Skiing off piste, either out of one location or larger luggage is transported between accommodations while you ski so you need only a day pack. Involves 4-7 hours skiing per day.
  • Accommodation is in a guest house or a mix of mountain huts and guest house/hostel.
  • Meals are included and the guide prepares the meals with the help of the group.
  • Prior skiing experience is required.

Alpine ski touring tours are e.g.  Mountains and Fjords of the North (from one location) and Ocean Valleys and Peaks (hut to hut).


Expeditions:

  • Travelling in isolated backcountry territory, often over difficult terrain.
  • All gear carried by participants (summer) or dragged in pulkas (winter)
  • Cooking gear, food and tents distributed equally across the group
  • Tent accommodation sometimes with the occasional mountain hut
  • Meals are included and the group helps the guide to prepare the meals.
  • Some prior experience is required. Participants should have some experience in travelling in mountainous terrain with a backpack and be able to hike with a backpack for up to 8 hours form many consecutive days. For other requirement for specific expeditions please contact us.

TSuper Jeep tours e.g.  Coast to Coast, Sprengisandur Traverse and Vatnajökull Glacier.


Super Jeep tours:

  • Driving on highland roads to locations that are not easily accessible by other means. In these locations we will go on short hikes, averaging between 2 – 5 hours total (hiking times often represent a total of many shorter hikes), with only a daypack.
  • Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts, or hotels and quality guest houses when possible.
  • Meals are included (except sometimes lunch) and the guide prepares the meals with the help of the group during the highland experience, but in the hotels/guest houses regional dinner is included.

Super Jeep tours are e.g.  Highlands and Hot Springs, and Nature and Northern Lights.


Greenland group tours:

  • Hiking over terrain with limited paths that is often rocky and difficult (East and West Greenland) or on trails (South Greenland).
  • On the Discovery and Trekking tours larger luggage transported by boat between camps on backpacking tours all the gear is carried.
  • In East and West Greenland we principally stay in tents but use hostel accommodation in the towns and villages, in South Greenland we use hostels.
  • Meals are included and the guide prepares the meals with the help of the group.
  • General level of fitness is required. Some experience of basic travelling in mountainous terrain with trails is useful and to be expected. Participants should be able to hike for up to 3 hours without much difficulty, for up to 6 hours on backpacking tours.

Tours in Greenland are e.g Terre Polaire (Discovery), Essential Iceland Greenland Tour (Discovery) and In the Footsteps of Erik the Red (Trekking).