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Immersion In the Icelandic Highlands: September 2019

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September 15, 2019
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Why Book With Us?

  • A local agency
  • Off the beaten tracks
  • Emphasize quality over quantity
  • Expert guides at your service
8 days
Min Age : 12 years
Max People : 8
Tour Details

This trip is for those who want to visit the uninhabited Iceland and inaccessible landscapes 9 months out of 12, without necessarily going on a trek.

This trip is perfect for photographers.

This trip will bring you in the highlands of Iceland, a volcanic area located along the rift emerging in Iceland. Here the contemplative, the walker and / or the photographer will be fulfilled, far from mass tourism. You will enjoy incredible landscapes with this unique feeling of being alone.

You will discover the region of Landmannalaugar with its multi-coloured mountains, the Hrafntinnusker’s plateau, the Maelifell’s desert, the numerous treasures of the region of Fjallabak with very different atmospheres.

The nights in mountains huts will also allow you to enjoy the silence of the highlands, and the chance to be disconnected from your digital equipment, more and more invasive in our lives.

The period is also perfect with the return of the aurora borealis. In autumn, colours are fantastic with a lower sun that gives golden tones, sometimes with the first pure snow on the peaks.

Highlights of this trip:
  • A trip in small group max. of 8 people
  • We have chosen this region because of its remote, little used paths. Here, internet does not exist, electricity is to be used wisely and shower in the river are not uncommon. We should not meet that many other hikers, allowing us to enjoy loneliness in pristine nature.
  • A trip with enough time for photography and a great period for looking at the Northern Lights
  • The discovery of wild places without human construction, a trip away from mass tourism. Here, you’ll enjoy various landscapes, between rhyolite mountains and powerful waterfalls, vast desert of black sand and amazing mud pools and fumaroles…
  • This area is usually accessible to trekkers but on this trip, we will only do easy walks, the difficulty level of the hikes has been made so that most people can do them, despite the rough terrain of Iceland.

 

Budget

Includes

  • 6 nights in huts, in dormitory with sleeping bag, one night in twin in Reykjavik
  • Driver-Guide english spoken
  • All the transfers from and to Reykjavik in a 4x4 small bus
  • All meals from lunch D1 until lunch D7 included, and breakfast D8 included also

Price does not includes:

  • International flight
  • Last dinner in Reykjavik
  • Personal insurance
Itinerary

D1 : Hekla

You’ll meet your guide in downtown Reykjavik near the cathedral at 9 am, which mean you need to be in Iceland at least the day before. We will start driving in direction of the Fjallabak area and the Hekla volcano. We will stop at the Valagja crater and the Raudufossar’s waterfall. We will settle in our hut for the next 3 nights. Diner at the hut.

D2: Landmannalaugar

After breakfast, we start heading to Landmannalaugar for a full day visit. The region offers several options for walks. The site is exceptional for all its different colors, rhyolite, obsidian flows, solfatares… There will be the possibility of having a bath in a river, naturally at 38°C (100°F).

D3 : Landmannalaugar area

Second day in the Landmannalaugar region we will explore some more sites, lakes, red craters…

D4: Hrafntinnusker

Today we drive to the Hrafntinnusker’s plateau and make a few stops to enjoy all the volcanic areas with solfatares, mud pools, sulfur… an amazing landscape. We will spend the night in Dalakofinn at the footstep of Markafjot river, a hut surrounded by loneliness mountains.

D5: Maelifellsandur

Today we depart and follow a track that leads us to an untouched by time landscape to Aftavatn lake, we will pass a gorge then enter the Maelifellsandur’s black desert, which will bring us at the footstep of Maelifell mountain and our hut. This place is amazing and give usually, the desire of not leaving.

D6: Strutur area

We stay one more day at the hut and have a chance to explore the surrounding. According to the weather forecast, we can walk in the Strutslaug valley and bath into a natural hot river, we are also really close to the glacier Torfajökull or the Rauðibotn crater…

D7:South coast

This is our last day of exploration. We cross a huge desert and make some stops on the way at small oasis before getting back on the main road and make our way back to Reykjavik by the south coast. We will stop on the way to the beautiful beach of Reynisfjara. Arrival in the end of the afternoon, and night in Reykjavik downtown.

D8:International flight

Transfer to the airport and international flight. You can also extend your stay, just contact us.

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Good to know

Minimum number of participants: 4 persons 

Maximum number of participants: 8 persons 

Hike, itinerary & security: Hike without porterage with a level from easy to moderate depending on the day. You will have always also the possibility to walk close to the hut.

Accommodation: hut and guesthouse

Trip extension:  This trip can be combined with an individual extension to see more of Iceland. You can stay a couple of days in Reykjavik enjoying the northern most capital or visit another area. You can also add short excursions to the Blue Lagoon or go whale watching… For a trip extension don’t hesitate to contact us

Climate: because of the rough and changing climate in Iceland see below a list of recommended equipment to bring with you for this trip. You can except temperature between 0° and 20°C from April to September and from +5 to -20°C from October to March.

YOUR PERSONAL EQUIPMENT:

  • Sleeping bag
  • Duffle bag
  • Backpack for a days hike
  • Comfortable and waterproof hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood (gore-tex)
  • Waterproof pants
  • Hiking socks, woolen or synthetic (a few pairs)
  • Woolen sweater or warm fleece
  • Tee-shirts (merinos)
  • Woolen or comfortable fiber hiking long sleeves shirts
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Bottle
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Swimsuit
  • Batteries, no electricity in the huts
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