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Trek in the Lonsöraefi: Summer 2019

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  • Off the beaten tracks
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7 days
Höfn
Höfn
Min Age : 12 years
Max People : 12
Tour Details

6 days on our own in another world, an amazing trek where you’ll have the feeling to be at the end of the world. 

Level moderate to challenging

 Lónsöræfi natural reserve is located in the South-East part of Iceland and is part of the bigger Vatnajökull national park. It is composed by rhyolite mountains cut by deep valleys and canyons, strange eroded rock formations play with the imagination. The proximity of the glacier also influences the atmosphere. Each year in summer we offer the opportunity to follow us for an unforgettable trek in the multicolored mountains of Lónsöræfi, on the borders of Vatnajökull glacier. This journey will send you from Snæfell to the ocean, or almost… If you are looking for a unique hike adventure with breathless landscape this is the place to be. We will pass rivers, mountains…

 

This trip can be combined with our East-fjord trekand that way becomes a beautiful 12 days hiking holidays discovering the magic of East Iceland.

Highlights of this trip:

– A trek off the beaten path :During this trek you’ll have the feeling to be the last individual on earth. This is a difficult area to access with no roads and therefore stays very isolated. Apart from other hikers, some birds and sheep, maybe reindeer and perhaps a fox, there is not much else getting in our way.

– A trek in small group: to have a pleasant and smooth trip and to make the most of it we only take small group (max 12 pers). You’ll need to carry your equipment  during this trip, it’s important to travel light.

Budget

Includes

  • Return bus from Höfn
  • All meal from lunch D1 to breakfast D7 included
  • 7 nights in huts
  • English speaking guide

Price does not includes:

  • International flight
  • Personal insurance
Itinerary

D1 : Höfn-Stafafell

Meeting point in Höfn and hiking from Stafafell hut in Hvannagil, colorful mountains.

D2: Stafafel-Mulaskali

This day will lead us on a path for sheep where we will join a valley that goes along a steep gorge the Jökulsà i Loni river up through Illakambur and Kambar area. Night in the beautiful hut Mulaskali

D3 : Mulaskali-Egilssel

After a gentle walk in the valley we will take some height by climbing the rocky slope of a ravin. The uneven landscape of the Tröllakrókar gorge with its impressive cliffs is fascinating. We will follow the Jökulsà i Loni river that will lead us to an amazing waterfall. A few steams to cross and we arrive at Kollumùlavatn lake. We are almost arrived at our stop for tonight, the hut by the lakeside : Egilssel.

D4: Egilssel area

We walk by the glacier and come back in the same hut

D5: Egilssel-Mulaskali

Today we will continue our hike in a rocky and stony landscape. The lunar aspect of Iceland is visible on every step. But slowly by slowly vegetation will reappear first with just some skinny willow and heather bushes. It’s only when you get to the Jökulsà i Loni river that you’ll see birch and can have the feeling to enter a wood. This is our third stop, the charming hut of Múlaskáli where we will stay for two nights. This will be the opportunity to discover the beauty of the multicolored mountains that surround us.

D6: Mulaskali area

We explore the area with many possibilities. Night in the same hut.

D7:Mulaskali-Höfn

2H hiking and transfer to Höfn.

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Good to know

Difficulty: Moderate-Challenging, you have to carry your personal gear

Hike, itinerary & security: Hike with porterage with a level from easy to moderate depending on the day. There is approximately 6-8 hours of hike every day, you need to be in fit condition to maintain the rhythm and walk the itinerary. The day-by-day itinerary as it is indicated here can be modified or even reversed depending on natural circumstances (late or early heavy snow, eruption, river flooding, weather conditions…) The guide knows the field perfectly and is able to judge exceptional circumstances.

Transport: Before and after the trek we use a small and comfortable 4wd bus, specially modified for Icelandic roads.

Accommodation: huts (excellent quality) – sleeping bags are not provided.

Food: Mostly local, with a vegetarian tendency – apart from the delicious grilled leg of lamb – and the inevitable local fish of course. We are particularly concerned with offering well-balanced and nutritious meals. If you have a special diet you need to let us now it before the beginning of the trip.

Participation: During our trip we often request to our guest to help us with preparing diner and cleaning the dishes involving both men and women 🙂

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
  • Backpack for 5 days hiking
  • Comfortable and waterproof hiking shoes
  • Waterproof jacket with a hood
  • Waterproof pants
  • Hiking socks, woolen or synthetic (a few pairs)
  • Woolen sweater (merinos)
  • Tee-shirts
  • Woolen or comfortable fiber hiking shirt
  • Thermal underwear
  • Sunglasses
  • Bottle
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves
  • Swimsuit / towel
  • Toiletry bag
  • Sunscreen and lips balm

 

 

 

 

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