Iceland Trek Challenge - 2018
Scheduled Trip dates – Friday 27th July - Tuesday 31st July 2018.
Working with The British Expedition Company, Life Changing Challenges are now able to offer this amazing Trek!!
This Trek will take you to the very best sights in Iceland - Lake Frostastadavatn, the Ljótipollur crater, Brennisteinsalda volcano, Sudurnamur mountain ridge, Vondugil Canyon and Blahnukur peak. Enjoy hiking in a geothermal wonderland surrounded by colorful mountains, rhyolite hills and steaming fumaroles. After each day we have an opportunity to relax in the hot spring pool of Landmannalaugar. Our Three Day hiking tour to one of the most geothermally active areas of Iceland is ideal for all hikers and lovers of nature. Landmannalaugar is also the official starting point for the famous Laugavegur Trek ranked among the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic.
Flights depart from London Heathrow Airport and arrive in Raykjavik Airport (Iceland) where a private transfer will take you directly to the hotel. To help acclimatise you will have the afternoon in Raykjavik to relax and prepare for the trek ahead and enjoy the city. You will then head to the Landmannalaugar region for 3 days of amazing trekking before heading back to Raykjavik for another night in the hotel, before flying back to the U.K.
Day 1 Fly from London Heathrow to Raykjavik and have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the city.
Night in the hotel.
Day 2 Today is an early start and the group will be collected by our guide around 7.30am. The drive heads to the Landmannalaugar region in the south of Iceland. From Reykjavik, we drive inland through the beautiful Thjorsardalur valley, named after the river Thjorsa, the longest river in Iceland and head onwards to Hekla Volcano. Passing extensive lava fields from previous eruptions we approach the Landmannalaugar area with its stunning peaks. After lunch, we will set on a 10 km hike to the Ljoti pollur Lake, chosen as one of the World’s Most Beautiful Crater Lakes. Ljoti pollur is an incredibly beautiful red crater filled with bright-blue water. After the hike, we will enjoy a rejuvenating bath at the natural steaming hot springs of Landamannalaugar.
Night in mountain huts.
(L,R, D). Driving:4 hours Hiking Distance 10-12 km (6-8 miles).
Day 3: Today we will hike up to Sudurnamur, a 200,000 years old mountain ridge of rhyolite minerals. On the way up to the Sudurnamur you will enjoy numerous ravines and wonderful views of the area and on its top a dramatic view of the Landmannalaugar empire, Mt. Kirkjufell, Laugahraun lava, Blahnukur volcano and Brennisteinsalda, the most colorful mountain in Iceland. The day is completely filled with stunning scenes of the Icelandic highlands. In the evening we will have another soak in the fantastic hot springs.
Night in mountain huts.
(B, L, R, D). Driving:0 hours Hiking Distance 11km (7miles).
Day 4: After breakfast we will continue our adventure heading up to Blahnukur, a 60,000 years old volcano. The hiking trail leads up to the top of the mountain from which you will get a fantastic view of multiple glaciers. Blahnukur is one of the best places to do panoramic landscape photography. On the top of the mountain, you will get a chance to really appreciate the powerful effect of the geo-dynamic activity on the landscape and your guide will explain all the wonders of the area. After coming down we will take a small break before heading back to Reykjavik. We will then arrive back at you hotel around 6pm for a final night in the city.
(B, L). Driving:4 hours Hiking Distance: 7 km (5miles)
Day 5 – Depending on flights times - Morning/afternoon in the city and transfer to the airport and return flight back to the UK.
The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner).
Costs and payment structure
The cost of the trip is £1,550. There is a £250 trip deposit (non-refundable) to book your place and the remaining balance is paid in small instalments.
1st September 2017 £500
1st December 2017 £300
1st February 2018 £300
1st June 2018 £200
During the hotel stay breakfast is included. During the trek we provide breakfast, lunch, refreshment and dinner. The food is excellent, plentiful and varied and prepared to a very high standard. We cater very well for vegetarians and for all special dietary requirements.
Clothing and Equipment
Hiking boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails.
Warm jacket or fleece
Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
Gloves, wool or synthetic, preferable waterproof
Warm hat and/or balaclava
Backpack for daily use
Lightweight Sleeping bag and travel pillow.
Liner if you rent the sleeping bag
Tooth brush and personal toiletries
Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong)
Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters)
Pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
Camera, batteries, memory card
All our expeditions are ‘all inclusive’ this means that the cost covers all the accommodation, flights, flight tax, transfers, guides, porters and cooks + all food throughout your expedition. *The only costs not included travel insurance, lunch, dinner and drinks in the hotel.
Each group is lead by a fully qualified professional Mountain Guides assisted by porters and cooks.
The trip is organised by ‘The British Expedition Company’ expeditions who have been operating since 2001.
How to reserve your place on the trip
To book a place on the trip simply pay deposit online.
When your deposit is received a trip booklet is sent out detailing every element of the trip. This includes information on VISA’s, insurance, fundraising ideas and kit information.
On advancement of deposit for a booking on any of our trips or expeditions the deposit acknowledges that he/she has read and understands the below booking conditions and agrees to be bound by them.