- Challenge Information
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 – Thorsmork, Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Myrdalsjokull glacier Seljalandsfoss waterfall Landmannalaugar region, Blahnukur moutnain and the Snaefellsjokull glacier plus the hot springs that make Iceland famous for relaxation. 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 hotel and freshen up ready for the next days’ trek. Our 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 and in addition to this we will take in the Thorsmork and the Scaefellsjokull regions to complete an amazing tour of the very best that Iceland has to offer .
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/evening in Raykjavik to relax and prepare for the trek ahead and enjoy the city. You will then head out of Reykjavik for the 3 individual day treks (with hotel accommodation in-between) finishing off with another night in the hotel before flying back to the U.K.
Fly from London Heathrow to Raykjavik and have the afternoon to relax and enjoy the city.
Night in the hotel.
Today trek is in Thorsmork a nature reserve at the foot of the majestic Eyjafjallajokull volcano and Myrdalsjokull glacier. Thorsmork is truly a unique place with its rugged nature and stunning beauty. For thousands of years glaciers and glacial rivers have carved out this spectacular valley, creating its dramatic landscape of sandstone sculptures, deep canyons and sharp ridges. It is a spectacular sight not easily forgotten. To reach this secluded highland valley, driving across unabridged glacial rivers we use a modified 4x4 super jeep and an experienced guide. The tour begins with a drive along the beautiful south coast to Seljalandsfoss waterfall and passes the Gigjokull glacier where we will see first-hand the results of the destructive power of the Eyjafjallajokull glacier. In 2010 a massive flood of meltwater and small icebergs, from the volcanic crater, ripped the glacier to shreds and completely flooded the area. We continue to Basar cabin where we will start our 6-8 hour hike up to Fimmvorduhals pass. The ascent is between 700-800 meters. This spectacular trail of approximately 16 km, through Iceland’s varied landscape, encompassing views of glaciers, snow-capped mountains, newly formed craters and fresh lava, volcanoes and the most surreal beauty of Thorsmork.
Thorsmork Valley and the hiking tour in the foothills of Eyjafjallajokull and all of Fimmvorduhals’s volcanic activity is an unforgettable trekking experience where the feeling of solitude and beauty is truly magical. This Volcano hike takes you to the last part of the extended Laugavegur Trail where you get a view of the unspoiled Icelandic Highlands.
Hotel accommodation provided.
Todays trek is in Landmannalaugar with the active volcano Hekla in its neighborhood, is one of Iceland's most unique destinations and a must for all those who love to explore the great outdoors. This is one of the most active geothermal areas flanked by rhyolite mountains and steaming hot springs offering plenty of activities and hiking trails. A multicolored mixture of black lava, green moss, red iron, blue & green mountains of rhyolite and sulphur and much more forms a perfect setting for a great day of hiking. We set off on a 4-hour hike (approx. 9 km) through the strangely sprawling lava fields of Laugahraun, Vondugil canyon and up to the summit of the most colorful mountain of Brennisteinsalda, with its steaming vents and sulfur deposits. Then continuing down through Graenagil canyon, which was carved
as a result of the geodynamic activity of mountains, volcanoes and glacial rivers. If time and weather conditions allow we will climb Blahnukur, an approximately 60.000 years old volcano with a panoramic view of the Landmannalaugar Valley. Elevation gain is about 400-500m going to about 890 m above sea level. Before our journey ends we will have a relaxing soak in a natural hot spring, where both hot and cold water flows out from beneath Laugahraun mixing together and forming the ideal hot bath. Remember to bring your swimwear and a towel to enjoy bathing in the natural hot spring.
Hotel accommodation provided.
Today trek is a Glacier hike to the top of Snaefellsjokull glacier. This is one of the top glaciers hikes in Iceland where you will see a stunning view over Snaefellsnes and it's surroundings. The Snaefellsnes peninsula in the western part of Iceland is almost like a miniature of the whole country. There are white and black beaches, bird cliffs, spectacular mountains and volcanic craters, incredibly rich trout lakes and salmon rivers, lush valleys, unique harbors in charming fishing villages and a world-renowned glacier.
Snæfellsjökull (height: 1446 m) stratovolcano is one of the most picturesque mountains in Iceland, rising up 1450 meters from the most western part of the Snæfellsnes peninsula. This famous volcano is clearly visible more than 100 km away. Many have written poems about its grandeur and seemingly endless shining white coat of ice and snow. Arguably, the most famous literature about Snæfellsjökull is Jules’s Verne’s novel “Journey to the center of the Earth” where the entrance to the center was through a caldera at the very top. The hike takes 5-7 hours with an average ascent time of 3-5 hours. The total elevation gain is 760 m (2,500 ft.) and the total hiking distance is 7-8 km (4,5-5 miles).
This trip truly delivers an amazing adventure along with an Icelandic glacier. The drive itself offers breathtaking views surpassed by the vistas from the slopes and the peak. On clear days, the whole Westfjord peninsula is visible. Snæfellsjökull is undeniably one of the best glacier hikes in the world.
Hotel accommodation provided.
Depending on flights times - Morning/afternoon in the city and transfer to the airport and return flight back to the UK.
Costs and payment structureThe 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 February 2018 £5001st April 2018 £3001st June £3001st July 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.
- What's Included
The treks 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 are VISA’s, travel insurance, tips, lunch and drinks in the hotel.