ICELAND – LAND OF FIRE AND ICE

Join us on this new and customized journey, as we weave our way in and out of the very best that Iceland has to offer, from popular tourist destinations to the best secrets near the top of the world. From luxury lodges to higher-end camps, and huts in between, we will spend our time in a variety of accommodations. Volcanic mountains, geothermal features, hot springs, geysers, lava fields, and snow, all abound in this country of fire and ice. Each day, select an activity ranging in cultural significance and physical difficulty. Free time has been programmed into this adventure to let guests take in the local Icelandic cuisine and activities of preference. Completely customizable, don’t let this unique one-stop Iceland Adventure pass you by.

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SUMMARY

TRIP TYPE: Adventure

ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate

TRIP LENGTH: 11 days/10 nights

SPACES AVAILABLE: 10 – 24

TRIP COST: From $7,200

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Enjoy a ferry ride to the remote Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Explore the lively and colorful capital of Reykjavik
  • Descend 400 feet into the magma chamber of the Thrihnukagigur volcano
  • Visit Snaefellsjokull National Park

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ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival Day - Reykjavik

  • Scenic drive from Reykjavik through the countryside
  • Orientation and gear check
  • Welcome dinner
  • Overnight: Hella Hotel in Stracta or comparable
  • Meals Included: L/D

Day 2: Fjallabak Nature Reserve

  • Spend the day exploring the remote Fjallabak Nature Reserve and experience majestic lava flows, volcanic craters, and moss filled ancient flow sites
  • Overnight: Fjallabak Hut & Camp 1
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 3: Fjallabak Nature Reserve to Fjallabak II Hut & Camp

  • Full day of short hikes that will expose you to glaciers, icefalls, waterfalls, craters, and lava flows
  • BBQ featuring local lamb
  • Overnight: Fjallabak Hut & Camp II
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 4: Fjallabak Nature Reserve to Hella

  • Option 1: Full-Day Hike (Moderate) Embark on a full-day hike over the new volcanoes Magni and Mooi that were formed during the eruptions of 2010. As you descend the mountain, you will travel through a remote river valley featuring breathtaking waterfalls as far as the eye can see
  • Option 2: Short Hike (Easy) Venture up to the new volcanoes Magni and Móði and return via shuttle. Your shuttle will leave you at the end of the trail, where you can take short, easy hikes to see numerous waterfalls at your leisure
  • Overnight: Hella Hotel in Stracta or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 5: Golden Circle Scenic Drive

  • Drive towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula with stops at scenic places along the Golden Circle
  • Enjoy a nice little hike inside the biggest crevasse of the Thingvellir National Park tectonic fissure swarm
  • Overnight: Stykkisholmur Hotel or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 6: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

  • Spend the day exploring Snæfellsjokull National Park
  • Option 1: Enjoy a hike to the summit of Vatnsborg’s Volcanic Crater (moderate)
  • Option 2: Spend the day exploring Reykjavik at leisure on your own (Easy)
  • Overnight: Reykjavik Hotel or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 7: Reykjavik to Isafjordur | Westfjords | Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

  • Scenic flight to Isafjordur (35 minutes)
  • Enjoy a scenic boat ride on the Greenland Sea through the Denmark Straights to Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Enjoy a day hike among the arctic foxes that inhabit the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Overnight: Private Glamping Camp
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 8: Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

  • Enjoy a full day of hiking and exploration throughout the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve
  • Overnight: Old Doctor’s House in Hesteyri
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 9: Hornstrandir Nature Reserve | Isafjordur

  • Enjoy a morning seaside hike exploring the Nature Reserve
  • Scenic transfer via private charter boat from the seaside farmhouse to the village of Isafjordur for a free afternoon
  • Overnight: Isafjordur Hotel or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 10: Isafjordur to Reykjavik

  • Scenic flight back to Reykjavik, transfer to Magma Chambers: descend 400′ deep into Thrihnukagigur Volcano
  • Celebration Dinner
  • Overnight: Reykjavik Hotel or comparable
  • Meals Included: B/L/D

Day 11: International Departures

  • Transfer to the airport for international departures
  • Meals Included: B

HUMAN OUTREACH PROJECT

One of World Wide Trekking’s founding principles is giving back to the places we travel. Through our sister non-profit, Human Outreach Project, we are making a difference in lives around the globe, and connecting trekkers with voluntourism opportunities in local communities.

Although we don’t have projects in this part of the world, there are always opportunities to get involved and find a meaningful way to engage with the local community. We would love to talk to you about custom voluntourism and humanitarian opportunities that you can incorporate into your WWTrek trip. The find out more, go to HumanOutreachProject.org or contact us.

TRAVEL NOTES

Best Time of Year to Visit:

Summer (June – August) is the most popular time to visit Iceland to hike due to the warmer temperatures and long days of sun. During the summer the waterfalls are flowing and you can capture photographs under the midnight sun!

Arrivals and Departures:

This trip begins and ends in Reykjavik, Iceland. You will fly in and out of Keflavík International Airport (KEF).

*Many guests prefer to arrive before, or leave after, the scheduled itinerary. We can help you make arrangements. Additional charges for early arrival, transportation, lodging, meals, and activities will apply.

Recommended Flights:

International airfares are not included in program pricing. Our travel expert, Danny Genung at Harr Travel is more than happy to review the many flight options from the U.S. to Keflavík International Airport (KEF). You can reach him at danny@harrtravel.com or 909.266.0117.

The benefit of using a travel agent is that in the event of itinerary changes, the travel agent will find the best flight connections, and land arrangements, for you. Though third-party travel websites are convenient, we do not recommend using them due to instability in the itineraries. We also recommend that you protect your flight with travel insurance and a refundable ticket.

Customs, Visas, & Immigration:

American citizens won’t need a tourist visa to visit. If you’re traveling from another country contact us for visa information.

*Please Note: Your passport must be valid for at least six months after your trip. Make two copies of your passport, leave one at home and bring the other with you to Iceland along with two extra passport photos in case of an emergency. Ensure you provide a color copy of your passport to WWTrek 90-days prior to your departure date.

Travel Insurance:

We recommend purchasing travel insurance, which will protect you in the event of an unanticipated cancellation of your trip, and depending on the plan you choose, can refund all the costs already paid (including flights, trip costs, and your payment to us). Please note: you must purchase this plan within 14 days of your deposit payment. There are three plans that we recommend choosing from: CavalryRip Cord or Harbor. Please send us a copy of your plan if you choose to purchase one.

Accommodations:

Enjoy a variety of accommodations, from modern and elegant hotels to remote historic inns, and cozy huts. All accommodations have been carefully chosen for what they add to our Iceland adventure.

Our Team:

Once you sign on with WWTrekking, we are here for you every step of the way! You will be assigned an adventure specialist who will help you prepare for your trip. Whether your questions or needs are regarding flights, packing, early arrivals, departures, accommodations or anything else, your adventure specialist is only a phone call away!

Once your trip begins, World Wide Trekking boasts an extensive support crew on all trips of 8 people or more. We provide medically certified, Professional Western guide(s) for all adventures of 8+ passengers as well as local professionals to aid the group.

Gratuities:

In many parts of the world, gratuities are given in appreciation for a job well done. Our guides will take care of tipping service personnel along the way so that you don’t have to think about it.

For any additional services outside of our itinerary, plan to tip 10% (transport, restaurants, baggage, lodges, etc). We will provide you a tipping guide once you sign up for a trip.

At the trails end you will have the opportunity to contribute to a group tipping pool that will be presented to your WWTrekking guides and trekking staff as we say our goodbyes.

Fitness and Nutrition Training:

We provide a complimentary 6-week extensive fitness and nutrition program to help our guests prepare for their journey ahead. The program is tailored specifically for our trips and includes virtual 1 on 1 coaching sessions with our Fitness and Nutrition Specialist.

Learn more here!

Currency Exchange:

We recommend exchanging money at the airport as soon as you clear customs. We will offer additional exchange opportunities, but typically you will receive the best rates at the airport. Because exchange rates often fluctuate, we recommend looking up the exchange rate to Icelandic króna right before your trip. We always recommend bringing $500 cash with you on your trip for incidentals.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Country:

Officially a part of Scandinavia, Iceland is also considered to be a Nordic country by some. This volcanically active island boasts geothermal geysers, hot springs, volcanic mountains, lava fields, waterfalls, and glaciers, the natural landscape is exquisite and captivating. This geothermal activity helpS Iceland obtain 85% of its energy from renewable sources.

Capital City:

Reykjavík, the capital city is home to about two-thirds of the population in Iceland.

Time Zone:

UTC +0 (otherwise known as Greenwich Mean Time)

Currency:

The official currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Króna (ISK). You will also find that cards are widely accepted across the country.