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The Island

Walking in IcelandIceland is not only closer than you think, but far different than you ever imagined. Where else can you witness such marvels of Mother Nature as a tremendous icecap and several glaciers, spouting geysers and steaming solfataras, volcanoes (hopefully dormant), raging rivers and magnificent waterfalls, a multitude of birds, cavorting whales just offshore and many other surprises? Iceland has a population of just over 320,000 people, of which over half live in Reykjavik, and with a land area just 20% smaller than England it is very sparsely populated. Having suffered more than most with the banking crisis the Icelandic Krona has fallen in value making Iceland more affordable than it has ever been.

 

The Walking

Distances in Iceland are large and public transport outside of Reykjavik is sporadic, so to link all the walking places in Iceland the best way is to hire a car. We have put together a holiday combining good walking with visiting the ‘must sees‘ of the country all linked by self drive car. You are unlikely to meet any other walkers on most of our walks which is a delight, but you need to be prepared for sudden changes in the weather.

                           

 

 

 Driving Around

Driving in Iceland is a real joy.  Although some of the minor roads have dirt surfaces, all the main roads are paved and pretty empty. Reykjavik is busy and does have some traffic jams at peak times but the rest of the country is traffic jam free. The distances are large with long periods of driving without a building or any other sign of human habitation in sight just spectacular scenery, mountain ranges to cross, mountain streams and rivers to follow and waterfalls to spot. You will pass through isolated settlements either for farmers or fishermen, and you look at their lifestyle with envy of their spectacular views and setting and fear of what it is like to live so far away from anyone else.  We provide a booklet with detailed driving directions.

 


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We have chosen mostly accommodation located on farms, an Icelandic speciality. You stay in the farmer's purpose built building which offer not only quality accommodation but the joy of staying in a rural environment. They are effectively small country hotels with all modern facilities, en suite rooms and television. Each of the families will provide you with an excellent dinner and breakfast featuring local produce some originating from the farm.

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14 Nights - Icelandic Adventure

Day 1 Arrive Keflavik, the international airport for Reykjavik. Drive to your first hotel near the small town of Selfoss.


Day 2 Drive to þingvellir by far Iceland’s most famous historic site. This is where Iceland had its first general assembly in A.D.930, so can claim to be the original government seat. Walk this historic area on the geological divide between two continental plates. (2½ hours ascent/descent negligible) Then drive on to the best known hot spring ‘Geysir’, from which derives the English word “geyser” for spouting hot springs, and then walk to the nearby magnificent Gullfoss waterfall. Return to your hotel at Selfoss. (1 hour)

Day 3 Today you drive to a delightful walk along the top of a spectacular gorge culminating in viewing Iceland’s highest waterfall, Glymur, with a drop of 200m. (3½ hours ascent and descent 280m, 4 miles). Then drive onwards around Hvalfjord with the remains of the British occupation in the Second World War to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and your farm house hotel for 2 nights. Drive distance 110 miles

Day 4 Today there is a choice of walks in the area, either explore around Snaefellsjokull, a dormant volcano that is topped by a glacier and where Jules Verne started his ‘journey to the centre of the earth’. Walk to a waterfall through bizarre tuff rock formations (3 hours ascent and descent 230m). Or a short coastal walk along the cliffs to view impressive rock arches. (2 hour ascent/descent 20m)

Day 5 Leave early and drive to Akureyri and your hotel for two nights. An early arrival will allow you to explore the beautiful town of Akureyri by following the recommended route.  Drive distance 220 miles

Day 6 Walk to the summit of Kaldbakur (ascent and descent 1100m, 5 hours), for outstanding views over
Eyjafjordur (Island fjord) and surrounding area and out to the Arctic Ocean. Or alternatively enjoy a low level fjord side walk.

Day 7 Walk to the top of Sulur a delightful summit with commanding views from the top down the fjord and towards central Iceland. (5 hours ascent and descent 900m) Then drive onward to Lake Myvatn, 60 miles. Take a break en-route and walk to the base of Godafoss (The Gods Waterfall) waterfall, time to settle in your 4* hotel where you stay for 4 nights.

Day 8 A choice! Walk to the ash crater of Hverfjall, through intriguing lava formations (2½ hours, ascent and descent 150m). Follow a path round the site of the 1984 Krafta eruption, including the Viti explosion crater and recent lava flows (1 hour, ascent/decent 280m). After a short car journey walk around the sulphur and mud holes of Namafjall. (3 hours ascent/descent 100m) or walk to hot fissures by Lake Myvatn. (1½ hours, ascent/descent negligible)

Day 9 Myvatn. Drive to Dettifoss Waterfall considered by many to be the most impressive in Europe, take a short walk here then drive on and take a longer walk to the spectacular Jukusla Canyon.  (5 hours ascent/descent 200m) return by a great drive along the Arctic coast.

Day 10 Take a day off walking and drive to Husavik, the whale watching capital of Iceland. Take one of the many trips to see whales run by ex-whalers and visit the fascinating whale museum.

Day 11 Depart for the return drive for Reykjavik, but break the journey by stopping the night at Hvammstangi. Take the opportunity to visit the nearby bird hides overlooking a favoured watering hole for summer visitors and migrating birds. Drive 189 miles

Day 12 Continue the drive to Reykjavik, arriving early afternoon. Drive 122 miles

Day 13 Day at leisure in Reykjavik, take our self guided walking tour of the capital, and visit many of the city’s museums.

Day 14 Reykjavik -Explore further the capital, and maybe visit the famous Blue Lagoon.


Day 15 Transfer to the airport and fly home.

10 night variation - Icelandic Explorer


Day 1 -Day 8 As above
Day 9 Depart for the return to Reykjavik Drive 310 miles, or drive to Akureyri return the car and fly back to Reykjavik.
Day 10 As day 13 above
Day 11 As day 15 above


7 night variation- Icelandic Highlights

Day 1 As above
Day 2 As above
Day 3 Today you drive to a delightful walk along the top of a spectacular gorge culminating in viewing Iceland’s highest waterfall with a drop of 200m. (3¼ hours ascent and descent 250m, 4 miles) Then drive onwards around Hvalfjord with the remains of the British occupation in the Second World War to the Hvammstangi and your farm house hotel for the night. Drive distance 150 miles

Day 4 Leave early and drive to Akureyri and your hotel for one night. An early arrival will allow you to walk in the afternoon to the summit of Kaldbakur (ascent and descent 1100m, 5 hours), for outstanding views over Eyjafjordur (Island fjord) and surrounding area. Or explore the beautiful town of Akureyri before walking to the top of Sulur, a delightful summit with commanding views from the top towards central Iceland. (5 hours ascent and descent 900m) Drive distance 127 miles.


Day 5 As day 7 above
Day 6 Choice of day 8, 9 or 10 of the 14 day trip above
Day 7 As day 9 of 10 night trip above
Day 8 As day 15 of the 14 night trip above

We can put together any combination of the days above to fit the time you have and your particular interests. Just contact us and we will discuss you particular requirements.

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Iceland enjoys a much milder climate than its name and location adjacent to the Arctic Circle would imply. A branch of the Gulf Stream flows along the southern and the western coast greatly moderating the climate. The walking season is short, from middle of June to September with the first and last months being still quite cold and could be interrupted by poor weather. The days have almost endless daylight in June and July. Even in July and August you can have cold days and there is always the chance of rain and storms. It is very rarely 'hot'.

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There are daily flights from London Heathrow and London Gatwick, as well as regular flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow. Unusually the last two are closer to the destination so there is usually no flight supplement on the base air seat price.

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2014 & 2015

All holidays include the number of nights half board* or B&B indicated in hotels or farmhouse hotels, a Group A car hire collected from the airport and returned when itinerary returns to Reykjavik (a car is a liability in the city), and return transfer to the airport. It also includes our unique self guided walk booklet and best walking maps available ‘With Flight’ includes typical flights from London Luton.

All our holidays can be adapted to your wishes.

Superior rooms available at some hotels, higher category hotel possible in Reykjavik, please enquire.

* half board is dinner, bed and breakfast. In Reykjavik accommodation is bed and breakfast – Highlights 1 night, Explorer 2 nights, Adventure 3 nights.

Please note these prices may differ from our current brochure price list and are the current correct prices

Prices are per person and in GBP / UK £.

Icelandic Highlights 8 days (5 nights half board*, 2 nights B&B)

For a arrivals from 23rd to 31st August deduct £75

Dates

Standard room With Flights

Extra nights from per person

Single supplement per night

Own travel arrangements to Iceland standard room

May

1095

POA

POA

895

June – August

1325

POA

POA

1095

September – October

1095

POA

POA

895

Icelandic Explorer 11 days (7 nights half board*, 3 nights B&B)

For a arrivals from 23rd to 31st August deduct £100

Dates

Standard room With Flights

Extra nights from per person

Single supplement per night

Own travel arrangements to Iceland standard room

May

1470

POA

POA

1270

June – August

1700

POA

POA

1470

September – October

1470

POA

POA

1270

 Icelandic Adventure 15 days (8 nights half board* and 6 nights B&B)

For a arrivals from 23rd to 31st August deduct £120

 Dates

Standard room With Flights

Extra nights from per person

Single supplement per night

Own travel arrangements to Iceland standard room

May

1855

POA

POA

1655

June – August

2180

POA

POA

1950

September - October

1855

POA

POA

1655

* half board is dinner, bed and breakfast 

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