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trek Iceland for GOSH

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Trekking the Laugavegur route is a tough challenge, but one that is very achievable with the correct training. It requires a reasonable level of strength, stamina and determination. Your training should incorporate aerobic (endurance building), anaerobic (strength building) exercises and some good long walks! Prepare to hike through ice and lava fields and contrasting climates.

are there any pre-challenge training days / weekends / briefings?

Yes, a challenge briefing will be provided approximately three months before you depart.

 

We have a number of pre-challenge Training Days in London and the North and South Downs, and Weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and the Brecon Beacons spread across the year, from early Spring until September, so there should be a weekend to suit you.

 

Our training weekends are the best way to prepare yourself physically and mentally prior to tackling one of our Challenges, and they are a great way to meet other trekkers, the Action Challenge team and our fully qualified Mountain Leaders. They're also a brilliant excuse to also test out your kit and equipment, against the elements!

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa - No. British Nationals do not require a visa to enter Iceland. You will be issued a tourist visa upon arrival. You will need at least 6 months validation on your passport.

 

Insurance - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation, trip curtailment costs and trekking up to 4000m. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations – No specific vaccinations are required for Iceland, however, please make sure you are up to date on all necessary boosters and vaccinations by speaking to your local GP / travel clinic. Advised vaccinations include Hepatitis A, Tetanus, Typhoid, Diptheria and Rabies.

life on the trek

how big is the group? / what support will there be?

All of our challenges are group adventures and the average size is approximately 20 participants. We welcome individuals, couples and groups of friends on to our challenges, and many who join us literally have a mountain to climb in terms of the scale of the challenge they are taking on. We advocate camaraderie and team bonding, and really believe that this enhances your experience.

 

Your challenge will be led by an experienced Action Challenge leader. Our leaders are selected for their experience, knowledge, enthusiasm, sensitivity and sense of humour, and will ensure that your trip runs smoothly.

 

You will also be accompanied by an Action Challenge doctor, who will be carrying a fully stocked medical kit in case of any emergency. They will carry out daily health checks, and the re-assurance of their presence should allow you to focus on, and enjoy your challenge!

 

We have a full support team in country with two way radio contact between the Action Challenge Head Quarters in London and local staff and satellite phone for emergencies. If for any reason you need to leave the group early local staff will assist you and will arrange transfers, accommodation and medical care if necessary.

what is the weather like while trekking?

July is one of the best months of the year to trek in Iceland. The average temperature will be 8 – 10 degrees C, but changing conditions should be expected, so please ensure that you are ready for wind, rain, and sunshine! Mountainous weather is always unpredictable and can change very quickly. To ensure that you embrace this as part of the experience, make sure that you are ready for wind, rain, and sunshine!

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - All meals are included within the trip cost apart from during free time and additional drinks purchased at the hotel / restaurant. We will have an unlimited supply of fully purified and treated water, and three varied and nutritious meals a day. Breakfast will be at the accommodation/campsite and will typically consist of porridge, toast and eggs. Lunch and dinner will be en-route at a prearranged restaurant or campsite and will be a variety of rice, pasta, vegetables and a selection of meat and fish.

 

Dietary Requirements - Please note that we will do our best to accommodate all dietary requirements if informed in advance.

 

Accommodation- Comfortable hotel while in the city—allocated on a twin/triple basis. For your first night of the trek we will be in dormitories in a Refuge. We will also spend nights camping on the trek with basic facilities. Toilets while trekking are long-drop style with limited washing facilities. In the hotel in Reykjavik we have twin rooms with shared facilities. All accommodation is on a twin/triple-share, single-sex basis and we will pair you with someone of a similar age, where possible.

 

Single Supplement - If you decide that you would like to have your own room on the challenge, we can accommodate this in the majority of places.

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

Yes, this becomes our land only package and reduces your final balance or minimum sponsorship balance - please contact us for more information if you are looking to book your own flights.

 

You will be required to arrange all flights and transfers in order to meet the group at the starting hotel on day 2 of your challenge and Action Challenge will require details of your travel arrangements before departure.

 

Please note you are unable to change your package once final balance invoicing has been completed and tickets have been issued by the airline.

can I extend my trip or amend my return flight home?

Yes – this is on a first come first serve basis – please email flights@actionchallenge.com for more information. If you are interested in one of our packages, or just extending your stay out in Iceland, a request will be made to the airline once we have your specific dates.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

Your registration deposit is paid online to secure your place on the challenge. You are then committed to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship for Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Part of your fundraising will cover the cost of your challenge.

what's included?

• International flights
• Action Challenge trek leader
• Full support team, including local guides
• UK medic
• All accommodation
• All Meals, except in free time
• Airport / Air travel taxes
• All transfers in local vehicles
• Celebration dinner
• Invitation to a challenge briefing in London
• Discounted training weekends in the Peak District, Snowdonia and Brecons
• Fitness and training guide
• Discounts from UK retailers
• Reduced rates at Nomad Travel Clinics and Masta Health

what's not included?

• Insurance
• Vaccinations - up-to-date on boosters.
• Tips for local staff
• Alcoholic drinks
• Personal kit / equipment
• Airline fuel surcharge (anything over £150)

how do I sign up?

To secure your place on this challenge, please click on the BOOK NOW button at the top of the page. Please ensure you have a credit or debit card with you to pay your registration deposit. You will also need to have the below information to hand:

 

• Name as per Passport
• Home Address
• Email Address
• Telephone Number
• Date of Birth
• Dietary Requirements (if applicable)
• Details of any Medical Conditions (if applicable)
• Next of Kin Details

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport and travel insurance details. If you do not yet have this information, you can re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create.

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