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trek Iceland for GOSH

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DAY 1

Departure

Today we meet our group at the airport in London and catch our flight to Keflavik airport, where we are met by our guides who are going to be with us over the next few days. We then head to the beautiful Southern Highlands, located approximately 3 hours away. En route we enjoy the views of Hekla, Iceland‘s most famous volcano, glistening with glaciers, geysers, hot springs and waterfalls. We arrive at our refuge in Landmannalaugar and this evening we enjoy a welcome dinner!

 

DAY 2

Landmannalaugar - 24 km

Today is the first day of hiking, we climb through the ryolite and cross lava and snow fields! Near the highest point, we pass Storihver, a large hot spring, before walking through fields of glistening black opsidium rock with spectacular views back across Hrafntinnusker. Finally, we have a long downhill descent over scree finishing with a river crossing to Alftavatn, a huge volcanic lake where we overnight. If we‘ve still got the energy, we can have a swim and take in the beautiful scenery!

DAY 3

Álftavatn - 14 km

As we leave the rhyolite, we enter a glacial area with fast running glacial streams and deep gorges. On our trek, we will experience river crossings, where we have to wade through the ice-cold streams and get a true feel of Iceland! We then climb down to Hvanngil and trek across desert-like passes and hills to the Emstrur where we stay for the night.

DAY 4

Emstrur - 15 km

Today we begin by crossing a river, before climbing out of the valley. We then have a long steep drop into the main valley of Thorsmork. The scenery here is beautiful as we are surrounded by giant glaciers and raging rivers. We trek here for about an hour, before celebrating our achievements within the spectacular scenery. We then transfer back to Reykjavik, through dramatic landscape, before reaching our accommodation for the night.

DAY 5

Reykjavik

We spend our last morning in the world‘s most northerly capital, surrounded by stunning mountains. It has been elected in the past as one of the European Cities of Culture and you will have time to stroll around the city and experience the culture first hand. We have the choice t explore the city or transfer out to the famous Blue lagoon – one of Iceland‘s pools of pure, mineral-rich, geothermal seawater, set amongst fields of lava against a spectacular backdrop of green rolling hills. This afternoon, we head to the airport for our afternoon flight back to London.

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