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trek Iceland for GOSH

pre-trip preparation

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Trekking in Iceland 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! We have put together a guide to training for your challenge. Please find it enclosed in this pack for more information.

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 - Yes - Insurance is imperative and should cover the costs of medical repatriation and trip curtailment cost. 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 30 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!

what will the food / accommodation be like?

Food - All meals are included within the trip cost apart from during free time. An unlimited supply of fully purified and treated water a day while trekking. All other drinks at the hotel / restaurant will need to be paid for on an individual basis. Three varied and nutritious meals a day. Breakfast will be at the accommodation/campsite and will typically consist of porridge, yoghurt and muesli. Lunch will be a picnic lunch en route and dinner will be at the campsite and will consist of a three course meal with a variety of rice, pasta, vegetables and a selection of fresh meat and fresh 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 camp on the trek, with basic facilities. In the hotel in Reykjavik we have twin rooms with shared facilities.

 

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 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 point of your challenge.

 

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

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?

  • Pre-trip briefing by Action Challenge staff
  • International flights
  • Taxes and Fuel surcharges
  • Action Challenge representative
  • Expedition medic
  • English-speaking local guides
  • Luggage transfer
  • All accommodation
  • All meals, except in free time
  • All transfers
  • All National Park fees
  • 3 litres of water provided daily

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)
  • Sleeping bag

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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