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trek Iceland for GOSH

itinerary

DAY 1

Departure

On arrival into Keflavik airport we are met by our guides who are going to be with us over the next few days, before transferring to our refuge, approximately 3 hours away in the beautiful Southern Highlands. En route we become acquainted with our new surroundings and enjoy views of lunar like landscapes including Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano. We arrive at our refuge in Landmannahellir and this evening we enjoy a welcome dinner. It will feel strange going to bed tonight as there is almost 24 hour daylight in July – black out eye masks are highly recommended!

 

DAY 2

Landmannalaugar - 13.5 km

We depart from Landmannahellir 590m and trek across fields before skirting round the edge of glistening Lake Lodmundavatn. After lunch our trail continues through magnificent lava fields scattered with large eerie boulders. We then drop down to a gorge and exit into a flat sandy plain and we trek along the shores of Lake Fro-stastaoavatn before ascending the penultimate hill. The last stretch of the day is a steep descent passing the geo-thermal pools for which this area is known. Overnight camp at Landmannalaugar 575m.

DAY 3

Álftavatn - 25 km

After an early breakfast we begin our challenge by trekking through lava fields and contrasting stark snow fields. Eventually we reach Storihver, a huge hot spring set in the middle of a field of vents where we stop for some lunch. In the afternoon we experience another change in landscape as we venture through glistening fields of black Opsidium rock all the way to our refuge at Alftvatn. After a long day we can refresh with a swim in the nearby lake, or simply relax in our beautiful surroundings before settling down to our second night under canvas.

DAY 4

Emstrur - 15 km

Today we leave the rhyolite rock landscape and enter a glacial area where we trek through steep gorges and along mountain trails, wading through cold streams that run off the mighty Myrdalsjokull Icecap. All the while we enjoy spectacular views of the vast dramatic landscape. In the afternoon we make our descent to Hvanngil and on to Emstrur where our camp and a hot drink awaits us.

DAY 5

Thórsmörk - 25 km

We enjoy spectacular views over to Markarfljot gorge before our route descends through the long, steep valley of Thórsmörk between giant glaciers and raging rivers. Arriving into camp we enjoy a welcomed drink whilst taking in the dramatic landscape that has played host to our fantastic challenge over the last few days.

DAY 6

Reykjavik - 12-15 km

And so to our last day of trekking in this geothermic wonderland. We start the day by hiking to the top of Valahnjúkur a breath-taking viewpoint from where we can see a panorama of Icelandic landscape. We walk along the river Markarfljót down to the canyon of Stakkholtsgjá, where our challenge ends! This afternoon we transfer 2 ½ hours by 4x4 bus back to Iceland’s quaint capital with its traditional whitewashed wooden buildings and brightly painted houses. On arrival into Reykjavik, we toast our achievement with a celebratory dinner at a downtown restaurant. explore its vibrant nightlife and celebrate our achievements into the small hours. Tonight we stay in the Hotel Cabin in Reykjavík.

DAY 7

Blue Lagoon & Return Home - 25 km

Today we have one final surprise as we head off after an early breakfast to the incredible Blue Lagoon and spend the morning recovering from our great walk and a night in Reykjavik. After we have had a good relax in the ther-mal pools we make our way back to Keflavik airport for our flight home.

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