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trek Iceland

pre-trip preparation

how old do I have to be to take on this challenge?

You need to be a minimum of 18-years-old at the start of the challenge. Participants aged 16 and 17-year-olds may also participate in an International Challenge but will need the agreement of a parent or guardian of legal age. This same guardian or parent will have to accompany them on the challenge and sign a parental responsibility form. Please note our International Challenges are mainly aimed towards adults therefore we don’t recommend children to book.

how fit do I need to be for this trek?

Trekking the Laugavegur route is a tough challenge with a lot of uphills and downhills. It is achievable with the correct training. It requires a good level of strength, stamina and determination. Your training should incorporate aerobic (endurance building), anaerobic (strength building) exercises and some good long walks!

do I need a visa / insurance / vaccinations?

Visa – No, British Nationals do not require a visa to enter Iceland. You will be issued with 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 and trip curtailment costs. We recommend you obtain insurance as soon as possible.

 

Vaccinations – No specific vaccinations are needed for Iceland but we recommend that you speak to a GP as information on vaccinations is ever changing.

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

Yes! 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!

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.

 

Depending on the group size 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 between 8 – 10 degrees centigrade, 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. There will be 3 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 - The accommodation on this trek will be varied with one night in a hotel in Reykjavik, three nights in tents. All accommodation is allocated on a single sex, twin/triple share basis. If you wish to share a room with someone you are travelling with, please specify this on your registration form.

 

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

flights and extending your stay

can I book my own flights?

If you would like to join the group in Iceland or wish to organise your own flights, we do offer a land only option, with a significant discount off the trip price. You will be required to meet your group at the refuge on Day One of the itinerary.

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

Yes – we would be more than happy to help you stay on and explore more of what Iceland has to offer! We can request to change your return date with the airline, please email flights@actionchallenge.com for more information.

funding, fundraising & inclusions

how can I fund this challenge?

You can choose to fully fund the challenge yourself, fundraise for a charity of your choice (from which approximately 50% of the sponsorship will cover your trip cost), or opt to do a mixture of both! For all three funding options, an online registration deposit is required to secure your place.

 

We have worked with over 200 UK charities and welcome partnerships with new ones all the time! As long as they are a registered UK or Irish charity and agree to you doing so, we are more than happy for you to fundraise for any charity close to your heart.

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
• 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

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, or the dates & prices tab to the left. 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

 

Before you embark on your challenge, it is essential that we receive your passport, travel insurance, next of kin, medical details and dietary requirements (if applicable). If you have any medical conditions to declare or are over the age of 65, you will be required to complete a medical declaration form, signed and stamped by your GP. If you don’t have all this information to hand, you can still register your place today, and then re-log into the form before you depart by using your email address and the password you create upon registration.

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