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trek Iceland for Action Cancer




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!



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 Frostastaoavatn before ascending the penultimate hill. The last stretch of the day is a steep descent passing the geothermal pools for which this area is known. Overnight camp at Landmannalaugar 575m.


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.


Emstrur - 15 km

Today we leave the Rhylite 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.


Thorsmork - 15 km

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


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 Reykjavic, 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.


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