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Iceland Glacier & Volcano Trekking Challenge

6 days full of adventure await you. The perfect mixture of alpine hiking and exploring - glacier, volcanos and natural wonders.

Caving Glacier-Hiking Geysir Hiking waterfall
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  • Availability
    May 22nd and June 12th
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Level
    Challenging
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    18 years
  • Ratio
    1:8
  • Price
    224.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Snæfellsjökull (Snaefellsjokull glacier)
Hvannadalshnúkur peak
Eyjafjallajökull (Eyjafjallajokull glacier)
Golden Circle
Vatnajökull glacier
Skaftafell
Svartifoss waterfall
Jökulsárlón (Jokullsarlon glacier lagoon)
South coast sightseeing
Included
Transport
Guiding service
Meals
Luggage transport
Accommodation in hostels

Pick up time: Pick up at 7:30 from your Reykjavik accommodation.

As the name suggests, this tour is sure to challenge you on glacier and volcano hikes around Iceland. Among the highlights on this six-day adventure are Snæfellsjökull glacier, Hekla volcano, Landmannalaguar nature reserve, and Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland’s highest peak. Each night we will set up camp in incredible surroundings and enjoy the best of Icelandic cuisine. You can concentrate on taking in the landscape and enjoying your hike while we will take care of all the planning and transporting your luggage from camp to camp.

Remember to bring: See our detailed equipment list.

Day 1: REYKJAVIK-SNÆFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER HIKE

In his book, Journey to the Center of the Earth, Jules Verne, described Snæfellsjökull to be the entrance to earth’s center and that is of course where we head on the first day of our trip. We pick you up at your accommodation in Reykjavik early in the morning and drive straight to Snæfellsnes peninsula. There the picturesque Snæfellsjökull awaits us in all its splendor. The hike starts on Snæfellsnes pass where the terrain is mainly sand and lava, but as soon as we reach snow we put the glacier gear on and continue on to the top. After the summit, we set course to the town of Borgarnes where we will spend the night after a delicious dinner.

Driving: 3 hrs. Distance: 7-8 km (4,5-5 mi) Walking time: 5-7 hrs Total Ascent: 760 m (2500′)

Day Highlights
Scenic drive
Snæfellsnes peninsula
Snæfellsjökull glacier summit
Included
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner

Day 2: GOLDEN CIRCLE, CAVING AND WATERFALLS

After a good night sleep and make our way to the Golden Circle – an essential part of everyone’s visit to Iceland. We will start at Þingvellir National Park the old Icelandic parliament site. Þingvellir is a UNESCO world heritage site with a unique landscape that we will get a chance to explore from below when we enter Gjábakkahellir cave. Thereafter, we will drive to Geysir hot spring area where Strokkur hot spring, spouts every 5-10 minutes attracting visitors every day of the year. The last stop of the Golden Circle before we drive towards the coast is Gullfoss, a waterfall considered to be one of the world’s top ten according to the website World of Waterfalls. In the late afternoon, we will make stops at the breathtaking Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls. The night will be spent at a hostel in Skógar.

Driving: 4 hrs total.

Day Highlights
Golden Circle: Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and Þingvellir
Lava tube
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Skógafoss waterfall
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner

Day 3: EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL VOLCANO

The infamous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano is today’s destination, the 1666m high top of it to be more precise. We will safely hike over snow and ice with our skilled guide, all the way to the gigantic crater from the 2010 eruption. From the top of Eyjafjallajökull, we will have a great view of Westmann Islands, Þórsmörk and Volcano Hekla. Like before, we will provide all the glacier equipment needed, such as crampons and harness. After the hike, we will go back to the hostel at Skógar, where we will spend another night.

Driving: short drive. Distance: 17 km (10.56 mi). Walking time: 8-10 hrs total. Ascent: ~1666 m (5465′).

Day Highlights
Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano
Þórsmörk valley
Skógar
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner

Day 4: SKAFTAFELL, VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK AND SVARTIFOSS WATERFALL

Today we will have an easy and relaxing day to charge for the Hvannadalshnúkur hike on day five of our tour. We will spend most of the day in and around the beautiful Skaftafell park, taking in the breathtaking mountain and glacier view of the Vatnajökull national park. A leisurely walk up to the Svartifoss waterfall, flanked by black basalt columns; and then further up to Sjónarnípa viewpoint, where we will get a glimpse of the summit we will be climbing the next day, if the skies are clear. We will be spending the next two nights at a hostel in Svínafell.

Driving: 2.5 hrs. Walking time: 2 hrs total.

Day Highlights
Skaftafell - Vatnajökull National Park
Sjónarpípa viewpoint
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner

Day 5: HVANNADALSHNÚKUR - THE HIGHEST SUMMIT OF ICELAND

At the break of dawn, we will take off for today’s adventure. The challenging hike to the 2110 m high summit will take up to 14 hours and you will find yourself crossing ice bridges and climbing steep hills before reaching the top. This hike is truly the highlight of the trip and it will be both physically and mentally hard, but equally rewarding once you are down again. On a clear day, the view from Hvannadalsnúkur peak is extraordinary and you feel that you can see the whole island. At the end of this long day, we will treat ourselves to a barbecue feast in the traditional Icelandic way.

Driving: 15 min. Distance: 24 km (14,9 mi). Walking time: 12-14 hrs total. Ascent: 2000 m (6,500′ ).

Day Highlights
Hvannadalshnúkur summit
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner

Day 6: JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON-SOUTH COAST-REYKJAVIK

This is our last day of the Glacier and Volcano Challenge. Although we have covered a lot over the last days, we still have a few gems left. After a nice breakfast, we drive to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Here you will experience fantastic scenery and have the possibility to take an amphibian boat ride among the icebergs (for an additional fee). After enjoying some time at the glacier lagoon, we head back to the city. On the way, we will take in some of the most attractive sites on the south coast. We will be in Reykjavik around 6:00 PM.

Driving: 5 hrs total. Walking time: 2 hrs total.

Day Highlights
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Scenic drive on the South Coast
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
What should we wear on our glacier trip in Iceland?

Iceland is known for colorful weather. It can sometimes show you all 4 seasons in one day.
Dressing for this sort of weather can be a challenge so we always recommend to dress in layers. Dress is 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof wind-breaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection off of the glacier.
We can rent out good hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers for all of our trips.

Do I need to bring a backpack on a glacier trip in Iceland?

We recommend bringing your own backpack on our full day or 1/2 day tours. It’s great to carry a small lunch or some extra clothing.

Can I bring my camera along on a glacier tour?

You can bring you camera along, and you should definitely bring one since the setting on the tour is full of amazing, scenic views.

I am pregnant, can I still join a glacier hike?

This is, of course, a personal choice, we have often had pregnant women on our trips and we have also gladly refunded our guests that had booked well in advance of finding out the happy news. We recommend you take a close look at our trip description and difficulty rating, they will hopefully give you a better idea. It is also good to contact your physician, pregnant women’s health can be quite different. Feel free to contact us if you have further questions or concerns.

Do I need to bring a lunch with me on the glacier tours?

We do not provide lunch on any of our trips, so we recommend you bring your own lunch (for the longer trips), snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

What are crampons?

Crampons are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes, these enable you to walk on the glacier ice without slipping.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures glacier tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified glacier guide on each trip glacier tour we offer.

What is the Golden Circle tour in Iceland?

The Golden Circle is a name for the very popular sightseeing route that connects Reykjavík with Þingvellir National Park (Thingvellir), Geysir Hot Springs and Gullfoss Waterfall. We offer several Golden Circle trips that combine sightseeing with some of our adventure tours.

Do you offer a tour this is solely the Golden Circle?

Yes, we offer the tour Golden Circle small group tour which is basically the Golden Circle with some extra stops. This tour is focusing on sightseeing and the history of Iceland. Our stops are Gullfoss waterfall, Þingvellir national park (home to one of the first parliaments of the world), Geysir hot spring area and the historic Skálholt cathedral.

I want to book the Golden Circle with an activity combines to the tour, what are my options?

We offer numerous options to spice up your Golden Circle tour and to make the most off your day. Some are season depending but others are operated all year around. Here is a list of all of the tours.

All year around options:

Golden Circle, Super Truck and Snowmobiling
Golden Circle Small group tour
Golden Circle and Snorkeling
Golden Circle Food Tour
Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon
Golden Circle and Super Jeep tour

Winter season:

Golden Circle and Caving

Summer season:

Golden Circle and Rafting

Disclaimer
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

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