Iceland Walking Explorer

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Trip code: 
TSF
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Activity:
Natural Wonders
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

Enjoy national parks and mighty waterfalls

This full-circuit trekking itinerary includes five of the best walking areas in Iceland. We start in Thorsmork Valley exploring the new craters from the eruption of the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, before heading to Vatjanjoukull National Park, home of the huge Vatnajokull Ice Cap. We also trek the mountains of the East Fjords and the lunar-like Lake Myvatn landscape of pseudo craters, lava fields and plentiful hot springs. Finally, we move to Kerlingarfjoll Volcano in the central highlands and within sight of the massive Hofsjokull Ice Cap. Our experienced guides take us on some of the most spectacular hiking trails to really explore this unforgettable country.

Highlights

  • A full circuit of the country combining all the major sites
  • See the new craters formed by the Eyjafjallajokull eruption
  • Well-equipped campsites, some next to hot springs or with hot tubs or showers
  • Flybus transfer to meet any flight

Key information

  • 10 nights fixed camping, 3 nights en suite hotel
  • 5 days and 2 half days walking
  • Full porterage
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Group normally 7 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Transfer to meet any flight

What's included

  • All breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
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Trip Notes

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Pace:

Approximately 4-6 hours walking per day

 

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 313.0km/8.0miles
Day 415.0km/9.0miles
Day 517.0km/10.0miles
Day 715.0km/9.0miles
Day 82.0km/1.0miles
Day 912.0km/7.0miles
Day 1111.0km/6.0miles

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Itinerary

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  • Day 1

  • Day 2

    Drive to Thorsmork Valley via Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

    We spend two days in the spectacular Thorsmork area. Named after Thor, the God of Thunder, this area is dominated by mountains and glaciers. With the help of our rugged 4x4 minibus, we tackle some tough terrain to access some of the best hiking here. We drive to the Eyjafjallajokull Volcano via the 60-metre high Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. On our journey we also see the Falljokull outlet glacier that bore the brunt of the flood caused by the eruption. As a testament to the changes caused in the area, the lagoon that once sat below the glacier was filled with ash and gravel carried down by the melting ice and is now a gravel slope. From here we continue to the sheltered birch forest in Godaland where we will camp for the next two nights.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 3

    Hike to the newly created craters and lava fields

    The Thorsmork Valley has been a popular trekking area for decades, however it now also offers a fantastic chance to see the effects of a recent volcanic eruption firsthand. From our camp we head out through the changing landscape, which alters the closer we get to the volcano itself. The dramatic views are topped by the new craters and lava fields created by the famous eruption of 2010. Please note there are some sections of this walk that are exposed on both sides, with some steep descents.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 4

    Drive to Skaftafell via Skogafoss Waterfall and the Dyrholaey promontory

    Today's drive east along the south coast has plenty to distract us as we head for our glacier-side campsite in Skaftafell, part of the Vatnajokull National Park. We cross the great plain of southern Iceland towards the waterfalls of Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss and across the volcanic desert to the blustery cliffs of Cape Dyrholaey, the southernmost point in Iceland. The Dyrholaey headland is renowned for its precipitous cliffs teeming with birdlife (this area is closed to the public from 1st May to 25th June, during the nesting period).

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 5

    Hike to summit of Kristinartindar for astounding views

    Today is a little tougher - a climb up the Kristinartindar Valley brings us to the pass between the two Kristinartindar peaks. From the pass we can take quite a steep but non-technical route to the top of the higher peak. This walk can take up to 8hrs. Views from the top are well worth the effort as we look out to Hvannadalshnukur - the highest mountain in Iceland, the huge ice-cap and the tumbling glaciers on both sides, with the raging North Atlantic Ocean in the distance.

    There will be the option to venture on the ice as part of a guided glacier walk, ice equipment, harnesses etc are provided. There may also be the opportunity to try ice climbing in the National Park, or take a tractor ride to Ingolfshofdi, an isolated headland where hundreds of thousands of seabirds, including Puffins, nest. Please bear in mind that due to time constraints, taking part in one of these optional activities will mean that you will not be able to take part in the walk to Kristinartindar.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 6

    Travel to Bakkagerdi village, stopping at the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Hofn

    We begin with the long drive from Skaftafell to the East Fjords. After around 45 mins we make our first stop, at the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon where the water from the outlet glacier Breidamerkurjokull is carving huge icebergs that float in the cold waters of the lagoon. There are usually lumps of ice lying on the nearby black sand beach, making for some excellent photographic opportunities. Seals are occasional visitors to the 300-metre long river that runs from here to the sea. North of Hofn (Icelandic for 'harbour') we enter the Eastern Fjords, and once again see a significant change in landscape. The road winds from fjord to fjord, past cascading streams, farms and small fishing villages. We continue on through Alftafjordur (Swan-Fjord) where hundreds of swans come to seek food and shelter on a shallow lagoon in moulting season. After a short stop in Egilsstadir to pick up fresh supplies we drive to our camp in the small village of Bakkagerdi in the Borgarfjordur Eystri area.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 7

    Hike to Storurd in the Dyrfjoll mountains

    The Dyrfjoll Mountains are one of Iceland's most striking ranges. The word Dyrfjoll means 'Door Mountains' and comes from the 850-metre high pass - 'The Door' - that splits them. This area is littered with gigantic boulders that seem totally out of kilter with the local scenery. It is thought the boulders were carried here by a glacier which is now long since melted, leaving behind a unique landscape that is one of Iceland's true gems.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 8

    Drive to Lake Myvatn via the mighty Dettifoss Waterfall, explore the Hverfjall Crater and Dimmuborgir Lava field

    From Borgarfjordur we head for Lake Myvatn, stopping en route at Europe’s most powerful waterfall, Dettifoss. We park nearby and walk down to the edge of the waterfall to experience this immense power for ourselves. Our journey then takes us on to Myvatn for a short walk in the lava fields and craters. We reach Dimmuborgir, a vast area of lava towers and natural arches. The most spectacular of them is 'the Church', a large vault resembling a church. Only a short distance from Dimmuborgir is Mt.Hverfjall, a huge circular crater with a depth of 140 metres and 1000 metres in diameter. It is one of the most beautiful craters in Iceland, one which erupted some 2500 years ago and covered the Myvatn area in tephra (fragments of volcanic rock). It is also thought to be one of the largest on the planet. We traverse Mt.Hverfjall, and a little further north is the rift crevasse Grjotagja with its crystal clear warm water.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 9

    Full-day walk in volcanic Mt Krafla area

    We drive into the Krafla volcano area to explore the craters and lava from the eruptive period of 1975-1984. We hike into one of the craters and look at the strange textures of cooled magma splatters and rich colours of the mineral deposits. From the colourful Leirhnjukur hill we set course down to Lake Myvatn on foot and cross countless rift fissures and the lava falls Elda (Fire River) on an unforgettable hike. Back at Myvatn we have the chance to soak our muscles in one of the geothermal pools in an optional tour to the Nature Baths. This is a fabulous setting to enjoy traditional Icelandic relaxation (see optional costs below for prices).

    Total walk approx 12km.
    Basic Camping

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 10

    Drive to Kerlingarfjoll; explore hot springs

    Today we will cover around 350km as we journey to Mt Kerlingarfjoll. The total journey time will be around 10 hours, though of this there is only around 5-6hours of driving. We make three stops en route, the first is Godafoss Waterfall – at 30m wide and 12m high this is an absolute must if visiting this part of the country. Our next stop is Akureyri, often called the capital of the north and the largest settlement outside Reykjavik. Here you have a few hours to explore. We then cross the Trollaskagi mountain range on the old Kjolur mountain route. A stop at natural pools is a great chance to admire the view to the big icecaps both the east and west. From Hveravellir it takes about an hour to drive up to Mt.Kerlingarfjoll, usually arriving in the early evening, where we set up camp on the lower flanks of this old volcano.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 11

    Full-day walk in the Kerlingarfjoll Mountains

    A full day of hiking in Kerlingarfjoll Mountains. Kerlingarfjoll is an extinct volcano that still holds enormous heat and in Hveradalur (Hot Spring Valley) we see the result of thousands of years of geothermal activity and glacial erosion. The combination of boiling colourful mud pits, pure yellow sulphur and snow is extraordinary. Mt.Kerlingarfjoll is capped with its own small glacier. If visibility is good we set out to hike up to the 1400m high Mt.Snaekollur.


    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch Dinner
  • Day 12

    Visit Gullfoss Waterfall, waterspouts at Geysir and historic Thingvellir; continue to Reykjavik

    We drive south over the Kjolur Highland and down to Gullfoss Waterfall. Again we have the opportunity to go out to the very edge of the falls and witness it cascade into the Hvitargljufur Canyon. A little further west is Geysir geothermal area with the original Geysir after which other similar 'eruptive springs' elsewhere are named. The most reliable eruption comes every 5-10 minutes from one called 'Strokkur'; the 30-metre jet of water and steam is impressive.

    Our final visit is to Thingvellir National Park, the old site of the first Icelandic parliament. This area became Iceland's first National Park in 1928 and World Heritage Area in 2004, it sits right on top of a major fault line. The area abounds with waterfalls, immense fissures and the largest lake in the country. At the end of the day we return to Reykjavik.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 13

    Free day in Reykjavik

    A free day in the capital with plenty of options for activities and relaxation. Whale-watching, horse-riding and even sea kayaking are options for the active. Those wanting a little time to themselves can explore the small city centre, or relax in one of Reykjavik's many public outdoor swimming pools - geothermally heated of course! These are a key part of Icelandic culture and well worth a visit. The most famous geothermal pool is the Blue Lagoon (30 mins drive from Reykjavik), and this can be visited as part of an organised excursion.

    Meals included: Breakfast
  • Day 14

    Fly to London.

    Early transfer to the airport for the flight to London.

    Meals included: Breakfast
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Essential Info

Visas

Iceland

No visa required for British passport holders.

Vaccinations

Iceland

There are no specific health risks.

Eating and Drinking

13 breakfasts, 11 lunches and 10 dinners are included.
Typical Meals when camping:
Breakfast: fresh fruit; yoghurt; porridge; muesli; bread; jam; tea/coffee.
Lunch: bread and soup; cheese; tuna; biscuits.
Evening meal: A combination of the following: meat (including Icelandic specialities such as smoked lamb), fish, pasta, beans, noodles, vegetables, and hot drinks. We will also have a few bars of chocolate, dried fruit, biscuits and some sweets to sustain us on the walks. Those who prefer evening drinks are advised to buy them in the duty-free in Keflavik airport on arrival.
Dietary requirements - vegetarians can be catered for, please advise at time of booking. As this is predominantly a camping trip, there is limited flexibility whilst in camp. If you have specific dietary requirements please ask at time of booking to allow us to check with our local partners. Unfortunately, due to the remoteness of some locations, we are unable to cater for vegans.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Level 3, Moderate.
Walks are of varying length and distance on this trip, interspersed with days spent driving and visiting some of the memorable sites in Iceland.
The two longest days are around 4-6 hours. Many days involve shorter walks in 2 or 3 different areas with a drive in between.
Much of the terrain in Iceland is rocky and without paths, although we keep the walking non-technical, there will be some areas of loose ground where you must concentrate to keep your footing. There are also some areas with steep drops which may not be suitable for vertigo sufferers.
Walks are subject to change in the event of adverse weather conditions.
While camping, members are expected to participate, including erecting and dismantling your own tent, and helping the leader with some kitchen duties and the preparation of meals.
Due to the distance covered on this trip, there are a number of long drives, but these are broken up with stops at various sites of interest.

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Accommodation

Camping & Hotel

The first and last two nights are spent in Reykjavik. Here we usually use Hotel Cabin or Klettur both offering comfortable rooms with en suite facilities. The hotel is approximately 800m from the city centre. As hotel availability in Reykjavik can be scarce during the summer due to strong demand, we may occasionally use an alternative hotel of the same standard.
When camping we usually stay at organised campsites, with good facilities and showers are available for a small fee (about £2) at some, included at others. Some also have a launderette service or facilities for washing clothes.
We use spacious two-person tents with sewn-in groundsheets and separate flysheets are supplied. We provide a dining tent with a table, campstools, and LED lamps. Please note that some campsites in Iceland cannot be pre-booked, and are allocated on a first-come first-served basis. Occasionally in busy periods we may use campsites different to those outlined in the itinerary.

Single accommodation, including a single tent, is available on request.

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  • Reviewed August 2015
    Louise Parr-Morley

    TSF 150801 - Iceland Fantastic !

    This was a super trip that didn't disappoint in any area. It did exactly what it said in the itinerary. The scenery was fantastic we had a mixed bunch of nationalities and ages, 3 in their 60's and everyone managed the walks. Weather! it was summer in Iceland for UKs this means Autumn / winter temperatures so 3 season sleeping bag and thermals on two nights, merino layers great during the day warmest 150 / 190 coldest 150+190+320 (others wore their tech tops and fleeces) one walk the weather came in and warm jackets came out, covered in light ice shower. Photos - fantastic picture postcards of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls. This is camping to be willing to wash up, need to put tents up and down in the rain - tents generally remained wet throughout but luckily rain was in the night or days when we were travelling. Food - plenty of food its surprising what can be cooked in two large pots on the camp burners. prepare to queue for showers - but iceland facilities were clean and plenty of HOT water. Scenery varied - lava fields, pretty towns, farmland, snow and puffins, bubbling sulphur landscape…..take advantage of the nature baths. Don't forget a warm jacket to sit around in the evenings…I did :-(….. despite the summer you will be walking across snow and streams make sure your boots are waterproofed…….sliding down the snow may be quicker than walking….! Our guide was a star.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The scenery particularly the water falls. Standing on top of the glaciers

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Orri was super, we trusted him completely he knew the walks well and guided through some difficult weather conditions. Excellent cook and guitar player….he managed all the background arrangements without us noticing and was very informative about Iceland the places we passed and the treks.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    3 season sleeping bag a must, Icelands summer is similar to UKs autumn / winter temperatures pack clothing for layers lightweight tech tops to fleece.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    we recharged phones in the bus, you have to pay at the campsites to recharge - usually overnight, remember technology can't be plugged into a tent !….cameras, phones, iPads……bring batteries or leave at home !
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Caroline Simmonds

    The Best Bits of Iceland

    The Walking Explorer tour is a perfect mix of activity and sightseeing - two nights in each of five campsites let you get a good feel for the area (and recover a little on the transfer days from the walking, which can be quite strenuous!)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    A spectacular sunset over Lake Myvatn that seemed to last for hours...breaking through the low cloud on the day of the last walk in the central highlands to emerge into bright sunshine, and managing to reach the peak to enjoy spectacular views...the Arctic Char dinner that Gunnar cooked for us one evening - lots of inspirational moments!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Gunnar was a great leader. A man of few, but well chosen words, with a good sense of humour and the ability to bring together 16 very different group members over the course of the holiday. Lots of entertaining stories about his homeland (watch out for those trolls in the mountains). He also struck the right balance between looking after the group and letting people do their own thing if they wanted to. Our driver, Michael, was also exceptional.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Even if you are not the greatest camping fan in the world (like me!) don't let the fact that this is a camping trip put you off. The tents are easy to put up and down once you get the hang of it, the campsites are generally pretty civilised, even if you do have to queue for a shower on occasion, and they are in spectacular locations. Plus, if you go in July, like we did, it never gets dark, which means that the usual scramble before dinner to get the tent sorted out, locate your head-torch etc is unnecessary. That makes a surprisingly big difference. It also makes the walking/ travelling more relaxed. You don't need to change much money into Icelandic Kronor, as you can pay for almost everything, almost everywhere, with a debit or credit card. The only thing we absolutely needed cash for was the showers at a couple of the campsites. Take good waterproofs!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I really recommend this holiday.
  • Reviewed August 2015
    Adrian Crocker

    Adrian

    An wonderful experience to be able to walk in this volcanic landscape the scenery is incredible with amazing contrasts of which I have never seen any where before. A photograph's paradice.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Walking around the volcanic lava fields, and the mountains.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Our Leader Gunnar Bjorgvinsson was excellent, a mine of information regarding the history and geology of Iceland with an unflappable nature and a great cook too.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just go, to experience this awesome walking trip

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Keep this trip available.
  • Reviewed September 2014
    Torstein Skardhamar

    Walking in Iceland

    This was my first organised group holiday so I was a bit anxious about it as I like organising holidays myself. However, I loved every second of it and will be going on an Exodus trip again. The trip was perfectly organised and the guide was incredible....nice, Icelandic, talkative, funny, excellent cook, and lots of stories about the history, folklore and geology of Iceland. I learnt so much on this trip. The trip also allowed space to be on your own if you so desired and there was no compulsion to be with the group at all time. Maybe I was lucky with the group, but they were all nice, down-to-earth people, mostly experienced walkers who were all there to enjoy the scenery and escape their usually busy lifestyles for a few weeks. I also liked this trip as all the walks were very varied. You have 5 big walking days and it varied from volcanic to glaciers to Alpine meadows to spooky, sulphuric mist walk. All excellent. It was one of my best holidays and will definitely go back to Iceland.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The tops of the mountains we climbed. Stunning views.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Incredible. Very knowledgeable about Iceland's history, geology and wildlife. He worked very hard, cooked excellent food and was never grumpy

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't do this trip if you want to continue camping by yourself where you have to do all the hard work like making coffee and food. This trip makes you very lazy, but I loved it. When you get up the coffee & porridge is already made and when you come back tired from a trip all you have to do is relax while somebody else prepares some lovely food. It will be hard camping on my own again.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    It took a long time to be able to pronounce Eyjafjallajökull
  • Reviewed August 2014
    Valda Kampf

    Outstanding trip!

    This was a wonderful holiday which way surpassed my expectations. We were probably lucky in that the weather was warm, dry & clear most of the time & we also had a harmonious group of interesting, sociable and considerate people. Exodus did an excellent job.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many special moments & highlights. To name a few - the scenery which was different but always stunning every day, walking around the top of Eyafjallajokull and having a picnic lunch in one of it's craters, icebergs stranded on the beach at Jokulsarlon, the turquoise icy lake in the Dyrfjoll Mountains, fresh arctic char & BBQ camping dinners.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristjan was exceptional in many ways - not only a cultured, interesting, amusing, experienced leader but also a captivating storyteller and excellent cook who was flexible to our wishes and provided many extras along the way. Our driver Thor was also a huge asset to our tour due to his sense of humour & willingness to help out in many ways.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Add a night or two at the beginning or end as there is a lot to do in Reykjavik & the surrounding area. Don't be fixated on dinner time! Days can be longer than expected so dinners were sometimes pretty late, but Kristjan always had biscuits to keep us going. The tents are quite small for 2 people & bags. If you are travelling on your own & sharing, might be a good idea to upgrade to a single for just the camping part if you can. Bring sun tan lotion. Even though temperatures are not high the sun can be very strong.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were 14 of us on our trip & I am sure that everyone was very impressed. We had people of different abilities, some of us who although generally quite fit, do not trek very often but it all worked out. I didn't think anywhere was dangerous although you do have to concentrate & watch your footing in some places. I can't see how anyone could not fail to be in love with Iceland after this trip.
  • Reviewed August 2014
    Kevin Nuttall

    Iceland Walking Explorer

    Iceland Walking Explorer is a trip full of adventure and interest. The walking, whilst quite tough, is at a pace to suit everyone, takes you into some stunning scenery in remote locations. There is also plenty of sightseeing in a country which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Camping is in good mountain tents and on beautiful sites with the necessary facilities. The food and cooking are excellent and if you go to bed on an empty stomach, it's your own fault. Icelandic weather is unpredictable, so expect beautiful days mixed in with some rain which rarely lasts the day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The most inspirational moment of my trip was reaching the top of a volcano in the pouring rain to find a lovely hole in the ground blowing out warm sulphur smelling air. It was the perfect answer to preventing hypothermia, and I even got my gloves dry. Every mountain summit should have one.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Christian, the group leader is a thorough professional with good communication skills. His leadership in the mountains is excellent. In camp he works tirelessly to cook satisfying meals in difficult conditions, and the food is first rate. His knowledge of the Icelandic environment and culture is second to none. Acknowledgement must be made to our 'coach' driver Thor. He is a great guy who goes well beyond his call of duty to assist with the camping, to get you to remote locations safely, and to ensure that everyone on the trek has the best possible holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Expect full, varied, long days whether walking or travelling. Icelandic walking is no picnic. It is often remote and the weather can change quickly. Good quality personal walking equipment and footwear is essential. The weather can swing from warm and dry to cold and wet several times on a one day trek, so 'layer' your clothing. The sharp lava rock will sort out any equipment that is 'on its last legs', and it will eat the seat of your trousers if you don't have a sit mat.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    If you're thinking of planning a similar trip on your own forget it. This Exodus trip is excellent and you'd be very hard pushed either to replicate it or bring it in at the same cost -so go for it!
  • Reviewed July 2014
    Valerie Boissel

    Iceland walking explorer trek

    This trek was just incredible. I have never seen so much beauty concentrated in such a small country... from the lava fields, to the icebergs on black sand, to the impressive waterfalls, craters, moon-like landscapes etc.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were many, it is difficult to just name a few. Being at the top of Kritinartindar and taking in the amazing view on the glaciers; watching reflections of icebergs in in still glacier lagoon waters; in Bakkagerdi, admiring the full moon on a purple sky and at the same time a reddish sun set then rise on the sea (was worth staying up until 2 am!); witnessing how earth power is harvested efficiently into renewable energies; running down the Hverfjall crater.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Pétur is a great guide and a very nice person. He made sure everyone could get out of the trip what they'd come for despite differences in personalities, fitness levels etc. (e.g. lengthened walks, shortened walks with bus ride, etc.). He is very passionate and it is great to be able to talk in depth about his country. Him and David (our driver) organised several wicked activities such as a few hours at the swimming-pool in Egilsstadir, evenings at the pub, bathing in remote hot springs, music sessions (singing and playing), tasting some incredible fish and stews, visit of the Lindarbakki turf house etc. They both have a great sense of humor!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    We were really lucky during our 2 weeks, as we only had sunny weather (and did get a tan!) with very little rain overall. however this was rather unusual for the season (and the country!) and therefore I would recommend you pack for heavy rain, wind and cold. Also, on this type of trek, expect the unexpected to happen so please just be open-minded, go with the flow and enjoy the adventure (for example at our last campsite, the terrain was not ready for tents so instead the owner let us use one of the cabins with bunk beds. It was like being at a holiday camp, very fun!). Otherwise, you should consider joining less adventurous and challenging holidays.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just enjoy and take it all in!
  • Reviewed July 2014
    Doug Alexander

    Beautiful, awe inspiring scenery

    Truly unforgettable experience of the beauty, ruggedness and awe inspiring scenery that Iceland has to offer.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many great points, we ran out of superlatives to describe the amazing views. Skaftafell hike was great, getting to the peak and seeing the three glaciers. Standing on a hill at 1:30am with a full moon over mountains behind us and sunrise over the sea n front.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Petur was fantastic and happily shared his love of Iceland, explaining the history and information about each area. He sometimes had to keep the group moving on hiking days to ensure we got the best out of the holiday. We got to the top of Skaftafell hike with an amazing incredible view of the glaciers. Had time to take photos etc. and as we walked back down, we looked back and the whole hillside was covered in cloud. Its that experience of his country that made you feel safe and trust his instincts to get the most enjoyment out of the holiday.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Just to be fully prepared for a range of weather and that you will be walking on a full range of ground types from well maintained trails to knee deep snow and everything in between. The guide is experienced and knows what is safe. There is 24hour daylight but you soon get used to sleeping without any darkness :-) sometimes its great as can get some beautiful sunset/sunrise shots between 11pm and 2am. Be prepared for long days of driving which is not too bad thanks to the wonderful views.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland is a beautiful country and with a huge variety of things to see and experience. Often people say it is expensive but found most of the prices to be not too dissimilar to the alps.
  • Reviewed September 2013
    Anonymous

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    A great fun trip with a great balance of really interesting walks and exploring and sightseeing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I can't pick out a single moment - each walk was so interesting but also so different from each other.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great fun and a wry sense of humour. Made sure we did everything on the itinerary but tweaked, and added things to cater for our group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You need to be happy and prepared for cold weather and to do the walks in rain and cloud - good waterproof jacket and trousers are a must have!I am 30 years old and have never used walking poles but could have done with a pole for this trip to help walk down the steep slippery and loose slopes, and when crossing sections of ice and snow.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Iceland is an expensive country to visit and my husband and i had been wanting to go for ages but putting it off due to the cost, but it was well worth it and i would really recommend that anyone in the same situation just goes for it - i promise you you won’t regret it!
  • Reviewed July 2013
    Anonymous

    ICELAND WALKING EXPLORER

    An exciting, challenging and informative trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The power of Dettifoss, the beauty of lake Myvatn and Bakkagerdi at midnight, my first ever walk on a glacier.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Kristian is an inspiring and informative teacher who gave me the confidence to do things I wouldn`t otherwise have attempted and whose knowledge of and pride in his homeland were exemplary. Excellent cook too....!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    As others have said, general fitness and some experience of hillwalking proved to be basic requirements of this trip as it does involve some long ascending walks. Also some members were let down by their outdoor clothing. Make sure your kit really is waterproof and you have decent walking boots. ....And an open mind!Also the trip notes were a useful guide but plans did have to change because of the weather or the ability of the group.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There were mountains, valleys, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, lupins, lava fields, waterfalls, puffins, aggressive arctic terns, trolls (!?), fjords and daylight galore. We got roasted, frozen, soaked, shaken, awestruck, fed like royalty, blizzarded (!), not much sleep, lowered 120 metres down into a volcano* and generally had a wonderful exciting time.   We toured the whole island. Each day was a long walk or long drive with walks in between, so we saw and experienced a good deal of the country.  We often had no idea what was coming next. The camping took me a little getting used to as I hadn`t camped in over 35 years (!) and the campsites were of variable quality but the group of 16 bonded well and everyone helped each other. The weather was varied but we did get warm sunshine as well as rain at sea level and of course snow further up in the mountains. The mountain and glacier treks were for me at first quite scary if I looked down but Kristian gave me the confidence to do things I wouldn`t otherwise think I could do, although some of the group were more experienced and quite happy in these conditions. The views were always spectacular. We would often not get back to camp till late then he would cook a lovely meal for us. He said Icelanders don`t sleep so much in the summer to make up for the long winter nights. Reykjavik is a lovely quirky city with lots to see and was not too expensive to go out in. In addition I enjoyed the company and support of professional photographer Sue Bishop who helped us all no matter what level of skill or camera we had. She was patient and always constructive in her comments.I would definitely recommend spectacular Iceland to anyone and this trip is the best way I could find to experience it.*PS, this excursion inside the volcano was booked separately from the trip and was done on the last free day. It was not offered by Exodus in the trip notes. 

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.

 

What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.

 

2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
 
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.

 

3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.

 

 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 

 

Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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