Iceland Walking Weekend

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Trip code: 
TVO
Ways to Travel:
Guided Group, Tailormade Adventures
Min age:
16
Group size:
6–16

A fantastic introduction to walking in unforgettable landscapes

This long weekend is an excellent way to discover what trekking in Iceland is all about. Fantastic landscapes of hot springs, mountains, lava fields and waterfalls await. Though popular belief holds that there are a few key sites that cannot be missed, Iceland is in fact jam packed full of geological wonders. There is no other destination in which a long weekend can offer such dramatic variety, far removed from anything else on offer in Europe. 

Highlights

  • A great introduction to trekking in Iceland
  • Mountains, hot springs and waterfalls
  • Time to discover Reykjavik in the evenings
  • 24hr daylight in July, chance of Northern Lights in late August and September
  • Flybus transfer to meet any flight

Key information

  • 4 nights comfortable Reykjavik hotel
  • 3 days walking
  • Low altitude throughout
  • Group normally 6 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
  • Transfer to meet any flight

What's included

  • All breakfasts and 3 lunches included
  • 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
Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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Pace:

4-7 hours per day

Terrain:

Low altitude; good paths with some steep ascents

Day by day breakdown
Day 215.0km/9.0miles
Day 311.0km/7.0miles
Day 47.0km/4.0miles

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Itinerary

London
to
London
  • Day 1

    Fly to Keflavik; transfer to Reykjavik

  • Day 2

    The Selvogsgata Trail

    Our first walk starts in a lava field just north of the town of Hafnafjordur on the outskirts of Reykjavik and takes us all the way to Lake Hlidarvatn, known for its Arctic char. This trail connects the town with Selvogur, originally a small fishing community on the coast. It was used largely as a trading route, bringing fish from Selvogur itself but also sulphur from Brennisteinsfjoll over to Hafnafjordur, until a road was built in the 1950s.  The trail takes us through moss-covered lava fields and past old volcanic craters. Popular amongst Icelanders it is not well known to international visitors, and we will often be the only ones walking it. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 3

    Graensdalur and Reykjadalur Valleys

    After a morning transfer to the town of Hveragerdi our walk for today will encompass the Graensdalur (Green Valley) and the Reykjadalur (Steam) Valleys. Hveragerdi is known for its many large greenhouses, which make use of the abundant geothermal energy to grow various fruit and vegetables. We begin our walk up towards a nearby volcano before heading over to Reykjadalur. Mud pools and hot springs dot our route and as we end in Reykjadalur itself we take the opportunity to try a natural outdoor hot pool.

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 4

    Skogafoss, Kvernufoss and Solheimajokull glacier walk

    We set off in the minibus along Iceland's rugged south coast, our first stop being the impressive Skogafoss Waterfall. This is very much on the tourist map but would be a shame to miss. The thunderous roar of thousands of litres of water rushing down the 60-metre drop is a sight to behold. There is also a viewing platform at the top of the waterfall giving a wonderful view over the coast. 

    From here we drive to Kvernufoss Waterfall. Iceland is well known for its many waterfalls however this one is not so firmly on the tourists' radar and is set back about a 15-minute walk from the road in a lovely gorge. Here it is possible to walk around behind the water just like its more popular neighbour Seljalandsfoss. 
    Our focus from a walking perspective today is the Solheimajokull Glacier. Kitted out with crampons, helmet and ice axe we venture onto the ice. The plan is to head to the higher part of the glacier to enjoy the wonderful ice formations and get a taste of the sheer size of these bodies of ice about which we hear so much. 

    Meals included: Breakfast Lunch
  • Day 5

    Transfer to Keflavik, fly home

    Meals included: Breakfast
Trip Notes

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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

All breakfasts and 3 lunches included.

Breakfasts are Scandinavian in style usually consisting of a choice of bread,  typical spreads such as jam, cold meats, a choice of cereal, teas and coffee. The exact makeup will vary slightly depending on the hotel.

There are many choices on offer for the evening meals in Reykjavik covering many styles of cuisine from, of course, Icelandic to international.

Weather

Is this trip for you?

This trip is classified Level 3, Moderate. 

Walks are of varying lengths though altitude gain is not significant on any day. The terrain is variable but for the most part we use recognised trails. 
At popular sites such as Skogafoss Waterfall visitors may be surprised to see the number of tourists, which has grown exponentially in recent years. 
This popularity does extend to trekking however on this trip we do trek some lesser used trails and overall we will only encounter other walkers periodically. You can expect to be walking for up to 7 hours per day, including breaks.

The glacier walk requires no previous experience. Crampons, helmet and Ice axe are provided however are mainly for safety. 

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
Trip Notes

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Accommodation

Hotels Klettur, Skuggi or Lind

Tourism has increased enormously in Iceland over the past few years. Consequently, hotels are in high demand. On this trip, we can stay in the Hotel Klettur, Hotel Skuggi or the Fosshotel Lind. All offer comfortable en suite rooms and are walking distance from the harbour and the main street.

 

All offer are typical modern Reykjavik hotels with good amenities, comfortable en suite rooms, free wifi and are walking distance from the centre of Reykjavik.

Call for general departures:
020 8772 3936
Call for tailormade trips:
+44 (0)20 8772 3874
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? 

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