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Nordvac visiting Snaefellsnes Glacier
Duration: 6 Days, Challenging Level
Price: 224 990 ISK

Glacier & Volcano Challenge is a Six Day Trip where you will discover the most challenging places in Iceland, hike the highest summits, volcanos and glacier.

Glacier & Volcano Challenge takes us to the most iconic places of Iceland. From the highest summits through volatile volcanoes and immense glacier to waterfalls, glacier lagoons and geothermal areas. We will explore Hekla volcano; hike on Snæfellsjökull Glacier; dare the highest summit of Hvannadalshnjúkur; and admire the beautiful surroundings and natural gems of: Golden Circle, Landmannalaugar, Skaftafell-Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlon Glacier Lagoon. We will camp in amazing environments and enjoy some of the traditional Icelandic cousine. Glacier and Volcano Challenge thanks to its versatility, careful and detailed travel planning and its perfect quality-price ratio is ideally suited for all demanding customers. And to add value to our clients we will take care of the main luggage and drive it from camp to camp, so we can travel light and only with our day backpack.  
Hiking the snæfellsjokull glacier with Nordvac Expeditions
Hiking the snæfellsjokull glacier with Nordvac Expeditions
Hiking the snæfellsjokull glacier with Nordvac Expeditions
Hiking the snæfellsjokull glacier with Nordvac Expeditions
Hiking the snæfellsjokull glacier with Nordvac Expeditions
Tourist watching the Gullfoss Waterfalls
Tourist tour to Strokkur geyser
The colourful landscape of Landmannalaugar
Tourists enjoying the natural hot springs during Landmannalaugar trek
A sulphur wave at Brennisteinsalda Volcano, Landmannalaugar
Hiking the Hekla Volcano
Hiking the Hekla Volcano
Hiking the Hekla Volcano
Hiking the Hekla Volcano
Hiking to Hvannadalshnukur on Öræfajökull volcano
Hiking to Hvannadalshnukur on Öræfajökull volcano
Hiking to Hvannadalshnukur on Öræfajökull volcano
a boat tour with Nordvac Expeditions
A view at Jokulsarlong glacier lagoon
A view at Jokulsarlong glacier lagoon
Iceberg at Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon
Black sand beach and icebergs at Jokulsarlon Lagoon
  • Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably waterproof
  • Long sleeve top and long johns, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton
  • Warm jacket, fleece, primaloft or similar
  • Rain jacket with a hood, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
  • Rain trousers, preferable breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
  • Gloves and mittens, one pair each. Wool or synthetic, waterproof
  • Hiking socks, wool or synthetic, 2-3 pairs
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • Backpack, 20-30 litres
  • River shoes, old sneakers or similar for fording rivers
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow. A light sleeping with no specific temperature rating will be sufficient for the mountain huts but a sleeping bag with 0-3 degrees Celsius comfort level for the Camping treks.
  • Liner if you rent the sleeping bag
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. Suitcases are not recommended
  • Towel
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen (high protection, the sun in Iceland can be really strong)
  • Water bottle
  • Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters)
  • Pain killers such as aspirin or ibuprofen
  • DONT FORGET TO BRING EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES OR SPECIALPRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IN CASE YOU NEED ANY
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Pen knife
  • Camera, batteries, memory card
  • Book
  • Headlamp for trips in late season, after august 10th.
  • Earplugs/Sleep mask (especially if you sleep in a tent in Summer)
  • Swimming suit for Landmannalaugar.

Day 1: REYKJAVIK-SNÆFELLSJÖKULL GLACIER HIKE

Our tour starts from Reykjavík and we pick you up at 7:30 am at your accommodation.

Within two hours of enjoyable trip we get to Snæfellsnes Peninsula with its fascinating landscape of lush fjords, haunting volcanic peaks, dramatic sea cliffs, sweeping golden beaches and crooked crunchy lava flows and crowned by the Snæfellsjökull. Taking the road above Arnarstapi and drive on the top of the pass on Snæfellsnes where we start to hike. This is moderate glacier hike where we walk on sand and lava in the beginning but soon we start walking on snow. Where the glacier begins we supply you with glacier equipment and hike up to the top of the glacier. In the late afternoon we will head back to our base at the camping site of Arnarstapi to have dinner. (L, r, D)
Driving: 2.5 hrs total Distance: 7-8km (4,5-5mi) Walking time: 5-7 hrs Total Ascent: 760m (2500')

Day 2: GOLDEN CIRCLE-LANDMANNALAUGAR

Today you will be admiring the Golden Circle area, with its spouting every 5-10 minutes to the delight of onlookers Geyser Strokkur and the spectacular Gullfoss Waterfall, probably the most photographed waterfall in the country. In the afternoon we arrive in Landmannalaugar, a beautiful geothermal area in south of Iceland, you will admire an amazing landscape of lava fields, hike to the top of Multicolour Mountain of Brennisteinsalda and bath in a natural hot pool. We will spend the night at the Landmannalaugar camping site. (B, L, r, D)
Driving: 4,5 hrs total Distance: 7km (4,5mi) Walking Time: 3-4 hrs total.

Day 3: HEKLA VOLCANO

On the third day we will head for more of unforgettable experiences and adventures. Today we will go climbing Hekla Volcano. Hekla the Hooded One is Iceland´s most famous and active volcano. With its 1491m-high summit this volatile beast dominates many of the southern vistas and threats with venting its fury again and again. Its first eruption in historical times took place in 1104 covering all farms with a thick layer of ash rock and cinders, and since then it was believed to be a Gateway to hell. After our 7 hours hike we will continue to welcoming village of Vík, where we will stay overnight and go for a short evening walk to Reynisfjara beach. (B, L, r, D)
Driving: 3 hrs total Distance: 12km ( 7,46mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs total Ascent: ~1040 m (3,413´)

Day 4: SKAFTAFELL, VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK

Today we will recharge our energies enjoying an easy and relaxing day in astounding surroundings of Skaftafell. The jewel of Southern Iceland encompasses a breathtaking views on mountains and glaciers. In the morning we will walk up to the Svartifoss Waterfall, flanked by black basalt columns; and then up to Sjónarnípa where we have a view of Iceland´s highest summit climbed on the next day. We will spend the night at the camping site in Skaftafell. (B, L, r, D) Driving: 2,5 hrs total Walking time: 2 hrs total
Day 5: HVANNADALSHNÚKUR, THE HIGHEST SUMMIT OF ICELAND Today we will challenge the highest summit of Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110), witch pokes out from the ice cap Öræfajökull, an offshoot of Vatnajökull. This lofty peak is actually the northwestern edge of an immense 5 km-wide crater- the biggest active volcano in Europe. Although this day promises to be one of the best highlights of the tour, it is both physically and mentally challenging as the total elevation gain is more than 2000m. Be prepared for very long and taxing day of mountain climbing and ice bridges crossing. In the evening we will invite you for delicious barbecued lamb meat. (B, L, r, D)
Driving: No driving Distance: 23 km (14 mi) Walking time: 12-14 hrs total Ascent: 2000m (6,500' )

Day 6: JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON-SVARTIFOSS WATERFALL-REYKJAVIK

This is the last day of the Glacier and Volcano Challenge. We have already climbed the most iconic mountains of Iceland, relaxed in the natural hot pool in Landmannalaugar and admired the extreme beauty of the Icelandic nature. In addition, you will explore one of the best parts of Iceland and an authentic gem of nature, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. There you will experience the fantastic scenery and have the option (for an additional fee) to travel by boat among millennial icebergs of all shapes and sizes. After our time at the glacier lagoon we make our way to Skaftafell where we will finish this 6 day tour by hiking to Svartifoss waterfall, famous for its basalt columns. Our day will end in Reykjavik at around 6:00 PM.(B, L)
Driving: 5 hrs total Walking time: 2 hrs total

The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner).

 

Duration / Level
6 days
Level: Challenging

 

Total Hiking Distance

51 km (31,69 mi)

Departures

June 1 - August 15

Pick Up

At your accommodation in Reykjavik at 7:30 am

Accommodation

Camping

Included

  • Transport
  • Guiding Service
  • Tents
  • Insulation mattress
  • Meals
  • Luggage transport from camp to camp
Note
Minimum age: 18 years old, Small Group Experiance

 

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