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Northern Lights Tour Iceland
Duration: 4 Days, Level Moderated
Price: 119 990

Come with us and enjoy four days of adventures, exploring The Golden Circle, Solheimajokull Glacier, Thorsmork Valley, Fimmvorduhals and Laugavegur trail. During the evenings we will go hunting for the Northern Lights, seen only in a few places in the world.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
  • Golden Circle: Gullfoss waterfall, Thingvellir national park and Geysir
  • Sólheimajökull (e. Solheimajokull glacier)
  • Valahnúkur (e. Valahnukur mountain)
  • Let us take you on an unforgettable trekking trip to the most spectacular and breathtaking places in South Iceland. We will embark on a unique journey into the wilderness and go back home with a backpack filled with incredible memories. We will go hunting for (some of the most impressive natural phenomenon such as) The Aurora Borealis, hiking on Solheimajokull glacier, super jeep-ing over rivers, snowshoeing in the wilderness of Iceland, trekking in Thorsmork valley, on Laugavegur and to The Fimmvorduhals,the area of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption in 2010. The Thorsmork valley is by many thought to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, full of with its natural magic. Thorsmork gets it’s name from the Norse god of thunder, Thor who is believed to have struck down his hammer and created the valley. When Eyjafjallajokull erupted right above the valley in 2010 it formed two new craters, they are named Magni and Móði who were the sons of Thor according to the mythology. We will visit them along with the all the wonders of the valley, and who knows we might just meet up with some elves.



    Northern Lights Tour Iceland
    Strokkur Geyser exploding, Iceland
    Gullfoss waterfalls Thingvellir National Park Iceland
    Gullfoss waterfalls Thingvellir National Park Iceland
    Gullfoss waterfalls Thingvellir National Park Iceland
    Golden Circle view in Thingvellir National Park Iceland
    Thingvellir National Park, Iceland
    Tourists standing on the glacier
    Team hiking the glacier in Iceland
    People standing on the glacier
    Person hiking the glacier in Iceland
    Northern Lights in Iceland
    Snowshoeing up the mountain in Iceland
    Snowshoeing in Thorsmork, Iceland
    Tourist enjoying the view in Thorsmork
    Thorsmork Valley, Iceland
  • Sturdy and waterproof hiking boots (can be rented)
  • Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton). (It is good to have a warm middle and inner layer)
  • Warm jacket
  • Rain jacket with a hood
  • Rain pants
  • Gloves and mittens
  • Hiking socks (at least 2-3 pairs)
  • Warm hat, buff and/or balaclava
  • Day backpack, appr. 20-30 litres
  • Sleeping bag (can be rented) and travel pillow is a good thing to bring along
  • Liner if you rent the sleeping bag
  • Towel , wash cloth and baby wipes
  • Slippers for the lodge
  • Tooth brush and personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Small personal first aid kit (compeed and tape for blisters) DONT FORGET TO BRING EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES LIKE PAINKILLERS OR SPECIAL PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IN CASE YOU NEED
  • Hiking poles (can be rented)
  • Gaiters
  • Camera, batteries and memory card
  • Portable charger/Power bank
  • Book
  • Headlamp
  • Earplugs
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    Day 1: GOLDEN CIRCLE - THORSMORK

    We pick you up at your accommodation in Reykjavik in the morning between 10:00 and 10:30 am. Today we head to the picturesque Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and then continue on to the rest of the beautiful sights the Golden Circle has to offer. In the Geysir area we will see Strokkur, a geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes, and further along the road we have Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland's most astonishing waterfalls, falling 32 meters into a deep canyon. Here we stop at Gullfoss Kaffi Restaurant for lunch and enjoy a delicious traditional Icelandic lamb soup. After a day of viewing beautiful Natural Attractions we will make our way to Thorsmork, where we spend the night in a charming, remote mountain hut. On the way to Thorsmork we drive across un-bridge glacial rivers that can be crisscrossed only by specialized vehicles or 4x4 Super Jeep as we like to call it. In the evening, after dinner, we will hunt for Northern Lights that might show up if the sky is clear (fingers crossed). If they do not it is still spectacular to be able to marvel at the sparkling sky and appreciate the most intense lights of shining stars far away from sources of light pollution. When we arrive at the mountain hut we will heat it up and go get some fresh water from the river that flows very close by. These remote settings add to the rural charm of Icelandic highlands and the hut makes for a cozy and specially inviting atmosphere on cold winter days. On its two floors there is a spacious sleeping area with bunk beds, a large and cozy kitchen, a nice sitting room and upstairs the sleeping areas. The lavatories are situated in small outside installations located next to the main house.(L, r, D).
    Driving: 4,5 hrs.total. Walking time: 0 hrs. total.

    Day 2: FIMMVORDUHALS-EYJAFJALLAJOKULL ERUPTION AREA FROM 2010

    After breakfast, we will set out on a must-do trek for all hike and nature lovers - to Fimmvorduhals. This is one of Iceland’s most famous trails offering spectacular sights never to be forgotten. We take off on our 6-8 hour hike going about 16 km in between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull and all the way to the recently erupted volcano where we explore lava from 2010. On our way we will get to experience the immense beauty of the truly unique valley of Thorsmork with its rugged nature and great contrasts. For thousands of years, glaciers and glacial rivers have carved out this valley, creating dramatic landscape of sandstone sculptures, deep canyons and sharp ridges. We will continue to hike through Iceland’s varied landscape, encompassing views of glaciers, snow-capped mountains, brand new craters and lava, volcanoes and the most surreal beauty. In the afternoon we walk back into the Thorsmork valley, where we will stay overnight in our charming little lodge. After we have relaxed, and enjoyed a great dinner, we will go out to hunt for Northern Lights.(B, L, r, D)
    Distance: 16 km (10 mi). Walking time: 6-8 hrs. Ascent: 1000m (2625').

    Day 3: LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL

    Today we will explore a part of the beautiful, globally recognized trail of Laugavegur. We will start from Thorsmork, going through the rugged and powerful landscape decorated with small birch woods and silver lines of endless streams. This day’s schedule is a bit flexible due to the weather factor. Our options can be, Stakkholtsgja, a approximately 2 km long and 100-meter deep ravine filled with waterfalls and small rivers. This is one of the places in Iceland where you feel like you have left earth and gone to heaven. We could visit Mt. Rettarfell (530m) or the green hills of Votupallar getting a breathtaking view over Hvannárgil canyon. Close to Rettarfell we have the famous elf church, a beautiful cliff that has a cave opening towards Langidalur (“The Long Valley”). Another option would be to hike the gorgeous Mt. Valahnukur. The view from the top is a 360-degree view of volcanoes, glaciers, mountains and Icelandic nature as far as the eye can see. Any of these options will invite you upon a great discovery of Iceland’s true nature highlights and will leave you with visual memories to last a lifetime. In the evening we will invite you for the last Aurora Borealis hunting.(B, L, r, D).
    Distance: About 12 km (7,5 mi). Walking time: About 4-5 hrs.

    Day 4: SELJALANDSFOSS - SOLHEIMAJOKULL GLACIER HIKE - REYKJAVIK

    Today we will head back to Reykjavik. On the way, we will stop at Gigjokull glacier. Gigjokull drains north from the Eyjafjallajokull Ice cap, and is a 7.5-kilometer long glacier that empties out of the summit crater area at 1600 meters. Before the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, there was a glacial lagoon filling up the valley next to the glacier, but when the eruption started, a massive flood of meltwater and small icebergs from the volcanic crater ripped the glacier to shreds and flooded the area completely. Understandably this glacier has been in the limelight for many scientists and experts on the matter and is truly worth seeing. Next, we will stop briefly at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which cascades from ancient sea cliffs down approximately 60 meters to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. After our visit to the waterfall, we will advance towards Solheimajokull Glacier and try out ours skills in ice hiking with crampons and all necessary ice gear. Solheimajokull is a spectacular tongue of ice that flows down from Myrdalsjokull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. Your experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use the crampons we provide you with and then take you for a 2 hour walk around the glacier. As you safely explore the ice formations, ridges and crevasses the guide will tell you all about the history of the glacier, the effects of global warming and how the glacier was formed*.

    We will return to Reykjavik around 16:00 o’clock. (B, L).
    Walking time: 2 hrs. total. Driving time: 3,5 hrs.total.

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

    *Our number one priority is safety and at times the weather in Iceland doesn’t allow for the itinerary to go according to plan. This can, for example, mean that the glacier hike on the first day might be done on a later day and sometimes we cannot reach the Fimmvorduhals top. When this occurs Trek Iceland provides the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

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    La entrada en negrita al final de cada itinerario indica las comidas incluidas en el viaje (D-desayuno, A-almuerzo, m-merienda, C-cena)

    Día 1: La cascada Gullfoss, Geisers área, Parque Nacional de Thingvellir, Caminata sobre glaciar Solheimajökull.

    Le recogeremos en el hotel de Reykjavik entra las 10:00 y 10:30.
    Hoy viajaremos hacia el Parque Nacional de Thingvellir, un sitio del Patrimonio Mundial de la Unesco. Después continuaremos hacia el Circulo Dorado. En la zona de geisers veremos el famoso Strokkur expulsando agua cada 5-7 minutos, y más adelante la cascada Gullfoss con 32 metros de caída. Gullfoss es una de las cascadas más bonitas de Islandia. Aquí pararemos en el restaurante para disfrutar de un almuerzo tradicional islandés.

    Continuaremos hacia el glaciar de Solheimajokull, donde pondremos los crampones y nos prepararemos para la escalada en hielo de dos horas. Glaciar de Solheimajokull es una expectacular lengua del glaciar de Myrdalsjokull y el cuarto glaciar más grande de Islandia. Tu experimentado guia te enseñará cómo poner los crampones y cómo utilizar el equipo de hielo. También, te explicará todo sobre los glaciares: su historia, su formación y cómo se ven afectados por el calentamiento global. Disfrutarás de dos horas de la caminata por el glaciar explorando todas las formaciones posibles, crestas y las fisuras. Después, continuaremos hacia el valle de Thorsmork, donde pasaremos la noche en un acogedor albergue. Antes de llegar al valle pasaremos varios ríos glaciares, cuales pueden pasarse únicamente en un vehículo adaptado o un 4x4. Después de la cena, saldremos a ver auroras boreales.

    El albergue permanece caliente durante todo el año, acogedor especialmente en la época del invierno. En las dos plantas se encuentran dos habitaciones muy espaciosas, cocina y la zona común. El albergue tiene calefacción de gas. Los aseos se encuentran en las pequeñas instalaciones localizadas al lado del edificio principal. (A, m, C)
    Tiempo de conducción: 4,5 hrs, Tiempo de marcha: 2,5 hrs

    Día 2: Trekking hacia Fimmvorduháls, la famosa área de la erupción del Volcán Eyjafjallajokull en 2010.

    Después del desayuno saldremos a caminar hacia la famosa área del volcán Eyjafjallajokull. Está ruta es una de las más espectaculares en toda Islandia ofreciendo paisajes para no olvidar nunca. Caminaremos entre dos glaciares Eyjafjallajokull y Mýrdalsjokull y hacia los nuevos volcanes surgidos en 2010 después de la erupción del volcán del Eyjafjallajokull. En todo el camino nos acompañarán la magnitud y la belleza del valle de Thorsmork, paisajes únicos e inolvidables.

    Durante miles de años los glaciares y los ríos habían formado cañones y los valles , formas rocosas, esculturas arenosas, profundos barrancos o cadenas montañosas. Caminaremos durante 6-8 horas, con un ascenso entre 700-1000 metros atravesando un paisaje inesperadamente rico y variado con las vistas a los glaciares, montañas cubiertas de nieve, nuevos cráteres, lava e inmensa belleza. A la tarde volveremos a nuestro albergue para disfrutar de los momentos de relax y una sabrosa cena. Después de la cena, saldremos a ver auroras boreales como todas las noches.
    (D, A, m, C)

    Distancia: 16km, Tiempo de marcha: 7-8 hrs, Ascenso: 1000m
    y atravesaremos los impresionantes campos de lava solidificados.

    Día 3: Ruta de Laugavegur

    Empezaremos en el valle del Thorsmork con sus increíbles vistas a los glaciares de Myrdals- y hoy nos aventuraremos a explorar la parte de una de las rutas más famosas del mundo, Laugavegur. Caminaremos en las cercanías de la montaña de Einhyrningur, los densos bosques de abedul y a lo largo de los impresionantes barrancos. Hoy será la última noche para salir a “cazar” las auroras boreales. (D, A, m, C)
    Distancia: 12km, Tiempo de marcha: 4-5 hrs,

    Día 4: Vuelta a Reykjavik

    Hoy volveremos a Reykjavik, pero antes pararemos al lado de una espectacular lengua glaciar de Gígjokull. Este glaciar proveniente del Eyjafjallajokull es 7,5 km de largo y antes de la erupción del 2010 terminaba en una espectacular laguna glaciar desaparecida después de una inmensa inundación. A continuación pararemos enfrente de una dramática cascada de Seljalandfos cayendo de una altura de 60 metros desde los antiguos acantilados. Es posible acceder detrás de la cascada. Volveremos a Reykjavik alrededor de las 15:00. Sí necesitas el traslado al aeropuerto, déjanos saber y te ayudaremos a organizarlo. (D, A)
    Tiempo de conducción: 3,5 hrs, Tiempo de marcha: 0 hrs

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    Rated: Moderate
    Duration: 4 days.
    Pick up time: We will pick you up at your accommodation between 10:00 and 10:30. Please be ready and waiting by the entrance of your hotel at 10:00 a.m.
    Included:

  • Transport in a 4X4 Super Jeep into Thorsmork
  • Guiding Service
  • Accommodation (Mountain Hut)
  • Meals
  • Luggage transport
  • Pick up at accomodation in Reykjavik
  • Lunch at the Gullfoss Cafe Waterfall Restaurant on the first day /traditional Icelandic Lamb Soup
  • Hiking shoes rental (If needed)
  • Hiking poles rental (If needed)
  • Sleeping bag rental (If needed)
  • Snow shoes
  • Glacier equipment - crampons, ice axe
  • Minimum age: 15 years.
    Maximum number of participants:12

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