Iceland: Land of Glaciers, Viking Sagas, and the Midnight Sun

8 Days

 

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  •  Duration: 8 Days
  •  Comfort:   Moderate%
  •  Language: 126
  •  Rating: 80.0%  
  •  Trip ID: 88559
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  •  Primary Activities: Hiking
  •  Other Activities: Glaciers, Local Culture & Cuisine, sightseeing
  •  Activity Level: Intermediate
  •  Arrival City: Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Arrival Airport: RKV
  •  Departure City: Keflavik, Iceland
  •  Departure Airport: KEF
Iceland, land of fire and ice, is a wild world of spouting geysers, blue lagoons, massive glaciers, and multicolored valleys stretching to the sea. Our hiking adventure connects the full range of Iceland’s extraordinary landscapes with fantastic coastal and mountain hikes each day. We also explore the high valleys and brooding heaths of ancient “saga” country where the rich history of Viking clan warfare played out in the Middle Ages. Along the way, we hear the legends of a pantheon of Norse gods and kings and savor the surreal scenery of a magical country unlike any other on earth.

What the Trip is Like: This trip is rated Level 3+. It features daily mountain hikes and hotel accommodations throughout. The hikes can be considered strenuous because they are on undefined, steep trails or through some rugged terrain. The terrain can be very wet. There are many short but steep parts on our hikes, and much up and down. Sturdy, well-broken-in hiking boots are essential. Gaiters are not required but will protect your pant legs from getting wet when we hike through boggy areas. Hiking poles are highly recommended. Temperatures should be in the mid 50s, perfect for hiking. The weather can provide spectacular clear days but can also be very wet and changeable, and we want you to be well prepared for all that you may encounter. Icelandic weather is always unpredictable, so you must come prepared for at least some rain and bring appropriate rain gear. It is unlikely that it will be hot. Please note that in Europe, the dinner hour is considerably later than what it is in the U.S. We do our best to secure early reservations for our groups, but most often the evening meal will be at 7:30 PM.

We recommend you arrive in Reykjavik a day early to enjoy this charming capital, with its beautiful harbor and fine restaurants. We are happy to book extra hotel nights for you. 

Weather Note: The weather in Iceland is notoriously changeable and will dictate our exact hiking itinerary. We will remain flexible to accommodate weather conditions that may require changes, such as substituting different hiking routes or switching the days of certain hikes.
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