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Primary Activities: Hiking
Other Activities:Local Culture & Cuisine
Iceland is a land of striking landscapes and epic history, a uniquely beautiful
world of waterfalls, volcanic peaks, ice-berg filled lagoons, and moss-covered
lava fields. In this magical realm of fire and ice, we explore the most
magnificent settings, including the heights of Skaftafell National Park,
geologically spectacular Thingvellir National Park, where the continental
plates are slowly pulling Iceland apart, and the high valleys and brooding
heaths of ancient “saga” country where the rich history of Viking clan warfare
played out in the Middle Ages. Our journey traces the southern and western
coasts of Iceland, the most dramatic hiking territory on this extraordinary
island. Along the way, we enjoy long hours of sunlight illuminating the
northern sky and hear the colorful legends of a pantheon of Norse gods and
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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