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Iceland Walking tour, 12 days

We walk in three different nature areas where our base camp is set up. Djoser provides camping and cooking equipment and you just bring a sleeping bag. In the valley at Thorsmörk and Skaftafell there are several well-marked trails. Landmannalaugar, which is rich in geothermal phenomena, is a hiking paradise. We visit the famous waterfall Gullfoss and the ice-blue lagoon Jökulsárlón. If you have wondered where to see geysers, hot springs and waterfalls….this is the place!

Itinerary

  1. Reykjavik
  2. Reykjavik - Gouden Cirkel - Thorsmörk
  3. Thorsmörk
  4. Thorsmörk
  5. Thorsmörk - Skaftafell
  6. Skaftafell
  7. Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón
  8. Skaftafell - Landmannalaugar

Day by day

During Djoser’s Iceland Walking Tours we take day hikes from a residence or we will take multi-day treks. On rest days you can take extra walks or fill your time as you wish. The tour leader can offer tips and suggestions. You are never obligated to participate. There is a ample freedom for those who want to spend some time independently. By the nature of our trips and local conditions there may be unexpected situations that may result in the adjustment or cancellation of a particular walk or activity. We travel in groups of about 12 up to 16 peopleColorful Reykjavik is the start and end point of this unique Iceland hiking tour.


We walk in three different nature areas where our base camp is set up. Djoser provides camping and cooking equipment and you just bring a sleeping bag. In the valley at Thorsmörk and Skaftafell there are several well-marked trails. Landmannalaugar, which is rich in geothermal phenomena, is a hiking paradise. We visit the famous waterfall Gullfoss and the ice-blue lagoon Jökulsárlón. If you have wondered where to see geysers, hot springs and waterfalls….this is the place!


Reykjavik and Golden Circle

Day 1 - Reykjavik

In the capital, Reykjavik, you will meet up with your guide and the travelers who will be arriving from Amsterdam. Reykjavik will make a positive impression. From the hostel where we spend the first night you can take a bus to the city center with its colorful wooden houses, cafes and restaurants. A famous landmark is the quirky, concrete cathedral Hallgrímskirkja. In good weather from the tower you can get magnificent panoramas over Reykjavik and its surroundings. You can also meet at a favorite meeting place for Icelanders: the pool. Reykjavik has different, naturally heated pools. The country's largest hot springs pool complex with pool, jacuzzi and sauna is close to our hostel.


Day 2 Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Thorsmörk

After all the camping gear has been loaded we leave for the Golden Circle. Here are the “must-See” highlights of Iceland. First we stop at the historic and geologically interesting Thingvellir, the "plain of the parliament." In this place you can easily see where the Eurasian continental plate ends and where North America begins. It is an impressive sight. The plates continual separation of the two continents creates an increase of the gap by half an inch every year. An hour away is the famous Geysir geothermal field in Iceland, the namesake of all geysers. In the adjacent neighboring Gullfoss allows us to experience water from a different angle; masses of cold water plunge down here on a three-tiered waterfall. After all the hustle and bustle of this day we drive to the south coast to our first base camp in the beautiful valley of Thorsmörk. We camp here in an Icelandic forest on a well-equipped campsite. You sleep in double tents, which you will pitch. Djoser provides camping and cooking equipment. You will just need to bring your own sleeping bag.

Thorsmörk

Day 3 Thorsmörk
Day 4 Thorsmörk

We stay three nights at this unique place and we will take two beautiful day hikes. Today we start with a nice walk on the north side of the valley in which we first climb the 1502 foot high Valahnukur, where we have a magnificent view of the whole valley. After the descent we continue our return via the flanks of the Tindfjöll in the valley. In the spring of 2010, this area was the scene of a series of spectacular volcanic eruptions and today we go here to take a look. We walk through a beautiful path up to the Fimmvorduhals Pass, the location of the eruption of March 2010. We walk along the youngest craters where the lava is still steaming. The ash cloud from the Eyjafjalljökull, was 30,0000 feet high. During the afternoon we return to our green valley.

Skaftafell National Park
Day 5 Thorsmörk - Skaftafell

We leave early in the morning with our own bus to Skaftafell National Park. Our journey takes us along the south coast. Along the way we stop at the Skogarfoss waterfall and the bird cliffs of Dyrholaey where you observe puffins. In the afternoon we arrive in the beautifully situated and well-equipped Skaftafell site, where we set up our second base camp. Skaftafell National Park, which covers 1117 square miles, is located at the foot of Hvanndalshnukur. At 6922 feet it is the highest mountain in Iceland, and on the edge of the giant Vatnajökull icecap.The foothills are impressive glacier tongues in the direction of the south coast. Besides the glacier landscape the Sandur slopes are full of wild flowers and sharply defined ridges. An easy walk on a gradually rising path of a small 1.5 hours (round trip) takes you to the beautiful Svartifoss. This 65 feet high 'black waterfall "owes its name to the hexagonal columns of black basalt where the water falls downward. Geologists call this a lava organ. In our campsite in nature you realize how endlessly long the Icelandic summer nights are. Daylight lasts from early morning to midnight.

Walking time: about 1.5 hours. rise and fall about 393 feet.

Skaftafell National Park

Day 6 Skaftafell
Day 7 Skaftafell, Jokulsarlon

The first day in Skaftafell we make a trip of 6.5 hours in the direction of the 3694 foot high Kristínartindur which is surrounded on three sides by ice and an unforgettable view over the Skaftafellsjökull. In this area you can choose from several marked walks on well trodden paths, ranging from several hours to a whole day. It is possible to take an optional flight to get a spectacular view of the area from the air. You can also opt for day excursions to the crater rows of Lakigigar or to the highest mountain Hvanndalshnukur.

The next day, there is a day trip on the program to one of the finest areas of the south coast. We drive along the 62 mile-wide road and see huge Vatnajökull glacier tongues extending from the ice sheet to sea level. The ultimate goal is the ice blue lagoon Jökulsárlón. At this surrealistic iceberg you regularly will see playful seals. You can take a boat trip with a strange-looking amphibian boat or a zodiac. There are beautiful walk possibilities in the surroundings. During the afternoon we drive back to Skaftafell.

Kristínartindur: walking time: about 6.5 hours. rise and fall of about 3280 feet.

Landmannalaugar

Day 8 Skaftafell - Landmannalaugar
Day 9 Landmannalaugar
Day 10 Landmannalaugar

We get up early to break camp. Via a beautiful mountain range that is passable only in summer, we drive through the volcanic Eldgjákloof to Landmannalaugar, a valley in a pastel mountain. The centerpiece is the lava field Laugahraun that largely consists of obsidian, black volcanic glass. The field owes its origin to several volcanoes but most lava flowed from the crater in the 15th century in the red mountain Brennisteinsalda. After we have set up our camp for the next three nights, you can enjoy a pleasant natural pool formed by the hot and cold springs that are round in this area. As in many places in Iceland this area is rich in geothermal phenomena. The image of the hot springs against a background of black lava fields and colored mountains, makes an unforgettable impression.

Again here you will find fantastic walks with well-marked trails and great maps make Landmannalaugar a true walking heaven. The entire area is rich in geothermal phenomena which, combined with the jet-black lava fields and colored mountains will make an unforgettable impression. The beatufiul explostion crater lake, Ljótipollur can be seen today.

The next day we follow the "king stage", part of the long-distance hiking trail to the south coast. This 15 mile (twice 7.5) leads past numerous steam sources to Hrafntinnusker, a thousand meter high mountain of obsidian. After a climb of 1968 feet in good weather you have an incredible view. The return carries us on the same track but offers a very different experience than the way up. In total, walk about 6 hours, including breaks, you can count on a journey of about 8 hours.

You can also select a shorter walk here along the well-marked trails. There is a short walk through the lava field behind our camping area of about four to five hours.
King Stage: length: 15 miles. Walking time: about 6 hours. 1968 ft rise and fall.

Reykjavik

Day 11 Landmannalaugar - Reykjavik
Day 12 Reykjavik 

At this point we return to civilization. Along the base of the Hekla vulcano we drive to the capital. We reach Reykjavik about noon where you can again get a taste of the city life. From our accommodation it is a 5 minute walk to the wharf where boats depart for an optional whale safari. The next day our trip comes to an end.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jul-13-18
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Jul-22-18$2,97015 seatsbook now >
Jul-27-18
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Aug-05-18$2,97014 seatsbook now >
Aug-10-18
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Aug-19-18$2,97016 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

Our Iceland hiking tour includes: Land package , camping / hostel accommodation, transport, excursions according to program, Dutch tour guide (speaks Dutch & English). Meals during camping nights worth $220

Price excludes

Our Iceland hiking tour excludes: International flights, Airport transfers, Travel insurance, meals, entrance fees, optional excursions, gratuities, personal expenses,

Cost Overview

Single accommodations  $180.00
   
Extension hotel city #1  Reykkjkavik
Double room per person  Please inquire
Single room  
   
Estimated out-of-pocket, weekly  $180.00
   
Deposit due upon booking  
  *Deposit 25% of total costs or $500 minimum per person
  * Balance due 60 days prior to departure. 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

Accommodations - During this camping trip, you will stay in Reykjavik in a hostel in double rooms with a shared bathroom in the hallway. The other nights we camp we stay in double tents in good campsites. You pitch your own tent. Djoser provides tents, camping and cooking equipment. You will need to bring your r own sleeping bag. You sleep on self-inflatable mats of about 3 cm thick. Singles will be matched with a roommate of the same sex.

Some examples of our usual hotels

Reykjavik  Salvation Army Guesthouse


Single Tent
Singles will be matched with a roommate of the same sex. You may request a single tent for an additional charge (see Prices/Dates page).In the hostel in Reykjavik may be that you have to share the room with a fellow traveler of the same sex.

Meals - All meals from lunch on day 2 to lunch on day 11 are included. For other meals in Reykjavik, you decide where you are going to eat. At our camp sites in nature, there is a camp kitchen / dining tent, cooking equipment, tables and chairs. We take food from Reykjavik and cook our own meals under the guidance of the tour leader. The food is purchased in advance through our local agency in Reykjavik.

Reykjavik offers a great variety of restaurants serving mostly internationally orientated fare. Real Icelandic specialties are 'hákarl' shark meat or 'súrsadir hrútspungar' ramtestikels and roast puffin, but also you will find lamb and hearty soups. The Icelandic seafood is famous worldwide and highly recommended.

Flights & Transportation

Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arriving from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the Land Begin and End times are listed below. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind.

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Icelandair
Amsterdam - Keflavik 14:00 - 15:10
Keflavik - Amsterdam 07:50 - 12:50

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.
Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.
Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.
Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section
If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.
Airport transfer to/from hotel (not Included) - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kaykak.com

Local transportation - We provide the land program for our Iceland walking tour. Flights from/to the U.S. or Canada are not included.

We use a private, locally hired bus. On day 2 we follow the excellent ring road (Route 1) along the coast. From Thorsmörk we drive into the mountainous interior. In summer the mountain routes are also generally passable.

Money Matters

A summary of all trip costs can be found on our 'Dates & Prices' page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.


Included in price

  • Land package
  • Camping / hostel accommodation
  • Transport
  • Excursions according to program
  • Dutch tour guide (speaks Dutch & English)
  • Meals during camping nights worth $220
     

When you book a trip

  • 20% of minimum land package price (or minimum of $500) due upon booking to hold your place (See “Prices & Dates” section for deposit amount for your trip
  • Balance is due 60 days prior to departure date
  • Payments by charge card or check are accepted

While you are traveling

Local Currency:  Crowns. For the current prices look at oanda.com 
ATMS:   found in Reykjavik and the Kefkavik airport 
Other Currency Accepted: Euros
Credit cards: Accepted in the city and the airport


Tipping - 
It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.Currency: Crowns
 

Estimated out of pocket expenses weekly $210.  Please use this as a guideline for costs not included in the fare such as other meals not listed, entrance fees, optional excursions and personal expenses.

It is helpful to take local currency with you so you do not have to use the ATM upon arrival.

Excursions

On Djoser’s Iceland walking tour you decide which sights you wish to visit beyond the hikes made during the trip. One participant may wish to visit a museum, while others prefer to visit a market. Iceland is the place to see geyers, hots springs and waterfalls.

Some sights you should not miss or lie along the route. Such excursions are in the program. Entrance fees are exclusive.

During the walking tour in Iceland, the following excursions are included in the itinerary:

  • Hiking on day 2 to 10 with Djoser tour guide
  • Visit thermal bath Blue Lagoon
  • Visit to the Golden Circle: Thingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss

On site there are also other possible excursions. The guide can advise you on this and can possibly arrange a tour for the group. An optional whale safari from Reykjavik is possible at the end of the journey.

Travel Documents

When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

VISA NEEDED FOR ICELAND? NO

Visa & Passport Expeditor – For an extra fee, you can hire an expediting service to process your visa application. They will look over your paperwork and they can offer a faster return of your visa or passport. We recommend TRAVISA..

Your passport should be valid for at least three months beyond exit from Iceland.

Health Issues & Insurance

Health - The medical facilities in Iceland are similar to those at home. There are no vaccinations recommended for Iceland. We advise you to take a small medical kit including include bandages, painkillers, medicine for intestinal disorders.

Please note that travel and walking can be tiring. It is wise to be in good condition and equipped to travel. During the trip make sure you eat well, stay hydrated, and get plenty of rest.GRAVITY OF THE JOURNEY


Gravity of this trip: 2

Walking tour ratings:
1 = Easy hikes with little elevation on the program.
2 = Walk an average of six hours and walk in hilly terrain.
3 = Rigorous hikes from four to eight hours in a mountainous area.

We have provided the specifics of the hikes taking into account the duration of the tours, the level changes, the heights on which we walk, and the ratio of resting and walking days. This of course remains an estimate. Plus, your personal experience will also depend on factors such as weather conditions and your physical condition.

Lowest point hike: 164 feet 
Highest point hike:  3694 feet
Maximum rise: 328 feet 
Maximum fall: 3280 feet
Total km walk:  48 miles 
Average walking time:  6.5 hours

 
For more information about the duration of the walks, the length and height, refer to the day-to-day description.

This walking tour consists of walks from three different base camps. Both Thorsmörk, Skaftafell as Landmannalaugar are hiking paradises with a wide variety of well-marked hiking trails. There are trails that provide one hour hikes up to 6 hours or more. You may ultimately choose the gravity of your hike. The tour leader takes participants on tours as described on this website. On two days we hike in the valley of Thorsmörk. The first day we start with a nice walk on the north side of the valley in which we first climb the 1502 ft high Valahnukur. After the descent we continue to return via the flanks of the Tindfjöll in the valley. The next day we walk through a beautiful path up to the Fimmvorduhals Pass, the location of the eruption of March 2010. In Skaftafell this on the first day the easy walk to Svartifoss waterfall of about 1.5 hours on a gradually rising path. On the second day in this national park is a walk of about 6.5 hours on the program, a long trek to one of the highest attainable peaks of the park; the Kristínartindur with the highest peak at 3694 feet altitude. This trip is more rugged with a rise and fall of about 3280 feet. Landmannalaugar is a walk of 15 miles on the program in which you rise and fall 1968 feet. It is the height of the long-distance to Landmannalaugar on the south coast. A 7.4 miles route leads to the 3280 feet altitude Hrafntinnusker massive and you walk the same route back. It's a long walk, including breaks,about 8 hours, but can be shortened at any time.


Go well prepared! -
Make sure you are well-prepared. Spend the months leading up to your trip working out to be fit and well equipped for your so you can fully enjoy your holiday. Good equipment is also important. Always have good walking shoes, broken in, and take the appropriate clothing. Nothing is more annoying than defective material.

Group Composition

On our Iceland walking tours our groups consist of a good blend of people of all ages, who travel together or as singles. If you are traveling along, you can connect quickly in our small groups. On average, groups consist of 12 participants. The minimum number of participants is usually 8 to 16 maximum. If you would like to know the specific composition of a group, just give us a call and we can tell you the number of males and females and age range of the participants.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

On the hiking tour in Iceland, the group is accompanied by a Dutch guide who will meet you in Reykjavik. Our guide speaks Dutch and English. The tour guide provides practical information about the walk, the route and the different activities during rest days. In addition, the supervisor tells something about daily life and the different habits of the country. However, the tour guide is not a lecturer. For any questions, comments or concerns you can always contact the tour leader. The tour guides are keen walkers and do everything possible to make a success your walking tour enjoyable.

Climate & Geography

Iceland's climate is milder than the northern location suggests, but the weather is very unpredictable. Within half an hour a clear blue sky can be replaced by a hefty rain or snow. In summer, the average temperatures range from the mid-40’s to mid 50’s. In July you can expect sunlight between 3 AM and Midnight.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

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Highlights

  • See geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, glaciers
  • Guided assisted (speaks Dutch & English)
  • Meals included
  • Walks from three base camps
  • International group 
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  • Also see our Iceland Tour 14 days