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Iceland Trek Trip Details

Introduction

Iceland is one of the most unique countries in the world with its volcanoes, glaciers, waterfalls and mountains.

After visiting this country hundreds of times over the last 5 years, Under30Experiences has curated a new adventure that takes you on an epic trek through the Highlands of Iceland.

An expert Iceland guide and a U30X trip leader will take you off the beaten path to discover Iceland’s rugged landscapes. Learn about Iceland’s unique geology and some sustainable practices used to preserve the environment and even what you can do to help.

You’ll get to experience some of Iceland’s untouched natural beauty, in the pure wilderness, and on the famous Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails.

Duration:  7 days, 6 nights

Start:  Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
To ensure included transportation, plan to arrive Day 1 by 7:00AM

Finish: Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Plan to depart Day 7 after 3:00PM
If you want to spend more time in Iceland please plan accordingly. We’re happy to help.

What's Included

- Certified Icelandic Adventure Guide and Wilderness First Responder
- Under30Experiences Trip Leader
- Luggage transport for 5 days (An additional guide will transport your luggage from campsite to campsite)
- Camping equipment - Tent, mattress, cooking supplies, compact lunch-box with spork and cup
- Camping fees
- 4 nights camping (2 person tent)
- 5 full days of hiking
- Full meals while camping are included: breakfasts, make-your-own-lunch materials and dinners. (Everyone helps cook meals on the trail)
- All special food requirements are easily taken care of. Just let us know!
- 2 nights at Base Camp: 6 bed dorm
- 2 breakfasts at Base Camp
- 2 dinners at Base Camp
- Breakfast in Reykjavík
- Private transportation to and from Keflavik International Airport (KEF). (First and last day) 
- Private transportation from Base Camp to beginning of the trek
- Private transportation from end of the trek to Base Camp
- Evacuation in case of extreme bad weather

Does not include sleeping bag - 5.500 ISK price per person for a rental if you don’t bring your own.


Airfare booking details will be sent after registration – please wait to book your flight until you receive further instructions

Highlights

- A blend of hiking through untouched wilderness terrain and two days on the famous Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trails.
- The fantastic and indescribable landscape of the hidden Icelandic backcountry.
- Hike through lava fields, volcanic deserts, mossy green mountains, glaciers, rivers, gorges and canyons.
- Experience 20 hours of daylight while trekking.
- Views of the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier from the rooftop hot tub at Base Camp after the trek.

Is this Trip for You?

Don't have what it takes to be an astronaut? Well trekking through the Icelandic highlands is pretty damn close!

You will be trekking with only your daypack on your back. Your heavier luggage will be transported between campsites.

You can expect to hike 8-10 hours each day, and cover approximately 8-10 miles on the shortest day, and 15-17 on the longest day. The average elevation of the trek is around 1300 - 1600 feet.

-Age requirement:  21+
-Group Size:  8 - 16 travelers
-Physical Rating: High physical activity. This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. The trail is not too difficult, but hiking 5 days in a row over long distances will be demanding. 

Community

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Whether you have joined us on a trip or are looking for a group of like-minded people, we welcome you to the Under30Experiences Travel Community.

Itinerary Disclaimer

Travel can be unpredictable. Our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.

While it is our intention to adhere to the itinerary, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into it and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations.

In Iceland especially we can be very dependent on the weather, and we ask you to trust that any changes we make to the itinerary are in your best interest.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Meals

Meals will be a combination of fresh food prepared by chefs in the kitchen at basecamp, and meals prepared together as a group while camping.

Sample Breakfast Menu:

  • Cold cuts, oatmeal, bread, fresh fruit and vegetables, granola, nutella, jam, peanut butter, boiled eggs.
  • Coffee and Tea

Sample Lunch Menu:

  • Sandwiches, trail mix, soups, chicken, salads, hummus.
  • Wide variety of snacks and sweets

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Barbeque, soups, chili, pasta, meatballs, sausages, fish, lamb, salad.

*Some items that are available at Base Camp may not be available on the trail.

We do our best to accommodate all allergies, dietary restrictions and requests. Please make sure to let us know ahead of time, because once we're in the backcountry we can't make adjustments.

Transport

You will be traveling on a private minibus to and from the airport, and from the end of the trail back to basecamp.

You will be traveling on a private super jeep from base camp to the beginning of the trek.

Our bus driver is Icelandic and speaks English fluently. Their role is also to be a tour guide and answer all the questions the travelers might have about Iceland. Our Icelandic driver-guide works alongside our trip leader.

Accommodation

Base camp (2 nights) in dorm style rooms with roommates

Tent (4 nights) with one other person

Solo travelers are placed with someone of the same gender

Bathrooms will be in nature for 4 days with the occasional outhouse and will follow sustainable Leave No Trace practices.

Laundry available at the hotel.

*Private room options are available upon request and subject to availability (for an extra charge)*
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality.*

Travel Insurance

Travel insurance is mandatory in order to participate on any of our trips.

When selecting a travel insurance policy please bear in mind that all travelers must have medical coverage and that we require a minimum coverage of USD 200,000 for repatriation and emergency rescue. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have credit card insurance we require proof of purchase of the trip (a receipt of credit card statement) with a credit card in your name. Contact your bank for details of their participating insurer, the level of coverage and emergency contact telephone number.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced trip leaders and community managers.

The goal of the trip leaders is to facilitate an awesome experience and help our travelers have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are traveling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends.

You can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

Packing List

Please be eco-friendly
  • Bring a sustainable water bottle
  • Use as little plastic as possible by declining straws and plastic bags at restaurants and when shopping
  • Please avoid aerosol bug sprays as they negatively affect the environment

We recommend using a travel backpack for your convenience, or a medium-sized suitcase if you prefer. A daypack is also essential for carrying everyday items. Space is limited on transportation, so there is a limit of one main piece of luggage per person. You will be responsible for carrying your own luggage.

Helpful Posts

Ultimate Packing Guide for Iceland 

What to Wear When Traveling to Iceland

Essential Guide to Packing like a Pro

Below includes our staff picks of the best items on the market that we travel with!  All products selected are 3 ounces or less to comply with TSA carry-on size and certified organic when possible.‍

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Passport & Visas

  • Make sure you have an updated passport with you. Your passport must be valid for 60 days after your trip. Under30Experiences recommends that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your trip.  Please consult the US Embassy with any more questions.
  • Make sure there is no damage to your passport. Conditions that may constitute damage requiring you to replace your passport include water damage, a significant tear, unofficial markings on the data page, missing or torn out visa pages, a hole punch, or other injuries.

Health & Insurance

  • Please bring a reusable water bottle to refill from the faucet and the rivers; the water in Iceland is safe to drink and probably one of the best of the world!  Join us in our effort to be environmentally friendly and keep Iceland beautiful.
  • Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 coverage.
  • Please consult with your doctor before traveling in regards to physical activity and vaccinations.
  • There are no required vaccinations needed to enter into Iceland however the CDC recommends routine innoculations.
  • More specific Health information for Travelers to Iceland can be found at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention website.

Money & Currency

  • The official currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK).
  • Everywhere in Iceland accepts credit card, but it's a good idea to have a little cash just in case. We suggest about ~$100 USD (~ ISK 10,000).
  • Call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas.  

Safety & Security

  • Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you.
  • Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.
  • Don’t leave valuables unattended.
  • US Citizens please register with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency: http://travelregistration.state.gov.

Weather

The average high temperature for Iceland in July/August is 55-57°F and average low is 47-48°F.

Remember that Iceland’s weather can be very unpredictable. Please make sure you review the packing list in detail. For more specific weather information about Iceland during our travel dates, be sure to check out Wunderground for more detailed and up to date information.

cultural information

Iceland is one of the most sustainable countries of the world using renewable energy and preserving the environment.

Iceland is a highly modern and progressive society for gender equality and LGBT rights.

It ranks first for the most gender equal country of the world. Iceland was also the first country of the world to directly elect a female President in 1980!

Some Icelanders also believe in elves, trolls and fairies!

Key Phrases
  • Hello-- halló
  • Thank you-- Takk
  • Skál-- Cheers!
  • þetta reddast-- “Everything will work itself out” (Iceland’s Motto)

Optional Activities

We suggest bringing about $100 USD (~ISK 10,000) for optional activities, lunch, and other personal expenses.

Blue Lagoon - $60/pax - $300/pax (depending on the package you choose)

If you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon on the last day (Day 7), we strongly recommend that you book your ticket weeks in advance to make sure to have a spot. You would need to book your ticket for after 1:00PM on Day 7.

You can book your ticket online: http://bluelagoon.com.

General Rules

Respect the people around you and the environment in which you’re traveling. This includes, but is not limited to fellow travelers, trip leaders, the local community, nature, wildlife, and yourself.

Do your best to keep yourself and fellow travelers out of harm’s way.

It’s important to obey local laws and customs while on our trips. This includes, but is not limited to wearing appropriate clothing while visiting certain communities, refraining from taking photos of people without asking, avoiding the use of illegal drugs, having weapons, and soliciting prostitution. If you’re not sure about something, take time to educate yourself, or ask.

Travel involves contact with new cultures. When confronted with a different way of living than you’re used to, do your best to understand that neither way is better or worse. They’re simply different ways of life.

Know your limits! This applies to physical ability, emotional space, social situations, and alcohol consumption. If you can’t participate in something, be upfront about it. If you need a break from people, take it. Stop drinking before you get too drunk.

Trip leaders are working in the travelers’ best interest. If they say something or ask you not to do something it’s not because they’re tyrants, but because they want you to have a good time!

Lying or withholding information about any physical or mental condition that might affect your ability to participate in any of the activities may be grounds for removal from your trip with no refund.

Staying longer or arriving early?

Hostels in Reykjavik

Kex Hostel

Loft Hostel

More options: http://hostels.com/reykjavik/iceland

Hotels/Hostels near Keflavik Airport

Airport Hotel Aurora Star

Base Hotel

Airbnb is also a good option in Reykjavik and prices are sometimes cheaper than hostels

Activities to do while in Iceland

Check out our Ultimate Guide to Visiting Iceland

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