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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 the sustainable practices used to preserve the environment and even what you can do to help.

Get off the beaten path away from foot traffic and experience the world-famous Laugavegurinn Trail.

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 please plan accordingly. We’re happy to help.

What's Included

- Certified Icelandic hiking guide and Wilderness First Responder
- Under30Experiences Trip Leader
- Luggage transport for 5 days (Super jeep and a guide moving the luggage between camp-spots)
- Camping equipment - Tent, mattress, stove & pots
- Camping fees
- 4 nights camping (2 person tent)
- 5 full days of hiking
- Full meals while camping are included: breakfasts, lunch packs and dinners.
- The group participates in the cooking process which can consist of light and easy meals or barbecues.
- All special food requirements are easily taken care of
- 2 nights at Base Camp: 6 bed dorm
- 2 breakfasts at Base Camp
- 2 dinners at Base Camp
- Breakfast in Reykjavík 
- Private transportation from Base Camp to beginning of the trek
- Private transportation from end of the trek to Base Camp
- Private transportation to and from Reykjavík/Keflavík airport (First and last day)
- Evacuation if bad weather hits

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 off the beaten path hiking in addition to two days of the famous Laugavegur hike.
-The fantastic and indescribable landscape of the hidden Icelandic highlands.
-Hike through lava, ash deserts, moss, green mountains, glaciers, rivers, gorges and canyons.
-Experience 20 hours of daylight while trekking.
-Overlooking the Eyjafjallajökull glacier from the rooftop hot tub at Base Camp after the trek.

Is this Trip for You?

-Age requirement:  21+
-Group Size:  8 - 16 travelers
-Physical Rating: 3/3. 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 will be demanding.
-Style: Trekking with only your daypack on your back. Heavier luggage will be transported between campsites. Length of hikes vary from 9 -12 miles (15-20km) daily with the last day being the longest at 15 miles. Average elevation is around 1300 - 1600 feet.

Community

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

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

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:

  • Oatmeal, bread, fresh fruit, granola, nutella, jam, peanut butter, boiled eggs.

Sample Lunch Menu:

  • Sandwiches, trail mix, soups, chicken, Icelandic skyr, salads, tuna.

Sample Dinner Menu:

  • Barbeque, meatballs, sausages, fish, lamb,

We can adjust meals every day as transport goes back and forth from base camp kitchens.
Food and ingredients will come straight from base camp, and can be adjusted.
We do our best to accommodate vegan and vegetarian requests or any allergies.

Transport

You will be traveling on a private minibus to and from the airport.

You will be traveling on a private minibus to and from basecamp in Hvolsvöllur.

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

Accommodation

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

Tent (4 nights) with one other person

Single travelers joining the trip are paired with someone of the same sex.

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

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 sustainable water bottle to refill from the faucet; 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).
  • Depending on your spending habits, bring cash with you for additional expenses such as, snacks, souvenirs, optional activities. We suggest about ~$300 USD (~ ISK 30,000).
  • 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 have clothes you can layer. 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.

Key Phrases

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

Optional Activities

If you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon in 2018 on the last day (Day 7), we strongly recommend you to book your ticket weeks in advance to make sure to have a spot.

  • You would need to book your ticket after 1:00PM on Day 7.
  • You can book your ticket online: http://bluelagoon.com.

General Rules

We reserve the right to decline any traveler that may affect the welfare of the other travelers or trip leaders.

Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs puts the rest of the group at risk. Our trip leaders have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession.

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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