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Iceland Trek Trip Details

Introduction

Welcome to Iceland Trek!

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 Icelandic guide and 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: Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF) -- Keflavík, Iceland
To ensure included transportation: plan to arrive before 7:00 am on Day 1.

Finish: Reykjavik-Keflavik International Airport (KEF) -- Keflavík, Iceland
To ensure included transportation: plan to depart after 3:00 pm on Day 7.

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

What's Included

  • Under30Experiences Certified Hiking Guide & Trip Leader
  • 7 days / 6 nights shared accommodations in Base Camp dorm rooms and camping tents
  • 5 full days of guided hiking
  • 2 breakfasts, 2 dinners at Base Camp
  • Breakfast in Reykjavik
  • Walking tour of Reykjavik
  • All meals while camping are included: breakfasts, make-your-own-lunch, and dinners
  • Luggage transport for 5 days
  • Camping equipment - Tent, mattress, cooking supplies, compact lunch-box with spork and cup
  • All camping fees
  • Private airport pick-up upon arrival
  • Private airport drop-off upon departure
  • Private ground transportation to beginning of the trek and from the end of the trek
  • Evacuation in case of extreme bad weather
  • Under30Experiences Trip Leader
  • Personal recommendations for optional activities
  • The chance to meet some kick-ass people
  • Access to the Under30Experiences community
  • Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates

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

Travelers are responsible for international airfare to and from Iceland.

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 for you.

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

Travel connects us. Community keeps us connected.

Once you come on a trip, you become part of our Travel Community forever.

From U30X Alumni resources (and a secret group) after your trip, to custom Facebook groups before your trip, to meetups around the world, you will have the opportunity to meet and stay connected to other like-minded adventurers.

More than 70% of our travelers come solo but they all leave with friends.

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 dietary restrictions. Most meals can be modified for special requests and food allergies. 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 by private ground transportation throughout your trip. Our bus driver is Icelandic and speaks English fluently. His/her role is also to be a guide and answer all the questions you may have about Iceland.

  • Private ground transportation to and from the airport
  • Private super jeep to the beginning of the trek and from the end of the trek

Accommodation

You will be staying in shared dorm style rooms before and after the trek. During the trek you will be staying in shared tents.

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

Laundry is available at base camp for an additional fee. Ask your Trip Leader for details.

Accommodations may vary but will be the same quality.
Solo travelers are paired with someone of the same gender.
Private room options are available upon request subject to hotel availability (for an extra charge).

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 or 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.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads.

Trip Leader Expectations

All Under30Experiences trips are accompanied by experienced Trip Leaders.

The goal of the Trip Leader 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 reusable 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.

Note: The average temperature this time of year is around 41°F. We could get down to freezing at night and up to 60°F by day. You’ll need to be prepared for sun, rain, wind and snow!

We recommend using as luggage a hiking daypack, at least 35L, with a waist belt, and a 60-75L duffel bag. You should be able to fit everything you need into those two bags. The pack will be with you at all times, and the duffel will be transported between campsites.

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 organically inspired when possible.

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Passport & Visas

Guidelines for U.S. Passport Holders

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 U.S. Department of State 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

The tap water in Iceland is safe to drink. Please bring a reusable water bottle and join us in our efforts to be environmentally friendly and keep Iceland beautiful.

Our suggested travel insurance vendor is World Nomads and has a minimum of $200,000 USD 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 inoculations.

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).

Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to additional expenses such as snacks, alcoholic drinks, souvenirs, and optional activities.

We suggest only about USD ~$200 in cash since most places will accept credit cards.
Please be advised that US Dollar notes that are slightly torn, heavily marked, or faded may be difficult to exchange. It is best to bring notes in fairly good condition, in denominations lower than $100USD.

ATMs are available in most towns and you can exchange money at the airport.

Remember to call your bank and credit card company and let them know you'll be traveling overseas since most of Iceland will accept credit cards.

For an up-to-date exchange rate, download the app XE.

Safety & Security

Always carry a copy of your travel insurance, health insurance and passport with you. A photo of these items on your phone is also a good backup.

Keep your passport and any valuables locked in your hotel room.

Don’t leave valuables unattended.

US Citizens please consider registering with US State Department's “SMART Traveler Program” who can contact your family in case of emergency.

Weather

The weather in Iceland is very unpredictable. You will probably experience rain, wind and cold temperatures and should pack accordingly. Please reference our 'Ultimate Packing List for Iceland’ for what to pack and what to wear in Iceland.

Iceland is known for its weather that changes very quickly. 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.

Be sure to thoroughly review the packing list.

Midnight Sun months of May - August

  • Average highs of 51-55°F
  • Average lows of 43-47°F

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 in 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
  • Cheers -- Skál
  • “Everything will work itself out” (Iceland’s Motto) -- þetta reddast

Optional Activities

Please bring cash with you. It will be helpful to have at least USD $200 (ISK 20,000) in cash.
The activities below will be paid in Icelandic Krona. All amounts are approximate prices in US dollars.

Blue Lagoon: USD $60-$300

If you wish to visit the Blue Lagoon 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 after 1:00 pm on Day 7. You can book your ticket online here.

While your Trip Leader will assist you with optional activities available, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of the Under30Experiences itinerary. We offer no guarantees on the safety or standard of the activity.

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?

Hostel Recommendations in Reykjavik

Hotel & Hostel Recommendations near Keflavik Airport

Activity Recommendations in Iceland

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