-Trek otherworldly landscapes
-Breathtaking views away from tourists
-Volcanoes, glaciers, & canyons
-Experience lava fields & ash deserts
-Camp in the Valley of Thor
-20 hours of daylight while trekking
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.
Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
To ensure included transportation:
Plan to arrive Day 1 by 7:00AM
Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Plan to depart Day 7 after 3:00PM
This trip is relaxing and includes light activities with optional moderate activities. Participants can decide how much time they spend being active. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the experience.
This trip is a good mix of activity and relaxation and includes moderate physical activities. Participants should expect to be active 3-4 hours most days. An active lifestyle is helpful though not required to enjoy the trip.
This trip is for those who enjoy being physically challenged and reaping the rewards. It includes moderate to intense physical activities and participants should expect to be active 6-8 hours most days. Participants should have an active lifestyle.
Arrive at Keflavik Airport (KEF) before 7:00 AM and take the included transportation to Reykjavik, Iceland's capital city.
Meet fellow hikers for breakfast and then warm up the legs with a sightseeing stroll around Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital city.
Depart Reykjavik for your Icelandic basecamp and prepare for your epic adventure through breathtaking wilderness over the next five days.
In the afternoon, debrief with your expert guides about how best to organize your gear and equipment, and learn about what to expect over the next week.
After a big Icelandic breakfast, hop in a Super Jeep! Ride in style past waterfalls, mossy green mountains, and black sand dunes up into the highlands where the adventure really begins.
On our first day of hiking, get your feet wet and get your first taste of the Icelandic Highlands. Literally! Cross a few rivers, and fill your bottles with fresh Icelandic water.
Get a sense of the dramatic Icelandic landscape during our shortest day of hiking. When we arrive at our site, you'll learn how to set up & break down camp, as well as some important Leave-No-Trace policies.
Once you've made camp, come together with your new hiking buddies to prepare your first dinner in nature!
Step out of your tent and straight into the pure Icelandic Wilderness. Fuel up with some coffee and breakfast and you'll experience how everything tastes better in the mountains!
Continue through spectacular, colorful scenery: black sand, white glaciers, green mountains, orange canyons (for real). Pop over a mountain pass, and into the vast valley below. Breathe in the fresh air and connect with nature!
Traverse what feels like multiple planets -- none of them being earth -- on the home stretch toward camp. After setting up, enjoy the reward of a delicious dinner and take an optional hike for more mind-blowing scenery.
Pick up where we left off yesterday and explore what feels like moons from different planets as we make our way toward Þórsmörk, the Valley of Thor!
Cruise through moss-covered lava fields toward the looming glacier in the distance. Take the bridge over the gushing, silver river and spot the ashy glacial tongue through the deep, red canyon.
If crossing the solar system in a day isn't enough for you, just wait until we descend into the Icelandic forests that feel like they came straight out of a fairy tale.
Enjoy a hearty dinner in this stunning valley that you'll get to call home for two nights.
Today we chill! You've earned it!
Surrounded by glaciers, volcanoes, and the rare Icelandic forest, take advantage of a perfectly timed day to relax and recharge. And maybe take a moment to just be.
There are plenty of short trails around Þórsmörk, so feel free to move your legs a bit and explore the lush green forests of Thor's Valley.
Rest up! Tomorrow is a big day!
Finish strong with the most challenging day of our trek: the Fimmvörðuháls Trail. Climb up-up-up out of the valley and between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Myrdalsjökull, both of which lie on top of powerful volcanoes
Stop for a bite to eat on a mountain that is literally only 8 years old - created during an eruption in 2010. Then, follow a trail with more than 20 waterfalls! It's impossible to stop and marvel at them all. Slowly re-enter society as we descend toward Skogafoss, one of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls.
Celebrate your epic accomplishment back at Base Camp with a rooftop drink in a hot tub with a view of the glacier you just conquered. Oh and did someone say shower?!
Depart South Iceland in the morning and take included transportation to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) for your flight departing after 3:00 PM.
If you wish to go to the Blue Lagoon instead, we strongly recommend you book your tickets online for after 1:00 PM as pre-booking is required.
Welcome to the Under30Experiences Community!
-Certified Icelandic hiking guide and Wilderness First Responder
-Under30Experiences Trip Leader
-Luggage transport for 5 days
-Camping equipment: tent, mattress, stove & pots
-4 nights camping (2 person tent)
-5 full days of hiking
-All meals while camping (group participation)
-Special food requirements are easily taken care of
-2 nights at basecamp: 6 bed dorm
-2 breakfasts at basecamp
-2 dinners at basecamp
-Breakfast in Reykjavík
-Private transportation from basecamp to beginning of the trek
-Private transportation from end of the trek to basecamp
-Private transportation to and from Reykjavík/Keflavík airport (First and last day)
-Evacuation if bad weather hits
-Taxes always included, never hidden fees, & NO blackout dates
-Book with confidence: it's free to switch your trip more than 30 days out
*Does not include sleeping bag - 5.500 ISK price per person for a rental if you don’t bring your own.
*Travelers responsible for international airfare to and from Iceland
*Accommodations can vary but will be the same quality
When should I book my flight?
Plan to arrive Day 1 before 7:00 AM and depart Day 7 after 3:00 PM local time
*Please wait to book your flight until you receive an email from us with more details*
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