Northern Lights Trek and Ice Cave 4 Days / 3 Nights (0)
Northern Lights Trek and Ice Cave 4 Days / 3 Nights
Available: October - March
Total Hiking Distance: 10-20 km (6-12.50 mi)
We will take you on an unforgettable trekking trip to the most spectacular and breathtaking places in South Iceland. On board of a 4x4 jeep and with your local guide you will embark on an unique journey into the wilderness and go back home with a whole backpack of incredible memories of hunting for the most impressive natural phenomenon of Aurora Borealis, hiking on Solheimajökull glacier, trekking in Thorsmork valley, on Laugavegur and Fimmvörduháls area of the last Eyjafjalljökull volcano eruption in 2010.
- Transport in a 4X4 Jeep
- Guiding Service
- Luggage transport
- Pick up at accomodation in Reykjavik
- Lunch at the Gullfoss Cafe Waterfall Restaurant on the first day /traditional Icelandic Lamb Soup
- Hiking shoes rental (If needed)
- Hiking poles rental (If needed)
- Sleeping bag rental (If needed)
- Snow shoes
- Glacier equipment - crampons, ice axe
Day 1: GOLDEN CIRCLE-SOLHEIMAJÖKULL GLACIER HIKE
We pick you up at your accommodation in Reykjavík in the morning between 10:00 and 10:30 am. Today we head to Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site, and then continue on the Golden Circle. In the Geyser area we will see Strokkur, a geyser which spouts every 5-10 minutes and further along the road we have Gullfoss Waterfall, one of Iceland's most beautiful waterfalls, falls 32 meters into a deep canyon. Here we stop at the Gullfoss Kaffi Restaurant for lunch and enjoy a delicious Icelandic Lamb Soup. We will continue towards Solheimajökull Glacier and ice hike with crampons and all necessary ice gear. Solheimajokull is a spectacular tongue of ice that flows down from Myrdalsjokull, the fourth largest glacier in Iceland. Your experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use the crampons we provide and then take you for a 2 hours walk around the glacier. As you safely explore the ice formations, ridges and crevasses the guide will tell you all about the history of the glacier, the effects of global warming and how the glacier was formed. We will continue into to the highlands to the astounding Thorsmork valley, where we spend the night in a cozy hut. On the way to Thorsmork we drive across unabridged glacial rivers that can be crisscrossed only by specialized vehicles or 4x4. In the evening, after dinner, we will hunt for Northern Lights that might show up if the sky is clear. If they do not it is still spectacular to be able to marvel at the sparkling sky and appreciate the most intense lights of shining stars far away from sources of light pollution. The lodge will be heated up once we get there and kept warm for the duration of our stay, it's cozy and specially inviting for visitors on cold winter days. On its two floors there are spacious sleeping area with bunk beds, a large and spacious kitchen, a cozy sitting area, mud room and upstairs separate sleeping areas. The lavatories are situated in small outside installations located next to the main house.
(L, r, D). Driving: 4,5 hrs.total. Walking time: 2,5 hrs. total.
Day 2: FIMMVÖRÐUHÁLS-EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL ERUPTION AREA FROM 2010
After breakfast we will set on the must trek for the hiker and nature lover to Fimmvörðuháls. This trail is one of Iceland´s most famous offering spectacular sights never forgotten. We hike between two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, to the new volcano where we explore the warm lava from 2010. On our way we will be simply amazed by the immense beauty of truly unique valley of Thorsmork with its rugged nature. For thousands of years glaciers and glacial rivers have carved out this valley, creating a very dramatic landscape of sandstone sculptures, deep canyons and sharp ridges. We will take off on our 6-8 hour hike. The ascend is between 700-800 meters and the trail of approximately 16 km, through Iceland´s varied landscape, encompassing views on glaciers, snow-capped mountains, new brand craters and lava, volcanoes and the most surreal beauty. In the afternoon we walk back into the Thorsmork valley, where we will stay overnight in our homelike hut. After we have relaxed having a great dinner we will go out to hunt for Northern Lights.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 16 km (10 mi). Walking time: 6-8 hrs. Ascent: 800 m (2625').
* In winter departures the trail across Fimmvörðuháls can be impassable due to deep snow in that case we will discover an alternative passable trail in the area.
Day 3: LAUGAVEGUR TRAIL
Today we will explore part of one of the most famous trail of Laugavegur. We will start from Thorsmork, our amazingly beautiful valley with mountain views on volcanic glaciers of Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull, and walk at the foot of the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest of Thorsmork along impressive canyons. In the evening we will invite you for the last Aurora Borealis hunting.
(B, L, r, D). Distance: 12 km (7,5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. total.
Day 4: REYKJAVIK
Today we will head back to Reykjavik. On the way we will stop at Gígjökull glacier. Gígjökull drains north from the Eyjafjallajökull Ice cap, and is a 7.5 kilometer long glacier that empties out of the summit crater area at 1600 meters. Before the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull in 2010, there was a glacial lagoon filling up the valley next to the glacier, but where eruption a massive flood of melt water and small ice burghs from the volcanic crater ripped the glacier to shreds and flooded the area completely. Next we will stop briefly next to Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which cascades from ancient sea cliffs down over 60 meters to a shallow pool. It is possible to take a walk behind the waterfall and enjoy the beautiful scenery from there. We will return to Reykjavik around 14:00 o`clock. For those who need to catch flight at the International airport in Keflavik, we have a drop off there in the afternoon.
(B, L). Walking time: 0 hrs. total. Driving time: 3,5 hrs.total.
The entries in bold at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner).
*At times the road into Thorsmork can be impassable and/or access to the Ice Cave restricted, when that occurs Trek Iceland provides the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.
Luggage, Clothing & Travel Accessories
Try to pack as light as possible and take only essentials. Keep in mind that there are limits on how much your duffel bag can weigh because the weight restrictions on international and domestic flights is usually around 20 kg.
Luggage for overland journeys and trekking with assistance vehicle
Extra bag clearly marked with your name can be kept at your Reykjavik accommodation..
Day pack (30 to 50 liters)
You will need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you from cold and wet weather. Wool, synthetics and wool/synthetic blends are good. We discourage the use of cotton, as this does not insulate against cold or wet conditions.
When layering, the innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer should be a synthetic jacket, and/or a good quality Gore-Tex wind/rain parka and over-pants.
For quantities for each item listed, use your own judgment, based on the expected weather conditions and overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
- Regular underwear. Synthetics are easier to wash and dry.
- Synthetic or wool thermal underwear
- Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
- Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
- Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
- Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Down jacket from mid-August to September (optional)
- Hiking shorts, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Pile/fleece pants, ideal for around the camp
- Sun & rain hat
- Woolen hat
- Gloves (wool or pile)
- Waterproofed shell gloves
- Medium weight synthetic socks
- Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
- Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
- Hiking boots, medium-weight, all leather, with padded ankle, good arch support, and a lug sole traction. Your hiking boots should be waterproof, well broken in, and suitable for rocky terrain or possibly snow.
- Comfortable shoes to wear when not hiking.
- Teva-type sandals for river crossing.
- Highly recommended!
Swimsuit and towel for hot springs bathing and swimming pool
- 1-to-2 liters capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
- Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August only)
- Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not in hand luggage, when flying!)
- Toiletry kit, toothbrush, toothpaste and so on.
- Moisturizing lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry.)
- There are no mosquitoes in Iceland, just midges.
- Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or contact lenses (but not only lenses)
- Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more intense than you probably imagine)
- Personal first aid kit
Optional Travel Accessories
- Hiking poles. Highly recommended
- Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
- Reading and writing material
- Your favorite snack food such as raisins or chocolate
- Protein supplements for vegetarian
- 1 or 2 good bottles of wine or a bottle of something stronger
The walks are easy to moderate, so that anyone able to go for 3-4 hours brisk walk can join the tour. On the other hand we recommend that you exercise during at least the week or two before your tour, for example by taking brisk walks of 1-2 hours, 3-4 times per week.
Price: 119.990 ISK per person
Optional add-ons, price per person:
- Luggage storage: 3500 ISK
- Special food for the whole duration of the tour: 4800 ISK
Guaranteed departure dates for 2016 and 2017:
October departures: 18th, 26th
November departures: 2nd, 9th (sold out), 16th, 23rd (sold out), 30th
December departures: 7th(sold out), 14th(sold out), 21th(sold out), 28th
January departures: 4th, 12th(sold out), 18th(sold out), 25th.
Februaty departures: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
March departures: 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
All departures with an English speaking guide.