A spectacular trekking and mountaineering holiday in Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice
This is a classic trekking, sightseeing and volcano climbing holiday in Iceland, the land of fire and ice. A simply breathtaking variety of Icelandic mountain scenery makes this one of the most unusual mountaineering expeditions on offer. You do not need to be an experienced winter climber to join this holiday, but you need to be a strong walker and have plenty of stamina. Mountaineering equipment is included and some instruction on the basics of snow and ice walking techniques will be provided.
From the vibrant city of Reykjavik, our walking and climbing adventure begins with the easy ascent of Vorduskeggi Peak (805m) overlooking Lake Thingvellir. On this first day we also get the chance to visit the geothermal area at Geysir and to see the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. The explosive volcano, Hekla, is our next climbing goal and involves a challenging 1000 metre climb, across ash and snow, to reach its fissured, steaming summit. After Hekla, we then make the spectacular crossing of the wildly volcanic highland region of Iceland, the Fjallabak, with our 4x4 vehicles at times almost submerged as we ford several rivers en route. A stop-off for a soak at the famous Landmannalaugar hot pools is obligatory. Arriving at Skaftafell, we have 2 days during which our principal objective is to make the ascent of Hvannadalshnukur (2119m) the highest mountain in Iceland. With 24 hours of daylight, the long and straightforward climb to Iceland's high point certainly carries no risk of our being benighted! With our climbing objectives achieved, we then have the option to explore Skaftafell National Park and to make an excursion to Jokulsarlon, where the amazing, iceberg-filled glacial lagoon has provided the backdrop for more than one James Bond movie. This brilliant walking and mountaineering adventure in Iceland draws to a close with a visit to the Skogarfoss waterfall, as we complete our circuit and return to Reykjavik.