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Iceland Hiking Challenge

Discover the land of fire and ice.

Here's what you'll be getting up to on this incredible challenge.
 

Day 1: Depart London 

Fly from London to Reykjavik. We transfer from Keflavik International Airport to our hotel in the city. 
 

Day 2: Mt Hekla – Landmannahellir 

After breakfast and a detailed trip briefing we travel to Mt Hekla. Here we’ll spend approximately 3 hours trekking around the volcano area to discover the lava-flows resulting from the last eruptions in 2000. From there we have an hour’s bus journey to Landmannahellir where we camp for the night. 
Trek approx 6km / 3-4 hrs 
 

Day 3: Landmannahellir – Landmannalaugar 

We leave from Landmannahellir with great views of the nearby moberg (or table mountain) of Lodmundur, formed in a volcanic eruption beneath an earlier icecap. The magnificent lakes and lava-fields of Dómadalshraun dominate our stunning route to the multicoloured mountains of Landmannalaugar. We trek over grassy meadows, pass between rocky peaks, and drop into stunning gorges before we are rewarded with a spectacular view over the lava which flowed down the mountain in 1480.  At the end of the day we can relax in the hot springs before our second night’s camp. 
Trek approx 13.5km / 6 hrs 
 

Day 4: Landmannalaugar – Álftavatn Lake 

Possibly the toughest day of the trip, we are now entering a remote part of the route. For safety reasons, it is important to walk in groups and to follow your guides’ instructions. From Landmannalaugar we continue over the Hrafntinnusker plateau at 800m. Walking up between the bizarre rock structures of the Brennisteinsalda lava flow, we come across areas of geothermal activity in the form of steaming vents and hot springs. The smell of sulphur is strong in the air, and the rock is richly coloured with mineral deposits brought up from the depths of the Earth. We climb for most of the morning and may even cross snowfields left over from the long Icelandic winter. We reach the mountain hut at Södull and then descend over rolling ridges of solidified lava before dropping steeply down the Álftavatn valley where the views are tremendous. We make our well-earned camp on the eastern shore of Álftavatn Lake. 
Trek approx 21km / 9-10 hrs 

Day 5: Álftavatn Lake – Botnar 

Today we trek across the predominantly flat area along the northwest region of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull Glacier towards Hattafell. We wade through an icy stream and, after a few small climbs and descents through meandering gullies, we head out onto a sterile dusty volcanic plain. We rejoin the road for a short distance before heading between the small peaks of Útigönguhöfdar. The final part of the day sees us skirting beautifully coloured volcanoes before dropping into our campsite at Botnar (500m). For those who still have a little extra energy to burn, there is a chance to hike the 1km west to the edge of the spectacular Markarfljotsgljúfur canyon. 
Trek approx 14km / 6 hrs 
 

Day 6: Botnar – Langidalur 

Today we set off for Þórsmörk, Thor’s Wood. We continue along the Markarfljót´s canyon, dropping down into valleys and then climbing back out of them. We continue down the Þórsmörk glacial valley and are rewarded for our efforts with stunning views of three glaciers: Mýrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Tindfjallajökull. We wade through the icy Þröngá river, then it’s a last push up and over Thor’s Wood itself before we drop down to our campsite amongst the small trees and grassy slopes of Langidalur. 
Trek approx 14.5km / 8 hrs 
 

Day 7: Þórsmörk – Eyjafjallajökull Glacier – Reykjavik 

On our final day of trekking we hike our way out of the Þórsmörk Valley along the Krossa River. The scenery is spectacular and there is a chance to see a hidden valley along the way. We finish the hike in sight of the mighty Eyjafjallajökull glacier, where we can see close-up the effects of 2010’s eruption. We make time for a group photograph before meeting the vehicles and travelling back to Reykjavik for our evening celebration. We'll spend this night in a hotel.
Trek approx 10km / 5 hrs 
 

Day 8: Free Day Reykjavik 

Today is free for you to enjoy the attractions of Reykjavik. You could go whale-watching off the southern coast, or take a day-trip to visit the enormous Gullfoss waterfalls or the geyser area at Geysir. Or you may prefer to chill out in the capital and just watch the world go by. If you really want to reward yourself for your efforts, indulge yourself with a visit to the Blue Lagoon Thermal Spa. We'll be in a hotel this night too.
 

Day 9: Return to London 

Transfer to Keflavik International Airport and fly back to the UK. 
Please note, Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.