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Iceland Hiking Challenge

Discover the land of fire and ice.

We answer your questions

When does the trek take place?

The trek will take place from 5 - 13 July 2014.

How do I take part?

Simply sign up online and pay your £350 registration fee at the point of registration. If you would prefer to receive a paper version of the registration form please email
You will then need to raise a minimum of £3,100, of which £1,200 must be received by Macmillan Cancer Support four months prior to departure. The outstanding amount must be with us within one month of the event taking place. 

Who takes part?

The group will be made up of around 50 people, both men and women, from all backgrounds, abilities and ages, although you must be 18 or over to take part.  Whilst some take part with friends, most people come on their own, so it's a great way of meeting new people. You will find that the group quickly bond and support each other throughout the challenge.

Where will we stay while hiking?

While hiking we will be camping in two man tents, staying at basic campsites with few facilities. 
At the start and end of the trek we will be staying in comfortable 2-3* hotels in Reykjavik. 

Do I have to carry my own kit?

Throughout the trek we will be supported by vehicles which will carry all our equipment and supplies between camps. You will need to carry a day pack to hold any equipment you might need during the day. 

Am I fit enough?

Macmillan challenges are designed to suit people of average fitness.  However, if you do not already walk on a regular basis you will need to commit to a considerable amount of training during the preceding months. A full training programme will be included in your fundraising pack.

Do I have to meet any medical requirements?

Everyone on the challenge is required to complete a medical form that must be signed by your GP. Medical forms will be provided in your fundraising packs and individual surgeries may charge for this service.


How does Macmillan benefit?

At least 62% of the £3,100 minimum sponsorship will be treated as a donation to Macmillan. If you raise over £3,100 the entire surplus will benefit the charity. 

What if I can't raise the minimum sponsorship?

We will provide you with a fundraising pack full of ideas on how to reach your target. You will also have the support of the Challenge Team and our extensive network of Macmillan fundraisers throughout the UK. However, if you do not manage to raise £1,200 four months prior to departure you will have the choice of making up the shortfall yourself or transferring to a later challenge, and thereby giving yourself longer to fundraise. 

How do I convince people that they are not sponsoring me to go on 'holiday'?

While you are sure to have an incredible time on the challenge, our challenges can never be described as holidays.  You will need to spend months training and fundraising, before undertaking a demanding physical challenge. The days on the challenge will be long, facilities will be basic and the conditions tough. All of this takes time, effort, dedication and commitment and is far from just a holiday. 
Of course, if you would prefer to cover the costs of the challenge in order to ensure that 100% of your sponsorship goes towards the work of the charity we would be delighted to discuss this option with you. 

What will the weather be like?

Temperature in July ranges from 9-15°C 
Average monthly rainful in July is 53mm.  
Iceland’s weather is notoriously changeable. Be prepared for strong winds, rain and lovely sunny skies, all in the same day.

What's included?

  • Full pre-trip support from Team Macmillan, including comprehensive fundraising and training guides, sponsor forms, Macmillan T-shirts, regular newsletters, and a dedicated team ready to help you every step of the way. 
  • Return flight: London – Reykjavik – London 
  • Accommodation: five nights rough camping, three nights in 2-3* hotels 
  • All food other than three meals 
  • All camping equipment other than a sleeping bag and sleeping mat 
  • Full support with local guides, cooks, porters, Discover Adventure leaders and doctors 
  • Macmillan Cancer Support representative. 

What isn't included?

  • Insurance: our tour operator, Discover Adventure, offer insurance specifically created to cover you for the activity you will be undertaking. 
  • Celebration meal on the final night, plus two other meals 
  • Discretionary tip for local crew 
  • International airport departure tax 
  • Any drinks, souvenirs & other personal expenses. 

What else do I need?

A valid ten-year passport is essential; it should be valid for at least six months after departure from Iceland. 
Discover Adventure insist that you have had a Tetanus injection in the last ten years, and highly recommend protection against Polio. You should always check with your GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change. 

Can I extend my stay in Iceland?

Yes. If you’d like to stay out in Iceland after the challenge our tour operator, Discover Adventure, will be happy to organise this for you. An administrative fee of £75 applies. 

What is the hiking like?

Trekking time varies from 4-10 hours per day. We trek on terrain varying from wide dirt tracks to rough, rocky loose ground. At times we may be walking on old snow and there are some river crossings. There are steep inclines both up and down. Trips of this nature can be unpredictable. Whether it’s the state of public toilets, the people you come into contact with, or the weather … it’s all part of the challenge you are signing up for. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow trekkers and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about. The hike will be challenging but the spectacular scenery and sense of camaraderie will make it well worth the effort. We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.

Who organises the trip?

This trip is conceived and operated by Discover Adventure Ltd, ATOL 5636, whose booking conditions apply. If you have any more questions, please call the Challenge Team on 020 7840 7887 or email us at

Can I offset my carbon footprint?

One of the key determining criteria Macmillan looks for when selecting a tour operator to organise our events is a demonstrable appreciation of environmental concerns. Our tour operator Discover Adventure has links with 'Climate Care', a service that enables participants to neutralise the carbon emissions caused by taking long-haul flights. For full details of how to offset your carbon emissions visit the Discover Adventure website.  

How can I ask any further questions?

If you have any further questions, please get in touch with the Macmillan Hiking Team on 020 7840 7887 or e-mail

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