Trip Length: 7 days, 6 nights
Trip Type: Active, with moderate to advanced trekking or mountain biking
Highlights: Visit magical Iceland! This is our signature Iceland trip, and our custom itinerary logistics allows travel companions to either trek or mountain bike by day, while being together each morning and evening. Travel in expansive, other-worldly scenery; Hike to massive waterfalls; Trek or Mountain bike the famed Laugavegurinn Trail; Take a healthy soak in a natural geothermal hot spring;
Fixed Dates: We have 3 confirmed 2018 departure dates: July 29th – August 4th, August 5th – August 11th, and August 12th – August 18th. The August 5th trip is a Mountain Bike Only trip, featuring MTB legend and RedBull athlete Aaron Chase as one of the guides!
The July 29th and August 12th trips are moderately paced expeditions along the famed Laugavegurinn Trail, and suitable for trekking or mountain bikers. Or make it a private, custom trip for just you and at least one other person (but we can do groups up to 15 no problem) on any date you wish.
Trip Price: Starting at just $2499 per person (small group) or $2999 (private, minimum two people)
Day 1 – Arrive to Reykjavik airport at your convenience a day or two early, the trip begins at noon on Day 1 with a half day of hiking or biking planned. In terms of when to arrive to Reykjavik, that will depend on your time availability, flight departure and arrival time options from your home city, and preferred style of travel. We recommend arriving at least 1 day earlier, to recover from your likely jet lag. Reykjavik is a small city, so no matter where you elect to stay you wont be very far from our group hotel.
By having an active first day of your trip, we are trying to give you the most value for your money and not have the usual ‘check in and get an orientation meeting’ that takes up the entire first day of most trips and needlessly adds to the cost. Thus, you should be in Reykjavik, and well rested, at noon on Day 1. We took this picture at about 2 a.m. in early August, having nearly twenty four hour sunlight is really cool !
We will then have a quick lunch before heading out to one of our favorite trails on the outskirts of Reykjavik, complete with thermal pots, hot springs, and beautiful hiking and mountain biking. The trail is approx 9 kilometers one way, is mostly downhill, and takes a few hours. Our van will be waiting at the end of the trail to take us back to Reykjavik and our hotel for the night. Mountain bikers will get to ride this trail twice today!
Day 2 – After an early breakfast (including the famous Icelandic Skyr yogurt), we will head out for the drive to Landmannalaugar. This is a staging area for the Laugevegur trek, and though in a very beautiful location it is a pretty crowded place. It is expansive, so there is lots of room to spread out, but there are a lot of tents, camper vans, and some park huts. They are all nature lovers, from all around the world, and it has an exciting base camp vibe. There are also some really great hikes and bike rides that we can do right from our camp, doing some exploring and then getting to bed early for our first big push tomorrow!
Day 3 – Today we begin the world famous Laugevegur Trek. After a warmup day yesterday, we will get right into the heart of Iceland trails and glaciers today with the 24km trail section (15 miles) between Landmannalaugar and Lake Alftavatn, our campsite for the night of Day 3 of our trip. (Day 2 of the actual trek).
Our company style is to have a relaxed and safe pace in general, but also provide opportunities for folks who are really looking to get a serious workout on their trip, and the length of today’s trek certainly does that. Though the terrain is beautiful with lots of gentle up and down gradients, it is not too difficult.
For those not wanting to bite off such an ambitious (8 to 10 hours) of a hiking schedule, we have great news for you! We have the perfect solution. You can do 2 hikes today: first in the morning, we will ascend from camp through the unique, rhyolite colored sections of rock up to the top of the nearby mountain of Blahnjukur. Its about a two hour hike roundtrip, back to camp where we started. We’ll then get in the van and drive to Lake Alfatavatn, the end point for the longer ride and hike option. Once there you can go on a second hike, as long as you wish, by taking the scenic trail from the lake towards Landmannalaugar, where you will encounter the bikers and long hikers coming from that direction. Hike this way as long as you wish, before returning back to our hut at Lake Alftavatn, for a well deserved dinner and good nights sleep.
Day 4 – Another optional long day today, as we make the long beautiful bike ride or trek across a great variety of classic Icelandic scenery before finally arriving to the lush, magical wilderness of Porsmorc. The trail distance is 31km, or 20 miles. For those hiking today, we have a more realistic hike distance option that is 15 kilometers or 9 miles long. We will drive first to Porsmorc, from the camp there you will be able to begin hiking in the direction of Lake Alftavatn, meeting up with any friends or significant others you have that are coming from that direction on the “long route”. There is a third option for hikers which involves hiking 14 miles from a drop off point along the trail, onwards to Porsmorc. Your guide will be able to give you a complete briefing with options, details, and maps, at dinner the night before. Porsmorc is lovely and peaceful and we will have a big dinner feast tonight and another well deserved night of sleep!
Day 5 – Today we do one last 10 mile hike, from Fimmvorduhals to Skogar, this section features spectacular scenery and is some our favorite. Our mountain bikers will make this section on bike, while the trekkers will first drive to the finish at Skogar, then hike up towards the famous waterfall of , where we will all unite together to visit this special place, followed by a return to Reykjavik, our hotel, and one last dinner feast.
Day 6 – Today we have the day in Reykjavik for a walking or biking city tour, a nice long soak at the Blue Lagoon, and our free shuttle to bring you anywhere around town that you might want to go. We have the whole day today to explore Reykjavik, catching our breath a little and not rushing out of town but instead spend the day eating, sightseeing and people watching, perhaps a little souvenir shopping. There is also an excellent maritime museum, a great art gallery, even a theater. Your guide will be available to go out first to a recommended local restaurant and then out on the small town a bit afterwards if you are so inclined, Icelanders are known for enjoying a good night out!