Iceland Trek

Iceland

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Get ready for your best adventure yet!

In five days, you’ll trek 55km through the remote highlands of Iceland culminating in a day in Reykjavik to celebrate your amazing achievement. You’ll discover stunning glaciers and raging rivers, cross vibrant coloured mountains and camp under moon and stars.
As you make memories that’ll last a lifetime, you’ll help families supported by St Peter & St James to do the same.

ITINERARY*

Day 1: Landmannalaugar
You depart the UK on our flight to Reykjavik, upon arrival in Reykjavik you meet your local guides and transfer to the Blue Lagoon – Iceland’s premier hot geothermal baths that are said to have wellbeing properties! The perfect way to start our Icelandic challenge. You then transfer to your first night’s camp. On your transfer you pass Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most famous active volcano. You will make a stop at Ljótipollur crater and hope for a great view over the highlands, spotting Iceland’s biggest glaciers before arriving in Landmannalaugar – ‘Pearl of the Highlands’ – approx. 600m above sea level. You will spend the afternoon in Landmannalaugar getting acquainted with our surroundings and relaxing in the hot springs!

Day 2: Landmannalaugar to Álftavatn
You start your challenge early and trek through the rough lava field of Laugahraun. From here you ascend up the beautiful hills by the colourful mountain Brennisteinsalda, and on to a plateau. The colours are out of this world! Ancient rivers and streams mark the land so you will be going in and out of small gullies quite a lot. You can also expect snow piles at this point, that you’ll need to traverse. You continue your trek along the hills of Reykjafjöll, through gullies until you get to Jökultungur, where the landscape changes from dark mountains to shining glaciers. You then descend into a green oasis – a pleasant contrast to the rough landscapes you’ve left behind. From here you trek to your campsite on the northern shore of the stunning Lake Álftavatn, a place of great serenity. Trekking distance – approx. 24km

Day 3: Alftavatn to Emstrur
A slightly less challenging day. You’ll trek Brattháls hill and head east for the Hvanngil gorge where you cross the Bratthálskvísl River on foot – there will be a change of footwear required! You continue your trek to Kaldaklofskvísl from where you head for the hut and campsite of Emstrur. On your way you cross the river of Bláfjallakvísl once more. You push on with your trek and cross between two sandy hills, where you’ll soon see your destination for the night. If people are up for an evening walk after dinner you can take a peek at the unbelievable Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon. The canyon is 200m deep, and the powerful Markarfjót River flows through it. Trekking distance – approx. 16km

Day 4: Emstrur to Thórsmörk
You start your day’s trek down a crooked path to the Syðri Emstruá River, which you’ll cross via a bridge. After your crossing you’ll head south to the area of Almenningar. The landscape starts to change once again, and you’ll see peaceful streams covered in arctic birch and flowers. After more refreshing river crossings you leave Almenningar behind you, and enter Thórsmörk valley, a beautiful woodland area with stunning landscapes that are truly inviting. From the valley you have a 40 minute walk to Langidalur hut. This part is wonderful as vegetation has spread over the area. Thórsmörk is undeniably one of the pearls of Icelandic nature – an amazing place to finish your challenge! After celebrating your achievements, you take the transfer to the bright lights of Reykjavík for a celebratory dinner and party Iceland-style! Trekking distance – approx. 15km

Day 5: Reykjavik

You will take an early transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. You arrive back into the UK, say your final goodbyes as a group and make your onward journey home.


FUNDING OPTIONS

There are two options when it comes to paying for your trip and you should choose the one that works best for you. If you’d like to discuss them in more detail or would appreciate some advice from our team, we’re more than happy to help.

Option 1

Registration fee: £299
Minimum Sponsorship: £3,100

Option 2

Registration fee: £299
Cost of trip: £1,550
Sponsorship: As the full cost of the trip is covered with this option, you set your own sponsorship target. We suggest aiming for £1,000 or more!

 

Once signed up for the trek, we’ll be there for you every step of the way. We’ll be at the end of the phone whenever you need us, can provide fundraising tips and tricks to ensure you reach your minimum target and will gift you a St Peter & St James Hospice t-shirt to wear with pride whilst training and on the trek.

For more information about the trek and for answers to FAQs, you can download the Iceland trek brochure here.

We have a limited number of spaces available in this popular event.
To reserve a place in this event, click the button above.
Or, for more information or to register, please contact challenge@stpjhospice.org or call 01444 470726.

To support our amazing trek team, click here and donate whatever you can. Thank you!

*(Please note, this is a complex itinerary and subject to change)

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