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This is a small group adult holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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Iceland Walking Explorer is a trip full of adventure and interest. The walking, whilst quite tough, is at a pace to suit everyone, takes you into some stunning scenery in remote locations. There is also plenty of sightseeing in a country which offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the world. Camping is in good mountain tents and on beautiful sites with the necessary facilities. The food and cooking are excellent and if you go to bed on an empty stomach, it's your own fault. Icelandic weather is unpredictable, so expect beautiful days mixed in with some rain which rarely lasts the day.
The most inspirational moment of my trip was reaching the top of a volcano in the pouring rain to find a lovely hole in the ground blowing out warm sulphur smelling air. It was the perfect answer to preventing hypothermia, and I even got my gloves dry. Every mountain summit should have one.
Christian, the group leader is a thorough professional with good communication skills. His leadership in the mountains is excellent. In camp he works tirelessly to cook satisfying meals in difficult conditions, and the food is first rate. His knowledge of the Icelandic environment and culture is second to none. Acknowledgement must be made to our 'coach' driver Thor. He is a great guy who goes well beyond his call of duty to assist with the camping, to get you to remote locations safely, and to ensure that everyone on the trek has the best possible holiday.
Expect full, varied, long days whether walking or travelling. Icelandic walking is no picnic. It is often remote and the weather can change quickly. Good quality personal walking equipment and footwear is essential. The weather can swing from warm and dry to cold and wet several times on a one day trek, so 'layer' your clothing. The sharp lava rock will sort out any equipment that is 'on its last legs', and it will eat the seat of your trousers if you don't have a sit mat.
If you're thinking of planning a similar trip on your own forget it. This Exodus trip is excellent and you'd be very hard pushed either to replicate it or bring it in at the same cost -so go for it!
This trek was just incredible. I have never seen so much beauty concentrated in such a small country... from the lava fields, to the icebergs on black sand, to the impressive waterfalls, craters, moon-like landscapes etc.
There were many, it is difficult to just name a few.
Being at the top of Kritinartindar and taking in the amazing view on the glaciers; watching reflections of icebergs in in still glacier lagoon waters; in Bakkagerdi, admiring the full moon on a purple sky and at the same time a reddish sun set then rise on the sea (was worth staying up until 2 am!); witnessing how earth power is harvested efficiently into renewable energies; running down the Hverfjall crater.
Pétur is a great guide and a very nice person. He made sure everyone could get out of the trip what they'd come for despite differences in personalities, fitness levels etc. (e.g. lengthened walks, shortened walks with bus ride, etc.). He is very passionate and it is great to be able to talk in depth about his country. Him and David (our driver) organised several wicked activities such as a few hours at the swimming-pool in Egilsstadir, evenings at the pub, bathing in remote hot springs, music sessions (singing and playing), tasting some incredible fish and stews, visit of the Lindarbakki turf house etc. They both have a great sense of humor!
We were really lucky during our 2 weeks, as we only had sunny weather (and did get a tan!) with very little rain overall. however this was rather unusual for the season (and the country!) and therefore I would recommend you pack for heavy rain, wind and cold.
Also, on this type of trek, expect the unexpected to happen so please just be open-minded, go with the flow and enjoy the adventure (for example at our last campsite, the terrain was not ready for tents so instead the owner let us use one of the cabins with bunk beds. It was like being at a holiday camp, very fun!).
Otherwise, you should consider joining less adventurous and challenging holidays.
Just enjoy and take it all in!
Truly unforgettable experience of the beauty, ruggedness and awe inspiring scenery that Iceland has to offer.
So many great points, we ran out of superlatives to describe the amazing views. Skaftafell hike was great, getting to the peak and seeing the three glaciers.
Standing on a hill at 1:30am with a full moon over mountains behind us and sunrise over the sea n front.
Petur was fantastic and happily shared his love of Iceland, explaining the history and information about each area.
He sometimes had to keep the group moving on hiking days to ensure we got the best out of the holiday. We got to the top of Skaftafell hike with an amazing incredible view of the glaciers. Had time to take photos etc. and as we walked back down, we looked back and the whole hillside was covered in cloud. Its that experience of his country that made you feel safe and trust his instincts to get the most enjoyment out of the holiday.
Just to be fully prepared for a range of weather and that you will be walking on a full range of ground types from well maintained trails to knee deep snow and everything in between. The guide is experienced and knows what is safe. There is 24hour daylight but you soon get used to sleeping without any darkness :-) sometimes its great as can get some beautiful sunset/sunrise shots between 11pm and 2am.
Be prepared for long days of driving which is not too bad thanks to the wonderful views.
Iceland is a beautiful country and with a huge variety of things to see and experience. Often people say it is expensive but found most of the prices to be not too dissimilar to the alps.
On this trip we use two person tents and use fixed communal tents for dining and cooking. Organised campsites may only have basic facilities.. The group performs camp chores, although our staff provides advice and assistance.
When camping we usually stay at organised campsites, with good facilities and showers are available for a small fee (about £2) at some, included at others. Spacious two-person tents with sewn-in groundsheets and separate flysheets are supplied. We provide a dining tent with a table, campstools, and a gas lamp. Please note that some campsites in Iceland cannot be pre-booked, and are allocated on a firstcome first-served basis. Occasionally in busy periods we may use campsites different to those outlined in the itinerary.
The first and last two nights are spent in Reykjavik. Here we use centrally located guesthouses with simple rooms usually sleeping 2 to 4 per room and with shared facilities. The name of the guesthouse we are using will be confirmed in the pre-departure information.
Katarzyna Crompton - Iceland Operations
Sales team member Andrea Beech also travelled there and you can read her insights here.
No, if you hold an EU passport, you do not need any visa to travel. If you hold a non EU passport, please check with your nearest embassy.
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
The Blue Lagoon in Iceland is not to be missed! This large lake of steaming hot water is perhaps the most supernatural looking body of water on Earth. Descriptions of its waters range everywhere from “the same colour as the new Gatorade drink” to “frosty blue.” Though the latter term may sound good, the water in the lagoon is anything but “frosty.” The temperature in the swimmable area averages about 40C (104F), and the soothing, mineral-rich water is rumoured to have curative powers. You can plaster yourself with the mineral-laden mud, let your shoulders be pummelled by the thundering waterfall, swim and venture into the sauna.
Kai Aylward - Sales
Unfortunately, yes. Costs can be very high and you should be prepared for this. Any dinners not included weill cost about £30-£40 and a beer about £6. The local currency is the krona, and can be easily obtained on arrival. ATMS are availabe in most towns as well.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Iceland is on the northern edge of the temperate zone, meaning it has cool summers. Daytime temperatures in the summer months can be anything from 10° to 20°C, though in 2008 they reached 25°C and could equally drop close to zero. As we are in some mountainous areas, you must be prepared for some days of poor weather with strong winds and rain, but usually the weather is quite pleasant, though cool. There is constant daylight, but not midnight sun, in May, June and July.
Kai Aylward - Sales
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