Trek Iceland for Hampstead and London 2021

Sun, 12th September 2021 (12:00 am - 12:00 am)

September
12 Sunday

Trek Iceland for Hampstead and London 2021

Sun, 12th September 2021 (12:00 am - 12:00 am)
Iceland
Iceland

Description

12 – 17 September 2021

Journey across the land of ice and fire; Iceland is renowned for towering volcanoes, enchanting hot springs, epic lava flows and glittering ice-cold waterfalls. Camping each night in the incomparable Icelandic wilderness, get ready for a truly authentic adventure. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Depart UK for Iceland

We fly from London to Keflavik airport where we will be met by our guides. From the airport we head to the beautiful Southern Highlands, approximately three hours away. En route we’ll enjoy the views of Hekla, Iceland’s most famous volcano, home of glistening glaciers, active geysers, hot springs and waterfalls. 

We’ll arrive at our campsite in Landmannalaugar and enjoy a welcome dinner. 

Day 2

Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker

12km

On day two, we’ll enjoy an exciting first day of hiking as we climb through the rhyolite and cross lava and snow fields. Near the highest point we’ll pass Stórihiver, a large hot spring, before walking through fields of glistening black obsidian rock with spectacular views back across Hrafntinnusker. We’ll make camp in the evening light, pitched up at the highest point along the route. 

Day 3

Hrafntinnusker to Álftavatn 

12km

After a meandering downhill descent over scree we’ll cross a river to make our way to Álftavatn, a huge volcanic lake, where we’ll stay the night. If we’re still feeling energetic by then, we can swim in the lake while we take in the magnificent scenery!

Day 4

Álftavatn to Emstrur 

14km

As we leave the rhyolite, we’ll enter an area with fast-running glacial streams and deep gorges, wading briefly through ice-cold streams to get a true feel of Icelandic geography! After lunch we’ll descend down to Hvanngil and trek across wind-swept and rolling plains to Emstrur, where we’ll stay for the night.

Day 5

Emstrur to Reykjavik via Thorsmörk 

15km

Day five begins with a river-crossing using ropes on a footbridge, before descending a long steep path into the main valley of Thorsmörk. For the final leg of the trek we’ll pass through some truly unforgettable scenery, surrounded on all sides by gigantic glaciers and raging rivers. We’ll then be transferring back to Reykjavik to the Guesthouse Aurora to celebrate our incredible journey with a traditional Icelandic meal and a well-earned rest.

Day 6

Reykjavik – London

We’ll spend our last morning in Iceland exploring the world’s most northerly capital, strolling around the city soaking up the culture first hand. Alternatively, those who wish to can visit the nearby Blue Lagoon, famous for being Iceland’s most popular pool of pure, mineral-rich, geothermal seawater, nestled amongst fields of lava. We’ll also get the opportunity to taste Iceland’s renowned seafood cuisine. In the afternoon, we’ll head to the airport for our flight back to London.

 Please be aware that the itinerary may be subject to change.

Information

What’s included?

  • Return flights
  • Local transfers
  • Accommodation
  • Tour leader
  • Medic
  • All meals
  • Marie Curie kit
  • Marie Curie representative on the event

Event details

  • Date

    12 – 17 September 2021

  • Registration fee

    £299

  • Minimum fundraising

    £2,999 – we’ll help you with your fundraising every step of the way

  • Fundraising Deadlines

    £2,400 due 25 June 2021. Remaining amount due 4 weeks after the event.

  • Minimum age

    You must be 18 years old or over to take part. 

  • Fitness

    To take on this challenge you’ll need a high level of fitness

    https://www.mariecurie.org.uk/get-involved/charity-events/overseas-challenges/iceland

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