Landmannalaugar National park – Amazing Landscape in Iceland – trekking in colorful mountains in summer time.
Next July 2018, IF Kitsilano is going on a trip of a lifetime to trek the highlands of Iceland!
Lead by IF coach Lydia-Rose, this trip will be a once in a lifetime experience to conquer fitness goals such as trekking for five days through the Icelandic highlands, as well as being witnesses to some of the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. Last month we had a representative from G Adventures come and talk to us about the trip we will be embarking on next year and so we’ve decided to recap her slideshow to show you exactly what you could experience by coming on this incredible trip.
The trip dates are from July 13th-22nd, 2018 and we will be flying direct from Vancouver to Reykjavik there and back.
The total cost of the trip all included is $5670 (airline taxes subject to change).
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
This will include:
- Travel to and from destinations
- Access to all national parks/hot springs we will be visiting
- Training program provided by Innovative Fitness to make sure you are on track before the hike!
Your First Day
On our first day in Reykjavik we will be arriving from the airport fairly early so we will have the day to explore the city and all it has to offer on our own or as a group. There is a lot of art galleries, concert halls and museums as well as a Viking monument and a cathedral in the middle of the city. We will be staying in a hotel hostel in shared rooms, however we will only be sharing rooms with other people from our group.
Your Second Day
On the 14th of July, our tour will begin and we will head to the Golden Circle for some sightseeing including the first geiser, waterfalls, and a national park that includes the faults of the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates. We will have the option to snorkel or scuba in this national park which has some of the clearest water in the world. After that, we will head to Landmannalaugar which will be the starting point of our five day trek. We will be camping here over night and will have the opportunity to swim and hang out in a geothermal natural pool that is right beside the campsite. We will have a private car that will bring our belongings to each camp site every night so this will allow us to only pack a day pack for our hikes.
Your Third Day
The next day we will embark on the first day of our trek, going from Landmannalaugar to Alftavatn through the Laugavegur trail which is one of the most famous in Iceland. We will be hiking approximately 24 km that day which will take 8-10 hrs with a 900m ascent for the day. We will be walking through lava fields, glacier lakes, and snow packed trails.
Your Fourth Day
On our second day of the trek we will be heading from Alftavatn to Emstrur. We will have a river crossing on this hike through a glacier lake. We will be hiking 15km (approximately 6 hours) with about 40m of elevation. Once we arrive at the campsite and have dinner, we will have the opportunity to go on another little hike in the evening as the sun doesn’t set until about 11PM on Summer days in Iceland!
Your Fifth Day
On the third day of the trek we will be leaving Emstrur and heading to Porsmork where we will be crossing rivers and fields of flowers. There will a massive variety in terrains through this trek especially on this day of hiking.
Your Sixth Day
The next day will be more of a rest day in Porsmork where we will have the opportunity to go on a day hike around the Porsmork valley for approximately 4-5 hours to see a dormant glacier covered volcano, reaching our highest elevation of the entire trip. We will also have the option to hang around the campsite and relax for the day.
Your Seventh Day
The last day we will be heading from Porsmork to Reykjavik and stopping along the way to hike the Solheimajokull glacier. They will provide us with crampons and ice picks for the glacier hike. We will also be stopping by the Skogafoss waterfalls along the way back to Reykjavik for some incredible sightseeing!
Your Last Day
Once back in Reykjavik, we will have the day to relax and go explore the Blue Lagoon! This is hands down Iceland’s most famous geothermal pool. The properties of the water are incredibly rich in minerals and have many healing properties. There is also a spa at the Blue Lagoon where you can get a massage and facial or sit by the pool bar.
This trip only has FIVE more spots available and the deadline to participate will be on December 1st, 2017. At this time there will be a 20% deposit due to hold your spot for the trip, with the rest of the amount not due until April.
If this sounds like a trip for you or if you have any other questions please contact:
Hope to see you there!