After several years of guiding an Icelandic group in Spain, it is time to go to Iceland and see this beautiful country.
The itinerary has been specially designed for Ibex Trex to do the best walks and see some of the most beautiful landscapes and national parks in Iceland.
The group size will be no more than 14 people.
Included in the price: 7 nights accommodation, 5 guided walks led by local icelandic guide, drive to trail-heads and to Þórsmörk and the sights Gullfoss,Geysir and Þingvellir, 6 picnic lunches and 6 dinners, a free day in Reykjavik.
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- Vacation Style Holiday Type
- Activity Level Moderate
- Group Size Medium Group
A Piece About Iceland By The Guide
Iceland is a unique country. The scenery is dramatic and often quite unbelievable with unusual colours in the mountains and hot water springs abounding. This landscape is a true walker’s paradise. All parts of the country offer interesting and challenging walks. To reach many of them you may have to drive hundreds of kilometers in order to be able to walk between huts in the highlands or between little settlements in west , north or east.
We want to take you to some of the special and interesting walking areas in the vicinity of Reykjavík frequented by the locals, as well as some of the most popular tourist attractions of Iceland Gullfoss,Geysir and Þingvellir and to make a stunning walk in a remote wally under the famous glacier Eyjafjallajökull.
The last years the Icelanders have been walking in their own country as never before, associations and companies offer walking to a mountain in the vicinity of Reykjavík or in the near distance once a week or once a month. The possibilities are almost endless. We invite you to explore some of these interesting places known to many Icelanders but not so many foreign guests.
You will stay in the capital area half of the time from where there is a short drive to many exciting trails on the Reykjanes peninsula and Hellisheiði heath land. This peninsula is a home to a multitude of geological phenomena and seemingly endless lava fields and there the mid-Atlantic ridge rises above the sea-level. The Hellisheiði heath land is the second biggest high temperature geothermal area of Iceland with abundance of hot springs in which some of them it is possible to tack a bath in the nature. You will also visit the famous and beautiful waterfall Gullfoss and the sprouting Geysir, walk in the national park and UNESCO site of Þingvellir and if the weather allows mount the most popular mountain of the country Mt Esja which is in the vicinity of the capital Reykjavík. Last but not least visit the stunning glacier valley of the Thunder god Thor (Þórsmörk) and walk in this rugged and amazing area set between 3 glaciers one of them is the famous Eyjafjallajökull
5 Nights Ensuite Hotel Accommodation
2 Nights on a Farm at Porsmork with shared bathroom
All Evening Meals
Lunches on Walk days
5 Guided Walks
Golden Triangle Tour
All Transport during the week
Lunch on Free day
Personal snacks & drinks
- Day1 Arrival Day
Meet at Hotel Smari
After landing in Keflavik airport a bus will take you to hótel Smári a comfortable hotel in Kópavogur a town in the capital area of Iceland. From there is a short drive to the two first walks.
Dinner at the hótel.
- Day2 Heiðmörk 12km
After 10-15 minute drive through the outdoor park of Heiðmörk, we come to the the beginning of a trail which goes through the lava bank of the Búrfell crater or Búrfellsgjá which means the Crevice of Búrfell . Búrfellsgjá is a shallow crevice or indentation that was formed in an eruption at the Búrfell hill some eight thousand years ago. The walk goes through this lava bank up to the crater. On the way we pass a beautiful sheep pen and sheepfold built in 1839 which was used gathering the sheep until beginning of last century. On the way to Búrfell you will see impressive rock and lava formations, including one that looks like a stage made from and for rock. After walk around the crater we go on to the mountain of Húsfell 228 mys and from there over the lava field to the mountain of Helgafell 338 m.y.s. The view from the top is spectacular. Locals will walk their dogs up this mountain, go for a light walk, or even go mountain running so we could meat some of them.Walk ca 12 km
Then we walk through the water reserve of Kaldársel and back to where we started.
Picnic lunch. Accommodation and dinner hotel Smári
- Day3 Peninsula of Reykjanes 14km
We drive a little bit further in to the peninsula of Reykjanes maybe thirty minutes drive due to a bad rod. We start by literary walking through a small mountain of Lambafell through the Lambafellsgjá one of the secret gems of Reykjanes. Reykjanes Peninsula is a young section of Iceland. It is a land-born, highly volcanic counterpart of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge where two tectonic plates diverge at an average rate of 2.5 cm a year resulting in lot of rifts along the peninsula among others this one. We then walk up to the green mountains of Trölladyngja 279 mys and Grænadyngja 393 mys. After having enjoyed the superb view to Keflavik and over the entire peninsula wi go down in to the crater of Sogaselsgígur where we find ruins of sheep and summer dwellings. We walk on to the stunning area of Sogin where hot water activity have changed the colors of the soil into beautiful color spectrum of pink, yellow, light brown, white base and many others. From her we can go back to the parking or go on exploring and walk up to the beautiful lakes of Spákonuvatn and Grænavatn before heading back. Walk 12-16 km.
Picnic lunch. Accommodation and lunch hotel Smári
- Day4 Hellisheiði Heathland 16km
We drive around 30 minutes to east to the Hellisheiði heathland which is the second biggest high temperature geothermal area of Iceland with abundance of hot springs. The trail offers a rare and secluded look at every type of hot spring Iceland has to offer and a great bath in a naturally hot river at the end of the valley. We start walking at the interesting geothermal power plant of Hellisheiði optional is a 30 minutes guided tour through the plant. From there we pass the ruins of the old guest hose of Kolviðarhóll before we start climbing up to the ally of Innstidalur. There we pass interesting hot spring areas and old mountain huts used be the scouts. We go on following the mountain slopes of the mountain of Hengill until we come to the little valley of Reykjadalur where we can take a comfortable bath in the wild before we walk the last 3 kilometers of this walk. Walk 18-20 km .
Overnight and dinner at the farm Stóra Mörk in double rooms with sheared bathrooms.
- Day5 Þórsmörk 10 - 14km
After waking up early we make an exciting drive through the many rivers on the way to Þórsmörk valley with its rugged nature. The place is cornered in by glaciers and their mighty glacial rivers, criss crossed by towering canyons and the steep foothills of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier is sight not soon forgotten. 25 km drive can take up to an hour. To reach this secluded highland valley we will need a modified 4×4 vehicle. On the way to Þórsmörk we will visit the picturesque waterfall Seljalandsfoss and pass the Gígjökull glacier lagoon where we will see firsthand the results of the destructive power of the Eyjafjallajökull glacier. There in 2010 a massive flood of melt water and small ice burghs from the volcanic crater ripped the glacier to shreds and flooded the area completely. Continuing onwards our destination is the cabin or the small houses where we stay for the night. As soon as possible do we start a walk in this interesting area set between three glaciers. We might walk Kattarhryggir up to Morinsheiði to have a view to the new lava form the site of the first of two volcanic eruptions in 2010. Depending on the weather conditions we might do another walk inn this special and interesting area. Walk 12-20 km.
Accommodation and dinner at Stóra Mörk
- Day6 Golden Triangle
We Start again early and drive through the rivers out from this adventurous place. Now we start by heading to the most popular sights of Iceland Gullfoss, Geysir and Þingvellir. The beautifull and powerfull waterfall Gullfoss, the exciting Geysir area with the hot spring Strokkur sprouting 20-30 meters high water columns every 5-10 minutes. From there we head for the national park of Þingvellir .There we will take interesting walk in the lava between great rifts in the earth’s crust. Take a circular walk around the park, passing gorges and Öxarárfoss waterfall and visit ruins of a farms in the lava a 6-12 km walk on rather flat area. If the weather is good we might shorten our walk in Þingvellir to be able to walk to the top of the most popular mountain of the country Mount Esja 917 mys. It is on our way to Reykjavík and much mounted by the inhabitants of the capital area. Ascent 580-750 meters according to interest. walk ca 2-3 hours . Late arraival at hótel Smári and dinner
- Day7 Berchules Circuit 15km
Free day in Reykjavík.Possible to go horse riding, whale watching walk along the coastline or simply enjoy the city.
Dinner at the Hotel
- Day8 Departure
The airport bus will pick you up 40mins before your check in time.
Hotel Smari 3*
Good hotel with nice en-suite rooms. Small bar with wifi in rooms.
Situated about 20mins from Reykjavik centre.
Smora Mork Farm
Situated at the mouth of Porsmork, this is a great place to stay. The rooms are simple and the bathrooms are shared but the location and scenery more than make up for this. The food is hearty and wi-fi in the main house.
En-suite rooms based on 2 people sharing a room
If you would like to have your own room, there is a 230 Euro surcharge.
We pay this to the hotels and do not profit from it.