Icelandic Lava Trek
Discover a land of incredible contrast and beauty
Join us on a unique journey to a mythical isle shaped by ice and fire
Date: 30th August 2017
Iceland is a land of incredible contrast and beauty. Its wild volcanic landscapes, mountains, glaciers, hot springs, geysers and waterfalls, combined with its rich history, literature and folklore make it a fascinating country to explore.
This intriguing and highly diverse short trek takes us up to a high pass between two majestic glaciers, taking in the new lava formed during the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. We finish at the beautiful waterfall of Skógarfoss before returning to Reykjavik, where we have some time to explore or visit the famous Blue Lagoon thermal spa.
This is a tough and challenging trek through a remote and wild environment – and presents a rare opportunity to witness a landscape which is changing before our eyes.
- Return flights from London to Reykjavik.
- All transport, accommodation and meals except for dinner on day 4 and lunch on day 5.
- Any air fuel supplement required.
- Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and doct (depending on final group size) are also included, with a support crew of local guides and drivers.
Day 1: Fly London to Reykjavik – We fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer to our hotel in central Reykjavik. After final kit preparations, enjoy dinner and a detailed trek briefing ahead of the coming days.
Day 2: Reykjavik to Þórsmörk – After a hearty breakfast, we travel to magical Þórsmörk, a dramatic green valley shaped by the constant interplay between fire and ice. Named for the Norse God Thor, it’s a beautiful place to being our trek. We enjoy an afternoon warm-up walk, which takes us up to Valahnúkur, a wonderful viewpoint over to the glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull and down to the Krossa River below. It’s an inspiring landscape which will whet your appetite for tomorrow!
We spend the night in a traditional hut in Þórsmörk.
Day 3: Þórsmörk to Fimmvörduháls – We set off, trekking uphill onto Kattarhyrggir (Cat’s Spine) ridge, with fabulous views back over the valley. We come out onto a wide plateau, where sweeping views await – including the lava fall formed by the 2010 eruption. Our route takes us up a steep, narrow rocky slope, which brings us to the lava field. Here we can see the craters – it’s a fascinating area to explore, and a close-up reminder of the power of nature. We are almost at the pass of Fimmvörduháls, lying at 1043m between the two glaciers. Having walked uphill almost constantly, we have gained 900m in height and the views are awe-inspiring. Overnight in a hut.
Day 4: Fimmvörduháls, Skógar and Reykjavik – Today we descend from the pass, through tundra-like landscapes, still with great glacier views. After walking over rocky plains, it’s magical to drop down into the verdant green hills of the Skógaá River, which we follow for the rest of our trek. We pass several waterfalls and in places the way is lined with thick green moss. Our trek ends at the majestic Skógarfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland with a 60-metre drop. It adds yet more diversity to the trek and is a breath-taking end to our challenge. After the obligatory photos, we jump into our waiting vehicles and return to Reykjavik for an evening of celebrations at the hotel.
Day 5: Fly Reykjavik to London – We have a morning free to explore Reykjavik, or head off for an optional trip to the Blue Lagoon, a thermal spa approx. 45 mins away. We then head off to the airport for our afternoon flight.
Ready to discover this untouched wonder?
You’ll need a deposit of just £275 to join this once-in-a-lifetime adventure. How you fund the rest is up to you!
Option A Deposit £275 + minimum sponsorship £2650
Option B Deposit £275 + self funding £1325 (no minimum sponsorship)
For more information about any of our UK or overseas challenges, feel free to contact Robert Grew in fundraising on 01227 812609.