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Icelandic Lava Trek

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About the Challenge

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 fascinating and highly diverse short trek takes us up to a high pass between two majestic glaciers, taking in the new lava from the 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. 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.


Icelandic Lava Trek

5 DAYS
  • We fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer approx 45 mins to our hotel in central Reykjavik. After time to prepare our kit, we meet for dinner and a detailed trip briefing.  Night hotel.

  • After a hearty breakfast we drive 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 begin 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! Returning, we spend the night in a hut in Þórsmörk. Night hut.

    Drive approx 2.5 hours; trek approx 4 hours

  • 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 Fimmvörđuháls (pronounced Fimmvorthuhals), lying at 1043m between the two glaciers. Having walked uphill almost constantly, we have gained 900m in height and the views are awe-inspiring. Night hut.

    Trek approx 7-8 hours

  • 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 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. Night hotel.  (Dinner not included)

    Trek approx 8-9 hours

  • We have the 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.  (Lunch not included)

Icelandic Lava Trek for Stan Bowley Trust

5 DAYS
  • We fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer approx 45 mins to our hotel in central Reykjavik. After time to prepare our kit, we meet for dinner and a detailed trip briefing.  Night hotel.

  • After a hearty breakfast we drive 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 begin 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! Returning, we spend the night in a hut in Þórsmörk. Night hut.

    Drive approx 2.5 hours; trek approx 4 hours

  • 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 Fimmvörđuháls (pronounced Fimmvorthuhals), lying at 1043m between the two glaciers. Having walked uphill almost constantly, we have gained 900m in height and the views are awe-inspiring. Night hut.

    Trek approx 7-8 hours

  • 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 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. Night hotel.  (Dinner not included)

    Trek approx 8-9 hours

  • We have the 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.  (Lunch not included)


Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £199 Fundraising target £2,300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    the tour cost includes:

    • Transport
    • Accommodation and all meals except two as specified in the itinerary
    • Experienced Discover Adventure leaders and doctor (depending on final group size) are also included, with a support crew of local guides and drivers

     

    the tour cost does not include:

    • Personal travel insurance
    • Meals as specified
    • Tip for local crew or entry to any optional activities you may wish to visit (such as the Blue Lagoon)
    • Flights
    • We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target £2,750 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Charity
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target £1,750 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Contact Charity
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,375 Airline Taxes - Contact Charity

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • Flights from London to Reykjavik return and all transport
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local mountain guides and drivers
    • Local support and back up equipment
    • Entrance to any sites visited as part of the itinerary
    • Airline Taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks (bear in mind that alcoholic drinks are expensive in Iceland)
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at time of writing)
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions and activities - (eg. spa visit - allow approx. £70 if booked well in advance)
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target £2,750 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target £1,750 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,375 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • Flights from London to Reykjavik return and all transport
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local mountain guides and drivers
    • Local support and back up equipment
    • Entrance to any sites visited as part of the itinerary
    • Airline Taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks (bear in mind that alcoholic drinks are expensive in Iceland)
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at time of writing)
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions and activities - (eg. spa visit - allow approx. £70 if booked well in advance)
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target £2,750 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target £1,750 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,375 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • Flights from London to Reykjavik return and all transport
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local mountain guides and drivers
    • Local support and back up equipment
    • Entrance to any sites visited as part of the itinerary
    • Airline Taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks (bear in mind that alcoholic drinks are expensive in Iceland)
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at time of writing)
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions and activities - (eg. spa visit - allow approx. £70 if booked well in advance)
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £3,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £2,000 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,500 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • Flights from London to Reykjavik return and all transport
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local mountain guides and drivers
    • Local support and back up equipment
    • Entrance to any sites visited as part of the itinerary
    • Airline Taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks (bear in mind that alcoholic drinks are expensive in Iceland)
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at time of writing)
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions and activities - (eg. spa visit - allow approx. £70 if booked well in advance)
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £3,000 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Part - Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target £2,000 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £349 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,500 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

    Fundraising Target (i)
    Paid 10 or 6 weeks prior to trip departure

    Trip Cost (i)
    Payable 8 or 4 weeks prior to trip departure

    WHAT'S INCLUDED 

    • Flights from London to Reykjavik return and all transport
    • All meals except where specified, and accommodation
    • Discover Adventure leaders; doctor with a group of 15 or more participants; local mountain guides and drivers
    • Local support and back up equipment
    • Entrance to any sites visited as part of the itinerary
    • Airline Taxes

    WHAT'S EXCLUDED

    • Two meals as specified in the itinerary
    • Travel insurance
    • Personal spending money, souvenirs and drinks (bear in mind that alcoholic drinks are expensive in Iceland)
    • Tips for the local guides and support crew
    • Inbound airport departure tax (no tax applied at time of writing)
    • Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
    • Fees for any optional sites, attractions and activities - (eg. spa visit - allow approx. £70 if booked well in advance)
    • Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
    Download Challenge Details

Detailed Information

  • Group flights leave from London Heathrow or Gatwick, (we regret that we are unable to book connecting flights), and are booked through Discover Adventure Ltd under ATOL licence 5636. By travelling with Discover Adventure you are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). We do not always use the same airline for each destination; if you wish to know the probable carrier please call for details. You will usually receive confirmed flight details several months before departure. Our itineraries are always based on current flight schedules and are therefore subject to change by the airline. If you prefer to book your own flights please ask us for a land-only cost.

  • Some accommodation (in hotels or camp) will be twin-share. Please tell us if you know somebody else on the trip that you would like to share with and we will try our best to accommodate your request. If you don't know anyone else in the group don't worry, we always pair you up with someone of the same gender, and a similar age where possible. We do not charge a single supplement if you are a solo traveller.

    On some nights we are likely to sleep in more communal accommodation such as dormitories, huts, local homestays or monasteries, depending on the trip, and you may be sharing with a larger number of participants or the whole group; this type of accommodation cannot always be single-sex.

  • We stay at a good, well-located hotel in Reykjavik in twin-share rooms. Please be warned that hotel rooms in Iceland are traditionally small! On trek we stay in pleasant wooden refuge-style mountain huts. Rooms are dorm-style.

  • The food provided is plentiful, often local in style and freshly-cooked, and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we enjoy a buffet-style lunch-stop, other times we might have packed lunches. On some trips we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at the hotel, depending on accommodation. In some regions there may be less variety than you are used to, and in others fresh meat or produce can be harder to come by. Any meals not included are listed in the itinerary and are generally on travel / free days, giving you the opportunity to explore and try other culinary experiences! There is always something to suit different budgets.

    Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. Please do not expect as much variety as you would have access to at home – we may be in very rural or remote areas and among people of a different culture who may not understand your requirements, however willing they are to help. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat we strongly recommend you bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. They are also trained in expedition first aid. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. Usually leaders are based in the UK or other English-speaking countries and lead for us regularly throughout the year in many different countries. In some instances, trips are led by in-country guides with a wealth of knowledge about the region; they have been trained by us to provide the level of support expected on a Discover Adventure trip.

  • An expedition doctor or medic accompanies the group (dependent on group size.) Their role is to look after the well-being of the whole group and deal with any incidents. They help the leaders to ensure the trip runs smoothly, and encourage you when things get tough. The total number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but at Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.

  • Our local support crew is made up of local guides, assisted by drivers, porters, cooks and other support staff, depending on the type of trip. Local guides know the area well, and are a great source of knowledge about local lifestyles. The Discover Adventure crew work closely with the local crew to ensure your trip runs smoothly and safely. In some destinations we work together as a team with local guides to help set up or break camp, or prepare meals. Your leader will arrange a collection of tips for the local support crew at the end of your trek, and you will be provided with a guideline amount in advance. Tipping is not obligatory, but once you see how hard they work on your behalf you will be happy to donate something!

  • Your luggage, food, water and equipment is transported for you from one night-stop to the next. If there is easy road access this is done by vehicle; if not porters, mules or even camels might carry your bags, depending on the destination and terrain.

    Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not suitable, so it is essential that your kit is packed in a soft bag, rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should also bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.

  • For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office including security and local laws, plus passport and visa information, check www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

  • This is designed to be a challenge, and it is vital that you train sufficiently for it. We will supply you with a thorough training guide once you have registered. We expect all participants to train hard in advance, but we respect everyone’s limits and do not expect everyone to maintain the same pace. Inadequate training is likely to have an impact not just on your chances of completing the challenge, but enjoying it too - and we want you to have the time of your life!

    Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners may find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.

  • Entry requirements vary depending on your destination and nationality. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid, and any visas are obtained in good time. Check the FCO’s advice on entry requirements for your destination to be sure. To find out if you need a visa you can check requirements on our website; please ensure you allow plenty of time.

    Your routine UK schedule of vaccinations should be up-to-date (especially tetanus). We recommend you check Fit For Travel for further details. You should always check with a GP or travel clinic for up-to-date travel health advice as it does change.


Testimonials

Harriette - July 2017


Rated: 5* A  life changing experience where I have made new friends, discovered new strengths within myself, and achieved a lifetime dream.  

Karen - July 2017


Rated: 5* Beautiful, diverse landscape, great group, lots of laughs and a fantastic achievement!

Rob - July 2017


Thank you for helping to arrange the fabulous trek to Iceland. We all had a truly memorable time and will be sharing our experiences with all of our friends and family for years to come I'm sure. The guides and locations were all absolutely perfect and we'd like to send
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our thanks to everyone involved!
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Kymberley - November 2016


Loved this challenge. It was everything I expected from a DA trip. It was nice to be able to enjoy such a great country in such a short space of time, this would make a great introduction to anyone new to trekking.

Lynda - November 2016


I learnt so much from the local guide who was so enthusiastic and passionate about her country. Walking behind waterfalls and looking inside volcanoes fantastic.

Shannon - November 2016


I always use DA as I believe they are great value for money and I've never had a bad experience with them: their challenges are exactly as described: once in a life time experiences that challenge you and teach you about local culture and what your capable of. I started
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off wanting to fundraise, and then just got hooked on the challenge opportunities and experiences DA offer: throughout the whole process, I feel like a valued customer from start to finish!
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Jo - November 2016


A DA challenge always leaves me with an immense sense of achievement. They push me beyond what I think I am capable of. That is why I return to them again and again.

Terry - November 2016


As always I had a great time. The DA leader and the local guides were excellent. All in all a great trip with a great bunch of people.

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TOUGH trips involve tough terrain, with some very rigorous days; weather, altitude and/or basic living conditions will add to the challenge. They demand good stamina, fitness and a determined attitude.

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