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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.

  • 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 asteep, 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 (pre-booking essential). We then head off to the airport for our afternoon flight.


    (Lunch not included)

Icelandic Lava Trek for Hospice in the Weald

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

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    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target £2,750 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Contact Us
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    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target £1,750 Tour Cost £500.00 Airline Taxes - Contact Us
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    Registration Fee £275 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,375 Airline Taxes - Contact Us

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  • Available pricing options

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    Registration Fee £199 Fundraising target £2,300 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

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

    Download Challenge Details
  • Available pricing options

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

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

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

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  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £295 Fundraising target £2,850 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
    Full Payment Option
    Registration Fee £295 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £1,554 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

    Registration Fee (i)
    Payable on booking

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

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

    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 weeks prior to trip departure

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

    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 weeks prior to trip departure

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

    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.

  • All food is included except for a few meals as specified in the itinerary. The food is plentiful, generally local in style, freshly-cooked and will give you plenty of energy. Sometimes we have packed lunches, sometimes meals are buffet-style, other times we stop at small local restaurants. Dinners are generally eaten in camp or at our hotel, depending on accommodation.

  • 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 are often 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.

  • All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. Although our leaders are trained in expedition first-aid, they are accompanied by an expedition doctor or medic (dependent on group size), who is there 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 number of crew looking after you will depend on the final size of your group, but an average-sized overseas group would be led by two leaders and a doctor. 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 luggage, food, water and equipment is carried by vehicles, porters, mules, etc (depending on terrain and accessibility) from one night-stop to the next. 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 mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders 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 compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the Challenge

  • We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be 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.

  • Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. 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 will 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 up-to-date and any visas are obtained in good time. For further information please see our Factsheet and Visa information page.

    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.

  • For most people, the main attraction of travelling to a different country is to see new sights and enjoy new experiences. Sometimes those new experiences can make life harder or more inconvenient than you may like, such as toilet hygiene or different food, or simply a different attitude to solving problems. This is all part of the challenge you are signing up for! We are very privileged to live in a country with a high standard of living, and travelling exposes us to different challenges – all of which help broaden our horizons. We can guarantee that coming face-to-face with experiences outside your normal ‘comfort zone’ will help you bond with your fellow trekkers and provide you with plenty of things to laugh about! A sense of humour and sense of adventure are two of the most important things to bring with you!

  • Do I need travel insurance?

    Yes, you must have adequate travel insurance cover in order to participate in any overseas challenge. Most charities allow you to organise this independently as long as your insurance company is aware of the nature of what you are doing and that it is a charity event. Some charities have their own specific policy. Alternatively it can be arranged through us.

Trek Training Weekend

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£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Trek Training Weekends take place in Snowdonia National Park, Wales. This training weekend is designed to put you through your paces to enable you to gauige fitness levels and gain advice from our experienced leaders.

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GRADE | tough (3)

This trip involves more rigorous days; weather, altitude or basic living conditions will add to the challenge. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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