Winter Hiking | Iceland

Winter Hiking Adventure in Iceland

Season

November through March

Nearest city

Reykjavik, Iceland

Group size

4-8 people, solo travelers are welcome

Duration

8 days

Skill level

Intermediate

Explore ice caves and more under the Northern lights

Waterfalls, volcanoes, secret canyons, blue ice caves, and the wildest, isolated and most beautiful parts of Iceland come together as you embark on an 8-day winter hiking and snowshoeing adventure in Iceland’s South Coast and Highland areas. Travel to the far reaches of Iceland and discover nature in its most raw and untouched form, then bathe in natural hot springs and sleep under the northern lights. This tour delivers the beauty of nature mixed with a taste of Icelandic traditions and culture in one epic week of adventure.

Winter Hiking Adventure in Iceland

This epic eight-day expedition will show you why Iceland’s called “The Land of Ice and Fire.” After touring the streets of Reykjavik, you’ll journey with a private guide across the South Coast and into the Icelandic Highlands on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. From imposing glaciers, crater lakes and stretches of black sand beaches to the wonderfully vast and wild valley of Thórsmörk with hidden ice caves and steaming geysers, you will hike and snowshoe through one of the most remote and breathtaking locations in the world.

Trip Highlights

Eight days jam-packed with adventure await you, every day with new challenges, new terrain, and new things to discover. From the glaciated alpine areas of the South Coast to the hidden ice caves and remote wilderness of Thórsmörk, you will spend each day hiking to new and interesting locations. While daylight hours are limited, with only three to six hours of hiking time per day, there’s plenty of time for exploration with evenings spent basking under the hue of the northern lights and bathing in natural hot springs. While you’re in the Valley of Thor, be sure to thank the God of Thunder for keeping the storms at bay, since weather is Iceland’s most difficult crux.

Things you need to know

COVID-19 measures in Iceland

Iceland borders are opening on June 15th. Passengers arriving in Iceland need to choose between sitting in quarantine for 14 days or taking a COVID-19 test. Testing will be free of charge until the end of June, while a 15,000 ISK (about $115) will be charged afterwards. Children born in 2005 or later do not need to be tested.

Official COVID-19 updates by the Icelandic Government for travellers are available on this link: https://www.covid.is/announcements

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Why should I go hiking?

Cars just don’t do Iceland justice, and many of the locations covered in this adventure are only accessible by foot. From exploring hidden blue ice caves to standing on glaciers, hiking is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy Iceland’s striking landscape and experience the untouched nature around you.

What’s included?

This is what you’ll get with on this adventure:

  • Accommodations
  • A local Amarok Adventures guide
  • Crampons and snowshoes
  • All needed glacier/snowshoeing equipment
  • Permits
  • Transportation throughout the adventure
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Not included:

  • Country Visa
  • Permits
  • Flights and flight taxes
  • Sleeping bag & personal items
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide offers you the chance to experience Iceland’s beauty to the fullest. Local guides know all the hidden gems the area has to offer, will explain the history and geology during the hike, and will transport you to and from the destination. Iceland also has notoriously fickle weather, but your guide will know just what to do if the weather takes a turn or something unexpected happens.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Small backpack for the day
  • Hiking boots
  • Warm clothes
  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Warm hiking pants
  • Thermal meshes
  • Hiking socks
  • Warm hat and Buff
  • Swimsuit and towel
  • Warm gloves
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, first aid kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • Sun glasses
  • Earplugs
  • Frontal lantern
  • Water bottle
  • Thermal bottle (recommended)
  • Extra batteries
  • Hiking poles for the snow (if you’re use to using them)
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)

What’s the itinerary?

Please note that itineraries are subject to slight changes due to weather and trail conditions.

Day One

  • Arrive at Keflavik Airport
  • Transfer to accommodations in Reykjavík
  • Briefing with the guides and review of personal materials
  • Explore Reykjavik

Day Two

  • Transfer to the famous Golden Circle
  • Visit the famous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafossr
  • Bathe in the hot springs of the Secret Lagoon

*Lunch and entrance to Secret Lagoon not included

Day Three

  • Head towards the South Coast
  • Trek along Myrdalsjökull Glacier and the Eyjafjallajökull Volcano
  • Visit the famous waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss
  • Explore secret canyons
  • Sightseeing in the small fishing village of Vík í Myrdal

Day Four

  • Head to Vatnajökull National Park, near the highest peak in Iceland
  • Explore the Vatnajökull Glacier

Day Five

  • Enter the front of Jökulsárlón, the biggest glacier in Europe
  • Hike the glacier with crampons, visiting a hidden cave
  • Return to Vík í Myrdal

Day Six

  • Drive through the Highlands to Thórsmör — the Valley of Thor
  • Explore the valley
  • Return to accommodations within the valley
  • Enjoy a evening bonfire
  • Bathe in nearby thermal baths

Day Seven

  • Trek in Thórsmörk
  • Return to the South Coast, to the village of Hvolsvöllur
  • Visit the Lava Center or relax in your accommodation

Day Eight

  • Transfer to Keflavik Airport
  • Say farewell to Iceland

How fit do I need to be?

This adventure requires that you spend three to six hours hiking every day for 8 days, often through challenging terrain. There are steep climbs, river crossings and strenuous glacier hikes in winter weather conditions, sometimes wearing crampons or snowshoes. You should feel comfortable spending full-days outdoors and on your feet.

What is the minimum age requirement?

Everybody over the age of 16 is welcome on this winter hiking adventure. If you have teens younger than 16, contact us prior to the booking.

What about group sizes?

Groups usually consist of 4 to 8 people with 2 qualified local guides.

Because this tour requires a minimum enrollment of four people, if you are booking alone, your reservation is subject to change up until the last day if the minimum enrollment is not reached (but fear not, as that is rarely the case!).

What about bad weather?

Iceland is home to infamously unpredictable weather, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. The same white cloud shielding you from sunbeams can easily turn into a stormcloud plummeting hailstones within minutes. Rest assured, your guide will know the correct course of action if the weather throws a curveball.

Do I need an insurance policy?

It’s highly recommended that you cover all your bases with travel and medical insurance. While hiking might seem like a low-risk outdoor activity, accidents can happen anywhere.

Global Rescue offers deals that cover everything from costly medical expenses, abruptly halted travel plans and even lost baggage. Make sure your insurance covers cancelations due to the pandemic.

Cancelation policy

All cancellations must be made by letter or e-mail. The guiding service reserves the right to keep fees to cover costs as follows:

100% of the trip price is refundable before you get the confirmation
50% of the trip price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure.
25% of the price of the trip is refundable if canceled 16 to 29 days before departure.
0% of the price is refundable if the trip is canceled 15 days before departure.

Confirmation of 30% must be paid at booking and full payment must have arrived 9 weeks prior to departure.

The guiding service reserves the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and the staff. Clients takes full responsibility for meeting the physical fitness level requirement of the trip, and having all the required equipment that is described in the information provided to them. Clients that are physically unfit or not equipped for their tour can be dismissed from the tour at their own expense. No responsibility is accepted for losses or expenses due to delays, changes of flights or other services, as well as because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. Guiding service does not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant’s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances, such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.

Getting there and meeting location

The meeting location is Keflavik Airport. From there, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík, where you’ll begin your 8-day adventure.

Trek in landscapes that defy the laws of nature, exploring Iceland’s hidden ice caves and glacier formed canyons during the day, and basking in the glow of the northern lights at night.
$2710
per person

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