Women’s Great Hiking Voyage in Iceland

Iceland
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Top three reasons to go hiking in Iceland

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    Conquer several classic Icelandic trails in a single hiking tour

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    Unwind in Iceland’s cozy and soothing hot springs

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    From massive glaciers to obsidian beaches, the landscapes are out of this world

Iceland feels like it was crafted by hikers for hikers. The island hosts nearly 500 hiking trails sprawling across three national parks and countless well-preserved nature reserves. Its legendary hikes such as the Golden Circle and the Laugavegur Trail take travelers across ice-riddled obsidian beaches, breathtaking volcanic valleys, and endless glacial expanses. The trails are well-routed and well-maintained, the huts are comfortable, and when your feet start hurting from all the hiking, just dip them in one of the countless warm geothermal pools. Join a group of women hiking enthusiasts and form new friendships as you hike through world-class landscapes straight out of a fantasy movie! Find out more about hiking Laugavegur—one of the best hiking trails in Iceland that you will discover on this trip—from your guide and founder of Viking Women, Saga Líf.

Season

June through September

Nearest city

The tour starts in Reykjavik, Iceland

Duration

9 days

Skill level

Intermediate

Itineraries

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The Great Voyage Hiking Tour of Iceland

9 days

This 9-day Icelandic expedition of a lifetime will lead you to some of Iceland’s most renowned trails, such as the Golden Circle and Laugavegur, with a seasoned local guide leading the way. Explore Iceland’s otherworldly waterfalls, glaciers, black beaches, and hot springs, and spend your evenings eating local delicacies and re-energizing in stunning hotels and huts!

The Great Voyage Hiking Tour of Iceland 2023

9 days

Join a group of daring women on a 9-day hiking expedition of a lifetime! This Icelandic adventure will take you through some of Iceland’s most renowned trails, such as the Golden Circle, Thorsmork, and the Diamond Beach with a professional local guide leading the way. Explore otherworldly waterfalls, glaciers, famous trails, and hot springs, and spend your evenings sharing a meal with new friends and re-energizing in stunning locations!

Trip Highlights

Itinerary

Day 0: Prepare for a trip of a lifetime

Arrival day! Take one of the airport buses to the city center and get settled in your lovely room at Hotel Klettur. In the evening at 18:00 you will meet the rest of the group and your fearless guide for a welcome meeting and later on, a dinner in the city.

Beautiful summer super wide-angle aerial view of Reykjavik, Iceland with harbor and skyline mountains and scenery beyond the city, seen from the observation tower of hallgrimskirkja church with blue sky in sunny day.

Day 1: The Golden Circle and Secret Lagoon

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel in the morning. Get ready for a full day of exploring the world-famous Golden Circle. For lunch, you will visit the Friðheimar tomato farm where you will get a friendly introduction of their greenhouse and their life on the farm. Later in the afternoon, you’ll will have plenty of time to unwind at the Secret Lagoon. Spend the night at a Hotel in Hella.

The geyser in Iceland

Day 2: Hella to Landmannalaugar

Rise and shine, the highlands are calling! Today we take the 8.30 am Highland Bus from Hella to the highlands. We arrive at the colorful Landmannalaugar, the “People’s Pools”, around 11:00. Take the opportunity to bathe in the region’s famous natural hot spring and/or visit the Mountain Mall for some beers and a friendly game of KUBB.

Distance: 5 km (3 mi)
Walking time: 2 – 3 hrs.

The girl with the hat in the hot spring Iceland

Day 3: Landmannalaugar to Afltavatn

After a hearty breakfast, pack your bags, put your backpack on and get ready for the longest hike of the trip! Today, you’ll hike to the Alftavatan lake in the middle of Laugavegur. It’s a 14-mile (24 km) journey, so make sure you’re well-prepared.

Distance: 24 km (14 mi)
Walking time: 7 – 8 hrs
Ascent: 470 m (1600 ft)
Descent: 490 m (1610 ft)

A view of some meadows and hikers on the Laugavegur trail

Day 4: Afltavatn to Emstrur

Hike the 9-mile (15 km) trail from Alftavatn to Emstrur. It’s a much easier hike than yesterday’s as it is fairly flat most of the time, with plenty of green meadows, black deserts, and scenic river crossings. Spend the night in the Emstrur hut with an optional evening hike to the breathtaking Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon.

Distance: 15 km (10 mi)
Walking time: 5 – 6 hrs
Descent: 40 m (130 ft)

The horse in Iceland

Day 5: Emstrur to Thorsmork

Rise to the blue skies and bright sunshine and get ready to hike the last part of the trail, 10 miles (16 km) from Emstrur to Thorsmork. Cross Emstrur river and follow the massive Myrdalsjökull glacier, with stunning views of the surrounding area. If you’re lucky, you might see a sheep or two! Spend the night in Thorsmork.

Distance: 16 km (11 mi)
Walking time: 6 – 7 hrs
Descent: 300 m (985 ft)

A hiker posing on a lookout in Thorsmork

Day 6: Thorsmork to Skógar

Explore the magical Thorsmork valley by foot before saying your goodbyes to the highlands. You will change buses at Hella town and head to Hotel Skógar. After dinner, visit the Skógarfoss waterfall with an option to do an evening hike called the One thousand waterfalls trail.

Distance: 5 km (3 mi)
Walking time: 2 – 3 hrs
Ascent: 150 m (490 ft)

Hikers exploring Skogafoss waterfall in Iceland

Day 7: Sólheimajökull and The Black Sand Beach

Strap on your crampons, it´s time to hike the Solheimajökull glacier—one of the most impressive and accessible glaciers in Iceland! You’ll spend around 2 hours on the ice, taking in the energy and beauty of this massive glacier. In the afternoon, you’ll visit the legendary Black Sand Beach and Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon before settling in at your hotel near the glacier lagoon for a good night’s rest.

Distance: 6,5 km (4,5 mi)
Walking time: 3 hrs
Ascent: 150 m (490 ft)

Hikers walking on ice in Iceland

Day 8: The Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach

Your last day on the road! In the morning, drive to Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Beach. On your way back to Reykjavik, stop by the Eldhraun Lava Field, created in one of the greatest eruptions in recorded history. Finally. visit the unique Seljalandsfoss waterfall and the hidden waterfall Gljúfrabúi. After a goodbye dinner, spend your final Icelandic night in Reykjavik.

Distance: 6,5 km (4,5 mi)
Walking time: 3 hrs
Ascent: 150 m (490 ft)

Icebergs on the black sand Iceland

Day 9: Goodbye

The grand finale! Relax your tired travel muscles in the baby blue waters of the Blue Lagoon before you head to the airport and say your final goodbyes. If you didn’t have enough of the majestic landscapes, explore more hiking tours in Iceland!

Rainbow street and the blue lagoon in Iceland
Reviews

Reviews (5)

Rochelle Sneddon about Viking Women on 57hours

Saga was a wonderful leader. Friendly and attentive.

Bee A. about Viking Women on Guide’s Website

My time in Iceland was truly life-changing and I have to give a special thanks to Saga for leading such a memorable experience! From her passion for her country, the culture, and adventure in nature, every moment was truly inspiring. Now when I think of “happy places”, my favorite memories are our hike up Reykjadalur Valley to the hot river and our walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier that ended with a meditation underneath the sun and a rainbow! I will absolutely be back to explore even further with Viking Women.

Cris & Janine about Viking Women on Guide’s Website

Saga was our tour guide in December 2019 – we don’t normally go on tours, but not wanting to drive in Iceland in winter and not knowing the language or culture we thought it best to try a tour. Definitely the best decision ever!!! Saga was brilliant!!! She’s friendly, young, full of energy without being over the top, competent, knowledgeable, accommodating (we had someone with a broken foot on our tour and the lengths Saga went to, so that she could participate, were so far above & beyond the call of duty it was phenomenal). Saga also had a wonderful way of incorporating a relevant story of Icelandic Culture into whatever adventure we were embarking on – we could’ve listened to so many more hours of her stories (and Love the accent!). Absolutely fantastic – Highly recommended!!

Nadia H. about Viking Women on Guide’s Website

Iceland is a spectacular country! Spending 10 days with an amazing group of women and seeing it through our guide Saga’s eyes was magical. Saga is so welcoming, knowledgeable, supportive and made every activity a fun adventure. All of our accommodations, transportation, food, and activities were flawless. From hiking the Laugavegur Trail to walking on glaciers, experiencing the power of Iceland’s countless waterfalls, exploring on horseback, sea kayaking around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and soaking in the many relaxing hot springs, I had the trip of a lifetime!

Madelon about Viking Women on Guide’s Website

Saga guided us through beautiful Iceland. I was impressed by Iceland, but also impressed by Saga!
Very engaging lady with many talents: from active walk guide, and cool driver, to relaxing meditation mentor, with beautiful storytelling about the history and culture of Iceland. Takk fyrir, Saga!

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Covid measures in Iceland

57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity.

We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Iceland, please refer to Iceland’s official COVID-19 travel guidelines.

Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

What’s included?

What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Six days of hiking and glacier exploration
    • Three days of sightseeing and easier walks around Iceland
    • Transportation for the duration of the tour
    • Transportation from Reykjavik to Keflavik Airport after the tour
    • Accommodations for the duration of the tour
    • Food for the duration of the tour (lunch on days 7, 8, and 9 not included)
    • Glacier hiking equipment
    • Secret Lagoon and Blue Lagoon entrance fees

What’s not included:

    • Transportation from Keflavik Airport to Reykjavik
    • Personal hiking and camping equipment

How fit do I need to be?

This moderate tour is meant for hikers with good fitness levels. You will be hiking for 6 days, covering up to 14 miles (24 km) a day on varied and sometimes glaciated terrain. Keep in mind, the weather can vary and you’ll also be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Sleeping bag
    • Hiking poles — optional
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Lightweight hiking boots or shoes
    • Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Wind and waterproof pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
    • Spare clothes for layering and 9 days of hiking
    • Sunhat
    • Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Sunglasses
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

All technical glacier hiking equipment will be provided by your guide.
Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

Group sizes and age requirements

Group sizes and prices:

    • For this adventure, the max client-to-guide ratio is 16:1.
    • It takes a minimum of 8 participants for the tour to operate. The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

Hiking in Iceland can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

Min. age requirements:

    • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
    • Minors younger than 18 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

Deposits and cancellation policy

A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid the latest 3 months (90 days) prior the departure.

In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, your guide can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. Please note the trips for 2022 and 2023 are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of trip not happening is very low.

In case you need to cancel the trip, the following cancellation costs would be incurred:

  • 100% of the price of the trip is refundable before the group is guaranteed
  • 70% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 59 days or more before departure, once the trip has been confirmed
  • 50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure
  • 25% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 16-29 days before departure
  • 0% of the price of the trip if it is canceled 15 days before departure.

All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure.

Getting there and meeting location

To get to Reykjavik, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Keflavik International Airport 45 minutes away. From there, you can take a bus or cab to Reykjavik.

Your guide will pick you up at your hotel on the morning of the tour.

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