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This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
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This was a super trip that didn't disappoint in any area. It did exactly what it said in the itinerary.
The scenery was fantastic we had a mixed bunch of nationalities and ages, 3 in their 60's and everyone managed the walks. Weather! it was summer in Iceland for UKs this means Autumn / winter temperatures so 3 season sleeping bag and thermals on two nights, merino layers great during the day warmest 150 / 190 coldest 150+190+320 (others wore their tech tops and fleeces) one walk the weather came in and warm jackets came out, covered in light ice shower. Photos - fantastic picture postcards of glaciers, mountains, waterfalls. This is camping to be willing to wash up, need to put tents up and down in the rain - tents generally remained wet throughout but luckily rain was in the night or days when we were travelling. Food - plenty of food its surprising what can be cooked in two large pots on the camp burners. prepare to queue for showers - but iceland facilities were clean and plenty of HOT water. Scenery varied - lava fields, pretty towns, farmland, snow and puffins, bubbling sulphur landscape…..take advantage of the nature baths. Don't forget a warm jacket to sit around in the evenings…I did :-(….. despite the summer you will be walking across snow and streams make sure your boots are waterproofed…….sliding down the snow may be quicker than walking….! Our guide was a star.
The scenery particularly the water falls. Standing on top of the glaciers
Orri was super, we trusted him completely he knew the walks well and guided through some difficult weather conditions. Excellent cook and guitar player….he managed all the background arrangements without us noticing and was very informative about Iceland the places we passed and the treks.
3 season sleeping bag a must, Icelands summer is similar to UKs autumn / winter temperatures pack clothing for layers lightweight tech tops to fleece.
we recharged phones in the bus, you have to pay at the campsites to recharge - usually overnight, remember technology can't be plugged into a tent !….cameras, phones, iPads……bring batteries or leave at home !
The Walking Explorer tour is a perfect mix of activity and sightseeing - two nights in each of five campsites let you get a good feel for the area (and recover a little on the transfer days from the walking, which can be quite strenuous!)
A spectacular sunset over Lake Myvatn that seemed to last for hours...breaking through the low cloud on the day of the last walk in the central highlands to emerge into bright sunshine, and managing to reach the peak to enjoy spectacular views...the Arctic Char dinner that Gunnar cooked for us one evening - lots of inspirational moments!
Gunnar was a great leader. A man of few, but well chosen words, with a good sense of humour and the ability to bring together 16 very different group members over the course of the holiday. Lots of entertaining stories about his homeland (watch out for those trolls in the mountains). He also struck the right balance between looking after the group and letting people do their own thing if they wanted to. Our driver, Michael, was also exceptional.
Even if you are not the greatest camping fan in the world (like me!) don't let the fact that this is a camping trip put you off. The tents are easy to put up and down once you get the hang of it, the campsites are generally pretty civilised, even if you do have to queue for a shower on occasion, and they are in spectacular locations. Plus, if you go in July, like we did, it never gets dark, which means that the usual scramble before dinner to get the tent sorted out, locate your head-torch etc is unnecessary. That makes a surprisingly big difference. It also makes the walking/ travelling more relaxed.
You don't need to change much money into Icelandic Kronor, as you can pay for almost everything, almost everywhere, with a debit or credit card. The only thing we absolutely needed cash for was the showers at a couple of the campsites.
Take good waterproofs!
I really recommend this holiday.
An wonderful experience to be able to walk in this volcanic landscape the scenery is incredible with amazing contrasts of which I have never seen any where before.
A photograph's paradice.
Walking around the volcanic lava fields, and the mountains.
Our Leader Gunnar Bjorgvinsson was excellent, a mine of information regarding the history and geology of Iceland with an unflappable nature and a great cook too.
Just go, to experience this awesome walking trip
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On this trip we use two person tents and use fixed communal tents for dining and cooking. Organised campsites may only have basic facilities.. The group performs camp chores, although our staff provides advice and assistance.
When camping we usually stay at organised campsites, with good facilities and showers are available for a small fee (about £2) at some, included at others. Spacious two-person tents with sewn-in groundsheets and separate flysheets are supplied. We provide a dining tent with a table, campstools, and a gas lamp. Please note that some campsites in Iceland cannot be pre-booked, and are allocated on a firstcome first-served basis. Occasionally in busy periods we may use campsites different to those outlined in the itinerary.
The first and last two nights are spent in Reykjavik. Here we use centrally located guesthouses with simple rooms usually sleeping 2 to 4 per room and with shared facilities. The name of the guesthouse we are using will be confirmed in the pre-departure information.
Katarzyna Crompton - Iceland Operations
No, if you hold an EU passport, you do not need any visa to travel. If you hold a non EU passport, please check with your nearest embassy.
Danuta Janik - Customer Operations
A great thing to do is to go to the top of the Hallgrimskirkja for wonderful views over the city, on a clear day. The church itself is also fairly imposing and worth wandering round. For a typically Icelandic experience you should head to one of the swimming pools in the city. There are 7 in total all offering differing amounts of geothermically heated pools. These pools are very much a part of local culture with Icelanders heading there to relax, catch up and even do business!
Tom Wilkinson - Product
Unfortunately, yes. Costs can be very high and you should be prepared for this. Any dinners not included weill cost about £30-£40 and a beer about £6. The local currency is the krona, and can be easily obtained on arrival. ATMS are availabe in most towns as well.
Brendan Phelan - Customer Operations
Iceland is on the northern edge of the temperate zone, meaning it has cool summers. Daytime temperatures in the summer months can be anything from 10° to 20°C, though in 2008 they reached 25°C and could equally drop close to zero. As we are in some mountainous areas, you must be prepared for some days of poor weather with strong winds and rain, but usually the weather is quite pleasant, though cool. There is constant daylight, but not midnight sun, in May, June and July.
Kai Aylward - Sales
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