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Iceland Walking Explorer - Exodus Travels
Iceland Walking Explorer - Exodus Travels
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19 reviews
Starts
Reykjavik
+7 Destinations
The Ring Road
Ends
Reykjavik
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Highlights

  • Explore the natural beauty of Iceland
  • Discover Thingvellir National Park
  • Visit Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon
  • Stroll through the streets of Reykjavik
Age range
16 to 80 year olds
Accommodation
Camping
Max Group Size
16
Travel style
Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Hikes
Start and end in Reykjavik! With the hiking & trekking tour Iceland Walking Explorer, you have a 14 day tour package taking you through Reykjavik, Iceland and 7 other destinations in Iceland. Iceland Walking Explorer is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

19 Reviews

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  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 1
    Written on September 5, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A great fun trip with a great balance of really interesting walks and exploring and sightseeing.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?I can't pick out a single moment - each walk was so interesting but also so different from each other.What did you think of your group leader?Great fun and a wry sense of humour. Made sure we did everything on the itinerary but tweaked, and added things to cater for our group.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?You need to be happy and prepared for cold weather and to do the walks in rain and cloud - good waterproof jacket and trousers are a must have!I am 30 years old and have never used walking poles but could have done with a pole for this trip to help walk down the steep slippery and loose slopes, and when crossing sections of ice and snow.Is there anything else you would like to add?Iceland is an expensive country to visit and my husband and i had been wanting to go for ages but putting it off due to the cost, but it was well worth it and i would really recommend that anyone in the same situation just goes for it - i promise you you won’t regret it!

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 2
    Written on July 26, 2013
    4.0 - Good

    An exciting, challenging and informative trip.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The power of Dettifoss, the beauty of lake Myvatn and Bakkagerdi at midnight, my first ever walk on a glacier.What did you think of your group leader?Kristian is an inspiring and informative teacher who gave me the confidence to do things I wouldn`t otherwise have attempted and whose knowledge of and pride in his homeland were exemplary. Excellent cook too....!Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As others have said, general fitness and some experience of hillwalking proved to be basic requirements of this trip as it does involve some long ascending walks. Also some members were let down by their outdoor clothing. Make sure your kit really is waterproof and you have decent walking boots. ....And an open mind!Also the trip notes were a useful guide but plans did have to change because of the weather or the ability of the group.Is there anything else you would like to add?There were mountains, valleys, glaciers, hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, lupins, lava fields, waterfalls, puffins, aggressive arctic terns, trolls (!?), fjords and daylight galore. We got roasted, frozen, soaked, shaken, awestruck, fed like royalty, blizzarded (!), not much sleep, lowered 120 metres down into a volcano* and generally had a wonderful exciting time.   We toured the whole island. Each day was a long walk or long drive with walks in between, so we saw and experienced a good deal of the country.  We often had no idea what was coming next. The camping took me a little getting used to as I hadn`t camped in over 35 years (!) and the campsites were of variable quality but the group of 16 bonded well and everyone helped each other. The weather was varied but we did get warm sunshine as well as rain at sea level and of course snow further up in the mountains. The mountain and glacier treks were for me at first quite scary if I looked down but Kristian gave me the confidence to do things I wouldn`t otherwise think I could do, although some of the group were more experienced and quite happy in these conditions. The views were always spectacular. We would often not get back to camp till late then he would cook a lovely meal for us. He said Icelanders don`t sleep so much in the summer to make up for the long winter nights. Reykjavik is a lovely quirky city with lots to see and was not too expensive to go out in. In addition I enjoyed the company and support of professional photographer Sue Bishop who helped us all no matter what level of skill or camera we had. She was patient and always constructive in her comments.I would definitely recommend spectacular Iceland to anyone and this trip is the best way I could find to experience it.*PS, this excursion inside the volcano was booked separately from the trip and was done on the last free day. It was not offered by Exodus in the trip notes. 

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 3
    Written on July 6, 2013
    3.0 - Average

    A beautiful country which I enjoyed exploring although things didn't always go to plan.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Seeing puffins for the first time and spending ages observing their behaviour and photographing them.Seeing an artic fox being mobbed by terns then getting to cuddle a tame one who lives at the Inside the Volcano base camp. Geothermal nature baths at Myvatn.Endless glaciers, craters, steam vents, lava,geysirs and of course waterfalls.What did you think of your group leader?Kristian is a top bloke. He had a very friendly and calm manner. Nothing was ever a bother. The weather didn't do him any favours and he was quick to make alternative plans when need be. He was an excellent cook who always made twice as much as needed and I'm struggling with not having 2 dinners every night now that I'm home! He knew everything about his home country and was pleased to share stories with us. The group had varying ability when it came to walking and he was keen to accommodate our differing needs. The look of fatherly pride on his face when he watched the group successfully dismantle the mess tent by ourselves made me giggle.I was lucky enough to have Sue Bishop on hand to advise on photography too. She is a lovely lady who was very approachable and gave lots of helpful tips to us all. There were varying levels of camera equipment in the group and she was keen to help everybody not just the SLR users and we all benefitted from having her with us. Smari our driver was also great. He was always smiling and nothing was any trouble. I think he'd win an off road race no problem if the way he handled our bus on the dodgy roads was anything to go by.   Do you have any advice for potential travellers?A few previous reviewers have commented that they felt the walks were more then 'moderate'. We only got to do 1 very long walk as planned owing to weather and I certainly felt this was quite taxing, not from a fitness perspective but due to steep slopes and high, unstable ground. Scree and clay are crap to walk on. Snow fields were also pretty challenging and I felt that really we should have had crampons and ice axes at a couple of points. I agree with a previous reviewer about this being dangerous without appropriate equipment. We had all the seasons on this trip. I have been here in winter too and at times it was probably as cold. Takes loads of layers, thermal base layer and some wicking for over plus fleecy cosy stuff. I forgot my down jacket and regretted it when sitting around camp in the evening. Make sure you have a waterproof jacket that is actually waterproof! My North Face one was spectacularly rubbish (it went in the bin in Reykjavik) and the Icelandic brand 66 Degrees North did very well out of me!! Take proper above ankle walking boots not walking trainer type things. I did and had toasty dry feet the whole time but others suffered a bit especially in the snow. Some found walking poles helpful although I didn't take them myself. Midge net useful in Myvatn. Have swimsuit to hand at all times for springs.The campsites had variable facilities although all were situated perfectly for daywalks. Some had showers you paid for with 50 or 100 kr coins, generally 400-500 kr for 4-5 mins, others had unlimited hot water. Charging facilities were also variable as was hot water for doing dishes. I never thought I'd get so excited about a hand-drier but after being soaked to the skin one day on a puffin trip I spent some quality time bonding with one in Skaftafell National Park. Remember to claim your tax back on purchases, 15% VAT. 66 Degrees North had fab outdoor gear and Geysir had lovely knitwear. There is also endless puffin crap to buy. Reykjavik is a very cool place, I'd love to go back for a weekend. They do a midnight sun half marathon and have loads of live music and interesting shops and cafes. Icelandair do regional departures and if arriving yourself, the flybus is a perfect way to get into town, they drop you off and collect you from your hotel. I had an extra day before the start and did a nice trip to the Snaefellsness peninsula with Iceland Excursions who run the flybus. I also did the 'Inside the Volcano' trip on the free day at the end which was fun. This books up in advance though so if you are keen, check it out beforehand and book it.Is there anything else you would like to add?We had trouble with rain and snow on our trip, I think we were probably unlucky but if the weather we had truly reflects an Icelandic summer it might be worth reviewing the itinerary, as mentioned above we only did 1 long walk as planned. More information on length of walks in terms of time and distance and elevation gained would have been helpful. Kristian seemed to have a grading system based on how many sandwiches we'd need during the day! If it is torrential sideways rain reconsider doing the puffin trip to the headland, I have never been that cold, wet and miserable and to come back to a cold camp soaked through was crap. At least when I was here in winter we were in guesthouses so you could dry off a bit. 

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 4
    Written on September 4, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    Iceland is unique as it is like no other country. We saw the unusual volcanic landscapes, natural features of waterfalls, hot pools, steam vents, glaciers and lakes. We learned both the natural history of the land and the history of the people. It was a trip of discovery with each day packed with new things.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The power and noise of the large waterfalls was expected. I did not expect the absolute quiet when we stopped for a rest in a green valley beside a stream. The usual rumble from distant traffic was not there, no aeroplanes, no people and not even any birds.What did you think of your group leader?Petur Gunnarsson was very fit, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He was asked many questions and answered all of them. He also had a very good sense of humour. He worked hard preparing the meals when returning from taking us on long walks.I think that he enjoyed the trek even more than I did.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?As Iceland is a unique country take lots of pictures. I took thermal clothing that was not needed in August. It was cold at night and on mountain tops but the temperature was what you would expect in Britain.

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 5
    Written on August 26, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    An excellent 2 weeks of walking and busing around spectacular Iceland.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Iceland is amazing - our most used word was "wow" as we saw glaciers, lava fields, suplhurous mud pots, geothermal hot pools, amazing waterfalls, puffins (aaah!) - so much to be impressed by, and we were!What did you think of your group leader?Excellent!  Petur was an excellent walking guide and keen to share his knowledge on Iceland.  His relaxed approach worked well and his cooking was good too - always plenty of food.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Take clothing for all weathers - for us, the high points were generally in cloud and so were wet, needing full waterproofs, but we also had some very hot weather where we needed sun cream.  Be aware that it may well be very windy too..The walking is excellent, but don't expect Iceland to be easy and be prepared to walk in all types of terrain; steep climbs and descents, sometimes with loose scree, sometimes with snow all make excellent and memorable walks, but worth taking decent boots.All but one of the campsites had excellent showers with plenty of hot water (mostly for a small fee and on a timer)  All had charging facilities for camera batteries, phones etc again for a small fee.Is there anything else you would like to add?A superb trip around Iceland that didn't disappoint.

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 6
    Written on July 25, 2012
    5.0 - Excellent

    A thoroughly enjoyable trip with the right mix of sightseeing and decent walks in spectacular scenery.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Standing on top of a peak that didn't exist 2½ years ago (The Eyafjallajökull volcano that caused all the air travel disruption in 2010).The 360° views from the top of  Snækollur in the Kerlingerfjöll mountains after a hard climb up scree and snow slopes.Soaking in the hot pools at Mývatn until midnight.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent knowledge of Iceland, and a great cook (both quality and quantity!).All 'problems' were sorted out quickly and efficiently with no quibbles.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Several of the walks were harder than the moderate rating would imply, but everything was optional and the walking days alternated with sightseeing days.Bring clothing suitable for all weathers. I was glad I'd invested in a new waterproof jacket, as it was properly tested, but equally, I also got sun burnt. The weather is very changeable. We crossed snow on a couple of the walks.The flies were not really a problem at Mývatn, but were rather annoying at Kerlingerfjöll.Not mentioned in the dossier - electricity for charging camera batteries etc was available at all campsites, but most charged 100-200ISK per item. Was free in Bakkagerði.Is there anything else you would like to add?Great itinerary, and a country that has now gone onto the 'must visit again' list.

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 7
    Written on July 12, 2012
    4.0 - Good

    Amazing trip. Great walks from 6-10 hours. Enough resting time especially between two campsites. Great food. Excellent guide with a good knowledge of Iceland. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Walking with always changing landscapes, glaciers, volcanos, lakes, waterfalls, coastal beaches, birdlife and optional whale watching.What did you think of your group leader?Excellent with overall good knowledge. Funny and very helpfull and an excellent cook.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Be prepared for every kind of weather especially the cold and rain. Good hiking gear is essential.Is there anything else you would like to add?Just go for it. It is expenssif but it's wort every penny. I'll definitely go back to Iceland.

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 8
    Written on October 15, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    An interesting mix from the inspiring to the hair raising.  Very weather dependent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are expecting a 'moderate' trek - don't go.  Some of the days at 9 hours walking and 1100m ascent on rough ground are harder than this.Is there anything else you would like to add?Walking on steep glaciers without proper equipment is dangerous.

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 9
    Written on October 15, 2011
    3.0 - Average

    An interesting mix from the inspiring to the hair raising.  Very weather dependent.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?If you are expecting a 'moderate' trek - don't go.  Some of the days at 9 hours walking and 1100m ascent on rough ground are harder than this.Is there anything else you would like to add?Walking on steep glaciers without proper equipment is dangerous.

  • Iceland Walking Explorer reviewer 10
    Written on August 17, 2011
    5.0 - Excellent

    The most awesome, breathtaking, physically challenging holiday of my life...thus far!What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Realizing that I was able to accomplish the physical challenges of this trip!What did you think of your group leader?Petur was a good guide through and through. He was funny, interesting, EXTREMELY knowledgeable, courteous and respectful. He clearly loved Iceland and was excited to share his country with the rest of us. Though he and I did not necessarily 'jive" (I don't think he spoke more than 15 sentences to me in the entire two weeks), I did not let this bother me, as he performed his job as a guide for my trip acceptably.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?Though Iceland Walking Explorer is rated "Moderate" by Exodus, I found the walking (and this was not walking - this was full on trekking!) to be much more than what I would considerate to be moderate, and in looking back on the itinerary feel that it slightly underemphasizes the difficulty of the trip. There were times we were lumbering up mountains with steep vertical ascents, without any trails to follow. BE PHYSICALLY PREPARED FOR SOME VERY TOUGH DAYS OF TREKKING, oftentimes between 6-8 hours per day. Bring WATERPROOF hiking boots and trekking poles (or walking sticks) are highly encouraged! Bring a headnet for the midges at the Lake, because those bugs are RELENTLESS!!- With that said, the physical challenge of some of those days was ABSOLUTELY AWESOME and I would do it again without question.

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  1. Day 1: Start Reykjavik.
  2. Day 2: Drive to Thorsmork Valley via Seljalandsfoss Waterfall.
  3. Day 3: Hike to the newly created craters and lava fields.
  4. Day 4: Drive to Skaftafell via Skogafoss Waterfall and the Dyrholaey promontory.
  5. Day 5: Hike to summit of Kristinartindar for astounding views.
  6. Day 6: Travel to Bakkagerdi village, stopping at the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Hofn.
  7. Day 7: Hike to Storurd in the Dyrfjoll mountains.
  8. Day 8: Drive to Lake Myvatn via the mighty Dettifoss Waterfall, explore the Hverfjall Crater and Dimmuborgir Lava field.
  9. Day 9: Full-day walk in volcanic Mt Krafla area.
  10. Day 10: Drive to Kerlingarfjoll; explore hot springs.
  11. Day 11: Full-day walk in the Kerlingarfjoll Mountains.
  12. Day 12: Visit Gullfoss Waterfall, waterspouts at Geysir and historic Thingvellir; continue to Reykjavik.
  13. Day 13: Free day in Reykjavik.
  14. Day 14: End Reykjavik.

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  • Do you have a similar camping trip like this for around 9-10 days?

    We have a Discover Iceland trip ref: AVP which is an 8 day trip, that is offered in September, it is not a camping trip though. This 7 night trip uses a mixture of hotels and simple guest houses

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Destinations

Covering a total distance of approx 853 km.
  • Reykjavik (Iceland)
  • 110 km
  • Seljalandsfoss (Iceland)
  • 30 km
  • Thorsmork (Iceland)
  • 127 km
  • Skaftafell (Iceland)
  • 88 km
  • Hofn (Iceland)
  • 172 km
  • Lake Myvatn (Iceland)
  • 17 km
  • Krafla Volcano (Iceland)
  • 221 km
  • Gullfoss (Iceland)
  • 88 km
  • Reykjavik (Iceland)

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