Slow travel in Iceland

Heart of the highland, 3 day

25.000 kr.128.800 kr.

Hike in Þjórsárver nature reserve via multi-colored Mt. Kerlingarfjöll. Hike with locals, overnight in tent, full board

August 3rd 2018

 

 

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3-day vehicle-assisted hike
This trip takes us to the centre of Iceland. The unique Kerlingarfjöll mountain range is one of the most magnificent, and least known, geothermal areas in Iceland, surrounded by high colourful rhyolite mountains. We will hike through valleys abounding with hot springs and fumaroles, up through mountain passes and into an entirely different world south of Hofsjökull glacier.

In Thjórsárver Nature Reserve, the glacial water forks endlessly, spreading over a large area. The flora in this fertile area is one of the largest nesting sites in the world for the pink-footed goose. The area is a hotspot for biodiversity. BirdLife International have recognized the Thjórsárver wetlands as an Important Bird Area, primarily because of its importance for the Pink-footed Goose but Thjórsárver wetlands support one of the largest breeding colonies of these birds in the world.

This area is popular among locals, normally around half of the group is Icelandic.

We put huge emphasis on good local food and offer our guests traditional Icelandic dishes. For breakfast organic porridge from Icelandic barley, delicious delicacies on the road and meals from high quality raw materials.

Price: 132.000 ISK

Included:

  • Pick up at lodgings
  • Transfer into the highland
  • Guided tour in English, German or French (two guides from 8 pax)
  • Full meals (high quality organic food)
  • Yoga morning stretches (optional)
  • Overnight in tent
  • Transportation of luggage
  • Cooking service

“This is a retreat in the wilderness which the notorious outlaw Eyvindur of the fells and his wife Halla found a place to hide in the 18th century. It is believed that they lived as outlaws in the highlands for 20 years”

Group size: 6-18

Day 1: Pick up at lodgings at 7:00 a.m. Short stop at Thingvellir National Park, Geysir area and Gullfoss river. Arrival at Kerlingarfjöll mountains at noon. In the afternoon we inspect the geothermal areas in Kerlingarfjöll. We hike in Hveradalir (Hot Spring Valley), to inspect the amazing variety of hot springs and fumaroles. Camp for two nights at the border of Thjórsárver Nature Reserve.

Day 2: A day to explore the Þjórsárver natural reserve. It is important to be well prepared to wade. One soon gets used to crossing rivers and it becomes quite a joy. We head for the grown hillocks by Múlajökull glacier, where we will examine plants, ancient riding paths and tread in the paths of pink-footed geese along the riverbanks through the fertile and grown wetlands. We return to our campsite and prepare a festival dinner in the highlands

Day 3: We drive along the powerful river Thjórsá on our way back. A hike towards Dynkur, the magnificent waterfall in Tjórsá river, known only to a few. Arrival in Reykjavík in late afternoon.

Equipment*:
Hiking boots, backpack (45-60 L), tent (3 seasons), Insulation mattress, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner (optional), water bottle, thermos, sandals or neoprene socks to cross rivers.

Cloths:
Trousers and jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable if possible (Gore-Tex f.ex), thermal underwear (wool, silk or synthetic), trousers (wind resistant), sweater (wool or fleece), gloves (wool or synthetic), hat (wool or synthetic), 3-4 pairs of socks (wool or synthetic), swimsuit.

Other gear:
Toothbrush, sunglasses, sun hat, towel, pocket knife, lamp.

*possible to rent tent, mattress and sleeping bag.