Iceland and Vestmann Islands trekking tour

Come enjoy an unforgettable trekking expedition with the Spanish AEGM mountain guide Roger in Iceland and Vestmann Islands. A unique 15-day trip discovering volcanoes, fjords, icebergs and wild nature!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

15 days

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    Few trips in Iceland are as complete as the one I come to propose you today. This is a 15-day expedition in Iceland and Vestmann Islands. This is a circular tour so we can visit all the corners and combine the hike with fabulous views.

    This trekking tour in Iceland and Vestmann Islands is perfect for nature lovers. And if you are also an adventurer who enjoys cycling, do not miss the cycling routes Iceland has for you!

    The main reasons why you should come to this unique 15-day trip are:

    • Very small groups to enjoy your experience to the fullest, with a Spanish speaking guide and 4×4 vehicle exclusively for the group. The maximum per group is 8 people.
    • The price includes meals and tours to avoid extra costs. The main tours consist in whale watching and visiting the Vestmann Islands. We will also sail among the icebergs and have a bath in north “Blue Lagoon”.
    • Fabulous accommodation with jacuzzis, wood cabins, unique farms and outdoor barbecues.

    I also offer other trekking programs in Iceland. Check out my 8-day Landmannalaugar trek. It’s a truly unbelievable experience!

    Finally, keep in mind that Iceland is a highly sought after destination. That is why I strongly recommend to reserve your spot at least 3 months in advance.

    So if you’d like to join me on this expedition please contact me as soon as possible! I will be waiting for your message. 

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    21160 EUR

    Group of 2
    10580 EUR

    Group of 3
    7053 EUR

    Group of 4
    5290 EUR

    Group of 5
    4232 EUR

    Group of 6
    3527 EUR

    Group of 7
    3023 EUR

    Group of 8
    2645 EUR

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
    • Accommodation
    • Flight to the start of the trip
    • Transportation from your hotel/airport (if in area) to the start of the trip and back
    • Personal Insurance
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
     No included in the price: air taxes (between 150€ and 200€). Meals on flight and in Reykjavík. Sleeping bag (possibility to rent it in Iceland). Expenses arising from bad weather or delay of flights or boats.
     

    Itinerary

     
    • Day 1Arrival in Keflavík and transfer to the airport
    • Day 2Reykjanes Peninsula - Seltún - Golden Circle

      After breakfast, we will drive towards the Reykjanes Peninsula, where we will visit a curious fish drying place where locals still use ancestral techniques to carry out this work.

      Then we will move to Seltún (Krýsuvík), an area that concentrates the largest number of active boilers in Iceland. Afterwards we will head towards Hveragerdi to take a bath in a thermal river located between the mountains.

      Our next destination is the so-called “Golden Circle”, undoubtedly the most popular place to visit on the island. Here we will visit 3 important places. The first one is the Geysir, the famous water spout that has given name to all the geysers of the world. At its side we will see his “brother” Strokkur. Then we will visit Gullfoss or the “Golden Waterfall”, one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland thanks to its 2 waterfalls of 32 meters high. Finally, Thingvellir. It is a National Park and home of the first Icelandic parliament where we can observe the separation of North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

      We will finish our first stage of the trip and after a very complete day, we will go to our accommodation located near the Golden Circle.

    • Day 3Snaefells Peninsula

      Today we will go to the Snaefells Peninsula. It is also called “Little Iceland” as it concentrates many of the most representative landscapes of the island. This peninsula is very famous due to the presence of the Snaefellsjökull, a volcano through which Jules Verne traveled to the center of the Earth in his famous novel.

      We will start the visits with Deildartunga, the largest hot spring in Europe. Afterwards we will visit Barnafoss, a beautiful waterfall that seeps through the land and where we will stop for a walk. We will also see caves, white sand beaches and cliffs with basaltic formations, in one of the most beautiful surroundings of the island.

      We will stay 2 nights in this peninsula, in a unique and unforgettable place for all travelers.

    • Day 4More Snaefells Peninsula

      In the Snaefells Peninsula we will have many more places to discover. We will then cross the south area around the Snaefellsjökull volcano and stop to see the fabulous rock formations of Arnarstapi, where we will take a stroll along the cliffs. Later we will go to Djupalonssandur, beach where we will find some stones that, according to the legend, were used by the Vikings to know by force, the position that each one had when embarking on a trip.

      We will visit several beaches on our way to a track in the interior of the peninsula, which will take us to the base of the Snaefellsjökul volcano. We will ascend towards the summit. The top point of the climb will be determined by the physical level of the group and the weather conditions. The views from here are breathtaking with fabulous views of the peninsula. Return to our accommodation.

    • Day 5Akureyri

      Today we will leave the peninsula and head towards our destination in the north: Akureyri. It is also called the “northern capital”. On the way we will visit some villages like Blönduós and we will cross areas of large meadows, where the sheep remain throughout the summer.

      We will enjoy the free afternoon in Akureyri to visit the city or go shopping. Free dinner although there is the possibility of cooking in the accommodation. Overnight in Akureyri.

    • Day 6Eyjafjördur - Mývatn - Dimmuborgir - Námafjall

      Today we will have one of the most exciting days of this trip. To start, we will head to Eyjafjördur for whale watching in one of the most beautiful fjords in northern Iceland. Then we will head towards Mývatn, where we will do several tours. Before arriving here, we will stop to visit the waterfall of Godafoss, known as “The Waterfall of the Gods”.

      Afterwards, we will take a stroll through “the enchanted city” of Dimmuborgir, where we will be able to see innumerable rock formations. Then we will go to Hverfjall, a volcanic cone where we will ascend to the crater.

      Later, we will head towards Námafjall, where we will find one of the areas with the largest number of natural boilers in all Iceland. Here we will trek uphill to have an impressive panoramic view. Accommodation in this area.

    • Day 7Ábybygi and Jökulsárgljúfur National Parks

      We will still have more places to visit so we will stay in this area one more day. We will pass through the small town of Húsavík as we will visit the Ábybygi National Park where we will trek towards the end of the canyon.

      From here we will visit Dettifoss, located in the Jökulsárgljúfur National Park and considered the most powerful waterfall in Europe. Later we will visit the waterfall of Selfoss and descend to Jarðböðin the “Blue Lagoon” , to take a relaxing bath before heading back to our accommodation.

    • Day 8Egilsstadir - Hengifoss waterfall - Berufjördur fjord

      We will start heading south. We will cross a large area of deserts towards Egilsstadir. From here, we will go to the interior of the island to see the waterfall of Hengifoss, where we will do a small trekking to get to it and from where we will have breathtaking views. This is one of the less visited waterfalls in Iceland, but also one of the most beautiful. We’ll continue our route towards the east fjords and we will spend the night in the Berufjördur fjord.

    • Day 9Fjallsárlón Lagoon - Vatnajökull National Park

      Today we will have a beautiful and exciting day. We are approaching Vatnajökull, the third largest glacier on the planet.

      We will be transferred to Jökulsárlón, the famous icebergs lagoons. We will also visit the Fjallsárlón Lagoon.

      Then we will enter Skaftafell, the Vatnajökull National Park where we will hike to approach Svartifoss, a beautiful waterfall. On the way we can find ptarmigan. We will also visit a viewpoint from where we will see the magnitude of the Vatnajökull and from where it is possible to observe the Havnnadalshnúkur, the highest peak of Iceland with 2,110 meters.

      In the interpretation center of Skaftafell we will watch a video which explains the eruptions of Grimsvötn, a very important volcano in Iceland. This is below the glacier and when it erupts, it causes great flooding. Accommodation in the area.

    • Day 10Fjordrárgljúfur Fjord - Vik town

      Early in the morning we will head back to the iceberg lagoons to do an incredible zodiac tour sailing between icebergs. We will continue our trip and stop at the famous Fjordrárgljúfur fjord to take some pictures.

      From here we will continue our route crossing the southern deserts in direction to the small town of Vík, where we will spend the night. Luckily we will not stay in a very popular accommodation but we’ll go inside to find some cabins in a heavenly place.

    • Day 11Dyrhólaey - Reynisfjara - Seljalandfoss waterfalls

      This day we will approach the cliffs of the south of the island and the black sand beaches. Dyrhólaey will be our first stop. Our next stop will be Reynisfjara, a black sand beach surrounded by a landscape from where we can observe the famous “Trolls” that were fossilized and found in the sea.

      We will continue our route towards the south in direction to Skógar, to visit the Skógafoss waterfall. With its 60 meters of height and 25 meters of width, it is one of the biggest of Iceland. Here we will do a small trekking along the river.

      Our next visit will be the Seljalandfoss waterfalls, famous because it allows travelers to pass behind the water column. Another waterfall that will surprise you is Gljúfrafoss or “the hidden waterfall”. Although it is accessible to all, many travelers do not visit it because it is not very famous.
      We will stay 3 nights in the same accommodation.

    • Day 12Vestmann Islands

      Today we’ll go to the Vestmann Islands. We will take the ferry early in the morning, with our vehicle included so we can move autonomously in the island. First we will ascend towards the Eldfell Mountain, where the eruption began in 1973.

      Later we will take our vehicle to go to the south of the island, where we will enjoy a beautiful walk. We will start at a small viewpoint of birds. Here is the largest puffin colony in Iceland with almost 9 million species. From this viewpoint there is a path along the coast of the island from which we can see many Puffin colonies and exciting views of some of the other islands.

      Then we will return to the port area and buy fresh fish. Cod is one of the main products. If we are lucky we will have fresh cod for dinner.

    • Day 13Landmannalaugar

      We will go to Landmannalaugar. Here we will enjoy the best landscapes, where mountains of colors, lakes and mosses will be our partners.

      When we arrive at Landmannalaugar we will visit the crater of Ljótipollur and we will ascend to the Bláhnúkur. Then we will descend to the hut, which is undoubtedly the “temple” of trekking in Iceland, where adventurers from all over the world arrive. We will do some other hike during the day through these mountains and we will swim in the fabulous hot springs before taking our way back to the lodging.

    • Day 14Reykjavík

      We will head to Reykjavík while I will surprise you with some “extra” visits or some stop in small southern towns like Selfoss. Here is buried the chess player Bobby Fischer. Afternoon and night free in Reykjavík.

    • Day 15Flight back home

      Free time until transfer to the airport. Return flight. Note: The itinerary can be done in one way or another.

     
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Intermediate

    Fitness level required

    Fit

    Meeting point

    Keflavík

     

    About the Guide

     
     

    I love what I do and love to transmit my passion while guiding.

    After touring the world fulfilling my dreams, I have put together all the knowledge gained and a strong background as a mountain guide to become one of the most versatile, dedicated and professional guides in the Pyrenees.

    My resume has technical training in mountain medicine, snow studies, search and rescue complete training, meteorology and botany.

    I spend the winters enjoying the unique snow conditions in the Aran Valley, as a ski touring and freeride Guide, and summers climbing the countless areas of excellent rock, either granite, limestone or conglomerate in the Pyrenees. I also spend a lot of time in Iceland during the summer guiding my friends and clients across these incredible landscapes.

    While traveling the world, I make every effort to show the beauty of the landscapes, the quality of the rock and the best snow in the Pyrenees to everyone who wants to check them out.

    Please get in touch with me if you want to discover the Pyrenees!

     
     

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    What People are Saying about Roger Martorell

     

    It\'s a long slog of a climb, but doable as long as you\'re reasonably fit (but you don\'t need to be an Olympic athlete). The views are stunning. The Puente (bridge) de Mahoma is mentally tough with steep drops either side and some uncomfortable climbs. I\'d strongly recommend using a local guide as they help you with the planning, kit and techniques, they share knowledge of the surrounding area that you wouldn\'t get otherwise and they help you over the more challenging stretches
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    If I had to describe the trip in 4 words : \'It was epic-ally awesome
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    Maddy
    The helicopter was a surprise and it was awesome, it was a great first time experience in the backcountry. Our guide, Roger, was really helpful and patient with us and we found really good snow.  The hiking up was especially tiring when it was really hot but the skiing was epic. 
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