Fire & Ice Multi-Day Hiking | Askja, Kverkfjoll & Vatnajökull.

Fire & Ice Multi-Day Hiking | Askja, Kverkfjoll & Vatnajökull.
Hiking across a glacier will be a truly unique way of experiencing this gorgeous country.
To hike glacier, you be provided with specialist equipment, including crampons, walking poles and helmets.
Nothing can beat that feeling of accomplishment that comes with summiting a mountain for the first time.
There is little in this world more bonding than hiking mountains, glaciers and craters with a small group.
On top the glacier, you will be in the face of the elements; make sure you're ready.
There is no describing in words just how eclectic, diverse and gorgeous the surrounding landscape in Iceland.

Don't miss your chance to join this thrilling hiking tour exploring the rugged terrain of Askja caldera, Holuhraun lava field and Vatnajökull glacier. This is the perfect tour opportunity for those travellers looking to experience Iceland at its harshest and most beautiful, as well as those who would add a level of excitement to their sightseeing. 

This day is called "Fire & Ice" because of the incredible and contrasting insight it gives into the geological makeup and natural history of the country. Whether you're stepping across an ancient dried lava plateau or the frozen slopes of an Icelandic ice caps, you'll begin to understand how this incredible element forces came and continue to sculpt the landscape.

Thankfully, hiking is one of the best means of ensuring incredible views; whatever you're hiking, you are bound to meet some truly spectacular, panoramic vistas of the South of Iceland.

Your expert hiking guide will also provide you with his in-depth knowledge about the region, teaching about you the history and surrounding areas of each respective attraction. This makes travelling between each attraction an absolute pleasure; feel free to sit back in your comfortable seat on the MiniBus and enjoy the wealth of passing scenery.

So what are you waiting for? Hurry now and you too can experience the pleasures of hiking landscapes characterised by an ancient burning heat or the frosty power of sub-zero temperatures! Check availability by choosing a date. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
    Departures from SBA Bus Terminal, Hafnarstræti 82: Mondays at 8:15. Departures from Information Centre in Reykjahlid Myvatn: Mondays at 10:00
    Included:
    • 3 days of travelling the wilderness of Iceland (Including glacier hike up to 8-9 hours)

    • Hot spring bathing in the Holuraun lava field

    • Hike to Askja Caldera.

    • Guide

    • All necessary activity equipment.

    • Food

    • Accommodation at the hut, and not the facility fee on the way


    What to bring:
    • Good ankle-high, water-resistant walking boots, sturdy with a coarse sole.

    • Woolen or silk underwear - Base layer

    • Fleece clothing - Middle layer

    • Soft shell jacket - Outer layer

    • Soft shell pants - Outer layer

    • Gloves and a hat

    • Extra jacket

    • High-energy food for 3 days

    • Sleeping bag

    • Sunglasses

    • Sun protection

    • Leg warmers

    • Walking sticks

    • A good backpack for the hikes

    • Water canteen

    • Outer layer Extra shoes (other than hiking boots)

    • Chocolate/energy bars

    • Camera


    Good to know:

    Accommodation in mountain cabins is already reserved for all our clients. Accommodation is 7.500 ISK per night. You may choose instead to camp at the campsite by the mountain cabins. Camping is 1.800 ISK per night. Accommodation is paid in cash on site.

    Kindly note that the hiking trips can last up to 8-9 hours and can occasionally be strenuous.



    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Exploring Askja & Holuhraun


    Námaskarð Pass can be found just nearby to Lake Myvatn, in the north of Iceland.


    You’ll be picked up at your accommodation in Akureyri and taken to the starting point of your adventure; Reykjahlid village, on the shore of the Myvatn Lake.

    You’ll drive across the deserted Odadahraun lava field, spending your lunch break basking in the oasis of the Herdubreidarlindir springs. Then, you’re off to the Dyngjufjoll mountains, which includes the stunning Askja Caldera.

    You’ll make your way to Askja lake after a 30-minute hike across the rocky landscape, passing Viti on the way. Viti is an explosion crater with a geothermally warmed pool at the bottom. Travelers can bathe in these geothermal waters and enjoy the sparse, rocky views.

    After visiting the Askja Caldera, the tour will continue to the Holuhraun lava field. This lava field was formed in a volcanic fissure eruption that originated from the Bardarbunga central volcano. The eruption took place from August 31, 2014 to February 28, 2015. It was the largest lava eruption in Iceland for more than 200 years.

    Kverkfjoll is one of the most powerful high-temperature areas in Iceland, formed by a mountain range surrounding a glacier. To get there from Askja, you’ll travel through a bleak and barren desert to the Kverkfjoll mountains.

    You’ll spend two nights here with a choice between cabin accommodation and camping right on the land. The cabins and campground are within Vatnajokull National Park: a collection of geothermal pools, caves, rivers and mountains.


    Day 2 - Vatnajökull Glacier Hike


    Svínafellsjökull is a glacier outlet that extends from the larger ice cap, Vatnajökull.


    On the second day, you will come under the jurisdiction of the Vatnajökull park rangers in order to get a true insight into the frozen wilderness that so defines Iceland. Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland, covering over 10% of the entire country. 

    Attempting to hike a glacier alone is prohibited, given the hidden dangers and years of experience required to spot them. Your guide will make sure to provide you with an educational briefing on the glacier, its origins and the surrounding area, as well as provide a short lesson on walking on the ice. Your guide will also provide all of the necessary equipment needed for the hike, including crampons, walking poles and helmets.

    A variety of hiking options are available in Kverkfjoll and your guides will choose the safest, most beautiful route based on glacier conditions and weather. For example, there may be a natural ice cave available to explore, or you may be able to reach an altitude of 1850 m (6,070 ft) to admire panoramic views of the surrounding wilds.

    When your hike is over, you will return to base of the glacier and make the return journey to accommodation in the area. 


    Day 3 - Hvannalindir & Akureyri 


    Glacier hiking is one of the most authentically Icelandic experiences available, providing for fantastic insights into the country's geology, nature and natural features.


    The third day will see you leave the Kverkfjöll mountains and head to Hvannalindir, a true oasis in the middle of the wilderness. There, you will take a short walk and take a look at the ruins of the home of one of Iceland's most infamous outlaws, Fjalla Eyvindur. Afterward, you will stop at the most remote cafe in Iceland, at Fjallakaffi, in Möðrudalur.

    From there, you’ll be taken to Akureyri in time to hop on a domestic flight across the country and return to Reykjavik for the evening.


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