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15-day adventure

Ultimate Iceland

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15 days
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Our office in Iceland is located in the capital city of Reykjavik and has been established for more than 20 years. Our local team in country handle all the logistics of our trips as well as maintaining our equipment and our fleet of all terrain vehicles. Our experienced and passionate guides love nothing more than introducing people to the glaciers, geysers and volcanoes of this world class adventure destination. We offer treks on the world...
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Our Ultimate Iceland trip uses the famous Route No1 to circle the entire island over 15 days. Every day of this remarkable adventure yields new discoveries as we head out on hiking excursions in all the most remote and untouched corners of Iceland and find hidden gems far from the beaten tracks. We will visit the little know Vestmann Islands, travel to the remote sea cliffs of Latrabjarg over 1600ft high and watch icebergs breaking off the Vatnajokull glacier at Jokulsarlon. We visit Iceland's second largest city, Akureyri and pass through the beautiful Eastern Fjords. If you want to make the most of your time in Iceland and set foot in every corner, this adventure is just what you are looking for.

Trip highlights

  • Travel the famous Route No1
  • Watch molten lava rise from the earth in Geldingadalur
  • Visit the remote Vestmann Islands and Westfjords
  • Hike to the foot of Europe's largest glacier

Experiences

  • Trekking & Hiking
    Hikers in Thorong, during the Annapurnas Tour
    Our core collection of treks and hikes, through some of the world's most outstanding landscapes

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Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Arrival

    Arrive at Keflavik International Airport and transfer to your accommodation in the city. Free time in the afternoon to explore Reykjavik.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
  • Day 2

    The Golden Circle

    We depart for Thingvellir, the valley of the parliament, a high place of Icelandic history. This is where the summer sessions of the ancient Parliament of Iceland (established in 930) were held. We continue with the discovery of Gullfoss, a gigantic two-level waterfall surging into a basalt ravine. Next stop, the Strokkur geyser which erupts every 5 to 10 minutes in a dramatic display of natural power. In the afternoon we drive to the south coast and the small port of Landeyjarhöfn where we board a boat to Heimaey Island, the only inhabited island of the Vestmann archipelago.

    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
  • Day 3

    Vestmann Islands

    Today we explore the steep and rugged coastline of this tiny island which is home to Europe's largest puffin colony. We climb to the volcanic cone of Eldfell, a feature of the island created during the last eruption here in 1973. The flow of lava from this volcano destroyed over 400 homes and when it hit the ocean and began cooling, it increased the area of the island by more than two square kilometers. After a full day of hiking and exploring we return to our guesthouse to relax for the evening.

    • Hiking time: 5 - 6 hours
    • Accomodation: Guesthouse
    • Meals included: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
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Trip information

Difficulty

This Icelandic adventure is rated as easy. There will be hiking excursions everyday but the distances covered are relatively short and not very demanding. To get the most from the trip you should be in good health with a reasonable level of fitness. The weather in Iceland is unpredictable, you should be prepared for strong winds and cold temperatures which may make the trip feel much more challenging. To discuss your suitability for this adventure, please feel free to contact us. 

Food & drink

Each day will start with a breakfast of cereals, bread, jam and honey, fresh fruit and plenty of tea and coffee. After breakfast we prepare our own picnic lunches to throw in our daypacks. There will be bread to make sandwiches and a range of fillings to choose from (cheese, cold meats, vegetables) as well as salads, dried fruits and cakes.

In the evening, everybody helps out to prepare dinner along with your guide. We are proud of the healthy a delicious meals we provide even out in the Icelandic wilderness! There will always be plenty of fresh vegetables and you will have the opportunity to taste skyr, smoked salmon, leg of lamb and other tasty Icelandic delicacies. Every meal will include some kind of local meat or fish.

If you have special dietary requirements please inform us of this when completing your participant forms and include as much detail as possible. For example, if you are vegetarian, please inform us if you eat fish or not. Our guides will do their best to meet your requirements but you may like to bring one or two products with you. For example, gluten free products are not readily available in Iceland so you could bring a small bag of GF pasta and maybe a pack of your favorite GF biscuits. Please feel free to contact us and discuss this if you would like more information. 

In Iceland, alcoholic drinks are sold only in state stores and alcohol is very expensive due to high levels of taxation. If you would like a drink in the evenings, it is a good idea to purchase something at duty free as you exit the airport. 

Accommodation

Guest house: This is friendly accommodation in large, typical Icelandic houses, located in towns or along the main road no.1. The guesthouses will normally have 5 to 10 dormitory style rooms accommodating 4 to 6 people in each. Single or double rooms can be booked on request and subject to availability.  The guesthouses will have shared bathroom facilities, and a kitchen is regularly available. Wifi is available and breakfast is provided.

Farmhouse inn:
 In the heart of the Icelandic countryside, inns are often located on farms. These are generally small structures with 10 to 20 dormitory rooms. This simple and welcoming type of accommodation is the best way to get to know the locals and their culture. There are shared bathroom facilities but private en-suit rooms can be provided on request and subject to availability.  There will be electricity for charging, hot running water and WiFi is available at most locations.

Luggage

You will need to bring a 70-80 litre duffel bag or backpack for the bulk of your luggage and a smaller 30-40 litre daypack to carry with you each day.  Please do not bring a rigid suitcase as this is not as practical to transport during your trip. Your luggage will travel with you in our vehicle and it is a good idea to pack anything you do not want to get wet into dry bags. 

How do I get there?

You will need to arrive in Reykjavik on day 1 of your itinerary. Reykjavik's international airport is called Keflavic (KEF) and is located 48km outside the city. The journey from the airport into the city will take around 45mins. Reykjavik's city airport is used for domestic flights only.

From the UK, there are direct flights to Keflavic from London Heathrow (LHR) with British Airways and Icelandair. Easy Jet also offer direct flights from London Luton (LTN), Manchester (MAN) and Edinburgh (EDI). The flight time is roughly 3 hours depending on which airport you depart from.

For those traveling from the USA, Icelandair have direct flights from New York (JFK), Boston (BOS), Washington (IAD) and Seattle (SEA). Delta offer convenient flights via New York from San Francisco (SFO), Los Angeles (LAX), Phoenix (PHX) and Atlanta (ATL).

On arrival in Iceland, after clearing immigration and collecting your luggage, please look out for a member of our team in the arrivals area. They will be holding a large “KANDOO” sign.

Budget & change

The local currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). For the most up to date exchange rate please visit www.xe.com
For meals in Reykjavik you should budget 2500 – 5600 Krona

Tips

Although the custom is not widespread in Iceland, if you are satisfied with the services of your guide, tipping is always appreciated. It is not obligatory and should be left to the discretion of each individual.

Formalities & health

Passport

Most travellers will require a passport valid for at least 6 months after your return date. It is your responsibility to confirm your specific requirements and please be aware that proof of onward travel may be required.

Visa

Travelling to the Iceland is visa free for up to 90 days, for UK and US citizens

Vaccinations

No vaccinations are required.

Insurance

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are fully and adequately insured for the duration of your trip. Please ensure that all activities, excursions and destinations in your itinerary are included in your travel insurance policy, in addition to your regular cover for cancellation and medical expenses. We ask that you keep a copy of your policy summary (containing policy number and the emergency contact number for your insurer) in your day sack at all times, so that we can access this information should we need to contact the insurer on your behalf.

Medication

Your guide carries a first aid kit at all times but we recommend you carry the following items:

  • Painkillers
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Sunscreen (high factor) for lips and skin
  • Moisturising cream
  • Elastic bandage and regular bandages
  • Sanitary products
  • Mosquito spray
  • Blister bandage

Equipment & clothing

Clothing to bring

  • Hat for sun protection
  • Hat for warmth
  • Scarf or snood
  • Sunglasses
  • Long sleeve shirts or cotton t-shirts
  • Jumpers, 1 light weight and 1 warm
  • Windproof and waterproof jacket with hood
  • Breathable fast drying underwear
  • Warm gloves
  • Comfortable long trousers (fast drying)
  • Waterproof trousers
  • Thermal long sleeved vest and leggings
  • Trainers or sandals for evenings
  • Walking socks
  • Hiking boots (high rise, sturdy soles)
  • Swimming costume may be useful

Equipment to bring

  • Sleeping bag with minimum comfort rating of 0˚C
  • 2 x 1 litre water bottles or hydration pack 
  • Walking poles (optional)
  • Head torch with spare batteries and bulb
  • Toiletries (including wet wipes)
  • Dry bags for keep clothes dry in your luggage
  • Container for any toxic rubbish (batteries, sanitary items etc)
  • Duffel bag (80 to 90 litres), flexible and water resistant
  • Daypack (30 to 40 litres) to carry with you each day

OTHER USEFUL KIT

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellant
  • Thermos flask

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Price includes

  • Return airport transfers
  • All accommodation as outlined in your itinerary
  • All transportation during the trip including ferry crossings
  • Full board (except for nights spent in Reykjavik)
  • Services of an expert Kandoo Adventures guide

Price does not include

  • International flights
  • Visa (if required)
  • Travel insurance
  • Meals in Reykjavik
  • Drinks, tips and personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Entry fees for sites / museums