Overseas Challenges

Iceland Three Volcanoes Challenge

 2 – 7 November 2019

Join Team CMHC on a challenge of a lifetime and experience Iceland’s volcanic landscapes on this 6-day adventure as you take on three of the country’s most spectacular volcanoes.

Iceland Challenge

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This 6-day trip offers spectacular volcanic landscapes as you take on three of the country’s volcanoes; Hengill,  Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. You will hike over lava fields created during previous eruptions, snow fields and vast glaciers as well as enjoying some of Iceland’s other diverse landscapes. You will have an introduction to glacier exploration skills including using crampons and an ice axe – no experience needed.

Join us for a challenge you’ll never forget and help Countess Mountbatten Hospice continue to care and support patients living with a terminal illness across South Central Hampshire.

ITINERARY 

Day by day, here’s what you and your trekking partners will get up to on your adventure. 

Day 1 – Saturday 2 Nov 2019: London-Reykjavik

Fly from London to Reykjavik and transfer to our guesthouse (approx 45 mins). In the evening we visit a local restaurant for a welcome dinner.

Day 2 – Sunday 3 Nov 2019 : Reykjavik – Hengill Volcano – Laugarvatn

Today we set off for the Hengill volcano, 30 km east of Reykjavík, where we attempt our first peak- Vörðu Skeggi (807 m), the highest point of this central volcano. From the summit you have great views over Þingvellir National Park, and if conditions are favourable you can see all the way to Iceland’s second biggest ice cap, Langjökull on the northerly horizon. Having accomplished our first summit we drive to Þingvellir and have some time to explore the area. We end the day with a drive through the small town of Laugarvatn and to the geothermal area of Geysir, before continuing to our hostel for dinner and overnight.

Day 3- Monday 4 Nov 2019: Laugarvatn – Hekla – Skógar

After breakfast we get ready for the 2nd summit of this challenge, the famous Hekla (1490 m), one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. The trail to the summit takes us through lava fields from different eruptions and the higher we get the more possibilities there are for encountering snow fields. There is not a crater on this volcano but a fissure that runs along the shoulder of the mountain, so it looks like an upturned boat seen from afar. If we have good weather conditions on the summit we will enjoy amazing views. Descending back to our vehicle we set off for the Skógar hostel which will be our base for the next 2 nights. 

Day 4- Tuesday 5 Nov 2019: Sólheimajökull glacier exploration

Today we head to the Sólheimajökull glacier for a chance to try crampons and learn how they work, before the big climb tomorrow. This is an outlet glacier of the Myrdalsjökull ice cap and you will be introduced to some basic glaciology on this tour, as well as gaining insights into how the glacier affects its surroundings. After some hours on the ice we drive to the nearby Reynisfjara beach, a black sand beach with some majestic basaltic columns and puffins. Return to the hostel for the night and preparations for tomorrow’s climb.

Day 5- Wednesday 6 Nov 2019: Eyjafjallajökull Summit Climb

Today is the final summit of our challenge, and the biggest and toughest! Eyjafjallajökull is a glacier-covered volcano which is still active and the last eruption happened in 2010. The first part of the climb, the foothills of the mountain, is on terra firma, but once you reach the glacier you will rope up with your guide for safety. From the summit we’ll have splendid views over the crater that erupted in 2010 as well as the area to the north of the mountain. We descend along the same route where they may be an opportunity to take a dip in a nearby natural pool to ease the muscles at the end of the descent. We then drive back to Reykjavik for our last night in Iceland at our central guesthouse, stopping for dinner enroute.

Day 6- Thursday 7 Nov 2019: Reykjavik-London

There may be some time this morning to explore Reykjavik (subject to flight times) before our transfer to the airport for the flight back to London.

N.B. This itinerary may change due to unusual weather patterns, geological activity, the ability of the group and so on. We will do our best to keep to the set itinerary, however we cannot be held responsible for changes that might occur outside of our control

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS 

Do I need to sign up online?

Signing up online is quick and easy to do and it saves us money to put towards supporting patients and their families.  The registration form is also available to download and print. If you’re not able to sign up right now, why not save this page to your favourites so you can sign up later.

Who can take part?

People over the age of 18 (or 16+ and accompanied by an adult) looking for a challenge are able to take part.  The group size will be approx 10-15 people of all ages and from all backgrounds.  The majority of people will be on their own, but some will go with friends, partners or relatives.  The event will be challenging but it will be fantastically rewarding and is suitable for anyone with a bit of grit, determination and willingness to work as part of a team.

How fit do I have to be?

Our trekking challenge suits people who are fit and have trained to take part – the fitter you are the more you’ll enjoy the adventure.  We will walk approximately 15 km (9 miles) per day. 

Will I need specialist kit?

We will send you a recommended packing list in your welcome pack which will detail any specialist equipment you may need.  

What is not included in the package?

  • Registration fee
  • Travel Insurance 
  • Tips and gratuities 
  • Personal spending money 
  • Personal trekking kit 
  • Laundry 
  • Any vaccinations required

What food and drink will there be? 

Icelandic food is lamb and fish dominant however vegetarians and vegans can be catered for if requested in advance. Produce is fresh and excellent quality. Imports of sheep products are banned so the lamb that is served comes from the free range animals that are so ‘wild’ they could be considered game meat. Being a small island, fish is a major staple in the Icelandic diet with cod, haddock, monkfish, halibut, salmon and may other types of fish being widely available and delicious.

How will I be supported?

Beforehand: You will be sent a welcome pack  which will include some great tips on how to meet your sponsorship target.  We will be in touch regularly and you will be invited to a briefing day  where you will meet other trekkers and hear more about the challenge 

During the trip: Your group will be accompanied by a Different Travel Tour Manager as well as a CMH Charity representative.  Local guides will escort the group along the route.

Can I cover the cost of the trip myself?

Yes you can cover the cost of the trip yourself.  We ask that you raise a minimum of £3600.  A minimum of £1800 will go direct to CMHC, as well as anything you raise over the minimum sponsorship.  

What will the weather be like?

November is early winter in Iceland so very low temperatures are likely. Typical temperatures in Reykjavik average around 0°C during the day and can drop down to -10°C at night (excluding wind chill). You can expect conditions to be colder in the mountains where you may be in exposed and windy areas. Iceland’s climate is notoriously unpredictable and changes rapidly so you must be prepared for deviations outside of these ranges.

Passports

We recommend that your passport is valid for six months after the end of the event.

What are the deadlines for  my sponsorship money?

Your minimum fundraising target of £3600 must be paid in full to Countess Mountbatten Hospice Charity by Friday 9th August 2019 so your travel arrangements can be finalised. 

Further questions

If you have any further questions please call the charity team on 02380475313 or email eliza@cmhcharity.org.uk 

 

Register for Iceland Trek 2018

DOWNLOADABLE FORMS & CHALLENGE INFORMATION

Iceland Three Volcanoes Challenge Information

Medical Declaration Form – CMHC Iceland Trek

Registration Form – CMHC Iceland Trek – Three Volcanoes Challenge

WHATS INCLUDED

Return flights 

Local transfers

Accommodation

All meals (excluding lunch on Day 1 & Day 6)

Different Travel Tour Manager 

Experienced local tour guides

 

THE DIFFERENT TRAVEL COMPANY

This challenge is organised through The Different Travel Company  who have been providing overseas charity challenges and adventure holidays since 2005.  Their itineraries give you the best travel experience, designed by people with incredible local knowledge.  As a Responsible Tourism company,  they really care that their challenges are ethical, sustainable and responsible and as an ATOL registered tour operator (ATOL 6706) you can be assured that when you book, your money is protected.

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