PACK COMPANION

Trip

We toured the south of the island in a very small group, guided in Spanish. We combine the most representative visits in the country with marches to get closer to places that not everyone reaches. In addition, we will accompany the runners in several of the camps established by the organization, to soak up the race environment and support our own.

PRICE: € 1,950

DATES: June 25 to July 5, 2021

11 days

What we highlight:

  • It is an exceptional route to visit one of the most attractive areas of the entire island.
  • VolcanoUltraMarathon exclusive itinerary: We will follow the race closely
  • Very small group so you can fully enjoy your experience.
  • Spanish-speaking guide throughout the trip.
  • Visit of the famous inland mountains, Landmannalaugar.
  • Excursions included in the price.
  • Professional guides with extensive experience in Iceland.
  • Fabulous selection of accommodation in spectacular locations.

THE TRIP INCLUDES

  • Transfers from / to the airport. See section “Transfers” (“About the Trip”).
  • 2 nights accommodation in a hotel, 2 nights in farms / guesthouse and 6 nights in a tent (see details in the “Accommodation” section).
  • Half board from breakfast on day 2 to breakfast on day 11, as specified in the section “Diets” (“About the Trip”).
  • VolcanoUltraMarathon Ceremony Dinner
  • All transport mentioned as “included” in the program.
  • Accompanying guide of Arctic Yeti of Spanish language, during the route days from day 3 to day 8 (included).
  • Travel insurance

THE TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Flights
  • Meals on flight days
  • Sleeping bag and mat. Possibility of renting it in Iceland (prior reservation essential)
  • Optional excursions.
  • Expenses derived from adverse weather or delayed flights.
  • Everything not specified in “The trip includes”.

EXCURSIONS included

  • Golden Circle.
  • Landmannalaugar and hot springs.
  • Trekking at Skaftafell
  • Navigation between icebergs.
  • Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.
  • Reynisfjara black sand beaches.
  • Puffin cliffs of Dyrhólaey.
  • Skogafoss waterfall.

ITINERARY

Day 1 (June 25): Arrival in Iceland

Flight to Keflavik (Iceland International Airport). Transfer to Reykjavik (Flybus).

Day 2 (June 26): free day - Departure Camp

Breakfast at the Hotel and organizational meeting. In the afternoon, we will move, together with the runners, to the Start Camp, where we will experience the start of the race closely. Camp accommodation.

Day 3 (June 27): DEPARTURE - Golden Circle

After the start of the race and a quiet breakfast, we begin our journey to the so-called “Golden Circle”, without a doubt the most popular set of visits on the island. Here we will know three essential places on a trip to Iceland:

  • Geysir, the famous water spout that has named all the geysers in the world, is currently dormant. But next to him we will see his “brother” Strokkur, who emanates with full force every few minutes and that we can enjoy several times during our visit;
  • Gullfoss or the “Golden Waterfall”, one of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland thanks to its fabulous waterfalls that reach 32 meters in height; and to finish,
  • Thingvellir National Park (þingvellir), seat of the first Icelandic Parliament, where we can observe the separation of North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

In the afternoon, we will approach Camp 1, to share the impressions of the day with the runners.

Camp accommodation

Day 4 (June 28): Hekla Volcano

Today we will do a trekking in the surroundings of one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland, also known as “The King of Volcanoes” or “The Gates of Hell”. If the conditions are ideal, we could try to climb to the top of the volcano.

Accommodation in camp 2, together with the runners.

Day 5 (June 29): Landmannalaugar and hot springs

We leave for Landmannalaugar. We will enjoy the best inland landscapes in an enviable environment where colorful mountains, lakes and mosses with thousands of shades of green and yellow will be our route companions.

In Landmannalaugar we will visit the Ljótipollur crater, with a lake inside. Subsequently, we will trek to enjoy the unique landscape of this area, in the surroundings of the Brennisteinsalda volcano, where long ago lava flows descended, leaving large areas full of basalt, obsidian and rhyolite.

We will find ourselves in one of the best natural thermal water pools in all of Iceland, where we can take a relaxing bath before or after dinner, since we will camp next to it.

Highland accommodation

Day 6 (June 30): Navigation between icebergs

We will be on our way to the Vatnajökull glacier, the third largest ice mass on the planet after Antarctica and Greenland.

We will go to the glacier lagoons area, where Jökulsárlón stands out, with a size of 18 km2 and hundreds of icebergs that come off the language of the Breiðamerkurjökull. At its mouth, icebergs are stranded on a black sand beach. We will also visit Fjallsárlón, another lagoon with icebergs that has an impressive glacial front where you can take very good pictures. In this lagoon we will make a zodiac navigation between icebergs. As we tour the lagoon, they will explain the reason for the melting, the reality of climate change and more interesting details about glaciers and icebergs.

Accommodation in the Glacier area

Day 7 (July 1): Glaciers

In our vehicle, we set off for the unpronounceable town Kirkjubæjarklaustur, located in the south of the island, on highway number 1.

We will make a stop in the Skaftafell National Park and we can choose one of the following options:

Option 1 (no extra cost): Trekking day in the Skaftafell National Park, enjoying this natural paradise that contrasts with plateaux of sand, with flowery valleys and impressive waterfalls next to the largest glacier in Europe. We will visit on our way the famous Svartifoss, a beautiful waterfall with basalt columns of volcanic origin.

Option 2 (with supplement): glacier walk with crampons.

We will continue to cross the south crossing the lava fields of Laki and stop to see the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, where we can take some of the most beautiful photographs of the trip.

Accommodation in the Vík area

Day 8 (July 2): Puffins, black sand beach and waterfalls - META

Today we will be very attentive to the evolution of the race and we will be flexible in our journey, to get closer to the goal at the right time.

We will approach the cliffs in the south of the island and the black sand beaches of Vík. First we will visit Reynisfjara, a black sand beach surrounded by a landscape with impressive basalt formations and from

where we will be able to observe the famous “Trolls” of Reynisdrangar, which legend has it that they were petrified at dawn and are in the sea.

Dyrhólaey will be our next stop, a high point from which to observe the puffin colonies (from mid-June to mid-August) and curious lava formations.

We continue our route through the south towards Skógar to visit the Skógafoss waterfall, which with its 60 meters high and 25 meters wide is one of the largest in Iceland. Here we will have time to enjoy the surroundings of the waterfall and whoever wants to can climb to the top of it.

Night at the Meta Camp

Day 9 (July 3): South Coast - Meta

Impregnation day with the race environment and support for runners.

Night at the Meta Camp

Day 10 (July 4): Transfer to Reykjavík

We continue our journey to Reykjavík where, after settling in our accommodation, we will have the afternoon free to enjoy the capital. Reykjavík is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Europe and the Icelandic night is famous for having many places to have a drink in a very pleasant atmosphere.

Dinner VolcanoUltraMarathon ceremony at the Hotel.

Optional: Whale watching.

Hotel accommodation in Reykjavík

Day 11 (July 5): Return

Free time until the transfer to the airport. Depending on your flight schedule, we recommend visiting the port, the Laugavegur shopping street, the famous Hallgrímskirkja church, the Harpa building or one of the museums in the capital.

Optional: Blue Lagoon (one way from Reykjavik and back to the airport).

Return flight

Note: the itinerary can be carried out one way or the other interchangeably. For reasons of the country’s logistics, some location or accommodation may vary without prior notice. This does not usually happen, but Iceland is one of the world’s destinations with the highest increase in travelers in recent years and on certain occasions we have had to make small changes on the go for external reasons. This does not affect the visits to be made.