Sales Manual
               2010
Dear fellow travellers
           For all of us at Icelandic Mountain Guides, nature comes first. Decades of personal exper...
Practical Information
Pre booking is necessary to guarantee your place.

Clothing:
For all our tours bring warm clothing, ...
Index
                Day Tours
                Day Tours around and from Reykjavík                  5
                Ice...
Iceland Day Tours
Day tours around and from Reykjavík

1   Walk on the Ice Side                            IMG01
    Level...
The Silver Circle                    IMG04                                                         1
                    L...
Iceland Rovers Super Jeep Tours

1   Essential Iceland                      ILR01
    Level: Easy. Duration: 9 - 11 hours....
South Coast, Glaciers and Waterfalls                                                 ILR10          1
                    ...
Glacier Tours on Mýrdalsjökull

1    Blue Ice Adventure                         IMG11
     Level: Easy. Duration: 2 hours,...
Glacier Tours from Vatnajökull National Park - Skaftafell

                       Blue Ice Experience                     ...
1   Glacier Walk and Jökulsárlón                                           IMG26
    Duration: A combination tour. First a...
Hrútsfjallstindar Peaks                             IMG27                                          1
                     ...
Assisted Treks
1   Landmannalaugar - Þórsmörk                                       IMG31
    Level: Moderate to challengi...
Combination trek: Landmannalaugar - Skógar IMG36
                     Level: Moderate to challenging.             Total di...
1   Hiking at the end of the world                                  IMG34
    Level: Challenging.                        T...
Backpacking Tours
                     Laki - Núpsstaðarskógar                              IMG40                         ...
1   Combination trek: Laki - Skaftafell                                          IMG42
    Level: Demanding               ...
Ásbyrgi - Mývatn                     IMG44                                                     1
                     Leve...
1   Askja - Nýidalur                   IMG46
    Level: Demanding                             Total distance: 95 kilometer...
Eldgjá - Vík             IMG48                                                                    1
                     L...
Touring adventures
1   Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers                                                 IMG33
    Level: ...
Super Jeep Tours
                     Hot River Highlands and Golden Circle Tour                                          ...
1   Ultimate Adventure Tour ILR50
2   Super Jeep Expedition to the Great Vatnajökull Glacier
3   Level: Easy to modarate. ...
Winter Tours on Skis and Snow Shoes
                     Mountains and Fjords of the North                                ...
1
    Sprengisandur:
2   Traverse of the Icelandic highlands                                           IMG52
    Level: De...
Iceland Tour & Travel Guide
Iceland Tour & Travel Guide
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Iceland Tour & Travel Guide

  1. 1. Sales Manual 2010
  2. 2. Dear fellow travellers For all of us at Icelandic Mountain Guides, nature comes first. Decades of personal experience, of playing with the elements, have left us comfortable and committed to the environment and the possibilities for a fun day outside. Whether we are exploring the icescapes of glaciers, crossing the impressive highlands, trekking in the extraordinary rhyolite massifs or enjoying a hike in the valleys our aim is to Make Every Moment an Experience Quality Icelandic Mountain Guides have been operating since 1994. In January 2008 we merged with our fellow company Iceland Rovers (partly owned by the same pioneer people as IMG) and the Icelandic Travel Market (Tourist Information Center in the heart of Reykjavík). The goal, to serve you, our customer, even better than before and to bring our professionalism to yet another level. We are working harder than ever on the quality of our tours and continuously improving the skill and training of our guides to assure that all our clients have a safe and pleasant journey whatever the activity is and whatever the level is, easy to very difficult. Professionalism We pride ourselves in having a highly qualified team of both guides and travel organizers. Most of our guides come from the mountain rescue background and all are passionate nature lovers and travellers. Our guides have a record that includes an incredible number of expeditions and impressive journeys, should it be of high altitude summits or long winter tours in the high Arctic. Many have taken the tourist guide and hiking/trekking guide (Mountain Leader Awards) of the Icelandic tour guide school. For all glacier activity we have now introduced the New Zealand glacier guide standard and we already pride ourselves of 3 Alpine Trekking Guides, 8 Level 2 Hard Ice Guides and 11 Level 1 Hard Ice Guides. Our guides in general carry the Wilderness First Responder diploma in first aid (8 days intensive course), Avalanche level 1 or level 2 courses and various other courses that aim for better performance and increased security. Therefore we can offer guides that are fit to take on the various tasks our trips demand. Environment Icelandic Mountain Guides have a deep respect for nature. We aim for sustainable tourism and to leave no trace apart from our footprints when we travel. To minimize our use of fossil fuels we have chosen to use regular buses for most transfers and fuel efficient minibuses where other means are not offered. As for our Super Jeep tours we have for the same reason, primarily chosen Land Rover Defenders because they are strong and reliable at the same time as their fuel consumption per passenger seat is the lowest possible for this kind of travel. In Iceland we support local NGOs and take an active part in discussion about development of wilderness and open spaces where we as a rule take natures side against ideas of heavy industry or new highway projects in unspoiled areas. Whether you are a novice hiker or a qualified mountaineer, our experienced guides will ensure that you take delight in Iceland’s unspoiled wilderness safely and carefully, leaving you with unforgettable memories of astonishing landscapes and lasting experiences. And our philosophy has allowed us to become recognized as Iceland’s premier mountaineering and hiking company. Come experience the wonders of Iceland with us www.mountainguides.is mountainguide@mountainguide.is Tel: +354 587 9999 2 www.mountainguides.is
  3. 3. Practical Information Pre booking is necessary to guarantee your place. Clothing: For all our tours bring warm clothing, thick sweaters and a waterproof shell, and wear good shoes. For those who need, we can provide clothing, just ask when you book the tour or the guide before the tour starts. All specific gear such as crampons and ice axes for glacier walking and helmets for caving is always provided by Icelandic Mountain Guides/ Iceland Rovers. Departures: Day tour departures dated in brochure are guaranteed. They can be ordered for minimum four persons on any other weekday or as a private tour. Security: The Icelandic climate is rough and very variable and so is the terrain. We therefore reserve the right to alter and modify the program at any time during the trip to assure the safety of our clients and staff. Our well trained guides will do their very best to assure you a safe and pleasant journey. Languages: All Icelandic Mountain Guides/ Iceland Rovers day tours are conducted in English. Up on special request they can be conducted in French, German, or Scandinavian. Difficulty levels 1 2 3 4 5 Easy Strenuous 1: Easy Accessible to all people in good health. 2: Moderate Accessible to all those in good health, who do some sports regularly, and are used to all- terrain walks. 4 - 7 hours walking per day, without much carrying. 3: Challenging Suitable for people that are physically active and have some background in basic travelling in mountainous terrain with a backpack. 6 - 7 hours walking per day. 4: Demanding Demands a considerable effort and endurance. Good health and hiking experience is required. 6 - 8 hours walking per day. Often involves carrying your own gear. 5: Strenuous Only suitable for people physically and psychologically prepared for highly engaging experience. Expedition level. Often involves carrying your own gear. Photo: Björgvin Hilmarsson Other Photos: Icelandic Mountain Guides and Jean Marmeisse Layout: Spör ehf. Sales Manual 2010 Printing: Leturprent www.icelandrovers.is 3
  4. 4. Index Day Tours Day Tours around and from Reykjavík 5 Iceland Rovers Super Jeep Tours 7 Glacier Tours on Mýrdalsjökull 9 Glacier Tours from Vatnajökull National Park 10 Assisted Treks Landmannalaugar - Þórsmörk 13 Þórsmörk - Skógar 13 Combination trek: Landmannalaugar - Skógar 14 Craters, Canyons and Lava 14 Hiking at the end of the world 15 Backpacking Tours Laki - Núpsstaðarskógar 16 Núpsstaðarskógar - Skaftafell 16 Combination trek: Laki - Skaftafell 17 Coast to coast: The Iceland Traverse 17 Ásbyrgi - Mývatn 18 Mývatn - Askja 18 Askja - Nýidalur 19 Nýidalur - Eldgjá 19 Eldgjá - Vík 20 The Snæfell to Lónsöræfi Trek 20 Touring adventures Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers 21 Super Jeep Tours Hot River Highlands and Golden Circle Tour 22 Highlands and Hot Springs 22 Ultimate Adventure Tour 23 The Wonders of South Iceland 23 Winter Tours on Skis and Snow Shoes Mountains and Fjords of the North 24 Vatnajökull Glacier Expedition 24 Sprengisandur:Traverse of the Icelandic highlands 25 Landmannalaugar in Winter 25 Winter Highlights 26 Greenland Tours In the footsteps of Erik the Red 27 Adventures on Ammassalik Island 27 Backcountry in Liverpoolland 28 Backcountry Skiing at the End of the World 28 Incentive Tours Examples of tours and activities 29 Booking conditions 31 4 www.mountainguides.is
  5. 5. Iceland Day Tours Day tours around and from Reykjavík 1 Walk on the Ice Side IMG01 Level: Easy. Duration: 10 hours total, 3 - 3h30 on the ice. 2 3 A walk on the Sólheimajökull Glacier An Iceland glacier walk is a great way to experience nature and a tour to the 4 Sólheimajökull glacier is an ideal way to spend the day. It takes only two hours to drive 5 from Reykjavík the Mýrdalsjökull glacier; Iceland’s fourth largest, where the tongue of the Sólheimajökull glacier extends down towards the south coast. This is a safe and easy walk on crampons up onto the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses awaits discovery. Our experienced mountain guides will teach you how to use basic glacier equipment necessary for this tour. On the way back there’s a stop at the picturesque waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Pick up: In Reykjavík from hotel or guesthouse at 08:30. Included: Transport, guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and lunch (it is also possible to buy lunch on the way). Boots can be rented and we lend rain coats to those who need. Minimum age: 10 years. Guaranteed departures: All year: Every day except 24th, 25th of December and 1st of January. 1 Walk through Ice and Fire IMG02 Level: Easy to moderate. Duration: 10 - 11 hours total, 4 - 5 hours hiking. 2 3 Hot springs hike and glacier walk This tour combines two of Iceland’s natural highlights hot springs and glaciers. Hengill 4 geothermal area is only a 45 min. drive from Reykjavík and there we take a 2 - 3 hour 5 walk. Located at the foot of the old volcanic cone of Hengill, this hiking trail passes a series of beautiful hot springs en route to the Reykjadalur valley where one can enjoy a bath in a beautifull warm stream. We continue by car for an hour and 45 min. towards the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, one of the largest in Iceland. Here we put on crampons, grab ice axes and set out to discover the wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses not forgetting the deep blue colour of glacier ice. This tour offers both magnificent nature and scenery. Pick up: In Reykjavik from hotel or guesthouse at 08:30. Included: Transport, guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and lunch (it is also possible to buy lunch on the way). Boots can be rented and we lend rain coats to those who need. Minimum age: 10 years. Guaranteed departures: June 1st to September 15th: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. September 16th to November 31st and February 1st to May 31st: Thursdays and Saturdays. 1 Horses and Glaciers IMG03 Level: Easy. Duration: 10 - 11 hours total, riding 1h30 - 2 hours, ice walk 2 hours. 2 3 Horse riding and glacier walk This tour starts with about a 1h30 - 2 hrs. pony trekking/riding tour in the spirit of the 4 Vikings. Where we go depends on wind, weather and the participants’ riding experience. 5 After a traditional meal that varies with the season the tour continues towards the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, one of Iceland’s biggest. Here we put on crampons and ice axes to discover a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses not forgetting the deep blue colour of glacier ice. A truly great combination of traditional horse riding and beautiful natural surroundings. Pick up: In Reykjavik from hotel or guesthouse at 08:20. Included: Transport, guiding services, glacier gear, riding gear, safety equipment and lunch. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking shoes. We lend rain coats to those who need. Minimum age: 10 years. Guaranteed departures: June 1st to September 15th: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. September 16th to November 31st and February 1st to May 31st: Thursdays and Saturdays. www.icelandrovers.is 5
  6. 6. The Silver Circle IMG04 1 Level: Moderate. Duration 9 - 10 hours total, 5 hours hiking. 2 Iceland’s highest waterfall, Caving, and Nesjavellir hot springs 3 The tour starts with a drive to the bottom of “Whale” fjord , Hvalfjörður and before setting out on a 3 hrs. spectacular hike to Iceland’s highest waterfall, Glymur 198m (650’). From 4 here we take a scenic drive to Þingvellir National Park where we discover the beautiful 5 lava cave Gjábakkahellir. After having exploring this natural wonder we drive along Lake Þingvallavatn to Nesjavellir geothermal area. A walk around the area gives you the opportunity to discover the magnificent boiling mud pools, solfataras (or fumaroles that emit sulphurous gases) and hot springs. Here magnificent nature and spectacular scenery await discovery. Pick up: In Reykjavik from hotel or guesthouse at 08:30. Included: Transport and guiding services. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking shoes, lunch. We lend rain coats to those who need. Minimum age: 12 years. Guaranteed departures: June 1st to September 15th: Mondays and Saturdays. Sólheimajökull Ice Climbing IMG05 1 Level: All levels, the challenge can be adapted to suit the individual. 2 Duration: 9 -10 hours total, 3 - 4 hour climbing session for people at almost any level. 3 Ice Climbing If you want to venture into the vertical world of ice climbing, but have never had the 4 opportunity, you can join us and experience the thrill with veteran assistance. With 5 Icelandic Mountain Guides, you can learn the basic techniques and how to use the appropriate equipment. Ice climbing is a unique experience that can be practiced all year round in Iceland, therefore we can offer you the perfect opportunity to go out and swing those ice tools. Pick up: In Reykjavík from hotel or guesthouse at 08:30. Included: Transport, guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear and good shoes. Boots can be rented and we lend rain coats to those who need. Minimum age: 14 years. Guaranteed departures: June 1st to September 15th: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. September 16th to December 31st and January 1st to May 31st: Saturdays. Hot Springs and Lava Cave IMG06 1 Level: Easy. Duration: 5h30 - 6 hours total. 2 Hengill Geothermal area and hidden lava cave. 3 On this tour we take you to the famous Hengill Volcano and into the Icelandic underground! We start our journey by exploring one of the many lava caves in the Bláfjöll 4 mountain range just south of Reykjavík. You will find out how lava caves are formed and 5 discover the beauty of stalagmites and stalactites. Having enjoyed the hidden beauties of the underground we head to the Hengill geothermal area where an easy hike in magnificent surroundings, dotted with hot springs and bubbling mud pools, awaits us. Our hike continues down through Reykjadalur, the Smokey Valley, where it is possible to enjoy a natural bath in a warm stream. Pick up: In Reykjavík from hotel or guesthouse at 09:30. Included: Transport, guiding services, snow shoes (winter), helmets, and headlights. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, good shoes, bathing suit, towel and lunch. Minimum age: 8 years. Guaranteed departures: April 1st to October 31st: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 6 www.mountainguides.is
  7. 7. Iceland Rovers Super Jeep Tours 1 Essential Iceland ILR01 Level: Easy. Duration: 9 - 11 hours. 2 3 Parliament, Glacier, Lava Cave, Hot Springs and Waterfalls Enjoy an amazing tour through a landscape of extreme contrasts, full of history and 4 geology. We begin our day in Þingvellir National Park, the site of the ancient Viking 5 parliament dating back to the 10th century. From there we drive up through the barren mountain pass of Kaldidalur to the Langjökull glacier for an unforgettable discovery of this enormous glacier. We continue to Hallmundarhraun to explore Surtshellir one of Iceland’s biggest and most spectacular lava caves. After caving, we visit the unusual waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss and have a look at one of the world’s largest hot springs before returning to Reykjavík. Pick up: In Reykjavík from hotel or guesthouse at 08:30. Included: Driver-tour guide, helmets and headlights (for caving). Note: Bring warm clothing, good shoes and lunch. Guaranteed departures: All year: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 1 Mt. Hekla and Landmannalaugar Tour ILR05 Level: Easy. Duration: 12 hours. 2 3 Mt. Hekla, Landmannalaugar, Craters and Volcanic Landscape This is a unique and unforgettable Iceland tour through some very rugged terrain in the 4 southern highlands of Iceland. We start by heading to the foot of Mt Hekla where the 5 landscape is shaped by centuries of volcanic activity. In our jeep we climb as high as 1000 m (3280’) above sea level to enjoy fascinating view over the Torfajökull area and weather permitting, some of Iceland’s glaciers as well. We are now in one of the largest geothermal areas in Iceland, where fire and ice often create spectacular ice caves, as the hot springs are constantly working underneath the icecap. We will visit the Hrafntinnusker area and end in Landmannalaugar where a warm bath in a natural pool is optional before heading back to Reykjavik. This is a land of unreal beauty with steaming hot springs, glacier ice and explosive craters, and an amazing range of colors. Pick up: In Reykjavík from hotel or guesthouse at 08:30. Included: Driver-guide and Landmannalaugar service fee. Note: Bring warm clothing, good shoes and lunch Guaranteed departures: June 15th to October 31st: Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. 1 Northern Lights and Lobster ILR06 Level: Easy. Duration: 5 hours. 2 3 Northern Lights, Black sand beaches and Lobster We leave Reykjavik in search of a night sky that is free of city lights in order to enhance the 4 beauty of the Northern Lights, as this spectacular natural phenomenon is best enjoyed well 5 away from any light source. After, we’ll head to a black sandy beach for some Icelandic delicacies. As we continue our search for of the wonders of the night sky, we drive to one of Iceland’s most renowned seafood restaurants for an unforgettable lobster feast. We drive into the night still looking out for those mysterious lights as we head back to Reykjavík. Pick-up: In Reykjavík form hotel or guesthouse at 18:00. Included: Driver-tour guide, lobster feast and Icelandic schnapps. Note: Drinks and dessert not included. Guaranteed departures: September 1st - April 15th: Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. *Please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon, therefore, sightings cannot be guaranteed. www.icelandrovers.is 7
  8. 8. South Coast, Glaciers and Waterfalls ILR10 1 Level: Easy. Duration: 10 - 11 hours. 2 The South coast, Black Beaches, Waterfalls and Glacier Walk 3 For this exciting day tour, we take the main road eastwards from Reykjavik to the foot of the Mt.Eyjafjallajökull glacier massif, driving through the Icelandic farmlands beneath 4 the mountains. In less than two hours we arrive at Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s fourth largest 5 glacier. From here we will continue towards the Sólheimajökull glacier where we go for a blue ice glacier walk (1h). On the way back we take a 4x4 drive down onto the black sand beaches and admire the beauty and power of the North Atlantic Ocean. Last but not least, the picturesque waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss are mandatory stops where the brave ones can venture behind the waterfall as it falls off its cliffs! Pick-up: In Reykjavík from hotel or guesthouse at 08:30. Included: Driver-tour guide and a glacier walk (1h30). Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking shoes and lunch. We lend rain coats for those who need. Guaranteed departures: All year: Wednesdays and Sundays. Þórsmörk Glacier Valley ILR12 1 Level: Easy. Duration: 9 - 11 hours. 2 Tuff landscape, Elf Church, Canyons and River Crossings 3 Our destination is Þórsmörk, a natural paradise, named after the mighty pagan God Thor. To get into the wonderful land behind the glaciers we have to drive on a 4x4 track, over 4 numerous un-bridged glacial rivers some of which can be quite deep and with strong 5 currents. Once there, we find ourselves in a magnificent valley, full of geological wonders and unique vistas that Icelandic nature lovers have enjoyed for centuries. Hiking along the trails in Þórsmörk, into Stakkholts river canyon and other places is a magical experience. On the way back spectacular Seljalandsfoss waterfall awaits us cascading down from the cliffs’ edge in its unique way. This is a tour into a Nature Reserve that boasts magnificence throughout. Pick-up: In Reykjavík from hotel or guesthouse at 08:30. Included: Driver-guide and wading shoes for canyon walk. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, good shoes and lunch. Guaranteed departures: All year: Thursdays. May 1st to September 31st: Tuesdays and Thursdays. The Classic Golden Circle Tour ILR13 1 Level: Easy. Duration: 8 - 9 hours. 2 Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir in Super Jeep 3 We set out from Reykjavik to Þingvellir National Park, home of Iceland’s ancient Viking parliament and listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage site. There we take a walk to experience 4 first hand the geological wonder of the mid-Atlantic ridge. From Þingvellir we head east over 5 Lyngdalsheiði following a mountain-road with great views of the rugged lava fields. Passing Laugarvatn lake, we arrive to Haukadalur, home of the great Geyser and the reliable Strokkur geyser that erupts with 3 to 7 minutes intervals, spouting boiling water to a height of 25 to 35 meters. We then head up to the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall cascading down in the white colored Hvítá river originating in the Langjökull glacier. On our way back to Reykjavík we drive through the agricultural headland of south Iceland and through small settlements of the countryside. Our last stop is at Kerið, a colorful explosive volcanic crater. Departures: All year Thursdays and Saturdays. Included: Driver-tour guide. Note: We highly recommend bringing a lunch. 8 www.mountainguides.is
  9. 9. Glacier Tours on Mýrdalsjökull 1 Blue Ice Adventure IMG11 Level: Easy. Duration: 2 hours, 1h30 hours on the ice. 2 3 Easy glacier walk on Sólheimajökull This easy and safe glacier walk is for those who want to get a glimpse of the breathtaking 4 Sólheimajökull glacier, and its surroundings. The tour focuses on the exploration of water 5 cauldrons, waterways and other ice features of the glacier where we will experience the different shades of the glacier, white ice, blue ice and just plain clear ice. Before setting out onto the glacier the glacier guide will teach you how to use the basic glacier equipment, crampons and ice axes, required for this tour. Suitable for everybody. Meeting point: Car park at the foot of the Sólheimajökull glacier. Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear and good shoes. Minimum age: 8 years. Departures: May 15th - September 15th. Every day at 09:30 and 15:30. June 15th to August 30th. Every day at 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 15:30 and 16:30. 1 Sólheimajökull Exploration IMG12 Level: Easy. Duration: 3 - 3h30 total, 2h30 -3 hours on the ice. 2 3 Glacier Tour on Sólheimajökull The Sólheimajökull glacier tongue extends from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier, down to 4 the sandy plains of the Icelandic south coast. The spectacular surroundings are marked 5 by rugged and majestic rock formations thoroughly shaped by the glacier. This is an easy walk on crampons up onto the ice field where a wonderland of ice sculptures, ridges and deep crevasses await your discovery. From the beginning of the tour an experienced glacier guide will teach you how to use basic ice equipment, crampons and ice axe required for your trip into this magical frozen world. Meeting point: Car park at the foot of the Sólheimajökull glacier. Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear and good shoes. Minimum age: 12 years. Departures: May 15th to September 15th: Every day at 12:00. Pick up available from Skógar 30 min. before departure. September 16th to May 31st: Every day at 12:00. www.icelandrovers.is 9
  10. 10. Glacier Tours from Vatnajökull National Park - Skaftafell Blue Ice Experience IMG21 1 Level: Easy. Duration: 2h30, 2 hours walk on ice using crampons. 2 Walk on Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue 3 This walk takes us onto Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue. Svínafellsjökull is a breathtaking outlet glacier from the Vatnajökull glacier and the scenary and views are simply stunning. 4 We walk through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, meandering through ice ridges 5 and the deep crevasses of the glacier. At the outset of the tour, an experienced guide teaches you how to use basic glacier equipment like crampons and ice axes required for this tour. Meeting point: ITM/Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Office (next to the National Park Visitor Center) Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots. Minimum age: 10 years. Departures: Mars 1st to October 30th: Every day at 10:00 and 14:00. July 1st to August 26th: Every day at 10:00, 11:00, 14:00 and 15:00. Glacier Adventure IMG22 1 Level: Moderate. Duration 4 hours total, 3h30 hiking and scrambling on ice with 2 crampons. 3 Glacier Exploration This is a moderate glacier tour in the majestic surroundings of Svínafellsjökull, hemmed in 4 by some of Iceland’s most spectacular peaks. We climb the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue 5 upto the deep glacier valley between the summits of Hvannadalshnúkur and Hrútsfjall. We will traverse zones of different glacial formations where huge water cauldrons, deep crevasses and strangely shaped ridges, and other ice formations await our discovery. Meeting point: ITM/Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Office (next to the National Park Visitor Center). Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and energy bars. Minimum age: 16 years. Departures: May 1st to September 30th: Every day at 09:00 and 13:00. Full Day Glacier Adventure IMG23 1 Level: Moderate to challenging. Duration: 7 hours (6h30 hours. hiking and scrambling 2 on ice with crampons). 3 Glacier Expedition This is a moderate to challenging glacier tour in the majestic surroundings of 4 Svínafellsjökull, hemmed in by some of Iceland’s most spectacular peaks. We climb the 5 Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue up to the deep glacier valley between the summits of Hvannadalshnúkur and Hrútsfjall, traversing zones of different glacial formations. This magical icescape consists of wonderful ice sculptures, huge cauldrons, deep crevasses and strangely shaped ridges and other ice formations. An experienced glacier guide makes sure that your trip into this magical world will be safe. A definite must for ice enthusiasts. Meeting point: ITM/Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Office (next to the National Park Visitor Center). Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, lunch and energy bars. Minimum age: 16 years. Departures: June 1st to August 26th: Every day at 9:00. 10 www.mountainguides.is
  11. 11. 1 Glacier Walk and Jökulsárlón IMG26 Duration: A combination tour. First an easy two hour walk on crampons, then bus 2 (approx. 45 min.) to Jökulsárlón glacier lake and 45 min. boat tour on Jökulsárlón. 3 Glacier walk and boat tour on Jökulsárlón 4 This walk takes us on to the Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue. Svínafellsjökull is a 5 breathtaking outlet glacier of the Vatnajökull glacier and the scenerey and views are simply stunning. We walk through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, meandering through ice ridges and the deep crevasses of the glacier. At the outset of our tour, an experienced guide teaches you how to use basic glacier equipment like crampons and ice axes, the required equipment for this tour. After the glacier tour, you take the bus at 13:00 from Skaftafell to Jökulsárlón (approx. 45 min drive) where you go on a boat on the lagoon to admire the floating icebergs in this magnificent glacier and mountain environment. Meeting point: ITM/Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Office (next to the National Park Visitor Center) 15 min. prior to departure. Includes: Guiding services, ice gear and safety equipment, bus to Jökulsárlón and back, boat trip on the glacier lagoon. Note: Bring warm clothing, raingear and hiking boots. Hiking boots can be rented. Minimum age: 10 years. Departures: 15th of June to 31st of August: Every day at 10.00. 1 Ice Climbing IMG24 Level: All levels, the challenge can be adapted to each group and individual. 2 Duration: 4 hours, 3 hours on the ice. 3 Ice Climbing 4 Here we have a three hour ice-climbing tour for almost any level, whether you are a complete 5 beginner at this interesting sport or a veteran aficionado of ice climbing. The Svínafellsjökull glacier is the ideal playground as it has ice walls of various shapes and heights. As a result it is an excellent location for either an introduction to the sport or to improve technical proficiency. The spectacular scenery of the surrounding peaks can be enjoyed from a different angle on this tour! Meeting point: ITM/Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Office (next to the National Park Visitor Center). Included: Guiding services, glacier- and climbing gear, and safety equipment. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear and hiking boots. Minimum age: 10 years. Groups: Min. 2 persons. Departures: June 1st to August 26th: Every day at 15:00. Hvannadalshnúkur: Iceland’s highest summit IMG25 Level: Demanding. Distance: 22 kilometers (14 miles). 1 Height gain: More than 2000 meters (6500 feet). 2 Duration: 12 - 15 hours. 3 A hike on snow and ice: Hvannadalshnúkur Summit 4 The ascent of the highest peak in Iceland, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m/6900’) is a once in a lifetime must for enthusiastic outdoors people. This is an unforgettable climb with 5 breathtaking panoramic views stretching over the rugged outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull glacier or over the vast sandy plains of the glaciated rivers that drain off that great glacier. Normally the climb requires no technical/mountaineering skill but at times the conditions on the summit are such that the climb is no longer a simple straight forward snow slope and the ascent requires some technical climbing over crevasses. Then some mountaineering experience is strongly recommended. Meeting point: ITM/Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Office (next to the National Park Visitor Center). Included: Guiding services, glacier gear and safety equipment. Note: A briefing with a guide takes place the evening before. Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots and food. Minimum age: 16 years. Groups: Min. 2 persons. Departures: April 1st to September 30th: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, at 05:00 in the morning, when weather and conditions permit. www.icelandrovers.is 11
  12. 12. Hrútsfjallstindar Peaks IMG27 1 Level: Demanding 2 Distance: 22 kilometers (14 miles) Elevation: 1800 meters (6500 feet) 3 Duration: 14 - 16 hours 4 Hrútsfjallstindar Peaks 1875 m 5 Hrútsfjallstindar is the name of the impressive peaks dominating the skyline to the north of Svínafellsjökull glacier. The peaks are four and the highest one is 1875 m high (6150 ‘). For many years the peaks have challenged serious climbers and several climbing routes are already established. However hikers have also made their way up there without technical difficulties and a trip up to the Hrútsfjallstindar Peaks is on par with a trip to the summit of Hvannadalshnúkur. The hike is equally demanding and takes about 14 - 16 hours. The route offers magnificent scenery over the Öræfajökull massif as well as the Skaftafellsjökull and Svinafellsjökull glaciers. Part of the hike is on a glacier thus the use of glacier equipment is vital. No special mountaineering skills required but the hike is both physically and mentally demanding. Note our low client ratio, only 8 clients per guide. Meeting point: ITM/Icelandic Mountain Guides Sales Office (next to National Park Visitor Center) Includes: Guiding services, ice gear and safety equipment. A briefing with your guide takes place the evening before. Note: Bring warm clothing, rain gear, hiking boots, lunch, energy bars and drinks. Minimum age: 16 years Departures: Will be announced on our website at www.mountainguides.is Other departures as an option if the Hvannadalshnúkur summit IMG25 is closed for tecnical reasons. 12 www.mountainguides.is
  13. 13. Assisted Treks 1 Landmannalaugar - Þórsmörk IMG31 Level: Moderate to challenging. Total distance: 56 kilometers (35 miles). 2 Trekking: 5 days. Altitude: 200 - 1100 meters (650 - 3600 feet). 3 Walking per day: 4 - 7 hours. Maximum ascent: 600 meters (1900 feet). 4 Five day vehicle assisted trek from hut to hut 5 The best known of all treks in Iceland, this trail leads from the famous valley of Landmannalaugar in the southern highlands, south to Þórsmörk valley north of the great Eyjafjallajökull glacier. On the way we cross the third biggest geothermal zone in the world, pass yellow rhyolite mountains, black deserts, great canyons and green valleys. It is no coincidence that the “Laugavegur” hike each year attracts travellers from around the world in addition to being a great favorite amongst locals. Accommodation in comfortable mountain huts. *All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. There are bunk rooms with single and twinbeds, participants have to be prepared to share a bed with a stranger. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 5 days, transportation to and from 28.06 - 02.07.2010 Reykjavík, food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5), 05.07 - 09.07.2010 mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage. Group size: 6 to 16 participants. 12.07 - 16.07.2010 Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation 19.07 - 23.07.2010 in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavík and that the tour 26.07 - 30.07.2010 ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík. 02.08 - 06.08.2010 Please note that accommodation/camping fees before and after 09.08 - 13.08.2010 the tour are not included in base price. 16.08 - 20.08.2010 Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is 23.08 - 27.08.2010 06.09 - 10.09.2010 1 Þórsmörk - Skógar IMG35 2 Level: Moderate to challenging. Total distance: 22 kilometers (13, 6 miles). Trekking: 3 days. Altitude: 150-1100 meters (490 - 3600 feet). 3 Walking per day: 4 - 5 hours. Maximum ascent: 1000 meters (3280 feet). 4 Three day vehicle assisted trek from hut to hut 5 Along with the Laugavegur trek, the hike over Fimmvörðuháls is probably the best known in Iceland. The trail takes us from the nature reserve of Þórsmörk over a mountain pass that lies between two glaciers, down to the lowlands on the other side. Once there we are greeted by the great Skógarfoss waterfall and the Atlantic coast is not far away. This astonishing diversity makes this his short trek another Iceland favorite. Accommodation in comfortable mountain huts. *All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. There are bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bed with a stranger. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 3 days, transportation to and from 02.07 - 04.07.2010 Reykjavík, food for 3 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 2), 09.07 - 11.07.2010 mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage. Group size: 6 to 16 participants. 16.07 - 18.07.2010 Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation 23.07 - 25.07.2010 in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavík and that the tour 30.07 - 01.08.2010 ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík. 06.08 - 08.08.2010 Please note that accommodation/camping fees before and after 13.08 - 15.08.2010 the tour are not included in base price. 20.08 - 22.08.2010 27.08 - 29.08.2010 10.09 - 12.09.2010 www.icelandrovers.is 13
  14. 14. Combination trek: Landmannalaugar - Skógar IMG36 Level: Moderate to challenging. Total distance: 78 kilometers (48 miles). Trekking: 7 days. Altitude: 150 - 1100 meters (490 - 3600 feet). 1 Walking per day: 4 - 7 hours. Maximum ascent: 1000 meters (3280 feet). 2 Seven day vehicle assisted trek from hut to hut 3 By combining two of Iceland’s best known hikes you get an unbelievable seven 4 day trek through incredibly diverse landscape. From the famous geothermal area of Landmannalaugar to Skógar, this path takes us over multicolored hills and black sands, 5 along small gullies and great canyons, through verdurous valleys, between glaciers, and past waterfalls. This is a memorable hike full of contrasts which gives you a chance to absorb the spirit of this remarkable country. Accommodation in comfortable mountain huts. *All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. There are bunk rooms with single and twinbeds, participants have to be prepared to share a bed with a stranger. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 7 days, transportation to and from 28.06 - 04.07.2010 Reykjavík, food for 7 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 7), 05.07 - 11.07.2010 mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage. Group size: 6 to 16 participants. 12.07 - 18.07.2010 Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation 19.07 - 25.07.2010 in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavík and that the tour 26.07 - 01.08.2010 ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík. 02.08 - 08.08.2010 Please note that accommodation/camping fees before and after 09.08 - 15.08.2010 the tour are not included in base price. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit 16.08 - 22.08.2010 our website at www.mountainguide.is 23.08 - 29.08.2010 06.09 - 12.09.2010 Craters, Canyons and Lava IMG32 1 Level: Moderate to challenging. Total distance: 80 kilometers (50 miles). 2 Trekking: 7 days. Altitude: 150 - 600 meters (500 - 2000 feet). Walking per day: 5 - 6 hours. Maximum ascent: 200 meters (650 feet). 3 Trek in Iceland’s greatest volcanic region 4 This highly volcanic area has known several eruptions since the settlement of Iceland, 5 the most famous in 1783 along the Laki crater row. In all, 565 km2 of lava flowed in that eruption, creating the most extensive lava field in the world resulting from a single eruption. Although catastrophic at the time, the lava field and the 135 craters today form one of the most scenic landscapes in Iceland. The uniqueness of the contrasting black sand and moss-covered craters and lava is a sight leaving an unforgettable impression. In this wilderness just south west of the great Vatnajökull glacier we walk amongst the volcanic formations of the Eldhraun along rivers and past beautiful lakes that give this lunar landscape a special aura. This is a lightweight and comfortable trek over rather easy terrain, even though some parts (like walking in the lava) may require more sustained effort. Accommodation in comfortable mountain huts. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 7 days, food for 7 days (from lunch 28.06 - 04.07.2010 day one to lunch day 7), hotel accommodation for two nights 02.08 - 08.08.2010 and sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts for 4 nights, cooking gear, all transportation during trek and transfer 23.08 - 29.08.2010 of luggage. Group size: 6 to 16 participants. Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavik and that the tour ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is 14 www.mountainguides.is
  15. 15. 1 Hiking at the end of the world IMG34 Level: Challenging. Total distance: 65 kilometers (40 miles) 2 Trekking: 5 days. Altitude: 20 - 800 meters (65 - 2625 feet) 3 Walking per day: 5 - 8 hours. Maximum ascent: 600 m (1970 feet) 4 Mountains and fjords of the East 5 Hiking through the magnificent landscapes of the North Eastern inlets is a unique experience. The mountains come in all shapes and sizes and the variety of colors is stunning; everything from the black sands of the beaches to the pinkish orange hues of the mountain ridges. The presence of the ocean sets its mark on this tour. Each day we follow old trails between these isolated inlets and fjords over colorful hills and through green valleys to down to sea side to find the hut where we lodge. This combination of mountains and ocean is what makes this trek a unique one; another advantage is the milder climate we can be expected at this lower altitude. The area remained populated until the early seventies and some abandoned houses and vestiges of ancient farmsteads set their mark on the surroundings, however, sheep may be the only living thing connecting us to those former times; in addition the possibility of enjoying the sighting of reindeer herds should not be overlooked. Accommodation in well equipped and very comfortable huts. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 5 days, domestic flights between 05.07 - 09.07.2010 Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir, transportation in the Eastern Fjords, 12.07 - 16.07.2010 food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5), sleeping bag accommodation (hostel and mountain huts), cooking gear and 26.07 - 30.07.2010 transfer of luggage. 09.08 - 13.08.2010 Group size: 6 to 16 participants. Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts, and the tour ends at the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is www.icelandrovers.is 15
  16. 16. Backpacking Tours Laki - Núpsstaðarskógar IMG40 1 Level: Demanding Total distance: 65 kilometers (40 miles) 2 Backpacking: 5 days Altitude: 450 - 650 meters (1475 - 2130) Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours Maximum ascent: 250 meters (820 ) 3 Five - day backpack tour 4 Along with the Núpstaðarskógar-Skaftafell tour, this is the Icelandic Mountain Guides great 5 classic. A unique five-day hike from the craters of Laki (erupted 1782 - 83) to the birch covered valley of Núpsstaðarskógar. On the way we climb the Laki mountain to view the 25 km crater row, visit the Rauðhólar craters, pass two impressive rivers at the front of the great Síðujökull glacier, enjoy a warm bath in a natural pool in the Valley of Bones and see series of magnificent waterfalls on our way down to Núpstaðarskógar. Glaciers have sculpted this landscape and recent lava streams and deep canyons add to the impressive surroundings. An outstanding Iceland backpacking tour. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 5 days, transport from *10.07 - 14.07.2010 Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Mt. Laki, food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5), cooking gear, tents, safety equipment *07.08 - 11.08.2010 for glacier crossing and transfer from Núpsstaðarskógur to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Group size: 4 to 12 participants. Please note: The tour starts and ends at Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík and transportation to and from Kirkjubæjarklaustur: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the backpacking tour. *The tours “Laki-Núpsstaðarskógar” and “Núpsstaðarskógar-Skaftafell” can be linked at these dates, to make an excellent combination of a 9-day hike. Núpsstaðarskógar-Skaftafell IMG41 1 Level: Demanding Total distance: 60 kilometers (38 miles) 2 Backpacking: 4 days Altitude: 450 - 800 meters (1475 - 2625 feet) Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours Maximum ascent: 450 meters (1475 feet) 3 Four - day backpack tour 4 This Iceland backpacking tour is the great classic of Icelandic Mountain Guides along with 5 the Laki-Núpsstaðarskógar hike. A remarkable journey along the canyons of Núpsá, up to the Grænalón glacier lagoon, nestled between mountains and glacier. Crossing the Skeiðarárjökull glacier is a challenge rewarded by a visit to one of the most unique places ever, Norðurdalur valley with its glacier lake and icebergs. In the last day the path takes us across the beautiful Skaftafell Mountains over to Morsárdalur glacier valley and into Skaftafell National Park. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 4 days, transport from Skaftafell to *15.07 - 18.07.2010 Núpsstaðarskógar, food for 4 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 4), cooking gear, tents and safety equipment for glacier crossing. 29.07 - 01.08.2010 Group size: 4 to 12 participants. *12.08 - 15.08.2010 Please note: The tour starts and ends at Skaftafell National Park. 19.08 - 22.08.2010 Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík and transportation to and from Skaftafell: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the backpacking tour. *The tours “Laki-Núpsstaðarskógar” and “Núpsstaðarskógar-Skaftafell” can be linked at these dates, to make an excellent combination of 9-day hike. 16 www.mountainguides.is
  17. 17. 1 Combination trek: Laki - Skaftafell IMG42 Level: Demanding Total distance: 125 kilometers 78 miles) 2 Backpacking: 9 days Altitude: 450 - 800 meters (1475 - 2625 feet) 3 Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours Maximum ascent: 450 meters (1475 feet) 4 Nine - day backpack tour 5 This nine-day combination trek is designed for the great hiking enthusiast. From the craters of the Laki eruption (1782 - 83) to Skaftafell National Park our route takes us south of the great Vatnajökull through landscape sculpted by glaciers and volcanic activity. To reach our destination we have to find our way past or across some natural hurdles; two impressive rivers and glacial tongues making this trek a challenge that in turn is rewarded by some of Iceland’s most unique locations. A remarkable Iceland backpacking tour and an unforgettable experience! Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 9 days, transport from 10.07 - 18.07.2010 Kirkjubæjarklaustur to Mt. Laki, food for 9 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 9), cooking gear, tents and safety equipment for 07.08 - 15.08.2010 glacier crossing. Group size: 4 to 12 participants. Please note: The tour starts at Kirkjubæjarklaustur and ends at Skaftafell National Park. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík and transportation to Kirkjubæjarklaustur and from Skaftafell: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the backpacking tour. 1 Coast to coast: The Iceland Traverse IMG43 Level: Demanding to strenuous Total distance: 450 kilometers (280 miles) 2 Backpacking: 31 days Altitude: 0 - 1200 meters (0 - 3900 feet) 3 Walking per day: 6 - 10 hours Maximum ascent: 600 meters (1970 feet) 4 Thirty one day backpack tour 5 This is the ultimate challenge for the serious backpack hiker; a total traverse of the Iceland highlands. From the north coast to the south coast, along the North-Atlantic volcanic Rift and Europe’s biggest glacier, through all types of volcanic and glacial landscapes, this fantastic journey is a unique experience. Just the duration of the hike, makes one bound to try all kinds of weather conditions, and even season shifts may be observed. The expedition is made of several legs, each one with different characteristics. It is possible to join or leave the expedition between legs, thus participating in a particular section of the journey. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 31 days, food for 31 days (from 27.06 - 27.07.2010 lunch day 1 to lunch day 31), cooking gear, tents, hut fee, camping fee and safety equipment for glacier and river crossing. Group size: 4 to 12 participants. Please note: The tour starts at Ásbyrgi and ends at Vík. Package price with additional accommodation and transportation to the start point and from the end point: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the backpacking tour. www.icelandrovers.is 17
  18. 18. Ásbyrgi - Mývatn IMG44 1 Level: Challenging to demanding Total distance: 63 kilometers (39 miles) 2 Backpacking: 4 days Altitude: 150 - 800 meters (490 - 2615 feet) Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours Maximum ascent: 300 meters (985feet) 3 Four day backpack tour - Canyons and lava fields 4 This first leg of the Iceland traverse takes us from the lowlands of Ásbyrgi through the 5 entire national park of Jökulsárgljúfur, known for its great canyon and the natural pearls Hljóðaklettar and Dettifoss, through the extraordinary lava fields and craters of the Krafla volcano and finally to the famous lake Mývatn. The bountiful vegetation of the canyon stands in sharp contrast to the barren moon-like environment of the lava field rendering this backpack tour through wild country one of the more interesting Iceland has to offer. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 4 days, food for 4 days (from lunch 27.06 - 30.06.2010 day 1 to lunch day 4), cooking gear, tents and camping fee. Group size: 4 to 12 participants. Please note: The tour starts at Ásbyrgi and ends at Mývatn. Package price additional accommodation and transportation to the start point and from the end point: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the backpacking tour. Mývatn - Askja IMG45 1 Level: Challenging to demanding Total distance: 95 kilometers (60 miles) 2 Backpacking: 5 days Altitude: 300 - 1200 meters (985 - 3940 feet) Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours Maximum ascent: 600 meters (1970 feet) 3 4 Five - day backpack tour - The Askja Trail: Desert and Volcanoes Lake Mývatn’s celebrity is well deserved, its natural beauty, variety of flora, fauna and 5 landscape shaped by volcanic activity, make it a truly unique place in the world. This part of the Iceland traverse takes us from Mývatn through the black desert of Ódáðahraun to another world famous volcanic area, Askja and its huge caldera. The multiplicity of volcanic formations, the desolation and the variety of colors will make this trek unforgettable. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 5 days, food for 5 days (from lunch 02.07 - 06.07.2010 day 1 to lunch day 5), cooking gear, tents, huts and camping fee. Group size: 4 to 12 participants. Please note: The tour starts at Mývatn and ends at Askja. Package price additional accommodation and transportation to the start point and from the end point: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the backpacking tour. 18 www.mountainguides.is
  19. 19. 1 Askja - Nýidalur IMG46 Level: Demanding Total distance: 95 kilometers (59 miles) 2 Backpacking: 6 days Altitude: 600 - 1200 meters (1970 - 3940 feet) 3 Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours Maximum ascent: 200 meters (660 feet) 4 Six - day backpacking tour - The Desert under the Glacier 5 This third part of the Iceland traverse goes from Askja and follows the great Vatnajökull south-west through Vonarskarð pass to Nýidalur oasis. The contrast of the black volcanic desert and the glacier that dominates the area to the east, the desolation and hostility of the environment render this landscape strangely lunar but beautiful at the same time. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 6 days, food for 6 days (from lunch 08.07 - 13.07.2010 day 1 to lunch day 6), cooking gear, tents, huts and camping fee. Group size: 4 to 12 participants. Please note: The tour starts at Askja and ends at Nýidalur. Package price additional accommodation and transportation to the start point and from the end point: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the backpacking tour. 1 Nýidalur - Eldgjá IMG47 Level: Demanding to strenuous Total distance: 115 kilometers (71 miles) 2 Backpacking: 7 days Altitude: 450 - 1100 meters (1480 - 3600 feet) 3 Walking per day: 7 - 10 hours Maximum ascent: 300 meters (980 feet) 4 Seven - day backpack tour - Lava of Trolls and Lakes of Elves 5 One of the biggest challenges for hikers in Iceland is the traverse south along the western part of the enormous Vatnajökull glacier. Leaving from the Nýidalur valley in central Iceland, this trail traverses through sandy plains, rough lava, cliffs and partly on a glacier. Additionally, there are numerous rivers to cross, some of them quite impressive, requiring special wading techniques. This is also among the most isolated parts of the country, difficult to access and requiring fairly precise planning. Due to the elevation of this tour, weather can be unpredictable but the nature is unforgettable. And that is certainly why the magic of this traverse is so irresistible. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 7 days, food for 7 days (from lunch 15.07 - 21.07.2010 day 1 to lunch day 7), cooking gear, tents, hut fee, camping fee and safety equipment for river crossing. Group size: 4 to 12 participants. Please note: The tour starts at Nýidalur and ends at Eldgjá. Package price additional accommodation and transportation to the start point and from the end point: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the backpacking tour. www.icelandrovers.is 19
  20. 20. Eldgjá - Vík IMG48 1 Level: Demanding Total distance: 76 kilometers (47 miles) 2 Backpacking: 5 days Altitude: 50 - 600 meters (65 - 1970 feet) Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours Maximum ascent: 300 meters (980 feet) 3 Five - day backpack tour - Land of the hidden Volcano 4 The tuff (compacted volcanic ash) mountains around the Mýrdalsjökull glacier are one of 5 the striking features of Iceland. This soft volcanic rock is easily eroded by wind and water, often being sculpted like clay. The tuff retains humidity quite well and as these mountains are exposed to the damp air of the Atlantic Ocean they are thus generously covered by lush, green vegetation. All this creates an area of spectacular contrasts with one of the larger glaciers in Iceland, the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, where one of the most active volcanoes, Katla lies hidden under the icecap. This hike follows the eastern edge of Mýrdalsjökull glacier, crossing glacier tongues towards the bird-rich sea cliffs around the village of Vík on the south shore of Iceland. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 5 days, food for 5 days (from 23.07 - 27.07.2010 lunch day 1 to lunch day 5), cooking gear, tents, camping fee and safety equipment for glacier and river crossing. Group size: 4 to 12 participants. Please note: The tour starts at Eldgjá and ends at Vík. Package price additional accommodation and transportation to the start point and from the end point: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is Please note that when travelling from/to Reykjavík extra travel days are needed before and after the trekking tour. The Snæfell to Lónsöræfi Trek IMG49 1 Level: Challenging Total distance: 50 kilometers (33 miles) 2 Backpacking: 5 days Altitude: 100 - 800 meters (330 - 2600 feet) Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours Maximum ascent: 250 meters (820 feet) 3 4 Five - day backpack tour in the Lónsöræfi Nature Reserve Lónsöræfi is one of the most remote hiking areas in Iceland and offers the unique experience 5 of the rugged landscapes to the east of the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest. The glacier has clearly left its mark on everything here whether it is a moraine, a lagoon or a riverbed. The abundance of colors characteristic of the rhyolitic rocks are quite a contrast to the basaltic formations, offering a real feast for eyes and minds. Reindeer roam freely in this remote ruggedness and are vary of humans. Here we walk through an unbelievable variety of landscapes; deep canyons, green valleys, incredible cliffs and snow-clad peaks that stand against the sky. Well equipped mountain huts guarantee the comfort of this tour. Icelandic Mountain Guides provides sleeping bags or blankets in the huts that should limit the weight each person has to carry to 7 to 10 kg (15 to 20 lbs) which makes this more of a trekking than a backpacking trip. An extraordinarily beautiful trek in a fantastic area. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 5 days, domestic flights between 05.07 - 09.07.2010 Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir and Hofn and Reykjavík, transportation to Eyjabakkar area, food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch 19.07 - 23.07.2010 day 5), mountain huts, sleeping bags, mattresses, cooking gear 26.07 - 30.07.2010 and transportation from Smiðjunes to Höfn. 02.08 - 06.08.2010 Group size: 4 to 14 participants. 16.08 - 20.08.2010 Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts, and the tour ends at the domestic airport in Reykjavik. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit our website at www.mountainguide.is 20 www.mountainguides.is
  21. 21. Touring adventures 1 Kingdom of Volcanoes and Glaciers IMG33 Level: Easy to moderate 2 Touring: 5 days 3 Walking per day: 2 - 5 hours 4 Easy to moderate hiking in the most beautiful landscape of 5 South and South-East Iceland This is an outstanding trip to one of Iceland’s most attractive areas, including the famous Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall, Skaftafell National Park, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the famous Laki volcano.**Hiking through stunning volcanic sceneries with breathtaking panoramic views over glaciers and spectacular mountain peaks. Whether it is the glacier lagoon and its amazing icebergs, the incredible volcanic landscapes of the Laki area, or Skaftafell National Park that impresses you the most, you can be certain of having an outstanding adventure. And maybe, if weather conditions permit we could enjoy the dramatic northern lights or the phenomenal midnight sun decorating the Vatnajökull icecap. The evenings and nights will be spent at a nice and comfortable countryside hotel in the close vicinity of the small town of Kirkjubaejarklaustur in the southeast. Transport in comfortable 4 wheel drive vehicles. **In winter departures the road to Laki can be impossible even for our well equipped 4x4 vehicles. In that case we will discover the lower parts of the lava flows from the volcano and turn to an alternative program in the afternoon. Departure dates: Included in price: Guide for 5 days, vehicle transportation *12.10 - 16.10.2009 for 5 days, food for 5 days (from lunch day one to lunch day 5), *10.11 - 14.11.2009 accommodation in a comfortable country hotel and a 2-3 hours walk on the Svínafellsjökull glacier (all glacier and safety gear provided). *23.02 - 27.02.2010 Group size: 6 to 16 participants. *23.03 - 27.03.2010 Please note: Participants are picked up at accommodation in *19.04 - 23.04.2010 Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavik and dropped off at *24.05 - 28.05.2010 accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of the tour. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit 07. 06 - 11.06.2010 our website at www.mountainguide.is 21.06 - 25.06.2010 12.07 - 16.07.2010 23.08 - 27.08.2010 *These departures will be offered with French and English speaking guide. www.icelandrovers.is 21
  22. 22. Super Jeep Tours Hot River Highlands and Golden Circle Tour ILR20 Landmannalaugar Week-End in winter 1 Level: Easy. Duration: 2 days 2 Some of the most beautiful scenery in Iceland can be found in the Torfajökull Massif in the South Highlands of Iceland, an ideal location for a two-day winter tour. Our route 3 takes us on a super jeep ride past volcanoes, mountains, hills and craters that in winter 4 are covered with a beautiful snow blanket, into a valley of Hot Springs where the striking contrast between ice and fire is creates a magical world. Up there we stay overnight in a 5 comfortable mountain hut right next to a natural hot springs river, perfect for a relaxing bath under the stars. The next day we visit the Golden waterfall Gullfoss and the sprouting geyser Strokkur to put the finishing touch on our winter week-end. Departure dates: Groups: Min. 2 pers. 31.10 - 01.11.2009 Other departures: Up on request, min. 5 pers. 21.11 - 22.11.2009 Included: Driver-tour guide, sleeping bag accommodation, and 29.12 - 30.12.2009 full board. Optional upon request: Hotel in Reykjavík and transport to 16.01 - 17.01.2010 and from airport. 13.02 - 14.02.2010 13.03 - 14.03.2010 03.04 - 04.04.2010 Highlands and Hot Springs ILR60 1 The Highlights and Hot Spots of Iceland 2 Level: Easy. Duration: 7 days. 3 On this tour we travel between natural hot baths. The aim is to take a bath in as many hot springs as possible and at the same time to enjoy the wild nature of Iceland. We visit all 4 sorts of pools, from remote small and unknown natural pools without any facilities at all, 5 to a large world known phenomenon, the Blue Lagoon. In between we take short hikes and get to know the history and geology of Iceland. The super jeeps used for this tour offer are specially built to take on the rugged Icelandic mountain tracks and they offer the opportunity to experience Iceland in a more intimate way with a small group. Each day we go for a 2-4 hour moderate walk suitable to everyone, either in one place or a few short walks in different locations depending on itinerary. Driving distances and time vary from day to day, depending on areas and itinerary from 2 up to 6 hours. Departure dates: Groups: Min. 4 pers. 28.06 - 04.07.2010 Other departures: Upon request 19.07 - 25.07.2010 Included: Driver-Guide per group of 1-7 persons, 2 nights in guesthouses, 4 nights sleeping bag accommodation in mountain 16.08 - 22.08.2010 huts, full board on the tour with picnic lunch. 13.09 - 19.09.2010 Not included: Accommodation, dinners, lunches and breakfasts in Reykjavík (can be included up on request). Sleeping bag and sleeping bag linen is not included but is can be rented. Optional upon request: Hotel in Reykjavík and transport to and from airport. 22 www.mountainguides.is
  23. 23. 1 Ultimate Adventure Tour ILR50 2 Super Jeep Expedition to the Great Vatnajökull Glacier 3 Level: Easy to modarate. Duration: 5 days. Iceland is truly a geological wonder and everywhere you go you can find steaming hot springs 4 and active volcanoes. The Ultimate Adventure Tour is a tour that takes us to some of Iceland’s 5 most extraordinary places, to the top of the biggest glacier in Europe (where we find a natural steam bath only a few have tried) to Landmannalaugar with its rhyolite volcanic mountains and hot baths. During our trip we will also take short hikes and get to know the history and geology of Iceland, and visit the world famous hot spring Geysir and the Gullfoss waterfall. Unpredictable weather conditions add to the adventure, so this is a tour for people who dare! Our Super Jeeps, which are specially equipped to handle the rugged Icelandic mountain roads and the glacier driving will take us from location to location. Each vehicle can comfortably accommodate up to 4 passengers. Driving distances and times will vary from day-to-day, depending upon road and off-roads conditions. On this ultimate adventure we offer some of Iceland’s best and most experienced mountaineers as guides to take us places that most people never see. Departure dates: Groups: Min. 4 pers. 01.03 - 05.03.2010 Other Departures: Up on request. 29.03 - 02.04.2010 Included: At least 2 Super-Jeeps and driver-guides carrying maximum of 4 persons in each jeep. 1 night in a guesthouse in the south of Iceland, 3 nights in sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts, extra-warm sleeping bags and linen. Full Board on the tour with picnic lunch. Optional upon request: Hotel in Reykjavík and transport to and from airport. 1 The Wonders of South Iceland ILR41 2 Luxury super jeep highland adventure 3 Level: Easy. Duration: 4 days. One can hardly imagine the incredible variety of the landscape in the south of Iceland. 4 The endless black sand beaches that contrast with the coastal mountains, the glaciers, the 5 geysers and solfatares, the deep valleys, lava fields, fissures, cliffs, waterfalls, canyons... Sometimes within minutes the landscape changes so dramatically that you might think you are in a different country. This tour takes you to a maximum of different landscape types and places possible in only 4 days, without any unnecessary rush. Whether it is standing on a glacier or bathing in a hot spring a very pleasant experience is guaranteed. Travelling in a modern super jeep and staying at the best hotels available, assures the comfort of the tour, and our well trained guide, the safety. Departure dates: Groups: Min. 4 pers. 20.10 - 23.10.2009 Other Departures: Up on request. 24.11 - 27.11.2009 Included: Driver-guide. 3 nights at a hotel, full board on the 27.12 - 30.12.2009 tour with picnic lunch. Optional upon request: Hotel in Reykjavík and transport to 19.01 - 22.01.2010 and from airport. 16.02 - 19.02.2010 16.03 - 19.03.2010 13.04 - 16.04.2010 18.05 - 21.05.2010 15. 06 - 18.06.2010 27.07 - 30.07.2010 10.08 - 13.07.2010 31.08 - 03.09.2010 05.10 - 08.10.2010 www.icelandrovers.is 23
  24. 24. Winter Tours on Skis and Snow Shoes Mountains and Fjords of the North IMG50 1 Level: Challenging to demanding Total distance: 63 kilometers 2 Alpine touring: 7 days Altitude: 100 - 1500 meters (330 - 4900 feet) Walking/Skiing per day: 3 - 8 hours Maximum ascent in one day: 1300 meters (4300 feet) 3 4 Seven - day alpine touring (or telemark) skiing tour Just below the Arctic circle lies Iceland’s longest fjord, Eyjafjörður, home of the capital of 5 northern Iceland, Akureyri. Surrounded by numerous summits ranging from 1200 to 1500 m (4000 - 4900 ’), Eyjafjörður offers a great number of interesting descents and is an ideal location for a scenic tour. The high northern location of these mountains will assure a good quantity of snow and the view over the neighbouring mountains and down to the deep blue fjord is both magnificent and surreal. In late afternoon local swimming pools, that sometimes look more like a spa (heated with the geothermal hot water), offer a welcoming relaxation. Lodging in sleeping bag accommodation. Departure dates: 27.03 - 02.04.2010 and 17.04 - 23.04.2010 Included in price: Guide for 7 days for groups up to 8 participants and assistant guide for groups from 9-12 participants, food for 7 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 7), all transportation during the 7 days, accommodation in sleeping bag accommodation for 6 nights. Not included in price: Entry fees to swimming pools (each entry is approx. 300 ISK per person), drinks, other than mentioned in “included in price”. Group size: 6 to 12 participants. Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavik and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of the tour. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit our website at www. mountainguide.is Vatnajökull Glacier Expedition IMG51 1 Level: Demanding to strenuous Total distance: 130 - 150 kilometers (80 - 93 miles) 2 Cross country skiing: 9 days Altitude: 850 - 2000 meters (2790 - 6560 feet) 3 Walking/Skiing per day: 7 - 9 hours Maximum ascent: 750 meters (2460 feet) 4 Nine-day cross country ski tour with pulka/sledge This tour is actually a small expedition; the crossing of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajölull 5 during the bright spring days. Covering the high plateau in the region with ice, the giant glacier hides a number of active volcanoes. The main goal of this adventure is to reach one of these, the famous volcano of Grímsvötn at the heart of this massive ice field. Thereafter, the course is set towards Öræfajökull volcano, with the intent of reaching the highest point in Iceland. The climb up to the peak, Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m), surely marks the highlight of our journey. From there we have a long descent down the glacial tongue to the south side of the glacier. On this glacier traverse the conditions can sometimes be comparable to those of the arctic, even in spring we can be assured to find ourselves in demanding circumstances. Accommodation in tents and huts. Departure dates: 19.04 - 27.04.2010 and 12.06 - 20.06.2010 Included in price: Guide for 9 days for groups up to 7 participants and assistant guide for groups from 8-12 participants, food for 9 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 9), transportation from Reykjavík to Jökulheimar, cabin fees, tents, cooking gear, pulkas/sledges, sleeping bag accommodation last night and transportation from Sandfell to Reykjavík Group size: 6 to 12 participants. Supplement for groups of 4-5 participants. Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavik and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of the tour. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit our website at www. mountainguide.is 24 www.mountainguides.is
  25. 25. 1 Sprengisandur: 2 Traverse of the Icelandic highlands IMG52 Level: Demanding to strenuous Total distance: 220 kilometers 3 Cross country skiing: 10 days Altitude: 600 - 1100 meters 4 Walking/Skiing per day: 7 - 9 hours Maximum ascent: 900 meters 5 10 - day cross - country ski tour with pulka/sledge A beautiful traverse on cross country skis over the Icelandic highlands, from high grounds above from Akureyri in the North, over the deserted Sprengisandur - the ancient route between the Hofsjökull and Vatnajökull glaciers - to Landmannalaugar an area of high geothermal activity. This is a winter tour to the center of Iceland, an area that in winter is not easily accessible. Our reward is an incredible combination of wide open spaces and impressive mountainous landscape and geothermal activity; here snow, ice, fire and water come together to create an enchanting winter world. The snow covered vastness, unpredictable winter weather conditions, and the isolation make this tour a personal challenge for the participants. Accommodation in tents and huts. Departure dates: 16.03 - 25.03.2010 Included in price: Guide for 10 days for groups up to 7 participants and assistant guide for groups from 9 to12 participants, food for 10 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 10), domestic flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri, transportation from Akureyri to Eyjafjörður, hut fees, tents, cooking gear, pulkas/sledges and transportation from Sigalda to Reykjavik Group size: 6 to 12 participants. Supplement for groups of 4 to5 participants. Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavik and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of the tour Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit our website at www. mountainguide.is 1 Landmannalaugar in Winter IMG53 Level: Moderate Total distance: Approx. 100 kilometers (70 miles) 2 Cross country skiing: 6 days Altitude: 400 - 1100 meters (1310 - 3610 feet) 3 Walking/Skiing per day: 5 - 6 hours Maximum ascent: 500 meters (1640 feet) 4 6 - day cross-country ski tour in Landmannalaugar 5 Situated at the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland has no reason to be jealous of continental Scandinavia when it comes to Cross country skiing. Here nature offers striking contrasts and incredibly diverse volcanic landscapes: craters, lava fields and snow filled gorges and canyons where thick steam curls burst out of the entrails of Earth. Travelling through these magnificent surroundings in the summertime is already an experience of continuous wonder. In winter, it is an extraordinary adventure open to only a few. Landmannalaugar, the base camp for this circuit, is known to summer guests for colorful landscapes and amazing geothermal activity (the world’s third biggest source of geothermal hot springs); in winter the region regains its calm and serenity. This landscape of ravines and canyons becomes even more memorable when steam clouds rise from the snow-clad hills. And add the pleasure of nice warm bath under the evening sky in a hot spring after a good solid day of skiing! Departure dates: 20.02 - 25.02.2010, 20.03 - 25.03.2010 and 05.04 - 10.04.2010 Included in price: Guide for 6 days, food for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6), sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts, cooking gear, transportation. Group size: 5 to 12 participants. Please note that participants are picked up at accommodation in Reykjavík before the tour starts in Reykjavik and dropped off at accommodation in Reykjavik at the end of the tour. Package price with bed and breakfast in Reykjavík: Please visit our website at www. mountainguide.is www.icelandrovers.is 25

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