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Iceland Trek

Iceland - The Legendary Laugavegur Trek

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Date:
July 20-31, 2019

Price:
CMC Members: $4800

Non-Members: $5280

 

Min Deposit: $1500
Registration Deadline: Dec 1, 2018

 

Min Participants: 10
Max Participants: 15

 

Trip Itinerary 

Sign Waiver 

 

Trip Leader:

Bill Blazek

 

 

Trip Description

 

Known as Europe's "land of fire and ice," Iceland is known for its extreme landscapes—thundering waterfalls, glacial rivers, sand deserts, simmering hot springs, geysers, volcanoes, black sand beaches and otherworldly steaming lava fields —and attracts the more daring travelers. Since it derives much of its energy from geothermal hot springs and burns relatively little fossil fuel, Iceland also has some of the cleanest air in the world.

The Laugavegur Trail was chosen one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic. We will include the Skógar extension, ending at the stunning 200-foot-high Skógafoss waterfall for a 50-mile trek. We start in Landmannalaugar known for its multicolored rhyolite mountains and hot springs. The breathtaking scenery throughout the 7-day hike includes fields of obsidian, colorful mountains, black sands, geysers, glaciers and glacial rivers. We spend our nights in mountain huts at beautiful remote locations including one at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull which famously erupted in 2010 and halted air traffic in Europe.

The outdoors are not the only attraction in Iceland. Reykjavik, the world's northernmost capital, with a population of only 140,000 people, was voted European city of culture in 2000. It has an impressive art and museum scene and a buzzing nightlife. With crime negligible, it's probably one of the world's safest places to visit.

The island is filled with thermal swimming pools, which like most of the buildings, are heated naturally by underground volcanic activity. Perhaps the most famous pool is The Blue Lagoon (www.bluelagoon.is), which we will visit at the end of our trip.  Iceland is littered with active volcanoes—some of them buried under glaciers—and the land is as exothermically alive as it gets with thousands of geysers (a word said to have been invented in Iceland) and mineral springs.  Lava from volcanic eruptions has turned parts of Iceland into a lunar landscape. When Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon in 1969, the joke goes, he thought he was in Iceland.

 

See Trip Itinerary For More Details

 

Activities / Difficulty

  • Trekking
  • Sightseeing 

 

Accommodations

  • 3 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik, Iceland
  • 1 night in a hotel in Vik, Iceland
  • 6 nights in Icelandic Mountain Huts along the Laugavegur Trail

 

What’s Included

  • All meals and luggage transfers during Laugavegur Trk
  • 2 restaurant dinners, 1 in Reykjavik before the trek, 1 in Vik after the trek.
  • All group ground transportation
  • Site-seeing stops on the return from Vik to Reykjavik
  • Medical consultation and evacuation services

 

What’s NOT Included

  • Round Trip airfare to/from Iceland
  • A few meals
  • Souveniers, personal expenses, bar tabs
  • Travel (cancellation/interruption/etc.) and travel medical insurance 

 

Pre-Trip Activities

  • Pre-trip planning meeting via conference
  • Optional get-to-know-you training hikes during the summer of 2019

 

Minimum Participant Requirements

  • Passport valid 6 months past return date
  • Willingness to travel at group pace and participate in group activities
  • Tolerance for fellow travelers and unforeseen circumstance
  •  Ability to do B and C hikes over a variety of terrain and elevations for 7 consecutive days
  • Ability and willingness to ford glacial rivers up to thigh high
  • Participation in Pre-trip Activities

 

Deposit and Cancellation Policy

  • A non-refundable deposit is required to register for all trips
  • All requests for cancellation must be submitted in writing to the trip leader
  • Cancellations 90 or more prior to departure: All money paid in will be refunded less the non-refundable deposit.
  • Cancellation on Day 30 or more prior to departure:
    • If a qualified, wait-listed, person is available to take a vacated slot and pays all money due, all payments made by the canceling party will be refunded less the nonrefundable deposit
    • If no one is available to take a vacated slot, 50% of paid money will be refunded, less the nonrefundable deposit.
    • Cancellation on Day 29 or fewer days prior to departure: No refund will be made

The Colorado Mountain Club will make every effort to carry out this trip. However, if the trip is cancelled by the CMC, all money collected from participants, including any “non-refundable deposit” shall be returned. Participant will not be reimbursed for any other purchase made for the trip or other expenses that the participant may have paid in association with this trip, which includes equipment purchase, airline cancellation penalties or medical inoculations.

 

Final Payment

The balance due after deposit is made, is payable by check or credit card and must be made by March 1, 2019.

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