Iceland Three Peaks Challenge
Iceland, Climbing, 8 days - from £1,495 (land only) - from €1,870 (land only) - from $2,615 (land only)
Day 1: Rendezvous at the group's guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight at the guesthouse. There will be an initial meeting with the local guide at the guesthouse at 7 pm.
Day 2: We drive east out of Reykjavik to the north side of the Hengill Massif. Here, we hike up onto Vorduskeggi Peak (805m). From the top, there are views of Lake Thingvellir, of Langjokull to the north and of Eyjafjallajokull and the distant Vestmann Islands. We then visit the Geysir geothermal area and the waterfall of Gullfoss, before completing our drive to a mountain lodge beneath Mount Hekla.
Day 3: Today, we have a short transfer to the start of our climb on Hekla (1491m). This involves a long ascent across a lunar landscape to reach a summit which is often fissured and steaming. Dropping down via the route of our ascent, we return to spend a second night at our lodge accommodation.
Day 4: Continuing across the Fjallabak, we reach Landmannalaugar, where a dip in the hot springs is recommended. There is the option to hike up to a splendid little viewpoint summit known as Blahnukur, before we continue our journey via the Eldgja Canyon to our lodge accommodation at Skaftafell.
Day 5: We can expect a long day today (12 to 14 hours) as we make the ascent of Hvannadalshnukur (2119m), Iceland's highest peak. Starting out close to sea-level, the first part of the ascent is across open moorland, then across the Oraefajokull Glacier. There are fantastic summit views given clear weather. We descend to spend a second night at Skaftafell.
Day 6: A touring day, with the chance to walk the easy trails of the Skaftafell National Park, to visit the the seabird colony at Ingolfshofdi and the famous glacier lagoon at Jokulsarlon. We return to spend a third night at Skaftafell.
Day 7: Heading back towards the west along the scenic south coast of Iceland, we pass beneath the now infamous volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, and visit the impressive Skogarfoss waterfall. Overnight at our Reykjavik accommodation.
Day 8: KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the hotel.