School Trek - Three Peaks Challenge
Iceland, School Expeditions, 8 days - from £1,645 (land only) - from €2,055 (land only) - from $2,880 (land only)
- A challenging trek, taking in three volcanic peaks
- Learn about the remarkable geography of Iceland
- Trek to the top of Iceland`s highest peak, Hvannadalshnukur
- Explore amongst weird and wonderful Fjallabak landscapes
- See icecaps and waterfalls and take a dip in hot springs
This itinerary provides a mixture of adventure and education and is a logical choice for School Groups. Classic volcano climbing in Iceland, walking in the land of fire and Ice. A simply breathtaking variety of Icelandic mountain scenery makes this one of the most unusual climbing expeditions on offer. From the exuberant city of Reykjavik, our walking and climbing adventure begins with the easy ascent of Botnssulur(1083m) overlooking Lake Thingvellir. On this first day we also get the chance to visit the geothermal area at Geysir and to see the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. The explosive volcano, Hekla, is our next climbing goal and involves a testing 1000 metre climb, across ash and snow, to reach its fissured, steaming summit. After Hekla, we then make the spectacular crossing of the wildly volcanic highland region of Iceland, the Fjallabak, with our rugged 4x4 vehicles at times almost submerged as we ford several rivers en route. A stop-off at the famous Landmannalaugar hot pools is obligatory. Arriving at Skaftafell, we have 2 days during which our principal objective is to make the ascent of Hvannadalshnukur (2119m), the highest mountain in Iceland. With 24 hours of daylight, the long and straightforward climb to Iceland's high point certainly carries no risk of our being benighted! With our climbing objectives achieved, we then have the option to explore Skaftafell National Park and to make an excursion to Jokulsarlon, where the amazing, iceberg-filled glacial lagoon has provided the backdrop for more than one James Bond movie. This brilliant walking and climbing adventure in Iceland draws to a close with a visit to the Skogarfoss waterfall, as we complete our circuit and return to Reykjavik.
Is this holiday for you?
This most unusual climbing adventure in Iceland, provides a mix of sightseeing, exploration and challenging day-hikes and climbs. We tackle our objective peaks in order of their difficulty and the terrain that we encounter will vary from good paths across open moorland, to rocky scree and wide snow slopes. While Mount Botnssulur will involve a straightforward hike of about 5 hours, Hekla will be a 7 to 8 hour day and Mount Hvannadalshnukur will involve an early start and at least a 12 hour day. The ascent of Hekla is across rough terrain, including recent lava flows and the upper slopes are snow-covered. Crampons and an ice-axe will need to be carried and may be used, depending on the prevailing conditions. On Hvannadalshnukur, the upper part of the ascent traverses the Oraefajokull Glacier and the group will climb roped together across easy-angled snow slopes. Experience of winter climbing is not necessary on this itinerary, but participants will need to be strong walkers and to have plenty of stamina. Ice-axe, crampons, helmet and harness are provided locally at no charge and some instruction on the basics of snow and ice walking techniques will be provided on Mount Hvannadalshnukur. We recommend a minimum age of 16 years.