Short break walking holiday in Iceland

“This Iceland small group short break will have you trekking on glaciers, frolicking in hot springs and marvelling at mountains, all in the space of a weekend.”

Highlights

Hafnafjordur lava field | Lake Hlidarvatn | Hveragerdi | Graensdalur | Reykjadalur | Skogafoss Waterfall | Kvernufoss Waterfall | Solheimajokull Glacier

Description of Short break walking holiday in Iceland

One of the best ways to explore Iceland’s natural beauty is on foot and on this short break walking holiday you’ll spend three days on a tour of some of the country’s many geological wonders.

As well as visiting popular tourist attractions such as Skogafoss Waterfall, you’ll also get away from the crowds, for example setting off from the outskirts of Reykjavik to explore moss-covered lava fields, old volcanic craters and a lake, on a trail that’s loved by Icelanders but not known to foreign tourists.

You’ll also get to ramp the adventure up a notch with a hike on the Solheimajokull Glacier, kitted out with crampons and ice axes.

The trip is of moderate difficulty, walking four to seven hours a day, on good paths and with a few steep climbs.

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Small group holiday

Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.

What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Valerie Parkinson
Meet a group Leader
Name: Valerie Parkinson

Story: The first British woman to climb Manaslu, Valerie climbed Everest for her 50th birthday. She’s spent fourteen Christmas Days trekking to Everest Base Camp, and is involved insetting up Responsible Tourism initiatives in the Himalayas.
Roshan Fernando
Meet a local guide
Name: Roshan Fernando

Story: Roshan has led over 130 trips – he adores showing travellers around Sri Lanka. He won the company Leader Award in 2010, but his career highlight was working on their Tsunami Project – which earned him a responsible tourism award.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Short break walking holiday in Iceland

Accommodation and Meals:
We spend all nights in a hotel in Reykjavik. The rise in demand for tourism to Iceland has been well documented and is now a crucial part of the economy. Hotels in Iceland are normally geothermally heated and dispose of waste appropriately.
Our leader purchases snacks and picnic provisions from local shops along the way, which supports small businesses in the area. Clients are reminded to avoid whale meat if they encounter it.

Activity:
As a walking holiday, this trip has very limited detrimental impact upon the environment, residents and communities in the regions we visit. We are careful to operate with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, which involves being vigilant with proper disposal of litter and being mindful of wildlife. The national parks in Iceland have their own environmental regulations that we adhere to.

Travelling by foot also allows for easy access to the local population, shops and restaurants, which facilitates cultural exploration. Through this activity, we are able to raise local awareness for a kind of tourism which refuses to sacrifice the environment and real connections with people. The vast majority of visitors to Iceland stay in Reykjavik and only take day tours out and back. Our trip is effectively spreading the benefit of tourism further afield and focuses on lesser known walking trails and destinations.
As tourism has grown exponentially in the past few years, this is becoming increasingly important, to ensure the continuation of some of the smaller countryside communities.

Community:
Our Icelandic operators hire local guides for each trip and use a bus company from a small town in south Iceland for the driving on all of their trips. This is mutually beneficial in that the community benefits from employment opportunities, whilst clients gain an insight into the country from staff with valuable local expertise.

Our operators are also eager to contribute to local organizations devoted to conservation and community efforts. They run various programs for local children with disabilities or disadvantages in conjunction with the Salvation Army, so that these children can take part in activities like caving, glacier walking and going on a rope course.

UK office
It all starts at home so we have first worked to reduce our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Group size
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.

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