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Location: Reykjavík; Gufudalur (Steam Valley); Heimaey; Skógar; Skaftafell
Trip Leader: Chuck Wilcoxen
Dates: August 21–29, 2018
Cost:  $3,200/person for a double-occupancy (shared) room | Starting at $4,275 for single occupancy
Trip Capacity: 20 minimum, 24 maximum
Registration Deadline: May 1, 2018—Sold out
Final Payment Deadline: June 1, 2018

Trip Overview

Iceland, the land of fire and ice, is one of the most unique hiking destinations in the world. Settled by Vikings, this island nation remains largely unspoiled. Nature is raw yet spectacularly beautiful. In mid-summer, nightfall never comes. Trails wind through bizarre, Dr. Seuss-type landscapes, leading to volcanic areas with geysers, lava fields, boiling springs, and steamy fumaroles. One trail will take us to the caldera of a now-dormant volcano that wreaked havoc on the island of Heimaey in 1973. We will hike another trail that some regard as the world's greatest waterfalls hike. Other trails lead to immense glaciers, the largest in Europe. From Iceland's capital, Reykjavík, we'll venture to four different areas, each offering amazing hiking opportunities immersed in natural beauty. We will be staying in hotels, B&Bs, and cottages along the way with a support van for transport. Most days find us hiking seven to 10 miles on varied terrain, rewarded by the hiking experience of a lifetime! This trip is suitable for all hikers in good physical condition.

The trip includes the following:

  • Accommodations for nine nights
  • Golden Circle Day Tour
  • All transportation from Reykjavík, including bus transport and return ferry to Westman Islands
  • Entrance fee to Skógar Folk Museum
  • Meals as described in the itinerary (7 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, 1 group dinner)
  • Treks & Trails International guide services

The following are not included:

  • Airfare, taxes, and fuel surcharges
  • Checked baggage fees imposed by the airlines
  • Airport transportation to and from our first and final hotel
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Gratuities for Treks & Trails guide. Guests are free to tip guides as they wish. Beyond the guide, tipping is not expected in Iceland.
  • Optional trip cancellation insurance may be purchased independently from InsureMyTrip.com
  • Optional excursions, upgrades, supplements, and personal expenses
  • Pre- or post-trip accommodations

Meet Your Trip Leader

Chuck Wilcoxen worked at the College for many years as Head Cross Country and Track and Field Coach, also serving as Assistant Athletic Director. In 2017, Chuck founded Team Long Run in Maine, a non-profit organization dedicated to making safe, professionally directed endurance running available to kids who don’t have access to afterschool sports. A lifelong world traveler and hiker, he has led PLL walking trips to the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall, and the Scottish Highlands. He loves sharing adventures with friends, new and old alike.