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"The Iceland hiking trip was absolutely amazing... I've never seen such incredible scenery! Just loved the trip and didn't want the hiking to end! Every hike was so different, it's really difficult to pick a favourite."
Cheryl P. (Iceland 2018)

Iceland

Welcome to the land of the midnight sun! Iceland is a remarkable mix of snow-capped mountains, volcanic terrain, massive canyons and unique geo-thermal activity. On this trip, we shall encounter them all! You will "enjoy" the wonderful aroma during our trek by the sulphur springs, experience the moon-like surface of the volcanic landscape, be awed by the countless waterfalls (big and small) and marvel at the view from atop Iceland's own "Grand Canyon". Of course, we will never have to worry about running out of daylight as the sun never sets during this time of the year.

 

We have special excursions planned to the world renowned Blue Lagoon for some well-deserved R&R, and we will go whale watching in the fishing village of Husavik situated just below the Arctic Circle.

 

The first half of our holiday will be based in the capital city of Reykjavik, with its lively restaurants, shops and youthful spirit. The well-located 22 HILL HOTEL will be our home and we shall travel to and from our hikes in chartered buses. During the second half, we'll be at the HUSAVIK CAPE HOTEL in the northern part of the country. From there we will experience a variety of different hikes, from the trek to the top of Mt. Sulur to the breathtaking scenery of the Lake Myvatn region.

 

On our non-hiking days, you can visit the famed Geysir and Gullfoss waterfall near Reykjavik and the Husavik Whale Centre when in the north. If you are looking for a once-in-a-lifetime hiking experience, then Iceland is definitely the trip for you!

Dates

August 17 to 27, 2019

Grade

Moderate

What's Included

- 10 nights' hotel accommodations
- 11 breakfasts & 8 dinners
- 7 guided hikes
- Return flight between Reykjavik & Akureyri
- Whale-watching excursion
- Blue Lagoon experience
- Ground transportation and transfers

Cost

$6350 CAD land

Send $300 deposit to reserve - balance is payable June 17, 2019

My Own Room

If you would like to share accommodations, we offer a roommate pairing service. If there is another solo traveller looking to share accommodations, we will pair the two of you up together; in this case there would be no single supplement to pay.

If you would like to have your own room (or if a roommate is not available), then the single supplement would apply.

The cost of the single supplement for this holiday is $1500 CAD.

Meeting Times/Places

August 17, 2019
The meeting place and time is the REYKJAVIK (KEF) airport at 08:00
We have organized our own bus to take us from the Reykjavik international airport to the hotel, which is about 1 hour away
If you arrive before that, you are welcome to wait for our complimentary bus.
If you arrive after this time, you will have to make your own way to the city via FlyBus shuttle for 4000 ISK (approx. $45).


August 27, 2019
Our complimentary bus will leave the hotel in Reykjavik at 13:00 and will arrive at the REYKJAVIK (KEF) airport at 14:00-ish.
This will get you to the airport early enough to catch flights leaving at 16:30 and onwards
If you are leaving earlier in the day, you will have to make your own way to the airport via FlyBus shuttle for 4000 ISK (approx. $45).

Status

Confirmed as a GO!

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Daily Synopsis

Day 1

REYKJAVIK
After checking into the hotel and treating ourselves to a little breakfast, we shall kick off the holiday with a walking tour of Reykjavik, Iceland's capital. (Light, sight-seeing)

Day 2

PINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK
Pingvellir is the site of exceptional geological interest and is at the junction of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Additionally, Pingvellir is of great historical significance as it is the home of the Althingi, the site of Iceland's first national assembly in 930 AD. (Moderate, 14 km + 11 cm)

Day 3

NESJAVELLIR
Hike around the geothermal field near the foot of the Hengill volcano. The ground seems almost alive with its sulphur pools, bubbling mud and sulphur encrusted earth. At the end of our hike, we'll visit the Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant. (Moderate, 10 km)

Day 4

DAY OF LEISURE
There is much to see and do around Reykjavik, but we also recommend a tour of Geyser and Gullfoss.

Day 5

MOUNT ESJA
Mt. Esja looms over Reykjavik like a guardian angel. From a distance, Esja seems to change colour constantly - some say to match her mood (in reality, the colours are the reflection of light on the basalt rock and minerals). (Moderate-challenging, 8 km)

Day 6

TRAVEL FROM REYKJAVIK TO HUSAVIK & MOUNT SULUR HIKE
This morning, take a short domestic flight from Reykjavik to Akureyri in the north.
This afternoon, hike to the top of Mount Sulur at 3280 ft and be surrounded by some of the highest peaks in Northern Iceland. (Challenging, 11 km)
Mount Sulur overlooks the city of Akureyri, Iceland's second largest. For those who prefer a more leisurely day, explore the town of Akureyri.

Day 7

JOKULSARGLJUFUR NATIONAL PARK
Hike past echo rocks, the remains of ancient volcanoes that have been eroded by the Jokulsa River. Then detour to the top of Rautholar for magnificent views of the Asbyrgi Canyon (Iceland's Grand Canyon). Continue along to the Klappir look-out, and the grand finale is Dettifoss, Europe's most powerful waterfall. (Moderate, 13 km)

Day 8

HUSAVIK HIKE + WHALE-WATCHING EXCURSION
Local area hike around Lake Botsvatn (Moderate, 10 km)
Late afternoon whale-watching excursion.

Day 9

MYVATN AREA
Hike through the Krafla volcanic region including the Leirhnjukur crater, described as a "stench-laden sulphur-encrusted mud hole"! (Moderate, 17 km)

Day 10

RETURN TO REYKJAVIK + BLUE LAGOON EXPERIENCE
Noon flight from Husavik to Reykjavik. Afternoon at the Blue Lagoon - relax in warm geothermal seawater and let the mineral salts, algae and silica mud perform their magic on your muscles and your skin.

Day 11

FLIGHT HOME

 

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What an experience!

 

"The Iceland hiking trip was absolutely amazing... I've never seen such incredible scenery! Just loved the trip and didn't want the hiking to end! Every hike was so different, it's really difficult to pick a favourite."
Cheryl P. (Iceland 2018)

 

"I just want to say that the trip to Iceland this year with Sheila has been out of this world outstanding. In every step of the way, you feel all the special touch of Maddalena, and Sheila carries it very smoothly. She is an exceptionally good leader, makes her point very clearly, and then becomes just one of us. She is great fun, warm and caring. Even the weather was exceptional. I enjoyed every single moment and I'm very grateful for being given this opportunity!"
Esther G. (Iceland 2017)

 

"Sheila, just wanted to say that we thoroughly enjoyed this trip and want to thank you for your very capable guidance throughout. You are certainly right for the "assignment" in every way. It was indeed a "bucket list" trip and one which will remain memorable in our retirement years of ongoing adventure travelling.
Robert and Maddalena, you run a class act company which is deserving of referral. Now I understand why you have such repeat business. In addition to the well constructed, balanced trip agenda, I want to underscore how impressed I always was throughout the entire pre-trip process; specifically, an ever-present personal, caring touch that overtook what could have been just another enabling business transaction. Bravo to you both!"
Joan & David C. (Iceland 2016)

 

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RESERVATIONS AND PAYMENTS

A non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking (see individual trips for amount required for deposit). The balance is due 60 days prior to departure unless otherwise specified. Late payments causing penalties to be levied by the airlines or any other supplier shall be the responsibility of the traveller.

 

Reservations are to be made online. We accept PayPal (deposits only), credit cards and personal cheques (payable to Comfortable Hiking Holidays). If paying by cheque, mail cheque along with a reservation form to:

 

Maddalena Molino

Comfortable Hiking Holidays

251 Consumers Road, 7th floor

Toronto, ON  M2J 4R3  Canada

 

Comfortable Hiking Holidays is a part of Vision 2000 Travel (Toronto) Inc., a Canadian Company registered under the Ontario Travel Industry Act, Registration No. 50023501.

 

CANCELLATIONS

All deposits are non refundable. After the balance has been paid, a refund can be made (less $50 per person and less any incurred charges by hotels, airlines etc.) if you can find a replacement person. If no replacement is found then all monies paid will be forfeited. No refund for any unused portion of a trip. All cancellations are only considered to have been received on the date of receipt of written cancellation in the office of Comfortable Hiking Holidays.

 

AIRFARE

In order to allow for greater flexibility and more competitive pricing, Comfortable Hiking Holidays will no longer be offering group airfare for its trips. However, we will gladly book your airline tickets on an individual basis. We can accommodate any itinerary that suits you and from any city, including stopovers.

Comfortable Hiking Holidays will provide a meeting time and place for each trip. It is your responsibility to ensure that you coordinate your schedule to fit with the trip’s itinerary, and we will be more than happy to help you with this so that you can take advantage of transfers between airports and hotels together with the group.

Do not book your airfare until you check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays that we have the minimum number of participants to move ahead with the trip. Comfortable Hiking Holidays is not financially responsible for additional expenses incurred by you (such as non-refundable airline tickets) should a trip be cancelled.

Call us to discuss and we will tailor your flights to meet your needs.

 

TAXES

H.S.T.

The Harmonized Sales Tax will be added to all trips taking place in Canada.

 

INSURANCE

Medical and cancellation insurance is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and can be arranged through our offices. See the Reservation Form. If insurance is declined, a signed form will be required. Note that health insurance is mandatory for travel to Cuba; travellers must present proof of health insurance in order to enter the country.

 

TRAVEL DOCUMENTS AND HEALTH REQUIREMENTS

It is the traveller's responsibility to determine what documentation is necessary for each country to be visited. All Canadian and U.S. citizens require valid passports for travel. It is recommended and sometimes necessary that passports have a minimum of 6 months to expiry. Other nationalities should check with Comfortable Hiking Holidays. For more information on travel requirements per country, visit www.voyage.gc.ca.

 

It is imperative that the traveller discloses to Comfortable Hiking Holidays any medical condition(s) that may affect his/her ability to complete the hike and/or tour. Examples include (but are not limited to): allergies, ailments, diseases, medical conditions, special diets, medications and so forth. This information will be kept strictly confidential.

 

Our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, but if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, they are authorized to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity. Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be responsible for additional costs incurred.

 

In booking this trip, you should be confident in your ability to participate in all activities described. If you have any doubt about your abilities, please call us to discuss.

 

FOREIGN EXCHANGE

Prices are quoted are in CANADIAN DOLLARS (with some exceptions which are quoted in USD). They were calculated based on the exchange rates in 2018 and are subject to change without notice. Should tour costs increase, Comfortable Hiking Holidays reserves the right to increase the price accordingly. If the price change is more than 7% of the total price for the travel services (except for a price change that is a result of Government Taxation), you are entitled to cancel if you wish, with full refund. You must notify us of your intention at least 48 hours after notification or if the change is a last minute change, within 24 hours of notification.

 

ACCOMMODATIONS

Prices quoted are for shared accommodations (two to a room unless otherwise agreed). A roommate (of the same sex) will be arranged  when possible, otherwise the single supplement will apply. Single rooms are available on most holidays; cost for the single supplement is available on request.

 

PHOTOGRAPHS

The scenery is always picture-worthy so please take as many photos as you wish. We will do the same, but please note that it is customary for us to use photographs taken on actual hikes for our promotional materials. If you do not wish to have your photo used in any of our promotional materials, please inform your hike leader at the BEGINNING OF THE TRIP.

 

SMOKING

As the great majority of trip participants do not smoke, those who do are requested to refrain from smoking while with the group (e.g. on the bus, during the hikes, at meals, in the bar and in your room if sharing with a non-smoker).

 

CHILDREN

All participants must be at least 18 years of age.

 

SITE ACCURACY

Comfortable Hiking Holidays has attempted to make this site accurate. However, changes might occur for reasons beyond the control of Comfortable Hiking Holidays. In addition, the right is reserved to substitute hotels or change the itinerary when necessary, provided the travel facilities or other services are of at least the same standard or value.

 

HIKE LEADERS

All of our leaders are experienced hikers and have had first aid training. A representative of C.H.H. will accompany all of the trips (unless otherwise specified) to ensure they run smoothly and efficiently. Our hike leaders will be your guides on most holidays, but in some cases we will use local guides. C.H.H. reserves the right to make changes in hike leaders when necessary.

 

FORCE MAJEURE

We shall not be liable for any claims, losses damages, costs, expenses, delays or loss of enjoyment for any nature or kind whatsoever, resulting from events beyond our or a supplier's reasonable control, including but not limited to acts of God, strikes, lockouts or other labour disputes or disruptions, wars, blockades, insurrections, riots, earthquakes, weather conditions, floods or acts of restraints imposed by government authorities.

 

OPERATOR'S RESPONSIBILITY

Comfortable Hiking Holidays and Vision Travel the operators, its agents, and/or suppliers of services act only as agents for the traveler and accept no responsibility for services of any hotel, aircraft, vessel, train, motor coach or any other conveyance used in connection with these tours, nor any delays, loss or accident to travelers or baggage occasioned by such services, from whatsoever cause. In the event it becomes necessary due to changes by supplier's airlines, or for the comfort or well being of passengers, or for any other reason, to alter the itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operator. The extra cost, if any, resulting therefore, shall be paid by the tour members. Conversely, refunds will be made to passengers if any savings are effected thereby. The right is reserved to cancel any tour and to decline to accept any person as a member of the tour, at any time. Acceptance of the initial service to be provided under the tour shall be considered an acceptance of all these conditions. There may be different living standards and practices and different standards and conditions with respect to the provision of utilities, services and accommodations outside Ontario. Climate conditions may affect the provisions of services and the accommodations included in our tours. Accommodations offered in the tour are, to the best of our knowledge, available at the time of printing and accurately described.

 

AIRLINE CLAUSE

The airlines concerned are not to be held responsible for any act, omissions or event during the time the passengers are not on board the aircraft. The Passenger Ticket in use by the airline(s) when issued constitutes the sole contract between the airline(s) and the purchase of the ticket and/or passenger.

 

Although every precaution is taken for your safety, this type of excursion involves, by its very nature, a certain amount of risk. All participants are therefore required to sign a form releasing Comfortable Hiking Holidays of all liability.