Iceland and Greenland: Fire and Ice Trek

Menu Rainbow and group. Photo Greta S Gudjonsdottir

Iceland and Greenland

3.) Iceland and Greenland: Fire and Ice Trek

Combining the very best short treks in Iceland and Greenland, this trip links two very contrasting arctic landscapes.

In Iceland we follow the famous Laugavegur ‘Hot Springs Route’, following a trail between mountain huts over five days. Beginning in the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar, we walk through yellow rhyolite mountains, across black sand deserts and through vast canyons before emerging in the lush green Þórsmörk valley, nestled beneath the world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. We have vehicle support so we only carry what we need each day.

In Greenland we journey within the rugged east coast mountains, where steep sided peaks are divided by deep iceberg laden fjords. Our route follows Sermilik Fjord, congested with icebergs from calving glaciers draining from the Inland ice which pass us as they float out to sea to join the Polar Stream. The echo of explosive sound as the icebergs adjust their weight reverberates around the valley.

We climb up to a ridge with far reaching views. To the west lies the edge of the Inland Ice and to the east tower steep sided recently glaciated ‘Matterhorn like’ peaks. Dropping down to a tiny Inuit village, we catch a glimpse of how the locals live to support a challenging way of life largely unchanged for generations – which is now on the front line facing climate and sea level changes.

Camping supplies travel by boat so we can travel light each day. The two paired trips offer diverse experiences with a contrasting balance of landscapes and cultures.

 

Camping by the shore. Photo Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
Nivarsiaq - Greenland's national flower. Photo Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
By Sermilik Fjord. Photo Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
In camp. Photo Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
Traversing above the fjord. Photo Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
Boat support. Photo Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
Approaching Sermilik Fjord. Photo Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
Camping by Sermilik Fjord. Photo Bjorgvin Hilmarsson
Landmannalaugar. Photo Ellert Gretarsson
Landmannalaugar hot pools. Photo Jan Zelina
Rainbow and group. Photo Greta S Gudjonsdottir
Stream crossing. Photo Jan Zelina
Þórsmörk Canyon. Photo Jan Zelina
Þórsmörk Hut. Photo Jan Zelina

 

 

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