We start our day tour from Lake Mývatn North Iceland early morning and head for the highlands where the wilderness, wide spaces, geology and natural freshwater springs are awe inspiring. On this enlightening tour we will focus on nature experience that makes the geology, history and biology of the area most interesting and exciting. It´s a long tour and we will have time to stop and stretch our legs and enjoy nature. We will make two longer stops, at “Holuhraun/Nornahraun” as well as “Askja caldera” for about 2 to 3 hours. Tour duration is 12 to 14 hours in total. The longest hike on the tour is from the parking area at “Vikraborgir” in the “Askja caldera” to “Víti” crater. It is a 2,5 km hike that takes 35 to 45 minutes. The hike difficulty level is easy to moderate depending on snow levels and weather conditions. The area is in the mid-highlands of Iceland where snow can linger the better part of the summer. The eruption in Nornahraun/Holuhraun is the biggest eruption in Iceland since 1783, the Laki eruption. The eruption lasted 6 months, from August 31 2014 to February 26 2015. The lava flow created covers 85 square kilometers and the volume is close to 1,8 cubic kilometers (comparable to a box that is 1,2 kilometers at every side).
The weather in the highlands can change very fast and it is important to have good shoes and warm and preferably waterproof clothes. Bring food and drinks with you as there are no restaurants in this area of the highlands.
Departure: 8:00 am from the information center in Reykjahlíð, Mývatn. (Next to the supermarket). Hraunvegur 8. Minimum: 2 adult passengers. Do to road-and/or weather condition the tour might take longer time than planned or in some cases force us to cancel the trip. In snow the walk from the car to the crater Víti will be longer and more difficult. When trips are cancelled by the tour operator before departure a full refund will be provided. Personal insurance is not included. Food and drinks are not included. Tour operator: Geo Travel
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In all tours operated by Geo Travel we offer children 0 - 15 years old a 50% discount.
Changes or Cancellation by Geo Travel
Before you enter into a contract with us, we reserve the right to change any of the facilities or services described in our brochure or website. We also reserve the right to cancel the tour. For example: Do to weather and/or road conditions or if the minimum number of clients required for a tour is not fulfilled. It is unlikely we will have to make any changes to your tour however we do plan the arrangements months in advance. Any changes are usually very minor and we will advise you at the earliest possible date. If a major change becomes necessary, we will inform you as soon as reasonably possible if there is time before your tours begins. When a major change or cancellation occurs you will have the choice of accepting the change of arrangements, purchasing another available tour from us, or cancelling your tour. We will refund all payments made directly to us in respect of the tour price. We will not however be in a position to refund any personal expenses you may have incurred as a result of your booking such as flight payments for land-only tours, travel insurance, equipment purchases, visas, vaccinations etc.
Any information provided by Geo Travel on such matters as climate, clothing, baggage, special equipment etc. is given in good faith but without responsibility on the part of Geo Travel.
Adventure Travel and Client Responsibility
It is a fundamental booking condition that you accept the hazards involved in this sort of tour and you accept that in visiting remote and mountainous regions there is an element of on-tour flexibility. The itinerary stated in the tour dossier is indicative only and not a guarantee that a particular route will be followed or place reached. You must acknowledge that delays and alterations and their results, such as inconvenience and discomfort, are possible where unforeseen circumstances arise. You must have a level of fitness commensurate with your chosen tour and you are responsible for bringing the appropriate equipment.
Medical & Dietary Conditions
If you are affected by a medical condition which may affect your or other people's enjoyment of the tour, you must advise this at the time of booking. Similarly you must advise us of dietary conditions and preferences at the time of booking.
Independent Travel Arrangements
We will not be responsible or liable for your actions or your safety for any independent travel you undertake before, during (if you choose to leave) or after the tour.
If you have a complaint about the tour you should make it known to your guide/leader at the earliest opportunity. If you feel your complaint has not been properly dealt with we shall endeavour to agree a settlement with you. Any outstanding complaint not resolved during the tour should be notified to us in writing within 30 days of the scheduled date of return.
Our Liability & Compensation
Geo Travel will accept liability for the negligence of its employees causing direct physical injury to passengers only to the extent that it is obliged under Icelandic law. We cannot be held responsible for any mishap to yourself or your property, and in particular for the consequences of flight cancellations, vehicle accidents, strikes, sickness, Government or customs or police intervention or other such happenings amounting to force majeure. By confirming your booking with GeoTravel you acknowledge that we have taken all reasonable steps to safeguard its liability in this respect.
Variation of Booking Conditions
When you confirm the booking form you agree to accept all these booking conditions, and when we accept your booking we agree to carry out our obligations to you as defined in tour information provided to you. Both sides of this agreement are made subject to, and must be interpreted and enforced according to Icelandic law in a Icelandic court.
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