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Review. Hiking in Iceland «Walk on Mars»

Ol'ga Ashihmina 

Translated from Russian

Organization   

The event was organized at the highest level. Shortly before the campaign created a chat where all participants are present, and where you can resolve all the issues, to negotiate, to cooperate, and so on. It is very convenient. It is also worth noting the responsiveness of the staff - they patiently and politely answered all questions, although many of them were probably not the most intelligent. In the description of the campaign you can add a little more information on movement outside of walking and to focus on the fact that transport costs are there is just a space. Only on some buses need to lay 200-300 euros. Of course, Iceland is a country of hitchhiking. But also it not always rescues. Personally, I was lucky in 100% of cases :)

Food   

Based on field conditions - the food was more than decent and quite varied. Three times a day, at any time and under any conditions of Roma were preparing us a meal. Everything is balanced, everything is well. Meals are all members of the group, so no heavy, bulky or perishable products. Everything clearly.

Instructor - Roman Flys   

Roma is cool. Not Intrusive, not annoying, not building the toastmaster, and always a laugh, always a joke, always support conversation. It is nice and easy to communicate. The atmosphere from us was just awesome! (sorry for the poverty of speech)

General opinion   

So, if you have reached this part, then sit back, pour the tea and get ready to read a lot of letters.
Iceland. A country that my childhood has been my dream of. I do not know why, but I see a special charm in this "cold" beauty, far from the azure shores and the hot sun. I love rain and fog, I love the cold wind, I love mountains. Still I adore warm prickly knitted sweaters. In short, if I chose where to be born, one hundred percent would appear in this country.
Closer to the point.
On this trip, I decided not at once. There were doubts about the type of trip, trekking. But, as it turned out, the fears were completely in vain. Although this was my first real trip, I believe that I did well with it. It was not easy, it was wet, sometimes (but rarely) it was cold. And this despite the fact that we were very lucky with the weather, because July in Isladia is the most favorable and dry month. But despite this all, personally I was very pleased.
Separately, I want to say on the route: I do not know, specifically or accidentally, but it is built in such a way that initially you find yourself in complete absence of any conditions. That is, the conditions (shower, electricity, roof over your head) are everywhere, but for money. Of course, you do not want to spend. And, of course, in the beginning you do not pay any attention to it, you do without a shower, you spend the night in a tent that is being demolished by the wind and you feel fine. After all, strength and enthusiasm - full trousers.
Sooner or later, a city dweller begins to have a hot shower and a washing machine. And the joy of their appearance is no limit, when after a few days in the middle of nowhere, you finally go out to civilization!
I'm very glad that I've been through this. You start to appreciate all sorts of trivia. You rethink priorities. If before the common shower and toilet on the floor for me were unacceptable, now any shower with hot (and free) water - this is a great place! Heaven on earth! And it does not matter how many people were there before you.
Further. About Iceland, actually. The country is very expensive. Unreal. Cosmic. If you think you represent by how much, then no. Believe me. You ohrenete. And so the hike is the best option. First of all, the most budgetary. And also, in a hike you can go to such places, climb on such peaks that you will never see not from the window of the excursion bus, not from your own wheelbarrow. Because up to a lot of places can be reached only on foot. Yes, it is possible that it is not always easy and simple, but nevertheless, all the paths and routes are considered and official. It is difficult to get lost, there are everywhere identification marks and very, very many same enthusiasts who meet all along the way. In short, the marching industry (if one can so express it) is well developed. Also here is very popular hitchhiking. If you feel sorry for (and you feel sorry for it!) To give $ 50 for being shocked on the bus for half an hour, then hitchhiking is a great option. Though unpredictable. But the most popular tourist places are no problems with hitchhiking. And stop, as a rule, the same tourists who rented a car. Thus, you can get interesting contacts around the world. Which we did :)
About the beauty of the local landscapes, I will not even begin, otherwise my review will never end.
In general, thanks to the great organizers and our glorious company!
For a dream come true and for new cheerful and classy friends!

Photos from the hike



Tour Information

Incredible travel which resembles a walk on Mars, as we see improbable lava fields, thermal valleys and huge glaciers. During the hike we overcome several unique valleys, swim in the Atlantic Ocean and visit an ice lagoon where glacier slowly slides into the ocean. Also we visit fabulous waterfalls, geysers and thermal Blue Lagoon. This trip is likely to be the best travel of the year or even the best travel of life.

Duration - 13 days

Level - medium/high

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