Pre-conference excursion 1 – Two days tour



Sunday, 9 June (08:00) – Monday, 10 June (18:30)
Price: ISK 35,000

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By the roots of the notorious ice-covered volcano Eyjafjallajökull lies an area of outstanding natural beauty: Þórsmörk, which has for a long time been one of the most popular destination among Icelanders for camping and hiking. Sheltered in between three glaciers, Þórsmörk is characterized by dynamic geology and contrasting landscapes of black basaltic mountains, vigorous glacial rivers and striking vegetation. This two-day tour to Þórsmörk is led by experienced tour guides and geographers; Dr. Anna Dóra Sæþórsdóttir and Dr. Rannveig Ólafsdóttir. It is designed for both hikers and non-hikers, as Þórsmörk offers diverse opportunities for enjoying nature. One option will thus be an approximately eight hours hiking up to the still-warm craters that marked the beginning of the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökull. Another option will be a more leisurely lowland walk. Accommodation will be in a mountain hut at Básar. On the way back to Reykjavík, cultural heritage and land use in the south of Iceland will be in focus, with a visit to an old turf farmhouse at Keldur and the Soil Conservation Service at Gunnarsholt.

  • The price includes: bus travel, one night’s lodging, tour guidance, lunch pack (day 1), dinner (day 1) and breakfast (day 2).
  • Please note that only sleeping bag accommodation is provided, in the ample space of the hut. Participants will need to bring their own sleeping bag.
  • Registration for this tour is now closed.
  • Detailed description has been sent to all participants. 
  • Meeting point prior to departure, is at 7:40, on Sunday 9 June, at Háskólatorg, the conference venue.