Iceland Rocks!

Iceland Rocks!
Love Hope Strength presents Iceland Rocks – 11th to 16th September 2019

Join LHS co-founder, Mike Peters of The Alarm, for a magical, musical, breath taking trekking challenge across the remote highlands of Iceland.

Starting in the popular and stunning region of Landmannalaugar, locally known as the ‘hiking hub’, you will trek for 55km over three days through lava fields and across multi-coloured mountains next to shining glaciers. This trek has some of the best topography anyone could ever want from a trekking challenge.

From the bright lights of Reykjavic, to the tranquil warm waters of the springs and rivers, this adventure promises to be a journey of a lifetime. With a strong possibility that you’ll take in the natural wonder of the Northern lights, Iceland Rocks promises to be unforgettable.

In 2018 the Rock the Canyons trekkers raised over £30,000 for Love Hope Strength. Like Rock the Canyons, the funds raised this year will support: LHS’ Get On The List programme; equipment and special projects to help families affected by cancer in the UK and USA; and grants to help organisations working with people affected by cancer in underprivileged areas across the globe.

Iceland Rocks trekkers will enjoy an end of trek gig with Mike Peters and guest musicians. Trekkers will also have the opportunity to play 18 holes of golf at Iceland’s top ranked golf course, Keilir. Golfers will play 9 holes surrounded by lava and 9 holes on a small peninsula with views over Snaefellsjokull glacier at this spectacular course.

For more information and to book your place on Iceland Rocks, please go to: https://www.globaladventurechallenges.com/challenge/iceland-rocks

The trek itinerary is as follows:

Day 1: Arrival Day

All trekkers meet at Reykjavik airport. Together everyone transfers to Landmannalauga, passing Mt. Hekla and Ljótipollur crater on route. In Landmannalaugar you will spend an afternoon getting acquainted with the surroundings and relaxing in the naturally warm river. You’ll then enjoy some music from Mike Peters from The Alarm and other musicians on the trek around the campfire in the evening!


Day 2: Landmannalauga to Alftavatn

You’ll start your challenge early morning and trek through the rough lava field of Laugahraun. From here you ascend up the beautiful hills by the colourful mountain called Brennisteinsalda and onto a plateau. The colours are out of this world! At this point you have reached a rather high altitude and therefore you can expect snow piles that you’ll have to traverse.

You continue along the hills of Reykjafjöll, through gullies until you get to Jökultungur. There are some beautiful changes in the landscape – from dark tuff mountains to shining glaciers. You then descend into a green oasis, and from here you trek to your campsite on the northern shore of Lake Álftavatn.

Trekking distance – approx. 24km


Day 3: Alftavatn to Emstrur

A slightly less challenging day awaits you when compared to day two. You trek Brattháls hill and head east for the Hvanngil gorge. Here you have to cross the Bratthálskvísl River on foot and soon after you reach Kaldaklofskvísl that you cross via a bridge. If you’d like a nice additional evening walk after dinner, you can take a peek at the unbelievable Markarfjlótsgljúfur Canyon. The canyon is 200 meters deep and the powerful Markarfjót River flows through it.

Trekking distance – approx. 16km

Day 4: Emstrur to Þórsmörk

Your day starts trekking a crooked path down to the Syðri Emstruá River. After crossing over a bridge you’ll head south to an area called Almenningar. The landscape now starts to change once again and you’ll see peaceful streams covered in arctic birch and flowers. After more refreshing river crossings, you leave Almenningar behind us and enter the Þórsmörk valley. From there you have a 40 min walk to Langidalur hut. This part is wonderful as vegetation has spread over the area and Þórsmörk is undeniably one of the pearls of Icelandic nature – the most amazing finish to your Iceland challenge! After celebrating your achievements, you take the transfer to Reykjavík for a celebratory dinner.

Trekking distance – approx. 15km

Day 5: Day of relaxation in and around Reykjavik.

For those with an interest in golf, there is an opportunity to play an 18 hole round of golf at the top ranked golf course in Iceland, Keilir, with Mike Peters. This golf experience needs to be booked with the Love Hope Strength Team after you have registered your place on the Trek, and costs $100 per person including the hire of golf clubs.

You’ll all then enjoy a gig in the evening with Mike Peters and other guest musicians playing a full set in an intimate venue in the capital.

Day 6: Departure Day

If time permits you can visit the famous Blue Lagoon – Iceland’s premier hot geothermal baths said to have wellbeing properties. This ‘must-see’ attraction is out of this world and the perfect way to end your Icelandic challenge. You then catch flights out on this day.

Useful additional information:
Total cost of the trek including donation for Love Hope Strength: $3,200 [a deposit of £299 ($400 USD approx) and minimum sponsorship of $2,800]
The maximum number in the group will be 35, the minimum 15.
If you’re flying from the USA you will need to organise your own flights. You can fly from the UK, but the UK participation fee is more as flights are included.

The accommodation, food (excluding day 5) and guided trek are included in the price.

Prices are based on shared occupancy for the tents during the trek and the hotels in Reykjavik. You will be staying in tents on day 1 to 3 and hotels on days 4 and 5. An additional supplement can be paid to ensure single occupancy for the accommodation throughout Iceland Rocks.
The golf experience, visit to the lagoon and food on Day 5 are not included in the cost of the trek.

For more information and to book your place on Iceland Rocks, please go to: https://www.globaladventurechallenges.com/challenge/iceland-rocks
If your questions aren’t answered here, please contact Kirsty at [email protected]

We hope you’ll be able to be part of this epic adventure and help save lives one step at a time in the land of fire and ice!

With thanks to our partners, Global Adventure Challenges and special thanks to Iceland Rocks sponsors Arcis Golf

Want some more information about Love Hope Strength to better understand how you’ll be helping to save lives by taking part in Iceland Rocks?
Love Hope Strength (LHS) was founded in the USA and UK over a decade ago by internationally acclaimed musician Mike Peters and his wife Jules Peters after Mike was diagnosed with cancer for a second time.

LHS is committed to giving hope to people living with cancer across the globe. Through its ‘Get On The List’ programme, LHS helps identify blood stem cell donors to match with people living with blood cancer or blood disorders who need a second chance at life. Incredibly, LHS has already delivered over 200,000 people to international blood stem cell donor lists. This has resulted in over 4,000 potentially life saving matches being found (as of January 2019). LHS has raised over £1m globally to help support some of the most vulnerable people affected by cancer. LHS supports life saving and life changing equipment and special projects across the globe; it’s equipped hospitals and community cancer services with new facilities and equipment in parts of the USA, UK, Africa and Asia.

LHS harnesses the support of people in the music and events industries, those who are passionate about music and people that enjoy the outdoors and value the importance of wellbeing to help achieve its mission: to save and change lives, one concert, one step, one helping hand at a time. Led by volunteers and supported through partnerships with leading international organisations, LHS aims to: provide its supporters with value for money and opportunities to have fun whilst giving back, and to provide those it serves with a lifeline.