Iceland – Source to Sea

A tough and remote expedition that takes you to the edges of the Vatnajokull, following a mighty glacial river from its source to the south-eastern coast of Iceland, crossing deep valleys and rhyolite mountains.

8 days
height 2089M
grade grade grade grade grade grade
price SALE - 1695

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Gateway               Egilsstadir

Daily distance       20km

Weight to carry    20-25kg

Temperature        -5 to +10°C

Distance                      85km

Nights in huts               4

Days hiking                  5

Challenge                     4

Expedition Details


The vicinity of the Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier and the sense of solitude in the remote and pathless area of the Lonsoraefi National Park is what makes this expedition truly unique. This is one of the tougher and more remote expeditions in Iceland. The trail is unmarked and untrodden for half of it length and includes a glacier crossing right at the start as well as several river crossings.

The aim is to traverse the edges of the Vatnajokull via the Ejabakka glacier, following the outflow of the glacier as vast green river carving its way through rhyolite mountains, all the way to the south-east coast.

The expedition starts near Snæfell, a big volcano in eastern Iceland and then continues over six days through a wild and pathless landscape to the east coast. There are cabins for which we stay in during the nights.

Everything here is on a grander scale: the mass of the ice cap, the spectacular mountain peaks and black sands – and everything is less attainable: it is one of the toughest and most remote treks in Iceland. We are in at the deep-end from day one with a challenging glacier crossing. Navigating and crossing glacial rivers and ice is an amazing challenge and also means that we will leave the crowds of the Ringroad behind.

We will marvel at the colourful palette of rhyolite mountains, traverse immense spaces created by the retreat of glaciers surrounded by walls of imposing moraines. Overlooking everything is the snow-capped, sharply ridged peak of Snaefell, the highest freestanding mountain in Iceland, formed from the eroded core of a long-extinct volcano.

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You will get to know your guides in person on the training course. Mark is the main guide on most expeditions, but he has teamed up with a handful of other guides who form part of the Exped team. All of our guides are capable and dedicated. They have the right attitude – both towards reaching the goal and towards their expedition teams. We strive for safety and mutual support in our teams, as well as having a bit of banter. All of us love adventure, but most of all we want to pass on our knowledge, share amazing experiences, and inspire others to be ambitious.


Mark is the director of Exped Adventure and the head guide on many of our expeditions. Mark is a highly experienced Expedition Leader and Mountaineering Instructor with over 20 years of mountaineering experience. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and has been climbing, running and walking in the mountains all over the world since he was a small child. He knows the Lake District, North Wales, Scotland and the Peak District like the back of his hand.

Mark has led a variety of expeditions to the far corners of the globe. He specialises in technical mountaineering and remote trekking expeditions. Mark grew up in the English Lake District and knows the area inside out.

Mark has put up new routes in the Lake District, Scotland, and Kenya. Climbing in all disciplines remains his passion.

Mark’s Expediton experience is broad and vast, including expeditions to Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Jordan, Egypt, Israel, Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, India, Nepal, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, Norway, Svalbard, Russia, and more.

Marks high altitude climbing experience includes; Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Mount Elgon, Ama Dablam, Aconcagua, Kyajo Ri, Elbrus, Tharpa Chuli, Singu Chuli, Mont Blanc, The Matterhorn, Monte Rosa, and much more!

Mark lives in Windermere in the Lake District with his young family.

Mark is a certified ML, WML, IML and MIA.


Matt is an experienced outdoor instructor and has been in the industry for 12 years. He has worked with clients all over the UK, Peru, and Europe and has mountaineering experience in America, North Africa and Western and Eastern Europe. Matt’s personal interests include multi-day mountain marathons, ultra marathons and triathlons.

Matt is a certified ML, WML and MIA.


Rich has 30 years experience of climbing and mountaineering, with 15 of those years as a professional Mountaineer and Climbing instructor. He has climbed and led clients extensively over the breadth of the UK and in the Alps.

With climbing and mountaineering experience over Italy, Switzerland, France, Austria, Canada, Slovenia, Greece, random islands and North Africa.


Gary has been working as Group Captain and Training Expedition Leader in the Royal Air Force for 25 years before taking on his current freelance work as Outdoor Instructor. He has led numerous White Water Kayaking expeditions to the French Alps and New Zealand, as well as Sea Kayaking expeditions in Scotland. He has been on expeditions to the High Atlas Mountains and Nepal, including Gokyo Ri (5357m).



Tracey is a highly experienced International Mountain Leader and also holds the Mountain Instructor Certificate. She has Alpine experience on touring and cross country skis, including summits of Weismeis, Pigne d’Arolla, Grand Paradiso and Mt Leone. She has lead mountaineering expeditions to Mt Kenya, including ascent of Diamond Couloir, Kilimanjaro, Bolivian 6000m peaks and Mont Blanc. She has extensive personal snow and ice mountaineering experience in New Zealand, the Alps and Scotland.
Currently, she is working as a maths teacher at an International school of Aiglon College, Chesieres, Switzerland where she assists with the Outdoor Ed programme throughout the year.

Outdoor national qualifications British Assoc of Snowsport Instructors Alpine Level 2, Cross Country Ski Leader; Mountain Instructors Certificate (winter climbing instructor); International Mountain Leader.


Start Date End Date Days Price Availability
14th Aug 202122nd Aug 20219£1695


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What is included:

• Accommodation – hostels and mountain huts

• All meals during the hiking phase

• Medical safety equipment and supplies

• All in-country transfers, including 4×4 transfer to trail head

• Expedition team leader

• Access to our RMS team of doctors

• UK based training course

• Internal flights

• All technical equipment for glacier crossing

What is not included:

• Travel to and from UK airport

• International flights and taxes

• Personal equipment

• Travel insurance

• Drinks, snacks and personal spending

• Optional tips

• Meals in Reykjavik and Hofn

Booking – What happens next:

• The deposit reserves you a place on the trip. It is non-refundable according to our Booking Conditions. You will receive a confirmation of booking and further details about the trip.
• We will also supply you with more information on the training weekend and a complete equipment list.
• If you require a payment plan, get in touch with us as soon as possible so we can discuss the options.
• We will need you to fill in a Client Booking form for our records, regarding any health issues, your experience, insurance and next of kin details.
• The remaining balance will be due 8 weeks prior to departure (unless you arranged a payment plan). Any cancellations at this point are subject to our Booking Conditions.


Bespoke option:

We can organise this expedition on a ‘tailor-made’ private basis for groups of friends, families, clubs, charities or any other group. Please contact us to discuss the itinerary and your preferred dates. We will then send you a quote, with no obligation.



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