2016 Vox Peregrini Excursion

In 2016, vox peregrini will take a 4-day excursion to Thorsmork, Iceland. Using a mountain hut as a basecamp, members will take day hikes through stunning landscape, bringing music to the remote places of the world.

Dates: May 26 - May 29, 2016

Itinerary

26 May, Thursday

Arrive in Reykjavik. Using the public "flybus," we'll transfer to a guesthouse in Reykjavik to check in for a one-night stay.  Tonight's dinner will be independent.

 

27 May, Friday

Reykjavik, Thórsmörk

We'll start the day with a short walk to the ReykjavikBus Terminal, where we'll board a scheduled public bus to the magical valley of Thórsmörk. Upon arrival, we'll enjoy lunch at the mountain hut where we will spend the next few nights and then start exploring the area.  Thórsmörk is a geological wonderland where the interplay between ice and fire has shaped the landscape throughout the ages, with hills and ridges characteristic of subglacial eruptions. Today's hike is approx. 4 hours, with an ascent/descent of 985 feet.  We'll walk across the glacier river Krossà to the wooded Langudalur Valley, and we may see colorful wildflowers starting to emerge at the end of May.  We'll climb Valahnúkur hill, and if conditions are clear, we will be able to see the ice caps of Myrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. Heading down from Valahnúkur, we'll descend the Húsadalur Valley to the Markarfljót River, passing by the Sönghellir cave before we reach our mountain hut.  We'll have dinner at the hut and prepare for tomorrow's hike. (B, L, D)

28 May, Saturday

Thórsmörk

We'll set out early for our hike of approximately 7-8 hours, with an ascent/descent of 2,625 feet.  Our destination is Fimmvörduháls, which was created by the 2010 volcanic eruption.  We will hike along the palagonite ridges of Kattarhryggir to the plateau of Morinsheidi. From here, we'll be rewarded with spectacular views of the falling glacier of Myrdalsjökull and the lava flow into the narrow canyon of Hrunagil.  We'll continue up the steep Heljarkambur to a lava field and follow it to two craters. After some time to explore the craters, we'll head down the same route to our mountain hut for dinner, a concert at Thórsmörk, and a well-deserved night's sleep. (B, L, D)

29 May, Sunday

After breakfast, we'll transfer by private bus from Thórsmörk to Reykjavik's airport in Kleflavik. Here we'll check in for the flight back to Minneapolis.

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People need wild places.  Whether or not we think we do, we do.  We need to be able to taste grace and know again that we desire it.  We need to experience a landscape that is timeless, whose agenda moves at the pace of speciation and glaciers.  To be surrounded by a singing, mating, howling commotion of other species, all of which love their lives as much as we do ours, and none of which could possibly care less about us in our place.  It reminds us that our plans are small and somewhat absurd.        BARBARA KINGSOLVER, Small Wonder