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East Fjords Trek

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Hike through the stunning and deserted mountain landscapes on the Víknaslóðir Trail on this East Iceland trekking tour. Admire the colorful hillsides and remote beaches. Visit old abandoned farmlands and churches on your remote Iceland hiking trip. Stay in mountain huts and hostels along the way, and hike at a lower altitude, sticking near the more moderate coastline climate. Visit farms and churches abandoned in the seventies and see how the landscape has grown since their departure. This East Iceland hiking tour is easily paired with additional East Iceland trekking for those wishing to extend their time, or combine it with a main highlights or South Iceland tour out of Reykjavik. This hiking adventure is for those looking to get off the beaten path and explore more isolated regions in Iceland.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive Reykjavik
Day 2 : Fly Egilsstaðir | Stórurð Hike | Bakkagerði
Day 3 : Brúnavík Inlet | Breiðavík Inlet
Day 4 : Húsavík Inlet
Day 5 : Loðmundarfjörður fjord
Day 6 : Seyðisfjörður
Day 7 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Trek along colorful mountains and into rugged fjords in East Iceland
  • Visit abandoned farmlands and historic churches
  • Hike the remote Víknaslóðir Trail in East Iceland only accessible in summer
  • Visit small coastal villages on the eastern shores of Iceland

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Iceland
  • Borgarfjörður Eystri
  • Breiðavík Hut
  • Breiðavík Inlet
  • Brúnavík Inlet
  • Egilsstaðir
  • Húsavík
  • Reykjavik
  • Seyðisfjörður
  • Stórurð

Activities

Trip Type

Activity Level

Moderate

Trip Snapshots

The Víknaslóðir Trail offers amazing views Trekking in the East Fjords A jump across for stream crossing East Fjords Trekking Group jump in the East Fjords Overlooking the fjords of the East Hiking the Víknaslóðir Trail in East Iceland Trekking the East Fjords

Day 1 Arrive Reykjavik

Arrive to Keflavik where you are met and transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik this evening.

Day 2 Fly Egilsstaðir | Stórurð Hike | Bakkagerði

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Transfer this morning to the airport for your early AM domestic flight to Egilsstaðir on the east side of the island. Meet up with your hiking group here and set out towards Borgarfjörður Eystri, which lies about 55 miles to the coast. En route, stop close to the pass for today's hike towards a little oasis named Stórurð, which offers amazing views of the Dyrfjöll mountain range. Eat lunch here before continuing the hike along the northern side of the mountains to Njarðvík where you meet your pickup and head to the little village of Bakkagerði where you will overnight. After dinner, wander around and explore this tiny town. 

Hiking: 11 miles (18km) / 6-8 hours
Total ascent/descent: 1970ft (600 m) / 2625 ft (800m) 

Day 3 Brúnavík Inlet | Breiðavík Inlet

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today set out hiking up a low pass and down into the Brúnavík Inlet, which is more like a hidden cove along the coast. Here enjoy the sound of the waves from the North Atlantic Ocean before continuing the hike into a valley and over the Súluskarð Pass. From here enjoy the views of the colorful hills and mountaintops nearby. Descend down into Kjólsvík Inlet and continue along the path over the lower Kjólsvíkurvarp Pass until you arrive with your descent down into Breiðavík Inlet. As one of the largest deserted inlets in the area, hiking here gives you a sense of feeling completely removed from civilization. 

Hiking: 9 miles (14km) / 7-9 hours
Total ascent/descent: 1315 ft (400m) / 1315 ft (400m)

Day 4 Húsavík Inlet

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave the colorful valley of Breiðavík this morning and set out hiking over the mountains towards the Húsavík Inlet. If weather permits today, the group climbs nearby Hvítserkur Mountain, one of the most colorful mountains which descends into the valley leading toward Húsavík. Spend the evening with a walk along the beach or a visit to the historic yet now abandoned village church. Overnight at the hut in Húsavík.

Hiking: 8 miles (13 km) / 5-7 hours
Total ascent/descent: 800 ft (550) / 1640 ft (500 m)

Day 5 Loðmundarfjörður fjord

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today your hike leads you to the valley of Loðmundarfjörður fjord. The stunning scenery along the way is evidence of an ancient and massive mountainslide which burst out and nearly caused the mountain to collapse on itself. Hike through this amazing display of power and through the once well-populated valley. Take in the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding mountains and finish your hike to the fjord where your mountain hut awaits. Visit another old and abandoned church in this area.

Hiking: 9 miles (15 km) / 5-7 hours
Total ascent/descent: 1970 ft (600m) / 1970 ft (600m)

Day 6 Seyðisfjörður

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
Enjoy your last hiking day by following an old path over Hjálmárdalsheiði. This used to be the main 'highway' between the Loðmundarfjörður valley farms and the Seyðisfjörður harbor and trading post. As you ascend the pass, the view to the southern fjords and mountaintops becomes visible. From Hall Pass you can see Seyðisfjörður in full view. Descend into the fjord, whose impressive panoramas and surrounding majestic mountains make it one of the most pictureque of your entire hike. Arrive to the main road here where you board your bus back to Egilsstaðir. Arrive in time for the late afternoon domestic flight to Reykjavik where you return to your hotel this evening.

Hiking: 9 miles (15km) / 5-7 hours
Total Ascent/Descent: 1970 ft (600m) / 1970 ft (600m)

Day 7 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to the airport for your return flight home, or continue with additional tours in South Iceland.

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Rates based on Group Departures with 6-15 hikers.
Private Departures available starting at $3900 for a group of 4.
Rates are based on the current exchange rate with the Iceland Krona and may fluctuate.

Rates may vary based on current exchange rate.

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 4 Nights Camping

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights
  • Internal Flights
    • Reykjavik - Egilsstaðir - Reykjavik

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  • $70 Gear Rental
    • Sleeping bag not included but can be rented.
  • $100 Meals not Included
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