Hiking at the End of the World

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Duration5 days
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DifficultyChallenging

Gear up for a trek that you won't ever forget with an extraordinary 5-day excursion amongst the rocks and waters of Iceland.

What to expect?

The magnificent landscapes of mountains and small bays of the North East of Iceland is quite unique. The mountains here come in all shapes and sizes and the variety of colors is stunning; everything from the black sands of the beaches to the pinkish orange hues of the mountain ridges. This trek takes us from the chamign village of Borgarfjörður Eystri to the fjord of Seyðisfjörður. The closeness to the ocean sets its mark on this tour. Each day we follow old trails between isolated coves and fjords over colorful hills and down green valleys to the sea and the drone of the North Atlantic Ocean. This combination of mountains and ocean is what makes this trek a unique one; another advantage is the milder climate that can be expected at this low altitude. The area remained populated until the early seventies and abandoned farms and ancient farmsteads set their mark on the surroundings, however, sheep may be the only living thing connecting us to those former times. Accommodation in well equipped and comfortable huts.

Itenerary

Day 1: Reykjavík – Egilsstaðir – Borgarfjörður Eystri

We meet at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir, at 8:30 where those who came the land way, meet those who come by air from Reykjavík (depart from Reykjavík domestic airport at 7:30).

Transfer towards Borgarfjörður Eystri, about 90 km (56 mi). Shortly before starting the climb over the pass to Borgarfjörður we get off the bus and start the day´s hike. The path leads to Stórurð*, a little oasis hidden below the magnificent Dyrfjöll mountain range. There in amazing scenery will be the setting for our lunch. We then continue our hike and make our way up along the northern side of the mountains, towards Njarðvík where we will be picked up for a short transfer to the little village of Bakkagerði. After dinner it is ideal to wander around this little village.

Distance: 18km (11mi) Walking time: 6-8 hrs Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970')/800m (2625')

Day 2: Borgarfjörður Eystri – Brúnavík – Breiðavík

Today the path leads us over a pass and down into the inlet of Brúnavík. Here we can enjoy the waves of the North Atlantic for a while before heading up into the valley and over the magnificent pass of Súluskarð where the colors of the adjacent hills and mountaintops provide a colorful feast for the eyes. From Súluskarð we head down into Kjólsvík inlet and from there over the low pass of Kjólsvíkurvarp down into Breiðavík inlet, the biggest one of these deserted inlets.

Distance: 14km (9mi) Walking time: 7-9 hrs Ascent/Descent: 400m (1315')/400m (1315')

Day 3: Breiðavík – Húsavík

We leave the colorful valley of Breiðavík and hike over the mountains, our destination the inlet of Húsavík. If weather permits we will climb the mountain Hvítserkur, one of the most amazing and colorful mountains of Iceland before descending into the narrow valley leading to the hut at Húsavík. A delightful evening walk down to the beach, to visit the quaint little church that was in full service until the early seventies is possible after dinner.

Distance: 13km (8mi) Walking time: 5-7 hrs Ascent/Descent: 550m (1800')/500m (1640')

Day 4: Húsavík – Loðmundarfjörður

Today we continue to the valley of Loðmundarfjörður fiord. This impressive valley was home to close to a hundred people at the turn of the 20th century due to rich farmlands and accessible fishing grounds. The surrounding mountains add certain magnificence to the scene and the hike leads us through the massive Loðmundarskriður, formed thousands of years ago when the adjacent mountain literally burst forth. The hut where we spend the night is at the bottom of the fjord close to an old church.

Distance: 15km (9 mi) Walking time: 5-7 hrs Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970')/600m (1970')

Day 5: Loðmundarfjörður – Seyðisfjörður

The last day of our hike takes us along the old path over Hjálmárdalsheiði, which over the centuries used to be the main thoroughfare between the Loðmundarfjörður farmlands and the Seyðisfjörður harbor and trading post. As we ascend, the mountaintops of the southern fiords come into sight and once we get to the pass of Hall, the fiord of Seyðisfjörður is in full view, very different from the fiords and inlets we have left behind. Descending into Seyðisfjörður we enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of this long and narrow fiord surrounded by majestic mountains. Once we get down to the main road we get onto the bus that takes us back to Egilsstaðir where we arrive in time for the late afternoon flight to Reykjavík.

Distance: 15km (9mi) Walking time: 5-7 hrs Ascent/Descent : 600m (1970')/600m (1970')

What is included?

Guide for 5 days Transportation in the Eastern Fjords

Food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5)

Sleeping bag accommodation (hostel and mountain huts)

Cooking gearTransfer of luggage

What do I need to bring?

Boots and Clothing:

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable.
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland.
  • Gloves
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
  • Warm hat.

Other gear:

  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in) (For IMG35- Þórsmörk- Skógar 30-45L (1850-2750 cu in)
  • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
  • Light Sleeping bag. (For IMG35 Þórsmörk-Skógar only: only sleeping bag liner is needed as a basic sleeping bag is stored in the huts so you will not need ot carry a sleeping bag).
  • Towel – light weight and packable.
  • Sunglasses & sun protection.
  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut.
  • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s).
  • Gaiters
  • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.
  • Pen knife.
  • Earplugs
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
  • Camera, spare batteries.
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
  • Slippers for indoor use.
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

Additional Information

  • Voucher: You will receive a secure voucher to either print out or present on your mobile phone.
  • Cancellation Policy: Fee of 15% if cancelled 280 days before event or less.
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Meeting Point

  • We meet at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir, at 8:30 where those who came the land way, meet those who come by air from Reykjavík (depart from Reykjavík domestic airport at 7:30).

$1595