Explore Iceland's nature and landscapes on a 3-day awe-inspiring hiking and trekking tour in the East Fjords. The tour entails hiking and exploring the ecosystem at the Víknaslóðir near Borgarfjörður Eystri area. You will love this tour because despite having beautiful and magnificent scenes, it is still very unexplored by visitors. Also, learn about the culture of the locals during your interaction with them and try some of their best local cuisines.
A 3-day hiking trip from Borgarfjörður Eystri in East Iceland.
We will spend our three-day hiking trip exploring Iceland's awe-inspiring east fjords and the hidden gems of Víknaslóðir, or the “Deserted Inlets” in and near the Borgarfjörður Eystri. There the imposing and colorful mountains meet the ocean creating deep fjords littered with secluded alcoves along magnificent coastlines. Among Icelanders, the vicinity of Borgarfjörður is known for its great natural beauty and incredible hiking routes, as well as being untouched by mass-tourism. This isolated region is also considered to be a central province of the elves. In the Álfaborg fortress (Elf-hill) their queen has long resided, governing and watching over her realm.
All departures with an English and German speaking guide.
Participants take the first flight from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir in the morning. From Egilsstadir, it's a scenic one hour drive to Borgarfjordur to our locally owned Elf guesthouse where we will stay for the next 2 nights.
In the afternoon, we hike in Borgarfjordur Valley to get acquainted with the area. We start the day with a 3 hours hike in the village, Old turf house, concert hall, local fish factory, from rock to art, and many interesting stops are on our way. After a light lunch, we hike on unmarked trails in the valley of Borgarfjordur. From the village, we take sheep trails up to Dimmidalur (e. the Dark Valley) and Jokuldalur (e. Glacier Valley) to see their rugged, beautiful landscape, right under the Door Mountains. Not only do we walk on our way through the elf community of Lobbuhraun, but come to their home in Dimmidalur Valley. When we return to Bakkagerdi village, we walk through it, noticing its many interesting aspects and of course also visiting the queen of the elves at Alfaborg (Elf Hill).
This day's hike is somewhat of a difficult hike because of gravelly areas and screes on about 15% on the way. From Vatnskard pass (431 m), we start the day's hike by going up and crossing the mountain Geldingafjall (640 m), then continuing inland west of Sulur peaks. There are excellent views over Njardvik, Fljotsdalsherað valley, the black sandy beach of Herassfloi bay and perhaps even to Vatnajokull glacier and Mt. Snaefell in the eastern part of the central highlands. We then go down into Storurd, an expanse of enormous rocks intersected by a small river. Calm turquoise-colored basins of icy water lie hidden among the huge boulders, often with flat banks of short, tender, green grass. Returning from this mysterious place, we can opt either for the hike along the Dyrfjoll (Door Mountains) or the easy way down the valley below Rjupnafell peak.
In the evening, we drive back to Egillstaðir where participants catch an evening flight back to Reykjavik.
Optional extra: Return flight from Reykjavik domestic airport to Egilsstaðir airport