Mountains and the rocky coast will give beautiful views and varied hiking. One of Iceland most remote places will give you a local living feeling and the uncrowded trails. Enjoy the hospitality and local food at the Alfheimar Country Hotel. You will hike to spectacular locations like Dimmidalur, Jokuldalur, Brunavik Bay, and Stapavik Trail.
Here you have found the capital of hiking in Iceland. This tour is also known as "In the footsteps of the elves".
You will stay at our local owned, family run Álfheimar Country Hotel and enjoy the comfort of being in your hotel room with private facilities and restaurant style in the evening.
You will experience how 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 but it is still 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.
Your visit to Borgarfjörður is not soon forgotten; the amazing views, the deep fjords, the mystic elf sites and the picturesque
fishing village and it surrounding farms will stay with you for years to come. Don’t forget your camera!
Day 1: Local village and Dimmidalur hike
Arrival from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir airport morning flight. One hour drive together to Borgarfjörður to our locally owned Álfheimar Country Hotel where we will stay next 5 nights. Hike Borgarfjörður valley Info: Rather easy day, walking about 12 km and traversing 400 m of elevation. We start the day with 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 Borgarfjörður. From the village, we take sheep trails up to Dimmidalur (the Dark Valley) and Jökuldalur (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 Bakkagerði village, we walk through it, noticing its many interesting aspects and of course also visiting the queen of the elves at Álfaborg (Elf Hill).
Day 2: Brúnavík Bay
Brúnavík Bay Info: walking about 16 km and traversing 700 m of elevation. We start the day after transport to the environmentally friendly harbor of Borgarfjörður, Hafnarhólmi, to visit the puffins and other birds nesting there. Next, we hike up from the coast through vegetated mountain screes to Brúnavík pass, at 345 m, and down to Brúnavík inlet. There we visit another beach of black sand, with lots of beautiful stones lying on it, and listen to the waves. After taking our shoes off to ford the small stream, we enjoy a relaxing barefooted walk to the other end of the beach. On our way back we hike over Hofstrandarskarð pass, 321 m high, and walk beside Helgárgil colorful canyon towards Bakkagerði village.
Day 3: Stórurð Mountain Hike
East Iceland’s best-kept secret... Stórurð (Boulder Hollow) Info: A somewhat difficult hike because of gravelly areas and screes on about 15% on the way. Around 16 km. Traverses 500 m of elevation. From Vatnskarð pass (431 m), we start the day's hike by going up and crossing the mountain Geldingafjall (640 m), then continuing inland west of Súlur peaks. There are excellent views over Njarðvík, Fljótsdalshérað valley, the black sandy beach of Héraðsflói bay and perhaps even to Vatnajökull glacier and Mt. Snæfell in the eastern part of the central highlands. We then go down into Stórurð, 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 Dyrfjöll (Door Mountains) or the easy way down the valley below Rjúpnafell peak.
Day 4: Beauties of Breiðavík
Beauties of Breiðavík Info: An easy hike of about 15 km. Traverses 400 m of elevation. Transport to Afrétt and then an easy hike over moors and gravelly ground, including the light brown rhyolite around Urðarhólavatn, and farther on to Gæsavötn and Víknaheiði, before reaching Breiðavík inlet. The rhyolite mountains along the way display an incredible range of pastel colors. After a nice lunch stop, we hike up to Gagnheiði ridge (479 m), which has a viewpoint indicator and fabulous panorama. Then it is back to Bakkagerði after an eventful day with wide views over many of the area's amazing mountains.
Day 5: Stapavík trail
Stapavík to Njarðvík Info: Hike around 11 km, traverses 415 m. We 15 minutes drive from Borgarfjörður and stop at Unaós farm. We hike along Selfljót river to the seashore and to the Stapavík cove, a former unloading place for ships. From Stapavík we take a rather easy hike along Gönguskörð pass largely along an old riding trail. This was the main route between Borgarfjörður and Fljótsdalshérað valley for 1000 years until the road over Vatnskarð pass was finished in 1955. Pick up at Njarðavík farm and drive to Borgarfjörður.
Minimum age of passengers is: 12
Not included: Domestic flight from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir and from Egilsstaðir to Reykjavík.
Good hiking shoes, warm outdoor clothing and rain and wind clothes.
We offer pick-up to the following places for this experience:
Eyjar Fishing Lodge
Gistihús Olgu B&B, Tjarnarbraut, Egilsstaðir, East, Iceland
Hótel Edda Egilsstaðir
Icelandair Hotel Herad, Egilstadir, Egilsstaðir, East, Iceland
Keflavik international airport