East Fjord's Myths and Magical Wonders Trek
3 Day Hiking Tour in the East of Iceland
Trekking in the East Fjords
A 3 day hiking trip in Borgarfjordur Eystri, located in the East Fjords of Iceland. Borgarfjordur is known as a hiking paradise with a great variety of trails and routes in its surroundings. Try the local food and meet the people of the village. Borgarfjordur is also rich with wildlife including puffins, sheep and horses. It's truly a hidden gem and will give you an authentic Iceland, off the beaten track, experience!
- 3 days
- Moderate (3/5)
- Min. Age
- 10 years
- Álfheimar country hotel
- 109 990
- Álfheimar country hotel
- Stóraurð Hallow
- Borgarfjörður Valley
- Brúnavík Bay
- Off the beaten path
- Rich with wildlife
- Local experience
What Is Included?
- Accommodation in a double room with private toilet facilities and made-up beds
- Full board
- Museum admissions
- A local guide
- All transportation
- Optional extra: Return flight from Reykjavik domestic airport to Egilsstaðir airport
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 area. Where imposing and colorful mountains meet the ocean, creating deep fjords 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.
Your visit to Borgarfjörður Eystri will be an unforgettable experience; the amazing views, deep fjords, wildlife, stunning lake, fishing village and its surrounding farms are memories and experiences that will stay with you for years to come.
Enjoy the comfort of staying at a country hotel after long days of hiking and spending time in the outdoors. All the rooms have made-up beds and private bathrooms. Towels will be provided and all meals, including a daily breakfast, packed lunch and dinner, will be taken care of.
Please note that the single supplement is required for solo travelers, so make sure to add it when booking the tour.
Local culture and knowledge:
Along the way, we will enjoy the hospitality of local people through their services, culture and knowledge of the area. Fresh food, including fish, lamb and other traditional Icelandic meals, are offered at local restaurants in the area. Bird watching is a frequent pastime on our routes and sidetracks will take us to deserted inlets that tell us the stories of the past. Borgarfjordur is known for its large population of puffins and elves (or hidden people as they are called in Icelandic).
Difficulty of the hikes:
The walks are rated as easy to moderate so anyone who is able to walk briskly for 3-4 hours can join on the tour. On the other hand, we recommend that you start exercising at least a week or two before your tour, for example by taking brisk walks of 1-2 hours, 3-4 times per week.
Elftours, a local tour operator in Borgjarfjordur Eystri operates this tour for Trek Iceland. We believe that they go by the same level of safety and environmental standards as we do.
Reykjavik - Borgarfjordur Valley
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 next 5 nights.
In the afternoon, we hike in Borgarfjordur Valley to get a aquainted 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).
We start the day the day with breakfast at the guesthouse. We then drive to the environmentally friendly harbour of Borgarfjordur, Hafnarholmi, to visit the puffins and other birds nesting there. Next, we hike up from the coast through vegetated mountain screes to Brunavik pass, at 345 m, and down to Brunavik 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 Hofstrandarskard pass, 321 m high, and walk beside Helgargil colourful canyon towards Bakkagerdi village.
East Iceland's best-kept secret... Storurd (e. Boulder Hollow)
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.
- Luggage, clothing & travel accessories
- Try to pack as light as possible and take only essentials. Keep in mind that there are limits on how much your duffel bag can weigh because the weight restrictions on international and domestic flights is usually around 20 kg.
- Day pack (30-50 liters)
- You will need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you from cold and wet weather. Wool, synthetics and wool/synthetic blends are good. We discourage the use of cotton, as this does not insulate against cold or wet conditions.
- When layering, the innermost layer should be long thermal underwear. The middle layer can be a synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer should be a synthetic jacket, and/or a good quality Gore-Tex wind/rain parka and over-pants.
- For quantities for each item listed, use your own judgment, based on the expected weather conditions and overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.
- Regular underwear. Synthetics are easier to wash and dry.
- Synthetic or wool thermal underwear
- Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
- Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
- Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
- Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Down jacket from mid-August to September (optional)
- Hiking shorts, quick-drying synthetic fabric
- Pile/fleece pants, ideal for around the camp
- Sun & rain hat
- Woolen hat
- Gloves (wool or pile)
- Waterproofed shell gloves
- Medium weight synthetic socks
- Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
- Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
- Hiking boots, medium-weight, all leather, with padded ankle, good arch support, and a lug sole traction. Your hiking boots should be waterproof, well broken in, and suitable for rocky terrain or possibly snow.
- Comfortable shoes to wear when not hiking. Optional. Teva-type sandals for river crossing. Gaiters. Highly recommended!
A guide or representative will pick you up at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir upon arrival
Please note that domestic flights are not included but can be added in the booking process. If you choose to book flights yourself, then make sure to book the first flight from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir on day 1 and the last flight on day 3 from Egilsstaðir to Reykjavik