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!

  • Duration
  • 3 days
  • Level
  • Moderate (3/5)
  • Min. Age
  • 10 years
  • Accommodation
  • Álfheimar country hotel
  • Price
  • 109 990

Highlights

  • 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

Tour Description

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.

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Itinerary

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day

1

Reykjavik - Borgarfjordur Valley

12 km / 7.5 mi
Distance
400 m / 1312 '
Ascent

day

2

Brunavik Bay

16 km / 9.9 mi
Distance
700 m / 2296 '
Ascent

day

3

East Iceland's best-kept secret... Storurd (e. Boulder Hollow)

16 km / 9.9 mi
Distance
500 m / 1640 '
Ascent

Practical Info

  • 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