Trekking the Mystical East Fjords - 5 Day Tour

Hiking in Remote Nature Settings and Experiencing Authentic Iceland

Trekking the East Fjords of Iceland

We will spend our five-day hiking trip exploring Iceland's awe-inspiring mystical East Fjords and the hidden gems of Viknaslodir, or the Deserted Inlets in and near Borgarfjordur Eystri. Borgarfjordur is known for its rich wildlife including puffins, sheep and horses. This is a Trekking adventure where we stay in a cozy country hotel (meals included) and take exciting day hikes from there. Furthermore, it's a great opportunity to meet the local people and try local food.

  • Duration
  • 5 days
  • Level
  • Challenging
  • Min. Age
  • 10 years
  • Accommodation
  • Country hotel (Álfheimar)
  • Price
  • 175 990

Highlights

  • Víknaslóðir
  • Borgarfjörður Eystri e. Borgafjordur Valley
  • Stóraurð e. Storaurd Hallow
  • Gönguskurð e. Gonguskurd Pass
  • Meet the locals
  • Breiðuvík e. Breiduvik Bay
  • Brúnavík e. Brunavik Bay
  • Puffins and bird watching
  • Authentic Icelandic 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 five day hiking trip exploring Iceland's awe-inspiring East Fjords and the hidden gems of Viknaslodir, or the “Deserted Inlets”, in and near the Borgarfjordur Eystri region. There the imposing and colorful mountains meet the ocean creating deep fjords littered with secluded alcoves along magnificent coastlines. Among Icelanders the vicinity of Borgarfjordur 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 Alfaborg fortress (Elf-hill) their queen has long resided, governing and watching over her realm. A short walk from the hotel you can find an excellent bird watching facility at Hafnarholmi, by the harbour, where you can get up close to puffins, kittiwakes and other various birds.

Get off-the-beaten-track and escape the city to this charming village in the East of Iceland with only around 100 inhabitants. Enjoy the comfort of returning to your hotel room after a long day of hiking. Relax, visit the local spa or simply just indulge in the beauty surrounding you.

Borgarfjörður has an authentic Iceland feel to it due to its remote locations. You will be far away from mass-tourism and big crowds, it's your chance to get away and go off-the-beaten-path. Meet the locals and try the local food, pet the horses and sheep and get up-and-close with puffins at Hafnarhólmi bird watching station. This tour will give you a unique and homey experience of the remote countryside in Iceland.

Your visit to Borgarfjordur Eystri will be an unforgettable experience; the amazing views, deep fjords, wildlife, stunning lake, fishing village and its surrounding farms will stay with you for years to come.
Don’t forget your camera!

*Please note: single supplement is required for solo travelers*

Local culture and knowledge:
Along the way, we will enjoy the hospitality of local people through their services, their knowledge of the area and its culture and their fresh food at their local restaurants. Bird watching is a frequent pastime on our routes, and sidetracks will take us to deserted inlets that tell us the story of a past far removed from mobile phone contacts.

* Special offers available in shoulder season (September), please contact us to get more details. Northern Lights start showing around the 20th of August so the end of August and September is a great time to be far away from the city lights.*

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.

Book this incredible trekking adventure tour in East Iceland with comfortable country hotel accommodation.

*Please contact us to book special offers in the shoulder season (September).*

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Itinerary

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day

1

12 km / 7.5 mi
Distance
3 hours
Hiking Time
400 m / 1312 '
Ascent

day

2

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

day

3

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

day

4

15 km / 9.3 mi
Distance
400 m / 1312 '
Ascent

day

5

11 km / 6.8 mi
Distance
415 m / 1361 '
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 meet you at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir.

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