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.
- 5 days
- Min. Age
- 10 years
- Country hotel (Álfheimar)
- 175 990
- 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
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).*
A flight from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir in the morning. One hour drive to Borgarfjordur to our locally owned Elf guesthouse where we will stay next 5 nights. Hike in the afternoon to Borgarfjordur 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 Borgarfjordur. From the village, we take sheep trails up to Dimmidalur (the Dark Valley) and Jokuldalur (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).
Brunavik Bay Info: walking about 16 km and traversing 700 m of elevation. We start the day after transport 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 (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 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.
Beauties of Breidavik Info: Easy hike of about 15 km. Traverses 400 m of elevation. Transport to Afrett and then an easy hike over moors and gravelly ground, including the light brown rhyolite around Urdarholavatn, and further on to Gaesavotn and Viknaheidi, before reaching Breidavik inlet. The rhyolite mountains along the way display an incredible range of pastel colours. After a short stop on the black sands of Breidavik beach with its Siberian driftwood, we hike up to Gagnheidi ridge (479 m), which has a viewpoint indicator and fabulous panorama. Then it is back to Bakkagerdi after an eventful day with wide views over many of the area's amazing mountains.
Stapavik to Njardvik Info: Hike around 11 km, traverses 415 m. We drive 15 minutes from Borgarfjordur and stop at Unaós farm. We hike along Selfljot river to the seashore and to the Stapavik cove, a former unloading place for ships. From Stapavik we take a rather easy hike along Gonguskord pass largely along an old riding trail. This was the main route between Borgarfjordur and Fljdtsdalsherad valley for 1000 years, until the road over Vatnskard pass was finished in 1955. Pick up at Njardavik farm and drive to Borgarfjordur. In the afternoon, we will drive back to Egilsstadir village where we'll catch an evening flight 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 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