Icelandic Tourist Board
Trek 51 - 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. This is a Trekking adventure where we stay in a cozy country hotel (meals included) and take exciting day hikes from there.
- Stóraurð e. Storaurd Hallow
- Gönguskurð e. Gonguskurd Pass
- Breiðuvík e. Breiduvik Bay
- Borgarfjörður e. Borgafjordur Valley
- Brúnavík e. Brunavik Bay
Included in price: Accommodation in a double room with toilet facilities, made-up beds, full board, museum admissions, a local guide and all transport included.
Your visit to Borgarfjordur Eystri will be an unforgettable experience; the amazing views, the deep fjords, the wildlife, the stunning lake, the fishing village and its surrounding farms will stay with you for years to come. Don’t forget your camera!
All departures with an English and German speaking guide.
*Please contact us to book the special offers in the shoulder season.
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.
Sunday 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).
Monday 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.
Tuesday 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.
Wednesday 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.
Thursday 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.
Book this incredible trekking adventure tour in East Iceland with comfortable country hotel accommodation.
Price: 175,990 ISK per person in hotel accommodation with private bathroom. Add a one-way flight for 19,950 ISK or both ways for 39,900 ISK. Add 35,000 ISK for a single supplement. Please note: single supplement is required for solo travelers *Please contact us to book special offers in the shoulder season (September).
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.
Luggage for overland journeys and trekking with assistance vehicle
Extra bag clearly marked with your name can be kept at your Reykjavik accommodation..
Day pack (30 to 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 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.
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
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!