Iceland Hiking Adventure

Starting From

$4,850/person

Number of days

7

Start Location

Reykjavik, Iceland

End Location

Egilsstaðir, Iceland

Group Size

10-16

Difficulty

3/5

Operated by

Zephyr Adventures

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Iceland is currently one of the most popular travel destinations in the world – and for good reason! This beautiful country is home to a variety of stunning landscapes, including icy blue glaciers, craggy mountains, black sand beaches, and lush, green valleys. It also boasts many geothermal baths, volcanoes, incredible bird and sea life such as puffins and whales, and even a chance to spot the breathtaking but elusive Northern Lights. 

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Zephyr Adventures

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August 5 - 11, 2019

Most tourists head straight for the “Golden Circle” route in the Southwest of Iceland close to Reykjavik (which we do recommend adding on to before or after our tour as it is worth checking out!). For this trip though, we prefer the route less traveled in the east of Iceland chock full of just as spectacular scenery and hiking trails, but much fewer people.We’ll spend our days exploring coastline trails, hiking up mountainsides, descending to beautiful black sand beaches, and discovering cascading waterfalls. We’ll then come back to cozy accommodations equipped with traditional Icelandic hot tubs and saunas to melt away our stress and ease our sore muscles.

Day 1

Flights to Reykjavik arrive at all times of the day. Depending on when you arrive, we will meet you at the airport or at our hotel for the night. Since arrival times will be varied, dinner will be on your own. Our hotel is located on one of the main shopping streets so we have many cafes and restaurants within walking distance to choose from.

Day 2

This morning, we will meet in the hotel lobby or breakfast room for introductions before we head back to the airport to take a quick 1-hour flight from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir, a town famous for its natural beauty and pleasant climate. From the airport, we shuttle to a trailhead and set out on our first hike along the Hengifossá River to reach the majestic Hengifoss waterfall. Hengifoss is one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland, measuring 420 feet high, falling from the plateau into a gorge. But that's not the only waterfall for today, we will also have the chance to view the Litlanesfoss waterfall. It is flanked by intriguing basalt columns, making it unique and mesmerizing. We stop along the way, perhaps while viewing one of these incredible waterfalls, for a lovely picnic lunch.  We then head to Hallormsstaðaskógur, Iceland's largest forest to enjoy a stroll through the arboretum before heading to our hotel for the night. Dinner tonight is at the hotel's restaurant. Distances: 4 – 7 miles.

Day 3 

After a hearty, early breakfast at the hotel, we set out into the highlands to the foot of Mt Snæfell or "The Snow Mountain", the highest free-standing peak of Iceland (not counting glaciers). It is an ancient volcano created late in the last ice age. We will make the hike all the way up to the 6,000 feet summit (if conditions allow) where we'll be rewarded with staggering views of half of Iceland if it's a clear day. Distance: 4 - 5 miles with inclines.

Day 4

After yesterday's long hike, we take it a little easier with shorter walks with less of an incline. We check out of our hotel and set out in the other direction and head to Borgarfjörður Eystri. We will spend the next three nights in this quaint little town while we explore the wonders of the surrounding area by day. The Borgarfjörður region is known for its natural beauty and excellent hiking trails leading to deserted fjords and coves, untouched by mass tourism. We start with a historic walk around the small town as well as a visit to the nearby bird reserve where we might spot a puffin or two. Borgarfjörður eystri is also home to a very large population of elves, according to the regional folklore. Elves are often called the ‘hidden people’ because of how difficult it is to see them. We can walk to the hill called Álfaborg, "The Elves´Castle", where the queen of the Icelandic elves allegedly resides.  Distance: 1 - 2 miles.

Day 5

Known as one of the best hikes in the area, we'll be heading to the nearby cove of Brúnavík. We start in the harbor where we can spot puffins and other seabirds that inhabit the area. We then start our descent down through vegetated mountain screes to the splendid black sand beach and stop for another pleasant picnic lunch. After lunch, we make our way back up the valley and back to the hotel for some rest before dinner. Distance: 7 miles.

Day 6 

After breakfast, we drive to the small inlet of Húsavík.  We'll hike through green, lush valleys surrounded by fascinating peaks and spot beautiful stretches of black sand beaches below. Keep your eyes peeled as you may catch a glimpse of a playful seal relaxing on the beach or a whale bobbing out in the water. We finish our day with a delicious farewell dinner at one of the charming restaurants back in town. Distances: 6 - 8 miles.

Day 7

On our last day of tour, we set out for one more of the East's main wonders: the Stórurð (Giant Boulders). Stórurð lies beneath a small glacier west of the Dyrfjöll mountains. It consists of gigantic tuff boulders, expansive meadows, and serene ponds. After our hike, we then return to the Egilsstaðir airport to catch our return flights to Reykjavík and head home or for you pick up a rental car and extend your stay. Distance: 3 - 6 miles.

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