Hiking at End of the World

Hiker trekking on end of the world tour in Iceland
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Highlights:

  • Magnificent landscapes of mountains
  • Old trails between isolated coves and fjords
  • Magical ocean views
  • Abandoned farms and ancient farmsteads

Description:

Hiking through the magnificent landscapes of mountains and small bays of the North East is a unique experience. The mountains come in all shapes and sizes and the variety of colors is stunning; everything from the black sands of the beaches to the pinkish orange hues of the mountain ridges. The closeness to the ocean sets its mark on this tour. Each day we follow old trails between isolated coves and fjords over colorful hills and down green valleys to the sea and the drone of the North Atlantic Ocean. This combination of mountains and ocean is what makes this trek a unique one; another advantage is the milder climate that can be expected at this low altitude. The area remained populated until the early seventies and abandoned farms and ancient farmsteads set their mark on the surroundings, however, sheep may be the only living thing connecting us to those former times. Accommodation in well equipped and comfortable huts.

Daily Itinerary:

  • Day 1: Reykjavík – Egilsstaðir – Borgarfjörður Eystri
    We meet at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir, at 8:30 where those who came the land way, meet those who come by air from Reykjavík (depart from Reykjavík domestic airport at 7:30).Transfer towards Borgarfjörður Eystri, about 90 km (56 mi). Shortly before starting the climb over the pass to Borgarfjörður we get off the bus and start the day´s hike. The path leads to Stórurð*, a little oasis hidden below the magnificent Dyrfjöll mountain range. There in amazing scenery will be the setting for our lunch. We then continue our hike and make our way up along the northern side of the mountains, towards Njarðvík where we will be picked up for a short transfer to the little village of Bakkagerði. After dinner it is ideal to wander around this little village.
    Distance: 
    18km (11mi)                       
    Walking time: 
    6-8 hrs
    Ascent/Descent:
    600m (1970')/800m (2625')
     
    Day 2: Borgarfjörður Eystri – Brúnavík – Breiðavík
    Today the path leads us over a pass and down into the inlet of Brúnavík. Here we can enjoy the waves of the North Atlantic for a while before heading up into the valley and over the magnificent pass of Súluskarð where the colors of the adjacent hills and mountaintops provide a colorful feast for the eyes. From Súluskarð we head down into Kjólsvík inlet and from there over the low pass of Kjólsvíkurvarp down into Breiðavík inlet, the biggest one of these deserted inlets.
    Distance: 
    14km (9mi)                         
    Walking time: 
    7-9 hrs                     
    Ascent/Descent: 
    400m  (1315')/400m (1315')
     
    Day 3: Breiðavík – Húsavík
    We leave the colorful valley of Breiðavík and hike over the mountains, our destination the inlet of Húsavík. If weather permits we will climb the mountain Hvítserkur, one of the most amazing and colorful mountains of Iceland before descending into the narrow valley leading to the hut at Húsavík. A delightful evening walk down to the beach, to visit the quaint little church that was in full service until the early seventies is possible after dinner.
    Distance: 
    13km (8mi)                         
    Walking time: 
    5-7 hrs                     
    Ascent/Descent: 
    550m (1800')/500m (1640')

    Day 4: Húsavík – Loðmundarfjörður
    Today we continue to the valley of Loðmundarfjörður fiord. This impressive valley was home to close to a hundred people at the turn of the 20th century due to rich farmlands and accessible fishing grounds. The surrounding mountains add certain magnificence to the scene and the hike leads us through the massive Loðmundarskriður, formed thousands of years ago when the adjacent mountain literally burst forth. The hut where we spend the night is at the bottom of the fjord close to an old church.
    Distance: 
    15km (9 mi)                        
    Walking time: 
    5-7 hrs                        
    Ascent/Descent: 
    600m (1970')/600m (1970')
     
    Day 5: Loðmundarfjörður – Seyðisfjörður
    The last day of our hike takes us along the old path over Hjálmárdalsheiði, which over the centuries used to be the main thoroughfare between the Loðmundarfjörður farmlands and the Seyðisfjörður harbor and trading post. As we ascend, the mountaintops of the southern fiords come into sight and once we get to the pass of Hall, the fiord of Seyðisfjörður is in full view, very different from the fiords and inlets we have left behind. Descending into Seyðisfjörður we enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of this long and narrow fiord surrounded by majestic mountains. Once we get down to the main road we get onto the bus that takes us back to Egilsstaðir where we arrive in time for the late afternoon flight to Reykjavík.
    Distance: 
    15km (9mi)                         
    Walking time:
     
    5-7 hrs                        
    Ascent/Descent
    :
    600m (1970')/600m (1970')

    *If conditions are difficult we may take a different hiking route along the coastline by Una ós- Stapavík - Njarðvík .

Certified Tour Operator:

Icelandic Mountain Guides

Availability:

  • Summer
Duration: 5 Days

Difficulty:

  • Rated 3 out of 5 or Moderate

Pickup:

  • Yes (Note; you'll have to buy domestic flights to Egilsstaðir. Pick up from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik can be added for 5,000 ISK)

Meet on Location:

  • Yes ( The tour starts at Egilsstaðir airport and ends at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir (or begins and ends at the airport in Reykjavík for option with domestic flights). Pick up from hotel or guest house in Reykjavík can be added for an extra fee)

Minimum Age:

  • 16 years old

Ratio:

  • 6 to 16 participants
Price: ISK 178,000 for adults

Included:

  • Guide for 5 days
  • Transportation in the Eastern Fjords
  • Food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5)
  • Sleeping bag accommodation (hostel and mountain huts)
  • Cooking gear and transfer of luggage
  • Domestic flights between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir are optional

Not included:

  • Flights between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir

What to bring:

  • View recommended equipment list below

Equipment list:

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic
  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic
  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer)
  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell
  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable
  • Gloves, Socks – Wool or synthetic (two or three pairs), Warm hat
  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts (please avoid bringing a suitcase)
  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day (25 – 40L), Water container
  • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks
  • Light Sleeping bag, Towel, Sunglasses & sun protection
  • Casual clothes/change of clothes for wearing in the hut
  • Prescription medication and other personal health item
  • Walking pole(s), Gaiters, Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings
  • Pen knife, Earplugs, Sun/rain hat or caps
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
  • Camera, spare batteries, Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc
  • Slippers for indoor use
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

Departures:

  • Depart from Reykjavík domestic airport at 7:30 AM

Operates:

  • We meet at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir, at 8:30 AM

Extra's:

  • Double room in a guesthouse in Reykjavík, w. shared facilities, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 34.900 ISK pr. person
  • Double room in a three-star hotel in Reykjavík, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 42.000 ISK pr. person
  • Single room in a guesthouse in Reykjavík, w. shared facilities, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 49.600 ISK
  • Single room in a three-star hotel in Reykjavík, one night before and one night after the trip, pick up and drop off - 65.000 ISK
  • Flights (Reykjavík-Egilsstaðir, Egilstaðir- Reykjavík) - 40.000 ISK, Pick up/drop off from/to accommodation at the beginning/end of the tour - 5.000 ISK

Good to know:

  • Total walking distance: 75 km. (45 miles)
  • Altitude: 20-800 m. (65-2625 feet)
  • Ascent: Maximum 600 m. (1970 feet)

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