• Hiking Iceland's Eastern Fjords

    Hike Iceland's colorful rhyolite mountains to the icebergs and waterfalls of its quintessential southern edge—only with MTS!

    Join us hiking through the stunning volcanic landscapes of Iceland in this comprehensive tour. Hike in the unexplored northeastern region, drive the scenic South Coast road, and explore the capital of Reykjavik.

    best times to go: June - August

    departures: 3 scheduled datesview departures

    pricing: from $5,495 see detailed pricing

    UK & The Far North

    Moderate to Strenuous
Also great as a private trip. Call for details

Hike Iceland's colorful rhyolite mountains to the icebergs and waterfalls of its quintessential southern edge—only with MTS!

To visit Iceland is a witness nature in its rawest form. Our hiking adventure follows the Víknaslódir trail, one of National Geographic Adventure’s “25 Most Beautiful Treks in the World.” Along the way, you’ll hike in the foothills of volcanic mountains, see lively lava fields and boulder fields, walk along gigantic glaciers, cruise among black and blue icebergs, take a scenic flight over the highlands, and experience the wildlife of verdant fjords. With a two free afternoons in Iceland’s capital city of Reykjavik, you’ll get a complete picture of this magical land. Unwind in both simple, mountain huts and in comfortable modern hotels, and we’ll make sure you board the plane home totally relaxed with a soak in geothermal hot springs!

Activities

Includes 5 full days moderate to strenuous hiking, 3 days easier touring and short day hikes

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • The only North American operator to trek in the eastern fjords--raw, remote, remarkable
  • Hike the famed Víknaslódir trail where you’ll be overwhelmed by the raw beauty of mountains, lava fields, glaciers, icebergs, and magnificent waterfalls
  • Contemplate black sand beaches, soak in sublime geothermal hot springs,and luxuriate in the famed Blue Lagoon

Duration: 10 days Start Location: Reykjavík End Location: Reykjavík

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  • Day 1 : Arrival in Iceland

    Arrive in Reykjavik, Iceland. Meet your guide at the airport, transfer to your hotel, and explore the town. Welcome dinner tonight.

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    Day 2 : Reykjavík – Egilsstadir – Lodmundarfjördur

    We’ll take an awe-inspiring flight over the Icelandic highlands to Egilsstadir to begin our three-day, hut-to-hut adventure. First hike to Lodmundarfjördur.

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    Day 3 : Lodmundarfjördur – Húsavík

    Today, we’ll visit the old chapel at the foot of the magnificent Lodmundarfjördur, walking along the seashore to Húsavík (House Bay). Hut accommodations tonight.

  • Day 4 : Húsavík – Breidavík

    Our hike brings to the foot of Mount Hvitserkur on to Breidavík (Wide Bay), with its coastal marsh, black sandy beaches, and curious seals. Hut accommodations tonight.

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    Day 5 : Breidavík – Bakkagerdi

    We’ll continue our hike across colorful rhyolite mountains to Borgarfjördur Eystri, a picturesque inlet facing the open sea. We’ll spend tonight at a simple guesthouse.

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    Day 6 : Dyrfjöll Mountains – Lake Lagarfljót

    Today we’ll hike the Dyrfjöll Mountains, passing a glacial river and brilliant green meadows. Bus transfer to Lake Lagarfljót for a night in a modern hotel.

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    Day 7 : Lake Lagarfljót – Djúpivogur – and Beyond

    Begin at Hengifoss Waterfall for a short walk and lunch. Transfer to the picturesque harbor of Djúpivogur for a walk along a bay, fjords and a lagoon known for its wild swans.

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    Day 8 : Jökulsárlón Lagoon – Skaftafell National Park (aka Vatnajökull National Park)

    We’ll cruise among the icebergs of Jökulsárlón lagoon bound for Skaftafell National Park. A short hike takes us to Svartifoss (The Black Waterfall) and the Eldhraun lava field.

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    Day 9 : Vik – Museum – Reykjavik

    Morning stroll on the beaches of Vik. Bus transfer to the Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar Museum. Arrival in Reykjavik with time to explore before dinner.

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    Day 10 : Blue Lagoon – Departure

    We’ll end our adventure in style, at the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa! We’ll soak in its steamy mineral waters on our way to the airport for homeward-bound flights.

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DATES: Best time to go: June - August Departures: Jun 27, 2015 - Jul 6, 2015 Jul 11 - 20, 2015 Aug 1 - 10, 2015

PRICING:

2015 Prices
$5,495 (5-15 members)
$300 internal air (subject to change)
$800 single supplement (5 nights of single accommodations)

  • Center Hotels Plaza
    Reykjavik

    The 180 well-appointed bedrooms are newly renovated and boast a bright modern décor with contemporary oak furnishings. Each room has its own free high speed internet connection, TV, shower, hairdryer, Tea & Coffee making facilities and much more.  Situated in the city center of Reykjavik the Plaza creates the perfect setting for your stay in Iceland.

  • Loðmundarfjörður Hut
    Lodmundarfjördur

    At this hut, there are 38 sleeping spaces in side-by-side bunk-style beds.  There is a wood stove for heating, a gas stove for cooking, a flush toilet and token-operated shower, plus the option to camp.  There is no telephone.  The hut provides sleeping pads, but you should bring your own sleeping bag for this night.  It will be transported for you each day. (Sleeping bags can also be rented from our partners in Iceland on request.  Please make this request in advance.)

  • Húsavík Mountain Hut
    Húsavík (House Bay)

    At this hut, there are 33 sleeping spaces in side-by-side bunk-style beds.  There is a wood stove for heating, a gas stove for cooking, a flush toilet and token-operated shower, plus the option to camp.  There is no telephone.  The hut provides sleeping pads, but you should bring your own sleeping bag for this night.  It will be transported for you each day. (Sleeping bags can also be rented from our partners in Iceland on request.  Please make this request in advance.)

  • Breiðavík Hut
    Breidavík (Wide Bay)

    At this hut, there are 33 sleeping spaces in side-by-side bunk-style beds.  There is a wood stove for heating, a gas stove for cooking, a flush toilet (but no shower), plus the option to camp.  There is no telephone.  The hut provides sleeping pads, but you should bring your own sleeping bag for this night.  It will be transported for you each day. (Sleeping bags can also be rented from our partners in Iceland on request.  Please make this request in advance.)

  • Hotel Blábjörg
    Bakkagerði

    Tonight’s accommodations are at a simple, friendly little guesthouse, with 4 guestrooms, each housing a bunk with upper twin and lower single, or double beds.  There are shared bathroom facilities (1 WC and 2 showers).  Beds are equipped with a blanket and pillows, so you do not need your sleeping bag on this night.

  • Hótel Hallormsstaður
    Hallormsstaður

    This hotel has 35 double bedrooms all with private bathroom. 

  • Hotel Arnanes
    Hornafirði

    Private guestrooms with private bathroom facilities.  Internet access in lobby.

  • Hotel Höfðabrekka
    Road 1, East of Vík í Mýrdal

    This hotel offers accommodation with 62 double rooms. All have private bathrooms and TV.

Properties shown are representative of the accommodations we use on this trip, may not be inclusive of all accommodations we use, and are subject to change.

Expert leadership is the key to an exciting, unforgettable experience. Our trips feature gifted leaders for whom leading trips is a true vocation. Besides showing you wonders you’d never find on your own, they make sure everything runs smoothly and safely without a hitch. They are knowledgeable about all aspects of your trip, and take great pleasure in sharing their insights with you. More than just guides, they positively elevate your experience by being teachers, companions, and the best of friends. You’ll be in good hands with them every step of the way.

  • Dagný Indriðadóttir

    Pronounced “Danny,” Dagný is native to Iceland, and has been an active hiking guide for local Icelandic clubs and tour operators for many years, and has just recently started guiding for Mountain Travel Sobek. Dagný is a proud member of Icelandic Mountain Guides Association, a guiding organization with 15 years of experience in educating, entertaining and assuring the safety of travelers from the Greenland Icecap, to the summit of Antarctica and everywhere in between. With Dagný, you are not only in good hands, we believe you are in the best of hands. Not only does Dagný know a lot about Iceland, but she can tell you all about the elves that inhabit the very woods in which you will hike – ask her!

  • Helga Maria Heidarsdottir

    Helga María has been an active guide in Iceland for local Icelandic clubs and tour operators, including the the Mountain Women of Iceland and 66°North. She is not the Head Guide for our partners in Iceland, the Icelandic Mountainguides. Helga María has just finished her first degree in Geography at the University of Iceland. Mother Nature is Helga María´s major inspiration. When she is not doing research out in the wild, she is either hiking, skiing, or running.

photo credits: ©Wolfgang Kaehler, MTS Photo File



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Many activities are optional and involve fairly easy travel. Trips may include short hikes of two to three hours or optional walks at low elevations. Includes less demanding sea kayaking and river rafting trips with Class I-II rapids.

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More active trips involving hiking over moderate terrain, usually - but not always - with vehicle support and at elevations less than 10,000 feet, or trips with long hiking days, multiple sea kayaking days, wilderness camping, or other invigorating activity. On many trips, you can elect to skip a day's activity, depending on logistics. Includes more demanding sea kayaking trips and river rafting trips with Class III rapids.

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