Where can you experience lava fields, gigantic glaciers, waterfalls, snowcapped peaks, remote sandy beaches, and an array of geothermal spectacles all on the same trip? In Iceland, one of the most magical places on Earth. On this 10-day hiking adventure to the eastern fjords, follow the spectacular Viknaslodir Trail. Along the way, cruise among black and blue icebergs, take a scenic flight over the highlands, and experience verdant fjords. Take in Iceland's cosmopolitan coastal capital, Reykjavik, and wrap up with a soak in the Blue Lagoon - Iceland's famed geothermal spa.
Bookend your trip with some free time in Iceland's cosmopolitan coastal capital, Reykjavik to explore as you wish
Hike the famed Viknaslodir Trail, showcasing mountains, lava fields, glaciers, icebergs, and waterfalls - and no cars!
Take in black-sand beaches and experience the country's geothermal wonders, including the legendary Blue Lagoon
After an early morning arrival at the airport, your MT Sobek trip leader will transfer you to the hotel, where you start the day with breakfast. Take the rest of today to relax and explore the capital city. Tonight, meet up with the rest of the group for a welcome dinner.
After breakfast, transfer to the Reykjavik domestic airport for an awe-inspiring flight over the highlands to Egilsstadir in eastern Iceland, departing at 9.15am (subject to change). The 60-minute flight includes spectacular views of Mount Hekla, the Vatnajokull ice cap, and Mount Askja. From Egilsstadir, drive to the deep fjord harboring the coastal village of Seydisfjordur, to begin the hike. Set out over green mountains and plateaus down to the uninhabited Lodmundarfjordur, which was, for many years, one of the most isolated and inaccessible communities in Iceland. Luggage will be delivered by four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Take a morning walk to the old chapel at the foot of the beautiful fjord, then along the north seashore of Lodmundarfjordur and down to Husavik (House Bay). Loðmundarfjorður fjord is an impressive valley that was once home to 100 people at the turn of the 20th century, thanks to rich farmlands and accessible fishing grounds. The hike leads through the massive Loðmundarskriður, formed thousands of years ago when the adjacent mountain literally burst forth.
Today walk from Husavik to Breidavik over an impressive pass at the foot of 1,200-ft Mount Hvitserkur - an odd formation of white rhyolite with basalt intrusions. Descend toward Breidavik (Wide Bay), a majestic place with coastal marsh, black sandy beaches, and scattered Siberian driftwood. Curious seals often come around to observe hikers.
From Breidavik, set out across the massive pastel rhyolite mountains that, depending on the way the sun catches them, turn from pink to blue to ochre. Continue the hike via Brunavik (Brown Bay) downhill to Borgarfjordur Eystri, a small picturesque inlet that faces the open sea, featuring shores dotted with charming, small houses.
Today hike in the Dyrfjoll Mountains, a perfect complement to the Borgarfjordur fjord. Have a short transfer to the trailhead just below the majestic faces of the Dyrfjoll cliffs, reaching the Storud (Big Rocky Ground), an enormous chaos of large boulders intersected by a glacial river. After marveling at this spectacular setting, continue the hike along the foothills of the mountains, meeting up with the bus for the scenic drive to Lake Lagarfljot - and on to the Hotel Hallormsstadur for the overnight.
Today transfer to the Hengifoss Waterfall, where you enjoy a walk and picnic lunch before continuing south again. Drive over the Oxi pass down to Berufjorður fjord, stopping shortly at Djupivogur village for a short walk along this picturesque harbor. Then continue west past the Lonsvik lagoon, a gathering place for thousands of wild swans and a destination for many migratory birds. After the walk, enjoy the scenic drive that passes the Cape of Whales and the imposing glacial masses as the Vatnajokull ice cap flows down from the mountains.
Today drive along the south coast enjoying views of the immense Oræfajokull glacier as it crawls across black sand. Take a 30-minute cruise among the black and blue icebergs of the Jokulsarlon lagoon. Continue westward and arrive in the Skaftafell National Park, the location of today's short hike to Svartifoss (The Black Waterfall), a famed waterfall in a horseshoe-shaped gorge. Continuing west again, come to the endless Eldhraun lava field covered with thick carpets of silvery moss.
Today's last hike of the trip is a scenic one and all downhill too! Start the day with an exciting glacier truck ride up to the starting point at 2,400 feet. From there you'll make an 8.5-mile descent, enjoying amazing views of the famous Eyjafjallajökull and Sólheimajökull glaciers, as well as the Katla volcano. The glacier-sculpted landscapes of the south coast here are truly spectacular, and you'll see everything from dazzling glaciers to black-sand beaches — you many even spot some sheep. Arrive in Reykjavik in the late afternoon and check into the hotel before your farewell dinner with the group.
After breakfast, enjoy a little time for shopping or exploring before departing Reykjavik at 11am, transferring 45 minutes south to the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa. Located in a lava field, the lagoon holds six million liters of geothermal seawater, which is renewed every 40 hours. Soak in the steamy mineral waters, or get a natural massage under the powerful waterfalls, before showering up and transferring back to the Reykjavik-Keflavik Airport for departure flights home (please schedule flights after 4:40pm).
MT Sobek has crafted a unique adventure that pairs 3 days of remote, vehicle-less hiking, with the iconic must-see highlights of the southern Ring Road!
We are the only North American operator to trek in the eastern fjords - a raw, remote, and remarkable place!
There's no better finale to this magical adventure than a soak in the famed Blue Lagoon, right before departing for your homeward-bound flight.
Our expert guides and trip leaders are truly the key to our trips' success. Many are locals who live in-country year-round; others have made it their second home—all are passionate, enthusiastic and endlessly knowledgeable. Meet a few of the guides that might be on your trip.
Hiking along volcanic mountains, cruising among glaciers and fjords, scenic flights, and rejuvenating soaks in geothermal spas.
Modern, stylish country and city hotels packed with amenities, clean comfortable wilderness huts in remote locations, and simple, friendly guesthouses.
Iceland's weather motto is "Expect Everything!" Rain is possible at any time, but have your sunglasses and shorts too!
Your trip leader will meet you outside of the customs and immigration area at the Reykjavik Keflavík International airport (KEF) between 6:30am and 7am on Day 1 of the trip.
The huts we use are basic and communal, but also clean, comfortable and rather charming. Comforts include wood-burning stoves, a gas stove for cooking, modern flush toilets, and showers (guides will pay the small fee for you).
You will need a sleeping bag for the 3 nights spent in the huts, but you may also rent our sleeping bags rather than bringing your own (let us know in advance).
There is option to camp nearby in tents, but don't expect to sleep under the stars as we will experience nearly 24-hour sunlight on this trip. Campers must set up and take down their own tents.
No. This tour takes place in summer, when there is nearly 24-hours of daylight, making the northern lights impossible to see. Departures in late August and early September might have a rare sighting during short spells of darkness.
Cellphone service depends entirely on your carrier. European mobile phones are generally usable in remote areas of Iceland because they connect to the GSM satellite network. Please contact your service provider, and ask about coverage options in northeastern Iceland.
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"This trip again reinforced how much I love traveling with MT Sobek. I look at other travel companies and nothing they offer compares."
MT Sobek Guest, Hiking Iceland's Eastern Fjords
"I met an Icelander on the plane and he was surprised at our route, saying that it's mostly locals, not tourists. Indeed, we didn't see any other groups and we all loved that!"
MT Sobek Guest, Hiking Iceland's Eastern Fjords