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Iceland Eastern Fjords Hiking

The Viknaslodir Trail, Reykjavik & the Blue Lagoon

 

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, hop on a scenic flight over the highlands, and explore 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.

  • Enjoy some free time in Reykjavik to explore this cosmopolitan capital at your own pace

  • 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

Arrive:

Reykjavik, Iceland

Depart:

Reykjavik, Iceland

Price: from $8,295

Duration:

10 Days

Departures:

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Group Size:

4-16 Guests

Min Age:

18 yrs

Activity:

Level 3

During the first part of this trip, the hikes can be long - up to 8 hours. However, we will also have some good R&R when we stay in huts. Towards the latter part of the trip, there is less hiking as we spend more time in the bus with more sights and shorter hikes.
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  • Arrive in Iceland

    Day 1

    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.

    Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavik-Reykjavik, Iceland

    This stylish, centrally located hotel - Iceland's largest - provides great city and waterfront views, and offers a luxury spa, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. There's also an on-site beer garden and Haust, a top-rated restaurant offering fresh, innovative cuisine. Comfortable rooms are equipped with all the expected amenities, including a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower.

    Transportation: 40-minute private bus transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

  • Fly to Egilsstadir & Hike to Lodmundarfjordur

    Day 2

    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.

    Accommodation: Lodmundarfjordur Hut-Lodmundarfjordur, Iceland

    The scenic location is the highlight of the otherwise basic but clean and comfortable Loðmundarfjorður Hut, which has 38 sleeping spaces in side-by-side bunk-style beds. There's a wood stove for heating, a gas stove for cooking, a flush toilet and token-operated shower, plus the option to camp. The hut provides sleeping pads, but it's best to bring your own sleeping bag.

    Activity: 5-6 hours/8 miles hiking with 1,800' elevation gain/loss

    Transportation: 1-hour flight transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike from Lodmundarfjordur to Husavik

    Day 3

    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.

    Accommodation: Husavik Mountain Hut-Husavik (House Bay), Iceland

    Located in an isolated coastal inlet, Husavik Mountain Hut offers 33 sleeping spaces in side-by-side bunk-style beds. It's equipped with a wood stove for heating, a gas stove for cooking, a flush toilet and token-operated shower, plus the option to camp. The hut provides sleeping pads, but it's best to bring your own sleeping bag.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/8.5 miles hiking with 1,400' elevation gain/loss

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Walk from Husavik to Breidavik

    Day 4

    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.

    Accommodation: Breidavik Mountain Hut-Breidavik (Wide Bay), Iceland

    Scenically located amid a backdrop of rugged hills, the Breiðavík Mountain Hut offers 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. The hut provides sleeping pads, but it's best to bring your own sleeping bag.

    Activity: 4-5 hours/8.5 miles hiking including two passes at 1,000' and 1,500'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Walk from Breidavik to Bakkagerdi

    Day 5

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Blabjorg Bakkagerdi, Iceland

    This simple, friendly little guesthouse has just four guest rooms, each featuring a bunk with upper twin and lower single, or double beds. Bathroom facilities, including one WC and two showers, are shared. Tonight the beds are equipped with a blanket and pillows, so you will not need your sleeping bag tonight.

    Activity: 6 hours/8-10 miles hiking two passes at 1,000' and one pass at 1,300'

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Hike in the Dyrfjoll Mountains & Head to Lake Lagarfljot

    Day 6

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Hallormsstadur Hallormsstadur, Iceland

    Nestled in a forest area by Lake Lagarfljot, the modern Hotel Hallormsstaður is surrounded by scenic hiking trails close to one of the largest nature reserves in Europe. Its comfortable double bedrooms all have private bathrooms, plus there is Wi-Fi access.

    Activity: 6 hours/8.5 miles hiking two passes at 300' and 1,000'

    Transportation: 1.5 hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Take In the Village of Djupivogur & Head to Hofn

    Day 7

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Hofn-Hofn, Iceland

    Located in the charming coastal town of Hofn, this comfortable hotel offers local cuisine and modern rooms with private bathrooms and flat-screen TVs. Guests can also enjoy free Wi-Fi.

    Activity: 2 hours/3 miles hiking with 100' gain

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Cruise on Jokulsarlon Lagoon & Hike Skaftafell National Park

    Day 8

    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.

    Accommodation: Hotel Katla-Vik, Iceland

    Located near Vik i Myrdal, this country hotel features spacious guest rooms with stunning views of the Myrdalsjokull Glacier, outdoor geothermal hot bathtubs, and a fitness center. Guests can enjoy free Wi-Fi in the lobby area. A hotel bar is available for after dinner drinks.

    Activity: 2-mile/1-hour easy hike

    Transportation: 30-minute boat cruise & 3.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Panoramic Glacier Hike & Farewell Dinner

    Day 9

    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.

    Accommodation: Fosshotel Reykjavik-Reykjavik, Iceland

    This stylish, centrally located hotel - Iceland's largest - provides great city and waterfront views, and offers a luxury spa, fitness center, and free Wi-Fi. There's also an on-site beer garden and Haust, a top-rated restaurant offering fresh, innovative cuisine. Comfortable rooms are equipped with all the expected amenities, including a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with shower.

    Activity: 5 hours/8.5 miles walking with 2,400' elevation loss

    Transportation: 3.5-hour private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Soak in the Blue Lagoon & Depart from Reykjavik

    Day 10

    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 5:00pm).

    Transportation: 45-minute private van transfer

    Meals: Breakfast

Iceland Eastern Fjords Hiking

Detailed Itinerary

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What to Expect

 

Why take this trip with us?

Reason #01

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!

Reason #02

We are the only North American operator to trek in the eastern fjords - a raw, remote, and remarkable place!

Reason #03

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.

Meet your guides

Elisabet Atladottir

Elisabet Atladottir

After having many indoor jobs, the idea of working outside and exploring nature and different parts of Iceland motivated Elísabet to become a guide. She loves spending time outdoors, seeing great views, hiking, climbing, running, camping and almost everything that involves being in beautiful landscape. She also has an arty side and enjoys drawing, painting and photographing. Hike with Elísabet on MT Sobek's popular Iceland's Eastern Fjords adventure.

Dagny Indrioadottir

Dagny Indrioadottir

Dagný enjoys taking time to explore the wonders of Iceland, whether guiding, traveling or working as a warden in a remote mountain hut. She is a folklorist with a degree in gender studies, and loves sharing her home country with travelers on all different kinds of trips-from hut-to-hut hikes and cross-country skiing adventures to bird-watching tours. In her spare time Dagný likes to travel to faraway countries to hike, climb in the mountains, and soak in a different cultures.

Ivar Finnbogason

Ivar Finnbogason

Ívar is a legend! He is one of Iceland's best and most active mountaineers and ice climbers, and a lead guide for all glacier and mountaineering operations of the Icelandic Mountain Guides (IMG). Apart from managing IMG's glacier walks operations, Ívar guides shorter expeditions, like the Vatnajölull Crossing Expedition, ski-touring and climbing trips. He's also been guiding some challenging objectives IMG has undertaken abroad, such as Mont Blanc, Elbrus, and Mt. Vinson. You can hike with Ívar on MT Sobek's adventure through Iceland's eastern fjords.

Activities

Hiking along volcanic mountains, cruising among glaciers and fjords, scenic flights, and rejuvenating soaks in geothermal spas.

Lodging

Modern, stylish country and city hotels packed with amenities, clean comfortable wilderness huts in remote locations, and simple, friendly guesthouses.

Climate

Iceland's weather motto is "Expect Everything!" Rain is possible at any time, but have your sunglasses and shorts too!

FAQ

Who will meet me on arrival?

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.

What are the Icelandic huts like on this 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).

Do I need to bring my own sleeping bag for sleeping in the huts?

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).

Is there another option besides sleeping in the communal huts on this trip?

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.

Will I see the northern lights?

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.

Is there cellphone reception during the hut-to-hut portion of this trip?

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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2021

Scheduled Dates

  • Jul 24 - Aug 02, 2021
    $8,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$350 internal airfare+$850 single supplement
    Limited SpaceConfirmed
  • Aug 15 - 24, 2021
    $8,295 price per person dbl occ
    +$350 internal airfare+$850 single supplement
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Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection other than the basic medical and evacuation protection noted above

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Price Includes

  • Expert leadership from experienced adventure guides
  • Accommodations as noted in the itinerary
  • Meals as noted in the daily itinerary
  • Potable water and snacks throughout
  • 1 glass of wine or beer at dinner
  • All group entrance fees, activities, and ground transportation
  • Arrival and departure day group airport transfers

Price Does Not Include

  • International airfare, any airport taxes, or excess baggage charges
  • Lunch on Day 1
  • Optional tips to your adventures guide(s) and driver(s)
  • Personal expenses such as medical immunizations, phone calls, laundry, or souvenirs
  • Airport transfers if arriving outside of the group transfer
  • Optional travel protection other than the basic medical and evacuation protection noted above

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