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5 days - Enjoy a superb group walk off the beaten track in Iceland.
Hiking through the magnificent landscapes of the North Eastern inlets 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.
- Day 1
- Reykjavík – Egilsstaðir – Borgarfjörður Eystri
- Day 2
- Borgarfjörður Eystri – Brúnavík – Breiðavík
- Day 3
- Breiðavík – Húsavík
- Day 4
- Húsavík – Loðmundarfjörður
- Day 5
- Loðmundarfjörður – Seyðisfjörður - Reykjavik
- Start/End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland
- Country Visited
- 5 Days
- Group Size
- 6 - 16
Domestic Flights between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir, Small bus
- Experienced and qualified guide
- Mountain hut and hostel sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
- Transport at the beginning and end of trek
- Breakfast (4), Lunch (5), Dinner (4)
- Transfer of luggage
- Domestic Flights between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir return
Total walking distance: 75 km. (45 miles)
Altitude: 20-800 m. (65-2625 feet)
Ascent: Maximum 600 m. (1970 feet)
Regarding showers in the huts: There is an additional cost for showers in all the huts except on the first night in Borgarfjörður Eystri. The showers costs 500 ISK pr. shower for approximately 5 min and you can only pay cash. It is possible to exchange to coins from the wardens. You will also need to pay a very small amount to recharge batteries along the way.
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.
TransportationDistance: 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.
TransportationDistance: 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.
TransportationDistance: 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.
TransportationDistance: 15km (9 mi) Walking time: 5-7 hrs Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970')/600m (1970')
Day 5 - Loðmundarfjörður – Seyðisfjörður - Reykjavik
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. Afer Arriving in Seyðisfjörður we get on to a bus that takes us back to Egilsstaðir from where we take a flight back to Reykjavík.
All prices listed are per person.
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This tour starts and ends in Egilsstaðir. Domestic flights from and to Reykjavik can be added. Pick up from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík at the beginning of the tour can be added for an extra fee.
Please note that some of the accommodation is in Mountain huts in remote Iceland. This is shared accommodation, and you will need to bring your own sleeping bag (can be rented in Iceland, - the price for a sleeping bag with sleeping bag linen is 7.500 ISK.).
Please note that this includes the domestic flights. Minimum age is 16 years.
All the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have dormitories with single and twin bunkbeds and/or mattresses and participants must be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.
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Practical Information - Iceland tours & treks
For all our tours bring warm clothing, thick sweaters and a waterproof shell, and wear good shoes. For those who need, we can provide clothing, just ask when you book the tour or the guide before the tour starts. All specific gear such as crampons and ice axes for glacier walking and helmets for caving is always provided.
The Icelandic climate is rough and very variable and so is the terrain. We therefore reserve the right to alter and modify the program at any time during the trip to assure the safety of our clients and staff. Our well trained guides will do their very best to assure you a safe and pleasant journey.
Boots and Clothing:
- Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with 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, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable.
- Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland.
- Light Gloves – Wool or synthetic (polypropylene / polyester).
- Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
- Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.
- 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 (1500 – 2500 cu in)
- 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. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job.
- Sleeping bag – for camping tours we recommend a 3 season sleeping bag and a inflatable thermarest.
- Towel – light weight and packable.
- Sunglasses & sun protection.
- Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
- Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut.
- Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
- Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
- Prescription medication and other personal health items.
- Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc.
- Walking pole(s).
- Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.
- Pen knife.
- Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
- Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
- Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
- Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films.
- Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
- Slippers for indoor use.
- Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.
For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of the equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.
Travel insurance is compulsory for all tours with 50 Degrees North. Please ensure that you have this organised as we will need to see proof of this upon issuing your tour documentation. Please contact us for a quote or visit http://www.suresave.net.au/