ICELAND – Crossing the East Fjords
This crossing is one of the most beautiful trips not only in Iceland but also in Europe. The eastern tip of Iceland offers you plenty of places to go away from civilisation, abandoned black volcanic beaches of the North Atlantic Ocean, deep valleys, rhyolite mountain ranges, beautiful blue fjords. The only living creatures that you can meet here are the wild boars, the sheep that farmers have launched on pastures throughout the summer, and the rich abundance of birds. You will be accommodated in well-equipped cottages. There are no great sports performances on this trek, it is slow and with breaks, enjoying the beauty of untamed nature. Summer in Iceland is nice, not very hot but not too cold. The temperature is about 15 degrees Celsius. But as in all Mountain, it is also necessary here to have raingear and warm clothing (gloves, cap and thermal underwear are recommended).
June 2020 possible departure
July 2020 possible departure
August 2020 possible departure
The dates can be also flexible, arranged on your request
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Moderate
Group Size Medium Group
Duration: 5 days of Trekking in East Fjords ( 3 days driving the South coast from East to West – back to Keflavík Airport, 1 day we spend in the Capital town Reykjavik, so we count 9 days for the entire trip)
Accommodation: in mountain huts
Group size: 5 to 15 participants per Guide
Walking time per day: 5-8 hours
Total length of the hiking route: 75km (45 miles) approx. 15 km per day
Included in the price are:
- domestic flight ticket Reykjavik – Egilstadir
- professional english, slovak, german speaking guide for 8 days
- transport in the East Fjord from the airport and back to the airport
- transport of luggage and food from hut to hut
- lodging in the cottages with own sleeping bag
- full board (lunch as lunchpackets).
The price does not include:
- return flight to and from Iceland (we are happy to arrange it for you)
- your personal insurance, but we are happy to provide it for you, we highly recommend ALPENVEREIN, please arrange an insurance that includes also helicopter assistance
- your own gear but we are happy to rent it for you
- circumstances for example another night in hotel when delay of flight etc.
- Cost incurred from natural disaster or unfamiliar circumstances
Arrival in Iceland and short sightseeing tour in Capital town Reykjavik
2. Day: Domestic flight Reykjavík – Egilsstaðir + Bus to Borgarfjörður Eystri
We move to Borgarfjörður Eystri, about 90 km (56 miles). Our tour begins with the path to Stórurð, a small oasis hidden under the beautiful mountains called Dyrfjöll – the gate of the mountains. There in this beautiful scenery where we make a picnic. We will continue on the north side of the mountains, below the cliffs and across the huge boulders that the glacier has laid down here. Our tour ends for this day in the fishing village of Bakkagerði (it has only 100 inhabitants and is located in a bay away from other civilizations). In summer we can admire the Puffins here.
Distance: 18km (11mi). Walking time: 6-8 hours Out/descending: 600m
3. Day: Borgarfjörður Eystri – Brúnavík – Breiðavík
Today we go through a saddles down to a nice bay. Here we can enjoy the waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, before we go up the valley and saddle with a magnificent view of the colorful rhyolite mountains. From there we go further down to a bay that is the largest in these deserted lands.
Distance: 14km (9mi) Walking time: 7-9 hours Output/descending: 400m
4. Day:Breiðavík – Húsavík
We leave the colorful valley behind and we go through the mountains to the next bay. If the weather allows us, we’ll come out on Mount Hvítserka, one of Iceland’s most beautiful and colorful hill, before descending into the narrow valley leading to the chalet. In the evening, we can go for a pleasant walk down the black volcanic beach and see an interesting church where the masses were held in the past.
Distance: 13km (8mi) Walking time: 5-7 hours Output/descending: 550m
5. Day : Húsavík – Loðmundarfjörður
Today we will continue on the valley of a great fjord. The charming valley was home to about a hundred people in the early twentieth century, due to fertile farmland and easily accessible fishing areas. The surrounding mountains give the scenery a delight and our tour takes us to the Loðmundarskriður massif formed thousands of years ago. The cottage we spend this night is at the foot of a fjord near an old church.
Disctance: 15km (9mi) Walking time: 5-7 hours Output/descending:600m
6. Day: Loðmundarfjörður – Seyðisfjörður
The last day of our trip will take us along the old footpath via Hjálmárdalsheiði, which during the century was the main traffic artery between the farms at the Loðmundarfjörður Fjord and the pristine town of Seyðisfjörður. As we rise, we begin to see the peaks of the Southern Fjords, and when we finish the saddle of Hall, we see the whole Seyðisfjörður fjord, quite different from the other fjords we have seen so far. Descending to Seyðisfjörður we will have beautiful panorama of this long and narrow fjord. After descending down to the fjord, we spend the night in this magical town at the end of the world.
Distance: 15km (9mi) Walking time: 5-8 hours Descent: 600m
7. & 8. Day
7. a 8. Day: Move to the beautiful south coast
In the morning, we’ll pick up the car and head east from the entire southern coast of Iceland and the next day with stops at the most beautiful places but also in a few commercial locations. There are combinations of natural beauties such as glacier lagoon, a “diamond” beach, views of the glacier and waterfalls. We also stop at the beautiful Jökulsárlón.
9. Day: Home journey, we hope just with great memories of this beautiful “Iceberg” Iceland
- Thermal underwear (shirt and long johns) synthetic or wool
- Light sweater, wool or fleece
- Light and thin quick drying pants. Wind resistant
- Waterproof breathable jacket
- Waterproof breathable pants
- Primaloft or thin downjacket
- Thin gloves, synthetic or wool
- Mittens, thick ones, synthetic or wool
- Hat and buff
- Socks, synthetic or wool
- Hiking boots. The boots should be high enough to provide good ankle support (no sneakers please!)
- Backpack 30-50 liters
- Sun protection
- Sunglasses with sufficient UV-protection.
- Thermosbottle and waterbottle
- Hiking poles are recommended
- Sleeping bag to sleep indoor
- Alpenverein insurance highly recommended (i am happy to arrange it for you)