Day 1: Meeting point is at the BSI central bus terminal. From there we take the public bus towards Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The walk starts at Dalshöfði farm about 300 km (200 mi) east of Reykjavík. Following the great river of Hverfisfljót we come to a extraordinary series of waterfalls before putting up our camp.
Distance: 10-15km (7-9mi) Walking time: 5-7hrs
Day 2: Continuing along the Hverfisfljót river we come to a great red hill, where the river cuts the side of a crater. We climb that crater and enjoy a great view towards the grand red craters of the Rauðhólar crater row. Our route then takes us through or above the Fossahraun desert at the foot of the splendid Síðujökull glacier where it will be necessary to cross several streams with swift current, or eventually climbing up on the glacier to avoid them. We camp on the banks of the Djúpá River south of the Síðujökull moraines with the green slopes of Gæsabringur just at the other side of the river.
Distance: 15-18km (9-11mi) Walking time: 7-9hrs
Day 3: To avoid the strong current of the Djúpá river, we are required to go up the Síðujökull and cross a relatively flat part of that enormous glacier. Once across we head to the red crater of Eldgígur. The next hurdle on our way is one higher branches of Djúpá before we head up the glacier carved hill dominating the Beinadalur valley (Bone Valley). There, however, our effort is rewarded with ideal campsites that can be found along the edge of relatively recent lava fields, with magnificent panoramic views towards the Vatnajökull glacier and its highest summits. Additionally, from our camp in only a few minutes walk is a fantastic hot spring to bathe in!
Distance: 15-18km (9-11mi) Walking time: 6-8hrs
*Note: The glacier landscapes are an ever changing environment so river crossings and glaciers change from year to year. Passengers must be aware that the program of the tour can and will be modified by the guide whenever necessary for the quality of the trip and security of our staff and passengers.
Day 4: The Núpsá River runs down Beinadalur, towards a series of canyons and waterfalls. At their junction with another stream is the infamous “Bone Pointe” or Beinatangi, where, sheep have perished during autumn storms, leaving scattered bones like warning signs. Below the gorges, we are greeted by the Sléttur plains that could be radiant with violet willow herb flourishing.
Distance: 10-15km (6-9mi) Walking time: 6-7hrs
Day 5: The day starts by exploring some very interesting rocks of pillow lava and rock cauldrons. Leaving the canyon, we descend into the Súludalur valley with its picturesque landmark Súla (the Pillar). The valley is abruptly cut off by recent passages of Skeiðarárjökull Glacier, thus the trail turns down as we approach the wooded Núpsstaðarskógar valley, covered with Arctic birch. We arrive here in the afternoon and meet with our transport that takes us to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. There we take the evening bus back to Reykjavík, arriving at Mjódd bus terminal at 23:15. From there a driver will take you to the center of Reykjavík, where the tour began.
Distance: 12-16km (7-11mi) Walking time: 6-7hrs