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Deserted Farmlands of the North Eastern Inlets

Verlassenes Farmland in den nordöstlichen Buchten Islands

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Duration: 5 days

Accommodation: Hostel and mountain huts

Meeting point: The tour starts and ends at the Egilstaðir Airport. Domestic flights and/or pick up and drop off at your hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavík can be added

Group size: 6 to 15 participants

Dauer: 5 Tage

Unterkunft: Berghütten

Gruppengröße: 6 - 15

  • Overview

    East Iceland Trekking

    East Iceland Trekking are tours that combine some of the best hiking and sights of east and southeast Iceland. They are made up of three parts that each has its own characteristics and charm. They all have in common stunning landscapes and variety in color. You will hike over green hills and between small coves, venture into one of Iceland ‘s most remote wildernesses and visit a world of glaciers and ice. With the three different parts, you may choose one section of the trek, combine two or three parts, or hike the whole East Iceland Trekking tour from the deserted farmland of the eastern coves, through the wilderness east of Vatnajökull glacier and to Skaftafell.

    Deserted Farmlands of the North Eastern Inlets

    Hiking through the magnificent landscapes of mountains and small bays of the North East 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.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Total walking distance: 75 km. (45 miles)
    Altitude: 20-800 m. (65-2625 feet)
    Ascent: Maximum 600 m. (1970 feet)

    Equipment List

    Included: Guide for 5 days, transportation in the Eastern Fjords, food for 5 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 5), sleeping bag accommodation (hostel and mountain huts), cooking gear and transfer of luggage (domestic flights between Reykjavík and Egilsstaðir are optional).

    Meeting Point: The tour starts at Egilsstaðir airport and ends at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir (or begins and ends at the airport in Reykjavík for option with domestic flights). Pick up from hotel or guest house in Reykjavík can be added for an extra fee.

    Minimum age: 16 years 

    Price with domestic flights: 202.000 ISK

    This trek can be linked with the lightweight backpacking tour "In the Shadow of Vatnajökull IMG49"

    Pick up from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik can be added for 5,000 ISK

  • Itinerary

    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.
    Distance: 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.
    Distance: 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.
    Distance: 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.
    Distance: 15km (9 mi)                        Walking time: 5-7 hrs                        Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970')/600m (1970')
     
    Day 5: Loðmundarfjörður – Seyðisfjörður
    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. Once we get down to the main road we get onto the bus that takes us back to Egilsstaðir where we arrive in time for the late afternoon flight to Reykjavík.
    Distance: 15km (9mi)                         Walking time: 5-7 hrs                        Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970')/600m (1970')

     

    *If conditions are difficult we may take a different hiking route along the coastline by Una ós- Stapavík - Njarðvík .

  • Equipment list

    Trekking Tours

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our 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. 

    Boots and Clothing:

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    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good 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. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland
    • Gloves
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat. 

    Other gear:

    • 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. 
    • Light Sleeping bag
    • 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 etc. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Gaiters
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Earplugs
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
    • Camera, spare batteries.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

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  • Übersicht

    Diese Wanderung führt durch grossartige Landschaften. Unter anderem wandern wir durch verlassenes Farmland in den nordöstlichen Buchten Islands. Es ist ein einmaliges Erlebnis. Bis anfangs der siebziger Jahre war diese Gegend bewohnt. Heute finden wir nur noch Häuserruinen und Überreste von Gehöften in diesen Buchten. Die Schafe sind die einzigen lebenden Zeugen dieser vergangenen Ära. Die Berge hier haben alle möglichen Formen und Grössen und die Vielfältigkeit der Farben ist erstaundlich: alles vom schwarzen Sandstrand bis zu rosa-orangen Farbtönen der Bergrücken. Die Gegend bietet dem Wanderer eine endlose Auswahl an alten Pfaden an. Sie führen zwischen isolierten Buchten, über farbige Hügel und in grüne Täler, die einen Überfluss an Pflanzen und Beeren anbieten.

    Schwierigkeitsgrad: mittelmässig/herausfordern
    Gehzeit: 5 bis 8 Stunden
    Distanz: Ca. 60 km
    Höhenunterschied: 100-750m pro Tag
    Max. Anstieg: 600m

  • Tagesbeschreibung

    Tag 1: Reykjavík – Egilsstaðir – Stórurð – Borgarfjörður eystri
    Frühmorgens fliegen wir von Reykjavík nach Egilsstaðir. Von Egilsstaðir geht es mit einem Bus zum Vatnsskarð Pass (ca. 90km), wo wir unsere Wanderung beginnen. Wir wandern zu dem wunderschönen Stórurð, eine bezaubernde Landschaft von Felsen versteckt unter den mächtigen Dyrfjöll Bergen. Von Stórurð steigen wir bergauf und wählen unseren Weg nördlich der Dyrfjöll, unter uns liegen atemberaubende Felswände. Wir steigen hinunter zum kleinen Elfendorf Borgarfjörður eystri, wo wir in einem Gasthof übernachten.
    Gehzeit: 6 - 8 Stunden, Aufstieg ~600m, Abstieg ~800m


    Tag 2: Borgarfjörður eystri – Brúnavík – Breiðavík
    Heute verlassen wir die Elfen, unser Ziel ist der verlassene Bauernhof in Breiðavík. Unser Pfad führt uns über eine Passhöhe nach Brúnavík, wo wir die Wellen des Nordatlantiks geniessen können. Wir wandern das Tal hinauf und erreichen den Pass Súluskarð, wo die verschiedenen Farben der angrenzenden Hügel und Bergspitzen ein Farbenspiel fürs Auge darstellen. Wir wandern über einen weiteren Pass und es wird uns klar, warum die Leute hier wohnen konnten und hier ihr Leben verbringen wollten. Die wunderschönen Landschaften, die gut geeignet für Schafszucht sind und auch die vielen Möglichkeiten, die es hier gibt, das Meer zu nutzen, sind Gründe genug. Wir richten uns in der Hütte ein und können den Abend am Strand verbringen.
    Gehzeit: 7 – 9 Stunden, Aufstieg 400m, Abstieg 400m..


    Tag 3: Breiðavík – Húsavík
    Wir verlassen die farbige Bucht Breiðavík. Um den Leirfjall herum geht es ins Gunnhildartal und von da weiter nach Húsavík. Bei gutem Wetter besteigen wir den Hvítserkur, einer der eindrücklichsten und farbigsten Berge Islands. Von unserer Hütte aus können wir eine Wanderung zur kleinen Kirche, die sich fast am Strand befindet, machen. Dort steht auch ein Bauernhof, der bis im Jahre 1974 bewohnt war. Dies war der letzte bewohnte Bauernhof in dieser Gegend.
    Gehzeit: 5 – 7 Stunden, Aufstieg ~600m, Abstieg ~600m.


    Tag 4: Húsavík – Loðmundarfjörður
    Heute verlassen wir die kleine Bucht und wandern nach Loðmundarfjörður, ein Fjord der nach dem erstem Siedler Loðmundur benannt wurde. Wir wandern unter dem eindrucksvollen Berg Skælingur und den Goðaborgir Felswände entlang. Von hier geniessen wir die unvergesslichen Blicke űber den Fjord und das Meer. Wir gehen durch die Loðmundarskriður, die vor Tausenden von Jahren entstanden sind, als der angrenzende Berg buchstäblich vorwärts geberstet ist. Wir verbringen unsere letzte Nacht in der neuen Hütte, die 2009 in der Nähe der alten Kirche gebaut wurde.
    Gehzeit: 5 – 7 Stunden, Aufstieg ~600m, Abstieg ~600m.


    Tag 5: Loðmundarfjörður – Seyðisfjörður – Egilsstaðir - Reykjavík
    Unser letzter Wandertag bringt uns űber den Hjálmárdalsheiði Pass, ein alter Handelsweg, der in der Zeit als das Loðmundarfjörður Tal bewohnt war, benutzt wurde. Wir wandern dem Fluss Hjálmá entlang und műssen ihn schliesslich überqueren. Wenn wir Glűck haben, kommen wir mit trockenen Füssen durch. Auf der Passhöhe geniessen wir die Aussicht über den schmalen Seyðisfjörður Fjord und seine beeindruckenden Berge. Unten im Fjord angekommen, endet unsere Wanderung und wir besteigen den Bus nach Egilsstaðir, von wo wir nach Reykjavík fliegen.
    Gehzeit: 5 – 7 Stunden, Aufstieg ~600m, Abstieg ~600m.

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