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Fantastic 7 day South East Iceland Trek

The beautiful nature of Iceland. Experienced guiding, always friendly an smiling. Fantastic group, we had much fun together.

- Merja, Finnland -

Tour type: Trekking tour from hut to hut and camping

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

Price from:  

Adult: 233000

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What's included: Guiding, transport, accommodation and full board

Duration: 7 days, 6 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts, Hostel and tent accommodation

Meeting point: Egilsstaðid domestic airport at 08:30 or Reykjavik domestic airport at 06:45 if flight is added

Group size: 6 to 15 participants

Language: English and French

Walking per day: 5 - 8 hours

Note: The tour starts in Höfn and ends in Reykjavik. Flight from Reykjavik can be added

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The colorful and remote areas of Lónsöræfi
    • Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
    • Vatnajökull National Park Skaftafell

    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.

    On this tour you combine the In the Shadow of Vatnajökull tour and The South Coast Exploration tour.

    After having explored the colorful rhyolite hills of the Lón area east of Vatnajökull we continue from Höfn to Skaftafell  and then alont the south shore to Reykjavík. We visit the famous Glacier Lagoon at Jökulsárlón on our way to Skaftafell where we stay 2 nights camping in the National Park. There we can hike one of many trails or you can add a Glacier Walk or a tour up on one of Iceland’s highest peaks to your experience. ).  On the way back to Reykjavík we will stop at the black beaches of Vík and look at the waterfalls of the south coast.

    Total distance: 85 kilometers (50 miles)
    Altitude: 20-800 meters (65-2625 feet)
    Maximum ascent: 600 m (1970 feet)

    Included in price: 

    • Qualified guide for 7 days
    • Accommodation in mountain huts dormitory style for 3 nights
    • Accommodation in a hostel in Höfn for 1 night
    • Accommodation for 2 nights in a two persons tent in Skaftafell
    • Sleeping bags (sleeping bag liners needed)
    • Meals from lunch ond ay 1 to lunch on day 7 except for the dinner in Höfn
    • Transportation from Egilsstaðir airport to Eyjabakkar and from Lón to Höfn
    • Public bus from Höfn to Skaftafell and from Skaftafell to Reykjavik

    Not included: 

    • Flights from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir (can be added)
    • Dinner in Höfn

    Meeting Point: The tour starts at Egilsstaðir airport and ends at the Reykjavík bus terminal (or begins 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.

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1:  Reykjavík – Egilsstaðir – Geldingafell
    We meet at the domestic airport in Egilsstadir in the morning. There those who came the land way meet those who came by air from Reykjavik. After getting acquainted  we get transfer into the Eyjabakkar area located east of Mt. Snæfell from where we start our hike. On this first day we follow the Eyjabakkar, the impressive riverbanks of the glacial river Jökulsá. Mt. Snæfell sits majestically on the other side of the river, perhaps even with a cover of snow. We turn east towards Geldingafell mountain at the edge of the great Vatnajökull glacier and the lush vegetation of the riverbanks gives way to the rough areas shaped by the receding glacier where the reindeer roam. Accommodation in a fully equipped hut.
    Distance: 15km (9.5mi)                    
    Walking time: 6-8 hrs                       
    Ascent: 150 m (490') 

    Day 2Geldingafell – Egilssel
    Today we hike over the mountain of Geldingafell for excellent views over the Vatnajökull glacier as well as the outlet glaciers of the area and adjacent glacier lagoons. We then follow the top of the valley of Vesturdalur before descending down to lake Kollumúlavatn where pintails can often be heard and even seen. Accommodation in a fully equipped hut, Egilssel, on the lake.
    Distance: 15km (9.5mi)                    
    Walking time: 6-8 hrs                       
    Ascent/Descent: 300 m (980')/500m (1640’) 

    Day 3:  Egilssel – Múlaskáli

    Circling the lake we come to the Tröllakrókahnaus an interesting outcrop of columnar basalt, located on the impressive Tröllakrókar cliffs. Making our way along the cliffs´ edges we enjoy the stunning views of the rock formations as well as the views to the surrounding mountains. The monotony of the basaltic landscapes soon gives way to the colorful landscapes of the rhyolite where the purple, orange and even pink colors come as a real surprise. We continue down into the valley of the glacial river Jökulsá í Lóni arriving at our hut for the night.
    Distance: 12km (7.5mi)                    
    Walking time: 5-7 hrs                       
    Ascent/Descent: 200m (650')/450m (1450’) 

    Day 4:  Múlaskáli – Eskifell – Höfn
    We start by crossing the glacial river on a foot bridge before climbing the hill of Illikambur. We should enjoy the colors of the surrounding slopes on our way up as on top yet another landscape awaits us. Following the glacial river Jökulsá í Lóni we make our way south to the old farmstead of Eskifell. Just after we cross the mighty glacial river on a foot bridge a bus awaits us and brings us to the hostel in Höfn. 
    Distance: 11km (7.0 mi)                   
    Walking time: 6-8 hrs                       
    Ascent/Descent: 250 m (820')/300m (980’) 

    Day 5:  Höfn - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Vatnajökull National Park Skaftafell
    In the morning we get on the scheduled bus that leaves from Höfn to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. There we find the famous lake, decorated with floating icebergs that have broken off the big glacier of Vatnajökull. It is possible to go on a boat tour between the icebergs (not included) or take a short walk along the shores of the lagoon. We then head on to Skaftafell where we will explore the footpaths of Vatnajökull National Park. Skaftafell is a green oasis where arctic birch and small flowers grow between the glaciers and the coast, and you get a view of Iceland‘s highest peak Hvannadalshnúkur (2110 m). Night in a tent at the camping in Skaftafell.
    Hiking: 4-5 h total

    Day 6:  Vatnajökull National Park Skaftafell
    A full day of hiking in the National Park. In the afternoon on day 2 and today there are many possibilities for hiking. We can hike up to the woods of Bæjastaðarskógur, the valley of Morsárdalur, or up to the peaks of Kristínartindar where we have superb views of the glaciers that come falling down from some of the highest mountains in Iceland. On this day there is also possible to sign up for either of these additional activities: 

    • Ascension of beautiful Hrútfjallstindar peaks (price 38.610 Isk). Please note that the hike is physically very challenging and takes up to 12-15 hours. 
    • A Glacier Walk on Svínafellsjökull, either 2 hour tour (price 9.810 ISK) or 4 hour tour (14.310 ISK). On both tours you will see a variety of glacier formations as you walk between water cauldrons, crevasses and strangely shaped ridges. 

    At the end of the day we return to you camp in Skaftafell, night in a tent. 

    Day 7:  Vík - The waterfalls of Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss – Reykjavík
    We get on the scheduled bus heading for Reykjavík. On the way we stop in Vík for a walk on the black sand beach that is dominated by coastal cliffs and rocks that rise up from the ocean. We will also make short stops at the waterfalls of Skógarfoss and Seljalandsfoss where you can walk behind the cascading water. Arrival in Reykjavík in the late afternoon/early evening.

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    03.07 - 09.07 2018 Available English/French Select
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    31.07 - 06.08 2018 Available English/French Select
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    28.08 - 03.09 2018 Two needed to confirm English/French Select

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