Trails of the East - IMG349

Combine two tours for a complete experience of East Iceland

The tour exceeded my expectations with the beauty of Iceland, the knowledge and friendliness of our guide. I can't think of any improvements that would satisfy me further.

- William, Canada -

Tour type: Trek from hut to hut with luggage transport (5 days) and without luggage transport (4 days)

Difficulty:

EASY

HARD

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Adult: 310000

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What's included: Guiding, transport, accommodation, full board and luggage transport during first 5 days

Duration: 9 days 8 nights

Accommodation: Hostel and Mountain Huts

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

Group size: 6 to 15 participants

Language: English, German and French

Walking per day: 5 - 8 hours

Note: The tour starts in Egilsstaðir and ends in Höfn. Flights from and to Reykjavik can be added

  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • The rock formatons of Stórurð
    • The night in the pretty little fishing town of Seyðisfjörður
    • Remote areas
    • Colorful mountains

    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 Hiking at the End of the World trek and the lightweight  backpacking tour In the Shadow of Vatnajökull for a complete experience of East Iceland. It starts with an assisted trek along the coast and between the deserted inlets of the Víknaslóðir area, a land of colorful hills and green valleys where the ocean is always close by. Each day the trail takes you between fjords and coves, over colorful hills and green valleys. The huts are located close to the ocean perfect for an evening walks along the beach. After an night in Egilsstaðir the second part of the trek  starts by transfer to Eyjabakkar just north of Vatnajökull from where the trail takes you into the highlands east of the Vatnajökull glacier. Here the trail lies through an area where the colors characteristic of the rhyolitic rocks offer a real feast for eyes. This part is a lightweight backpacking trek and you need  to carry your luggage and some fresh food but the mountain huts have sleeping bags and some supplies. This is an extraordinary combination of two unique tours to one of Icelands most remote and untouched regions. A feast for both the eyes and minds of hikers looking for pure wilderness!

    Total distance: 125 kilometers (78 miles)
    Altitude: 20-800 meters (65-2625 feet)
    Maximum ascent: 600 m (1970 feet)

    Included: Guide for 9 days, food during the tour (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 9 except for dinner on day 5). Transportation: Transportation from Egilsstaðir to the Eastern Fjords, from the Eastern Fjords to Egilsstaðir and from Lón to Höfn and transfer of luggage during part 1 of the tour. Accommodation: Sleeping bag accommodation (hostel and mountain huts), Sleeping bags are included in the mountain huts on the second part of the tour, passengers are advised to bring sleeping bag liners.

    Meeting point: The tour starts in Egilsstaðir and ends at Höfn (for option including domestic flights the tour begins and ends at the domestic airport in Reykjavík). 

    You can add a pick up and drop off at your accommodation in Reykjavík at the beginning/end of the tour for extra fee.

    Minimum age: 16 years

  • Tour Itinerary

    Day 1: Reykjavík – Egilsstaðir – Borgarfjörður Eystri
    Meet the guide at the domestic airport in Reykjavik for an early morning flight at 08:30  to Egilsstaðir and 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, to Njarðvík where we will be picked up for 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 hike of the day 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 vehicle that takes us into the charming little town of Seyðisfjörður where we spend the night. Dinner in one of the town's restaurants (not included).  We have time to sort our luggage and pack what we need for the next 5 days backpacking trek. The rest of our luggage will be sent to Höfn the next day. 

    Distance: 15km (9mi)                       
    Walking time: 5-7 hrs          
    Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970')/600m (1970') 

    Day 6:  Seyðisfjörður – Geldingafell
    Morning transfer to Egilsstaðir where we pick up our supplies and then onwards 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 7:  Geldingafell – 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 8:  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 9:  Múlaskáli – Eskifell – Hornafjörður
    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 to bring us to Hornafjörður.
    Note that accommodation in Höfn is not included but can be added for extra cost (depending on availability).

    Distance: 11km (7.0 mi)                   
    Walking time: 6-8 hrs                       
    Ascent/Descent: 250 m (820')/300m (980’)

  • Equipment List

    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:

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – 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, light and quick drying 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. 
    • Light Gloves – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down).

    Other gear:

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts for the first part of the tours (day 1-5). Please avoid bringing a suitcase
    • Backpack – 40-60 liters / 2500 - 3700 cu in – you will need about 5 - 10L  free for fresh foods for second part of the tour (day 5-9).
    • 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 for first part of the trek (day 1-5) - liner reccommended for second part of the trek.
    • Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland so a pre charged power bank is a better option. Charging your electronics in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Having converters adapters for 220 V and/or USB will help.
    • Towel – light and packable. 
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items. 
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, earplugs and etc.
    • Change of clothes for wearing in the huts. 
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Earplugs
    • Walking pole(s).

    Optional gear:

    • Gaiters
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. 
    • Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Heart-warming spirits.
    • Sun/rain hat or a cap
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
    • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
    • Slippers for indoor use
    • Pillow or pillow case (to wrap around your warm sweater or down jacket for a pillow)
    • Book - to read during the evenings
    • Music - and head phones
    • Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel
    • Cash – for the showers, a shower normally costs about 500 ISK
    • Powder drink mix – Icelandic water is great – but you might like a bit of variety. Some also contain vitamins and minerals that help your body after a hard day
    • Travel pillow – as long as it is not very bulky, other ways you can just use your clothes

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

    Our Gear Lexicon for trekking tours has more information on gear. Please note that IMG 49 does not have baggage transport like other IMG Trekking tours. All gear and extra clothing is carried from hut to hut. The huts have been supplied with storable food and sleeping bags. Only limited fresh items need to be carried. 

  • Gear Lexicon

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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    28.06 - 06.07 2018 Available English/French Select
    12.07 - 20.07 2018 Two needed to confirm English/French Select
    19.07 - 27.07 2018 Available English/German Select
    26.07 - 03.08 2018 Available English/French Select
    09.08 - 17.08 2018 Two needed to confirm English/French Select
    16.08 - 24.08 2018 Available English/German Select
    23.08 - 31.08 2018 Two needed to confirm English/French Select
    30.08 - 07.09 2018 Available English Select

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