Núpsstaðarskógar Skaftafell

A Journey Along Many of the Most Unique Places in Iceland!

Tour code: IMG41

An Impressive Trek through Paradise

This impressive backpacking tour is considered to be an Icelandic Mountain Guides’ great classic trek. The tour offers some of Iceland’s most unique landscapes on a trail not frequented by many travelers. The trail takes you on a remarkable journey along the stunning canyons of Núpsá river, and up to the beautiful Grænalón glacier lagoon, quietly nestled between mountains and glacier. Crossing the Skeiðarárjökull glacier is a challenge rewarded by a visit to the Norðurdalur valley which some consider being one of the most unique places in Iceland, if not on Earth! On the last day, the path takes us across the beautiful Skaftafell Mountains, over to Morsárdalur glacier valley and into Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Book this all-inclusive trip now while spots are still available for this popular classic!

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty



    Demanding some effort and certain endurance. Good health and some hiking experience is required. 6-8 hours walk per day. Often involves carrying your own gear.


    Jul - Aug


    5 days

  • Meeting Point

    BSI Bus terminal at 7:15

  • Group Size

    4 - 12 participants

  • Language


  • 16

    Minimum age

    16 yrs

  • Accommodation


  • Transport

    Public bus

  • Walking per day

    6 - 9 hrs

  • Total Distance

    65 km (40 mi)

  • Max. Ascent

    450 m (1475 ft )

Customer Reviews

“This was an amazing tour. The guides are very professional, knowledgeable and cautious with safety. We had an amazing trip.”
Ekbecker, USA2018-03-07

Tour Highlights

Remarkable Canyons and Waterfalls

Amazing glacial views

Night above the Glacier

Hiking in the rhyolite mountains


  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Camping accommodation in two persons tent
  • Transport at the beginning and end of trek
  • Breakfast (4), Lunch (5), Dinner (4)
  • Safety equipment for glacier crossing

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Mattress
  • Transfer of luggage

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pick up/drop off from your accommodation in Reykjavík or nearest bus stop
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour