Núpsstaðaskógar 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 starting in Núpsstaðaskógur and heading up into the highlands along the stunning canyons of Núpsá river with its majestic waterfalls and vertical cliffs. The trails lead up onto the grassy valley of Sléttur before crossing over to the next valley filled with a huge glacier outlet flowing down from Vatnajökull icecap. 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! The path then takes us across the beautiful rhyolite mountains of Skaftafellsfjöll and over to the Morsárdalur glacier valley. After crossing this immense flood plain we reach Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park. Book this all-inclusive trip now while spots are still available for this popular classic!

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Tour Overview

  • Difficulty - Moderate




    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.

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    Jul - Aug

  • Group 319


    5 days

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    Meeting Point

    BSI Bus terminal at 7:15

  • Group 550

    Group Size

    4 - 12 participants

  • Group 65



  • 16

    Minimum age

    16 yrs

  • Group 244



  • Group 110


    Public bus

  • Group 377

    Walking per day

    5 - 9 hrs

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    Total Distance

    65 km (40 mi)

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    Max. Ascent

    450 m (1475 ft )

Guides on this Tour

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
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Practical Information