Backpacking

Lónsöræfi Trail

Explore Iceland’s remote wilderness with its deep canyons, green valleys, incredible cliffs and snow-clad peaks. This tour can be combined with the trek Víknaslóðir Trail. See all your East Iceland tour options here.

Tour code: IMG49

In the Shadow of Vatnajökull

Lónsöræfi is one of the most remote hiking areas in Iceland and it offers the unique experience of the rugged landscapes east of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. You will see the impressive power of Vatnajökull on this tour as you walk by its mark on Nature in that area; the moraine, lagoon and a riverbed.

The abundance of colors which are characteristic of the rhyolitic rocks, contrast the basaltic formations and thereby offering a real feast for the eyes and minds. Reindeers roam freely in this remote ruggedness but they are shy of humans - so admire them from a distance. Here we walk through an unbelievable variety of landscapes; deep canyons, green valleys, incredible cliffs and snow speckled peaks gently kissing the sky. Although our hiking can get somewhat challenging, our comfort isn’t compromised on this tour, as our well equipped mountain huts guarantee a certain comfortability. Along with sleeping bags or blankets, Icelandic Mountain Guides provides partially stocked supplies in these huts, limiting the weight each person has to carry to 7 to 10 kg (15 to 20 lbs). This is an extraordinarily beautiful trek in a fantastic area.

This tour can be combined with the trek Víknaslóðir Trail. Read more about all your East Iceland Trekking options.

Tour Overview

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Challenging

    Suites those that are physically active and have some background in basic travelling in mountainous terrain with a backpack. 6 - 7 hrs walks per day.

  • AVAILABILITY

    Jul - Aug

  • DURATION

    4 days

  • Meeting Point

    Reykjavik domestic airport at 6:45 or Egilsstaðir airport at 8:30

  • Group Size

    6 - 15 participants

  • Language

    English

  • 16

    Minimum age

    16 yrs

  • Accommodation

    Mountain hut

  • Walking per day

    6 - 8 hrs

  • Total Distance

    50 km (33 mi)

  • Max. Ascent

    250 m (820 feet)

Customer Reviews

“This trip showcased Iceland’s remote and rugged spaces by hiking through the Lónsöræfi region and then explored iconic glaciers, icebergs and rocky peaks in the popular Vatnajökull National Park.”
Nancy O’Hare, USA2017-09-21

Tour Highlights

Colorful Rhyolite Mountains

Hike in a Remote Wilderness

Like Minded People

Enjoying Stunning Mountain View

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
  • Transport at the beginning and end of trek
  • Breakfast (3), Lunch (4), Dinner (3)
  • Transfer of luggage
  • Sleeping bag

Not Included

  • Showers in huts (payable on site)
  • Flight (Reykjavík - Egilsstaðir/Höfn - Reykjavík)

Optional Extras

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

Practical Information