We meet at the domestic airport in Egilsstaðir. There those who came the land way meet those who came by air from Reykjavík (depart from Reykjavík domestic airport at 7:30). After getting acquainted we transfer into the Eyjabakkar area located east of Mt. Snæfell which is where we start our hike. We begin our first day following Eyjabakkar and the impressive river banks of the glacier river Jökulsá. Mt. Snæfell poses majestically on the other side of the river, occasionally with a bright blanket of snow capping its peaks. We then 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 freely. Accommodation in a fully equipped hut provided.
Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 8 hrs
Ascent: 150 m (490 ft)
“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.”