Backpacking

In the Shadow of Vatnajökull

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

Discover the Majestic Wilderness in the Remote East

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. Reindeer's 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. We have stored sleeping bags in the huts, limiting the weight each person has to carry to 8 to 12 kg (17 to 26 lbs). This is an extraordinarily beautiful trek in a fantastic area.

This tour can be combined with the trek Víknaslóðir Trail.

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, USA — 2017-09-21

Tour Highlights

Colorful Rhyolite Mountains

People hiking the beautiful Lonsoreafi area in Iceland with colorful mountains in the background

Hike in a Remote Wilderness

Group photo of hikers doing Lonsoraefi trek and a glacier in the background

Like Minded People

A hiker looking at an outlet glacier flowing down from the ice cap in the distance

Enjoying Stunning Mountain View

Included

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

Not Included

  • Flight (Reykjavík - Egilsstaðir/Höfn - Reykjavík)

Optional Extras

  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Practical Information