In the Footsteps of Elves

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Description

A 5 day hiking trip from Borgarfjörður Eystri in East Iceland.


Trip difficulty: 3 of 5 possible. Moderate.

Tour Highlights:
  • Stóraurð Hallow
  • Gönguskurð Pass
  • Breiðuvík Bay
  • Borgarfjörður Valley
  • Brúnavík Bay

We will spend our five day hiking trip exploring Iceland's awe-inspiring east fjords and the hidden gems of Víknaslóðir, or the “Deserted Inlets” in and near the Borgarfjörður Eystri. There the imposing and colorful mountains meet the ocean creating deep fjords littered with secluded alcoves along magnificent coastlines. Among Icelanders the vicinity of Borgarfjörður is known for its great natural beauty and incredible hiking routes, as well as being untouched by mass-tourism. This isolated region is also considered to be a central province of the elves. In the Álfaborg fortress (Elf-hill) their queen has long resided, governing and watching over her realm.

Book this incredible trekking adventure tour in East Iceland with hotel accommodation.

Your visit to Borgarfjörður Eystri will be an unforgettable experience; the amazing views, the deep fjords, the wildlife, the stunning lake, the fishing village and its surrounding farms will stay with you for years to come. Don’t forget your camera!

All departures with an English and German speaking guide.

Please note: single supplement is required for solo travelers

*Please contact us to book the special offers in the shoulder season. 

Rough itinerary:
Day 1: A morning flight from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir. A drive to Borgarfjörður Eystri. A hiking tour. 
Day 2 to day 5: Hiking in the Borgarfjöður Eystri area. Evening flight from Egilsstaðir to Reykjavík on day 5. 

Local culture and knowledge:
Along the way we will enjoy the hospitality of local people through their services, their knowledge of the area and its culture and their fresh food at their local restaurants. Bird watching is a frequent pastime on our routes, and sidetracks will take us to deserted inlets that tell us the story of a past far removed from mobile phone contacts. 

Difficulty of the hikes:
The walks are easy to moderate, so that anyone able to go for 3-4 hours brisk walk can join the tour. On the other hand we recommend that you exercise during at least the week or two before your tour, for example by taking brisk walks of 1-2 hours, 3-4 times per week. Please read the following brief description of the daily program.
 
Disclaimer: All hiking trips are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents which are caused by its customers or can be traced to there own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.

Cancellation policy
Multiday and trekking Tours
Cancellation fee of 100.0% is charged if cancelled 2 day(s) or less before the activity
Cancellation fee of 50.0% is charged if cancelled 28 day(s) or less before the activity
Cancellation fee of 10.0% is charged if cancelled 180 day(s) or less before the activity


What´s Included

Included in price: Accommodation in a double room with toilet facilities, made-up beds, full board, museum admissions, a local guide and all transport included. Flight from Reykjavík domestic airport to Egilsstaðir airport and back can be added.

What to bring

Luggage, Clothing & Travel Accessories

Try to pack as light as possible and take only essentials. Keep in mind that there are limits on how much your duffel bag can weigh because the weight restrictions on international and domestic flights is usually around 20 kg. 

Luggage for overland journeys and trekking with assistance vehicle 

•    Extra bag clearly marked with your name can be kept at your Reykjavik accommodation.. 
•    Day pack (30 to 50 liters)

You will need to bring comfortable and adequate clothing to protect you from cold and wet weather. Wool, synthetics and wool/synthetic blends are good. We discourage the use of cotton, as this does not insulate against cold or wet conditions.

When layering, the innermost layer should be long underwear. The middle layer can be a synthetic turtleneck or wool shirt, and pants. The outermost layer should be a synthetic jacket, and/or a good quality Gore-Tex wind/rain parka and over-pants.

For quantities for each item listed, use your own judgment, based on the expected weather conditions and overall packing/weight restrictions for your luggage.

•    Regular underwear. Synthetics are easier to wash and dry.
•    Synthetic or wool thermal underwear
•    Long-sleeved, synthetic or wool shirt
•    Short-sleeved synthetic or cotton/synthetic T-shirts
•    Medium-weight synthetic fleece sweater or jacket
•    Full-length pants, quick-drying synthetic fabric
•    Down jacket from mid-August to September (optional)
•    Hiking shorts, quick-drying synthetic fabric
•    Pile/fleece pants, ideal for around the camp
•    Sun & rain hat
•    Woolen hat
•    Gloves (wool or pile)
•    Waterproofed shell gloves
•    Medium weight synthetic socks
•    Gore-Tex rain/wind parka
•    Gore-Tex rain/wind pants
•    Hiking boots, medium-weight, all leather,  with padded ankle, good arch support, and a lug sole traction. Your hiking boots should be waterproof, well broken in, and suitable for rocky terrain or possibly snow.
•    Comfortable shoes to wear when not hiking. Optional. Teva-type sandals for river crossing. Gaiters. Highly recommended!

Travel Accessories

•    Swimsuit and towel for hot springs bathing and swimming pool
•    1-to-2 liters capacity unbreakable water bottle or thermos
•    Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries (from August only)
•    Swiss Army-type pocket knife (Must be kept in duffle bag, not in hand luggage, when flying!)
•    Toiletry kit, toothbrush, toothpaste and so on.
•    Moisturizing lotion. (The air in Iceland is very dry.)
•    There are no mosquitoes in Iceland, just midges.
•    Sunglasses.
•    Spare pair of prescription glasses, prescription sunglasses, or contact lenses (but not only lenses)
•    Sunscreen and lip protection (The sun in Iceland is much more intense than you probably imagine)
•    Personal first aid kit

Optional Travel Accessories

•    Hiking poles. Highly recommended
•    Binoculars
•    Repair kit with needle, thread, and safety pins
•    Reading and writing material
•    Your favorite snack food such as raisins or chocolate
•    Protein supplements for vegetarian
•    1 or 2 good bottles of wine or a bottle of something stronger

Additional information

  • Stóraurð Hallow
  • Gönguskurð Pass
  • Breiðuvík Bay
  • Borgarfjörður Valley
  • Brúnavík Bay

Itinerary

DAY 1
Reykjavik Domestic Airport
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Reykjavik Domestic Airport

* The starting point of this 6 day tour
* A morning flight from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir
* A drive to Borgarfjörður Eystri 
* A hiking tour  

DAY 2
Borgarfjöður Eystri
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Borgarfjöður Eystri

* Hiking in the Borgarfjöður Eystri area

DAY 3
Borgarfjörður eystri
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Borgarfjörður eystri

* Hiking in the Borgarfjöður Eystri area

DAY 4
Borgar
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Borgar

* Hiking in the Borgarfjöður Eystri area

DAY 5
Egilsstaðir
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Egilsstaðir

Evening flight from Egilsstaðir 

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