The Black Raven Reefs

Offered by Fjallabak Trekking Company

Trip Details

Location Iceland
Length 8 days
Grades Strenuous
Accommodations Mountain Hut, Tent
Group size 6-12
Dates Jul 7, 2019 - Jul 14, 2019,
Jul 14, 2019 - Jul 21, 2019,
Aug 4, 2019 - Aug 11, 2019,
Aug 11, 2019 - Aug 18, 2019,
Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 8, 2019
Land Cost $2,390.00
Single Supp Cost $0.00

Hiking Trip Summary

Beautifully assisted  8-day walking adventure. 4 days hut-to-hut along the west and north flank of Mount Hekla, one of Iceland’s best known volcano and through the Fjallabak Natural Reserve to Landmannalaugar, then 3 days exploring by loops the vast and strange Hrafntinnusker Caldeira from a nice base camp ; a remote hut in the middle of nowhere.

This concentrated itinerary is part of our collection of trips that speak to purist hikers with a spirit of adventure. This year, we are offering several departures for a maximum number of 12 participants. The volcano Mount Hekla and the magic that revolves around its reputation, which goes well beyond Icelands’ shores, has always fascinated man. Considered during the Middle Ages as an access to hell, Ancient Rome in it’s day advised fishermen to see for themselves what lay beyond if they ventured as far. The volcano’s eruptions often ruined the countryside and were the source of worry for the Icelandic people, who feared and revered the volcano at the same time. But what was feared the most was that an eruption from one of the faces of the volcano would ruin its perfect shape.

The metaphor “Black raven reefs” is a perfect example of the natural poetry of the old Icelandic language. (Hrafntinnusker: Hrafn for raven, Tinna for black and Sker for reefs)
This describes a chaos of obsidian, an intense black razor sharp vitrified lava, which spreads among soft colored hills in the center of a vast caldera of the same name: Hrafntinnusker. large loops to explore the incredible caldera. More obvious are the amazing rhyolite mountains, formed in incredible bands of pink, brown, green, yellow, blue, purple, black, white, orange and red and glittering with innumerable black, glass-like obsidian lava… Walking among countless bubbling, steaming hot springs, we cross this pearl of the interior, famous for its incredible natural beauty.

With the exception of a lightweight day pack, all equipment and luggage is transported by a 4×4 support vehicle.


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Additional Information


English speaking guide from day 1 to day 7, bus transfers to and from the mountains, transport of luggage by 4×4 assistant vehicle, all accommodation in mountain huts and tents, full board(breakfast, lunch, dinner) from lunch day 1 to last day lunch.


Flights to/from Iceland, Transfers from/to airport, accommodation and meals in Reykjavík, taxi ride to and from hotel to meeting place on first and last day, showers in the huts, drinks and other personal expenses, additional small group surcharge below 6 participants, insurance, tips to guides/leaders, items of personal nature, potential fluctuation in exchange rates.


Presenting no difficulty for good walkers, each member carries only a light day pack. A 4×4 truck carries all your personal things, heavy equipment and supplies.


Accommodation, during the trek is a combination of some nights in comfortable expedition tents and some nights in well equipped mountain huts, all in beautiful locations. Running water and kitchen is within the shelter, but the toilets and sinks are usually outside, a few yards away, in a small building. Warm hot showers with charge are available in some huts.

Fjallabak prides themselves in providing the best cuisine in the highlands! Breakfast is Scandinavian-style, with muesli, breads, jams, fish and cheese. Packed lunch, with a variety of sandwich fillings, from smoked meats and fish to local cheeses and salads. Dinners involve fresh, local fish and meat dishes, with pasta, rice or potatoes, fresh vegetables and salad. Vegetarians and those with food allergies can be fully catered for with a range of tasty options. It is essential that you inform our office of any special food requirements at the time of booking!

For usability, but no obligation, you can bring with you a little speciality of your home country to share with your companions as well as a flask of some thing for a short drink in the middle of nowhere


All international flights are served by Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, which is about a 45 minutes outside the capitol city of Reykjavik. Accommodations in Reykjavik before and after the trek are not included in Fjallabak’s itinerary. Please contact us if you would like more information about various levels of accommodations available or if you would like assistance booking accommodations in Reykjavik.


This trip is 8 days. On day 1 you rendezvous at 7:30 AM with your guide at Reykjavik Central Bus station.


Drop-off will be at the Central Bus station in Reykjavik between 5pm – 7pm.


This trek is designed for those who wish to fully experience unspoiled nature at its best, and to see what they may never even have dreamed still existed. The isolation and severity of the landscape demands each tour member to be in good physical condition and that they actively participate in the trip i.e. the group must work together to set up camp, prepare food etc.


The remoteness of the terrain, coupled with an ever-changing climate can make this a most challenging environment; therefore, safety is of primary concern. Your guide and our support vehicle are radio equipped. Fjallabak’s guides, all experienced mountaineers with extensive local knowledge, are fully trained in wilderness first aid and rescue procedures. To complement this, our personal clothing and equipment systems must be sufficient to ensure your comfort in all kinds of weather – see our kit list for advice.

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