Trek at the Doors of Hell (Southern Route)

Offered by Fjallabak Trekking Company

Trip Details

Location South Central Iceland
Length 4 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Mountain Hut, Tent
Group size 6-12
Dates Jun 3, 2019 - Jun 6, 2019,
Jul 10, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019,
Jul 24, 2019 - Jul 27, 2019,
Aug 14, 2019 - Aug 17, 2019,
Aug 28, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019,
Sep 11, 2019 - Sep 14, 2019
Land Cost $1,400.00
Single Supp Cost $0.00

Hiking Trip Summary

The Hekla volcano has always fascinated men and the magic that revolves around its reputation, which goes well beyond Iceland´s shores. Considered during the Middle Ages as an access to hell, Ancient Rome, in it’s day, advised fishermen to see for them what lay beyond if they ventured as far.

The volcano’s eruptions have often ruined the countryside and were the source of worry for the people of Iceland, 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. This beautiful strato-volcano (a volcanic edifice built over centuries through a series of volcanic eruptions) is still active and closely monitored by the volcanologist´s seismographs.

The hike circumnavigates the entire volcano from a reasonably safe distance in order to maintainsafety and we stay informed of the relative volcanic activity.


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Additional Information


  • English speaking guide from day 1 to day 6
  • 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 lunch day 4


Flights to/from Iceland, transfers from/to airport, accommodation and meals in Reykjavík, transportation to/from Central Bus Station in Reykjavik, 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.


Presenting no difficulty for persons with at least some mountain walking experience, plus a good level of personal fitness, each member carries only a light day pack. A 4×4 truck carries all your personal things, heavy equipment and supplies.


Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts (usually one comfortable, mixed bunkhouse) and depending on route and conditions, at the peak of the season 1 or 2 nights may be spent in spacious double tents equipped with comfortable mattresses. Showers are available in most of the huts.

Fjallabak pride 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 4 days from-to Reykjavik. Early morning rendezvous at 7:30 AM with your guide at Reykjavik Central Bus station.


Drop-off will be at the central bus station in Reykjavik on the last day of the trip.


Specially suited for nature lovers, this compact 6 day-trek is ideal for walkers who do not have much time for longer holidays, but dream of discovering the unique mountains of Iceland by foot, without carrying a heavy backpack and also want a cosy shelter each night.

The group is expected to assist with all aspects of making and breaking camp, including meal preparation. Once in the mountains, each group becomes an independent entity. The camaraderie, teamwork and friendships forged, add much to the richness of each person’s experience. This trek passes through some areas of complete wilderness. Some of the walking is partly off-track, with terrain conditions constantly changing, with underfoot conditions constantly changing. Therefore, sturdy, well worn-in hiking boots are a must. Most days involve river crossings, so it is essential that all trekkers carry suitable footwear to change into. See our kit list for more information. We trek for 6-7 hours per day, on average, but this may be longer, depending on weather conditions and group speed. Maximum altitude doesn’t rise more than 1000m. Elevation change for most days should be no more than 200m, rising to 400m the last day.


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.

For a more information about how to book this trek with Fjallabak or to register, please call.

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