Trek in the Elves Mountain

Offered by Fjallabak Trekking Company


Trip Details

Location Northeast Iceland
Length 7 days
Grades Strenuous
Accommodations Mountain Hut, B&B
Group size 6-12
Dates Jul 7, 2019 - Jul 13, 2019,
Jul 17, 2019 - Jul 23, 2019,
Aug 4, 2019 - Aug 10, 2019,
Aug 14, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019,
Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019
Land Cost $1,810.00
Single Supp Cost $0.00

Hiking Trip Summary

This trek was nominated in 2005 by the National Geographic Magazine as one of the 25 most beautiful treks in the world!

In Northeast Iceland, along one of the most magnificent coastlines of the country, the Víknaslóðir trails (“Trails of the Deserted Inlets”) extend over an area where coastal mountains plunge abruptly into the sea. This isolated region is considered to be the central province of the elves. Their queen resides in her fortress at Álfaborg (Behind the small wooden Bakkagerði church in Eastern Borgarfjörður Bay).

The imposing mountain massif of the area displays the entire colour spectrum of rhyolite, an acidic form of lava (If you know Landmannalaugar already, just imagine it softer, surrounded by ocean, with the rumble of crashing waves and the cries of thousands of nesting seabirds – a truly stunning location!).

From these blue, pink and ochre colours, fortresses of dark rock soar hundreds of feet into the sky. In lush, green valleys, limpid torrents run from peat marshes powdered with the white, fluffy seed heads of cotton grass. The ocean’s colour changes with its moods – from the most exotic opal to turquoise to oil-black. Almost systematically, in the evening there is a blanket of mist descending on the landscape, adding to the mystery of the clear night. Just as methodically, the gleaming morning sun burns through these layers which, after some resistance, escape through the mountain passes.Down on the riverside there are beautiful cottages, very comfortable and each equipped with a wood-fuelled stove.

Driftwood in large numbers, whitened by the salt of the sea, arrives regularly from Siberia and runs aground on these remote black sand beaches. You will be sure to bring home with you the memory of one of those magical evenings around a fire on the inlet bank, a most serene feeling in this extreme corner of the world.

As nearby fulmars soar over the surf, a curious seal may come for a glance. And on the mountain above the cliffs, where the smoke of our fire and the haze of the evening mingle, the invisible elves will be observing you. They already see you coming.

Several travel options are possible to reach and return from Egilsstadir (or Seydisfjörður) the starting point and ending point of this trek.

  • Direct domestic flights round trip from/to Reykjavik, as well as self-drive options, or by boat from the Faroe Islands (crossing is approx. 10 hours).
  • The price does not include domestic flight / travel between Reykjavik and Egilsstadir.

Itinerary

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Additional Information

INCLUDED

  • English speaking guide from Day 1 to Day 7
  • Transport of luggage by 4×4 assistant vehicle,
  • 5 nights in mountain huts
  • 2 nights B&B Inn
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) from lunch Day 1 to breakfast Day 7

NOT INCLUDED

Flights to/from Iceland, flights and transport within Iceland to and from Egilstadir, transfers from/to airport, accommodation and meals in Reykjavík, 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 fluctuations in exchange rate.

LUGGAGE

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.

ACCOMMODATIONS AND FOOD

Accommodations are 4 nights in huts 2 night in a nice guesthouse with a spa. This is an assisted hut-to-hut trekking. At the peak of the season we may camp for one night or two.

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

TRAVEL

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.

MEETING POINT

This trip is 7 days. Meeting is at 9 am at Egilsstadir airport.

Rendezvous day 1. You will have to arrange your own taxi transfer to Reykjavik domestic airport in the morning of day 1. This airport is in the heart of Reykjavik few minutes away from downtown. You will have to meet there 40 minutes prior to departure. We will let you know in advance the exact flight schedule and flight reservation number. We cannot be more specific than that because, at the time we publish our program, the schedules of domestic flights program for 2017 have not yet been published. If your guide does not fly with you, then he will welcome you at the small airport in Egilsstadir. We’ll let you know.

If you do not need domestic flight from us rendez-vous with your travel companions at the Domestic Airport of Egilsstadir is at 09 am  day 1 (or other time on some departures. We will let you know in time! )

ENDING POINT

Trek departure is at 9 am at Egilsstadir airport or at 10 am at Seydisfjordur.
Return of trek: Do not book your flight from Egilsstadir before 9:30 am the last day of the trip.

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

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.

SAFETY

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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