Trek Origin of Earth (Eastern Rift)

Offered by Fjallabak Trekking Company

Trip Details

Location South Central Iceland
Length 10 days
Grades Strenuous
Accommodations Mountain Hut, Tent
Group size 6-12
Dates Jul 21, 2019 - Jul 30, 2019,
Aug 11, 2019 - Aug 20, 2019
Land Cost $3,790.00
Single Supp Cost $0.00

Hiking Trip Summary

This concentrated itinerary is part of our collection of trips that speaks to the purist hiker with a spirit of adventure. This year, we are offering several departures for a maximum number of twelve participants.

Our guides, all experienced mountaineers, will lead you safely through this incredible region. Starting at the foot of the imposing Hrafntinnusker caldera over the Landmannalaugar Valley and ending at the fault of Eldgjá, this trek will lead you through a world of volcanic features – huge lava fields, mountains of rhyolite, basalt, obsidian and pumice, through hot springs and fumaroles, blast craters and fissures. You will discover dream-like, moss-filled valleys and drink from the freshest, clearest streams. And always watching over you are the majestic, shimmering icecaps, dormant volcanoes surrounded by vast black sand flats, criss-crossed by a myriad melted water streams.

Presenting no difficulty for good walkers, on most days each member carries only a light daypack as a 4×4 truck carries all personal belongings, heavy equipment and supplies. Every day involves an average of 6-8 hours hiking. 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. 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. 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.


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Additional Information


  • English speaking guide from Day 1 to Day 10
  • 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's lunch.


Flights to/from Iceland, Transfers from/to airport, accommodation and meals in Reykjavík, transfer to and from BSI Reykjavik Central Bus station on day 1 and day 10 to meet group, 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 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.


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. Running water and kitchen are in the shelter, but the toilets and sinks are usually outside, a few yards away in a small building. Showers are available at 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.


Early morning rendezvous at 7:30 AM with your guide at Reykjavik Central Bus Station.


Drop-off will be at Reykjavik Central Bus Station at approximately 19:00.


Specially suited for nature lovers, this compact 10 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 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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