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Iceland's East Fjords

Hiking the Víknaslóðir Trails between the mountains and the sea


Trip Details

Location East Iceland
Length 8 days
Grades Moderate, Strenuous
Accommodations Guesthouse, Hotels, Mountain Huts
Group size 5 - 12
Dates We will be scheduling dates for this trip soon. Please check back.
Land Cost
$4,850.00
Single Supp Cost
$450.00

Hiking Trip Summary

The 75-mile-long coastline of Austfirðir, or East Fjords, is a magical microcosm of Iceland. It's a region of isolated inlets, primal mountains, lush green valleys, tumbling waterfalls, and black sand beaches. Remote fishing villages dot its shores. Less traveled than the other parts of Iceland, not only does the area tend to be sunnier, but its distance from the Mid-Atlantic Rift has also contributed to a more stable landscape that has become home to such whimsical wildlife as puffins and reindeer.

Additionally, the area boasts an extensive network of well-marked hiking routes.  Known as the Víknaslóðir Trails, or Trails of the Deserted Inlets, these routes have been developed and maintained over the years by local Icelanders. During this 8-day trip, after a domestic flight from Reykjavik to the east coast, we’ll join the Víknaslóðir Trails in the old fishing village of Seyðisfjörður.  Walking roughly 45 miles north, from inlet to inlet, we’ll end in the tiny hamlet of Bakkagerdi on the fjord of Borgarfjordur eystri.  

Not only is Borgarfjordur eystri one of the best places for viewing puffins, but this isolated region is also considered the central province of the elves. Their queen resides in her rocky fortress of Álfaborg (meaning Fairy City) which rises out of the fields next to the old wooden church in the village of Bakkagerði. On this craggy knoll above the bay, where the smoke from campfires and the haze of the evening mingle, the invisible elves are keeping watch. They already see you coming.

For this trip, we are thrilled to be collaborating with our good friends at Fjallabak Trekking, a leader in Icelandic hiking and discovery tours. Having worked directly with this family-run business for over 15 years, our mutual philosophies of exploring in ways that bring us closer to the heart of a place have led to a great friendship. Together, we look forward to introducing you to some of the more hidden corners of this most amazing country.


Itinerary

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Additional Information

Solo Travelers: If you wish to have your own room, there is a single supplement charge of $450. 

If you are traveling alone and would like to share a room, we will match you with a roommate of the same gender. If there is no one with whom you can share, a reduced supplemental charge of $225 for a forced single will apply.

INCLUDED

  • 3 nights in cozy mountain huts with bunkrooms
  • 2 nights in charming country guesthouse with private facilities
  • 2 nights in hotel in Reykjavik
  • Domestic flights as described in the itinerary
  • Group transfers to and from Reykjavik Airport (domestic airport) 
  • Daily luggage transfer
  • All meals from dinner Day 1 through breakfast Day 8
  • English-speaking Fjallabak driver/guide
  • Distant Journeys trip leader

NOT INCLUDED

Airfare, transportation from and to Keflavik International Airport, optional/individual transfers or individual excursions, beverages, entrance fee for museums, swimming pools, insurance, tips to guides, items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, excess baggage charge, passport fees, etc.).

LUGGAGE

This trip is vehicle supported, with luggage and supplies being transferred to each overnight location. This means that for our hikes and walks you will only need to carry a daypack with those items you will need during the day’s hike. Having said that, we recommend keeping your luggage to a size that you can easily manage yourself, given you'll be taking it in and out of a support vehicle most days. See our sample packing list. You will receive a more detailed packing list upon registration. 

ACCOMMODATIONS AND MEALS

For our Víknaslóðir Trails trip, we'll be staying in a mix of hotels, guesthouses, and backcountry huts.

Hotels and Guesthouses: Our comfortable hotels and guesthouses are in ideal locations, both in Reykjavik and in the countryside. All provide double-occupancy ensuite rooms. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement fee.

Huts: Our backcountry huts offer sleeping bag accommodation (usually one comfortable bunkhouse), a dining area and well-equipped kitchen, running water, outdoor toilets, and hot showers. There is the possibility of recharging electrical devices (220V electrical outlets are European standards) on this trip, however, some of the huts may not have electricity. The huts are rustic and in absolutely incredible locations.

The huts are somewhat similar to European-style mountain huts, the biggest difference being they do not sell or serve food.  This means groups need to bring in their own food and prepare their own meals. As well as guiding the hikes, the trip leaders also organize, prepare, and clean up after meals. All participants should be prepared to help the guides with these and other chores. “Many hands make light work!”

Meals: Fjallabak folks pride themselves in providing the best cuisine in the highlands! Breakfast is Scandinavian-style, with muesli, bread, jams, fish, and cheese. Packed lunches may include a variety of sandwiches, 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!

TRAVEL

All international flights are served by Iceland’s Keflavik International Airport, which is about 45 minutes outside the capital city of Reykjavik. 

MEETING POINT

The group will meet at our hotel in Reykjavik on the evening of Day 1 at 6:30 pm for an area orientation, followed by our welcome dinner.

ENDING POINT

The trip will end on Day 8 after breakfast. Trip members will be on their own to extend their stay in Iceland or transfer back to Keflavik Airport for onward flights. 

WHO WOULD LIKE THIS TRIP?

This trip is designed expressly for Distant Journeys and our travelers who have yet to experience the beauty and power of Iceland's hidden landscapes, or would like to explore another corner of the country. During the trip, the group will stay in a combination of huts, hotels, and guesthouses. Staying in the huts gives us an opportunity to immerse ourselves in these rare and isolated spaces. Alternately, the hotels and guesthouse give us a taste of Icelandic hospitality and some welcome comfort.

SAFETY

The remoteness of some of the terrain, coupled with an ever-changing climate can make this a more challenging environment; therefore, safety is of primary concern. Your guides and support vehicle are radio equipped. Fjallabak’s guides are all experienced mountaineers with extensive local knowledge and are fully trained in wilderness first aid and rescue procedures. It's important that each participant have adequate clothing and gear, as outlined in the packing list, to ensure for comfort in all kinds of weather.

MORE INFORMATION

Please contact us for a more detailed itinerary, for additional information, or to register. We're also happy to supply a list of past participants willing to share insights into their guided Iceland experiences.

Reserving This Trip

A deposit of $500 along with your completed registration forms will reserve a space on your requested trip. We accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express card as well as personal checks. To make a deposit, you may either follow one of the “Reserve a Trip” links below, give us a call at 1-888-845-5781, or include your payment information in the area provided when completing your registration forms.

The balance is due 90 days prior to departure for most of our trips. When applying less than 75 days prior to departure, full payment is due. For final payments, we accept MasterCard, Visa, and American Express, as well as personal checks.

As confirmation of receipt of your deposit, we will send you a comprehensive packet of information pertaining to your trip, an invoice for final payment and additional information including release agreement form, medical information form, travel information, and packing list. Upon receipt of final payment and no later than 30 days prior to your trip start, you will receive trip rendezvous information and a list of accommodations. Returning trip participants will receive a 5% discount on most trips.

Receipt of all forms will finalize your registration.


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