Luxury 3-Day Hiking Tour at Borgarfjordur Eystri with Hotel Accommodation
Go on a wonderful journey in East Iceland with this three-day hiking tour at the spectacular Borgarfjordur Eystri. If you'd like to explore the beautiful nature of Iceland during your vacation and stay at a luxurious countryside accommodation, this tour is perfect for you.
Your three-day guided tour begins in the coastal village of Borgarfjordur Eystri in the morning. Here, you'll meet your tour guide, who'll give you a short briefing about the tour and the places you'll visit.
As this is a meet-on-location tour, you must arrange your own transportation if you're coming from Reykjavik or other Icelandic towns.
Borgarfjordur Eystri is a small village in the northernmost part of the Eastfjords and is home to around 100 people. However, despite its small size, Borgarfjordur Eystri and its surrounding area are filled with fun activities and incredible landscapes.
There is also abundant wildlife, with puffins in summer and seals throughout the year.
After getting all the essential information from your guide, including some safety guidelines, you'll begin your day one hike. This is a three-day guided tour, where hiking is the focus, so preparing before your trip is essential.
Your hiking activity is rated moderate, but your group can adjust the tour's difficulty, so you can make it easy or more challenging. Moreover, if you want to travel far and enjoy the beautiful scenery of East Iceland, inform your guide of the changes you wish to make so they can be accommodated.
As part of your preparation, bring the proper hiking gear, such as warm outdoor clothing, for Iceland's changing and harsh weather. Wear excellent and sturdy hiking shoes for your footgear, as you'll be crossing various terrain, from rocky mountains to sandy beaches and rivers.
You should also bring hiking poles, a water bottle, and prescribed medication if you need them.
During your three-day tour in Borgarfjordur, you'll visit the Storurd, Brunavik, and Breidavik trails. Among these three, the most famous place is the mountain region of Storurd, but it doesn't mean that the other two are less stunning.
Every day for three days, you'll hike for about six to eight hours a day, then return to your comfortable accommodation at the Alfheimar Country Hotel to replenish your energy.
Alfheimar Country Hotel has more than 30 rooms and three room categories, single, double, triple, and family rooms. All its rooms have a private bathroom to ensure optimal comfort for its guests.
As part of your luxury package, you'll have breakfast and dinner at the hotel. Packed lunch, which you'll bring for your hike, is also provided.
Your Borgarfjordur Estri excursion ends after three days and after checking out at the Alfheimar hotel.
Explore the northern part of the Eastfjords and the beautiful surroundings of Borgarfjordur Eystri, and end your day at comfortable hotel accommodation. Check availability now by choosing a date.
Day 1 - Storurd Hike
Your day one starts at the quaint town of Borgarfjordur Eystri in East Iceland. You’ll meet with your guide in the morning and have a short briefing before setting off on a hike.
Although this is a guided tour, you can opt for a more challenging or leisurely hike.
It will also be up to your group which trail or destination you’d like to visit first. You can choose between Storurd, Brunavik, or Breidavik.
If you choose to visit Storurd on day one, you’ll have the chance to see one of the hidden gems of the Eastfjords.
Storurd is around eight miles (13 kilometers) away from Borgarfjordur. The name translates to “Giant Boulders” in English, and true to its name, the place is filled with huge rocks.
These huge dark boulders filled with moss are old and seem to have broken away from a glacier during the last Ice Age. In fact, close to it is the small glacier near Dyrfjoll mountain.
Your hike at Storurd begins at the Vatnsskard Service Center.
The trail can be rough and can take a while due to the scattered gravel and small stones. Thus, it’s a must that you and your group are healthy and in good physical condition.
Moreover, despite the challenges you may face during the hike, the stunning views and terrains and the accomplishment you’ll feel when you finish will all be worth it.
Once you reach the central part of Storurd, you’ll be welcomed by huge boulders on turquoise-colored waters. You’ll have time to relax and take in the beauty of your surroundings. Just make sure to inform your guide if you want to stay longer.
Your day one ends upon your arrival at your accommodation at the Alfheimar Country Hotel. You’ll eat a nice and warm dinner before hitting the sack.
Day 2 - Brunavik Loop Hike
Day 3 - Breidavik Hike
On your third day at Borgarfjordur, you'll explore another famous hiking site going to Breidavik beach. Breidavik is another popular Viknaslodir trail and is different from the beach of the same name in the Westfjords region.
To start your third and final day at Borgarfjordur Eystri, you'll have an appetizing breakfast at the Alfheimar Country Hotel.
Once everything's ready, you'll go to your last tour destination at Breidavik. Breidavik is another inlet at the Eastfjords and is approximately six miles (10 kilometers) from Borgarfjordur.
Breidavik is also one of the largest inlets in Viknaslodir, much bigger than its neighbor cove, Brunavik. The mouth of a river in the Eastfjords, Storaa, also known as Vikura, is located at Breidavik beach.
Iceland's Landnamabok, or the "Book of Settlements," also mentioned the area of Breidavik. According to the book, a settler named Thurdur lina inhabited the cove in the past.
Since the settlement, farms have sprung up in the area and its surroundings. Those farms include the now-abandoned Litla-Vik and Breidavik, located on opposite sides of the Storaa river. Litla-Vik was first vacated by its settlers in 1945, followed by Breidavik farm in 1947.
Originally, Breidavik farm near the cove covered a bigger land. However, fishing boats find it difficult to land on the bay.
During the 1980s, an emergency center was built in the area. However, it was only during the 90s when the Breidavik area experienced a renaissance after a hut that could accommodate up to 33 people was built in its vicinities. These huts are now used by hikers and nature lovers who visit Breidavik and its nearby areas.
On your way to the cove and during your hike, there's a big chance to see these huts. You may also see tents put up by other hikers and some ruins of an old settlement in the area.
On your way to Breidavik beach, and upon reaching it, you'll notice the natural vegetation and colorful mountains surrounding it.
If your group chooses to, you can stay at the beach and take your time strolling around and marveling at the bay view.
Your day three tour ends upon your return to Borgarfjordur Eystri.
What to bring
Good to know
-The trip starts at 10:00 am, so you must arrive earlier for a short meeting and briefing.
-You'll check in at Alfheimar Country Hotel after walking.
-Bring outdoor clothing appropriate for the weather.
-The hikes' difficulty level is 2-3 over 5.