Five Hikes in Five Days | Traditional Farmhouse Accommodation

Five Hikes in Five Days | Traditional Farmhouse Accommodation
Hike through dramatic countryside in Iceland.
Make your way across a churning water on a renovated cable cart.
You will have the opportunity to rest and regenerate in natural hot springs.
Every evening you will be treated to home cooked meals.
Over five days you will truly become acquainted with the remote East of Iceland.
The East of Iceland is famous for being sparsely populated and a region of dramatic mountains and coastlines.

Join this five-day hiking expedition and look forward to exploring remote and wild landscapes in Iceland. This tour has a variety of medium level single day hikes with a local guide providing you with information about the history and the way of life at the outer edge of populated areas and in the wilderness.

Your accommodation will be in a restored traditional farmhouse which is both homey and beautiful and part of The Wilderness Centre. Meals made from local ingredients will also be included.

During those 5 days, you will visit Hengifoss waterfall, the most famous attraction in East Iceland as well as it's beautiful neighbour Litlanesfoss waterfall. Close to your accommodation, you will walk up to the hills of the mountains and see the many ways local farmers use and used to use the nature around them in the struggle that is life at the edge of the wilderness.

You will also walk the waterfall trail and see several amazing falls before reaching Laugarfell Highland Hostel where you can dip into the warm natural springs and relax after your hike.

You will also wander in the remote wilderness of Eyjabakkar. Those highland wetlands are a nesting ground to the Pink-footed geese and a stunning place to hike with Vatnajökull glacier to the south and Snæfell, Iceland's highest peak outside of glaciers, to the west. You will walk through Iceland's largest forest Hallormsstaðarskógur and get a stunning view over the Lagarfljót lake.

This is the perfect choice for hiking enthusiasts and those who wish to learn a little more about traditional Icelandic culture. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English, Icelandic
  • Attractions: Snæfell, Eyjabakkar, Egilsstaðir, Lagarfljót, Hengifoss, Wilderness Center, East Fjords, Hafrahvammagljúfur
Pickup information:

    Pick-up: Egilsstaðir Airport, or your accommodation in Egilsstaðir, around 8:30 a.m. (first morning flight)

    Drop-off: Egilsstaðir Airport, or your accommodation in Akureyri, around 6:00 p.m. (last evening flight)

    • Fully guided tour

    • Accommodation

    • Food

    • Drive between hiking trails

    • Flights

    • Drinks

    What to bring:
    • Good shoes

    • Rain proof jacket

    • Warm clothes

    • Gloves

    Good to know:

    Maximum 16 travellers per tour. For guaranteed departure, a minimum of two persons or twice the individual rate.

    Accommodation is in the traditional-style common room of the Wilderness Center. This is a dormitory-style room with shared bathroom facilities.

    We reserve the right to make small adjustments to the itinerary with respect to weather conditions at the time.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Hengifoss, Trollkonustigur & Bessastadaargljufur

    Hengifoss is famous for its beauty and its red streaked cliffs that it cascades in front of.

    The day begins with a visit to Hengifoss waterfall, one of East Iceland’s main attractions. Its surroundings are stunning and the basalt columns by the waterfall Litlanesfoss close by are unsurpassed.

    After this morning walk, you will stop for lunch, and in the afternoon the hike continues through the Bessastaðaárgljúfur canyon where interesting rock formations can be found, and the landscape has fascinating tales to tell.

    Tröllkonustígur (Trollwife Path) is a remarkable dyke that goes diagonally up the whole mountain Valþjófsstaðarfjall, crosses all the slopes and forms a natural footpath up the hill. From there, you can marvel at the spectacular view over the Fljótsdalur valley, Lake Lagarfljót, and Iceland's largest forest, Hallormsstaðaskógur.

    Day 2 - Morning Hike & The Wilderness Centre Exhibition

    One of the benefits of staying at the Wilderness Centre is that you'll be close to history on every day of your tour.

    Today's hike will be along an old bridle-path that leads into the mountains above your accommodation. Along the trail, there is an old wire that runs down the mountain (300 meters long), where hay from distant pastures was transported down the mountain until it reached a stop next to the river by the farmhouse.

    On this hike, you will also see the remains of a barn and come across a rock-built shepherds shelter that still stands. After a tasty lunch, the guests are guided through the indoor and outdoor exhibitions at the Wilderness Center.

    You will learn in an interactive, and vibrant way about life and adventures in and next to the wilderness in ages past and the local people’s harsh battle against the forces of nature.

    Day 3 - Waterfall Hike

    Walk through the countrysde and admire the wealth of natural features that Iceland is famous for.

    Today your hiking adventure continues inland towards the deserted farm, Kleif. This old homestead is home to many funny stories of its former occupants. Once there, you have the opportunity to cross the river in a renovated cable-cart.

    Next, you will hike along the west bank of the river, beside a series of waterfalls and through the native birch forest, Kleifarskógur. Lunch will be served in a lovely grove in the woodlands.

    After lunch, you will continue your walk alongside beautiful waterfalls and the stunning Jökulsárgljúfur canyon, to the waterfall Faxi – the highlight of the day, before arriving at the highland hostel Laugarfell. Once there you can take a rejuvenating dip in the natural hot springs that await you.

    Day 4 - Eyjabakkar

    Every day you will be confronted by the most beautiful scenic views.

    On today's hike, you will visit Eyjabakkar which is one of the most significant nesting places in the world for the pink-footed goose (Anser brachyrhynchus). These wetlands are alluring and rich with undergrowth; they are also a place where sublime tranquillity prevails.

    To the south, you will see the Eyjabakkajökull glacier, and looking out over to the west, you can see the highest peak in Iceland outside of glaciers, Mt. Snæfell, towering over the group. After a pleasant walk, you will end the day with a dip in the warm natural springs at Laugarfell.

    Day 5 - Hallormsstadur Forest & an Evening Flight

    Lake Lagerfljót is rumoured to be inhabited by a serpent like monster.

    Today, we take on an excellent hiking track that leads from Hallormsstaður, through the woods and upon the Hallormsstaður Hill where you will enjoy a spectacular view over the valleys and up to the glaciers and along Lake Lagarfljót.

    This is an easy hike along a very beautiful trail through the biggest woodland in Iceland. Your final stop will be by the Lake where you will enjoy some coffee and hear the stories of the monster said to live in the Lake; the Wyrm of Lagarfljót.

    Rounding off your trip, you will be driven to Egilsstaðir Airport in the evening to catch your flight back to Reykjavík.

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