Víknaslóðir Trail | Five-Day Trek in East Iceland

Víknaslóðir Trail | Five-Day Trek in East Iceland
Víknaslóðir Trail | Five-Day Trek in East Iceland
Víknaslóðir Trail | Five-Day Trek in East Iceland
Víknaslóðir Trail | Five-Day Trek in East Iceland
Víknaslóðir Trail | Five-Day Trek in East Iceland
Víknaslóðir Trail | Five-Day Trek in East Iceland
Víknaslóðir Trail | Five-Day Trek in East Iceland

Witness the beauty of East Iceland on this five-day trek. If you love hiking, wish to avoid the crowds, and seek a unique experience that combines both natural and historical sites, then this is the tour for you.

This tour begins at Egilsstaðir airport; you can reach it by car, or else add a flight from Reykjavík during booking for an additional cost. Once the group is gathered, you will head to Borgarfjörður Eystri to start hiking the pass here.

This route leads you to a beautiful enclave below the Dyrfjöll Mountains, called Stórurð, where you will enjoy lunch before heading north. Once you reach the ancient farm of Njarðvík, regularly referenced in the Icelandic Sagas, you will be transferred to the nearby village of Bakkagerði, for dinner and rest.

The next day will start with a hike to a hidden cove called Brúnavík, where you can admire the lapping waves of the ocean in peaceful solitude. Following this, you will head over the pass of Súluskarð, for spectacular views of the surrounding hills and mountains; the diversity of scenery and vivid colors make this a fantastic spot for photography. You will then descend to two more deserted, beautiful little inlets, firstly Kjólsvík, then Breiðvík.

The third day will take you inland a little, out of the vividly colored Breiðavík valley, and to the mountain of Hvítserkur. Weather permitting, you will ascend this stunning peak, to attain some magnificent views. Your descent will take you to another inlet, Húsavík, where a mountain hut awaits. In the evening, you can visit a historic, but now abandoned, church, or take a serene walk along the nearby beach.

For day four, you will hike through a valley to the site of an ancient rockslide, in which an enormous mountain almost collapsed in its entirety, inspiring folklore in the area. This area, Loðmundarskriður, is surrounded by beautiful peaks and desolate nature. Close to here is where you will be spending the night, at the stunning fjord Loðmundarfjörður. There is another old, abandoned church worth a visit to this area.

On your fifth and final day, you will traverse the same path of historic Icelanders as they made their way from the farms of Loðmundarfjörður to the trading harbor of Seyðisfjörður. Ascending the mountains here will provide you with unbelievable views of the fjords to your south, and as you come over the crest of the peaks, the fjord of Seyðisfjörður will come into view. The descent is awe-inspiring, as you admire the mountains that tower over the narrow water and little town.

Once you reach the main road, you will find a bus waiting to take you back to Egilsstaðir airport, where those from Reykjavík can jump on their flight back to the capital.

Do not miss this opportunity to see some of the most beautiful and lesser-known natural and historical sites in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Dec.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: East Iceland, Egilsstaðir, Borgarfjörður eystri, Seydisfjordur, Dyrfjöll
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 08:30.

Reykjavík domestic airport or Egilsstaðir airport

Flight from Reykjavík can be purchased as an optional extra. If you have purchased flight you will need to be at Reykjavík airport at 06:45.

If you are already in the east and would like to meet the group in Egilsstaðir you will need to be at Egilsstaðir airport at 08:30.

  • Guide during the tour

  • Breakfast (4), Lunch (5), Dinner (4)

  • Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts

  • Transfer of luggage

  • Transport at the beginning and end of trek

  • Showers in huts (payable on site)

  • Sleeping bag (can be rented)

  • Flights from and to Reykjavík (can be added during booking)

What to bring:
  • Sturdy hiking boots - waterproof with good ankle support

  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic

  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic

  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer)

  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell

  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable, e.g. Gore-Tex or comparable

  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland, poncho is not useful because of wind

  • Gloves – Wool or synthetic 2 pairs of different thickness

  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs

  • Warm hat – Wool or synthetic

  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase

  • Day backpack for extra clothes and lunch pack during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)

  • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job

  • Sleeping bag. A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated

  • Power-bank / extra battery for your electronics – small solar cells usually do not work that well in Iceland so a pre charged power bank is a better option. Charging your electronics in the highlands often is not an option or will cost you extra. Having converters adapters for 220 V and/or USB will help

  • Towel – light weight and packable

  • Sunglasses & sun protection

  • Water container – thermos flask, water bottle 0.5 – 1L. or camelbak

  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut

  • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut

  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care

  • Prescription medication and other personal health items

  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap etc

  • Earplugs

  • Walking poles

  • Gaiters

  • Neoprese socks - highly recommended for river crossings

  • Pocket knife

  • Sun/rain hat or a cap.

  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)

  • Shorts

  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)

  • Camera, spare batteries and a memory card or films

  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing

  • Slippers for indoor use

  • Pillow or pillow case (to wrap around your warm sweater or down jacket for a pillow)

  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

  • Book - to read during the evenings

  • Music - and headphones

  • Playing cards and travel games – or other toys you might like and can travel

  • Cash – for the showers, a shower normally costs about 500 ISK

  • Powder drink mix – Icelandic water is great – but you might like a bit of variety. Some also contain vitamins and minerals that help your body after a hard day.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Reykjavík - Egilsstaðir - Borgarfjörður eystri

A sun beam makes the highlands of north-east Iceland extra beautiful.

Your first day will officially start when you meet your group at Egilsstaðir airport. If you cannot get there yourself, you can add a flight from Reykjavík Domestic Airport in the early morning.

You will be driven to Borgafjörður Eystri to begin your hike. You will head to an oasis in the Dyrfjöll mountain range called Stórurð, where you will lunch amongst some beautiful scenery, before continuing to trek north along said mountains.

Near Njarðvík, you will be picked up and taken to the charming little settlement of Bakkagerði; here, you will have dinner and find your accommodation.

Day 2 - Borgarfjörður Eystri - Brúnavík - Breiðavík

The inlet of Brúnavík in north east Iceland.

The second day will consist of hikes to three remote inlets. The first of these is Brúnavík, a peaceful spot where you can watch the North Atlantic waves come rolling in.

You will then trek up the pass of Súluskarð, the views from which are spectacular and vividly colourful. You then descend to the little cove of Kjólsvík and have a chance to admire its beauty, before continuing along the pass of Kjólsvíkurvarp. This will take you to the largest of these inlets, Breiðvík.

You will spend the night beside this picturesque beach.

Day 3 - Breiðavík - Húsavík

A group hiking over the mountains of the north and east fjords.

You will start today by hiking up and out of the valley of Breiðavík, towards the mountain Hvítserkur. If the weather allows, you will ascend this peak.

The views from up here are spectacular, granting you a beautiful panoramic of the surrounding area. Once this has been fully appreciated, you will descend a narrow valley to another quiet cove, this one called Húsavík. Your cabin is waiting for you here.

If you have the energy after the hike, you can use your evening to take a stroll along the beach. There is also a historic, quaint church nearby that is worth a visit.

Day 4 - Húsavík - Loðmundarfjörður

A river crossing in North East Iceland in summer.

On day four, you will leave Húsavík, to the valley of the Loðmundarfjörður fjord.

Throughout this hike, you will be surrounded by dramatic mountain peaks. Perhaps the most interesting feature, however, is the site where a mountain collapsed, called Loðmundarskriður. Though it has been this way for thousands of years, the enormity of such an event still clearly marks the landscape.

You will reach the bottom of this fjord by evening, and find the cabin you will be staying at. Like the previous night, you can have a wander through this area to another historic, abandoned church.

Day 5 - Loðmundarfjörður - Seyðisfjörður

The paths you take through the north eastern highlands are the routes taken by the earliest settlers.

For the final day of this excursion, you will follow a path called Hjálmárdalsheiði, which for centuries connected the rural Loðmundarfjörður to the harbour town of Seyðisfjörður.

Each ascent through this mountainous region will reward you with stunning views of the fjords to the south. The final fjord that you come to, however, is very distinctive when compared to the others; it is narrower and surrounded by steeper, more dramatic peaks.

You will descend towards Seyðisfjörður, but will not need to hike all the way there. Once you reach the main road, you will find your bus, which will whisk you back to Egilsstaðir, in time for an evening return flight to Reykjavík.

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