Hiking at the End of the World | Five-Day Trek in North East Iceland

Hiking at the End of the World | Five-Day Trek in North East Iceland
Guides will be a great help on your hike through north-east Iceland's highlands.
Trekking through the highlands of North East Iceland requires river crossings.
The Highlands of North East Iceland are travelled much less in depth than in the South.
You can find rhyolite mountains and mossy lava fields in the north east of the Highlands.
A bare, cracked mountain rises over the highlands of north-east Iceland.
Although this trek through the Highlands of North East Iceland is only done in summer, you may still need to hike over ice at higher elevations.

Witness the beauty of North 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 on 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 colours 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 coloured 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 in 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 harbour 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: Jul. - Aug.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English, German, French
  • Highlights: East Iceland, Borgarfjörður, Egilsstaðir, Borgarfjörður eystri, Seydisfjordur, Hvítserkur, Dyrfjöll, Breiðavík, Njarðvík
Pickup information:
    Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
    • Guide

    • Food

    • Sleeping bag accommodation

    • Cooking equipment

    • Transfer of luggage

    • Transfer from accommodation to Reykjavík Airport (can be added during booking)

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

    What to bring:
    • Hiking Shoes

    • Water bottle

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir, Egilsstaðir to 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, and, if you require, pick-up to said airport for an additional charge.

    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 to Breiðavík

    The inlet of Brúnavík in north east Iceland.

    The third 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 to 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 to 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 to 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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