3 Day Hiking in Vatnajökull National Park

3 Day Hiking in Vatnajökull National Park
Hot spring bathing in the East is an incredible way to become fully immersed in the nature.
Many crater lakes in the Icelandic highlands are unusual colours due to the mineral deposits within them.
The east of Iceland is riddled with dramatic canyons.
Walking through the valleys of east Iceland will no doubt bring to mind images from fantasy novels and films.
The vibrant colours of Vatnajökull National Park make it a world-renowned destination for its beauty.
Iceland is home to an incredible network of glacier rivers.

On this tour we take you to visit some of Iceland's most unique places. We'll be staying in a comfortable highland hostel where you will be served traditional Icelandic food and get to relax in geothermal pools at the end of each day. .

What to expect ? Remoteness, magnificent scenery, waterfalls, deep canyons, nature baths, great guides and traditional Icelandic food.

The tour starts in Egilsstaðir but if you need pick up at another location please contact us for further information.

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Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Dec.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Askja, Laugafell, Drekagil, Víti in Krafla, Egilsstaðir, Brúardalir
Pickup information:
    If you need to be picked up outside of Egilsstaðir please advice, additional charge may apply.
    • All transport.

    • Accommodation.

    • Packed lunches.

    • Full meals.

    • Guide.

    • Drinks other then tap water.

    What to bring:
    • Good hiking shoes.

    • Warm clothes.

    • Rain gear.

    • Small backpack.

    • Swimsuit and a towel.

    Good to know:

    Reservation is necessary at least 3 days in advance.

    ● If you need pick up service to your hotel please advice when you reserve the tour.

    ● If you need to be picked up outside of Egilsstaðir please advice, additional charge may apply.

    ● Due to weather and/or road conditions we might have to alter the itinerary, have longer journey time or cancellation of the tour.

    ● Departure dates may vary depending on weather and road conditions.

    ● For group offers or tailor made options please send us a request.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Wonderful waterfalls trail.

    3 Day Hiking in Vatnajökull National Park

    After leaving Egilsstaðir we drive through Hallormsstaður forest and stop at the national park visitors center in Fljótsdalur. Driving 25 minutes we reach the starting point of Fossaleið trail, a beautiful hiking tour to our accommodation, Laugarfell highland hostel. On our way many waterfalls are to be seen, specially in the late part of summer. Our luggage will be transported and waiting our arrival in Laugarfell. The first night in Laugarfell we will enjoy a lovely welcome dinner, relax and prepare for the days ahead.

    Day 2 - Askja volcano.

    3 Day Hiking in Vatnajökull National Park

    On this day we visit the famous Askja volcano. After an early breakfast we leave Laugarfell highland hostel and head for Kárahnúkar dam before crossing Brúardalir on our way to the Askja area. After our lunchbreak in a mountain hut Dreki we take a short hike into the Drekagil canyon wich is a must see. Driving for 10-15 minutes and taking the 35 minute easy hike we finally reach Askja and the magnificent Víti crater. Swimming in the crater is highly recommended and an unforgettable experience. On our way back to Laugarfell we visit beautiful places. After dinner it´s nice to relax in the geothermal pools at the hostel.

    Day 3 - Hafrahvammar canyon.

    3 Day Hiking in Vatnajökull National Park

    On our final day in the highlands of the national park we visit the Hafrahvammar canyon. A fascinating hike along the canyon and for the main part of the season we will hike into it also. The possibility to follow the riverbed has only been open for a few years now since the dam was built. We´ll see all kinds of unbelievable rock formations throughout the canyon and if very lucky we get to see a falcon flying by. After the hike we stop at the natural warm shower in Laugavalladalur before heading back to Egilsstaðir were the tour ends.

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