Explore one of the most remote regions of Iceland on this four-day hiking tour through the Lónsöræfi Nature Reserve. Avid hikers who seek to escape the crowds should not hesitate to jump on this tour.
This trip starts at Egilsstaðir airport, whether you are reaching the east by plane or car. Once the group is gathered, you will head to the Eyjabakkar area, east of the stunning Mount Snæfell. You will follow the banks of the glacial river Jökulsá, through lush vegetation, surrounded by incredible peaks. From here, you head towards the mountain Geldingafell, to more rugged lands, shaped by the retreating Vatnajökull glacier, before turning into the first of the three mountain huts you will be resting in.
The next day will start with a hike of Geldingafell, for some spectacular views over this vast, otherworldly ice cap. You will be able to see a wealth of stunning glacial tongues and lagoons dotted with icebergs, which are sure to take your breath away. You will then walk along the edge of the valley Vesturdalur, before descending to a lake known for its excellent birdwatching, Kollumúlavatn; you will be sleeping in a serene location at the water’s edge.
You will walk around this lake on the third day, to formidable cliffs known as Tröllakrókar. Along these, you can expect to see fascinating rock formations, as well as beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.
The black basalt surrounding you is dramatic and haunting but soon gives way to an explosion of colour as you move into a region of rhyolite mountains. The landscape is dyed with beautiful shades of purple, orange and pink, to the extent that it barely seems natural. You will marvel over this area until reaching the river Jökulsá í Lóni, where you will find your accommodation.
For your fourth and final day, you will cross the river to ascend the hill of Illikambur, for some spectacular, vividly colourful views of the area. Following that, you will follow the river to the old farmstead of Eskifell, where a bus will be waiting. You’ll hop aboard, for a beautiful drive back to the charming town of Höfn, no doubt filled with incredible memories.
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On day one, you will meet your group at Egilsstaðir airport. You can either drive yourself there or specify in booking that you require a flight, which will leave from Reykjavík Domestic Airport in the early morning.
Once the group is gathered, you will be driven to the Eyjabakkar area, besides Mount Snæfell, where the hike will begin. You will trek through a verdant region, surrounded by mountains, alongside the river Jökulsá. Besides the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull, you will reach Mount Geldingafell, where the landscape will become more barren and dramatic.
Your cabin awaits you here; before settling in for the night, however, have a look out for wild reindeer. This is one of the most reliable places in the country to spot them.
To begin day two, you will hike up Geldingafell. The view from up here, over Vatnajökull and its many glacial tongues and lagoons, is incredible.
You will then hike alongside the valley Vesturdalur, before descending to the lake Kollumúlavatn. This area is an excellent bird-watching location, as it is a prime breeding grounds for the elusive pintail. Even if you do not spot one, the air will be filled with their distinctive, flute-like whistles.
Besides the lake Kollumúlavatn, you will find your accommodation for the evening, in a hut called Egilssel.
On day three, you will hike around the lake Kollumúlavatn, to the dark and daunting Tröllakrókar cliffs. Here, you can admire an unusual outcrop of black basalt columns, called Tröllakrókahnaus.
The black lava that surrounds you will soon change, as you enter a region of rhyolite mountains. The slopes of these peaks are vividly colourful; expect to find yourself surrounded by vibrant pinks, oranges and purples.
Your trek will take you down to the glacial river Jökulsá í Lóni, where your hut for the night is waiting for you.
Your fourth and final day will start when you cross a footbridge over the river Jökulsá í Lóni to the hill of Illikambur. You will ascend this hill for some more incredible views across the Highlands.
After admiring the landscapes, you will return to the river, and continue hiking along it. Eventually, you will reach the old farmstead of Eskifell, where a bus will be waiting for you.
This bus will take you to Höfn, marking the end of an incredible tour.