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About Tour

Hike surrounded by beautiful views of mountains and rocky coastline. Visit Iceland's one of the most remote places where you can feel more like a local. After the long day of hiking, enjoy the hospitality and great local food options at the Alfheimar Country Hotel.

Highlights

  • Borgarfjörður Valley
  • Dimmidalur (the Dark Valley)
  • Jökuldalur (Glacier Valley)
  • Dyrfjöll (Door Mountains)
  • Dimmidalur valley
  • Bakkagerði village
  • Álfaborg (Elf Hill)
  • Brúnavík Bay
  • Helgárgil colorful canyon
  • Stórurð (Boulder Hollow)

Included

  • Pick up from Egilsstaðir airport and back to Egilsstaðir airport
  • Accommodation in Alfheimar Country Hotel (a double/twin/tripple /single room with shower and WC facilities)
  • Full board of local food, breakfast, lunch package from the breakfast table and evening dinner
  • Hiking map of the area
  • A local English-speaking guide
  • All transport inside the area

What to bring

  • Good hiking shoes
  • Warm outdoor clothing
  • Rain and wind clothes
  • Camera

Tour Snapshot

Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 5 days
Departs From Egilsstaðir, Iceland
Minimum age 12 years
Difficulty Challenging
Meet on Location Yes
Pick Up Yes

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Itinerary

Welcome to the hiking capital of Iceland. During this tour, we'll follow in the footsteps of the mystical creature - elves. We'll stay in a family-owned Álfheimar Country Hotel, where we will enjoy the Icelandic hospitality and taste delicious local food at the restaurant in the evenings.

You will witness the beautiful colorful mountains meet the ocean, creating deep fjords with secluded alcoves along the coastline. Borgarfjörður valley is recognized by locals as a place still untouched by mass tourism. This isolated region is also known as the home of Icelandic mystical creatures - elves. We'll visit the Álfaborg fortress (Elf-hill) where the elf queen has long resided.

This tour can unravel many unexpected secrets, but one is for sure - your trip to Borgarfjörður soon won't be forgotten.

Small Group Hiking in West Iceland

The first day of our tour will start with arriving at Egilsstaðir airport from Reykjavík. After that, we will reach the locally-owned Álfheimar Country Hotel in Borgarfjörður, our home for the next five nights. When we settle in, our hiking adventure will begin. 

Today we'll have a relatively easy day hike of around 12 km (7.5 mi) and 400 m (1312 ft) elevation. At the beginning of this adventure, we'll hike up to the local village, where we'll find the Old turf house, local fish factory, concert hall, and other exciting locations along the way.

After we've had our lunch, we'll continue our journey through the unspoiled trails of the Borgarfjörður valley. We'll go up to Dimmidalur (the Dark Valley) and Jökuldalur (Glacier Valley) to enjoy the beautiful, rugged landscape among the Door Mountains. 

During this trip, we'll also get acquainted with elves. We'll walk through the elf community of Lobbuhraun and later visit their home in Dimmidalur valley. Later on, we'll return to Bakkagerði village, where we'll notice many exciting aspects and see the Elf Queen at Álfaborg (Elf Hill).

Puffins Nesting Place in Iceland

On our second day, we'll hike for about 16 km (10 mi) at approximately 700 m (2296 ft) elevation. The day will start at the environmentally friendly Borgarfjörður harbor, Hafnarhólmi. Here we can spot puffins and others birds that are nesting here. 

Next, we'll continue our hike up from the coast through the green mountains to Brúnavík pass and down to Brúnavík inlet. We'll visit the spectacular black sand beach where we can listen to waves and gaze at the beautiful stones. Here you'll be able to take off your shoes and dip your toes into the sand. Then we will hike another 321 m (1053 ft) over the Hofstrandarskarð pass on our way back. We'll walk beside the colorful Helgárgil canyon towards Bakkagerði village.

Rocky Sea Shore in Iceland

On the third day, we'll head to Iceland's best-kept secret - Stórurð (Boulder Hollow). This will be a rather challenging hike considering that 15% of the route consists of gravel. The entire hike will be around 16 km (10 mi) long with an elevation of 500 m (1640 ft).

Our day's hike will start from the Vatnskarð pass (431 m), then towards the Geldingafjall mountain (640 m), and then continue west of Súlur peaks. There we will get excellent views over Njarðvík, Fljótsdalshérað valley, the black sandy beach of Héraðsflói bay, and perhaps even to Vatnajökull glacier and Mt. Snæfell in the eastern part of the central highlands. 

After that, we'll go into Stórurð, an expanse of enormous rocks divided by a small river. Here you will see icy blue water basins hidden by enormous boulders, covered in green. This is a truly fairytale-like view! Getting back from this magical place, we'll be able to choose between the hike along the Dyrfjöll (Door Mountains) or the easy way down the valley below Rjúpnafell peak.

Hiking Tour in Icelandic Valleys

Today is for an easy hike through about 15 km (9.3 mi) and 400 m (1312 ft) of elevation. We'll get a transport Afrétt and then take up our hike over moors, gravel, and the light brown rhyolite around Urðarhólavatn. We'll continue further on to Gæsavötn and Víknaheiði before reaching Breiðavík inlet. The rhyolite mountains along the way will give a range of beautiful pastel colors. 

After a lunch stop, we'll continue our hike up to Gagnheiði ridge (479 m), where we can take in the incredible panoramic views. After a day full of adventures, we'll finally make our way back to Bakkagerði.

Group Hiking in Icelandic Mountains

On the last day, we'll hike for around 11 km (6.8 mi), with 415 m (1361 ft) elevation. The route will take us from Stapavík to Njarðvík. It'll begin with a 15-minute drive from Borgarfjörður and stop at Unaós farm. Then, we'll hike along the Selfljót river to the seashore and the Stapavík cove, a former unloading place for ships. From there, we'll take a relatively easy hike along Gönguskörð pass. This hiking trail was the main and only route between Borgarfjörður and Fljótsdalshérað valley for around 1000 years before the new road over Vatnskarð pass was opened in 1955. Since then, this route has been isolated and visited by very few tourists. Our day will end with a pick-up at Njarðavík farm and a drive to Borgarfjörður.

FAQ

We have four different categories that help participants to get a better understanding of what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. All of our tours are rated to make it easier for you to find a tour that suits you.

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We reserve the rights to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Your safety is our number one priority.

Please read more information in our terms and conditions in regards to this matter.

Yes, we do have a tour into Langjökull Ice Cave that has no minimum age and it is a fantastic option for the whole family. As a Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, enjoyable tour for a family traveling with young children, these guys have an enormous success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

If you want to explore parts of Icelandic Highlands than we have our magnificent Landmannalaugar Safari tour that also offers you to bathe in natural hot springs. Almost all of our jeep tours are suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. Then we also have a relaxing experience that we highly recommend, our Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Alcohol is prohibited on all of our tours before and during activities. If we find the participant to be intoxicated, we will prohibit them from taking part in the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished then you are more than welcome to have a drink and relax.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified guide on all of our tours, expect on our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are English guided.

In Iceland, the standard is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs. If you are visiting from the UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs, therefore, we highly recommend you to bring an adaptor.

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