Hiking at the End of the World 2019 - 5 days / 4 nights

Deserted Farmlands of the North Eastern Inlets

Hiking at the End of the World 2019 - 5 days / 4 nights

Deserted Farmlands of the North Eastern Inlets


Accommodation in mountain huts.

Hiking through the magnificent landscapes of mountains and small bays of the North East is a unique experience. The mountains come in all shapes and sizes and the variety of colors is stunning; everything from the black sands of the beaches to the pinkish orange hues of the mountain ridges. The closeness to the ocean sets its mark on this tour.

Each day we follow old trails between isolated coves and fjords over colorful hills and down green valleys to the sea and the drone of the North Atlantic Ocean. This combination of mountains and ocean is what makes this trek a unique one; another advantage is the milder climate that can be expected at this low altitude. The area remained populated until the early seventies and abandoned farms and ancient farmsteads set their mark on the surroundings, however, sheep may be the only living thing connecting us to those former times.

HT18 Map

HT18 Map

AVAILABLE:
July 11 to August 22

DURATION:
5 days / 4 nights

TOUR ID:
HT18

Included

    Experienced and qualified guide
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    Mountain hut and hostel sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
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    Ground transport at the beginning and end of trek
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    Breakfast (4), Lunch (5), Dinner (4)
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    Transfer of luggage
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    (Domestic flights between Reykjavík and Egilsstađir are optional) *Note that domestic flights cannot be guaranteed on short notice, please contact us for further information.

Not Included

    Sleeping bags (can be rented)
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    Showers in huts (payable on site)
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    Domestic flights optional *Note that domestic flights cannot be guaranteed on short notice, please contact us for further information.

Itinerary

Day 1. Reykjavík – Egilsstađir – Borgarfjörđur Eystri


We meet at the domestic airport in Egilsstađir at 8:30, where those who came the land way, meet those who come by air from Reykjavík (depart from Reykjavík domestic airport at 7:30). Transfer towards Borgarfjörđur Eystri, about 90 km (56 mi). Shortly before starting the climb over the pass to Borgarfjörđur we get off the bus and start the day´s hike. The path leads to Stórurđ, a little oasis hidden below the magnificent Dyrfjöll mountain range. There in amazing scenery will be the setting for our lunch. We then continue our hike and make our way up along the northern side of the mountains, below stunning cliffs, before heading down towards the little village of Bakkagerđi. After dinner it is ideal to wander around this little village.

Distance: 18km (11mi)
Walking time: 6-8 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970')/800m (2625')

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Day 2. Borgarfjörđur Eystri – Brúnavík – Breiđavík


Today the path leads us over a pass and down into the inlet of Brúnavík. Here we can enjoy the waves of the North Atlantic for a while before heading up into the valley and over the magnificent pass of Súluskarđ where the colors of the adjacent hills and mountaintops provide a colorful feast for the eyes. From Súluskarđ we head down into Kjólsvík inlet and from there over the low pass of Kjólsvíkurvarp down into Breiđavík inlet, the biggest one of these deserted inlets.

Distance: 14km (9mi)
Walking time: 7-9 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 400m (1315')/400m (1315')

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Day 3. Breiđavík - Húsavík


We leave the colorful valley of Breiđavík and hike over the mountains, our destination the inlet of Húsavík. If weather permits we will climb the mountain Hvítserkur, one of the most amazing and colorful mountains of Iceland before descending into the narrow valley leading to the hut at Húsavík. A delightful evening walk down to the beach, to visit the quaint little church that was in full service until the early seventies is possible after dinner.

Distance: 13km (8mi)
Walking time: 5-7 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 500m/Descent: 550m (1800')/500m (1640')

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Day 4. Húsavík - Lođmundarfjörđur


Today we continue to the valley of Lođmundarfjörđur fiord. This impressive valley was home to close to a hundred people at the turn of the 20th century due to rich farmlands and accessible fishing grounds. The surrounding mountains add certain magnificence to the scene and the hike leads us through the massive Lođmundarskriđur, formed thousands of years ago when the adjacent mountain literally burst forth. The hut where we spend the night is at the bottom of the fjord close to an old church.


Distance: 15km (9 mi)
Walking time: 5-7 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970')/600m (1970')

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Day 5. Lođmundarfjörđur - Seyđisfjörđur


The last day of our hike takes us along the old path over Hjálmárdalsheiđi, which over the centuries used to be the main thoroughfare between the Lođmundarfjörđur farmlands and the Seyđisfjörđur harbor and trading post. As we ascend, the mountaintops of the southern fiords come into sight and once we get to the pass of Hall, the fiord of Seyđisfjörđur is in full view, very different from the fiords and inlets we have left behind. Descending into Seyđisfjörđur we enjoy the breathtaking panoramas of this long and narrow fiord surrounded by majestic mountains. Once we get down to the main road we get onto the bus that takes us back to Egilsstađir where we arrive in time for the late afternoon flight to Reykjavík.

Distance: 15km (9mi)
Walking time: 5-7 hrs
Ascent/Descent:600m (1970')/600m (1970')

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*If conditions are difficult we may take a different hiking route along the coastline by Una ós- Stapavík - Njarđvík .

Tour Dates

July 11, 2019 English
August 01, 2019 English
August 22, 2019 English

Price Information

July 11, 2019 - August 22, 2019:
Price per person with domestic flights 230000 ISK (1643 EUR)
Price per person without domestic flights 186999 ISK (1336 EUR)

Payments & Terms

We require a 15% non-refundable deposit for this tour.
Cancellation:
All cancellations must be made by letter or or e-mail to TOURIS.In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the Travel Agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows:

CANCELLATION CHARGES
TOURIS reserves the right to keep the below fee to cover costs.
If clients formally cancel their participation:
  • 50% of tour price is refunded if cancelled 30-59 days prior to departure.
  • 25% of tour price is refunded if cancelled 16-29 days prior to departure.
  • 0% of tour price is refunded if cancelled 15 days prior to departure.

  • Useful Information: Here you will find other information for this tour.

    Duration: 5 days
    Accommodation: Mountain huts, hostel and camping
    Group size: 6 to 16 participants
    Language: English

    Walking per day: 5 - 8 hrs
    Total walking distance: 75 km. (45 miles)
    Ascent: Maximum 600 m. (1900 feet)
    Difficulty: Challenging - Suites those that are physically active and have some background in basic travelling in mountainous terrain with a backpack. 6 - 7 hrs walks per day.

    NOTE:
    Minimum age is 16


    Meeting Point: The tour starts at Egilsstađir airport and ends at the domestic airport in Egilsstađir (or begins and ends at the airport in Reykjavík for option with domestic flights).

    Payment:
    A non refundable deposit of 15%, of the total package price should reach TOURIS within 3 days of confirmation of booking and full payment not later than 6 weeks prior to tour departure. In case of delay on payments, TOURIS will reserve the right to treat this as a cancellation and withdraw its confirmation of the services.
    Every detail regarding the booking must be included, in order for TOURIS to ensure efficiency, including the passengers name, flight information, all accommodation, tours and other services.

    Equipment list for Trekking Tours / Assisted Treks:

    Boots and Clothing:

    Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with 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.
    Gloves – Wool or synthetic.
    Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
    Warm hat – Wool or synthetic.

    Other gear:

    A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!
    Backpack for extra clothes and food 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.
    Light sleeping bag – A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient treks in huts
    Towel – light weight and packable.
    Sunglasses & sun protection.
    Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
    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.
    Swim suit (depends on tour).

    Optional gear:

    Walking pole(s).
    Gaiters
    Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.
    Pen knife
    Earplugs
    Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
    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.
    Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

    For your own well being and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.

    Travel Insurance:
    To avoid dispute in case of cancellation, we strongly recommend that our clients purchase a comprehensive travel insurance in their home country, that covers your cost should you have to cancel your tour. This kind of travel insurance is usually not expensive and it frequently covers other risks too

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