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Iceland's Best Kept Secret

Highlights

  • An amazing Iceland adventure
  • True mountain solitude
  • Deep wilderness of Iceland
  • Glaciers, valleys, and waterfalls
  • Landscapes with a kaleidoscope of colors
  • Iceland's fascinating geology
  • Dry, cozy mountain huts for sleeping

Description

Iceland’s Best Kept Secret is for adventurers looking to join a self-reliant, remote, seldom-traveled trek through deep Icelandic wilderness. We will encounter few other hikers, if any, during this trip, and it's one you won't find being offered by other hiking companies in Iceland! There is no public transportation to deliver us to this trekking route and there is no resupply by jeep, so we'll be carrying our food, clothing and supplies on our backs (in backpacks we provide). The effort is worth it as we are rewarded with stunning views, glaciers, waterfalls, and classic Iceland trekking!
Our hiking route takes us into a very remote part of Iceland, where very few foreigners have visited. For six full days we will trek across an Icelandic wilderness filled with glaciers, rivers, lakes, deep valleys, thundering waterfalls and rainbow-colored mountains. We'll sleep each night in rustic, communal huts that give us welcome refuge from potentially bad weather.

Each day on this trek unfolds with new wonders, views and jaw-dropping sites - join us to experience it for yourself! Give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) to book your spot today!
Click here to have a detailed PDF information packet emailed to you, or request a reservation today. You can also call us at 888-966-TREK.

 

Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

On this Iceland hiking tour, we provide you with a shuttle voucher to get from Keflavik International airport in Reykjavik, Iceland to tonight's hotel. After checking into your hotel room (included), you are free to explore the capital city on your own. Reykjavik’s city center is small and you can travel everywhere on foot. Your guides will designate a time to conduct the pre-trip orientation meeting. The orientation meeting is time to ask questions, meet other expedition members, check over gear, and review the itinerary. Icelandic weather can be cold and rainy so be sure to follow the gear list closely! After the orientation meeting, your guide will make suggestions for fantastic dinner spots in Reykjavik, as dinner is on your own this evening.

NOTE: If your flight lands in the morning, your hotel room will not be ready ; however you will be able to store your luggage and start your city exploration.


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 9.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 450 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-7 hours


This morning your guide will pick you up at your hotel and transport you to the Reykjavik domestic airport. We will take a 1-hour long flight over Iceland to the town of Egilsstadir in Eastern Iceland. This flight often feels like a sightseeing tour of the island. Upon arrival in Egilsstadir, we will head out toward the highlands adjacent to Snaefeel Mountain. The Eyjabakkar area is where we begin our hike. At first we follow the impressive riverbanks of the glacial river, Jökulsá! We will have views of Snaefeel Mountain as it lies on the opposite side of the river. Eventually, we will head toward Geldingafell mountain at the edge of the great Vatnajökull glacier.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 10-12 miles
Elevation Gain: 980 feet
Elevation Loss: 1640 feet
Trekking Duration: 7-9 hours


This morning after breakfast, we begin our hike around the mountain of Geldingafell for excellent views over the Vatnajökull glacier. We will follow the edge of the Vesturdalur valley before descending toward Kollumúlavatn Lake. We will arrive at our rustic mountain hut, Egilssel.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 5-8 miles
Elevation Gain/Loss: 800-1500 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-8 hours


Today we will have a leisurly morning as the surroundings of the Egilssel hut are well worth further exploration. We will spend the day hiking down into the nearby valley of Víðidalur. People actually lived in this narrow and remote valley until the first decades of the 20th century. The steep mountains lend a certain magnificence to the landscape and it may be possible to climb to one of the summits before returning to the hut at Egilssel for the night.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Elevation Loss: 1450 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-7 hours


Today’s hike begins with a circumnavigation of the lake, as we come to the Tröllakrókahnaus, we see an interesting outcrop of columnar basalt, located on the Tröllakrókar cliffs. We will make our way along the cliffs’ edges as we enjoy stunning views of the rock formations and surrounding mountains. The monotony of the basaltic rock formations soon give way to colorful landscapes of purple, orange and pink rhyolite rock formations. We will continue down into the valley fo the glacial river, Jökulsá í Lóni arriving at our rustic mountain hut for the night.


Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 7.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Elevation Loss: 1450 feet
Trekking Duration: 5-7 hours


Today is truly magical as we will be spending the entire day exploring the surroundings of Múlaskáli. A whole day is necessary to fully discover, photography and appreciate the symphony of colors of the stunning rhyolitic mountains.


Day 7

Hiking Mileage: 12miles
Elevation Gain: 1000 feet
Elevation Loss: 2000 feet Trekking Duration: 5-8 hours


Today our hike starts by crossing a glacial river on a foot bridge before climbing the hill of Illikambur. The colorful mountains will accompany us until we reach another landscape. Following the glacial river Jökulsá í Lóni we will make our way south to the old farmstead of Eskifell. At Eskifell, we will cross a glacial river via foot bridge and our shuttle driver will be waiting to transport us to the village of Höfn. From Höfn, we will fly back to Reykjavík, check into our hotel rooms (included) and your guide will make dining suggestions, as dinner is on your own this evening.


Day 8

Today is the final day of the Wildland Trekking, Icelands Best Kept Secret trek. We will ensure you get on the proper Flybus Shuttle for departure to Keflavik International Airport. If you are remaining in Iceland, please let us know. We can arrange extra activities in Iceland. Thanks for choosing Wildland Trekking!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureacratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging before and after the trekking portion of the trip
  • Mountain hut reservations and accommodations (rustic, communal accommodations)
  • Sleeping pads and sleeping bags
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals from breakfast on Day 2 through lunch on the last day of the trekking portion of the trip
  • Professional, knowledgeable, certified Iceland hiking guides (U.S.-based guides)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Dinners in Reykjavik
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Iceland hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. Most meals are prepared on the trail by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Sleeping bags, sleeping pads
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at Keflavik International Airport (in Reykjavik) on Day 1 and transport you to the first night's hotel (included), where we'll conduct an orientation meeting at 5:00 PM the first evening (your flight needs to arrive before 3PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 4 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides (U.S.-based) along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals (U.S.-based, click here to learn more) with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 10 guests and 2-3 guides, with a minimum of 4 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in Iceland

The weather in Iceland is generally cool, and the country has what is considered a temperate climate. The relatively warm North Atlantic Current makes Iceland's temperatures more temperate than many places of similar latitude. It can be quite cool, rainy and windy in the summer, so being prepared with the proper rain gear and warmth layers is critical.

The average temperatures and precipitation in Iceland are:

Average Iceland Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month Hi Low Wet Days
June 54° F 45° F 15 days
July 60° F 50° F 15 days
August 57° F 48° F 16 days
September 52° F 43° F 18 days