Trekking in Iceland
Exploring Iceland off the beaten track
Iceland is stunning and wild in every way, but due to the relative ease of accessibility, many popular spots are very busy during the main tourist season. Iceland’s most famous trekking route, Landmannerlaugar can at times seem a bit overrun. Our treks seek out the path less traveled and explore some of the truly remote and otherworldly wilderness of the Highlands. These are guided tours, led by experienced mountain guides who have been taking groups into these areas for over 15 years. They know this area like the back of their hands.
Trek at the Doors of Hell (Southern Route)
This is a beautiful hut to hut vehicle assisted 4-day trek along the East and south flank of Mount Hekla, one of Iceland’s best-known volcanoes, and through the caldera of Hrafntinnusker in the Fjallabak Natural Reserve. This beautiful strato-volcano (a volcanic edifice built over centuries through a series of volcanic eruptions) is still active and closely monitored by the volcanologists’ seismographs. We hike along the volcano from a reasonably safe distance in order to maintain safety and we stay informed about the relative volcanic activity.
Trek at the Doors of Hell (Northern Route)
This short, but stunning trek explores the western and northern flanks of Hekla through the Fjallabak Natural Reserve to Landmannalaugar. The trek is suitable for intermediate hikers and as it is vehicle assisted and runs from hut-to-hut, it is quite a comfortable trek. Since the volcano is still active and is closely monitored, we hike at a reasonably safe distance in order to maintain safety. We also stay informed about the relative volcanic activity.
Trek to Lake Langisjór
A great 6-day adventure from the Eldgjá volcanic canyon along the shore Langisjór ” the lake of Jade”. This beautiful route, which is the most adventurous of our vehicle-assisted treks, explores the eastern part of the ridge Öræfi. It goes through strange landscapes among the wildest ones in the Highlands, between the break of Eldgjá and the source of the river Túngná in the center of the island, from the foot of Vatnajökull along the extraordinary turquoise lake Langisjór.
Trekking the Black Raven Reefs
This amazing vehicle-assisted 8-day walking adventure. combines 4 days hut-to-hut walking along the western, and northern flank of Mount Hekla, one of Iceland’s best-known volcanoes, and through the Fjallabak Natural Reserve to Landmannalaugar, with 3 days of exploring the vast and strange Hrafntinnusker Caldeira from a nice base camp; a remote hut in the middle of nowhere.
Trek around Mount Hekla
A fabulous vehicle assisted trek that leads all around Mt. Hekla, one of Iceland’s best-known volcanoes: It combines a 4-day hut-to-hut trek along the western and northern flank of Mount Hekla, through the Fjallabak Natural Reserve to Landmannalaugar, then crosses the vast and strange Hrafntinnusker Caldeira to the majestic mountain ridge of Tindfjöll.
Trekking in the Mountains of the Elves
This is one of our most popular treks and it was voted as one of the most beautiful treks in the world by National Geographic Magazine, in 2005. Six of the seven days are vehicle assisted, running from hut-to-hut (and hotel). In 2005, this beautiful trek was nominated one of the 25 most beautiful treks in the world, by the National Geographic Magazine. We can certainly see why…
Trekking to Forge of the Earth (East)
Starting at the foot of the imposing Hrafntinnusker caldera over the Landmannalaugar Valley and ending at the fault of Eldgjá (East Itinerary) or to the impressive Tindfjöll mountains (West Itinerary), this short trek will lead you through a world of volcanic features – huge lava fields, mountains of rhyolite, basalt, obsidian and pumice, through hot springs and fumaroles, blast craters and fissures. You will discover dream-like, moss-filled valleys and drink from the freshest, clearest streams. And always watching over you are the majestic, shimmering icecaps, dormant volcanoes surrounded by vast black sand flats, crisscrossed by a myriad of melted water streams.
Trekking to the Origin of the Earth (West)
This 10-day vehicle assisted hut-to-hut trek takes place in the heart of the most out-of-this-world volcanic uplands you can imagine, between Mount Hekla to the west and the fault line of Eldgjá to the east, and crossing the caldera of Torfajökull / Hrafntinnusker. It takes us along some of the most secret passages of this spectacular volcanic rift.