In the Footsteps of Elves

from £1812
excluding flights *
6 nights May-Sep
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A land of myth and mystery, Borgarfjordur in the East Fjords has a natural beauty that wows the senses and stirs the mind. This small group hiking tour explores this stunning area of rugged trails, epic fjords and sweeping coastlines in the company of an expert guide and lets you gain an insight into local folk tales and traditions. With pixies and elves present in the history of every nook and cranny, you will no doubt feel your imagination running wild.


  • Enjoy moderate hikes through spectacular scenery
  • Stay in comfortable hotel accommodation throughout
  • Discover the myths and legends of this area

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts, 4 dinners, 4 lunches
  • Return domestic flights from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir
  • Excursions as per itinerary

Full description

Hidden away in Iceland's east, Borgarfjordur Eystri is home to spectacular vistas, stretching coastlines and ancient tales of the elves who, legend states, once resided here. Exploring the area on foot, this trekking holiday is for those who want to get out into the wilds, without pushing themselves on difficult or technical paths.

Rated as moderate difficulty, this series of walks is designed to allow travellers to enjoy the stunning scenery as well as learn the stories of the area.

With rugged mountains edged with rolling green hills which wander down to the ocean in deep fjords, there is much to be discovered along the secluded and spectacular coastline. Renowned locally for the fantastic range of hiking options and natural beauty, this area is much less visited by tourists and is thus an ideal area to explore.

Using one hotel as a base, this is the holiday for walkers who prefer a comfortable bed at the end of their day and with hot tubs on hand in the local spa, there is plenty of opportunity to relax and unwind after a hike.

Trip Difficulty: 3 out of 5 - Moderate

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Prices & Dates *

Airfares start from around £70 per person and are quoted separately to the holiday price. When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

These are starting prices in £ per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

End Twin Price (pp) Single Price
Thur 23 May 2019 Wed 29 May 2019 £1,812 £1,956
Thur 30 May 2019 Wed 5 Jun 2019 £1,812 £1,956
Thur 6 Jun 2019 Wed 12 Jun 2019 £1,812 £2,282
Thur 13 Jun 2019 Wed 19 Jun 2019 £1,812 £2,282
Thur 27 Jun 2019 Wed 3 Jul 2019 £1,812 £2,282
Thur 11 Jul 2019 Wed 17 Jul 2019 £1,812 £2,282
Thur 18 Jul 2019 Wed 24 Aug 2019 £1,812 £2,282
Thur 1 Aug 2019 Wed 7 Aug 2019 £1,812 £2,282
Thur 15 Aug 2019 Wed 21 Aug 2019 £1,812 £2,282
Thur 22 Aug 2019 Wed 28 Aug 2019 £1,812 £2,282
Thur 5 Sep 2019 Wed 11 Sep 2019 £1,812 £1,956
Thur 12 Sep 2019 Wed 18 Sep 2019 £1,812 £1,956
Thur 20 Sep 2019 Wed 26 Sep 2019 £1,812 £1,956

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • 2 nights in Reykjavik on breakfast basis, 4 nights in Borgafjordur Eystri on full board basis (from dinner on day 1 of the tour to breakfast on day 6 of the tour)
  • Return domestic flights from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir
  • Airport transfers
  • Ground transport as per itinerary
  • Museum admission
  • Excursions as per itinerary
  • Services of driver/guide as detailed in the itinerary
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee

Itinerary & Accommodation

Itinerary & Accommodation


Day 1 Reykjavik

Fly from the UK to Keflavik and transfer to your hotel in Reykjavik.

Day 2 Fly from Reykjavik to Egilsstadir

Make your own way to Reykjavik city airport (payable locally) for your flight to Egilsstadir. On arrival you will be met and transferred to Borgarfjordur Eystri where you will be spending the next four nights. After a light lunch, take a walk around the local Borgarfjordur village and the valley including the old turf house, concert hall, local fish factory and many other interesting stops on the way. From here, hike on unmarked trails for 3 hours in the valley of Borgarfjordur including the sheep trails up to Dimmidalur (the Dark Valley) and Jokuldalur (Glacier Valley) to see their rugged, beautiful landscape, right under the Door Mountains. Walk through the fascinating elf community of Lobbuhraun, and visit a local home home in Dimmidalur valley. Return to Bakkagerdi village, and visit the queen of the elves at Alfaborg (Elf Hill).

12 km walk with 400 m of elevation.

Day 3 Borgarfjordur Eystri

On this day you will visit the harbour at Borgarfjordur, known for its excellent bird watching. It is known for being one of the best places to see Puffins in their nesting environment. Later on, hike from the waterfront through the vegetated mountain screes to Brunavik pass (345m) continuing down to Brunavík inlet. Take a stroll across the black sand beach admiring the beautiful rocks and stunning landscapes. Dip your toes into the refreshing water as you walk barefoot through a small stream to explore the other side of the beach. On the way back, hike over the Hofstrandarskard pass (321m) and follow the colourful Helgargil canyon towards Bakkagerdi village.

16km hike, traversing 700m of elevation.

Day 4 Borgarfjordur Eystri

From Vatnskard pass (431m), start the day's hike by heading up and crossing the mountain Geldingafjall (640m) continuing on inland west of the Sulur peaks. Spend some time taking in the breathtaking views over Njardvik, Fljotsdalsherad valley, the black sandy beach of Heradsfloi bay and perhaps even to Vatnajokull glacier and Mt. Snaefell in the eastern part of the central highlands. Next, head down into Storurd, an expanse of enormous rocks intersected by a small river. Explore the calm turquoise-coloured basins of icy water which lie hidden among the huge boulders often with flat banks of short, tender, green grass. In the afternoon you can opt to either hike along the Dyrfjoll (Door Mountains) or take the easy route back down the valley below Rjupnafell peak.

16km trek with 500m of elevation

Day 5 Borgarfjordur Eystri

In the morning you will be transferred to Afrett for an easy hike over the moors and gravelly ground. Along the way, you will see the incredible range of pastel coloured mountains and the light brown rhyolite around Uradarholavatn. Head further onto Gaesavotn and Viknaheidi before reaching the Breidavik inlet. After a short stop at the Breidavik black sand beach with its Siberian driftwood, hike up to Gagnheidi ridge (479m) which has a viewpoint indicator and a fabulous panorama before heading back to Bakkagerdi.

15km trek with 400m of elevation

Day 6 Borgarfjordur Eystri and fly to Reyakjvik

This morning you will be driven to Unaos farm, approximately 15 minutes from Borgarfjörður, to hike along Selfljot River amd along the sea shore to the Stapavík cove. From the cove you will continue to Gonguskord pass which is largely an old riding trail. This was a route that was used between Borgarfjordur and Fljotsdalsherad valley for 1000 years until a road over Vatnskard was built and finished in 1955. The hike ends at Njardavík farm where you will be picked up and transferred back to the hotel. In the evening, transfer to Egilsstadir for your flight to Reykjavik. On arrival in Reykjavik transfer to your accommodation (we recommend taking a taxi - payable locally)

11km trek with 415m of elevation.

Day 7 Keflavik to UK

Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your return flight.

Country Hotel Alfheimar, Borgarfjordur Eystri


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Found on a farm in the tiny fishing village of Bakkagerdi in Borgarfjordur, this guesthouse offers 30 double rooms across three log-cabin style buildings.

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Hotel Cabin, Reykjavik


Grade: Standard

Type: Hotel

Superb value for your money, this 252-room hotel is for guests looking for simple yet comfortable accommodation.

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