In the Footsteps of Elves

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  • May-Sep
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In the Footsteps of Elves

from £1817 excluding flights

  • 6 nights
  • May-Sep

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In pictures
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Stride out in spectacular scenery

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Discover the mountains and valleys of Borgarfjordur Eystri

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See puffins in their nesting environment

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Discover the myths and legends of this area

Why this trip...

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Off-the-beaten-track

This holiday showcases places and experiences away from the usual tourist routes

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Expertly guided

In-depth knowledge and expertise will enrich your experience on this trip

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Nordic Heritage

With over 37 years of experience in creating trips to Nordics we know this region inside out

Overview

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.

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 - this series of walks is designed to allow travellers to enjoy the stunning scenery as well as learn the stories of the area.

Itinerary

Day 1 arrive in Iceland

Fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer through the rugged landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula to your hotel in the centre of Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Fly to Keflavik International Airport and transfer through the rugged landscape of the Reykjanes Peninsula to your hotel in the centre of Reykjavik for an overnight stay.

Hotel Klettur, Reykjavik

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Day 2 Reykjavik - Egilsstadir - Borgarfjordur Eystri

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).

Hiking information: Moderate walk | Distance: 12km | Walking time: 4-5hrs | traversing 400m of elevation

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).

Hiking information: Moderate walk | Distance: 12km | Walking time: 4-5hrs | traversing 400m of elevation

Country Hotel Alfheimar, Borgarfjordur Eystri

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Day 3 hiking in the area

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.

Hiking information: Moderate walk | Distance: 16km | Walking time: 5-6hrs | traversing 700m of elevation

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.

Hiking information: Moderate walk | Distance: 16km | Walking time: 5-6hrs | traversing 700m of elevation

Day 4 hiking in the area

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.

Hiking information: Challenging walk (gravel and screes 15% of the trail) | Distance: 16km | Walking time: 5-6hrs | traversing 500m of elevation

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.

Hiking information: Challenging walk (gravel and screes 15% of the trail) | Distance: 16km | Walking time: 5-6hrs | traversing 500m of elevation

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Day 5 hiking in the area

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.

Hiking information: Easy walk | Distance: 15km | Walking time: 4-5hrs | traversing 400m of elevation

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.

Hiking information: Easy walk | Distance: 15km | Walking time: 4-5hrs | traversing 400m of elevation

Day 6 Borgarfjordur Eystri - Eglisstadir - Reykjavik

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 at Hotel Klettur (we recommend taking a taxi - payable locally).

Hiking information: Moderate walk | Distance: 11km | Walking time: 4-5hrs | traversing 415m of elevation

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 at Hotel Klettur (we recommend taking a taxi - payable locally).

Hiking information: Moderate walk | Distance: 11km | Walking time: 4-5hrs | traversing 415m of elevation

Day 7 depart Iceland

Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your return flight.

Transfer to Keflavik Airport for your return flight.

Prices and Departures

Price from £1817 excluding flights

Airfares are quoted separately to the holiday price and start from around £250 per person with Icelandair (with higher fares during peak times). When enquiring, our Travel Specialists will provide the best fare possible from your preferred airline / airport.

What's Included

  • Accommodation in rooms with private bathroom
  • All breakfasts
  • Full board basis from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 6
  • Museum admission
  • Services of driver/guide as detailed in the itinerary
  • Transfers
  • 24 hour emergency assistance from our team during your holiday
  • No surcharge guarantee
  • Full financial protection

From prices per person based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated

Based on rooms with private facilities, unless otherwise stated.

Departure Duration Twin Price Single Price
20, 27 May 2021 6 nights £1,817 £2,276
03, 17 June 2021 6 nights £1,817 £2,276
01, 15, 29 July 2021 6 nights £1,817 £2,276
12, 26 Aug 2021 6 nights £1,817 £2,276
02, 09, 16 Sept 2021 6 nights £1,817 £2,276

Group Size

This escorted group requires a minimum of 2 participants in order to operate, and will have a maximum of 20. Note: on occasion tours may operate with less than the minimum number of participants specified above (or exceed the maximum number indicated) – please refer to our booking conditions for more details.

Private departures

Please contact us for a private departure on any date suitable for you. This itinerary can be tailor made to fit your requirements and group size.

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nordic team kim stacey bw
One of our specialists
Meet Kim

3 Decades visiting Iceland

4 Countries seen northern lights in

4 Visits to Iceland with her young son

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