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Iceland’s best-ofs? Sign me up! Welcome to Fjallabak Nature Reserve, an area carved to stunning imperfection by volcanic and geothermal activity. The 4-day hiking tour will take us to many of Fjallabak’s otherworldly wonders and surreal landscapes. A fantastic network of trails has it all: vibrantly hued rhyolite mountains, hot springs, lava fields, waterfalls, expanses of black sand, all kinds of volcanic formations, and so much more. We’ll end our days with dips in lakes or hot springs, and a good night’s sleep in charming cottages. This one is a no-brainer—book your spot and join us!

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  • Colorful mountains of Landmannalaugar

    Hike through one of Iceland’s most recognizable and most spectacular areas

  • 50,000 hectares of exhilarating landscapes

    Fjallabak Nature Reserve is a pristine wilderness area with diverse geology

  • Enjoy benefits of geothermal wonders

    You will end your days with dips in relaxing hot pools and lakes

Itinerary

You keep clicking on hiking tours of Iceland? Consider this your cue to finally book one. Welcome to the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, Iceland’s pristine wilderness area in the Highlands that gathers spectacular natural wonders. With mountainous terrain sculpted by volcanic and geothermal activity, Fjallabak will leave you in awe of its surreal beauty—waterfalls, rhyolite mountains, lava fields, lakes, canyons… You want it, you got it. An expert guide will join you on this 4-day adventure, who will take you to the area’s highlights and make sure you have an adventure of a lifetime.

  • Meet your guide and your team at 8 am at Reykjavík BSI central bus terminal. A private minibus will take you eastwards through the captivating mountains along Highway 1. You will pass through the charming towns of Hveragerði and Selfoss, and then continue through Dómadalsleið into the Highlands.

    The first hike of the trip takes you up to the magnificent Rauðufossar (literally the red waterfall), a 60-meter high waterfall spilling over hues of red. Hike to your cottages at Landmannahellir, where you will spend the next three nights.

    Meals: Lunch and dinner
    Accommodation: Landmannahellir cottages
    Hiking: 10 km / 6 miles (3-4 hours)

    Rauðufossar waterfall in Iceland
  • Begin driving into the colorful Landmannalaugar, a journey of about 30 minutes. Landmannalaugar is a geological wonderland, boasting a surreal experience for those venturing into its diverse and vibrant landscapes. Here is where you’ll come to appreciate the forces that have shaped this region.

    You will hike through the largest and most incredible rhyolite area in the country. The trail will lead you through Blágil, up Brennisteinsöldu, down Votugil, and through Laugahraun, showcasing mesmerizing wonders every step of the way. After the hike, relax your muscles by soaking in a hot bath in a river while re-energizing with an ice-cold drink. Drive back to the cottages in Landmannahellir.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Landmannahellir cottages
    Hiking: 10-15 km / 6-9 miles (6-7 hours)

    Landmannalaugar hot pools
  • Today you have an exhilarating mountain climbing experience ahead of you! Set out from your cottage and hike up to the summit of Mount Löðmund, the highest peak in the Fjallabak region (1,077 m / 3,534 ft). You’ll get fantastic panoramic views of the southern part of the country.

    As you descend, you will once again take a dip—but this time, a refreshing one in Löðmundarvatn (Löðmund Lake)! Retreat to your cottage for the final dinner with your team!

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Accommodation: Landmannahellir cottages
    Hiking: 5 hours

    Fjallabak lake
  • After a hearty breakfast, pack up and begin your hike from the cottage, heading towards Sigalda. Here is where you will embark on a memorable hike and explore the awe-inspiring Sigöldugljúfur Canyon.

    After about an hour of hiking, continue your journey and you’ll soon reach the spectacular waterfalls of Háifoss and Granni. If possible, you will also make a stop at Gjáin, a canyon with small waterfalls and ponds, before returning to Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Hiking: 2-3 hours

    Haifoss waterfall
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Meet your guides

Þóra Jóhanna Hjaltadóttir
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Þóra Jóhanna Hjaltadóttir
Þóra Jóhanna Hjaltadóttir
Þóra is a native Icelander who’s been working as a guide for more than 20 years. She became a guide because of her passion for outdoors exploring and love for Iceland’s unique nature. Þóra’s hobbies include running, tennis, biking, and knitting. She is a certified guide and a Wilderness First Responder.
Jón Yngvi Gylfason
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Jón Yngvi Gylfason
Jón is a very experienced summit and glacier guide for both summer and winter. He’s been leading and co-leading expeditions in Iceland and Greenland and he has been an instructor to junior grades. Jón is an IMG and AIMG-certified glacier guide, a level II hard-ice guide, and a Wilderness First Responder.
Michal Zeinert
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Michal Zeinert
Michal comes from the Czech Republic, where he worked as a ski instructor. Prior to joining IMG in 2017, he was also working as an instructor in Austria and Japan. He enjoys skiing, running, and cycling in his free time. Michal is a Wilderness First Responder and a Hard Ice Guide Level One.
Icelandic Mountain Guides
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Icelandic Mountain Guides
Icelandic Mountain Guides
Hiking Guides
Icelandic Mountain Guides offer the perfect variety of experiences to satisfy anyone’s desire for adventure. Whether you want to relax in the unparalleled beauty of Iceland's nature or take a more challenging adventure, they’ve got you covered. The possibilities are endless and the memories will last a lifetime.
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Pamela V (source: TripAdvisor)

This experience is mind blowing!!!!! You feel as if you were on Mars or another planet. I won’t get into details so it can be a surprise for anyone visting. Magni was our tour guy and he made our experiencie super special! He has a great sense of humor and he was so patient and kind to everyone!! Wish all tour guys were like him! Wish I could live this moment over and over again! Thank you!!!!!

andresgrisi (source: TripAdvisor)

Bjarki was a wonderful guide. So professional and pleasant. Good photographer and well informed about everything, history and his roots. Great tour worth it.

liviacarli11 (source: TripAdvisor)

The experience was amazing and The two guides Silvia and Andrea were so professionals and qualified. I am very happy and I would like to make other experience with them. Thank you very much!!! A lovely vieux

Anso M (source: TripAdvisor)

It was amazing ! Our guide, Magni, was very fun and kind. Thank you for this moment ! A mother – daughter trip like i want

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide & driver with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 4-day Fjallabak hiking adventure
      • Transportation during the tour in a minibus
      • Accommodation in Landmannahellir cottages for 3 nights
      • All meals from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 4
      • 11% VAT

    Vegan and vegetarian diets can be accommodated. If you require a special diet, let us know upon booking.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to the starting point
      • Accommodations and food prior to and after the tour
      • Optional excursions and visits
      • Sleeping bag — possible to rent with your guides
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • This 4-day Fjallabak hiking tour is demanding and requires good endurance. It’s ideal for hikers that are physically active and have some background in basic traveling in mountainous terrain. Fjallabak Nature Reserve is mountainous, so you can expect ascents and descents during the tour. Make sure you’re ready for 4 to 7-hour day hikes of up to 15 km (9 miles) and remember that you’ll be carrying a daypack filled with water and other things you might need throughout the day. All your other luggage will be left at the same hut where you’ll sleep for three nights.

    Looking for other hikes in Iceland? Check out this Laugavegur tour, Iceland’s ancient trails or the hidden trails of Iceland.

  • Clothing

      • Sturdy hiking boots — waterproof with good ankle support
      • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) — wool or synthetic
      • T-shirt (thermal underwear) — wool or synthetic.
      • Light wool or fleece sweater (second layer)
      • Trousers — strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell
      • Jacket with a good hood — windproof, waterproof and breathable
      • Rain trousers — windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland
      • Gloves
      • Socks — Wool or synthetic (two or three pairs)
      • Warm hat

    Other gear

      • A duffel bag for your belongings
      • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day (25 – 40L)
      • 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 — possible to rent with your guides
      • Towel — lightweight 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 etc.
      • Power bank for your devices

    Optional gear

      • Walking poles — available to rent with your guides
      • 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
      • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
      • Slippers for indoor use
      • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits

    Dress comfortably and for the weather in clothes you can move in. We suggest bringing clothing appropriate for the season. Layers are best and don’t wear jeans.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this Fjallabak hiking tour, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 14:1.
      • It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to operate. Maximum group size is 14.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.
      • Accommodation is in Landmannahellir cottages. You don’t need to worry about luggage transfers as you will be able to leave all your belongings there and only take what you need throughout the day for daily hikes.

    Fjallabak hiking tour can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.

    Min. age requirements:

      • If you are older than 18, you’re good to go.
      • Minors older than 14 may be permitted to join the hike on a case-by-case basis, but must be in the presence of a parent or legal guardian.

    If your group has hikers under the age of 18, contact us prior to booking to make arrangements.

  • To get to the starting point of this tour in Reykjavík, most people fly into Keflavík International Airport (KEF). From there, you can take a bus, shuttle, or taxi to Reykjavík.

    You’ll meet your guide at the BSI central bus terminal in Reykjavík at 8:00 am on Day 1 of the tour. Due to a very early start, please arrive in Reykjavik at least a day prior to the first day of the adventure.

  • We highly recommend that you cover all your bases with both emergency medical and travel insurance. With medical insurance, if you have an accident or medical emergency on or off the mountain, you’ll avoid paying out of pocket for costly expenses. This covers everything from hospital treatments to emergency air transportation and more.

    Travel insurance covers canceled flights, natural disasters and other scenarios that may interrupt your travel plans.

    We also expect you to respect local regulations and take measures to protect yourselves, your guides, and the communities you’re traveling to. For more information on travel recommendations and restrictions in Iceland, please refer to Iceland’s foreign travel advice.

    If you need assistance selecting the right insurance for your group, let us know and we will be happy to help!

  • Iceland, the “Land of Fire and Ice”, has forever lived with volcanic activity. Minor and major eruptions have occurred every few years since the island was formed. Some of Iceland’s appeal, aside from sheer natural beauty, surely stems from this very fact.

    However, every new eruption, such as the recent Reykjanes Peninsula fissure, will make some travelers, tourists, and adventurers uneasy, especially given the fact that sensationalist media is not immune to misinformation and speculation.

    Since we work with a number of expert local guides in Iceland, we thought we’d share their input and fill you in on what’s actually going on.

    First of all, air traffic has not been affected. Flights to and from Keflavík International Airport and Reykjavík Domestic Airport are operating as they always do.

    Second, the effects of volcanic activity have been localized, with some roads closed, and all services in Iceland are operating as usual. Reykjavik, the capital, is around 40 km (25 miles) away from the volcanic fissure, and life there is as normal as ever.

    And third, trips offered by 57hours are taking place much further away, and are thereby even less likely to be affected by the volcanic activity, being perfectly safe for adventurers. Naturally, the authorities (and guides) are monitoring the situation and doing everything possible to keep both local residents and visitors safe and well informed.

    In case you have any additional questions or dilemmas, feel free to get in touch with either your guide or 57hours. For more information, please visit:
    https://safetravel.is/
    https://www.visiticeland.com/article/volcano-info

    Or watch the video with Dr. Matthew Roberts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office explaining the recent volcanic activities in Iceland:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA3-BXYuYrw

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the set dates with a 30% deposit upon booking. The remaining 70% of the trip price is to be paid 90 days prior to departure, at the latest.

    Secure your early bird spot with a 10% deposit! This tour gets sold out very quickly, but with early-bird booking, you will be the first one to know about any new upcoming dates. Pick your preferred dates without the risk of your bucket list adventure selling out!

      • Only 10% of the total amount should be paid as a deposit upon booking. This deposit is non-refundable, but can be transferred to another 57hours adventure anytime in case the dates don’t suit you.
      • Once the dates are set, you can confirm your booking by paying another 20% of the total amount.
      • The final balance is due 3 months (90 days) prior to departure.

    Cancellations

    Booking fees are non-refundable in all cases. During checkout, however, you can choose one of 57hours’ flexibility options:

    Basic

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a 70% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-59 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 60 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 30-59 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, there is no refund.

    Super Flexible

      • In case of cancellation within 48 hours after booking, the amount paid is fully refundable.
      • For cancellations 30 or more days before the trip, you are eligible for a full refund of the trip price.
      • For cancellations 0-29 days before the trip, you are eligible for a 50% refund of the trip price.

    All rates are based on current purchasing prices in Iceland. Your guides reserve the right to change prices without notice due to inflation, changes in oil prices, government taxes, or any other cost increases that are outside the guide’s control. Your guides will absorb an amount equivalent to 5% of the price. Amounts that exceed the 5% will be charged and clients will be entitled to cancel their booking with a full refund if the surcharge exceeds 10%. Eventual changes in rates will not be made with less than 4 weeks’ notice before departures or on bookings already made and confirmed.

    Your guides reserve the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or canceled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes.

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