Hidden Trails | Iceland

Hiking the Hidden Trails of Iceland

Season

July through September

Group size

5-13 people, solo travelers are welcome

Duration

12 days

Skill level

Intermediate

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Journey through landscapes straight out of a sci-fi movie

The Hidden Trails of Iceland is quite possibly the most epic hiking adventure you’ll ever go on. When you embark on these remote trails, woven between other-wordly landscapes that link up with the famous Laugavegur Trail, you’ll experience the most beautiful and far-reaching landscapes Iceland has to offer. Far from the tourists and crowded trails, you’ll journey over 80 miles through vast deserts of jet black sand with glistening shards of obsidian, past a kaleidoscope of rhyolite mountains, past turquoise lakes, lava fields and on to inviting hot springs, all while sleeping in mountain huts.

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Hike the Hidden Trails of Iceland

$2860 per person · 12 days

After an afternoon of exploring scenic Reykjavik, you’ll say goodbye to civilization and venture on 12 exciting days of trekking underneath the never-setting Iceland sun. Your guide will provide insider info on the best photo-ops and hidden local treasures, while leading you through the most epic landscapes you’ll ever witness. Prepare yourself for an adventure of a lifetime!

Trip Highlights

Part of the appeal of the Hidden Trails tour is the fact that you are more likely to encounter a curious arctic fox or a free roaming horse than another human being. The landscapes are so epic they make Yellowstone look like child’s play, with paths strewn across challenging volcanic terrain, over rivers and past glaciers. You’ll hike all day among vibrant mountains, vast lava fields and moss painted valleys. Authentic mountain huts allow you to rest after long hikes spent trekking under the midnight sun. Some nights you’ll even rest under sleeping volcanoes! To top it off, weather conditions can have you experiencing all four seasons in just a few short hours, making this the ultimate adventure test and one you’ll be reminiscing about for years to come.

Things you need to know

COVID-19 measures in Iceland

Official COVID-19 updates by the Icelandic Government for travellers are available on this link: https://www.covid.is/announcements

If you’re concerned about traveling right now, we’d like to help. We want to make sure that everyone stays safe as they return to adventuring, so we’re happy to do the research for you — no strings attached — and provide you with all the information you need regarding COVID restrictions as they apply to you, as well as finding the best options for comprehensive trip insurance. Contact us using the trip inquiry form on the right!

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Why should I go hiking?

Cars just don’t do Iceland justice. Why view this breathtaking landscape passively through a window, when you can walk on the volcanic ground breathing beneath you and smell the rainbow of tiny arctic flowers scattered across the ink black ground? Hiking is undoubtedly the best way to enjoy Iceland’s striking terrain and experience the untouched nature around you.

What’s included?

This is what you’ll get on this adventure:

  • Accommodations
  • A local Amarok Adventures guide
  • Entrance to tourist hotspots
  • Meals
  • Permits
  • Transportation throughout the adventure
  • Transfers to and from the airport

Not included:

  • Country Visa
  • Flights and flight taxes
  • Sleeping bag & personal items
  • Travel insurance

What can I expect from hiking with a guide?

Hiring a local guide means getting a chance to see trails as equally alluring as tourist fave, the Laugavegur Trail, but much less known to the public — you’ll be getting half the hype and twice the experience of Iceland’s beauty. Iceland has notoriously fickle weather and the hidden trails on this adventure are remote, but your guide will know just what to do if the weather takes a turn or something unexpected happens.

What do I need to bring?

Here’s a list of the equipment we suggest you bring:

  • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
  • Water bottle
  • Sleeping bag
  • Hiking boots
  • Spare warm clothes
  • Compass & map
  • Toiletries (sunscreen, first aid kit, toilet paper, etc.)
  • High quality sunglasses
  • Head lantern
  • Trekking poles
  • Camera — optional (but recommended)

What’s the itinerary?

Day One

  • Arrival at Keflavik Airport
  • Transfer to accommodations in Reykjavík
  • Briefing with the guides and review of personal materials
  • Exploring Reykjavik

Days Two & Three

  • Transfer to Landmannalaugar — a geothermal valley surrounded by epic mountains
  • Spend two days hiking the area
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Four

  • Transfer from Landmannalaugar to Langisjór Lake
  • Hike through the Fögrufjöll Mountains
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Five

  • Hike to the lava field near Skaelingar valley
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Six

  • Hike to Eldgjá (the “Fire Canyon”)
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Seven

  • Hike to the lakes of Álftavötn
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Eight

  • Hike to the natural spring Strútslaug, taking a dip if temperatures allow
  • Trekking to Strútur
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Nine

  • Hike to Lake Álftavatn
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Ten

  • Hike through the black desert to Emstrur
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Eleven

  • Hike to Thórsmörk — The Valley of Thor
  • Overnight accommodations in a mountain hut

Day Twelve

  • Return to Reykjavík
  • Transfer to Keflavik Airport

How fit do I need to be?

You need to be able to hike for full days, carrying a full daypack. Each day you will hike between five and seven hours, between 10-27 miles per day for a total of 80 miles over 12 days. The volcanic terrain can be challenging and the weather unforgiving. That said, if you are looking for adventure and up to the task of multiple days of full-day trekking, you’ll be rewarded immensely.

What is the minimum age requirement?

Everybody over the age of 16 is welcome on this hiking adventure.

What about group sizes?

You will be joining a group that usually consists of 5-13 people.

What about bad weather?

Iceland is home to infamously unpredictable weather, so you need to be prepared with the right gear. The same white cloud shielding you from sunbeams can easily turn into a stormcloud plummeting hailstones within minutes. Rest assured, your guide will know the correct course of action if the weather throws a curveball. Plus, you’ll get the chance to warm up in one of the area’s cozy mountain huts.

Cancellation policy

Important notice: Standard cancellation policies don’t apply during the COVID pandemic. Please contact us and we’ll research your case individually and make sure you are covered in case of unexpected measures potentially altering your travel plans. We will have you covered.

All cancellations must be made by letter or e-mail. The guiding service reserves the right to keep fees to cover costs as follows:

  • 100% of the trip price is refundable before you get the confirmation
  • 50% of the trip price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure.
  • 25% of the price of the trip is refundable if canceled 16 to 29 days before departure.
  • 0% of the price is refundable if the trip is canceled 15 days before departure.

Confirmation of 30% must be paid at booking and full payment must have arrived 9 weeks prior to departure.

Other

The guiding service reserves the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and the staff. Clients takes full responsibility for meeting the physical fitness level requirement of the trip, and having all the required equipment that is described in the information provided to them. Clients that are physically unfit or not equipped for their tour can be dismissed from the tour at their own expense. No responsibility is accepted for losses or expenses due to delays, changes of flights or other services, as well as because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. Guiding service does not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant’s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances, such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.

Do I need trip insurance?

It’s highly recommended that you cover all your bases with travel and medical insurance. While hiking might seem like a low-risk outdoor activity, accidents can happen anywhere.

Global Rescue offers deals that cover everything from costly medical expenses, abruptly halted travel plans and even lost baggage. Make sure your insurance covers cancelations due to the pandemic.

Getting there and meeting location

The meeting location is Keflavik Airport. From there, you’ll be transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík, where you’ll begin your 12-day adventure.

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