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Mars a bit out of reach? Iceland’s the next best thing. Actually, it’s even better—along with unearthly landscapes, you’ll also find thundering waterfalls, electric green valleys, and hot pools! This 5-day hut-to-hut hiking journey takes you through the wild terrain of Vatnajökull National Park and South Fjallabak. Deep in the Icelandic wilderness, you’ll walk along a volcanic fissure, traverse bright green mossy lava formations, and cross rivers and rivulets. Find just the right balance between solitude and company—you’ll feel like you’ve got the pristine backcountry all to yourself, followed by the camaraderie in remote mountain huts, the ideal spots for mingling with other hikers.

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  • Volcanic wonders beyond compare

    Explore Iceland’s one-of-a-kind landscapes over 5 days

  • Experience the solitude of Iceland

    Venture off the beaten path—and away from the crowds

  • Variety is the name of the game

    Experience a lifetime of geological and biodiversity in a single week

Itinerary

This is a 5-day tour overflowing with Iceland's most spectacular volcanic wonders—wonders that will have you questioning if you're still on Earth. Accompanied by an expert, local guide, you'll have the chance to hike to the majestic Sveinstindur mountain, bathe in Iceland's famous hot pools, and explore lava forests and valleys along the way. Days are spent exploring these natural marvels, while nights are spent recharging and resting at authentic mountain huts. Transportation during the tour and all meals are included!

  • Meet your guide at 7:30 am at BSI Central Bus Terminal. Kick off the trip by driving along highland tracks, passing the majestic Hekla volcano and Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Drive through the Landmannalaugar area and let its multicolor mountains lead you towards the captivating Mt. Sveinstindur, nestled by the picturesque lake Langisjor.

    As you ascend the peak, you will be treated to awe-inspiring views of the mountainous terrain all the way to the magnificent Vatnajokull Glacier. Following this exhilarating climb, descend down to a traditional hut on the opposite side—this rustic hut offers a genuine immersion into the Icelandic wilderness.

    Hiking: 6 km / 4 miles
    Elevation: +605 m / +1,985 ft | -520 m / -1,706 ft
    Accommodation: Mountain hut
    Meals: Lunch and dinner

  • Following the course of the Skafta River, the trail advances alongside exciting rapids and picturesque waterfalls, ultimately guiding you to the captivating Hvanngil Canyon. The terrain is characterized by striking contrasts of obsidian lava, vibrant green moss, and an array of distinct rock formations.

    As the day draws to a close, you’ll find yourself at the enchanting Skaelingar area—a lava forest nestled near the Skafta riverbed. Here is where a rustic hut and outhouse facilities await, and where you will embrace the raw beauty of nature.

    Hiking: 18 km / 11 miles (6-8 hours)
    Elevation: +350 m / +1,152 ft | -525 m / -1,722 ft
    Accommodation: Mountain hut
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Hikers traveling along a riverside on Iceland
  • Today you’re exploring the awe-inspiring Canyon of Fire: Eldgja. By gently descending into the canyon, you will have enough time to revel in the mesmerizing beauty of this extraordinary location and its electric colors. The path leads you towards the picturesque lakes of Alftavatn, traversing through lush green hills while following the meandering river Sydri-Ofaera.

    As you reach Alftavatn, you will come to a quaint, traditional hut that will serve as your abode for the night. The tranquility surrounding the hut is nothing short of astonishing, providing a calming sanctuary to rest and re-energize.

    Hiking: 21 km / 13 miles (7-9 hours)
    Elevation: 350 m / 1,152 ft
    Accommodation: Mountain hut
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

  • Start hiking beside the Sydri-Ofaera river, traversing the awe-inspiring Eldgja Canyon of Fire once again. The scenery transforms from vibrant green meadows to dark sands adorned with vibrant streaks of bright green moss. You will come to the alluring Strutslaug natural pool, where you can take a dip.

    After you’ve relaxed in the pool and allowed the warmth to rejuvenate your spirits, conclude today’s hiking with a leisurely walk to the Strutur hut. This hut boasts modern amenities, including comfortable lodging, convenient toilet facilities, and refreshing showers.

    Hiking: 23 km / 15 miles
    Elevation: 300 m / 984 ft
    Accommodation: Mountain hut
    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

    Hikers relaxing in one of Iceland’s natural pools
  • Use the morning to either get in the final hike close to the hut or simply rest at the hut. After lunch, hop into 4×4 vehicles that will transport you across the striking Maelifellssandur—a vast expanse of black volcanic sand—as you make your way back to civilization and Reykjavik.

    Say goodbye to your team and your guide. If you’d like to keep on exploring, just ask your guides for some recommendations!

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch

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Meet your guides

Emma Laigle
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Emma Laigle
Emma came to Iceland in 2008 and after seeing just how special the country is, she decided to settle there 3 years later. Having worked as a museum guide in the south of Iceland for several years, she decided to extend her knowledge and get certified as a hiking guide. Apart from that, Emma is also a Wilderness First Responder and she speaks several languages.
Elísabet Atladóttir
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Elísabet Atladóttir
Elísabet Atladóttir
Born and raised in Reykjavík, Elísabet was motivated to become a guide by the idea of exploring the outdoors. Hiking, climbing, running, camping—whatever it is, Elísabet simply loves spending time in nature. She is a Wilderness First Responder, she’s been through the polar training course, and she’s certified in Glacier Skills Level 3 as well as rescue team training.
Ívar Finnbogason
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Ívar Finnbogason
Having been with IMG for over 20 years now, Ívar is one of the more experienced guides there and he’s been on most of their ski and mountain biking tours, hiking, climbing and ice climbing trips, and expeditions in Greenland, Asia, and Antarctica. Ívar is a certified AIMG glacier & mountain guide, a Wilderness First Responder, and he’s got the CAA level I avalanche training.
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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Packednreadytogoagain

We selected the Wilderness of Strúter Trail rather than the more popular Landmannalaugar trek since we wanted to be far from the maddening crowd. It exceeded our expectations! Milla was an incredible guide and really helped us make the most of our 5 days…She also was an incredible resource on Iceland in general.

MEBesq

We saw beautiful scenery in mostly good weather. Our guide, Inga was the best. Knowledgeable patient and a great cook. It was myself, my husband, and my adult son and we have a fantastic time. it is a great way to see the geography of Iceland.

Charles Plant

Jon was an awesome guide, hard working, knowledgeable, and fun.

Michel Lapierre

The guide was excellent. I have had a few guides in the past and have worked with a couple and the guide for this trip was top notch. The best I have ever had. Mature, experienced, very pleasant, was able to ensure that the trip flowed well. I did enjoy the weeklong hike and would have liked for it to continue more days. The days were of the appropriate length, food was good, accommodations (huts) were comfortable.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local, English-speaking hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5-day hiking tour along volcanic trails of Iceland
      • Accommodation in huts during the trip (4 nights)
      • Private transport from Reykjavik BSI to Sveinstindur and from Strutur to Reykjavik
      • All meals (from lunch on Day 1 to lunch on Day 5)
      • Transfer of luggage between huts

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

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Reykjavík
      • Sleeping bag (can be rented from your guide)
      • Hiking poles (can be rented from your guide)
      • Accommodation before and after the tour — your guides can help arrange it
      • Usage of the showers in the huts (can be arranged for an additional fee)
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • This 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. You will be walking for 6-8 hours per day, 5 days in a row. Day-by-day distance breakdown is detailed in the itinerary, but overall you’ll traverse a total amount of 70 km (44 miles) in 5 days. Keep in mind that you’ll be packing a daypack filled with water and other things you’ll need throughout the day.

    Clients takes full responsibility for meeting the physical fitness level requirement of the trip. Clients that are physically unfit or not equipped for their tour can be dismissed from the tour at their own expense.  

  • 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 the transport of your overnight gear between huts (please avoid bringing a suitcase!)
      • 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 adventure, the max number of participants is 14 people.
      • It takes a minimum of 6 people for a tour to operate.
      • If you are an individual traveler, you can join the group. The guide will be adding travelers until the minimum group size to confirm the trip can be guaranteed. There are no supplements to individual travelers, as they will share a room.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking in Iceland’s Volcanic Trails 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 as young as 16 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 7:30 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.

  • 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 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://youtu.be/QA3-BXYuYrw?feature=shared

  • 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!

  • 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 cancelled 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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