The story of Iceland is written in its landscapes and best told through its hiking trails. Get ready for a trek through time; follow ancient glaciers, primordial geysers, legendary Viking footpaths, and centennial hikers’ huts, and uncover the forces that have shaped the Land of Fire and Ice for millions of years. Embark on a trek along the almost forgotten Kjölur mountain pass used since Iceland’s first settlers.  This path shroud in myth and legend is one of the two roads that connect the north and south of the country. At the end of each day, rest your feet in historic huts, eat traditional dishes, and unwind in natural hot springs like the travelers of old. The legacy of Iceland is one of fire, ice, measureless beauty, and mysterious history—experience them all in a single hike.

  • See a unique blend of historic landmarks and timeless landscapes

  • Dive into the island’s culture and delicious traditional cuisine

  • The Ancient Trail of Kjalvegur is one of the oldest passable highland routes

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Hut-to-Hut Hiking Tour of Iceland’s Ancient Trails
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Early Bird: Hut-to-Hut Hiking Tour of Iceland’s Ancient Trails
Jul 2024|Aug 2024|Sep 2024

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Maggnus Viking
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Maggnus Viking
Maggnus Viking is sometimes called the Handstanding Viking because he’s often seen upside down on top of a rock or next to a waterfall. He got his rough traditional Icelandic vibe and behavior from his father, and his soft, academic side from his mothe...
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Norse Adventures
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Norse Adventures
Norse Adventures is a family-run guiding service provider focusing on turning travels to Iceland people only dream of into reality. Travel deep into the mountains and hike the roads less traveled to find hidden gems that you will remember for the rest ...
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Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

    • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
    • Six days of hiking
    • Transportation for the duration of the tour
    • Mountain hut accommodations for 5 nights
    • All meals for the duration of the tour 
    • Transfer of luggage between huts
    • Charging battery/power bank
    • Sleeping bag

    What’s not included:

    • Transportation to and from Iceland
    • Transportation to the BSI Bus Terminal in Reykjavik
    • Accommodations in Reykjavík before and after the tour
    • Personal hiking gear
    • Use of showers in huts — 500 ISK ($3.50 USD), payable on site
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Meals outside of the trek
  • This Icelandic hiking adventure requires decent fitness levels. You’ll be hiking for 6 full days, covering around 7.5-10 miles (12-17 km) per day with moderate altitude change while carrying a loaded daypack. Your main luggage will be transported with a support vehicle. Keep in mind that you’ll also be covering tricky volcanic terrain, the weather and trail conditions may affect the difficulty and you will encounter several river crossings along the trail.

  • Here’s a list of the equipment you need to bring:

    • Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 25-40L bag)
    • Waterproof duffel bag for transporting your overnight gear between huts
    • Quality lightweight hiking shoes with ankle support
    • River crossing shoes — Crocs are a good choice, don’t use open sandals or flip-flops
    • 2-3 pairs of soft wool or fleece hiking socks
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear, wool or fleece)
    • T-shirt (thermal underwear, wool or synthetic)
    • Light sweater (wool, fleece or similar)
    • Jacket with a good hood — windproof, waterproof and breathable, GoreTex or similar
    • Hiking pants or shorts, something strong and light that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell
    • Rain trousers — windproof, waterproof and breathable, don’t bring a poncho
    • Warm hat and gloves
    • Hiking poles
    • Light towel, easily packable
    • Sunglasses or ski goggles
    • Sun and lip balm
    • Neck buff
    • Wind- and waterproof protective clothes
    • Cash for the showers, normally around 500 ISK per shower
    • Lunch box to pack each days lunch into
    • Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
    • Swimwear if you want to bathe in the hot geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar
    • Slippers for indoor use
    • Clothes for wearing in the hut
    • Toiletries (hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
    • Headlamp or flashlight
    • Camera — optional (but recommended)

    Your main luggage will be transported with a support vehicle, and you will not have access to it until you reach the huts in the afternoon. Everything needed for the day’s trek must be in your day backpack. 

    Please do not bring hard suitcases. A soft duffel bag, ca 60 L, is preferable, and please do not exceed 40 lbs (18 kg) per person. Also, keep in mind that the bags might move around or get wet during transport, so pack accordingly.

  • The huts on the trail are very basic. You will spend your night in shared dormitories with bunk beds. While the beds have mattresses, you should bring a sleeping bag and a liner. Each hut has different facilities but most include gas cooking. Some hut have running water, showers, and toilets, while other have out-houses and no running water.

    Mountain hut in front of a magnificent mountain in Iceland
    Interior of a mountain hut showing the sleeping and common quarters
  • Group sizes and prices:

    • For this group adventure, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 10:1. 
    • It takes a minimum of 2 people for this tour to operate. 
    • The cost does not decrease as the group grows. 

    Hiking in Iceland 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 younger than 18 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.

  • A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. The remaining amount is paid 3 months (90 days) prior to departure. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies. 

    • If Client cancels the Booking anytime prior to ninety (90) calendar days in advance of the trip contemplated by the booking, Client is entitled to a full refund. 
    • For cancellations eighty-nine (89) to sixty (60) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of ninety percent (90%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
    • For cancellations thirty (30) to fifty-nine (59) calendar days in advance, Client is entitled to a refund in the amount of fifty percent (50%) of the total amount paid when Booking. 
    • After that deadline, Client is not entitled to any refund. Any reimbursable expenses arising out of the Booking incurred by Guide prior to the date of cancellation (including but not limited to plane tickets, car rental payments, and lodging or transportation fees) are non-refundable as soon as they are incurred by the Guide.
  • To get to the BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik, the starting point of this tour, most people fly into Keflavík International Airport (KEF). From there, you can take a bus, shuttle, or taxi to Reykjavík.

    You will be meeting your guide at the BSI bus terminal in central Reykjavik, which can be easily accessed by foot or public transportation. From there, you’ll head to the trailhead.

  • 57hours is committed to providing safe outdoor adventure experiences. We require all guides using our platform to have a COVID-19 safety plan and to make the details of that plan accessible to travelers. In most cases, group sizes will be reduced, guides will avoid overcrowded locations, and other safety measures will be met depending on the location and activity. 

    We also expect clients to respect local regulations and take measures to protect themselves, their guides, and the communities they’re traveling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Iceland, please refer to the official guidelines for international travel to Iceland. 

    Please contact us if you have any questions or require further information. We are happy to provide you with the most up-to-date information!

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