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Eastern fjords of Iceland are a unique place—crowds are non-existent, wildlife is thriving, and the area has seemingly been crafted for explorations on foot. And exactly here, where the North Atlantic collides with the lone land of Iceland, is where you’ll find Víknaslóðir—your home for this 5-day, all-women hiking tour. A vast network of trails meanders through the area, linking deep-cut fjords, desolate mountains, pinkish-hued ridges, epic lakes, black sand beaches, and so much more. With a seamless blend of lovely fishing villages and miles on end of tranquil wilderness, this guided tour will show you East Coast’s best-ofs in the company of like-minded women.

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  • Close encounters of the Iceland kind—meet puffins, seals, eider ducks, wild horses, reindeer, and more

  • Retreat to the serene wilderness of Eastern fjords and get to know its history alongside a team of women

  • Demanding trails make you work just a bit harder to witness East Coast gems


The East Coast of Iceland is still quite unknown to the masses visiting this remarkable island. A 5-day, all-women hiking tour in Víknaslóðir lets you explore the mountains, the ocean, and everything in between—and there’s a lot of this, from enormous tuff boulders strewn across lakes to isolated coves and fjords. Apart from an incredibly knowledgeable guide, another perk of this trip is that all food is taken care of, as well as the accommodation! After a good night’s sleep in traditional, authentic hotels and huts, go out for the day and explore this unique, secluded area.

  • Catch the 8:30 am flight from Reykjavik’s Keflavík International Airport to Egilsstaðir Airport. Meet your guide and your group at 10 am at the Egilsstaðir Airport—be ready and dressed to go straight to hiking. You will hike to Stórurð, an area featuring enormous tuff boulders strewn across a seamless blend of meadows and lakes. Continue onto the Borgafjörður eystri fjord, a charming place with 100 inhabitants, a great variety of hiking routes, and a marina for observing puffins. The reward for today’s hard work is a local fish soup and other delicacies in Borgafjörður eystri. Settle into Álfheimar, your hotel for the night. There’s an option to go out and visit the puffins in the evening!

    Meals: Lunch and dinner
    Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
    Hiking: 5-6 hours
    Accommodation: Hotel Álfheimar

    Storurd and stones in East Iceland
  • Begin today’s hike in the eastern part of Borgarfjörður in the town of Hofströnd. Walk to Brúnavík, the first inlet of the day, and enjoy the views of the North Atlantic along the way. From there, head to Breiðuvíkur, which is a farmstead nestled in the little cove of Kjólsvik. Keep walking towards Glettinganes, and watch your step since the trail gets a bit rocky. As the day draws to a close, enjoy your evening at a cabin near the beaches of Breiðuvík.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Distance: 15 km / 9.3 miles
    Hiking: 5-7 hours
    Accommodation: Breiðavík

    Víknaslóðir hike and a stream
  • Start your day by walking west from the cove and cross the Stóruá river via a good footbridge. As the trail turns south, a spectacular valley will reveal itself. Surrounded by Hvítuhnjúkur, Hvítafjall, and Hvítserk, mountains with mixed-in, deep blue lapis lazuli, the small valley is an ideal place for a leisurely stroll. You’ll also come across two lakes, Gæsavatn and Urðarhólavatn! Walk from the trail up to the road that leads you to Húsavík. You’ll soon reach your mountain hut located on the site of a small, old farm, deserted since the 1950s.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
    Hiking: 4-6 hours
    Accommodation: Mountain hut

    Gaesavatn lake and the mountains
  • Prior to today’s hike, feel free to explore Húsavík a bit, the largest cove in Víknáslóðir. Start walking to the Loðmundarfjörður fjord along an easy road. Once you walk over the Nesháls ridge and reach Loðmundarfjörður, it’s best to take a break so you can take in its beauty and the photos. On a clear day, you can see Loðmundarfjörður and Dalatanga from the ridge. Spend some time wandering around Loðmundarfjörður, a fjord that was once home to one of the most remote and inaccessible communities in Iceland. There’s a chance of spotting eider ducks, seals, reindeer, or even wild horses, all of them roaming the vast moorland of the area.

    Meals: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Distance: 12 km / 7.5 miles
    Hiking: 4-5 hours
    Accommodation: Mountain hut

    East Iceland seals
  • Kick off the final day of your hiking tour by going up to Hjálmárdalsheiði, which lies at an altitude of around 600 m (1,970 ft). You’ll hike out of the fjord towards the old town site Hjálmárströnd, but before you get there, you’ll hit the road. The path you are walking is an ancient one between two fjords, and it is relatively easy. Once you arrive at the edge of Seyðisfjörður, you have to go through Kækjuskárð to descend down the fairly steep slopes. You’ll soon come down to the road in the charming Seyðisfjörður town. Use your free time to explore the town before heading back to Egilsstaðir Airport, which is only 30 minutes away. It’s advisable to take the last flight of the day, which is at 7:30 pm. Get back to Reykjavik or feel free to stay longer in the area!

    Meals: Breakfast and lunch
    Distance: 14 km / 8.7 miles
    Hiking: 6-8 hours

    Seyðisfjörður East Fjords
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Saga Líf
Saga Líf
Local guide and owner of Viking Women
Local guide and owner of Viking Women
A self-described nature addict, Saga has always been drawn to the beauty of Iceland’s natural world. She became a guide to help other women unleash their inner Valkyries and make meaningful connections through awe-inspiring adventures. Her company Viking Women focuses on all-female trips that combine wellness with Iceland’s otherworldly landscapes.
Viking Women Tours
Viking Women Tours
Viking Women Tours is an exclusive women’s travel group based in Iceland and operated by experienced local female adventurers. They are very passionate about the outdoors, traveling, and being able to introduce and explore their home to travelers worldwide. Their guides have traveled extensively through Iceland and are always honored to assist you in customizing the perfect experience in the land of fire and ice!

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5.00 (5 reviews)
Katie Diehl

Saga’s endless energy, positivity and sense of fun made the trek even more enjoyable. Saga was able to respond to challenging and changing circumstances with calm and excellent problem solving skills. I felt safe and had complete confidence in her ability. A true brave and strong Viking woman!

Carmen Beauregard

Saga is a very nice person, well organise, calm and patient with all the clients.

Mandy Martin

Incredible experience, incredible adventure. I recommend Viking Women to everyone traveling to Iceland!

Anne-Marie Hurley

Iceland’s terrain was amazing, the hike was not too difficult. We were lucky to have great weather too

Kathryn Romsos

We had a wonderful tour of Iceland. Beautiful country with a great tour guide. I would love to travel with Viking Women again.

Things to know

  • What you get on this adventure:

      • An experienced, local hiking guide with extensive knowledge of the area
      • 5 days of hiking in Víknaslóðir
      • Pick-up and drop-off from Egilsstaðir domestic airport
      • Accommodation (4 nights in dormitory-style mountain huts)
      • Hut-to-hut luggage transport
      • All meals during the trip (vegetarians and those with allergies can be accommodated)

    Note: Some special dietary requirements can be accommodated. The lack of space and facilities in the huts make it difficult for your guide to prepare numerous dishes daily. We can cater to vegetarians and those with food allergies.

    What’s not included:

      • Transportation to Iceland
      • All airfares (including the domestic flight to Egilsstaðir Airport)
      • Travel insurance
      • Guide gratuities — optional
  • In order to join this hiking tour in Víknaslóðir in Iceland, you need to be in great physical shape. Every day, you’ll be hiking between 12 and 15 km (7.5-9.3 miles) on varied terrain with significant elevation changes, 5 days in a row. You’ll also be carrying a daypack filled with things you might need throughout the day.

    Keep in mind that hiking conditions can vary and that 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 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.

    Looking for some other trips? Check out our fantastic offer of Iceland hiking tours powered by local, Icelandic hiking guides.

    And if you’d love to join an all-women hiking adventure, you’ll love what we currently offer in Iceland: women’s great hiking voyage in Iceland, women’s winter hiking & sightseeing in Iceland, women’s hiking tour in Thorsmork, or women’s Laugavegur hiking adventure.

  • This is a list of things we recommend you carry in your daypack (around a 25-40L bag):

      • A warm hat, sunhat and gloves
      • Waterproof jacket and waterproof pants
      • Sunglasses
      • Water Bottle or water bladder
      • Sunscreen
      • Extra fleece sweater or down jacket
      • Hand sanitizer
      • Hiking poles — optional
      • Camera — optional

    This is what your luggage should contain:

      • Sleeping bag (doesn´t have to be in your luggage, just attached to it somehow)
      • Travel pillow — optional
      • Underwear and socks
      • Extra clothes for the trail
      • Extra clothes for the huts
      • Medicine
      • Hygiene and beauty products
      • Towel
      • Headlamp or a flashlight
      • Powerbank to charge your devices
      • Earplugs and a sleeping mask
      • Cash or a debit/credit card

    What to wear on the trail:

      • Good hiking boots that are waterproof
      • Hiking pants or leggings
      • Thermal top or lightweight T-shirt
      • Hiking socks
      • Mid layer
      • A buff — optional
      • Gaiters

    Your main luggage will be transported by transport vehicle, and you will not have access to it until you reach the huts in the afternoon. This also includes your sleeping bag. Everything needed for the day’s trek must be in your daypack.

    You are allowed to take one piece of luggage on the tour. Your guide advises you not to bring a massive one, as the huts don’t have much room to spread out our stuff. There are luggage lockers at four centrally located places in Reykjavik where you can store your extra luggage.

    For your own well-being and safety, we strongly suggest following the advice of this equipment list. This includes having good quality rain gear, tops, and bottoms. Cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – nor are jeans and cotton t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.

  • Group sizes and prices:

      • For this all-women hiking tour in Víknaslóðir, the usual client-to-guide ratio is 10:1.
      • The minimum number of people for this tour to run is 2.
      • The cost does not decrease as the group grows.

    Hiking in Víknaslóðir 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 can join the tour, 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 your hiking tour in Víknaslóðir, which is on the east of Iceland, you first need to reach Keflavík International Airport in Reykjavík. From there, you will catch a domestic flight to Egilsstaðir Airport in the morning of the first day of the hike (it’s the 8:30 am one—make sure to make this flight). Flight from Reykjavík to Egilsstaðir takes approximately 45 minutes. Once you get there, your guide will pick you up from the airport.

    You’re welcome to fly to Egilsstaðir a few days earlier and meet the group at the airport in the morning of Day 1.

  • 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 COVID-19 travel advice for 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!

  • 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:

    Or watch the video with Dr. Matthew Roberts from the Icelandic Meteorological Office explaining the recent volcanic activities in Iceland:

  • Deposits

    You can secure one of the 2024 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 for 2025 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 any time 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.


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


      • 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.


      • 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.

    In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, your guide can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. In that case, 90% of the total amount is refundable. Please note the dates for this year and next year are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of trip not happening is very low.

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