Hike in Iceland's
Boundless terrain under the northern lights
Iceland is a land of glistening glaciers and volcanoes, lying on the constantly active geologic border between North American and Euroasian tectonic plates. With the Arctic Circle pouring frigid air from the north and the driving warm Gulf Stream from the south, Iceland coalesces in a land of diverse and vivid landscapes.
Covering almost 40,000 square miles, Iceland is endowed with over 130 volcanoes on the one hand and over 265 glaciers on the other, dubbed the Land of Ice and Fire. In one of Europe’s largest untamed tracts, venture off the beaten path into the other-worldly wilderness that will delight even the most experienced adventurer.
- 64°96' N and 19°02' W
- UNIQUE HIKING SITES
- 40,000 SQUARE MILES
- OVER 256 GLACIERS
- 130 VOLCANOES
Venture into the white unknown
NATURE IN ITS MOST UNTOUCHED FORM
Access otherwise inaccessible places and snowshoe and climb to the furthest reaches of this volcanic island—the remote corners of Iceland are like portals to another world. Far removed from the crowds and urban areas, not many people get a chance to witness the beauty of these places, especially not when they’re covered in snow.
Energize your mind and soul as you venture to otherwise inaccessible places. Snowshoe to the peaks of dormant volcanoes, climb untouched frozen waterfalls, spend hours hiking the snow covered lava fields, and revel in the ever-changing landscapes.
A surreal experience awaits
Expect the unexpected in the Land of Ice and Fire
SAFELY NAVIGATE THE UNTAMED WILDERNESS
Not everyone dares to venture into Icelandic wilderness, but with experienced guides and drivers, there is no reason to hold back.
Due to Iceland’s shifting currents, your guide will unfold the map each morning and craft a new journey each day. You’ll evade the tricky weather conditions with 4x4 vehicles that provide safety and unparalleled flexibility while moving efficiently through the backcountry.
Amazing roads and trails to waterfalls, volcanoes, secret canyons, and the wildest parts of Iceland are waiting for you!
Your basecamp for exploring the South Coast
Leave your heavy backpacks at home. On this trip all you need is a daypack, your mountain boots and a little admiration for the cold. Once you return, warm your toes and share stories around the campfire then observe the starry skies dancing with spectral lights!
From your basecamp in Hvolsvöllur, downtime may be so cozy you won’t want to venture out. Enjoy long sunsets and sunrises, relax in steaming hot springs and spend cozy nights in a modern hostel. For meals you'll enjoy freshly prepared and delicious Icelandic dishes in an intimate setting with 6 to 12 other hiking enthusiasts. With inviting facilities and common areas ideal for bonding with your group, you’ll feel like you’re on a big family trip!
- HISTORICAL GLACIERS
- SNOWY LAVA FIELDS
- HOT SPRINGS
- EXPERIENCED GUIDES
- MODERN FACILITIES
Alberto Ojembarrena is an AIMG Mountain & Glacier Guide and the owner of Amarok Adventures. Alberto has guided adventure treks in Iceland, Greenland, South America, and Nepal and worked as a documentary and travel photographer for international magazines. He has lived in Iceland since 2015, traveling the country discovering hidden gems and loads of adventure off the beaten path — always with his camera in tow.
Mónica Fuentes is a Mountain guide certified by UIMLA. She is experienced in mountaineering, sport climbing, and skiing. Originally from Spain, Mónica shares her love for nature and the outdoors with clients all over the world. She knows her way around Iceland’s hidden gems, as well as all the best spots in Black Forest, Morocco, United States, Scotland, and Nepal.
It was hard choosing a company out of so many, but AMAROK rocked it! Monica and Alberto are just these kind of people you want to hang out with, plus they have those super cool Defenders (which are amazing for photography). Every place they will show you is gonna blow your mind, no matter the weather. It’s definately money well spent! Thank you so much guys, loved every minute of the trip 🙂
Iceland is an amazing place but very vast and it’s best to let the locals show you the really magical and secret spots. Amarok is the way to go and their skilled guides, Alberto and Monica, made our experience memorable and comfortable. You’ll get a sweat going and you’ll be rewarded with draw-dropping views and surprises along the way. I’d wholeheartedly say not to miss the chance!
You will meet your guide and the rest of your group in Reykjavík’s Central Bus Station. Your guides will transport you to your accommodation for tonight, where you’ll have a briefing about the adventure. Get to know each other over dinner in the fantastic hostel.
Hiking: 0 km
Driving: 105 m
During the next four days, you will experience the rough and wild side of Icelandic nature. Travel through other-worldly landscapes and you will discover the less crowded trails of the untamed island of ice and fire. The weather, the snow conditions and your guide’s expertise will determine the final destination for every day. Face the raw and remote nature of the Highlands’ valleys aboard a superjeep, and hike with snowshoes surrounded by geothermal canyons or dwarf birch forests. Follow the frozen rivers’ course until the thunderous waterfalls, whose waters will continue their way crossing by shipwrecks along immense black sand beaches. Dramatic views over the Vestmannæyjar and its “fire mountain” and the Northern lights will enlighten your days and nights for an unique and otherworldly experience.
Hiking: 7-15 km
Driving: max. 125 km
After breakfast on your last day, return to Reykjavík. Having soaked up the Icelandic outstanding landscapes, which will be forever engraved in our memory, let your guides drive you back to the city center where your adventure ends.
To ensure your place, reserve the dates you want by adding a 30% deposit on next year’s adventures. Read about our cancellation policy on our FAQ page.
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, guides and the communities they’re travelling to. For more information on COVID-19 measures in Iceland, please refer to the Official Information about Covid-19 in 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!
This is what you’ll get with on this adventure:
- A local certified English-speaking guide from Amarok Adventures
- 6 days of hiking
- A professional licensed driver and a private 4×4 vehicle for moving from one location to another
- Accommodation in 6 people rooms in hostel in the South Coast with breakfast with the chance of going to a mountain hut if the conditions allow it
- All dinners included while travelling with the group
- Vehicle fuel
- Snowshoes, crampons, ice axes, harnesses and all the needed equipment
- Agency support 24/7
- International flights
- Transfers from/to the airport
- Accommodation in Reykjavík
- Any meals not mentioned in “What’s included”
- Personal mountain gear
- Trip insurance
- Lockers in Reykjavík in case of leaving the luggage that is not going to be used during the trip
- Everything else not specified in “What’s Included”
Accommodation: During the first night of the adventure, you’ll stay in 6-people bunk bed rooms, without distinction of gender and with shared bathroom. If during the trip the access to the Highlands is possible, we will stay in mountain huts with very basic services (no showers). The mountain huts have large rooms shared between all the guests without distinction of gender, kitchen inside the same building, and showers & toilets outside of the main building.
The possibility of having double or single rooms in any accommodation is impossible, since they do not have them.
Many accommodations in Iceland do not have blinds, so due to the polar day, we recommend using a mask.
Meals: The included meals are conceived as half-board every day that you spend in the Basecamp. The only meals not included are breakfast on Day 1, dinner on Day 6 and lunches. Beverages include juice, milk, coffee or infusions. The diet during the trip will be healthy and balanced, using all kinds of products to offer the traveler complete nutrition.
Lunch is not included. It will be picnic style to make the most of the daily trekking route, and will have to be carried by travelers in their backpacks during the hike. Breakfast and dinner will be held in the accommodation itself and will be elaborate meals.
In case of special dietary needs, please contact us and we can make arrangements.
This adventure requires that you spend three to six hours hiking every day for 6 days, often through challenging terrain. You should be able to hike over 2300 ft (700 m) of elevation gain and feel comfortable with winter activities such as glacier hiking or snowshoeing. There are steep climbs, ice climbs, and strenuous glacier hikes in winter weather conditions, sometimes wearing crampons or snowshoes. You should feel comfortable spending full-days outdoors and on your feet.
After booking, your guide will let you know all the necessary equipment to bring. Prior to the start of the route, the guide together with each traveler will review the material to ensure that everything necessary is available. Here’s a general list of the equipment you need to bring:
- Personal hiking gear
- Synthetic or wool thermal base layers (top and bottom), underwear and socks
- Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
- Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket
- Wind and waterproof shell jacket with hood (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Wind and waterproof pants (Gore-Tex recommended)
- Hiking pants
- Down jacket or vest
- Spare clothes for layering and 6 days of hiking and sailing
- Wool/fleece hat
- A buff or warm scarf
- At least one pair of gloves and inner gloves – wool or synthetic
- Waterproof hiking boots (Vibram sole or similar) — good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support and a robust sole
- Water bottle or hydration bladder (2L capacity)
- Lightweight hiking or trekking boots
- Hiking poles — optional (but recommended)
- Pocket knife
- Toiletries (sunscreen, hand sanitizer, bug spray, toilet paper, etc.)
- Sleeping mask
- Hand and toe warmers
- Day pack large enough to carry all the items listed (around a 40L bag)
- Camera — optional (but recommended)
It isn’t necessary to bring any kind of extra technical mountain gear, as you will be provided with the appropriate technical mountain gear for each activity.
Group sizes and prices:
- You will be joining a group that usually consists of 6-12 people. Pricing is per person.
- It takes a minimum of 6 people for this tour to run.
- If you are an individual traveler, you are more than welcome to join. There are no supplements to individual travelers, as they will share a room.
- The cost per person doesn’t decrease as the group grows.
Hiking in Iceland can be arranged for larger groups. Contact us to make arrangements.
Min. age requirements:
- Everybody over the age of 16 is welcome on this winter hiking adventure.
If you have teens younger than 16, contact us prior to the booking.
A 30% deposit to secure your place is due upon booking. Once the trip is confirmed by the guide, the cancellation policy stated below applies, and deposits are no longer refundable. The remaining 70% of the amount is paid the latest 3 months (90 days) prior the departure.
In the event that the minimum number of people to confirm the trip is not reached, AMAROK ADVENTURES can cancel the departure at most 2 months before the start of the trip. Please note the trips for 2022 are expected to reach the minimum number of people soon, and the likelihood of trip not happening is very low.
In case you need to cancel the trip, the following cancellation costs would be incurred:
– 100% of the price of the trip is refundable before the group is guaranteed
– 70% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 59 days or more before departure, once the trip has been confirmed
– 50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 30-59 days before departure
– 25% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 16-29 days before departure
– 0% of the price of the trip if it is canceled 15 days before departure.
All policies regarding cancellation will be clearly laid out by your guide after booking your adventure.
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.
Once you and your guide agree on the details of your itinerary, your guide will meet at the BSI central bus terminal in Reykjavík. From there, you’ll head to the trailhead. The guide will choose the appropriate terrain dependent on conditions and the ability of the group.