The Hidden Trails of Iceland
When you embark on these remote trails you’ll experience the most beautiful and expansive landscapes Iceland has to offer. Far from the tourists and crowded trails, you’ll travel over 80 miles of kaleidoscopic terrain to some of the best hidden treasures that dare to be found.
Forged of molten stone and weathered by thick ice, hidden trails take you on a journey through other-worldly landscapes of jet black sand glistening with shards of obsidian, past green-hewn rhyolite mountains and turquoise lakes, and on to lava fields with inviting hot springs—all while sleeping in mountain huts.
Why Hidden Trails?
Hidden Trails is an adventure that combines the famous Laugavegur Trail along with some of the most reclusive gems of Iceland. We will discover geothermal areas, secret valleys, endless lakes and lava fields that challenge our imagination.
The tour is about seclusion. For most of the trek, we will be on our own in forgotten places and away from the common-and-crowded hiking routes. That is, until we join the last stages of the Laugavegur Trail for a thunderous climax: Thórsmörk, a valley of mythic proportions fit for the gods.
- NO CROWDS
- NO ERODED TRAILS
- A TRUE ADVENTURE
- HIDDEN GEMS
- BASIC EQUIPMENT
The landscape evolves daily
There’s so much different scenery you’ll see while adventuring, it’ll stay with you your whole life. You can go in minutes from red to black to green tones.
Flaming-colored relief, lava forests, and even molten, fiery lava can be found while adventuring.
Enchanting pitch-black ground, volcanic ashes, black sand beaches and deserts.
Landmannalaugar is a geothermal valley with picturesque beige and orange shades of the ground.
From moss-green mountains to valleys and light-green plants, these shades of green are breathtaking.
There will not be a lack of blue on your adventure, as there are numerous gorgeous lakes around.
Finally, there are also a few colder areas where the whitest virgin snow covers the ground.
The raw experience
Besides the dramatic, picturesque landscapes at every turn, what makes this an adventure of a lifetime is the experience you can’t get anywhere else in the world. You can undergo four seasons in a day, sleep in shepherd huts, eat authentic local meals, and bathe in natural thermal pools.
Experience the raw and primal traditions, connect yourself with nature, and energize your body, mind, and soul in the vast and breathtaking scenery only found in Iceland.
The general itinerary for hiking the hidden trails of Iceland requires 4 to 8 hours of walking a day, crossing between 6 to 10 miles from one hut to the next, for 10 days in a row.
Connect for life
Sleeping with your travel-buddies in huts in the middle of Icelandic vastness creates unbreakable connections. You will be able to meet people from other sides of the world while sharing the same unforgettable experiences.
This spectacular journey hosts anywhere from 7 to 13 travelers looking for an adventure.
First time in Iceland?
If you’re flying to Iceland, you will arrive at Keflavik International Airport and be transferred to Reykjavik. It’s just a 45-minute drive.
The capital and the largest city of Iceland, believed to be the location of the first permanent settlement in Iceland.
A vast area of stunning and unique beauty in the heart of Iceland’s southern Highlands. It serves as a starting point for your adventure.
A mountain ridge in Iceland, named after the Norse god Thor. It serves as the final location for your adventure, before heading back.
The Island of Ice and Fire Awaits
Mónica is a mountain guide certified by UIMLA. She is experienced in mountaineering, sport climbing, and skiing. 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.
Alberto has guided adventure treks in Iceland, Greenland, South America, and Nepal. He has also worked as a documentary and travel photographer for international magazines. He has lived in Iceland since 2015, traveling the country, discovering hidden gems and adventuring off beaten paths.
Alberto and Monica are exceptional guides! Looking forward to another adventure with you! This is possibly the best treck that I have ever done! Thank you Alberto and Monica for sharing us the amazing secrets of Iceland.
Amarok Adventures is the best wilderness guiding outfit we have ever gone with – Alberto and Monica are absolutely amazing guides: friendly, calm, inspiring, knowledgeable, amazing cooks and loads of fun. Really experienced hidden Iceland and hiked in places we could never have discovered without a guide. Iceland is spectacular and hiking is the best way to see it.
We did a private tour with my dad and Albert. One of the best experience in my life.
Albert knows Iceland better than anyone. He was able to organize a 5 days trips in the Highlands that exceeded all my expectations. Amarok is owned by Albert and Monica, and they are the nicest people to be around. They love for Iceland is transpiring in all the choices they make. Organization was perfect, Albert\’s food was delicious – can\’t recommend Amarok more for a trip in Iceland. We ended up way outside of the crowded areas where most people are going, in remote places where you won\’t find anyone else other than nature around you. Thank you so much Albert – it was a pleasure spending this trip with you.
Outstanding hiking in remote and incredibly scenic parts of the highlands of Iceland. Highly recommend Alberto and Monica and their trips. You will see the most beautiful parts of hidden Iceland, several days you will not see any other people and only incredible natural beauty.
I would go anywhere with Alberto! Loved the off beat trek, good food and awesome settings.
Alberto was incredibly fun & knowledgeable, Monica as well. They made the whole trip unforgettable. “Just finished “ Hidden Trails” in Iceland with Amarok Adventures. A beautiful and epic trip through the less touristy parts of the icelandic highlands. Utterly amazing and mind blowing.
Thank You Amarok,
Marc & Maria”
Our guide Alberto provided us a safe, fun and excellent experience in the Highlands. He has a set of skills perfectly suited for the task: knowledge, strength, confidence, experience, responsibility, quick thinking and grace under pressure. And a great sense of humor! And a good cook too! We had a great time throughout the entire trip. Memories for a lifetime.
The Highlands of Iceland is unique, vast and beautiful. Massive glaciers, black deserts, too many spectacular waterfalls to count. Iridescent mosses, surprising flowers against a background of mountains, cones and craters. Amazing!