DEEP CANYONS, GREEN VALLEYS & SNOW-CLAD PEAKS
- Lonsoraefi Nature Reserve
- Lightweight backpacking trip
- Remote and pristine Iceland wilderness
- Iceland’s best off the beaten path hike
Iceland is a European island country in the North Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of about 320,000 and a total area of 39,769 square miles. The capital and largest city is Reykjavík, with the surrounding areas in the southwestern region of the country being home to some two-thirds of the national population. Iceland is volcanically and geologically active. The interior mainly consists of a plateau characterized by sand fields, mountains and glaciers, while many glacial rivers flow to the sea through the lowlands. Iceland is warmed by the Gulf Stream and has a temperate climate despite its high latitude just outside the Arctic Circle.
The settlement of Iceland began in AD 874 when the Norwegian chieftain Ingolfur Arnarson became the first permanent Norwegian settler on the island. Over the following centuries, people of Norse and Gaelic origin settled in Iceland. From 1262 to 1918 it was part of the Norwegian and later the Danish monarchies. Until the 20th century, the Icelandic population relied largely on fisheries and agriculture. In 1994, the nation became party to an agreement that established the European Economic Area, thus allowing it to diversify from fishing to economic and financial services. According to the Freedom of the Press (report), Iceland has the most open press in the world.
Our exciting new trek in Iceland takes us through some of Iceland’s most inspiring scenery situated in a stunning volcanic heartland. In just five stunning days this trip explores some of Iceland’s most impressive landscapes. From rugged coast to dramatic volcanic highlands, we will journey to the Lónsöræfi. The namesake Nature Reserve is one of the most remote hiking areas in Iceland and offers a unique hiking experience to the rugged landscapes to the east of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull. The glacier makes sure you take notice of its power as it leaves its mark on everything, including a moraine, a lagoon, and a riverbed. The abundance of colors, which are characteristic of the Rhyolitic rocks, contrast to the basaltic formations offering a picturesque feast for the eyes. Reindeer, wary of humans, roam freely in this remote and rugged wilderness. Here we walk through an unbelievable variety of landscapes; deep canyons, green valleys, incredible cliffs and snow speckled peaks gently kissing the sky. Although our hiking can get somewhat challenging, our comfort isn’t compromised, as well-equipped mountain huts guarantee relative comfort on this tour. Along with sleeping bags or blankets, the mountain huts provide partially stocked supplies, limiting the weight each person has to carry to 15 to 20 pounds (7 to 10 kg). This is a unique hiking experience into an extraordinarily beautiful region of Iceland!
Day 1. Arrive in Reykjavik & rendezvous at our group hotel.
Day 2. Fly to Egilsstaðir and begin trek.
Day 3. To Egilssel.
Day 4. To Múlaskáli.
Day 5. Eskifell / Hornafjörður / Reykjavík.
Day 6. Depart Reykjavik