Welcome to Elf Tours. Shall we explore the most enchanting place in Iceland together?
Your visit to Borgarfjörður Eystri and Mývatn is not soon forgotten; the amazing views, the deep fjords, the mystic elf sites, the lava fields, the breath taking lake and the picturesque fishing village and it surrounding farms will stay with you for years to come.
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Elftours / Guesthouse Álfheimar
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Hiking Iceland Tour Overview
Catch of the dayBefore we begin
Day OneStórurð Hollow
Day TwoGönguskörð Pass
Day ThreeBreiðuvík Bay
Day FourBorgarfjörður Valley
Day FiveBrúnavík Bay
Incredible trekking adventure tour in East Iceland with hotel accommodation with facilities, includes a visit to the vulcanic Mývatn lake.
We will spend our five days hiking trip exploring Iceland’s awe-inspiring east fjords and the hidden gems of Víknaslóðir, or the “Deserted Inlets” in and near the Borgarfjörður Eystri. There the imposing and colourful mountains meet the ocean creating deep fjords littered with secluded alcoves along magnificent coastlines. Among Icelanders the vicinity of Borgarfjörður is known for its great natural beauty and incredible hiking routes but it is still untouched by mass-tourism.
This isolated region is also considered to be a central province of the elves. In the Álfaborg fortress (Elf-hill) their queen has long resided, governing and watching over her realm. After our treks in the east we will cross over to the incredible Mývatn lake visiting en route the still steaming lava field of Leirhnjúkur and end the trip in the charming town of Akureyri.
Mountains. A unique opportunity to discover the hollow and it’s giant boulders sitting in turquoise water. A days long hike that offers stunning open views in contrast to a destination of a narrow valley.
Info: A somewhat difficult hike because of gravelly areas and screes on about 15% on the way. Around 16 km. Traverses 500 m of elevation.More about Day One
Hike your way over the pass that for 1000 years was the main land route for Borgarfjörður local people to find their neighbors.
Info: Hike around 11 km, traverses 415 m.More about Day Two
A light hike through moors and gravelly ground, beware that in summer this is where sheep roam the land and we humbly accept our role as a visitor in Sheep paradise.
Info: Easy hike of about 15 km. Traverses 400 m of elevation.More about Day Three
This is an elf watching day; an unforgettable experience walking through the playgrounds, homes and palaces of the hidden people. Hidden people are helpful and good neighbors to generous and respectful people. Yet, the disrespectful of the hidden people’s dwellings are punished harshly and may never recover… if they are lucky enough to survive.
Info: Rather easy day, walking about 12 km and traversing 400 m of elevation.More about Day Four
This is a puffin watching day because in Hafnarhólmi you get unusually close to puffins. Feeling, smelling and hearing the waves and the black beaches. Colourful canyon, rocks and pebbles.
Info: walking about 16 km and traversing 700 m of elevation.More about Day Five
Tour Day One
On the shoulders of giants? Stórurð is where it rains boulders, not cats and dogs
From Vatnskarð pass (431 m), we start the day’s hike by going up and crossing the mountain Geldingafjall (640 m), then continuing inland west of Súlur peaks. There are excellent views over Njarðvík, Fljótsdalshérað valley, the black sandy beach of Héraðsflói bay and perhaps even to Vatnajökull glacier and Mt. Snæfell in the eastern part of the central highlands. We then go down into Stórurð, an expanse of enormous rocks intersected by a small river. Calm turquoise-coloured basins of icy water lie hidden among the huge boulders, often with flat banks of short, tender, green grass. Returning from this mysterious place, we can opt either for the hike along the Dyrfjöll (Door Mountains) or the easy way down the valley below Rjúpnafell peak.
Tour Day Two
Nostalgic for the good old days; Or thank heaven times have changed?
Day two is a day of Stapavík to Njarðvík. It is a hike around 11 km, traverses 415 m. A 15 minutes drive from Borgarfjörður and stop at Unaós farm.
We hike along Selfljót river to the seashore and to the Stapavík cove, a former unloading place for ships. From Stapavík we take a rather easy hike along Gönguskörð pass largely along an old riding trail.
This was the main route between Borgarfjörður and Fljótsdalshérað valley for 1000 years, until the road over Vatnskarð pass was finished in 1955. Pick up at Njarðavík farm and drive to Borgarfjörður.
Tour Day Three
The royal family of Breiðavík is fluffy with horns, we call them kind
Day three is a day of the beauties of Breiðavík. It is an easy hike of about 15 km. Traverses 400 m of elevation. Transport to Afrétt and then an easy hike over moors and gravelly ground, including the light brown rhyolite around Urðarhólavatn, and farther on to Gæsavötn and Víknaheiði, before reaching Breiðavík inlet. The rhyolite mountains along the way display an incredible range of pastel colours.
After a short stop on the black sands of Breiðavík beach with its Siberian driftwood, we hike up to Gagnheiði ridge (479 m), which has a viewpoint indicator and fabulous panorama. Then it is back to Bakkagerði after an eventful day with wide views over many of the area’s amazing mountains.
Tour Day Four
4. Walking in the footsteps of elves, until you meet one!
Day four is a day of Borgarfjörður valley. It is a rather easy day, walking about 12 km and traversing 400 m of elevation. We start the day with 3 hours hike in the village, Old turf house, concert hall, local fish factory, from rock to art, and many interesting stops are on our way.
After a light lunch we hike on unmarked trails in the valley of Borgarfjörður. From the village, we take sheep trails up to Dimmidalur (the Dark Valley) and Jökuldalur (Glacier Valley) to see their rugged, beautiful landscape, right under the Door Mountains.
Not only do we walk on our way through the elf community of Lobbuhraun, but come to their home in Dimmidalur valley. When we return to Bakkagerði village, we walk through it, noticing its many interesting aspects and of course also visiting the queen of the elves at Álfaborg (Elf Hill).
Tour Day Five
Mountains as colourful as puffin beaks or Kjarval's paintings
Day five is a day of Brúnavík Bay. It involves walking about 16 km and traversing 700 m of elevation. We start the day after transport to the environmentally friendly harbour of Borgarfjörður, Hafnarhólmi, to visit the puffins and other birds nesting there. Next we hike up from the coast through vegetated mountain screes to Brúnavík pass, at 345 m, and
down to Brúnavík inlet. There we visit another beach of black sand, with lots of beautiful stones lying on it, and listen to the waves. After taking our shoes off to ford the small stream, we enjoy a relaxing barefooted walk to the other end of the beach. On our way back we hike over Hofstrandarskarð pass, 321 m high, and walk beside Helgárgil colourful canyon towards Bakkagerði village.
Borgarfjörður's isolation results in a self-sufficient culture; it's like being stuck in paradise
Along the way we will enjoy the hospitality of local people through their services, their knowledge of the area and its culture and their fresh food at their local restaurants.
Bird watching is a frequent pastime on our routes, and sidetracks will take us to deserted inlets that tell us the story of a past far removed from mobile phone contacts.
Vikings walked bare foot everywhere but some people prefer good boots
The walks are rather medium, so that anyone able to go for 3-4 hours Brisk walk can join the tour. On the other hand we recommend that you exercise during at least the
week or two before your tour, for example
by taking brisk walks of 1-2 hours, 3-4 times per week. Please read the following brief description of the daily program.
If you have any questions or would like to book a tour
Please contact us either by email or phone.