Below you will see a seven-day hiking schedule we’ve compiled to guide you through this popular 80 kilometres long walk in the East of Iceland.
Hiking trip in Eastern Iceland
Day 1: Snæfell
There is no public transport to the Snæfell mountain hut “Snæfellsskáli”(GPS 46 ° 48.250 to 15 ° 38.510). If hiking alone and wish to have transport, contact a travel agency in the region to arrange transportation. Snæfellsskáli shelter accommodates up to 62 people, is heated and comes equipped with sleeping mattressses and kitchen utensils, and has a similar layout to most shelters you might encounter when trekking. If it’s good weather, a climb to the summit of Snæfell mountain is worth the effort, the magnificent view of the region is breathtaking. Not including Iceland’s glaciers, Snæfell at 1833 meters high is the highest mountain in Iceland.a
Day 2: Bjálfafell – Geldingafell
Distance: 20 km – Estimated walking time: 8-10 hours. The hike begins at the Hill Bjálfafell, then twelve kilometers after leaving the shelter Snæfellsskáli you will pass over the glacier walking along Eyjabakkajökull to the Geldingafell hut, which accommodates up to 16 people (GPS 64 ° 41.690 to 15 ° 21.690). You can stay several nights at the shelter and make small hikes in the area.
Day 3: Geldingafell – Kollumúlavatn
Distance: 15 km – Estimated walking time: 7-9 hours. The third day takes you from Geldingafell shelter at Lake Kollumúlavatn; you might like to take a detour to admire the beautiful waterfall of Jökulsá í Loni. When you get to the refuge at Kollumúlavatn (accommodates 22 people) (GPS 64 ° 36.680 to 15,108.750), you’ll feel welcomed for the night.
Day 4: Víðidalur
Distance: 12 km – Estimated walking time: 8 hours. The fourth day is usually spent hiking around the hut at Kollumúlavatn and also the Víðidalur Valley. It’s a beautiful deserted valley, where people once lived, the last inhabitants left the area in the early twentieth century. Here you will find ruins in a beautiful landscape. East Iceland is just amazing!
Day 5: Kollumúlavatn – Múlaskáli
Distance: 6 km – Estimated walking time: 6-8 hours. Northwest of the Kollumúlavatn shelter, in the Sandar area, you will find a collection of rocks formed by wind and erosion named Appellees Tröllakrókar, “trolls arrows.” The trail then descends into a small birch forest where you can then follow the river Jökulsá to the Múlaskáli shelter that accommodates 25 people (GPS 64 ° 33.199 to 15 ° 09.077). Around the shelter, there are many opportunities to make small hikes.
Day 6: Múlaskáli – Illikambur
There are two kilometers from the hut Múlaskáli to Illikambur. On Illikambur, you can spend several days doing short walks; if you head west until Rauðhamar you can admire Öxarfellsjökull, the most glacial tongue is the Vatnajokull glacier. You may wish to conclude your hiking trip and organize your return from there, or take the remaining 25 kilometers to the farm Statafell.
Day 7: Illikambur – Stafafell
Distance: 25 km – Estimated walking time: 10 hours. You will need to cross the river Jökulsá í Loni to join the farm Stafafell at the end of your hike. You will find the shelter at Eskifell just before crossing the river.
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