• Trip duration
    5 days
  • Trip level
  • Max people per guide
    12 people
  • Mountain range
  • Best period
    Jul, Aug


Join me for an Iceland backpacking tour from Nupsstadarskogar to Skaftafell, considered one of the Icelandic Mountain Guides great classic treks. Together, we will walk for between 6 and 8 hours per day, across a total of 60 km.

Along 5 days, I or a guide from my team, will guide you around some of Iceland’s unique landscapes, on a trail not frequented by many. You will discover the amazing canyons of the Núpsá river. Other highlights will be the Grænalón Glacier lagoon, the Skeiðarárjökull glacier, and the Norðurdalur Valley.

First, I will meet you at the Harpa Concert Hall, in Reykjavik. Later, we will transfer to Kirkjubæjarklaustur first, and into the Nupsstadarskogar valley next. There, we will change transportation to a vehicle suitable to for this terrain. Next day, the adventure begins.

On Day 2, we will start hiking from the bottom of the valley. You will see the amazing Tvílitihylur waterfalls, and canyons of up to 200 m. We will later set our camp on the the Sléttur lava plains.

Next, on Day 3, we will climb our way to the Grænalón glacier lagoon for an amazing view of floating icebergs. Then, we will camp right in front of the huge glacier tongue of Skeiðarárjökull.

After that, Day 4 will be crossing Skeiðarárjökull day: 15 km mostly surrounded by ice and high mountain ridges. Later, we will reach the Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park for a night at a unique camp site.

Finally, on Day 5, we will admire views of the Kjós valley and Hvannadalshnúkur, the highest mountain in Iceland. Later, we will go through the beautiful Arctic birch forest Bæjarstaðarskógur. Last, we will transfer back to Reykjavík from Skaftafell.

Please note: the price cited here is valid for group departures. Contact me for special individual prices.

So, interested in this classic Nupsstadarskogar to Skaftafell backpacking hike? Contact me with questions. Also check out other trips, like Amazing hike across Hrútsfjallstindar peaks.


Day 1

Meeting - Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Nupsstadarskogar valley

  • Meeting at the Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík
  • Transfer to Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Lunch
  • Transfer into Nupsstadarskogar valley
Day 2

Tvílitihylur - Núpsá river - Sléttur

  • Hike through the valley, towards the waterfalls of Tvílitihylur
  • Hike through sculpted canyons of the Núpsá river
  • Overnight on campsite at the Sléttur lava plains
  • Total trek distance/time: 15-20 km / 6-7 hours.
Day 3

Grænalón glacier lagoon

  • Climb towards the Grænalón glacier lagoon
  • Overnight at campsite north of the lagoon
  • Total trek distance/time: 18-22 km / 6-7 hours
Day 4

Crossing of Skeiðarárjökull

  • Crossing of Skeiðarárjökull, from Grænafjall Mountain to Norðurdalur valley
  • Arrival at the hinterland of the Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park
  • Total trek distance/time: 18-22 km / 7-8 hours
Day 5

Kjós valley - Morsárdalur valley - Return to Reykjavík

  • Climb through narrow mountain ridge
  • Views of Kjós valley and Hvannadalshnúkur mountain
  • Descent into Morsárdalur valley
  • Bæjarstaðarskógur forest
  • Main camp site of the Skaftafell National Park
  • Transfer back to Reykjavíc – End of program
  • Total trek distance/time: 20-25 km / 7-8 hours

Price per person

1 Person125000ISK

Price includes

  • Guiding fee
  • All meals during trip
  • Transport during the trip
  • Group equipment

Other details



More info

Pick up from hotel or guesthouse to bus station in Reykjavík and drop off at your accommodation at the end of the tour can be added for 4.400 ISK per person.