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


The Vatnajökull backpacking hiking tour is a classic trek in Iceland. Join me for this great experience. During 5 days, I will guide you along a total of 65 km, through impressive waterfalls, natural pools, glaciers and lava valleys.

First, we will meet at the Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavíc. Then, we will transfer to Kirkjubæjarklaustur. After that, the trekking will begin along the Hverfisfljót river and waterfalls. Next day, we will trek along the Hverfisfljót river and climb a crater to get an incredible view of the Rauðhólar crater row. Later, we will set our camp next to the Djúpá river.

On Day 3, I will guide you across a segment of the Síðujökull glacier towards the Eldgígur red crater. This time, we will camp on along beautiful lava fields with unique views of the Vatnajökull glacier. Then, on Day 4, we will trek towards Beinadalur and a group of canyons and waterfalls. This day, we will also reach the Sléttur plains, probably filled with violet willow herb.

Finally, on the last day, I will guide you as we explore amazing rocks of pillow lava and rock cauldrons. As we leave the canyon, we will descend into the Súludalur valley and its characteristic Súla. Later, I will take you across the Núpsstaðarskógar valley. Towards the end, we will transfer to Kirkjubæjarklaustur, and then Reykjavík.

Important: Glaciers are constantly changing. This can cause changes to the itinerary to maintain the quality of the trip, as well as ensure everyone’s safety. Also, bear in mind that the price rate published here is for departures within a larger group. Contact me for individual alternative prices.

So, ready for this Vatnajökull 5-day guided hiking tour? Contact me for more details. Also, check out other trips, like the Classic 5-day Laugavegur hike in Iceland.


Day 1

Meeting - Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Dalshöfði

  • Meeting at the Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík
  • Transfer to Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • Arrival at Dalshöfði farm (300 km east from Reykjavík)
  • Trek along the Hverfisfljót river
  • Campsite
  • Total trek distance/time for the day: 10-15 km / 5-7 hours
Day 2

Hverfisfljót river - Fossahraun desert - Djúpá River

  • Trek along the Hverfisfljót river
  • Climb to a creater for a view of the grand red craters of the Rauðhólar crater row
  • Trek through the Fossahraun desert, at the foot of the Síðujökull glacier
  • Camping at the bank of Djúpá River south of the Síðujökull moraines
  • Total trek distance/time for the day: 15-18 km / 7-9 hours
Day 3

Síðujökull -

  • Climb to the Síðujökull glacier
  • Trek to the red creater of Eldgígur
  • Trek to the Beinadalur valley
  • Camping close to hot springs
  • Total trek distance/time for the day: 15-18 km / 6-8 hours
Day 4

Núpsá River - Sléttur plains

  • Trek to Núpsá River, down Beinadalur, towards a series of canyons and waterfalls
  • Arrival at the Sléttur plains
  • Total trek distance/time for the day: 10-15 km / 6-7 hours
Day 5

Canyon - Súludalur valley - Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Reykjavíc

  • Exploration of rocks of pillow lava and rock cauldrons
  • Descent into the Súludalur valley
  • Arrival at Kirkjubæjarklaustur
  • In the evening, transfer back to Reykjavíc
  • Total trek distance/time for the day: 12-13 km / 6-7 hours

Price per person

1 Person125000ISK

Price includes

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

Other details

Meeting point

Harpa Concert Hall, Reykjavík