Valley to Valley
Hiking Tour In Iceland
Beautiful Day Hike in Ísafjörður
The Seljalandsdalur and Hnífsdalur valleys offer stunning vistas of the surrounding landscape. The mountains around Ísafjörður are a unique shape and demonstrate the raw power of the glaciers which carved out the terrain around us.
The route takes us along mountain lakes, crystal clear streams and carpets of fluorescent moss that is quite characteristic for the mountains in the area.
Experience the colourful wildflowers which bloom during the summer months, and look carefully for the elusive Golden Plover, although they will definitely be heard before they’re spotted!
The valley to valley hike with Orvar was fantastic. He was a fun and professional guide; explaining the geology of the area, throwing snowballs with the kids, and setting a good pace.
Meeting point: Our office in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) in Ísafjörður.
Departure: 10:00 AM. Be there half an hour before departure time.
Guaranteed departures: Every day.
Minimum age: 12 years.
Group size: We need a minimum number of 2 participants to operate the tour. Maximum group size is 8, but most of our tours are between 2–6 people.
Trip Difficulty: Moderate.
Duration of trip: 5 hours.
Included: Transportation to the drop off point and pickup at the end of the hike and a professional guide.
The journey begins at our cozy office in Aðalstræti 17 (downtown main street) where you meet your guide and make final preparations. We then make the 5 minute drive up to the ski area in Seljalandsdalur where we begin the hike.
After roughly an hour, we get to the base of the mountain with Þjófatindar peaks looming above. We zig-zag up to the pass between the peaks for a spectacular view over the surrounding mountains and fjords.
After breaking for refreshments, we'll continue down into the valley on the other side of the pass where the quaint town of Hnífsdalur sits along the shore. The car will be waiting to take us back to Ísafjörður.
Please note that there is one steep section which we descend on the side of the pass. It is very short our guides will be there to help every step of the way!
- Warm outdoor clothing. Please avoid cotton as it keeps you cold when wet and takes a very long time to dry.
- Waterproof jacket and pants.
- Hiking boots. Please use waterproof high-top hiking boots which provide ankle support.
- Hat and gloves.
- Sun glasses.
- Small backpack.
- Lunch for the day. One or two sandwiches and your favourite snacks.
- Water bottle.
- Don't forget your camera!
How difficult is the hike?
The hike is approximately 8km and we hike over rough terrain with no trails. We start at approximately 300m and the highest point is approximately 600m, so we gain around 300m in elevation. There is one steep section which we descend to the other side of the pass. It is very short and our guides will be there to help every step of the way!
If you are an active hiker then you will have no trouble on this hike.
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