Iceland walking holiday, East fjords
Description of Iceland walking holiday, East fjords
This 6-day Iceland walking holiday takes you away from the crowded tourist hotspots and into the lesser known but spectacularly beautiful wilds of the East Fjords.
If quietness and pristine beauty is what you’re after, you have come to the right place with deserted beaches, dramatic fjords, emerald lakes and mist-covered mountains to discover away from the crowds. Sharing mountain pathways with only the local wildlife as you trek onwards, perhaps catching a glimpse of an arctic fox if you’re lucky, you may just feel like the last human on earth.
You will be guided by experts in both the landscape and the local folklore, trekking together with your small group for an average of 6 hours a day through sublimely rugged landscapes carved out by glaciers years ago. With a 4WD to transfer your gear from point to point, you can hike in comfort and channel your saved energy into immersing yourself entirely in your surroundings.
Sheltering in cosy mountain huts by night, there will be time to listen to folk stories of queens and monsters or even to join in with some local music and song before retiring to bed to recharge for the next day’s adventures.
1 Reviews of Iceland walking holiday, East fjords
Reviewed on 29 Aug 2019 by Erik Staub
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Perhaps hiking and bathing in Natural Hot springs and seeing the waterfalls especially hiking to several where there was almost no one. The guided Glacier
hike and seeing Puffins.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
I would recommend talking with a person from your area who may have done a similar trip and getting Guidebook to compare to what you asked the operator to set up. The operator listened well to our desires of what to see and what to hike. Iceland is a relatively expensive country so eating should be only dinners and stop at Kronan's groceries to buy all lunch supplies and maybe some simple dinners if you are there for more than a week. Breakfasts included at all guest houses or small hotels so that was great. A day in the capitol is probably enough.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Iceland and its glaciers and waterfalls and volcanic features and the oceans just made it special.
PlanetOur aim – which is also our priority – is to ensure a maximum of quality on our trips, enabling each participant to experience a re-centering on his or her personal life. Those short adventures are for people with open, contemplative, active minds, who are willing to take time to discover, feel and meet.
When you travel alone in Iceland or with one of our small group trip we encourage you to follow this basic eco-friendly rules:
- Don’t leave waste behind you, take all the rubbish with you until you can find a proper litter bin
- Recycle as much as possible during your trip
- Follow footpaths and don’t walk on unmarked trails in order to protect the flora, don’t pick native flora even rocks or stones you could find pretty!
- Drink from tape and try to avoid buying plastic bottle. Water in Iceland is really good, use a flask when you go walking and refill it each time, with fresh water.
- If camping don’t contaminate, river and spring by using washing product which can contain detergent and phosphate. Try to use organic washing products without chemicals.
In our tours we eat local, as much as possible organic with a vegetarian tendency except for the delicious grilled leg's lamb and the unmissable local fish. We are particularly concerned by offering well-balanced and nutritious meals. If you have a special diet you need to let this now before the beginning of your trip.
In our tours, we work with local suppliers. Most of the places are chosen for their quality and are locally owned. We pay directly local communities and don’t work on large scale with international corporations. It’s also why we only travel in small groups (up to 12 people only).
We encourage people to buy local products and handicraft, respect customs and traditions, be polite in front of locals and even manage to speak a few Icelandic words even Icelandic people usually speak good English. Respect for local people, their cultures, traditions and environment are essential to our philosophy and we work hard to ensure our groups have a positive impact on the places and people visited. We hope that our clients will be treated as guests rather than as tourists whilst travelling with us.
We are ourselves based in Iceland and work all year round from our office, trying to use less transportation as possible even Icelandic road and conditions make us use engine such as 4x4 to conduct safely our customers. Whenever possible we walk and encourage slow travel by focusing on a small region instead of driving long hours to do the whole country. A lot of our tours are even based at the same place in North Iceland with little kilometers to drive everyday. The aim is to feel, experience and explore places hard to find without possessing the keys instead of glancing over.
We support a local association called Fjoregg and have meeting to make change in a better sustainable energy, wastewater treatment and protection of lake Mývatn birdlife. We also plant a tree for every 2 customers that book with us.
PeopleOur company is a family run company specialized in small group owned by Icelandic/French couple Harpa /Jean Marc who are based in Iceland. Together they have over 15 years experience travelling and guiding. She studied anthropology, Kundalini yoga and music and will tell you stories of the world of elves and trolls. She is also the president of the local association "Fjoregg" in order to protect the environment. You will have the possibility to become an adherent and support this association. Jean Marc is a professor of Aikido and Qigong and a Shiatsu therapist.
With them you’ll have the opportunity to encounter your own nature while contemplating the beauty of Iceland and forgetting yourself in the midst of the elements. Our extensive knowledge of Iceland enables us to offer original tour itineraries for different durations at all times of the year, as every season has different experiences to offer. We think that our trips provide a good balance between the region's well-known 'must-sees' and off-the-beaten-track pearls.
For each of our tours:
We respect the environment, visitors and locals
We benefit locals and support conservations
Our trips are never sporting challenges
We take the time to live, to contemplate
We focus on quality and simplicity in everything
With all this you can listen, meet, be amazed, be present
With your driver and guide you’ll experience Iceland more like a guest than a tourist. They will show you their favorite spots, and will tell you the stories and legends attached to every place. Tours often focus on contemplation, meditation, observation of wildlife, meeting of the local people and traditions...
We privilege eco-friendly accommodations and suggest itineraries that involve as little drive as possible. We try to reserve 4x4 only for necessary trips. Most of the activities we offer are eco-friendly and focus on nature instead of using big engine.