Spend two days surrounded by untouched nature as you hike through volcanic landscapes, dramatic rivers, and lush birchwood
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This two-day river hiking adventure will guide you through East Iceland’s most remote nature. Filled with impressive waterfalls, unique wildlife, and powerful rivers, the Two Rivers Trail is nothing short of a hiker’s paradise. Reconnect with nature on an unforgettable trek in Iceland!
Travel in comfort with the help of our trusty packhorses. Hike in rugged wilderness as a knowledgeable guide leads you to rich mountainous landscapes and historical landmarks of the region. If you’re looking to escape into the wild interior of Iceland, then this hiking tour is for you!
Jul. - Aug.
Meet on location
Wilderness Center, Fljótsdalur
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Beautiful waterfalls
- Cable ferry river crossing
- Icelandic horses at Kleif Farm
- Historic landmarks
- High possibility of reindeer sightings
- Visit to Kleif (an abandoned farm)
- Jökulsá Canyon
- Glacial rivers
- Natural birchwood of Kleifarskógur
- Lake Dimmavatn
- Fully guided tour
- All food and utensils for meals
- Tents for camping
- Safety gear
How long is the Two Rivers Trail?
The Two Rivers Trail is a 33-km long path that takes two days to complete. Each day includes roughly 6-8 hours of hiking.
Overnight accommodation is at a campsite in Hrakströnd. Camping tents are provided along with food and utensils.
Meeting Point Info
The trip meeting and endpoint is at the Wilderness Center in Fljótsdalur. Since it’s fairly isolated, we recommend staying overnight either in or near the Center. If you plan on staying overnight at the Center, enjoy a special discounted price.
What to Bring
- T-shirt or vest (wool or fleece)
- Woolen socks
- Warm sweater or fleece jacket
- Light, quick-dry hiking pants
- Sturdy hiking boots
- Woolen undergarments
- Extra outer top (such as a thick jumper or a light down jacket)
- An extra pair of woolen socks (never wear cotton liners)
- Proper woolen mittens
- A woolen cap, balaclava, headband or similar
- Light rainwear (jacket and pants), e.g. Goretex
- Rucksack (recommended size is between 55–75 liters)
- A light sleeping bag with a down or fiber filling
- Mattress for insulation
- Sandals or sneakers for wading rivers
- Toilet tissue
- A very small towel
Day 1: Wilderness Center - Jökulsá Canyon - Hrakströnd
Our two rivers trail adventure begins at the Wilderness Center in Fljótsdalur, where we’ll start off with a brief discussion of the tour itinerary. Our loyal packhorses will then be saddled up before we start our two-day walk into stunning East Iceland landscapes.
The first leg of the tour is at Kleif — a charming abandoned farm with Icelandic horses where you can get a taste of what life was like for rural communities of the past. Here our knowledgeable tour guide tells of the lives of those who lived at Kleif, as well as how they managed to live in such an extreme environment.
The next day’s highlight is the icy-blue waters of the Jökulsá River, which travels all the way from the tops of Vatnajokull Glacier and down into the Greenland Sea. Since there aren’t any bridges here, we’ll cross the river on a cable ferry. River crossings are truly a thrilling experience — especially when surrounded by such incredible nature.
Once across the river, we continue our scenic walk along the river banks and head towards the peculiar rocky landscapes of Jökulsá Canyon. The canyon’s cliffs are speckled with a series of impressive waterfalls, so as we walk deeper into the wilderness, we’ll stop at each waterfall to make sure we absorb in their natural beauty. We’ll also observe a number of diverse flora and fauna, including the natural birchwood of Kleifarskógur.
At this point, the Two River Walking Trail takes us to two of the best waterfalls in Iceland: the Faxi and Kirkjufoss Waterfalls. Kirkjufoss is considered one of the top places in the country to take photos.
The last stop of the day is at our campsite in Hrakströnd. After eating a delicious Icelandic feast, we’ll go on a leisurely walk to explore the area and take in its natural highlights including Mt. Snæfell and Hrakstrandarfoss Falls. If weather permits, we end the day with a relaxing soak in a small pond located on-site.
- Cable ferry ride
- Jökulsá River & Canyon
- Kleifarskógur natural birchwood
- Faxi & Kirkjufoss Waterfalls
- Stunning view of Mt. Snæfell
- Tent accommodation at campsite
- Traditional Icelandic dinner
- Luggage transport via packhorses
Day 2: Hrakströnd - Suðurdalur Valley - Sturluflöt Farm - Wilderness Center
The second day of our walking tour starts off with a hearty Icelandic breakfast to fuel us for the day. Then we’ll hit the road towards Mt. Mulinn — an otherworldly area filled with untouched nature. The area’s rich volcanic vegetation spotted with dark lava rock is carved by past glacier movement on the ground’s surface.
It’ll take roughly 2 hours of walking to pass Mt. Mulinn and the Þorgerðarstaðadalur Valley before we finally arrive at the Suðurdalur Valley. The valley is punctured by an isolated yet dramatic rock formation standing atop a hill. From there we head towards the quaint Lake Dimmavatn before hiking across the Tunga River. At this point, the trail follows the river until it intersects with a beautiful spring-fed watercourse known as the Keldua River.
Soak in the area’s stunning scenery as we continue down the Keldua’s shoreline and ultimately arrive at the Þorgerðarstaðir Woods. These woods are famous for their birch trees, which our expert hiking guide will tell us all about. As we approach the end of our adventure we pass abandoned sheds and grazing pens once used by Icelandic farmers.
After another small river crossing, we’ll head up the slopes of Mt. Kiðafell toward where our hike began — Sturluflöt Farm. Our Two Rivers Hiking Trail Tour officially ends once we’re picked up and driven back to the Wilderness Center.
Please note: this trip will arrive and depart from the Wilderness Center, so we recommend finding nearby accommodation. The trip starts early in the morning and the Wilderness Center is fairly isolated. If you book an overnight stay in the Wilderness Center, you’ll enjoy a special discount.
- Incredible valley landscapes
- Rich volcanic vegetation
- Tunga & Keldua Rivers
- Þorgerðarstaðir birch trees
- Hearty Icelandic breakfast
- Luggage transport via packhorses
- Transport to Wilderness Center from Sturluflöt Farm
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking. See more.
Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.
First of all, check the weather forecast but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, as you may have heard. We have a saying “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes” which is sometimes disturbingly accurate!
The weather can be anything from sunny to snowy in almost any season although snow is rare during summer time. We do suggest that you dress accordingly. This means in layers, thermal closest to you and waterproof on top. We’ve prepared a guide to help you get ready for your adventures, check out – How to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland.
No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.
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