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.
Accommodation Info: 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.
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 Icela...)
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.
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 d...)
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.
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.