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The Ancient Kjölur Trail

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Full introduction

Kjalvegur and the surrounding area, hemmed in by glaciers and wastelands are the renowned abode of the outlaws of the olden days. The most famous of the Icelandic outlaws was Fjalla – Eyvindur, who endured 18 years in the harsh Icelandic highlands on the run from the law. Legend has it that he spent many a winter at Hveravellir where he not only had water but hot water! This trail takes you into the green Þjófadalir valleys (the Valley of thieves) – where other outlaws spent many a winter in the shadow of Langjökull glacier. Following Fúlakvísl river draining from the glacier you come to a comfortable hut from where you ascend the Hrútfell table mountain. The last day of the trek takes you south to the lake of Hvítárvatn – actually a glacier lagoon from which Hvítá River originates. The famous golden waterfall Gullfoss then sits 30 km downriver at the head of a canyon. After a hike through the surprisingly abundant highland vegetation a short boat ride takes you to the Hvítárnes hut from where you get onto the bus to Reykjavík.

Important trip notes!

Please note: The tour starts and ends by lake Mývatn.

Package price with flights Reykjavík-Akureyri-Reykjavík, transfer to and from Mývatn and sleeping bag accommodation w/breakfast at the end of the tour - 189.900 ISK

Available upon request: Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour.


  • Guide for 4 days
  • Transfer from Reykjavík to Hveravellir via Gullfoss and Geysir,
  • Food for 4 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in mountain huts
  • Cooking gear
  • Transfer of luggage


  • International flights, taxes, surcharges and handling fees
  • Travel- and cancellation insurances
  • Vaccinations and other health issues
  • Meals that are not mentioned in the program
  • Alcoholic- and soft drinks (unless mentioned otherwise)
  • Personal expenses
  • All other services that are not mentioned in the program

About this tour

Walking per day: 6 - 8 hours
Total distance: 85 km (53 miles)
Altitude: 285 - 1100 m (935-3610)
Maximum ascent: 600 m (1970 feet)

Terms & Conditions Icelandic Mountain Guides

All cancellations must be made by letter, fax or e-mail. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the Travel Agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows:

The confirmation fee differs regarding the type of tour you are choosing:
Icelandic Mountain Guides/ Iceland Rovers reserves the right to keep the below confirmation fee to cover costs, if clients do formally cancel their participation within three months of departure:

• Over night tours summer 20.000 ISK
• Over night tours winter 45.000 ISK
• Greenland tours 60.000 ISK
• Combination treks 20.000 ISK for each leg of the tour
• 50 % of tour price, if cancelled formally 8 – 21 days prior to departure,
• 75 % of tour price, if cancelled formally 2 – 7 days prior to departure, and
• 100 % of tour price, if cancelled formally within 2 days prior to departure.

Change fee: If one requests changes to pre-made packages (i.e. self-drive packages), such as adding nights into the program, changing hotels or dates a change fee of EUR 100,- will be charged.

Please note that there is no fee for booking additional nights in Reykjavík before or after a tour/package.

Last minute change fee: If a confirmed service is changed less than two weeks prior to arrival of the client, change fee of EUR 100,- will be charged.
Last minute booking fee: A last minute booking fee of EUR 100,- will apply to all bookings requested within two weeks of client’s arrival. This fee will apply to bookings for self-drive packages and countryside accommodation. This however does not guarantee confirmation and will therefore only be charged for confirmed bookings.

We advise all our clients to have insurance.

All rates quoted or shown in our tariffs are based on current purchasing prices in Iceland. Icelandic Mountain Guides /Iceland Rovers reserve the right to change prices already quoted or published in our price lists without notice in the event of currency fluctuation, government taxes, or due to any other cost increases that are outside our control.

Any eventual changes in rates will not be made with less than 8 weeks’ notice prior to arrival.

After the invoice has been issued the price is guaranteed against any surcharge, unless an increase is due to government laws or currency changes. Iceland Mountain Guides/Iceland Rovers will absorb an amount equivalent to 5% of the package price. Amounts that exceed the 5% will be charged and clients will be entitled to cancel their booking with a full refund if the surcharge exceeds 10%.

All complaints must reach ICELANDIC MOUNTAIN GUIDES/ICELAND ROVERS within 5 days from departure from Iceland. Otherwise possible compensation is not valid.

Note: ICELANDIC MOUNTAIN GUIDES/ICELAND ROVERS reserve the right to alter tours and itineraries due to weather or road conditions. All programs can be changed or cancelled at any moment during the trip to assure the safety of the clients and staff of Icelandic Mountainguides/Iceland Rovers. No responsibility is accepted for losses, expenses due to delays, changes of flights, or other services or because of strikes, accidents, sickness, damage, negligence, weather, war, changes in schedules, or other similar causes. Icelandic Mountainguides/Iceland Rovers do not assume responsibility for accidents or death that can be traced to the participant´s negligence, acts of third parties or exterior circumstances such as weather, natural occurrences, war or other similar causes.

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About this tour


Physical grading: Hard  


Comfort level: Basic - Standard  

Duration 1 days
Min. grp size
Max. grp size
Starting loc. Reykjavik (IS)
Ending loc. Reykjavik (IS)
Next trip 01 Jan 1970
Tripcode ISIMG010
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