Svalvogar Cliffs Super Jeep & Mountain Hiking

Starting from: Ísafjörður, Reykjavík
Season: 1st Jul-31st Aug
Duration: 9-10 hours from Ísafjörður
Difficulty: 3/5
Minimum age: 12 years old
Min: 2 pax and Max: 5 pax

A fantastic combination: Trek to Kaldbakur mountain and go under the Svalvogar cliffs! Experience a unique & stunningly beautiful part of the Westfjords which most travellers miss out on.

The duration is about 9-10 hours from Ísafjörður with a flexible departure time (if there is sufficient daylight we can also do early morning, late afternoon & evening hours). Please note that we need a calm & clear day because of the higher altitudes involved, so it's helpful to have an extra day or two as backup.

This tour can also be booked as a day tour from Reykjavik, and you can select the option to book flights and the corresponding airport transfers in Reykjavik and Isafjordur as an extra upon booking.

Available as a private tour for the price of 4 participants.

We travel by super jeep from Ísafjörður. It takes us about an hour to reach the start point of the legendary trail of the Svalvogar peninsula, characterised by sharp cliffs and fantastic views at every corner. From there on we follow this amazing route at a slow and steady pace, with opportunities to hike along the trail and stop along the way as per your wishes.

Once we've completed our journey under the cliffs then we'll drive up the valley of Fossdalur, to the base of Kaldbakur mountain which at 998m is the highest peak in the Westfjords and on a clear day offers spectacular panoramic views over most of the peninsula. The hike to the top takes about 2-3 hours and is suitable for anyone in average to good physical shape.

Once we're down from Kaldbakur we'll cross the Álftamýrarheiði mountain pass and enjoy impressive views of the massive culminated crater peaks dotting the way back down Kirkjubolsdalur valley, from where we'll reach Þingeyri village. If there is time at the end of the day then we'll stop for some optional refreshments in Þingeyri, or perhaps a quick de-tour up the trail to the small Sandafell mountain, which will give us a great viewpoint of over the Dýrafjörður fjord and the peak of Kaldbakur.

If you select this tour as a day tour from Reykjavík, then your itinerary will be as follows:

- Pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavík and transfer by taxi to Reykjavík Domestic Airport
- Flight from Reykjavík Domestic Airport to Ísafjörður
- Depending on your flight time and the hour of departure for the tour, you will be either transfered from the Ísafjörður airport to our office in town (if there is an interval of more than 40 min between your arrival in Ísafjörður and the tour departure), or picked up directly at the airport for the tour if less than 40 min between your arrival in Ísafjörður and the tour departure
- Go on the Svalvogar and Kaldbakur tour on the itinerary outlined above, and afterwards you will be dropped off in Ísafjörður, where you can spend some time exploring this charming fjord town. Depending on flight times and the duration of the tour, if we arrive back less than 1h before the flight, we will transfer you directly to Ísafjörður Airport. 
- You will be picked up from Ísafjörður ~45 min before the evening flight and transfered to Ísafjörður Airport
- Domestic flight from Ísafjörður to Reykjavík
- Transfer between Reykjavík Domestic Airport to your accommodation in Reykjavík


- Super jeep tour with English speaking driver guide on the Svalvogar trail
- Guided hike to the top of Kaldbakur

With departure from Reykjavik, the following are additionally included:

- Return transfers from your accommodation in Reykjavík to Reykjavik Domestic Airport
- Return flights Reykjavík-Ísafjörður
- Return transfers between Ísafjörður airport and our Ísafjörður office

Please note that we give a 100% refund for this tour if you miss the tour because the flight doesn't land in time.

To bring:

- Hiking boots
- Warm clothes suitable for Icelandic weather. Recommended: Multi-layered clothing (including non-cotton base layer, fleece or wool mid-layer and wind- and water-proof jacket and pants)
- Cap and gloves
- Water bottle
- Lunchpack. Please note that for ~6-8 hours as we climb on Kaldbakur and go around Svalvogar, there will be no opportunities to buy refreshments, so it's important to have a packed lunch with you.
- Don't forget your camera!