My name is Einar Sveinn Westlund and I am 30-year-old Icelandic adventure guide. I love to explore nature, travel and food. Especially when I get to share food with people from different cultures. For the past 13 years I have lived in six different countries including Iceland, Italy, Canada, Finland, France and Denmark. Each country has taught me different things about food, culture and people. From these experiences I have learned how to connect with people in a short time. In the highlands of Iceland where I have mostly been guiding, my colleagues got me the nickname Einar-Eftirréttur, which translates to Dessert-Einar. Every situation gives the possibility to be seen from a positive angle which I tend to find. Together with my French partner, Estelle we have an old campervan that we remade where we have travelled Europe in. There is always a new adventure behind the corner. In 2020 I learned how to forage wild edible plants from Michael Fitzner of restaurant Noma in Copenhagen for seven months. It was fascinating to learn about the different Nordic flavours that can be found in nature. When I am guiding, I try to be both informative and entertaining.
Equipped with all the knowledge and experiences that I have had I am now ready to guide my own tours in the highlands of Iceland, a trip that I have guided around 20 times before. I am using everything that I have learned to create a personal trip with only 8 guests at a time. This allows for cappuccino and caffè latte in the morning, better food, personal group and fantastic experience. This is what I studied for and have a two-year Adventure guide diploma from Thompson Rivers University in Canada. Also, I do have a current Wilderness First Responder, 80-hour first aid certificate.
Hopefully, I get to me you this summer.
"My husband and I did an 8-day trek led by Einar during our first trip to Iceland. We highly recommend it and are planning to do another one! Trekking in Iceland is no joke and Einar was very safe, knowledgeable, and fun. The meals he made in very rustic conditions, and with a broad range of needs, was impressive. If he casually mentions there might be a nice little detour, DO IT. One such detour turned into our holiday card that year."
Brooke Landon – 2015 - USA
6-Day hiking tours on Laugavegur trail in the Southern Highlands of Iceland. We meet up downtown in the capital of Iceland, Reykjavík.
Transportation to and from the Laugavegur trail from downtown Reykjavík, Iceland
Guiding in English
Great food, all meals
Accommodation in mountain huts
Support truck that carries our luggage (we only carry a day-pack)
Charging of phones every day
Flight to and from Iceland, transport to and from the airport
Accomodation before and after the meeting point in downtown Reykjavík, Iceland
Personal hiking gear
Personal travel insurance
Laugavegur trail is a scenic path in the southern highlands of Iceland where geothermal activity meets glaciers and raw landscapes. This is a supported moderate 6-day hike. We will have a highland truck driving hut to hut with our luggage aside from our daypacks. Every day feels completely different from the next. Maximum guests per tour is 8, which is much lower than usually here in Iceland. With such group size we can also travel much easier at the group speed and have extra luxury with the food. For example of what a food in in a day might look like check the full description. Everything is included in this tour from our meet-up point downtown Reykjavík. This tour will be guided by myself, I have guided this tour about 20 times so far.
Total price is 1490€
100 € deposit when you book, and the rest needs to be fully paid 21 days prior to departure
Three departures in 2021
June 22nd – June 27th
July 05th – July 10th
August 19th – August 24th
Day 1 – Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar - 12-15 km hiking
Ljótipollur volcanic crater filled with water
Colorful rhyolite mountain Suðurámur with a spectacuar view 360°
Bath in natural hot spring
Day 2 - Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker - 12 km
Walking through 400 year old lava field
Stórihver geothermal steam coming from the ground
Monochromatic landscape of Hrafntinnusker. Snow and obsedian
Day 3 – Hrafntinnusker to Álftavatn – 15 km
Overview of mountains sticking out of black sand in the distance.
Drastic changes in the landscape
Drinking filtered glacier water directly from a stream
Day 4 – Álftavatn to Emstrur
Getting up close to Mýrdalsjökull glacier
River crossing through glacial-fed river
Check out the massive Markárfljót canyon at night time. Note, 24-hour daylight.
Day 5 – Emstrur to Þórsmörk (Langidalur)
Noticing much more vegetation and birds
Markárfljót canyon from different angles
Day 6 – Þórsmörk (Langidalur) to Reykjavík
Traveling to Iceland in times of Covid-19
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