Fjallabak

Through unknown territories with an highly professional guide who knows the secret paths to adventure

FJALLABAK is a fully licensed travel agency by the Icelandic government and member of SAF, the Icelandic Travel Industry Association.

Matthildur Filippusdottir Patay is the chief executive of Fjallabak. She has taken over the flag to carry on the family business that she has a lot of passion for. Fjallabak is a dynamic family business that has been organizing treks and ski expeditions in Iceland since the early 70’s.

The name of the company, means “Behind the Mountains” in English. It is the name of a famous trail, which snakes its way through the desert landscape of the volcanic highlands between Mt. Hekla and the icecaps along the south coast. This vast and incredible territory remains mostly “unexplored” by classical tourism. The access is not very easy because nature there remains a powerful actor.

We specialize in high-quality supported trekking, backpacking, walking and discoveries for small groups. We organise ski trips and slow travel adventures, such as birdwatching, whale watching or geology tours… We are used to organizing trips for private groups and "A la carte" such as self-drive and self guided tours. Occasionally, we work with film shootings and incentive events.

As we have been in the field for nearly 30 years, we know what outdoor experience and hiking Iceland’s mountains and fjords means. We are committed to operate the highest standard possible in the “industry” of outdoor touring in Iceland, your safety and your pleasure is our highest priority.

Iceland has become a victim of its own success. Tourists have replaced travelers around the country. Fortunately 80% of the country, mainly the highlands, remains difficult to access and without infrastructure, or so little.

By nature, here at Fjallabak, we are a bit allergic to mass tourism. We love our job, the adventure and the experience it represents.
We do not receive more than 400-500 travelers per year. We do not intend to grow continuously. Despite our idealism, we have survived the crises of the last decades and have been on course for now 40 years.
In other words, we are very small company with a lot of soul. Far from the crowds, we live our adventures as we know the secret passages through the mysterious mountains of Iceland that lead us into an untouched world where dream and reality together are one.

We look forward to seeing you on Fjallabak’s trails.

Matthildur Filippusdóttir Patay (AKA Matta)

Travel Announcements during covid

We are already looking forward to 2022 and we are hopeful that we will be able to make great adventures with you in the Icelandic highlands!

Information for travelers that are arriving to Iceland

Iceland's borders remain open to other EU and Schengen states throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

All passengers coming to Iceland are required to fill out a pre-registration form, follow hygiene measures and they are encouraged to download and use the COVID-19 app Rakning C-19.

Passengers arriving to Iceland can choose either to submit to two screening tests for COVID-19, separated by five days’ quarantine until the results of the second test are known, if not vaccinated or show the vaccination pass.
Children born in or after 2005 do not have to be tested nor quarantined. The same goes for people who have been certified by the Icelandic health authorities, with a PCR test, or people who have previously been infected with COVID-19 and have completed a period of isolation, or those who have COVID-19 antibodies.

We are waiting for you to come to Iceland and enjoy the open spaces in safety!

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    Birds and Fjords 2021

    Itinerant discovery, hiking and bird watching. List of Icelandic birds Un départ unique de 10 jours guidé par Philippe Patay, fondateur de Fjallabak, connaisseur expérimenté et passionné de l'Islande et de ses oiseaux SUMMER SOLSTICE The night has totally disappeared, the day is permanent. Twilight…
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    Birds photo safari 2021

    Itinerant discovery, hiking and bird watching. List of Icelandic birds Un départ unique de 10 jours avec Denis Palanque photographe Naturaliste et guidé par Philippe Patay, fondateur de Fjallabak, connaisseur expérimenté et passionné de l'Islande et de ses oiseaux. SUMMER SOLSTICE The night has totally…
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    Highlands 4wd Discoveries

    4wd South Fjallabak Discovery

    A 5-day adventurous trip with easy hikes - from Mid-July to September Shaped by the antagonism of fire and ice, the South Coast and Highlands offer landscapes like no other. Nature, here in delirium, combines harmoniously contradictory landscapes with an art of paradox. Green meadows,…
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    Trekking – 7 to 9 days

    Hiking Adventure in the Faroe Islands

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    Trekking – 3 to 6 days

    Trek Black Raven Reefs

    Beautiful assisted 6-day walking adventure hut to hut. After climbing and crossing the vast and strange Hrafntinnusker Caldeira, our trail continues through lush green spines and laughing valleys to the entrance of the long narrow black desert of Mællifellssandur which stretches between the caldera and the enormous mass…
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    What they say about us

    • star rating  Nous avons fait huit jours de trek hors sentiers battus (et la plupart du temps hors sentiers) dans des contrées lunaires inouïes. Mais ce qui a fait la réussite de... read more

      714rona
      28 July 2019

      star rating  We had the pleasure of doing a 4 day guided 4 wheel drive and hiking trip with Fjallabak and Philippe, the founder of the company, as our guide. We loved... read more

      GailLouise
      18 September 2019
    • star rating  For those looking to avoid the crowds and get off the beaten path, this is a great trip. This is a local Icelandic company, and they are quite knowledgeable.... read more

      brubin2018
      22 August 2018

      star rating  Completely off track trekking
      Hard sometimes with the weather
      Adventure company
      Good service
      Only bad point is the level of the members can be too different and it... read more

      Swissitude2014
      21 August 2019
    • star rating  Mon premier séjour en Islande remonte à 2004, avec Philippe Patay.
      
Depuis, je suis revenue sur cette île plusieurs fois, par moi-même ou avec Fjallabak. 
Pour marcher, pour contempler,... read more

      SKislande
      18 July 2019

      star rating  We had a wonderful trek near Mount Hekla. Our guide was fantastic, as was the food. The overall organization is closely tied to the land and has extensive expertise. Not... read more

      Jen T
      19 August 2019
    • star rating  9 jours de trekking dans les montagnes de Fjallabak à 3 familles avec ados. On a adoré les randonnées proposées (très diversifiées et représentatives de l'Islande), l'équipe très sympa, la... read more

      Jocelyne M
      16 August 2018

      star rating  Très bon parcours photo en Islande avec une équipe compétente et sympathique autour des refuges de Dalakofi et de Strutur. Philippe Pathé et son équipe se sont dépensés sans... read more

      chicabou
      19 September 2018
    • star rating  Our four-day trek with Fjallabak Trekking was wonderful along many dimensions. It will long remain a highlight of our family lore. It was amazing to be essentially alone... read more

      Michael J
      20 August 2018

      star rating  Me and my in law family booked this very special trip to an area which is usually very secluded and not seen by too many tourists.
      On our 5... read more

      Anja S
      5 September 2018
    • star rating  Que dire des services de cette sympathique agence ? Tout simplement extra ! Sur la base de l'itinéraire que nous souhaitions effectuer, Matta nous a concocté une série d'hébergements (guest... read more

      Carole B
      14 September 2018

      star rating  We did a 4 day trek with Fjallabak with our family (adult children) and totally loved it. It was really interesting to see Iceland this way and get out in... read more

      Susiemm2173
      30 August 2018
    • star rating  The Fjallabak Trekking company is a small family operated business that caters to travelers trying to get off the beaten path. We spent 6 days trekking in the Fjallabak... read more

      BrigittaAdell
      11 September 2019

      star rating  Fabulous, walking a mountain trail in a small group with an excellent and humorous guide, talking English and French simultaneously. Emma really took care, from French-style cooking to correctly applying... read more

      Herfried W
      16 August 2019
    • star rating  La réserve naturelle de Fjallabak est magnifique et notre trek hors des sentiers battus a dépassé toutes nos attentes. L'itinéraire concocté par Fjallabak Trekking n'a fait que croiser l'"autoroute" du... read more

      fcibot
      21 August 2018

      star rating  Our family of four had a wonderful trek with Fjallabak trekking around Mount Hekla for four days in July this year.

      Our guide Yoan was excellent in... read more

      Glen M
      25 July 2019
    • star rating  Our group of 8 (4 old guys, two couples) had a wonderful 7 day trek, generally east-west, mostly off trails, in all kinds of weather. The arrangements were thorough and... read more

      KPatt0n
      30 August 2018

      star rating  Completely off-track trekking, the only paths we crossed were those of the sheeps.
      Explanations in French and English, multinational hikers which makes it a nice experience

      Chris B
      21 August 2019
    • star rating  Le chemin des elfes: parcours avec paysages magnifiques, très riches et diversifiés, cela va des champs pleins de fleurs à la rocaille des sommets, à chaque fjord son paysage et... read more

      Fbe2189
      21 July 2019

      star rating  Perfect trip for some proper walking and being immersed in amazing landscapes. Fjallabak kept the promise of small group, well organised program, and curated itinerary away from the crowds. Huts... read more

      Isapfr
      26 November 2018