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 2021 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, or not to undergo border screening but instead spend 14 days in quarantine after arrival.
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.

The first screening test is upon arrival, after which the passengers must go into quarantine for 5-6 days according to the Instructions for home-based quarantine or the Instructions for quarantine for visitors in Iceland.

The second screening test takes place at different health care services, it is possible to undergo screening in different places over the country. Opening hours are not always the same. Quarantine is no longer necessary when a negative result is obtained from the second screening test. A positive result will lead to isolation and the Instructions for persons under home-based isolation must be followed. Medical examination, supervision and treatment of notifiable diseases, including COVID-19, is of no cost to the patient. Please note that this does not apply to an elective PCR-test for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

The fee for border screening is ISK 9,000 if paid in advance when per-registering online. If the screening fee is paid on the spot, the price is ISK 11,000. There is no charge for the second test.

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

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    What’s on


    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

    In the middle of the ocean, midway between Scotland and Iceland, at latitude 62 ° N, emerges a mountain archipelago of seventeen islands: the Faroe Islands (Norse Føroyar, "the Sheep Islands "). These magnificent islands out of time have remained inaccessible for a long time. they are…
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    Trekking – 3 to 6 days


    Trek Laugavegur by Fjallabak

    A Trail of one thousand and one color. Jeep assisted 5-day hike (or 6 days with the pass of Fimmvörðuháls) in breathtaking nature on and beside the Laugavegur hiking trail in the southern interior of Iceland, from Landmannalaugar hot Springs to Þórsmörk glacier valley. The…
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    What they say about us

    • 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

      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

    • 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


      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

    • star rating  I did a short trek, the Trek at the Doors of Hell in late June with Fjallabak a family run business and it was amazing, we had the sensation of... read more


      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
    • 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

      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
    • 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


      star rating  Petite entreprise familiale franco islandaise, qui propose plusieurs trek réellement hors des sentiers battus. Nous étions un tout petit groupe et cela fonctionnait comme une famille, super ambiance et je... read more

      Nathalie C
    • 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


      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

    • 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


      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
    • 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


      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
    • 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


      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

    • 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


      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