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6 days - Small Group trek covering the most famous treks in Iceland.
By combining two of Iceland's best known hikes you get an unbelievable seven day trek through incredibly diverse landscape. From the famous geothermal area of Landmannalaugar to Skógar, this path takes us over multicolored hills and black sands, along small gullies and great canyons, through verdurous valleys, between glaciers, and past waterfalls. This is a memorable hike full of contrasts which gives you a chance to absorb the spirit of this remarkable country. Accommodation in comfortable mountain huts.
This hike is a combination of the Laugavegur Trek plus Fimmvörðuháls to Skógar hike.
- Day 1
- Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar and trek to Hrafntinnusker mountain hut
- Day 2
- Hrafntinnusker - Ãlftavatn - Mud pools, steaming hot springs.
- Day 3
- Ãlftavatn - Botnar, black deserts, magnificent canyons and volcanoes.
- Day 4
- Botnar - Þórsmörk, green valleys, arctic birch forests and colourful flowers.
- Day 5
- Þórsmörk – Fimmvörðuháls
- Day 6
- Þórsmörk and Sönghellir cave – Reykjavík
- Start/End Place
- Reykjavik, Iceland tours
- Country Visited
- Iceland tours
- 6 Days
- Group Size
- 6 - 16
On foot and vehicle supported
Guide for 6 days, transportation to and from Reykjavik, food for 6 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 6), mountain hut fees, cooking gear and luggage transport from day 1 to day 4. The second section is a lightweight backpacking trip with the sleeping bags included at the huts.
Sleeping bags and sleeping bag linen is not included for the first four days but can be rented. Huts are heated so a normal sleeping bag is suffice. 9.500 ISK for rent. You do not need to carry your sleeping bag from Day 5 - 6. There is a small additional cost to shower in the huts (500 ISK for 5 mins) and to recharge batteries.
Day 1 - Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar and trek to Hrafntinnusker mountain hut
This trek starts at the central station in Reykjavik - accommodation and activites the night before can be added if desired. We take the regular bus that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have a lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
TransportationDistance: 12km Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m
AccommodationHrafntinnusker mountain hut
Optional Add Ons
Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker - Ãlftavatn - Mud pools, steaming hot springs.
From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay the night.
TransportationDistance: 12km Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m
Day 3 - Ãlftavatn - Botnar, black deserts, magnificent canyons and volcanoes.
We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
TransportationDistance: 15km Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m
Day 4 - Botnar - Þórsmörk, green valleys, arctic birch forests and colourful flowers.
We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend in to Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. We spend the night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
TransportationDistance: 15km Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m
Day 5 - Þórsmörk – Fimmvörðuháls
We start the hike in the magic landscapes of Goðalönd, the abode of the Gods. Nesting at the foot of two glaciers this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses. We continue up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls enjoying the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in March and early April 2010. As we gain height above Morinsheiði we come to the two craters Magni and Móði. We head back to Þórsmörk with the magnificent view over the glaciers and this beautiful valley for our celebtration barbeque dinner and night in Básar hut.
TransportationDistance: 12-14 km Walking time: 6-7 hrs Ascent: 900 m
Day 6 - Þórsmörk and Sönghellir cave – Reykjavík
We spend the day in Þórsmörk where we have an abundance of choice between various paths. For example, we can visit to the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed, or hike into the beautifully carved canyon Stakkholtsgjá. This oasis between the mountains also an ideal place to relax and just enjoy nature. Return to Reykjavik in the late afternoon.
TransportationDistance: 12-13km Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 1000 m
All prices listed are per person, twin share. Departures most Fridays from late June until the start of September.
1 Sep 2023
There is no longer a vehicle supporting the trek from Day 5 - 6. You will need to carry a small backpack with your personal gear, minus your sleeping bag. Note: Because of difficult access to the hut for vehicles, we will send our extra luggage to the end of the trek at Skógar. Food and sleeping bags/blankets have been stored in the Fimmvörðuháls hut so we only need to carry our sleeping bag liner and toiletries for the night and a little bit of fresh food.
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