Journey beginning and ending at Reykjavik, Iceland tours
Available: 2019-08-12 to 2019-08-18 starting from $3683 AUD
Available: 2019-08-19 to 2019-08-25 starting from $3683 AUD
Available: 2019-08-26 to 2019-09-01 starting from $3683 AUD
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
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.
Day 2 – Hrafntinnusker – Ãlftavatn – Mudpools, 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.
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.
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.
Day 5 – Þórsmörk – caves, carved canyons, small mountains to climb.
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. We spend the night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
Day 6 – Þórsmörk – Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
Leaving Þórsmörk we cross the river Krossá on a footbridge entering 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, certainly fit for gods and humans alike. Even the elves have made themselves at home here. We continue up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvörðuháls, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with views to the impressive mountain of Útigönguhöfði up to Morinsheiði heath.
At the end of the Morinsheiði plateu we enjoy the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvörðuháls volcano in March and early April 2010. The lava is all set with different outlets of fuming steam and decorated with green and yellow sulphur. As we gain height above Morinsheiði we come again to the lava and then to the two craters Magni and Móði that erupted prior to the main Eyjafjallajökull crater. We cross the brand new lava just at the foot of the magnificent red craters, through places were the lava is almost glowing warm inside the fissures and cracks on its surface. After crossing safely the lava we get a view to the lava and the craters from a hill on the other side, before crossing the néves of the high pass of Fimmvörðuháls, to get to the hut between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, where we set up for the night.
Note: Because of difficult access to the hut for vehicles, passengers will have to carry their gear from the transport vehicle to the hut, and back the next morning, approx. 30 min. walk each way.
Day 7 – To Skógafoss, and bus to Reykjavik
After a night between the two glaciers we head down to Skógar. At the beginning, the path takes us over a desolate heath past an old hut that does not offer much shelter any more. We come to the Skógaá River and follow the river exploring its many hidden gorges, and waterfalls all the way to the famous Skógafoss waterfall. The river and its surroundings offer great scenery. The coast seems to be within arm´s reach and you can almost feel the surf on your cheeks. Arriving at Skógafoss, we hop on the scheduled bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Central bus Station at 19:00, where the trip ends.
Guide for 7 days, transportation to and from Reykjavik, food for 7 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 7), mountain hut fees, cooking gear and luggage transport from day 1 to day 5. 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 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 – 7. There is a small additional cost to shower in the huts (500 ISK for 5 mins) and to recharge batteries.
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