Get ready for volcanos with unpronounceable names, mighty glaciers, steaming springs, green lowlands and moonlike mountains. Get ready for the most beautiful landscapes you can imagine: Welcome to Iceland.
Just a three-hour drive from Reykjavík lies the wonderful nature park Friðland að Fjallabaki. This beautiful region serves as the backdrop to this epic, 6-day trekking adventure that'll lead you through the best Iceland has to offer. As you go, you'll sleep either in your tent or in simple huts (as long as you book in advance), and you'll carry all provisions you need for the 'wild life'—the ultimate freedom.
Traditionally, this trek is done from the south to the north. In that direction, you'll be forced to conquer more elevation gain. This hike, however, ends in Landmannalaugar—the perfect endpoint, complete with hot springs to relax in after your hike through the wilderness.
The first of six days leads you from Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker. The trek starts pleasantly through the lava fields of Laugahraun and leads to the beautiful mountain "Brennisteinsalda". From here it goes evenly uphill through the impressive hilly landscape.After about 3 - 4 hours you are at the geothermal area "Stórihver" where there are boiling springs. Most of the trail is covered with snow, but the trek is always easy to find. Even if the trail is well marked, you should always be prepared for fogging and visibility. To Hrafntinnusker hut (Höskuldsskáli) you just follow the path, the hut is not visible from afar and will suddenly appear unexpectedly in front of you.From the hut Hrafntinnusker you can in the evening in 20 minutes on the Mt. Söðull hike or in 40 minutes to a nearby ice cave.All information about the cabins can be found here: nat.is/fjallaskalareng/skalar_fi_eng.htm
On the second day we go from Hrafntinnusker to Álftavatn. The path leads first through a valley with small snow-filled gorges. A short steep climb takes you to the highest point of today's stage. However, you should still climb the summit of Kaldaklofsfjöll, if the view is good.Soon after, the colorful mountains will take you to an area where glaciers alternate with yellowish-brown rocks. The plant world is increasingly showing here. Down to Jökultungur the path is very steep, so descend carefully. The last part of the Álftavatn lake runs but on a flat path.In the evening you can hike to Mt. Brattháls in 1-2 hours (round trip). Here you have to go back and forth through a stream, which could give you wet feet. Alternatively, it is also in 1-2 hours on Mount Torfatindur.All information about the cabins can be found here: nat.is/fjallaskalareng/skalar_fi_eng.htm
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Day 3 takes you from Álftavatn to Emstrur (Botnar). The path leads over the Brattháls ridge into the Hvanngil gorge, here you go through the small Bratthálskvísl river. In the gorge there is the hut Hvanngil, which can be used as an alternative accommodation. It is equipped with the most important. There are toilets, showers and a small campsite.After this hut you walk over a bridge over the Kaldaklofskvísl river. Where the trail divides into 2 paths, you go south towards Emstrur and Þórsmörk. Here you cross the river again soon - without a bridge. A few miles further, the Laugavegur Trail flows into a mountain road. You can follow this until you are at the Emstrur Hut or you just wander along the path next to the road. Once on a bridge over the even stronger river "Nyrðri Emstruá" and then on flat paths to the Botnar hut in Emstrur.In the evening you could still through the Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon. Depending on how far you like to go, the short tour takes about 45 - 90 minutes and offers fantastic views of the canyon and the surrounding mountains.All information about the cabins can be found here: nat.is/fjallaskalareng/skalar_fi_eng.htm
Day 4 leads from Botnar Hut / Emstrur to Þórsmörk. Less than 45 minutes after leaving the Emstrur huts, a steep path leads into the canyon of the Syðri-Emstruá river. Over the river you come on a bridge, at a very narrow part of the gorge.Afterwards you cycle through hilly landscapes into the area Almenningar, from where you can already see Þórsmörk in the distance. At the end of this area, you have to cross the river Þröngá, the deepest water crossing on the entire trail. It is best to walk hand in hand and down the river or, of course, use the walking sticks for more balance. After you have done that, it's already in the wooded area Þórsmörk. Just follow the path and head towards Volcano Huts in Húsadalur Þórsmörk or Langidalur Hut.In the evening you can hike to the Mt. Valahnúkur or to the Sönghellir caves. Both very rewarding goals.All information about the cabins can be found here: nat.is/fjallaskalareng/skalar_fi_eng.htm
The fifth day will take you from Langidalur to the hut Fimmvörðuskáli. Passing through the plain of Krossá, you will reach light birch forests and on to Básar, where you will go uphill to the Strákagil gorge. Afterwards, you will hike a bit more exposed on the Heljarkambur before it goes flat again.Finally, you climb the two craters Magni and Modi, which were created in 2010 at the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. It may well be that you are still pounding through some snow fields before you reach your today's destination on the Fimmvörðuháls pass.Many hikers leave the overnight at the Fimmvörðuskáli hut and go straight down to Skógar.All information about the cabins can be found here: nat.is/fjallaskalareng/skalar_fi_eng.htm
From the hut Fimmvörðuskáli offers a wonderful view of the glaciers and the approaching Atlantic. After descending steep paths, you soon cross the Skógá bridge and follow the gorge with its many beautiful waterfalls.The biggest highlight and the conclusion of the tour is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country, the Skógafoss.Of course, the whole tour can also be done from south to north, so this would be the starting point.All information about the cabins can be found here: nat.is/fjallaskalareng/skalar_fi_eng.htm