Combination Trek: Landmannalaugar-Skógar

*Seven day vehicle assisted trek from hut to hut*

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.

Day 1

The tour starts and ends at the central bus station in Reykjavík (BSÍ), meeting time is at 7:15 am. Pick up from hotel or guesthouse at the beginning of the tour can be added for an extra fee. Then 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.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4-5 hrs     
Ascent: 470 m (1540 ')

Day 2

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.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4-5 hrs     
Descent: 490 m (1610 ')

Day 3

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.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi)
Walking time: 6-7 hrs     
Descent: 40 m (130 ')

Day 4

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.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi)
Walking time: 6-7 hrs     
Descent: 300 m (985 ')

Day 5

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.

Distance: 5-10 km (3-6 mi)           
Walking time: 2-5 hrs     
Ascent/Descent: NA

Day 6

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. As we gain height there are increasing chances of snow patches and we might even have the opportunity to walk on snow for some time before arriving at the conveniently situated hut at Fimmvörðuháls, between the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, where we stay 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.

Distance: 12-14 km (7-9 mi)        
Walking time: 6-7 hrs     
Ascent: 900 m (2953’)

Day 7

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.

Distance: 12-13km (7-8 mi)         
Walking time: 6-7 hrs     
Descent: 1000 m (3280’)

*All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. There are bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bed with a stranger.

 


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Departure Dates:


16.06 - 22.06.2014

23.06 - 29.06.2014

30.06 - 06.07.2014  - Full!   
 

07.07 - 13.07.2014

14.07 - 20.07.2014

16.07 - 22.07.2014*

21.07 - 27.07.2014

28.07 - 03.08.2014

04.08 - 10.08.2014

11.08 - 17.08.2014  - Full!

13.08 - 19.08.2014*  
18.08 - 24.08.2014

25.08 - 31.08.2014  - Full!

01.09 - 07.09.2014  - Full!

 

All departures are confirmed. 

All departures have an English speaking guide
*This departure will be offered with an English and German speaking guide

 

Price 2014:
225.000 ISK

Level:    
Moderate to challenging.

Trekking:    
7 days

Total distance:    
78 kilometers (48 miles)

Altitude:    
150-1100 meters (490-3600 feet)

Walking per day:   
4-7 hours

Maximum ascent:    
1000 meters (3280 feet)

 

Accommodation: 

 Mountain huts


Included in price:
Guide for 7 days, transportation to and from Reykjavík, food for 7 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 7), mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage.

Not included in the price:
Accommodation/camping fees before and after the tour

Group size:
6 to 16 participants.

How to book

We recommend that this tour is booked in advance through tours@hostel.is.

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