Embark on a quest of epic proportions with this multi-day passage following the lead of long winding trails through surreal natural scenery.
Day 1: Gljúfrabúi base – Landmannalaugar – Álftavatn
We start our day early from Gljúfrabúi base and head straight to Landmannalaugar and set out on our hike as soon as we get there. Through the geothermal landscape we set our aim for Álftavatn, on the way we'll pass Hrafntinnusker the obsidian desert where the place takes its name after. From there we head on towards our overnight stay, Álftavatn Lake, passing Mt. Reykjaföll and the picturesque Jökultungur (glacier tongues) area. This is a long and demanding day, full of exciting highland adventure.
Gljúfrabúi base – Landmannalaugar: Driving time 2- 3 hours
Landmannalaugar – Álftavatn: Distance: 24km (15mi).
Walking time: 7- 9 hours. Ascent: 470m (1540´). Descent: 490m (1610´).
Meals included: Lunch, refreshments and dinner
Day 2: Álftavatn - EmsturWe leave the hut after a decent breakfast and a worthy night’s rest. We continue on the Laugavegur trail heading towards Emstur. This part of the trail is easier than the day before and it'll take us through black sand deserts with fantastic contrast mountains, like Stórasúla and Hattfell. We then reach the hut in Emstrur (Botnar) where the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull lie extended before us. When dinner is finished, there is an optional evening hike towards the magnificent 200 meters canyon, Markarfljótsgljúfur. That's an evening hike that you don´t want to miss!*Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, refrechments and dinner
*Álftavatn – Emstur: Distance: 15km (9.5 mi).
Walking time: 5-6 hrs.
Descent: 40 m (130′).
Day 3: Emstrur – Þórsmörk – Seljalandsfoss / Gljúfrabúi base We leave Emstur and continue on our way to Þórsmörk, walking alongside Mýrdalsjökull glacier. As we descend to Almenningar, we'll see a change in the landscape when trees start to appear. The Laugavegur trail is now behind us as we reach Þórsmörk. Now we can enjoy the beautiful oasis, hiding behind Eyjafjallajökull glacier.From Þórsmörk we head towards Gljúfrabúi base, but we still have one more stop, the magnificent Seljalandsfoss waterfall!We expect to be back at Gljúfrabúi base in the afternoon.
Emstur- Þórsmörk: Distance: 15km (9.5 mi).
Walking time: 6-7 hrs.
Descent: 300 m (985′).
Þórsmörk – Gljúfrabúi: Driving time: 1 - 1,5 hours.
*Meals included: Breakfast, lunch, refresements
*Note: - Expect streams/rivers crossing over unbridged streams/rivers on all hiking days.- There is a minimum of 4 person for the Laugavegur trekking tour.
Transport, guided service, accommodation, all meals*, showers in Álftavatn and Emstrur and luggage transport from hut to hut.
*Drinks not included.
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