Experience the earth, wind, and fire that epitomize the pronounced geologic history of Iceland in this extensive and comprehensive volcanic venture.
The Volcanic Trails is a trekking tour combining three distinct sections. The trail takes you through volcanic landscape which is one of the most various and complete to be found in the entire world. Each day varies from the one before and brings different colors and landscapes. You will see everything from volcanoes and glaciers, black lava covered with the unreal bright green moss, to colorful rhyolite mountains and geothermal hot springs. With these three separate sections you can enjoy the flexibility of choosing only one part of the trail, combine two of the three legs, or hike the entire Volcanic Trails all the way from Sveinstindur “Explorer´s Peak” to Landmannalaugar.
Day 1: Reykjavík Sveinstindur
Meeting point at 6:45 is inside the Harpa Concert Hall located in city centre of Reykjavik. The address is Austurbakki 2. You meet your guide and get onto the bus that will take you into the magical southern highlands, partly on highland tracks. You arrive at the foot of Mt Sveinstindur, named after one of Iceland´s first explorers and naturalists Sveinn Pálsson. You climb to the summit of this peak that is located at the western end of the magical lake Langisjór offering superb views over the lake and the massif of Fögrufjöll on its southern shores. Descent to a traditional mountain hut on the other side of the mountain where you spend the first night. Rustic hut, outhouse and no showers
Distance : 6 km (4mi) Ascent/descent : 480 m
Day 2: Sveinstindur - Skaftá - Skælingjar
Today we hike along the shores of the glacial river Skaftá, draining from the nearby Vatnajökull icecap. The trail leads to the small and impressive canyon of Hvanngil before reaching the spectacular Uxatindar peaks and their nearby canyons. The landscape is truly volcanic, black volcanic sands, and old lava fields along with different rock formations of the canyons allow for an impressive hike. Past the Uxatindar the landscape becomes more green and at the end of the day you arrive in the magical Skælingar area, an ancient lava forest close to the riverbed of Skaftá. Here a traditional mountain hut awaits for the night. Rustic hut, outhouse and no showers
Distance: 16 -18 km (10-11 mi) Ascent/descent: 250 m Walking time: 6 – 8 hrs
Day3: Skælingar - Gjátindur - Eldgjá - Hólaskjól
After packing up we start the day´s hike leading to the Canyon of Fire - Eldgjá. We climb the soft hills up to the peak of Gjátindur, located at the eastern end of the canyon. From the peak amazing views give us an idea of the immensity of the canyon that reaches far beyond to the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. A slow descent into the canyon and we have time to enjoy this remarkable place and its many wonders before concluding the day with a hike to huts at nearby Hólaskjól where we spend the night after having completed the first section of the Volcanic Trail. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available
Distance: 18 km (11mi) Ascent/descent : 350 m Walking time: 6 – 8 hrs
Day4: Hólaskjól - Landmannalaugar - Reykjavík
Today you return to Reykjavík on the scheduled bus, taking leave of your guide that will continue along the Volcanic Trails. The bus leaves Hólaskjól for the 2,5 hour drive to Landmannalaugar. At Landmannalaugar you have a 2 hours stop and can dip into the natural pool on the premises or simply admire the beauty of this amazing rhyolite area. The bus to Reykjavík leaves Landmannalaugar at 15:30 and arrives at the Reykjavík Bus Terminal at 19:35 where the tour ends.
Guide during the trek (until morning day 4)
Food for 4 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 4)
Accommodation in mountain huts for 3 nights
Bus from Reykjavík to Sveinstindur and from Hólaskjól to Reykjavík via LandmannalaugarTransfer of luggage.
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