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Nestled in the Icelandic highlands, right on the edge of the black Laugahraun lava field, you will find Landmannalaugar. Well known for its natural geothermal hot springs (the name ‘Landmannalaugar’ translates to ‘the people’s pools’) and a stunning rugged landscape, Landmannalaugar is part of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. It is a great place to visit for many reasons. One major reason is there are many exciting hiking trails that are easily accessible for most people. Located in a spectacular landscape, they offer some of the most amazing views you will ever see. It is considered one of the most beautiful tourist routes around the world, and the largest travel magazines are outdoing in describing and photographing this place.
Reykjavík Domestic Airport, Iceland
3 Hours Before Flight Time
While most of Iceland’s land and mountains are made of dark, black volcanic rocks, the Landmannalaugar area holds the most silicic rocks in Iceland. These kinds of minerals – especially rhyolite – are very bright and colorful. Along with the number of unusual geological elements that can be found in these rocks, they give an incredibly unique look to the landscape. Hike among vibrantly hued mountains and explore highlands dotted with glaciers, black sand beaches, geysers, and waterfalls. Stunning and remote, this area is a perfect representation of all the Icelandic landscape has to offer. A wide range of colors along the entire length of the trails is breathtaking. At the same time, Landmannalaugar arouses great interest among all tourists.
Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be picked up from the airport and transferred to your hotel. You will be checked into the hotel and the rest of the day can be spend at leisure.
(Overnight at Reykjavik)
After breakfast today, you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Landmannalaugar. We will pass by the Hekla volcanoes in the Domadalur area. When we arrive at Landmannalaugar around noon, we will have lunch here. After lunch head south into the mountains on foot. The trail will take us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. We will arrive at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, where we will stay for the night.
Total trek: 12km (4-5 hours)
(Overnight at Hrafntinnusker)
After breakfast today, we will descend down in the gullies of Jokultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up here we will enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Alftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers. By afternoon we will arrive at Alftavatn hut.
Total trek: 12km(4-5 hours)
(Overnight at Alftavatn)
After breakfast today we will pass the foot of the green conic volcano of Storasula before entering the black deserts of Maelifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region. Before arriving at the Botnar hut, we will visit the magnificent Markarfljot canyon that cuts almost 200 m down into the rocks, south of Hattfell.
Total trek: 16km (6-7 hours)
(Overnight at Emstrur)
After breakfast today we continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Myrdalsjokull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. We then descend into Porsmork’s green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. We reach our huts in Porsmork, where we will spend the night.
Total trek: 17km (6-7 hours)
(Overnight at Porsmork)
After breakfast today, we spend the morning in Porsmork, walking along one of the numerous paths. We will visit the Songhellir cave, climb up the small mountain of Valahnukur from where magnificent views can be enjoyed, before being transferred to Reykjavik. Upon arrival at Reykjavik, we will check into our hotel and take some much needed rest.
(Overnight at Reykjavik)
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airport from where you can take your flight back to home.