- Laugavegur Trail
- Thorsmork Valley
- Lake Alftavatn
- Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
- Magni and Modi craters
- Fimmvorduhals Trail
- Geothermal Areas and Hot Springs
- Multicolored Rhyolite Mountains
- Fields of Obsidian Rocks
- Markarfljotsgljufur Canyon
- Mount Brennisteinsalda
Six days / Five nights
Starts / ends in in Reykjavík
Dates of tour operation: 15 June 2019 - 16 September 2019
Experience fields of obsidian, red and yellow mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers during this guided tour perfect for soft and experienced hikers alike!
This tour is also available as a camping tour.
6 Day Itinerary
Day 1: Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker
We meet at 7:00 at Ráðhústorgið (Town Hall) on Vonarstraeti – Tourist Information Center.
The drive takes about 3-4 hours, on the way we drive along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Iceland’s most active volcano, Hekla. Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colourful mountains and steaming hot springs. We walk by the beautiful hot spring Storihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. We spend the night in the hut in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote huts in Iceland.
Day 2: Hrafntinnusker – Alftavatn
After breakfast in the hut we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjoll mountains and then descend into the Jokultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red. From the top of Jokultungur there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and lake Alftavatn which is our next overnight stop. Before reaching Alftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night in the hut by the lake.
Day 3: Alftavatn – Emstrur
We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Storasula and into the black desert of Maelifellssandur. On our way we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur where there is chance to enjoy the view of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Just before reaching the hut in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, almost 200m deep canyons carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The hut in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcome sight after walking through the black sands.
Day 4: Emstrur – Thorsmork
We put Emstrur behind us and continue along the canyons on our way to Thorsmork. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. We walk under the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley nesting under the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, a magnificent place to spend the night.
Day 5: Hiking to Magni and Modi Volcano, Fimmvorduhals
Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two new craters formed in 2010, Magni and Modi, named after the sons of Thor. On the way, we pass by a formation of lava in a waterfall shape made in the eruption. Here you have a chance to see how Iceland is still being built, formed and shaped by its nature. We will be greeted with a fantastic view over the valley. We spend the night in Thorsmork and have a GOOD BYE party while enjoying a traditional Icelandic grilled lamb for dinner.
Day 6: Thorsmork Valley – Reykjavik
In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast in the hut before going out to explore the amazing surroundings. The volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajokull surround the Thorsmork valley, for
thousands of years these volcanoes and the glaciers that cover them, have carved the sandstone in Thorsmork into surreal sculptures dotted with moss and arctic birch trees. We hike up the mountain Valahnukur for a fantastic view over the valley. Those who wish can also simply spend the day relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place.
We return to Reykjavik in the early evening where the tour ends at the tourist information center around 18:30, in the heart of Reykjavik. From there taxis and local buses are available, but drop off at your accommodation can also be purchased with your tour