Volcanic Trails 3: The Backroad to Landmannalaugar - IMG383

Volcanoes, Glaciers, Black Lava and more!

Álftavatn lake
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson

Álftavatn lake

Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Ónefndi foss (The unnamed waterfall)
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson

Ónefndi foss (The unnamed waterfall)

Dalakofinn mountain hut
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Dalakofinn mountain hut

Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson
Háölduvatn lake
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Háölduvatn lake

Backroad to Landmannalaugar
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson

Backroad to Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar
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Landmannalaugar

Looking over Landmannalaugar
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Looking over Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar
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Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar Nature Bath
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Landmannalaugar Nature Bath

Landmannalaugar Drone Shot
Photo: Jan Zelina

Landmannalaugar Drone Shot

Landmannalaugar from above
Photo: Arinbjörn Hauksson

Landmannalaugar from above

Our guide was awesome, the hikes were great, the views spectacular, and you couldn't ask for a better group.

- Scott Usa -

Tour type: Trek from hut to hut with luggage transport

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Adult: 99990

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What's included: Guiding, transport, accommodation, full board ans luggage transport

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights

Accommodation: Mountain huts

Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15

Group size: 5 to 14 participants

Language: English, French and German

Walking per day: 3 - 9 hours

Note: This tour can be booked for private groups upon request

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  • Tour Description

    Highlights of the Tour

    • Remote areas and isolated hut
    • Hot springs and boiling mud pools
    • Colorful rhyolite mountains
    • A less travelled path to Landmannalaugar

    The Volcanic Trails

    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.

    Hot springs and colourful mountains

    The third section of the Volcanic Trails takes you up into the hills of the Fjallabak region and to the highland oasis Landmannalaugar. Crossing from the green mountains reflected in the “Swan lake” we now hit the brightly colored hills of Ljósártungur, passing by a big “table mountain” into areas of fuming hot springs and boiling mud pools. The trek continues along thick obsidian lava fields entering a more active geothermal area of even more hot springs, arriving into the extremely bright colors of Landmannalaugar, one of the best known part of the Icelandic highlands. Bright hills and gullies characterize this part of the trek and geothermal activity is predominant. 

    • Total distance: 38 kilometers (24 miles)
    • Altitude: 600-900 meters (2000-3000 feet)
    • Maximum ascent: 400 m (1300 feet)
    • Minimum age: 16 years 

    Included: Qualified and experienced guide during the trek, food from lunch on day 1 to dinner on day 3, sleeping bag accommodation in dormitory (sleeping bags not included), public transport from Reykjavík to Álftavatn and from Landmannalaugar to Reykjavík and transfer of luggage.

    • Accommodation in Reykjavik and pick up and drop off at accommodation can be added
    • Sleeping bag can be rented for 7000 ISK

    As environmental stewards in Iceland, we take a proactive approach to preserve the trail and the surrounding nature by allocating 1% of the tour price for each passenger to our Environmental Fund. With us, you get to experience this amazing trail and minimize your environmental impact. 

  • Tour Itinerary

    D1: Reykjavík - Álftavatn 
    Meeting point at 7:15 at BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík. You start the journey with a bus ride headed for lake Álftavatn “Swan lake”. On arrival you meet your guide and join the ongoing Volcanic Trails. You will have time to explore the area around the lake with your group before settling in for the night. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
    Distance: 3 -5 km Ascent/descent: 150 m Walking time: 2 – 3 hrs

    D2: Álftavatn – Dalakofinn 
    After breakfast we get ready for the day´s walk west into the bright hills of Ljósártungur. The trail leads through ochre colored gullies with steam clouds rising from the numerous hot springs in the area. We will be crossing several streams and rivers today as the water drains down from the highlands. To the south the table mountain Laufafell dominates the scene, clearly distinct from the soft rhyolite hills. Towards the end of the day we cross the Markarfljót river arriving at the Dalakofinn hut for the night. Comfortable hut, WC but no showers.
    Distance: 18 km Ascent/descent: 300 m Walking time: 6 – 8 hrs

    D3: Dalakofinn – Landmannalaugar - Reykjavík
    Today we cross over to the highland oasis of Landmannalaugar walking through the spectacular landscapes of the Reykjadalur valley. We pass the impressive Hrafntinnuhraun lavafield, coarse and rugged obsidian lava, climbing up to the geothermal area of Dalamót before descending into the dramatic Vondugil canyons with the impressive peak Suðurnámur to the north and the Brennisteinsalda peak to the south. The last part of the day´s trek leads through the Laugahraun lavafield before arriving in Landmannalaugar, where we take a late bus back to Reykjavík

    Distance: 18 km Ascent/descent: 400 m Walking time: 7 – 9 hrs

     

  • Equipment List

    Trekking Tours

    For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience. 

    Boots and Clothing:

    Gear Lexicon Trekking Tours

    Further reading on Trekking equipment.

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
    • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic. 
    • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
    • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
    • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable. 
    • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland
    • Gloves
    • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs. 
    • Warm hat. 

    Other gear:

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  (For IMG35- Þórsmörk- Skógar 30-45L (1850-2750 cu in)
    • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
    • Light Sleeping bag. (For IMG35 Þórsmörk-Skógar only: only sleeping bag liner is needed as a basic sleeping bag is stored in the huts so you will not need ot carry a sleeping bag).
    • Towel – light weight and packable. 
    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 
    • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L. 
    • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut. 
    • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
    • Personal first aid kit – including blister care. 
    • Prescription medication and other personal health items.
    • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc. 

    Optional gear:

    • Walking pole(s).
    • Gaiters
    • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings. 
    • Pen knife. 
    • Earplugs
    • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
    • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 
    • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down) 
    • Camera, spare batteries.
    • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing. 
    • Slippers for indoor use. 
    • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.

    Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact incoming@mountainguides.is.

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  • FAQ

    FAQ

    The Volcanic Trail 3: IMG383 The Backroad to Landmannalaugar 

    What type of sleeping bag do I need for this trek? What temperature rating do I need?

    • A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated.


    Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag for the tour?

    • Yes, it is possible. The price for renting one sleeping bag for the entire trip The Volcanic Trail 3: IMG383 The Backroad to Landmannalaugar is 6.000 ISK  
    • Please contact us at incoming@mountainguides.is if you wish to rent a sleeping bag.


    What are the sleeping arrangements like in the huts?

    • The rooms have bunks and twin beds. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group. Some huts also have a continuous line of beds.


    Is it possible to take a shower in the huts?

    • Yes, it is possible in Álftavatn day 1 and in Landmannalaugar day 3. It costs 500 ISK pr. shower and you can only pay cash.


    Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the huts?

    • It is only possible to charge batteries and phones in Álftavatn on day 1 and in Landmannalaugar on day 3. This also costs 500 ISK pr. battery charge. Again, you can only pay cash.


    Do the huts have running water?

    • Yes, all the huts have running water.


    Can Icelandic Mountain Guides accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

    • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also accommodate vegetarian dietary requirements.  
    • Gluten free and Vegan diet will cost a little extra – 1.500 ISK pr. day.


    Meeting point and time

    • Meeting point is at the BSI Bus terminal located near the center of Reykjavík. The address is Vatnsmyrarvegur 10, 101 Reykjavík.  
    • A representative from Icelandic Mountain Guides will be inside the terminal standing next to a sign that says „Meeting Point“. Please approach the representative and let him know you have arrived.
    • Meeting time is at 7:15 am.
    • We offer the service of picking passengers up from their accommodation in the greater Reykjavík area and driving them to the meeting point – the BSI Bus terminal.
    • If you have arranged a pick up through our company, you will be picked up from your accommodation between 7:00 and 7:15 am.  


    How much luggage do we carry during the hikes?

    • All of your larger luggage is transported for you between huts by the support vehicle. During the trek we will have a luggage transport vehicle in the area that comes and picks up the luggage and takes it from one hut to the other. Please note that sometimes we might have to leave our luggage at a hut, where it will be kept under a tarp for a few hours until the transport arrives and moves it to the next hut. So, we recommend that you bring your luggage in a waterproof duffelbag and with a padlock.
    • You have to carry your daypack which needs to contain some extra clothes, (e.g. rain coat, rain trousers, extra socks, gloves, hat etc.), water bottle, food for the day and river crossing shoes (not on day 1 though).


    River crossing
    Participants will need to cross rivers on the trail. The water level in the rivers changes from time to time due to seasonal conditions. In some cases we will be able to step from stone to stone to get to the other side. In other cases we will need to take our shoes and socks off, put on river crossing shoes and wade the rivers. Your guide will provide you with advice on river crossing as welll as help you to cross the river. Trekking poles might come in handy when wading rivers as well as crossing with a partner.  

    River crossing shoes – what type?

    • The most important thing when choosing shoes for crossing the rivers is to have shoes with good grip since the bottom of the rivers can be very slippery and/or rocky.
    • We recommend passengers to bring either an old pair of sneakers or a pair of sturdy sandals for crossing the rivers. The sneakers don’t dry easily though and can be a heavy addition to your backpack.


    Note: The rivers can be very cold so bring warm socks such as neoprene socks.

    Is it possible to take a bath in the hot spring in Landmannalaugar on the way back to Reykjavík ?  

    • Yes, it is possible and ideal when stopping in Landmannalaugar for 2,5 hours during the bus ride on the last day back to Reykjavík


    What is included and what is not included in the price?

    • Included: Guide, food, transportation to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage.  
    • Not included: International flights to and from Iceland, transportation between Keflavík airport and Reykjavík, accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the trek, transportation to and from meeting point (BSI Bus terminal), sleeping bag.


    Cancellation policy

    • You can read all about our cancellation policy on our website here.


    Do you require a full payment at the time of booking?

    • Yes, we do. It is not possible to pay a deposit or confirmation fee.


    Do passengers assist with preparing breakfast and dinner during the trek?

    • This is by no means necessary but guides always welcome assistance with breakfast and dinner from passengers.


    Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while on the trip?

    • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the trek then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
    • The BSI Bus terminal can also store your bags for 1.000 ISK pr. bag pr. day.


    Do all departures have an English speaking guide?

    • Yes, every single one.  


    How much is the pick‐up and drop off option?

    • The price is 5.000 ISK total
    • If you have arranged for a pick‐up, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík or the Reykjavík area between 7:00 and 7:15 am.


    General info

    • The tour ends at the BSI Bus terminal in Reykjavík around 19:35.
    • The tour starts at the BSI Bus terminal in Reykjavík at 7:15.
    • The minimum age of participants on this trek is 16 years.
    • Jeans are an absolute no‐no in highland tours in Iceland! We also recommend that participants do not wear cotton. See the equipment list for more information.  


    If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at
    incoming@mountainguides.is

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  • Departure Dates
    Tour Dates Availability Language  
    06.07 - 08.07 2018 Two needed to confirm English Select
    13.07 - 15.07 2018 Available English/French Select
    20.07 - 22.07 2018 Two needed to confirm English Select
    27.07 - 29.07 2018 Available English/French Select
    03.08 - 05.08 2018 Two needed to confirm English/German Select
    10.08 - 12.08 2018 Two needed to confirm English/French Select
    17.08 - 19.08 2018 Available English Select
    31.08 - 02.09 2018 Available English/German Select
    07.09 - 09.09 2018 Available English/French Select

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