We take the regular public bus from BSI central bus staion at 08:00. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi)
Walking time: 4 - 5 hrs
Ascent: 470 m (1540 ft)
4 days trekking through the wild highlands carrying kit and food. This is not a tour that provides a snapshot of a special country, it completely immerses you in the wilderness around glaciated peaks. Each of the four days is different as the route first climbs to a snow covered peak through volcanic turmoil, then follows the ground downhill to within sight of the sea. Along the way there are fumaroles, glaciers, lava flows, ash deserts and verdant green lands before finishing in Thor's forest. The trek involves steep uphill sections, traversing snow fields, walking ridges, visiting steaming vents and boiling springs and river crossings (without the aid of bridges). This is made enjoyable by the quiet, confident leadership of a guide who manages all of the administration at the mountain huts, organises the cooking and cleaning, and supports the group by listening to our aspirations, adjusting pace and stops to match and directing through the landscape whilst teaching new outdoor skills. The accommodation is basic but adequate...My views on finishing this tour were that neither words nor photographs (and I have many) can convey the splendour of this tour. I can only summarise by saying that if you enjoy outdoor adventure and get the opportunity to do this tour - do it.