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The Complete Volcanic Trails - Special Offer

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The Complete Volcanic Trails - Special Offer

The Complete Volcanic Trek

Explore the Volcanic Icelandic Highlands
For an extraordinary trekking tour through on of Iceland’s most amazing areas you can combine both parts of the Volcanic Trails tour. This tour will take you to some of the key places of the southern highlands, on some of the Iceland’s most beautiful trails. From the peak of Sveinstindur by lake Langisjór, you follow the Eldgjá volcanic fissure along the Álftavatn passing Strútur Mountain, where you take the backroads to famous Landmannalaugar. This is an amazing trek through one of Iceland’s greatest volcanic regions.

Tour Overview

  • Transport

    Private bus & public bus

  • Group size

    5 - 14 participants

  • Language

    English

  • Accommodation

    Mountain hut

  • Walkin per day

    3 - 9 hrs

  • Total Distance

    130 km (80 mi) 

  • Max Ascent

    450 m (1480 ft)

  • Difficulty

    Challenging

    Difficulty

    Challenging

  • Availability

    Jul - Aug

  • Duration

    9 days

  • 16

    Minimum age:

    16 yrs

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Tour Highlights

Included

  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
  • Transport at the beginning and end of trek
  • Breakfast (8), Lunch (9), Dinner (8)
  • Transfer of luggage

Not Included

  • Sleeping bag
  • Showers in huts (payable on site)

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour

Tour Map and Itinerary

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The Complete Volcanic Trails - Special Offer

MAP & ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavík - Sveinstindur (The Explorer’s Peak)

Meeting time is at 07:30 at BSI central bus terminal at Vatnsmýrarvegur 10. There a representative from Icelandic Mountain Guides and your guide will meet and greet you. Our transport takes us along highland tracks to Mt Sveinstindur, by lake Langisjór one of Iceland’s most beautiful lakes.  After climbing the peak for some amazing views over the mountains and up to Vatnajökull glacier we descent to a traditional hut on the other side. Rustic hut, outhouse and no showers.
Distance: 6 km (4 mi)
Ascent/Descent: 480 m (1575 ft)

Day 2

Sveinstindur - Skaftá - Skælingar

Following the river Skaftá, with rapids and waterfalls the trail leads to the small and impressive canyon of Hvanngil. The landscape is truly volcanic, black lava, green moss, and different rock formations. At the end of the day you arrive in the magical Skælingar area, an ancient lava forest close to the riverbed of Skaftá. Rustic hut, outhouse and no showers.
Distance: 16 - 18 km (10 - 11 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 8 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 250 m (820 ft)

Day 3

Skælingar - Gjátindur - Eldgjá - Hólaskjól

After packing up we start the day´s hike leading to the Canyon of Fire - Eldgjá. 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 Trails. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
Distance: 18 km (11 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 8 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 350 m (1150 ft)

Day 4

Hólaskjól - Áftavötn

We head out on the second part of the trail heading to the lakes of Álftavötn. Hiking through green hills we follow the river Syðri Ófæra. At Álftavötn we find a traditional hut where we spend the night. The tranquility of this magical place is amazing and this is really a great spot to recharge. Rustic hut, outhouse, no showers.
Distance: 7 - 10 km (4 - 6 mi)
Walking time: 5 - 6 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 150 m (492 ft)

Day 5

Álftavötn - Strútur

Today we continue along the river Syðri Ófæra crossing once again the Canyon of Fire, Eldgjá. The landscape changes from green meadows to black sands with bright green streaks of moss. Along the way we come to the natural pool Strútslaug, right after fording the river Hólmsá.  After warming up and relaxing in the pool we conclude the day´s march walking to the hut at Strútur where we spend the night. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
Distance: 24 km (15 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 8 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 300 m (984 ft)

Day 6

Strútur - Hvanngil

Leaving the comfortable hut we set out for the day´s trek along the Mýrdalssandur, the black volcanic sand plain. We need to cross some of the rivers and better have our river crossing shoes ready. The mystical landscape of Hvanngil valley greets us and we are yet amazed at the wonders of the Icelandic landscape. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
Distance: 14 - 18 km (9 - 11 mi)
Walking time: 5 - 6 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 150 m (492 ft)

Day 7

Hvanngil - Álftavatn

After breakfast we get ready for the day´s hike exploring the side trails of the Laugavegur hiking trail. We proceed along the river Kaldaklofskvísl to lake Álftavatn “Swan lake”.  After finishing the second part of the trek we have time to explore the area around the lake before settling in for the night. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
Distance: 4 - 6 km (2 - 4 mi)
Walking time: 5 - 6 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 300 m (984 ft)

Day 8

Álftavatn - Dalakofinn

The day´s walk takes us west along the backroads of Fjallabak into the bright hills of Ljósártungur. We will be crossing several streams and rivers today as the water drains down from the highlands. 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 (11 mi)
Walking time: 6 - 8 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 300 m (984 ft)

Day 9

Dalakofinn - Landmannalaugar - Reykjavík

Today we cross over to the highland oasis of Landmannalaugar. We pass the impressive obsidian lavafield of Hrafntinnuhraun, and climb up to the geothermal area of Dalamót before descending into the dramatic Vondugil canyons. Arriving at Landmannalaugar you can take a relaxing soak in a natural pool or simply relax and explore the area before taking a late bus back to Reykjavík.
Distance: 18 km (11 mi)
Walking time: 7 - 9 hrs
Ascent/Descent: 400 m (1312 ft)

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  • Day 9
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