Early pick up from the accommodation at 7:30. Leaving Reykjavík we head east on the road of Hellisheiði. After passing the village of Selfoss, we push north-west into Iceland’s interior, in the direction of the Atlantic rift. This road, the only road to the mountains that is cleared of snow, brings us to Sigalda, 23 km from Landmannalaugar where our vehicle drops us off. Here we put on our skis and set course in the direction of the lava fields of Bjallahraun. Our path takes us over the Hnausar pass, where it slightly descends to the lake Frostastaðavatn, before arriving at Landmannalaugar. We set camp in the mountain refuge where our luggage awaits us, and take our first hot bath just a few dozen meters from the hut.
Driving: 3 hrs
Skiing: 6 hrs
Difference in altitude: 100 m (328 ft)
My wife and I just completed the Icelandic Mountain Guides 6 day cross country ski tour, based at the hut in Landmannalaugar...What a fantastic trip! Our guide Maxime was incredible, we cannot say enough about him or his knowledge of everything Icelandic. The scenery could not be beat and the whole experience was really, really special. Even had one crystal clear night where the Northern Lights filled the sky. Wow.