Icelandic Tourist Board
Trek 20a - Laugavegur Trek & Fimmvorduhals the perfect trekking trip for you and your children.
Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
Álftavatn (e. Alftavatn lake)
- 7 a.m. at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) - Tourist Information Center
- See other meeting points in the tour description
- Guiding Service
- Luggage transport from camp to camp
- Insulation mattress
- Inflatable mattress
- Campsites at Hrafntinnusker, Álftavatn and Emstrur
Meeting points and times:
7:00 a.m. - Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti;
7:00 a.m. - Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut;
7:15 a.m. - Hallgrímskirkja Church;
7:30 a.m. - Reykjavik Campsite.
*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.
Day 1: REYKJAVIK-LANDMANNALAUGAR AND FROM LANDMANNALAUGAR TO HRAFNTINNUSKER
The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at the City Hall at 7 a.m.. The City Hall on Vonarstræti is within walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjaviík. We also offer pick up at your door for a small fee. After introductions we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. 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 colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. We walk by the beautiful hot spring Stórihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. We put up the first camp at the campsite in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote campsites in Iceland.
(L, r, D) Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540 ').
Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER-ALFTAVATN (WHOOPER SWAN LAKE)
After a communal breakfast in our kitchen tent 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. Our campsite is next to small stream by the lake.
(B, L, r, D). Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610').
Day 3: ALFTAVATN LAKE-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 a chance to enjoy the view on Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Just before reaching the campsite in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, almost 200m deep canyons carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The campsite in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcome sight after walking through the black sands.
(B, L, r, D). Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 ').
Day 4: EMSTRUR - THORSMORK VALLEY - REYKJAVIK
We leave Emstrur behind and continue on our way to Thorsmork along the canyons. 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 at the foot of the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley situated between the rivers Krossa, Thronga and Markarfljot; offers a beautiful mountain view on volcanic glaciers Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull. We return to Reykjavík in the evening at around 22:00, we will stop at the tourist information office, situated in the center of the city. From there, it is easy and convenient to catch a taxi or local bus, otherwise drop off at your accommodation can be purchased together with your tour.
(B, L). Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985 ') Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs.
The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner).
- Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof
- Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
- Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
- Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)
- Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)
- Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)
- Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)
- Warm hat and/or balaclava
- HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
- Day backpack about 25-40 L
- Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. (Suitcases are not recommended, we recommend a waterproof duffel bag)
- River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
- Sleeping bag and travel pillow
- Tooth brush and personal toiletries
- 1-2 L Water bottle
- Hiking poles
- Pen knife
- Camera, batteries & memory card
- Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
- Power bank