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Region: Highland
Coordinates: 63.992695° N 19.044241° W
Hiking time: 2 days
Difficulty: moderate
Length: 24 km
Elevation: 490 m
Highest Point: 470 m


About Landmannalaugar – Alftavatn Hiking Trail

1. day: Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker

Distance 12 km, estimated walking time 4 – 5 hours. Elevation increase 470 meters. From the hut in Landmannalaugar (75 persons, GPS 63°59.600 – 19°03.660) the trail goes through a rough lavafield “Laugahraun”. From there on up the slopes of “Brennisteinsalda” and to the plateau. The view offers an incredible spectrum of colours. After 3 – 4 hours you arrive at “Stórihver”, a hot spring and almost the only green spot visible in the first day. In most years the rest of the trail from “Stórihver” to “Höskuldsskáli” hut is covered with snow. Chances of fog are very high so even though the trail is clearly marked you must be careful. A walk to the icecaves (approx. 1.5km from the hut) is a must. The huts location GPS 63°55.840 – 19°09.700 and sleeps 36 persons.

 

2. day: Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn

Distance 12 km, estimated walking time 4 – 5 hours. Elevation decrease 490 m. The first part of the trail takes us through a valley with some small ravines but be careful as they may be filled with snow. If the visibility is good a walk up to the top of mountain “Háskerðingur” (1281 m) will reward your with a breathtaking view. Soon we leave the colourful rhyolite mountains and enter an area with dark palagonite mountains and glaciers. You will also notice a considerable increase in vegetation. The trail down the “Jökultungur” is rather steep but leads down to a friendly oasis on the banks of river “Grashagakvísl” a fine place to rest for a while. From there on the trail to the two huts by the lake “Álftavatn” is on flat land. There are two huts (58 persons, GPS 63°51.470 – 19°13.640). In “Hvanngil” are two huts.

Map of Hiking trail

Important note:  The Marked Hiking trail in Google Map is intended to give general information, as well as a rough idea of the distance and direction of the trail.  It does not provide a detailed picture of the exact route.  Such information can be provided by other means, such as from the Icelandic Touring Association and Utivist Travel Association.

Alternative: Alftavatn – Landmannalaugar Hike

1. day: Álftavatn-Hrafntinnusker

Distance 12 km, estimated walking time 4 – 5 hours. Elevation increase 490 m.

2. day: Hrafntinnusker-Landmannalaugar-

Distance 12 km, estimated walking time 4 – 5 hours. Elevation decrease 470 meters. The huts location GPS 63°55.840 – 19°09.700 and sleeps 36 persons.

 

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