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Hochgeladen 30. Oktober 2018

Aufgezeichnet Oktober 2018

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bei Skogar, Suðurland (Lýðveldið Ísland)

First of all, let me give you an example of why very comprehensive plans are many times worthless in Iceland's highlands:
I hiked these trails in August 2018. My first plan was to start hiking as soon as I arrived at Landmannalaugar (the first bus from Reykjavik arrives around noon) but there was a huge dust storm in the highlands that day and all the hiking paths were closed, so I was forced to stay there until the next day. Fortunately, the wind and visibility got better in the afternoon, so I was able to go on a short hike around the lava field. Most of the people struggled a lot to set their tents that day due to the wind and some tents were even damaged. Having a good tent in Iceland can save your hike. Many people were also evacuated from the huts and campsites at Hrafntinnusker and Alftavatn. I'll give you a good piece of advice that worked out very well to me: make a flexible plan, since you might need to change it due to exeptionally bad weather.

Safety on the Highlands:
These trails can be dangerous due to extreme weather changes (even in summertime) so please do not underestimate them. Ask the hut staff for the weather forecast before you start hiking every day. Check out the links to some safety websites at the end of the text.

Take all you need:
During my hike I slept in a tent and brought all the necessary cooking stuff and food for 5-6 days. If you don't sleep in the huts you are not allowed to use the hut's kitchen. Most of the huts sell some overpriced food, such us dry meal bags or noodles.

How long do these trails take?:
Most of the people would need at least 6-7 days to hike the same itinerary that I did, dividing the Laugavegur trail in 3-4 days, hiking 1 day in Thorsmork, and hiking the Fimmvörðuháls trail in 1-2 days. I'm a very well trained hiker so do not follow my timing if you aren't.

How do I get there?
When the trails are open (end of June to mid September), there are buses connecting Reykjavik, Selfoss, and some other towns with Landmannalaugar, Thorsmork, and Skogafoss. There are several bus companies providing services to those places. I went with Reykjavik Excursions bus, which is pretty convinient if you are staying in Reykjavik's campsite, since it departs right from there. It is recommended to book it in advance (https://www.re.is/iceland-on-your-own/).
You can either walk from Landmannaulagar down to Thorsmork and Skogafoss, or the opposite direction from Thorsmork or Skogafoss up to Landmannalaugar. The second option is harder.

Summary of my hike:
Day 0 - Bus to Landmannalaugar and short hike nearby the campsite.
Day 1 - Laugavegur trail part 1: Landmannalaugar - Álftavatn ( ~21 km, ↑850m, ↓900m)
Day 2 - Laugavegur trail part 2: Álftavatn - Þórsmörk (Langidalur hut) (~32 km, ↑900m, ↓1250m)
Day 3 - Hike in Þórsmörk: Rjúpnafell peak via Tindfjöll circle trail (~14 km, ↑800m, ↓800m)
Day 4 - Fimmvörðuháls trail: Þórsmörk (Langidalur hut) - Skógafoss (~25 km, ↑1000m, ↓1200m)

Campsites & Huts info:

I only stayed in campsites, so I won't say anything about the huts, except that they are insanely expensive. The fare in every campsite was 2000 ISK/person/night in 2018. Some facilities such as toilets and sinks are for free in all campsites, but showers aren't (500 ISK).

-Landmannalaugar campsite (600 masl):
Absolutely amazing place. There are a lot of hiking trails around, including easy trails and steep, hard peaks. You can see lava fields, geothermal springs, sulphuric steam, and colourful rocks. There is a natural geothermal pool where you can take a bath. There is also a bus-market where you can buy basic stuff, but it's quite pricey. The campsite is on a hard, rocky soil, not the easiest terrain to place the tent. The toilets and showers are pretty good.

-Hrafntinnusker campsite (1100 masl):
This is the highest campsite in the Laugavegur trail. Camping here with bad weather can be a very unpleasant experience, so avoid this place if you know the weather won't be good (especially strong wind). The night before I passed by this hut they had to evacuate everybody from the hut and the campsite due to a huge wind storm. They also closed all the paths from Landmannaulagar and Álftavatn.

-Alftavatn campsite (530 masl):
Such a beautiful place for camping! There are some nice, short hikes around this hut/campsite. I went up to the main peak by the left shore of the lake (looking from the hut), called Brattháls. It is an easy hike, around 5 km, with an impressive view at the top. You can also walk around the lake.

-Emstrur campsite (500 masl):
I just passed through but looked like a nice place to stay.

-Langidalur campsite (Thorsmork) (200 masl):
There are three main huts/campsites in Thorsmok: Langidalur, Básar and Volcano huts. I chose to stay 2 nights in Langidalur because this campsite belongs to the Icelandic Mountain Association, which is the main organization taking care of the trails and huts in Iceland, so I wanted to support them (the other two are private bussineses). Besides, there are way less people in this hut/campsite than the others, since it is more difficult to get to it by car compared to the other two. There are buses going to and leaving from Langidalur everyday during the summer.

- Huts/campsites in the Fimmvörðuháls Trail (900/1030 masl):
There are two huts in that trail: Baldvinsskáli hut, which is quite small and it's located on the southern side of the mountain at 900 masl, and Fimmvörðuskáli hut , which is also on the southern side but it's bigger and it's on the top of the suddle at 1030 masl (the highest point of this trail). Both places have some space for tents but the ground is not the best and the wind is normally very strong up there.

For more detailed information, such as river crossings and campsites, please check the waypoints on the map. Google maps has really poor quality satellite images and maps in Iceland, so in order to increase the quality of the map, I recommend to click on "Other maps" (upper-right corner) and choose "OpenCycleMap".

Useful information for planning your hike:
Laugavegur trail info: https://www.fi.is/en/hiking-trails/laugavegur
Fimmvörðuháls trail info: https://www.fi.is/en/hiking-trails/fimmvorduhals
Important stuff about safety while hiking in Iceland: https://www.fi.is/en/safety
Weather & safety alerts on Laugavegur Trail: https://safetravel.is/t/the-laugavegur-trail
Brücke

Bridge

Fluss

River crossing 3 (deep)

This river is one the hardest to pass. It is knee-deep, very cold, and wide. The better place to cross it is about 200m upstream (to the left from the place where cars cross it), where there is an island in the middle of the river.
Brücke

Bridge

Unterkunft

Hvanngil hut/campsite

Fluss

River crossing 2 (shallow)

This river was quite easy to cross wihout shoes.
Unterkunft

Alftavatn hut/campsite (530 masl)

There are some nice, short hikes around this hut/campsite. I went up to the main peak by the left shore of the lake (looking from the hut), called Brattháls. It is an easy hike, around 5 km, with an impressive view at the top. You can also walk around the lake.
Fluss

River crossing 1 (very shallow)

When I crossed this river the water level was low enough to jump from rock to rock without taking off the shoes.
Unterkunft

Hrafntinnusker hut/campsite (1020 masl)

This is the highest hut/campsite in the Laugavegur trail. Camping here with bad weather can be a very unpleasant experience, so avoid this place if you know the weather won't be good (specially regarding the wind). The night before I passed by this hut they had to evacuate everybody due to a huge storm. They also closed all the paths from Landmannaulagar and Álftavatn. Many people, including me, were stuck in Landmannalaugar until the next morning.
Fluss

River crossing 4 (very shallow)

I didn't need to take my shoes off, I just jumped on some small rocks.
Unterkunft

Emstrur hut/campsite (460 masl)

Brücke

Bridge

Brücke

Bridge

Fluss

River crossing 5 (deep)

This is the hardest river crossing, at least when I did the hike. This river is thigh-deep, very cold, very wide and the stream is pretty strong. The river is actually divided in many streams of different sizes with islands in between, so try to find the way that crosses the more amount of small streams, rather than crossing few bigger streams. You might end up walking upstream and downstream between the islands but this will be much safer than crossing in a straight line to the other side.
Unterkunft

Langidalur hut/campsite (Thorsmork) (210 masl)

There are three main huts/campsites in Thorsmok: Langidalur, Básar and Volcano huts. I chose to stay 2 nights in Langidalur because this campsite belongs to the Icelandic Mountain Association, which is the main organization taking care of the trails and huts in Iceland, so I wanted to support them (the other two are private bussineses). Besides, there are way less people in this hut/campsite than the others, since it is more difficult to get to it by car compared to the other two. There are buses going to and leaving from Langidalur everyday during the summer.
Brücke

Bridge

Brücke

Bridge

Aussichtspunkt

View over Þórsmörk Valley

Totally recommended if you are hiking the Tindfjöll circle. The main path is actually not passing through this spot.
Gipfel

Rjúpnafell summit (823 m)

This is a beautiful mountain with very impressive views, especially when the weather is good. The path leading to the base of the mountain is very easy, but it gets a bit tricky as soon as it starts ascending the slopes of the peak. There are some spots where the path is quite steep and it's made of lose gravel, what makes it quite challenging if you don't wear proper shoes and hiking poles. There are hiking maps of Thorsmork area around Langidalur campsite. All hiking trails in Thorsmork are marked.
Unterkunft

Básar hut/campsite

Gebirgspass

Fimmvörðuháls Pass (1000 masl)

This place gets extremely windy often, so check the weather forecast before you attempt to pass it.
Information

Newly formed craters

These craters were formed during the Fimmvörðuháls eruption in 2010. They are called Móði and Magni (so named after the sons of Thor).
Unterkunft

Baldvinsskáli hut (900 masl)

Unterkunft

Fimmvörðuskáli hut (1030 masl)

Wasserfall

Skógafoss waterfall

Campingplatz

Skógafoss campsite

Brücke

Bridge

Unterkunft

Landmannalaugar hut/campsite (600 masl)

Absolutely amazing place. There are a lot of hiking trails around the hut/campsite, including easy trails and steep, hard peaks. You can see lava fields, geothermal springs, sulphuric steam, and colourful rocks. There is a natural geothermal pool where you can take a bath. There is also a bus-market where you can buy basic stuff, but it's quite pricey.
Kurort

Natural hot pool

2 Kommentare

  • andrea2384 21.03.2019

    there is full coverage for smartphone during the trail? calls or sms?

  • jgg5158 31.07.2019

    Ich bin diesem Trail gefolgt  verifiziert  Mehr anzeigen

    Great trail, nice overview and point of interest descriptions

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