Checlist for hikers
Attractions of the area
Old and Present Routes,
Outlaws - Thieves -
Ghosts - Evil Spirits.
HOLASKJOL -HVANNGIL -
From mid June to Mid September
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Green lines, if drawn, show some of the hiking trails!
This spectacular hiking
trail and bridle path winds between mountains and glaciers and sparsely
It ranks among the most popular ones in the country and takes you through
breathtaking landscapes and is not considered difficult for reasonably
physically fit people.
The first stage, 6-7 kilometres, starts from the hut at Holaskjol. It
lies along river Sydri-Ofaera to the so-called Silfurfoss or
Litli-Gullfoss waterfall, and through a gorge to the renovated hut at
lakes Alftavotn. An evening walk in this beautiful area is recommended.
The second stage, about 20 kilometres, continues along river Sydri-Ofaera
past a large natural stone bridge near the gully Thorsteinsgil, where a
nice view over the valley Alftavatnskrokur opens up. From there to valley
Ofaerudalur, where waterfalls cascade into Alftavatnskrokur. The Eldgja
fissure is crossed westwards to the northerly slopes of Mts
Svartahnjuksfjoll until Holmsarbotnar and Strutslaug are reached. After a
refreshing bath in Strutslaug, it continues across Skofluklif or Krokagil
to the Strutskali hut.
The third stage, about 18 kilometres, starts with hill Vedurhals with the
forth larges icecap, Myrdalsjokull, on the left hand side. It continues
across the alluvial plane Maelifellssandur, past gully Hrutagil, and the
hills Skiptingaalda and Slysaalda. The branches of river Kaldaklofskvisl
have to be forded to reach the old route between Mt Einstigisfjall and Mt
Slettafell for an overnight stay in the hut Hvanngil.
Bus is availble to/from Altavatn, Hvanngil and Emstrur to
Hvolsvollur, Hella, Selfoss to Reykjavik see bus schedule.
Hiking to Landmannalaugar or Thorsmork
There, one has to decide, which way to continue. Either to Thorsmork in
the south on the so-called
trail, or on the same trail to Landmannalaugar in the north.
Hikers to Thorsmork, continue south to Hut
and hikers to Landamannalaugar, continue north to hut
Bus Hiking Pass:
spectacular hiking trail and bridle path winds between mountains and
glaciers and sparsely vegetated areas.
It ranks among the most
popular ones in the country and takes you through breathtaking
landscapes and is not considered difficult for reasonably physically
(according to bus schedule and depending on
Audio guided bus fare
Your passport will be waiting for you at BSÍ Bus Terminal Reykjavik
HIKING TRAIL HOLASKJOL
Bus to Holaskjol
Bus to Hvanngil
Bus to Thorsmork
Bus to Landmannalaugar
Bus to/from Skogar
Landmannalaugar Travel Guide
Highland hiking trails