The total hiking
distance comprises about 38 kilometres, which
can be divided into comfortable stretches between huts. The hike
can start from both ends, or indeed from any of the huts. Let us
start at Landmannahellir
and end in Rjupnavellir in County Landsveit. The route is marked, and
the huts are in, Landmannahellir, Afangagil and
Rjupnavellir. The distances between huts are relatively easy,
comparable to the Laugavegur Route.
The first stage are from Landmannahellir (590 m.) for 17-18
kilometres to the hut at Afangagil (260 m.). The first heading is
toward Mt Herbjarnarfell, then Mts Saudleysur through Lambaskard.
There the lava field Lambafitjahraun (1913) is crossed. River
Helliskvisl has to be forded to continue on the old Dyngjuleid-route.
From fissure Valagja the route continues between Mts Valafell and
Valafell. Hiking time 5-7 hours.
The second stage from Afangagil to the hut at Rjupnavellir is 21 km
long. At Afangagil is a new sheep pen for the autumnly roundups in
the area. The trail takes you along some old sheep cots in the
Solvahraun lava fields. From there the course is taken to the edge of
the 1970 Skjolkviahraun lava field. The trail continues along
Saudafellsalda to the easternmost catchment area of river Ytri-Ranga
and along it. At Fossabrekkur the cold springs cascades create a
beautiful contrast in the black desert. At the mouth of gully
Ofaerugil the river is crossed on a bridge to the new huts at
Rjupnavellir on the property of farm Merkihvoll. Hiking time 5-7
The huts at Rjupnavellir are accessible by car. They are
situated just north of the forested area Galtalaekjarskogur.
Daily bus connections from the capital and from Landmannahellir
enable hikers to
catch busses in either direction by notifying the bus company, in advance.
Huts on the above hiking route:
gps coordinates N 64 03 V 19 14
coordinates N 64 06 V 19 34
Rjupnavellir: gps coordinates N 64 02 V 19 50