Álftavatn hut sleeps 10 people. This cosy house has a
veranda, offering guests the best possible mountain
The hut is ca 30 m2 in total and consists of an open space
for the kitchen and sleeping area (20 m2) and a separate
hall/anteroom and bathroom with a WC (10 m2). The sleeping
area has bunkers in two rows of five. The hut is well
equipped with cutlery for 12 people along with the main
kitchen utensils, pots and pans, a gas stove with two hobs,
a gas heater and shoe shelves and pegs for wet clothes. The
main safety tools in the hut are a fire extinguisher, a fire
blanket, a smoke detector and a gas detector.
Description of the area:
Álftavatn is close to the middle of Laugavegur, the hiking
trail between Landmannalaugar and Þórsmörk. The distance
from Landmannalaugar to Álftavatn is 23 km and from
Álftavatn to Þórsmörk is 33 km.
The huts at Álftavatn are north of the lake on a level
gravel field. A good campsite sits south of the huts, a
little closer to the lake.
The track to Álftavatn is very difficult to drive and
usually only accessible to modified trucks on at least 33
inch tires. This is mostly due to the area being framed in
by three rivers: Markarfljót in the north and Bláfjallakvísl
and Kaldaklofskvísl in the south. When the water level rises
in the rivers they can become completely impassable for
vehicles for a number of days. There are no bridges for
vehicles to cross but Kaldaklofskvísl has a footbridge and
there is a good ford for hikers in Bláfjallakvísl.
If you intend to hike Laugavegur in two days, Álftavatn is
the best overnight option since it is roughly halfway.
For centuries Fjallabak syðra, the track that runs through
Álftavatn, was one of the main transportation routes between
the counties of Skaftafell and the southwest corner of
Iceland where most trade took place. There are many stories
of travellers on Fjallabak syðra in olden times and some
The hut is rented out for 70.000 ISK per night and is
available from 14:00 on day of arrival until 12:00 the next
The hut is only rented out to groups and shall be left in
the same condition as it was upon arrival. The hut is
equipped with cleaning tools and detergents.
Guests receive a code to access the key box outside the hut.
The full rental fee shall be paid upon booking but 80% will
be refunded if the booking is cancelled 30 days or more
prior to date of arrival. When cancelling with a shorter
notice the fee is not refundable unless the hut is rented
out to other guests. The cancelling party shall bear the
cost if any due to refunds.