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Landmannalaugar – Alftavatn Hike

Region: Highland
Coordinates: 63.992695° N 19.044241° W
Hiking time: 2 days
Difficulty: moderate
Length: 24km. km
Elevation: ca 500m. m
Highest Point: m


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 lava field “Laugahraun”. From there on up the slopes of “Brennisteinsalda” and to the plateau. The view offers an incredible spectrum of colors. 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 ice caves (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 colorful 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.

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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Reykjavik – Landmannalaugar Bus Schedule

Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar 
Suppliers: TREX, THULE, STERNA
Period: Summer 2019
Frequency: Daily
From AreaBus StopBus OperatorDeparture TimeArrival Time
Reykjavik City Hall - Tourist InfoTHULE07:1011:10BOOK
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Harpa Consert HallSTERNA07:0011:00BOOK
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Reykjavik City Hall - Tourist InfoTREX07:3011:40BOOK
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Landmannalaugar – Reykjavik Bus Schedule

Landmannalaugar - Reykjavik  
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TREX - Thule - Sterna
Period: Summer 2019
Frequency: Daily
From AreaBus StopBus OperatorDeparture TimeArrival TimeArrival PlaceBOOK NOW
Highlands View RouteLandmanna- laugarTREX14:3018:00 / 18:15 / 18:30Reykjavik (Kringlan) /
Camping Laugardal
/ Tourist info City Hall
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Highlands View RouteLandmanna- laugarSTERNA18:0021:30 / 21:40Reykjavik Camping Laugardal
/ Harpa Concert Hall
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Landmanna- laugarTHULE17:3021:15 / 21:25Hallgrimskirkja, Central Reykjavik / Reykjavik City HallBOOK
Highlands View RouteLandmanna- laugarTREX18:0021:40 / 21:50 / 22:00Reykjavik (Kringlan) /
Camping Laugardal
/ Tourist info City Hall
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