Distances: Snaefell - Geithellnar about 100 km.
Snaefell - Thorisdalur about 80 km.
The hiking trails from Mt. Snaefell across the
Eyjabakkajokull glacier tongue and over the Lonsoraefi area
is very popular and extremely beautiful and varied. Lately new huts have
been added to make the daily legs easier for the hikers.
The first leg from the Mt.
Snaefell hut to the Mt. Geldingafell hut is, however, rather long, 32 km,
thereof 5 km on the glacier. Usually the hikers carry rather heavy
rucksacks and are therefore driven all the way up to the edge of the
glacier to shorten the first leg a bit.
The next leg covers the 15 km to
the hut on lake Kollumulavatn over undulating and rocky landscapes.
third leg ends at the hut Mulaskali after a 8 km long and a comfortable
walk with a descent of 700 m (3-4 hours).
This leg covers the Lonsoraefi proper area, both colourful and
somewhat overwhelming. It is recommended to spend at least two nights in
the hut to get better acquainted with the surroundings.
After that, the fifth leg to the Vididalur
Valley, where the hikers have to pitch their tents for the
night, awaits, and then the hike
continues down the Geithellnadalur Valley the next day.
There are several books and booklets available on these hiking routes and
the Travel Guide is also very informative.