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hiking
muddy
no shade
rocky
snow
1 day ago

Great spot to stop in the park!

I would not say that it was an easy walk because of the melting snow and rough terrain, but is was a very beautiful one.

Awesome, and easy. The walk towards the glacier was really nice. I would like to have gone further on to the glacier but without any gear it was too dangerous. I literally touched a glacier for the first time of my life.

Not recommended. It was a long and boring walk to the beach and an airplane. Not very interesting.

Trail was nothing special. The area around the pool is pretty but nothing that couldn't be seen elsewhere in iceland. Granted we went mid March and it was 3 Celsius the pool was lukewarm at best.

Lambhagi trial was closed. Had a good hike to svartifoss

hiking
private property
rocky
9 days ago

Short hike along a beautiful creek to the base of a waterfall. Need to go through a horses field to get to the creek. Get to walk all the way around the waterfall which is amazing.

hiking
rocky
snow
10 days ago

This is an amazing glacier hike. Beautiful glacier features. Does require a guide if not experienced with glaciers. Crampons are also required for the hike. 20 min walk from parking lot to front of glacier as it carves the valley and empties into a lagoon. Glacier featured in Chasing Ice documentary.

This track was no less than awesome, yes really dificult too but every single second of the pain was beaten by the unique nature.

The hike to the hot river is all uphill, but you get gorgeous views the whole thing way. There are tons of geothermal pools along the way that give off boiling steam that can cover the trail! The river is mostly warm but the farther back you go, the hotter it gets. We swam for about 20 minutes before getting a bit chilly in the water. The park provides changing stations and a boardwalk to leave your things while you are in! Overall, a great experience.

This was a wonderful hike in the snow. A little hard to navigate but we had a guide who knew helped us find our way. Beautiful views!

nature trips
20 days ago

beautiful hike, my first glacier. we pretty much just followed the hikers with spikes that laid out a trail for us in just boots, but we got a good distance up before it was just dangerous to continue. breathtaking

scenic driving
20 days ago

another touristy spot, view from the bottom is better in my opinion. the steps up were a good little workout

scenic driving
20 days ago

beautiful waterfall and super easy loop. very touristy, so best chances are probably going super early in the morning to avoid buses.

hiking
muddy
snow
28 days ago

beautiful views, not much of an adventure.

Nice hike in winter ...
pretty busy but nice to get to the river with plenty of views along the way
Did it with my 6 years old. A little hard for him but he made it fine
Bring snack and towel !

hiking
muddy
private property
snow
1 month ago

Nice little walk.
Like the waterfall at the end
Bring your cleats so you can go walk behind the fall during winter
We were able to pet the horses.

Great hike with a lot of variation and great views.

We went mid February and showed up around 8:30am. We didn’t see anyone else until we were on our way out about 11am.

The hike in was a little more difficult than the easy rating. There was a decent amount of snow on the ground and with the recent rain/more mild temperatures it was a little difficult to hike through - the snow was quite heavy. Dress prepared. Much easier hike out as most of the incline is on the way in.

The stream was quite nice and it started snowing while we were there. We didn’t try to move for warmer water, but would recommend. There are change facilities, but no toilets/outhouses. There are some steps to access the stream more easily.

The sun came out on our hike back and got to enjoy some of the views even more.

backpacking
snow
1 month ago

Did this trail in September, 2016. Surreal beauty. Was challenging to me but very doable. Plan to do it again at some point.

Fun hike., so beautiful covered in snow. Can be slick in some places though.

Beautiful falls. NOT an easy trail though!! The constant uphill on the couple Km’s to get there makes it moderate in my opinion

Super difficult switchbacks all the way up on sand! Went on a foggy day and the higher you climb the rainier it gets, and no view- ended up turning around. Would definitely go back with more experience and on a better day

We had a little trouble finding the trail head, but just look for the little ladder over the fence and you’ll know you have the right spot.

Good trail! Completed in the snow. the trail does not run directly next to the river. you will have to bare right around the private property. Plenty of signs to help guide but if there were no snow tracks we wouldve never found it. Beautiful sights... mountains, rivers, 2 falls.

It’s ok like some of the people said it’s more of a walk than hike. I walked more like speed walked cuz it was raining sideways and 20 mph rain made it un-enjoyable. I was soaked by the time I got back to my car.

Super pretty in the winter time had a lot of fun hiking it!

Just WoW!!!

Very easy gravel walk but felt really long due to the cold wind. You get to see an abandoned plane before you have to double back.

backpacking
3 months ago

If you are an avid hiker and love the outdoors, Iceland is probably on the top of your vacation bucket list. There is a wide variety of unique landscapes and beautiful scenery packed into this small island. Have you wondered what is the best way to experience all this country has to offer in less than a week? The Laugavegur Trail has it all. While hiking the 55 km (34 mile) trek, you will experience four days worth of geothermal pools, rivers, lava fields, glaciers, canyons, and mountains; so many beautiful, colorful mountains. It is no wonder the Laugavegur is one of the most popular hikes in Iceland and attracts hikers from all over the globe.
Since Iceland’s summers are short, this hike can only be done between June and September. Expect nights to consist of freezing temperatures and the days to max out at about 15 degrees C (60 F). Also, weather can be unpredictable in the mountains so be prepared for severe wind, snow, sleet, and rain.
Most people start in Landmannalaugar and hike south towards Þórsmörk because of the overall decrease in elevation. To get to Landmannalaugar, there are several bus companies that leave right out of Reykjavik, and the ride is only a few hours. Once in Landmannalaugar the trailhead is easy to find, or pitch your tent and do some of the day hikes in the area.
Camping is only allowed in designated areas around the huts that are located along the trail. If you want to sleep in the huts, you should make reservations up to one year in advance as they fill up quickly and are quite expensive. However, if you don’t mind carrying all your supplies, there is unlimited space for tents at each camp area. Each hut has running water so there is no need to filter your water if you plan to carry enough for the entire day.
Most people do this hike in 3 nights and 4 days. There is an additional 1 to 2 days you can add on if you choose to hike from Þórsmörk to Skógar. Regardless if you continue to Skógar, there is a bus at either location to bring you back to Reykjavik.
 
Day One: Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker
12 km (7.45 miles)
Elevation increase: 470 m (1,541 ft)
Start day one in Landmannalaugar N63°59.600 – W19°03.660. After you get off the bus you should easily be able to find the trailhead. Most of this day is uphill as you climb to Hrafntinnusker. Along the way you will come across several geothermal hot springs.
There will be views of surrounding mountains and you may experience snow cover as you gain elevation. Just before reaching Hrafntinnusker, you will come across a memorial for an Israeli hiker who died of hypothermia. After you reach Hrafntinnusker, there are several short day hikes you can take if time allows. N63°55.840 – W19°09.700.

 
Day Two: Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn
12 km (7.45 miles)
Elevation decrease: 490 m (1,607 ft)
Day two starts by walking across a ravine until you reach an area with a short climb. Here you will see a spectacular panoramic view of colorful mountains.

This is the highest elevation for the hike. Next you will walk along a ridge until you reach another panoramic view of a green valley.

The trail now descends quickly into this valley towards a lake where Álftavatn Hut lies. This section is very steep with a lot of switchbacks. Once down in the valley, the trail flattens as you walk the final stretch to Álftavatn N63°51.470 – W19°13.640.
 
Day Three: Álftavatn – Emstrur (Botnar)
15 km (9.3 miles)
Elevation decrease: 40 m (131 ft)
Day three does not have as much elevation change, but that does not mean a lack in scenery. From the hut, you wade through a small river and continue hiking through the valley. After about 5 km (3 miles) you come across Hvanngil Hut where you can stay a night if you choose. After passing Hvanngil, you cross a bridge and come to a point in the trail where it splits. Follow the signs for F261 (Not F210) towards Emstrur.

After this, there is a large river that needs to be waded across. Use caution as the water can be deep and fast moving. Use hiking poles if available. Always unclip your waist and chest strap on you backpack in case you fall into the current and need to abandon your pack.

Then the trail leads through several lava fields where you will walk across black sand and lava rocks. Keep following the trail along a road until it splits and follow the signs towards the Emstrur Hut. Once you arrive, you will see much more vegetation. N63°45.980 – W19°22.480.

 
Day Four: Emstrur (Botnar) – Þórsmörk
15 km (9.3 miles)
Elevation decrease: 300 m (984 ft)
For the final day, you start by walking towards a canyon with a fast moving river. There is a steep descent down to a bridge where you can cross the river.

The trail follows this river along the edge of the canyon where you will get views of the river below and surrounding mountains. Towards the end of the day there is another river that needs to be crossed. The last short section of the trail continues through a small forest towards the huts in Þórsmörk. 63°40

Walked in high winds at the very end of November. The pool at the top of the board walk was really hot, even though it was starting to snow :)

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