Explore the most popular views trails in Suðurland with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
2 days ago

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.

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
1 month 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

Beautiful hike, but be careful if snowy- the trail can be very slippery since it’s so steep.

Absolutely beautiful scenery. The lava field portion is a bit hard on the knees and ankles but it’s worth the hike.

walking
2 months ago

If you like waterfalls - this isn’t to be missed.

2 months ago

Fantastic hike..the warm springs dip added depth to hike

Nice easy hike along the coastline. Beautiful sweeping views

Easy, but fun. Great falls.

Very easy. Expected more. Better hiking in Iceland than this one.

2 months ago

Stop on Icelandic golden circle. There is entrance fee.

backpacking
2 months ago

Amazing hike, like trekking through a Dr Seuss book. With ongoing elevation changes, trekking poles are highly recommended. We hiked August 30th - September 1st and had variable weather - be prepared for anything! Hiking over the Fimmvörðuháls Pass to Skógar would have made this even better, but go visit the town even if you don't hike there. Great museum and restaurants, as well as 2 very different waterfall experiences. This is a hike that should be on everyone's list.

hiking
3 months ago

Cool to experience behind the waterfall views. Very easy hike.

Short hike to waterfall. Really pretty. Very crowded with tourists

Hidden gem. Still unkown and therefore no turist

Beautiful easy hike.

It is hard to tell where to go once the path narrows about 1/3 of the way in. We walked around the houses on the road(following hand written signs) up to the falls but then walked along the river all the way back to the car. It is worth the hike . Plan on walking through quite a lot of mud.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful waterfall. Slippery walking. Three women slipped just walking to get to the waterfall. Wear decent shoes.

hiking
3 months ago

Cool area. Very busy and hard to find parking.

Lovely coastal hike

This is a nice trail that walks through cooled lava rocks covered with moss with the ocean by your side! At Hellnar there is a nice cafe where you can grab a drink or bite to eat before heading back.

Facile. Terrain plat. Nous sommes allez pour le couché de soleil. Retour à la noirceur donc peu de touristes. Sentier bien délimité.

Beaucoup de monde

hiking
3 months ago

This was hands down the most incredible hike I have done so far, and it will be very hard to top. The weather does change quickly, and rain clothes are a MUST. There was a little more snow than we anticipated but the trekking poles worked wonders. If you are thinking about doing this hike, DO IT!

walking
3 months ago

Unique space, cost 400 ISK each for admission. Went in rainy weather and it wasn't too crowded

Not a terribly difficult climb, but loose rocks made for unsure footing. I would not rate it as "easy" however, closer to a medium because of footing.

Tourist overlook of a big waterfall and gorgeous canyon. Short walk, lots of crowds, long drive, but free.

3 months ago

Cool feature but you have to pay.

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