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The return is via sheep trails that don’t interconnect. It is a bit dangerous given all the steaming steams and holes. Use one of the other well marked trails. The area is lovely

hiking
2 days ago

One of the best hikes I have done - As mentioned by other reviewers this hike has three distinct parts - all amazing. The first 5 miles or so is along a river with 20+ waterfalls and cascades. The middle 5 miles is a climb across alpine tundra to the summit where you cross snowfields and recent volcanic landscape. The final 5 miles is a beautiful descent into a green canyon with stunning views across mountains and valleys.

Most amazing and unforgettable experience. Mind blowing scenery. Difficult hike - physically challenging climb through the lava field (like a scene from the Lord of the Rings) and to the summit. Unpredictable weather. Did it last week of June, not sure it ever gets any warmer than 8 degrees Celsius though. Do not miss this one!

hiking
4 days ago

The highlight of our trip. Brennisteinsalda (a dormant volcano) featured a 1000m climb. We did a day trip and the hike was roughly 3.5 hrs. Amazing experience. Sun, snow, wind, rain - changes without warning in an instant, so be prepared. The climb through the lava field was like a scene from Lord Of The Rings. Unforgettable. You will never see colour palette like the rhyolite mountains. People were dumbfounded at my unretouched photos taken with my iPhone!

very short hike but amazing waterfall!

The wind was quite strong the day we went which made the cold hard to bare. It is an interesting stop. I would not go twice though

There isn't a trail or waterfall I didn't enjoy in Iceland

easy walk with more to see than the waterfall

hiking
16 days ago

I’m from Colorado and hike every weekend and this was the most incredible and beautiful hike I’ve ever done. We experienced all the weather elements on this day trip... rain, 50+ mph winds on the glacier, cold/sleet (but bearable), and heat at the end. So pack accordingly. I though navigation was easy, but tracked the trail by GPS thru this app. If you plan on shuttling back to Skógar that day, have a plan. We were able to shuttle to Seljalandsfoss on a 6:15 bus, but there were no connections that evening to Skógar. I ended up hitching a ride to my vehicle and had to drive back to get the family.

Loved this. I did Landmannalauger to Skogar. Please be advised there is wayyy more snow than anyone anticipated at Hraftinnusker (sp?) and over the pass to Skogar. So many people did not have proper gear and many parties paid 1,000 USD to get rescued. Also, to Skogar mapped with Gaia GPS it was approximately 50 miles with 9,500ft of elevation gain (we did small day hikes once we checked in and hiked 56 miles with 11,100 ft of gain), Way more than any site prepared us for. Views are insane and ever changing. Be prepared for 5 river crossings total (three being from Álftavatn to Thorsmork), bring sandals! The deepest river crossing was thigh deep. Check in is after 1230 at each hut so if you’re gonna haul ass just know they won’t let you check in because they are still cleaning.

Hraftinnusker - the hut has a warming area that is jammed pack, everyone tenting wished they made arrangements for a hut, you’ll be wet. (2,200 ft of gain in around 7 miles)

Álftavatn - it’s mainly a hike up and down through snow until you head down a ridge and see the rolling hills into the valley. My knees appreciated my poles as we lost about 2,500ft (still gained 750ft ~ 7 miles) p.s there is a new restaurant here!

Botnar/Emstrur- the day with three river crossings, third being the deepest right before you walk through a flat desert. Mostly through sand which blows. (1200ft gain ~ 10.2 miles)

Thorsmork- my favorite day. The terrain changed so much and was truly beautiful. We stayed at the Volcano huts. One river crossing which was knee deep. (1500ft gain ~ 10.4 miles)

Pass- this was rough, flat until a little past Basar and then it’s up up up! This day was also my favorite but the gain on the 4th day was a bitch. Back into the snow. (3,400ft gain ~ 9.2 miles)

Pass to Skogar- so many waterfalls! You’re out of snow almost immediately and it’s all downhill to Skogar. (350 ft gain, a lot of loss, and 8.2 miles)

on Gullfoss Waterfall

29 days ago

Not so much a trail, per se, as an overlook. Path is heavily maintained and many tourists are around. Short and easy. The views are great, of course.

on Strokkur Geysir Blesi

nature trips
29 days ago

Not really a trail as much as it is a tourist stop. Several geysers worth viewing, if you don’t mind crowds and cameras everywhere.

backpacking
29 days ago

Looking into this hike I was thrilled! I spent months planning and packing and preparing. The pictures I found and the reviews read all for good reason say amazing things. That being said I am now currently camped with a group of 5 at Álftavatn. This has easily been one of the harder hikes I have ever done. I’ve hiked 13k mountains and spent weeks at a time on trails. But this was a completely new experience. From day one going north to south the trail tricks you with the simplicity of an easy hike as you meander down the trail. Ignorance was my main problem for day one. We then climbed up more mountain ridges than I can count! Up and up and up until you are trekking through snow on top of the mountains. Generally I am not one to complain, but wow! This was like some alpine hiking. It was unreal the level of altitude we gained. Mind you the first day is around 12k. Nothing big. However when it’s 12k in pretty much entirely upwards direction, it tends to wear on you. The campsite that night was a winter wonderland, the campsites are obsidian glass that have been piled to help break the wind a little. That night my water bottle froze... the hut warden had previously been tanning when the sun was out. The second the sun was gone... bamb! So cold! From day 2 we then started the decent out of the snow. From all the up we did we must have done just as much down. The day itself was much easier and the site has a bar!!! Much needed. Can’t wait To see what the next days hold.

Magnifique trail! Paysages très différents d’une journée à l’autre. On se sent seul au monde dans l’immensité de ces montagnes. Nous sommes allés fin juin et il y avait encore de la neige! La Trail n’est pas toujours bien indiquée lorsqu’il y a de la neige, car les marqueurs sont enfouis sous la neige (Landmannalaugar seulement). Avec le brouillard, c’était un peu troublant de pas savoir où on s’en allait. À ce moment, je n’avais pas découvert cette application, mais je crois que j’aurais bien aimé! Quatre rivières sont à traverser donc des petites chaussures d’eau sont très utiles. Pour l’hébergement, je recommande les refuges pour un peu plus de confort ou des sacs de couchage chauds si vous dormez en tente. Des bottes de gortex sont aussi très utiles, puisque la pluie est fréquente! J’en garde un souvenir inoubliable!

hiking
1 month ago

This was a beautiful trail. I will say it was difficult, not so much for the terrain, but the weather. It is extremely volatile. The first day out it was sunny and gorgeous, and then the next day it was 30-40 mph winds coupled with rain and sleet. Tents poles were easily being broken and there is very little cover if any at the camp sites.

backpacking
1 month ago

Such a great backpacking hike! Probably the best I’ve done, simply stunning and unique. It has its difficult sections and weather changes quickly, I would recommend being an experienced hiker/backpacker. Truly an amazing experience!

It's the most beautiful segment of the laugavegur. "high" mountains, hot springs, etc. It's great! Alftavatn campground seems to be always very windy...

I did this one by mistake (ooops). I'd say not the best around there, but an easy one. You might want to include sudurnamur for example.

hiking
1 month ago

If you are in the area, and you hike, it's easy to incorporate that along your normal route, and it's worth it.

hiking
1 month ago

That's a great one! I would strongly advise to do this along with the laugavegur. It isn't so steep, not so technical. I GPS is good if there is snow, but there are so many people doing this that following the trakcs is easy.

hiking
1 month ago

A classic. That's a great hike. I would strongly recommended going all the way to skogar. I did it north-bound also, which seemed better because that gave me time to do day hiking in landmannalagur after the bakcpacking.
I won't describe in detail the hike, but it is very doable to skip every other hut. I did skogar to landmannalagur in 48 hours. The trail is VERY easy to follow - it's good to have a GPS but you probably won't need it at all. Also, you should expect some river crossing. When I did it, the worse were about knee deep - so it's good to have extra shoes for that.

backpacking
1 month ago

Starting at Skògar and traveling up between the two glaciers was extremely challenging and cold but you pass maybe 20 amazing waterfalls? The view closer to the summit is misty and I would not recommend completing the walk on through Thorsmork without snow shoes and an independent gps as we almost were lost on the glacier for hours, trail markers were buried beneath the snow. The hike back down was worth it though. Overall other worldly hike, but extremely treacherous.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing hike. I went from Skogafoss to Básar. Took about 7 hours of hiking with a break for lunch. Then I took a bus out of Básar to Seljalandsfoss and hitch hiked back to Skogafoss. Definitely doable in a day if you have plans to get back to Skogafoss from Básar (which is the camp in Thorsmörk).

Very crowded but so many beautiful views.

Easy...ha... those stairs almost killed me.

Spend a little time and wait for a good size blast....

Beautiful falls. The best was definitely the waterfall in the cave. Watch out some of the rocks are a little unstable and the water is cold!

on FImmvorduhals

1 month ago

An absolutely phenomenal hike—one of our favorite hikes ever. We camped the night before at Skogar, left around 9am, and arrived in Thorsmork around 4:30, with plenty of stops for photos. We then caught a 6:00 bus back to Seljalandsfoss and hitchhiked back to our car at Skogar.

It’s basically a 3 part hike. The first 5 miles or so are up the Skoga River and there must be 25+ waterfalls, quite a few of them as big and breathtaking as Skógafoss. This part of the trail was incredible and worth the hike in and of itself. For the middle 5 miles, you continue climbing, up between the glaciers and through a lot of snow. It was sleeting, snowing, and freezing with thick fog. Really wild and unique landscape but be prepared for the cold and the wet, and make sure you have a GPS/map and are careful to follow the markers. Once you finally get through the snow, you come over into gorgeous green valleys that will blow you away... just amazing. This downhill part makes up the last 5 miles or so.

This hike has it all. Waterfalls, mountains, valleys, glaciers, volcanoes, cliffs, rivers... don’t miss out on this one!

backpacking
1 month ago

Just finished this trail, and it was full of gorgeous views. I was lucky enough to have very little rain

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