DAY 4: Landmannalaugar/ Þórsmörk Valley/ Þjórsárdalur Valley (winter and spring)
Approximate distance: ca221km / 137miles
Multicolored Mountains of the Interior - Lava Fields - Hekla Volcano - Hot Springs with Bathing
Breakfast at your hotel. Start the day with a visit to the grand Fjarðarárgljúfur gorge. Then travel along the Fjallabaksleið highland interior track to Landmannalaugar, a magnificent wilderness surrounded by colorful rhyolite mountains. Here you´ll have the option of bathing in a hot-spring fed river, a great way to rejuvenate the skin and spirit (Remember to bring a swimsuit). Today you’ll also explore Þjórsárdalur Valley, enjoying a a view of Mt. Hekla, a legendary Icelandic volcano. Your trip ends in Flúðir, a town famous for its geothermally-grown vegetables.
Dinner and overnight stay in the Flúðir area.
Your Adventure: Hot Spring Hike (in summer and fall)
Enjoy a colorful hike in the geothermal area of Landmannalaugar, where nature has painted the rhyolite mountains in yellows, greens and reds. Visitors may also opt to bathe in the natural hot rivers that run through the area.
Note: If the route to Landmannalaugar is closed due to road conditions (such as late spring and early summer, the tour goes through lava fields and outwash sands formed by floods from the glacial volcano Katla to Vík, and on to Þórsmörk valley. This beautiful wilderness area lies in the shadow of the now famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
Winter and Spring alternate program to Þjórsárdalur Valley:
Take time to discover the pearls around Kirkjubæjarklaustur such as Dverghamrar: geometrical rock formations called the Dwarf Cliffs, You’ll also visit another geological phenomenon called Kirkjugólf or Church Floor, before continuing towards the beautiful Fjaðrársglúfur canyon. Then head west towards Þjórsárdalur Valley,the gateway to Iceland’s interior highlands. Here you travel through fertile farmlands at the foot of Hekla volcano, The landscape suddenly changes from rich farmalnd to a semi-barren desert. Stop at the Hrauneyjarfoss waterfall, then visit the ruins of Stöng, a Viking-age farm destroyed in 1104 when Mt. Hekla erupted. Nearby is, “Þjóðveldisbærinn,” a replica of the Viking farm. Next to it is the little waterfall of Hjálparfoss.