Day 1: Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker:
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) – Walking time: 4-5 hrs – Elevation gain: 470 m (1540 ft).
We meet at 7:00 at Ráðhústorgið (Town Hall) on Vonarstraeti – Tourist Information Center.
Today you will finally trek Laugavegur – hike the dream trail!
The drive to Landmannalaugar will take about 3-4 hours, first of all along the south coast and then up into the highlands where we will spend the next few days. The journey itself is fascinating and scenic, taking us by the magnificent volcano mountain, Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland. This volcano, said by many Europeans in the Middle Ages to be ‘The Gateway to Hell’ has erupted every 10 – 15 years throughout the last century. Landmannalaugar is where we will start the Laugavegur trail which will take us through incredibly varied landscapes all the way to Þórsmörk (Thorsmork), a tender green valley with Arctic birch forests.
We will hike through the geothermal wonders which make this area so remarkable, admiring the incredibly vibrant colors of the rhyolite mountains and the steaming hot springs. The sights include Mount Brennisteinsalda, the most colorful mountain in Iceland. On the way to Hrafntinnusker where we will spend the first night, we will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring before crossing over into the obsidian desert, the flinty raven blackness of this area inspired the name, Hrafntinnusker, in Icelandic Hrafn means raven. The Hrafntinnusker Mountain hut where we will spend the night is in a very remote area of outstanding natural beauty.
We enjoy a delicious dinner, get to know one another better and relax in the beauty and peace of nature.