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Day 1: Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker:

Highlights: Landmannalaugar Hekla

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540 feet)

We take the morning regular public bus from BSI bus terminal, that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Domadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have a lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. We will arrive in the late afternoon at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, where we will stay the night.

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Day 2: Hrafntinnusker - Alftavatn:

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610 feet

From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jokultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Fascinating views to the south to the Alftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Alftavatn hut where we stay the night.

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Day 3: Alftavatn - Emstrur:

Highlights: Eyjafjallajokull Myrdalsjokull

Distance: 16km (10 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 feet)

We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Storasula before entering the black deserts of Maelifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljot canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.

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Day 4: Emstrur - Thorsmork:

Highlights: Landmannalaugar Myrdalsjokull Eyjafjallajokull Thorsmork

Distance: 18km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 feet)

We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Myrdalsjokull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. At the end of the day, the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend into Thorsmork’s (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. We cross the river Krossa on a footbridge entering the magic landscapes of Godaland, the abode of the Gods. Nesting at the foot of two glaciers this is a wonderland of ridges and cliffs covered by a multitude of flowers and grasses, certainly fit for gods and humans alike. Even the elves have made themselves at home here. We spend the night in the Basar hut.

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Day 5: Hiking to Magni and Modi Volcano, Fimmvorduhals:

Highlights: Thorsmork Songhellir

Distance: 20 km (12,5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Ascent: 900 m (2653 feet)

We climb up the hills leading to the pass of Fimmvorduhals, walking along the Kattarhryggir ridges with views to the impressive mountain of Utigonguhofdi up to Morinsheidi heath. At the end of the Morinsheidi plateau we enjoy the view of the lava stream that flowed down from the Fimmvorduhals volcano in March and early April 2010. As we gain height above Morinsheidi we come to the lava and then to the two craters Magni and Modi that erupted prior to the main Eyjafjallajokull crater. We head back to Thorsmork with the magnificent view over the glaciers and this beautiful valley for our celebration barbeque dinner and night in Basar Hut.

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Day 6: Thorsmork Valley - Reykjavik:

Highlights: Landmannalaugar Eyjafjallajokull Myrdalsjokull Katla Thorsmork

Distance: 5-8 km (3 – 5 mi). Walking time: 3-4  hrs.

We spend the last day in Thorsmork, the hiker’s paradise, where we have an abundance of choices between various paths. For example, we can visit the Songhellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnukur from where the magnificent views can be enjoyed, or hike into the beautifully carved canyon Stakkholtsgja. This oasis between the mountains is also an ideal place to relax and just enjoy nature. Return to Reykjavik in the afternoon.

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