✅ 4-day trek from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork Valley
✅ Colorful mountains
✅ Steaming volcano ridges
✅ Black volcanic deserts
✅ Experienced and qualified guide
✅ Transport to and from Reykjavík
✅ 4-7 Hour walk per day
✅ The route is a part of the one listed by National Geographic as one of the 20 best treks in the world
Departures: Wednesdays from June to August
Duration: 4 days / 3 nights
Accommodations: All of the mountain huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have single and twin beds and participants must be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.
Meeting point: BSI bus terminal at 07:15 (View on Google Maps)
Group size: 6 to 16 participants
Walking per day: 4 – 7 hours
Total walking distance: 56 km. (35 miles)
Maximum Ascent: 600 m. (1900 feet)
Minimum age: 16 years
Included: An Experienced and qualified guide for 4 days, public transport to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, food from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4, and transfer of luggage.
In this 4-day trek from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk, you can have it all in a shorter amount of time and for less amount of money! You will traverse in between vibrant yellow rhyolite mountains, through black sand deserts, past majestic canyons and into the green valley of Thor during this adventure.
It is not a coincidence that this trail is a favorite among locals and travelers from the around the world. The route is a part of the one listed by National Geographic as one of the 20 best treks in the world.
Day 1: Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker
We take the public bus from BSI bus terminal at 08:00, that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur 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. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, where we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) | Walking time: 4-5 hrs | Ascent: 470 m (1540 ‘)
Day 2: Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn
From Hrafntinnusker we descend down into the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay the night.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) | Walking time: 4-5 hrs | Descent: 490 m (1610 ‘)
Day 3: Álftavatn-Emstrur
We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. 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 Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
Distance: 16km (10 mi) | Walking time: 6-7 hrs | Descent: 40 m (130 ‘)
Day 4: Emstrur-Þórsmörk-Reykjavík
We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. As our hike is coming to an end for the day, we descend into Þórsmörk’s (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. From Þórsmörk we take the afternoon bus back to Reykjavík.
Distance: 17km (10.5 mi) | Walking time: 6-7 hrs | Descent: 300 m (985 ‘)
*All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group.
For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms! Also respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.
Boots and Clothing:
- Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
- Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
- T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
- Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
- Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
- Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable.
- Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland.
- Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
- Warm hat.
- A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase! (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
- Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in) (For IMG35- Þórsmörk- Skógar 30-45L (1850-2750 cu in)
- River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job. (not necessary for IMG35-Þórsmörk-Skógar).
- Light Sleeping bag. (For IMG35 Þórsmörk-Skógar only: only sleeping bag liner is needed as a basic sleeping bag is stored in the huts so you will not need to carry a sleeping bag).
- Towel – lightweight and packable.
- Sunglasses & sun protection.
- Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
- Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut.
- Casual clothes/change of clothes for wearing in the hut.
- Personal first aid kit – including blister care.
- Prescription medication and other personal health items.
- Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.
- Walking pole(s).
- Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.
- Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
- Thermal mat (for lunch breaks).
- Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
- Camera, spare batteries.
- Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.
- Slippers for indoor use.
- Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits.