Laugavegurinn: Landmannalaugar - Thórsmörk - Skogar
90 km Trail running in Iceland
Lake of Alftavatn seen from the Golden Mountains of Iceland (© P. Gatta)
is a beautiful and famous trail in Iceland
It starts at Landmannalaugar
and finishes at Thorsmork
Instead of stopping at Thorsmork
(Ţórsmörk), it is possible to continue to Skogar
which offers great view over the Eyjafjallajökull
glacier and Skógafoss
(70 m high waterfall).
From Landmannalaugar to Skogar, Philippe measured 86 km and 2,785 m of total ascent.
Lake of Frostastaoavatn seen from Blahnukur, above Landmannalaugar (© P. Gatta)
June 29: Landmannalaugar (600 m) - Blahnukur (940 m) - Landmannalaugar (600 m)
Distance: 6 km, +400 m / -400 m.
We arrived at Landmannalaugar
and made a short loop of 6 km up to Blahnukur
peak (940 m).
From the top of Blahnukur
there is great view over Landmannalaugar, the lake of Frostastaoavatn
, the lava fields and Brennisteinsalda
Landmannalaugar and Blahnukur loop (© P. Gatta)
June 30: Landmannalaugar (600 m) - Hrafntinnusker (990 m) - Álftavatn (540 m)
Distance: 24 km, +910 m / -940 m.
The trail starts at Landmannalaugar
(600 m), crosses the the hot springs of Landmannalaugar and continues toward the West.
It crossed the lava fields of Laugahraunand
then turns to the Southwest toward Brennisteinsalda
Philippe in the lava fields, just after Landmannalaugar (© A. Gatta)
Brennisteinsalda (855 m) (© P. Gatta)
The trails climbs progressively to 1000 m, passes the hot springs of Stórihver
and reaches the Hrafntinnusker hut
approximately 12 km from Landmannalaugar.
Close to Hrafntinnusker (© P. Gatta)
From Hrafntinnusker hut
continue toward the South through some snow fields with some great views over colourful rhyolite.
Hot springs and geyser close to Hrafntinnusker (© P. Gatta)
Half way between Hrafntinnusker
, the trail goes down and offer amazing views over Álftavatn
lake and the large glaciers of Mýrdalsjökull
Continue to Álftavatn hut
which is close to the lake.
Descent to Alftavatn lake and hut (© A. Gatta)
July 1: Álftavatn (540 m) - Hvanngil Hut (585 m) - Emstrur Hut (520 m) - Thorsmork (Ţórsmörk) (255 m)
Distance: 35.5 km, +800 m / -1080 m.
go to the East and cross a river 300 m after the hut.
Turn progressively toward the South and continue to the Hvanngil Hut
, around 3.5 km from Álftavatn
take a bridge and join a dirt road crossing, follow the one toward Southwest.
Cross a new river which can be wide and strong.
Continue to the Southwest on a vast plateau of dark sands with the view of Hattfell
hill in the background.
Hattfell between Alftavatn and Thorsmork (© P. Gatta)
Leave the dirt road and continue to the Southwest to Emstrur hut
, at around 15 km from Álftavatn
Leave Emstrur hut
toward the Southeast.
The trail crosses a canyon (small bridge) and a river coming from the Mýrdalsjökull
Continue toward the South along the Markarfljotfljugur canyon
Cross several rivers and join a hilly and grassy area up to Thorsmork
Rainbow at Thorsmork hut (© P. Gatta)
July 2: Thorsmork (Ţórsmörk) (255 m) - Fimmvörđuháls (1010 m) - Skogar (50 m)
Distance: 28 km, +1080 m / -1260 m.
take the bridge crossing the river toward the South.
Continue on the South side of the valley toward the Mýrdalsjökull
and Kattarhrygg, first to the East and progressively to the South.
Kattarhrygg after Thorsmork (© P. Gatta)
Between Thorsmork and Skogar (© P. Gatta)
Climb to the Fimmvorduhals
(Fimmvörđuháls, 1010 m) pass between Eyjafjallajökull
There is a Fimmvorduhals hut
on the West of the pass.
Climb toward Fimmvorduhals between Thorsmork and Skogar (© P. Gatta)
The 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull
volcano took place very close to this area.
2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Wikimedia, Creative Commons Attribution 3)
2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Wikimedia, Creative Commons Attribution 1)
descend toward the South to Skogar
, there are two options either along a dirt road or further West along the Skogar river.
The trail ends at Skogafoss
Descending to Skogar, Skogafoss waterfall (© P. Gatta)
Skogafoss waterfall (© P. Gatta)
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Ascent of Kristínartindar (1126 m)
Kristínartindar (1126 m): 19.5 km, +-1150m, 3h30
is a peak located in the Skaftafell National park
between the glaciers of Skaftafellsjökull
From the Skaftafell
Visitor Center (close to the road number 1) take the Trail toward Eystragil, Sjónarnípa with great view over the Skaftafellsjökull
Kristínartindar peak and Skaftafellsjokull (glacier) (© P. Gatta)
Continue to the top of Kristínartindar
with some scree at the end.
The top offers great views over the Hvannadalshnúkur
, highest peak of Iceland and the huge Vatnajökull
(largest glacier in Iceland).
From the top, descend toward Nyrđrihnaukur to make a loop.
Pass Fremrihnaukur, Skerhóll, Sjónarsker, Svartifoss (waterfall) and go back to the visitor center.
Hvannadalshnúkur 2 110 m, highest peak of Iceland. Seen from Kristínartindar (© P. Gatta)
There are several hikes and trails around Gullfoss.
Gullfoss (© P. Gatta)
Gullfoss (© P. Gatta)
Between Vik and Skogar (© P. Gatta)
Beach of Vik (© P. Gatta)
Jökulsárlón, the ice lagoon (© P. Gatta)
Jökulsárlón, the ice lagoon (© A. Gatta)