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Laugavegurinn: Landmannalaugar - Thórsmörk - Skogar
90 km Trail running in Iceland

Lake of Alftavatn seen from the Golden mountains of Iceland (© P. Gatta)
Lake of Alftavatn seen from the Golden Mountains of Iceland (© P. Gatta)

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Laugavegurinn Trail: Landmannalaugar - Thórsmörk - Skogar

Laugavegurinn is a beautiful and famous trail in Iceland. It starts at Landmannalaugar and finishes at Thorsmork (Žórsmörk). Instead of stopping at Thorsmork (Žórsmörk), 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)
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)
Landmannalaugar and Blahnukur loop (© P. Gatta)

June 30: Landmannalaugar (600 m) - Hrafntinnusker (990 m) - Įlftavatn (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)
Philippe in the lava fields, just after Landmannalaugar (© A. Gatta)

Brennisteinsalda (855 m) (© P. 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)
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)
Hot springs and geyser close to Hrafntinnusker (© P. Gatta)

Half way between Hrafntinnusker and Įlftavatn, the trail goes down and offer amazing views over Įlftavatn lake and the large glaciers of Mżrdalsjökull and Eyjafjöll. Continue to Įlftavatn hut which is close to the lake.

Descent to Alftavatn lake and hut (© A. Gatta)
Descent to Alftavatn lake and hut (© A. Gatta)

July 1: Įlftavatn (540 m) - Hvanngil Hut (585 m) - Emstrur Hut (520 m) - Thorsmork (Žórsmörk) (255 m)

Distance: 35.5 km, +800 m / -1080 m.

From Įlftavatn 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 Įlftavatn.

After Hvanngil 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.

Between Alftavatn and Thorsmork (© P. Gatta)
Hattfell between Alftavatn and Thorsmork (© P. Gatta)

Leave the dirt road and continue to the Southwest to Emstrur hut, at around 15 km from Įlftavatn.

Leave Emstrur hut toward the Southeast. The trail crosses a canyon (small bridge) and a river coming from the Mżrdalsjökull. Continue toward the South along the Markarfljotfljugur canyon (East side). Cross several rivers and join a hilly and grassy area up to Thorsmork.

Rainbow at Thorsmork hut (© P. Gatta)
Rainbow at Thorsmork hut (© P. Gatta)

July 2: Thorsmork (Žórsmörk) (255 m) - Fimmvöršuhįls (1010 m) - Skogar (50 m)

Distance: 28 km, +1080 m / -1260 m.

From Thorsmork take the bridge crossing the river toward the South. Continue on the South side of the valley toward the Mżrdalsjökull and Kattarhrygg, first to the East and progressively to the South.

Kattarhrygg after Thorsmork (© P. Gatta)
Kattarhrygg after Thorsmork (© P. Gatta)

Between Thorsmork and Skogar (© P. Gatta)
Between Thorsmork and Skogar (© P. Gatta)

Climb to the Fimmvorduhals (Fimmvöršuhįls, 1010 m) pass between Eyjafjallajökull and Mżrdalsjökull glaciers. There is a Fimmvorduhals hut on the West of the pass.

Climb toward Fimmvorduhals between Thorsmork and Skogar (© P. Gatta)
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 3.0)
2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Wikimedia, Creative Commons Attribution 3)

2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Wikimedia, Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)
2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull volcano (Wikimedia, Creative Commons Attribution 1)

From Fimmvorduhals 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 (waterfall).

Descending to Skogar, Skogafoss waterfall (© P. Gatta)
Descending to Skogar, Skogafoss waterfall (© P. Gatta)

Skogafoss waterfall (© P. Gatta)
Skogafoss waterfall (© P. Gatta)

Map of the Trail from Landmannalaugar to Skogar



Legend: different stages of the trail, huts and peaks.
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Skaftafell National park

Ascent of Kristķnartindar (1126 m)

Kristķnartindar (1126 m): 19.5 km, +-1150m, 3h30

Kristķnartindar is a peak located in the Skaftafell National park between the glaciers of Skaftafellsjökull and Morsįrjökull. From the Skaftafell Visitor Center (close to the road number 1) take the Trail toward Eystragil, Sjónarnķpa with great view over the Skaftafellsjökull glacier.

Kristķnartindar peak and Skaftafellsjokull (glacier) (© P. Gatta)
Kristķnartindar peak and Skaftafellsjokull (glacier) (© P. Gatta)

Continue to the top of Kristķnartindar with some scree at the end. The top offers great views over the Hvannadalshnśkur, highest peak of Iceland and the huge Vatnajökull (largest glacier in Iceland). From the top, descend toward Nyršrihnaukur to make a loop. Pass Fremrihnaukur, Skerhóll, Sjónarsker, Svartifoss (waterfall) and go back to the visitor center.

Hvannadalshnśkur 2 110 m, highest peak of Iceland. Seen from Kristķnartindar (© P. Gatta)
Hvannadalshnśkur 2 110 m, highest peak of Iceland. Seen from Kristķnartindar (© P. Gatta)

Gullfoss

There are several hikes and trails around Gullfoss.

Gullfoss (© P. Gatta)
Gullfoss (© P. Gatta)

Gullfoss (© P. Gatta)
Gullfoss (© P. Gatta)

Sceneries of Iceland

Between Vik and Skogar (© P. Gatta)
Between Vik and Skogar (© P. Gatta)

Beach of Vik (© P. Gatta)
Beach of Vik (© P. Gatta)

Jökulsįrlón, the ice lagoon (© P. Gatta)
Jökulsįrlón, the ice lagoon (© P. Gatta)

Jökulsįrlón, the ice lagoon (© A. Gatta)
Jökulsįrlón, the ice lagoon (© A. Gatta)


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