Country/Region: Iceland

Trekking Date: 2014-08-14

Duration: 4 days

Difficulty Level: Moderate
We had to bring water with us and that made our bags a bit heavy.

Recommended Season: Summer

Maximum Height: About 1150m

General Description:
This trail is 55 km. We did this route in 5 days in August.

Required Equipment & Supply:
You need to bring water because on the first day there is no water at all to get on the route.
You need: A good tent because it can be very windy out there (I use a Hilleberg tent).
Food for 5 days if you don’t stay at the huts along the trail where you can buy food.

Required Permits/Fees:
Camping costs money.

 Note that marks on this map are not completely accurate and do not substitute a proper trekking map.

Getting to/from there:
We took a bus from the campsite in Reykjavik to Landmannalaugar, where the trail starts, and a bus from Thorsmork, where the trail ended, to Reykjavik.


The Route:

Distance: 12KM, 4-5 hours

Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker.
Starting at Landmannalugars campsite and hike trough the lavafields Laugahraun towards the colourful mountain Brennisteinsalda.
At an elevation about 1100 meters it can be fog so be careful and try to follow the trail.
Hrafntinnusker Hut (Höskuldsskáli) will appear suddenly about 2 km past a memorial of a traveller, who sadly died of hypothermia in this area in June 2004.
Here in Hrafntinnusker there is a campsite you can sleep at. it cost about 9 euro per night/tent

Distance: 12KM, 4-5 hours

Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn.
Heading out from the Hrafntinnusker hut the trail takes you through a valley with small ravines that sometimes may be filled with snow.
After a while you will see mountain Háskerðingur (1.281 m) and gives you a breathtaking view.
The trail down Alftavatn is quite steep and care must be taken during the descent. The last few kilometers to the huts by the lake Álftavatn are on flat land.
At Alftavatn there is acampsite where you can use a shower(cost money) and about 9 euros per night/tent

Distance: 15KM, 6-7 hours

Áftavatn – Emstrur (Botnar).
The trail leads you over the Brattháls Ridge into Hvanngil Ravine, wading across the small Bratthálskvísl River.
Leaving Hvanngil you cross a bridge over the Kaldaklofskvísl River. On the eastern bank of Kaldaklofskvísl River the trail splits in two. You should take the path leading south to Emstrur and Þórsmörk.
The views here are aweasome

Distance: 15KM, 6-7 hours

Emstrur (Botnar) – Thorsmörk
In about 45 minutes, after heading out from the Emstrur huts you should be on a steep path leading towards the canyon of Syðri-Emstruá River. The river can be crossed on a hiking bridge in a narrow part of the canyon, with the river raging beneath your feet. From the canyon you will be walking through a hilly area known as Almenningar with the first view of Thorsmörk in sight. At the end of Almenningar you will have to wade the Þröngá River the deepest on the Laugavegur Trail. When wading it is good practice to go hand in hand and head downstream or to use hiking poles to keep your balance. After crossing the Þröngá River you will enter the forested area of Thorsmörk.

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