Laugavegurinn Trail (Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn-Émstrur-Langidalur)


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Trail stats

33.46 mi
Elevation gain
4,682 ft
Technical difficulty
Elevation loss
6,083 ft
Max elevation
3,473 ft
58 5
Min elevation
723 ft
Trail type
One Way
3 days 2 hours 52 minutes
August 6, 2016
July 2016
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3,473 ft
723 ft
33.46 mi

near Skogar, Suðurland (Lýðveldið Ísland)

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Itinerary description

The famous Laugavegurinn Trail.

Surely, one of the most beautiful hiking trail in the world in an amazing country.

This is the complete tracklog.

Day tracks are here:

Day 1:  Laugavegurinn: Landmannalaugar -> Hrafntinnusker

Day 2:  Laugavegurinn: Hrafntinnusker -> Álftavatn

Day 3:  Laugavegurinn: Álftavatn -> Émstrur

Day 3:  Laugavegurinn Side Track: Canyon Markarfljótsgljúfur Trail

Day 4:  Laugavegurinn: Émstrur -> Langidalur


Note 1: If you want stay in the huts, you should book it very long time in advance. We do this trail in the end of July and we booked it in December. And even with this advance, we did not get place in Hrafntinnusker which is the smaller hut. If you stay in tent it should be ok for places, but note that the nights could be very very cold and very windy, specially at Hrafntinnusker.

Note 2: You will cross several rivers without your mountain boots. Crossing it barefoot is painful not only because the rocks but also due to the cold (very cold) water. Be smart and take with you something lightweight, plastic made and that fit enough in your feet to not be taken by the river current.

Note 3: Don't miss the Side Track to view the Canyon Markarfljótsgljúfur (in our case, day 3). The view of the Canyon is superb.

Note 4: In the trail between Émstrur and Langidalur (day 4 in our case), take the deviation to see the Canyon Markarfljótsgljúfur. Not so impressive that the side track referred before, but even spectacular.

Have Fun!

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Alftavatn (540m)

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Brennisteinsalda Hotspring Bath

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Canyon Markarfljótsgljúfur

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Canyon Markarfljótsgljúfur View

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Deviation for Canyon View

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Hotspring Area

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Hrafntinnusker (1070m)

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Landmannalaugar (601m)

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Langidalur (240m)

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Laugahraun Obsidian 'sea'

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Sulphur and Vapour

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View of Colorfull Landmannalaugar Mountains

Comments  (2)

  • Photo of bejenaru.a
    bejenaru.a Aug 17, 2017

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    Es una ruta amb un paissatge molt diversificat, Volcans, glaciars, deserts, canyons, rierols glaciars, rius calents, creuar rius congelats. Molt i molt maca.

    Nosaltres l'hem fet en 2 dies i ha sigut dur, la segona etapa es fa molt pesada tot i que et recompensa amb pasisatges molt macos.

    Els refugis no son com a Catalunya, España o França. No hi ha descansos en cap i tampoc trobareu mantes o llançols. N'hi ha que son més nous i grans i n'hi ha algun molt petit i poc cuidat.

    Si voleu acampar prepareu-vos per pluja i ven fort, canvia continuament el temps i s'ha d'esta continuament preparat pels canvis de temps. Com be diuen, en un dia passes 4 estacions a Islandia.

    Molt recomananada. La part mes maca es l'etapa 1 i part de la 2. la 3a es una mica pesada per que passes con esplenades desertiques i planes en canvi la 3a comença fer una altre cop el canvi i millor el paissatge

  • Photo of eric westland
    eric westland Jan 1, 2023

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    Een prachtige tocht door wisselende landschappen. Bij een goede conditie goed te lopen, neem de tijd om te genieten onderweg. Wij hebben de tocht in de 1e week september gelopen en overnacht in de vooraf gereserveerde hutten. Het weer onderweg varieerde van sneeuwstorm, regen, helder weer, heldere nachten met prachtige Noorderlicht en in de nacht temperaturen tot -19. Zorg voor voldoende voedsel omdat je onderweg nauwelijks iets kunt kopen.

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