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The Laugavegur is the most popular trek in Iceland. It is a five day vehicle assisted trek where you walk from hut to hut. The adventures trek takes you from the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar in the southern highlands to the Þórsmörk valley. Þórsmörk lies at the foot the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which became famous around the world when it stopped all air traffic in Europe for several weeks back in 2010. The trekking route leads through the most active geothermal zone in the world, through yellow rhyolite mountains, black deserts and past great canyons and into the wild valley of Þórsmörk. There is a very good reason that the “Laugavegur” trek attracts travelers from around the world every year. It is actually also a favorite hike amongst Icelanders!
We meet at the bus station and take the regular bus that lead to Landmannalaugar. The drive route 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, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in 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.
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.
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. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend in to Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. Night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
We spend the morning in Þórsmörk where we walk along one of numerous paths. For example, we can visit to the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Central bus Station at 19:00, where the trip ends.
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