Volcanic Trails 2: The Wilderness of Strutur Trail
Volcanic Trails 2: The Wilderness of Strutur Trail– Iceland –5 days / 4 nights, Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Eldgja - Holaskjol - Alftavötn - Strutur - Myrdalssandur - Hvanngil - Laugavegur - ReykjavikThe Volcanic Trails is a trekking tour combining three distinct sections. This, the second part, takes us to the south side of the colorful Torfajökull rhyolite massif where yellow, orange, red and even blue green, make a refreshing contrast to the black sands and bright green mountains. The trail goes along to Álftavötn Lake, passing Strutur Mountain to the black desert Mælifellssandur, dominated by the Myrdalsjökull glacier, ending at Hvanngil hut.
|Operation||July 6 - August 24, 2015|
July 6, 20, 27
August 3, 24
|Price||$1,195 per person in mountain hut|
|Included||Guide during the trek (until noon on day 5)
Meals for 5 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5)
Sleeping bag accommodation in mountain huts, 2 nights
Bus from Reykjavik to Holaskjol via Landmannalaugar
Bus from Hvanngil (Álftavatn) to Reykjavik
Transfer of luggage
|Not Included||International flights
$25 Service fee
|Please Note||Group size: 5 - 14 participants
Walking per day: 3 - 8 hours
The tour starts and ends at the central bus station in Reykjavik (BSI)
Pick up from hotel or guesthouse in Reykjavik can be added for approx. $40 per person
|Tour Options||Pre/post night in Reykjavik
Pick up from hotel or guesthouse
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Day 1 REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - ELDGJA (L, D) Meeting point at 7:15 at BSI bus terminal in Reykjavik. Today you leave on the morning bus to Landmannalaugar. On arrival in this magnificent rhyolite area you have a chance to dip into the natural pool on the premises or simply admire the beauty of this astounding place during the 2,5 hour stop. You get onto the bus leaving Landmannalaugar in the afternoon for Skaftafell, getting off at Holaskjol after approximately 3 hours' drive with a stop at the canyon Eldgja. At Holaskjol you meet the guide and join the ongoing Volcanic Trails trek. Overnight in a comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
Day 2 HOLASKJOL - ALFTAVÖTN (B, L, D) After breakfast we set out for the trek to the lakes of Alftavötn. We follow the river Sydri Ofæra that drains from the glacier Torfajökull through rolling green hills. Torfajökull is not only a glacier but one of the bigger geothermal areas in Iceland. Depending on weather the river can be high or low, but we will most certainly be able to cross it over to the Alftavötn Lake on a natural bridge.
There is a traditional hut close to the lakes where we spend the night. The tranquility of this magical place is amazing and this is really a great spot to recharge. Rustic hut, outhouse, no showers.
Distance: 10 km Ascent/descent: 150 m Walking time: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 3 ALFTAVÖTN - STRUTUR (B, L, D) Today we continue along the river Sydri Ofæra crossing once again the Canyon of Fire, Eldgja, and can wonder at the immensity of the natural forces at play when it was created. The landscape changes from green meadows to black sands with screaming green streaks of moss that almost blow our minds.
After rounding the massif of Svartahnjuksfjöll we come to the river Holmsa and its lagoon. We need to cross the river and even though it may feel cold we can warm ourselves in the natural pool Strutslaug. After a relaxing soak in the pool we conclude the day's march walking to the hut at Strutur where we spend the night. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
Distance: 18 km Ascent/descent: 300 m Walking time: 6 - 8 hrs
Day 4 STRUTUR - HVANNGIL (B, L, D) Leaving the comfortable hut we set out for the day's trek along the Myrdalssandur, the black volcanic sand plain, hemmed in by the icecap of Myrdalsjökull glacier to the south and the Torfajökull rhyolite massif to the north. We need to cross some of the rivers and better have our river crossing shoes ready. The mystical palagonite landscape of Hvanngil valley greets us, bering amazed at the wonders of the Icelandic landscape. At the mouth of the valley a hut awaits for the night. Comfortable hut, WC and showers available.
Distance: 13 km Ascent/descent: 150 m Walking time: 5 - 6 hrs
Day 5 HVANNGIL - REYKJAVIK (B, L) After breakfast we pack our things and get ready for today's hike, exploring the side trails of the Laugavegur hiking trail. We proceed along the river Kaldaklofskvisl, admiring the eerie green Storasula mountain on the other side, whose summit only the birds seem able to visit. The river winds along and soon we climb the small pass of Bratthals from where we can enjoy the views to lake Alftavatn, "the lakes of the swans". Continue to the huts on the northern shore of the lake, where we catch the bus for Reykjavik. We leave of our guide and the hikers who are continuing on the Volcanic Trails for the last section. Arrival in Reykjavik at 19:35 where the tour ends at the Reykjaviík Bus Terminal.
Distance: 5 – 7 km Ascent/descent: 300 m Walking time: 3 - 4 hrs
Total distance: 56 kilometers / 34 miles
Altitude: 400-700 meters (1300-2300 feet)
Maximum ascent: 200 m (650 feet)