Iceland is a country of wonders. Join Roger, AEGM certified mountain guide, in this 8-day hike around the wild and beautiful Landmannalaugar.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
I spend every summer 2 ½ months guiding in Iceland, from mid June till mid September. I can tell you that the interior of the country is just one big natural wonder! Rhyolite Mountains filled with many colours, deserts of ash, lava, fumaroles and hot springs make us feel that the earth is alive under our feet.
Here are some of the highlights of this unique expedition I propose:
– 4 to 6 days hiking in the wildest parts of Iceland;
– Live within one of best preserved natural areas of Europe;
– Take the option to visit the wonders of the south: Gullfoss, Geysir and the Thingvellir National Park;
– I organise everything so that your backpack remains as light as possible;
– Take the option to ascent the Eyjafjallajokull volcano;
– All is included except the flight and the dinner on the last day in Reykjavik.
Arrival at Keflavik and transfer to the hotel in Reykjavik.
After breakfast, my team will pick you up and you will take the bus to Landmannalaugar. You will arrive mid-morning. We will eat, bathe in the hot springs and then start hiking on the trail. We will go up the mountain until the Hrafntinnusker refuge in which we will stay for the night.
– Distance 11km
– Time: 4-6hrs
– Altitude change: +680m -260m
We will keep on through Jökultungur, one of the three major points with geothermal activity in the world. We will enjoy the view on the glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, before going down towards the lake Alftavatn. Night in a mountain hut.
– Distance 11km
– Time: 5-7hrs
– Altitude change: +300m -800m
Today we will cross the plains dominated by the spectacular Mont Stórasúla, we will go through desert of volcanic ash Maelifellssandur and we will pass through the valley of Hattafell. We will then reach the region of Emstrur where we will visit the impressive Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon. Night in a mountain hut.
– Distance 14km
– Time: 6-7hrs
– Altitude change: +350m -400m
We will leave Emstrur under the gaze of the largest glacier in southern Iceland, the Mýrdalsjökull. We will cross the river and enter in an area where the vegetation becomes more abundant. From the shelter over the Valley Thórsmörk we will have a beautiful view on the forests. Night in mountain hut.
– Distance 16km
– Time: 6-8hrs
– Altitude change: +530m -750m
From here there are 2 options that you have to choose before leaving.
Option 1: Extra route: This is the Alpine stage of the route that will take us to Fimmvörðuháls between the two famous glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull.
We will cross the impressive Krossà river. After passing to the other side, we will climb to the ridges, gaining altitude quickly until an extensive plateau with an exceptional viewpoint on the valley and the glaciers.
We will keep our ascent in the Fimmvörðuháls area and have the pleasure to go to the Eyjafjallajokull volcano. Night in a mountain hut.
– Distance 13km
– Time: 6-8hrs
– Altitude change: +1050m -230m
Option 2: Transfer to Reykjavik
After spending the morning in this beautiful valley we will take a bus crossing the rivers, with a brief stop at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall.
We will then reach the capital and you will enjoy some sightseeing for the rest of the day. Night in Reykjavik.
Depending on the option you’ve chosen:
Option 1: Extra route
We will wake up in a magnificent viewpoint, from where you can see the glaciers and the entire south coast. Then we will begin crossing the Plateau Fimmvörðuháls and go to looking for the river Skógar.
We will end this beautiful hike by visiting the ultimate wonder: Skogafoss waterfall, 25 meters wide, 60 meters tall, one of the most visited places on the island. From there, we will take a bus and go back to the capital.
Free afternoon and overnight in Reykjavik.
– Distance: 15km
– Time: 5-6hrs
– Altitude change: +150m – 1200m
Option 2: Sightseeing in Reykjavik
– the Gullfoss waterfall,
– The geysir (Strokkur)
– Thingvellir National Park from where we can see the separation of the American and European tectonic plates.
In the evening: return to Reykjavik and evening / night free. Night in the capital
Time to enjoy the city and fly back home.
Note: The itinerary can be done in one way or another.
For logistics reasons, a location or an accommodation may vary. This does not affect the program and you will be informed as soon as I am aware of this change.
If you are interested in this beautiful trek and if you need support in the organisation, please feel free to contact me.
- Accommodation included
- Guiding fee
- Transportation start and back
- Transport during the trip
- Personal insurance
I love what I do and love to transmit my passion while guiding.
After touring the world fulfilling my dreams, I have put together all the knowledge gained and a strong background as a mountain guide to become one of the most versatile, dedicated and professional guides in the Pyrenees.
My resume has technical training in mountain medicine, snow studies, search and rescue complete training, meteorology and botany.
I spend the winters enjoying the unique snow conditions in the Aran Valley, as a ski touring and freeride Guide, and summers climbing the countless areas of excellent rock, either granite, limestone or conglomerate in the Pyrenees. I also spend a lot of time in Iceland during the summer guiding my friends and clients across these incredible landscapes.
While traveling the world, I make every effort to show the beauty of the landscapes, the quality of the rock and the best snow in the Pyrenees to everyone who wants to check them out.
Please get in touch with me if you want to discover the Pyrenees!
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Absolutely brilliant trip - would high recommend Roger and Chur they are fantastic, responsive and extremely helpful people!
It's a long slog of a climb, but doable as long as you're reasonably fit (but you don't need to be an Olympic athlete). The views are stunning. The Puente (bridge) de Mahoma is mentally tough with steep drops either side and some uncomfortable climbs. I'd strongly recommend using a local guide as they help you with the planning, kit and techniques, they share knowledge of the surrounding area that you wouldn't get otherwise and they help you over the more challenging stretches
Roger, our guide, really made the trip memorable for us. He had a challenge every day to plan the route according to the snow conditions, temperatures (it was quite warm), the skills and endurance of our kids and keeping it fun for all of us. It really showed that he put thought into planning each day and wanted to find the best route for us to enjoy the backcountry and get some good skiing! He knows the area so well and every day he planned was awesome. The helicopter trip. It was planned by Roger and something we never would have thought of doing for our children's first backcountry experience but it was absolutely the best. "Double thumbs up" according to Willy, our son. The location that Roger picked out for the skiing and the hotel, Bahns de Tredos, was perfect for being in the backcountry all day and then returning to the hotel for a delicious late lunch, thermal hot tub soak and then a gourmet dinner all in a hut/backcountry setting. We felt very spoiled!
Great time with Roger!
Our 5 day ski tour was an absolutely amazing trip, our guide Roger had unfortunately been unwell and so arranged another guide, Ruth, for the first 2 days. Both guides were fantastic, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and took us on terrain we would never have imagined was possible for us. We felt safe and in good hands throughout. The huts were comfortable and friendly with great food. It was the perfect introductory ski tour trip that I would recommend to anyone who is thinking of going.
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