We depart early in the morning from the center of Reykjavik to make the most of the day. The drive to Landmannalaugar will take about 3-4 hours, first of all along the south coast, and then up into the highlands, where we will spend the rest of the week. The journey is highly scenic and fascinating, taking us by the magnificent volcano mountain, Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland. This volcano, said by many Europeans in the Middle Ages to be 'The Gateway to Hell,' has erupted every 10 – 15 years throughout the last century.
Landmannalaugar is the starting point for the Laugavegur trail. We will make our way through the Laugahraun lava field and Vondugil canyon. We will also admire the incredibly vibrant colors of the rhyolite mountains, most notably Mt. Brennisteinsalda. On the way back to our accommodation for our first night at Landmannalaugar, we will see the Graenagil gorge and climb up to Bláhnjúkur Volcano if time allows.
Distance: 8 km (4.9 mi) Walking time: 4 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540′).