After a traditional Icelandic breakfast, we will head towards Hrafntinnusker, a pitch black obsidian desert that will set the tone for an adventurous day. Next up are Reykjafjoll Mountains, whose snowy peaks provide awe-inspiring views over the surrounding area. After which, we will begin to descend into the Jökultungur area, a gorgeous emerald valley, replete with rocks that have been dyed blood red and vivid yellow by the volcanic activity that has occurred over the millennia. This part of the walk is especially majestic, with an otherworldly quality that is completely unique.
As we move through Jökultungur, the scenery will start to change: we will put the colorful rhyolite mountains behind us and enter an area filled with darker and more foreboding palagonite mountains. The higher mountains are dotted with snow-peaked glaciers, making it a profound place that will take your breath away.
By now we will be at the foot of the Jökultungur Mountain and our ascent will start to begin, meandering around the mountain path to its summit. Once we have scaled it, we will be rewarded with awe-inspiring views over Fjallabak an incredible nature reserve, whose majestic landscape has been crafted by erosion over thousands of years, and the picturesque Lake Alftavatn.
We will begin our descent towards the River Grashagakvisl, an emerald green oasis in an otherwise dark and rocky landscape, fording a small stream before we arrive at the idyllic Lake Álftavatn, (Whooper Swan Lake), where we will spend the night.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.
Distance: 24 km / 14.9 mi
Hiking Time: 7-8 hours
Altitude value: 900 m / 2950 '