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Discover the land of extreme contrast. This is your chance to experience 8 days of exceptional landscapes and geographical phenomena! Prepare to be impressed by the unearthly beauty of Landmannalaugar, Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls hiking trails and beautiful natural surroundings. The tour starts in Landmannalaugar, one of Iceland´s wonders and most geologically active areas with the active volcano Hekla close by. Hike towards the ill-named crater lake, Ljóti Pollur (Ugly Puddle), to Iceland's most colorful volcano called Brennisteinalda or Suðuhámur, liparite mountain where you can have a great view on the entire Landmannalaugar area. Relax in a natural hot pool, where both hot and cold water flow out from beneath Laugahraun Lava, while you enjoy the beautiful landscapes surrounding you.
Finally, embark on the adventure of Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls Trek, a truly great trail which demonstrates the diverse nature Iceland has to offer. Rambling lava fields, obsidian lands, multi-colored mountains, and black sands while viewing glaciers and hot springs along the way. Culminate your trip in Thorsmork as we hike up to the Fimmvörðuháls Pass- between Eyjafjallajökull and the larger Mýrdalsjökull ice cap. On our journey, we reach the new craters named Magni and Móði after the Thunder God's sons, Thor, and formed in the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010. We end our adventure with a nice barbecue dinner on our last night in Thorsmork.
Black volcanic sands and green mountains
The second part of the Volcanic trails trek takes us to the south side of the very colorful Torfajökull rhyolite massif where the colors 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 lakes, passing Strútur mountain into the black desert Mælifellssandur, dominated by the vast glacier of Mýrdalsjökull. The trek ends at Hvanngil hut, and after a morning walk the next day those who finish here, get on a bus that takes them back to Reykjavík. We bath in the Strútslaug natural pool and enjoy crystal clear waterfalls, cross rivers on a natural stone bridge and enjoy the silence of the highlands. This is by far one of the most dramatic parts of the Fjallabak is where you will feel the vastness of the land as well as the immense solitude, there are but few who venture into this area.
Total distance: 50-58 kilometers (31-36 miles)
Altitude: 400-700 meters (1300-2300 feet)
Maximum ascent: 200 m (650 feet)
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