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Strútur Trek

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Hike in the lesser-known Fjallabak Nature Reserve on this 5-day trekking tour in Iceland. The second in a tri-part hiking series known as the Volcanic Trails, this trek is designed for those who are looking for a more remote and less traveled hiking trip in Iceland. This section leads through the most dramatic landscapes in Fjallabak and gives its hikers more of a sense of remoteness and solitude. Hike through this landscape that is defined by massive geothermal activity and the colorful Torfajökull volcano with its rhyolite colors. Pass by Álftavötn lakes, the black sand desert of Mælifellssandur, and the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Arrive to the popular Landmannalaugar at the end. You can opt to hike the third portion which has you arrive to the popular Landmannalaugar region, or return to Reykjavik.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive to Reykjavik
Day 2 : Bus Trip to Hólaskjól
Day 3 : Álftavötn Lakes
Day 4 : Álftavötn to Strútur
Day 5 : Strútur | Hvanngil
Day 6 : Laugavegar Hiking Trail | Return Reykjavik
Day 7 : Return Home

Highlights

  • Experience the solitude and dramatic landscapes of this seldom-hiked region
  • Bathe in the Strútslaug natural hot springs and observe geothermal features
  • Admire the stunning colorful rhyolite mountains and black sands backdrop
  • Stay in comfortable mountain huts during each overnight of your hike

Places Visited

  • Arctic
  • Europe
  • Iceland
  • Álftavatn
  • Álftavötn Lakes
  • Eldgjá Canyon
  • Hólaskjól
  • Hvanngil Hut
  • Reykjavik
  • Strútur hut
  • Vatnajökull National Park

Activities

Trip Type

  • Small Group

Activity Level

Moderate

Trip Snapshots

Hiking along the stream Stream crossing Landscape along the Strútur region Comfortable mountain hut Natural bath relaxation break Waterfall passing through the landscape Hiking the Volcanic Trails near Strútur

Day 1 Arrive to Reykjavik

Overnight in Reykjavik this evening.

Day 2 Bus Trip to Hólaskjól

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
Rise early today for your transfer to the meeting point at 7:15 this morning at the BSÍ bus terminal in Reykjavík. Board the bus to Landmannalaugar. Upon arrival, you can spend some time exploring this stunning rhyolite area, or take a dip in the natural pools during a 2.5-hour stop. Board the bus again this afternoon for another 3 hours to Skaftafell. Enjoy a planned stop to admire the canyon Eldgjá. Arrive to Hólaskjól, your stop on the route where you meet up with your guide and join the ongoing Volcanic Trails trek. Spend the night this evening in a comfortable hut with facilities and showers. 

Day 3 Álftavötn Lakes

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast set out for your first day of trekking towards the Álftavötn Lakes. Follow the Syðri Ófæra River which is sourced by the Torfajökull glacier and travels through rolling green hills. Torfajökull is also one of Iceland's larger geothermal areas. Cross the river safely in low water, or use a land bridge in high water, to arrive to the lakes on the other side. The rustic hut here is close to the lake and serves as your base for the night. Enjoy the tranquility of this peaceful spot the rest of the day.

Distance: 4-6 miles (7-10 km)
Ascent: 500 ft (150 m)
Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 4 Álftavötn to Strútur

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Today hike along the Syðri Ófæra River to cross it again at Eldgjá Canyon, also known as the "Fire Canyon". Eldgjá is the largest volcanic canyon in the world, and sits along a fissure approximately 24 miles long, providing a stunning landscape of black sand topped with streaks of green moss. HIke round the Svartahnjúksfjöll massif and arrive to the Hólmsá River and its lagoon. Cross the river and hop into the warm natural pool of Strútslaugtha that sits just on the other side. Soak in the warm bath for a bit before continuing on with the last part of the hike to arrive to Strútur hut for the night. 

Distance: 15 miles (24 km)
Ascent: 1000 ft (300 m)
Walking Time: 7-8 hours

Day 5 Strútur | Hvanngil

  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Leave the hut this morning to set out on the trek along the black volcanic sand plain called Mýrdalssandur. The hike today is surrounded by views of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier to the south and the Torfajökull rhyolite massif to the north. Cross a few rivers today as you travel through this mystical landscape. Arrive to the Hvanngil valley and the hut for tonight's stay.

Distance: 9-11 miles (14-18 km)
Ascent: 500 ft (150 m)
Walking Time: 5-6 hours

Day 6 Laugavegar Hiking Trail | Return Reykjavik

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch
After breakfast pack up your things for a day of exploring the area and some side trails of the Laugavegur hiking trail. Travel along the Kaldaklofskvísl River, with the green Stórasúla mountain. Climb the small pass of Brattháls for impressive views to Álftavatn's “Swan lake” before continuing to the huts on the northern shore of the lake. Here you board the bus for the return trip to Reykjavik, saying good-bye to the guide and hikers continuing on the Volcanic Trails' third section. Arrive in the evening to Reykjavik where you are met and transferred to your hotel for the evening. 

Distance: 3-4 miles (5-6 km)
Ascent: 1000 ft (300 m)
Walking Time: 3-4 hours

Day 7 Return Home

  • 1 Breakfast
Return to the Keflavik Airport for your return flight home, or continue on with a second tour of Iceland.

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Rates based on small group departures of 5-14 hikers.
Private Departures are available starting at $4270 for a group of 4.
Rates are based on the current exchange rate with the Iceland Krona and may fluctuate.

Included

  • 6 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners
  • 6 Nights Accommodations
    • 2 Nights Hotel
    • 4 Nights Camping
  • 5 Days Locally Hosted Guide Service

Excluded

  • Both International Arrival and Departure Transfers are excluded.
  • International Flights

Budgeting

  • $75 Gear Rental
    • Bring your own sleeping bag, or rent one for 7500 ISK.
  • $100 Meals not Included
  • $75 Optional Excursions
    • Reykjavik activities
  • $15 Cash for Showers
    • Showers available at most huts for 500 ISK cash.
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