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May 15, 2011

Landmannalaugar and Vik

by swebackpacker


Landmannalaugar about 30 km east of Hekla in the inner of Iceland is probably one Europe’s most extraordinary places.  One can reach this wilderness area with a bus from Reykjavík.  The journey takes five and a half hour and the bus ride starts at 8:30 in the morning. Buy the South Circle pass at Trex in the bus station in Reykjavík and include Vik in your schedule. There is a possibility to extend the journey to Skaftafjell as well. If you go see to what you have best possible tent, sleeping bag, backpack and walking boots. You will need a tent that can withstand a storm in the open landscape without any wind protections. One can expect surprisingly cold weather even in the middle of summer with snow and temperatures below zero degrees celsius. Bring a warm sleeping bag with you! Stock up on food in Reykjavík harbor area, if you decide to break the journey into Landmannalaugar, Sellfors is another good are to stock up on food. If you are unsure about the standard of your equipment rent a hut but book as far in advance as possible. Landmannalaugar is a fantastic walking country with several possibilities for a day walk. If you are self-sufficient and can carry all your gears, there is the extraordinary  fifty-five kilometer walk down to Pórsmörk.


After a week or two in the mountains it ´s nice do wind down in the small village of Vik the most southern point of Iceland. Vik is famous for the lava beaches and Reynisdrangar three tall black offshore spires opposite the beach. One can go for walks up to Reinisfjall. Dyrhólaey is about twenty-five-kilometers walking from Vik, follow the ring road west all the way to the road junction down to Dyrhólaey. Don´t make my mistake, to try to short cut over the fields along the shore, you can´t come across the water-level will be too deep.

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