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The Ancient Kjölur Trail

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Day 1: Reykjavík –Geysir-Gullfoss-Hveravellir-Þjófadalir

A morning departure from the Reykjavík Bus Terminal with the public bus, stopping at Geysir geothermal area and the Gullfoss waterfall before an afternoon arrival at Hveravellir a highland oasis where geothermal activity allows for a nice warm natural bath. From Hveravellir you hike trough the lavafield, visiting the Eyvindarhellir cave where legend has it Fjalla Eyvindur kept house into the valley of Þjófadalir, sitting on the eastern flanks of Langjökull glacier. The green valley offers a welcome respite from the harsh lava and here a cozy old hut awaits for the night.
Distance: 18km (11mi) Walking time: 6-8 hrs Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970`)/800m (2625`)

Day 2: Þjófadalir - Þverbrekknamúli

Climbing out of the valley you follow the Fúlakvísl river that hems off an area bounded by the glacier on the other side leaving the vegetation free from any grazing. Crossing the river by a small footbridge you enter this magical area and come to the comfortable hut under the Þverbrekknamúli hill where you will spend the next 2 nights.
Distance: 14km (9mi) Walking time: 7-9 hrs Ascent/Descent: 400m (1315`)/400m (1315`)

Day 3: Hrútfell mountain

Today you head towards the Langjökull glacier and the impressive Hrútfell mountain, formed in earlier times in a sub glacial eruption and linked to the Langjökull glacier. Ascending the mountain is strenuous but the views are rewarding as you will see wide and far to the eastern glacier Hofsjökull, and the massif of Kerlingarfjöll. Return to the hut for the night.
Distance: 13km (8mi) Walking time: 5-7 hrs Ascent/Descent: 550m (1800`)/500m (1640`)

Day 4: Fróðárheiði-Hvítárvatn-Reykjavík

Heading south across the Fróðárheiði heath, a summer home to flocks of pink footed goose as the area offers the perfect nesting spots and lush vegetation. At the southern end of the heath lies the Hvítárvatn glacier lagoon and the day ends with a boat ride along the lake taking you to the shore at Hvítárnes from where you take the afternoon bus back to Reykjavík.
Distance: 15km (9 mi) Walking time: 5-7 hrs Ascent/Descent: 600m (1970`)/600m (1970`)

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Physical grading: Hard  


Comfort level: Basic - Standard  

Duration 1 days
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Starting loc. Reykjavik (IS)
Ending loc. Reykjavik (IS)
Next trip 01 Jan 1970
Tripcode ISIMG010
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  • Hostel
  • Hut
  • Lava Fields
  • Volcanoes
  • Hiking
  • Trekking
  • Hiking & Trekking
  • Iceland