Fly to Keflavik, transfer to Reykjavik.
Today we drive the south coast to the start of our trek. We make some stops along the way. The first one being at the beautiful 60m high Skogarfoss waterfall. We pass through the town Vik before we start our drive up to the highlands. We have a two to three hour trek to do on this day. Our walk starts at the Holaskjol Hut and after only 10 minutes’ walk we come to the pretty Sydri Ofærufoss Waterfall. We follow the river enjoying the wonderful lava formations created in a struggle between the river and the lava during the volcanic eruption that shaped the area. The lava is now all overgrown with thick moss, giving it distinct shapes and lush green colures. We follow the river before leaving it behind us to explore the area of Alftavatnakrokar - one of the few oases in the Icelandic Highlands and where our hut is located.
We return to the Sydri Ofaera River river and follow it to the natural lava bridge where the water rushes underground. We continue along the moors with beautiful mountains on both sides heading for the foothills of the Torfajokull Volcano the most powerful geothermal area in Iceland.. At the foothills is the natural hot pool known as Strutslaug, a hidden gem in this remote area. We relax in this great natural hot pool before continuing to down along some pretty gullies to our Strutur Hut in the shadow of Mt Strutur itself. As we get closer to the hut we start to see the pitch black flood plains of Myrdalssandur and the Myrdalsjokull Glacier.
Eldgja is a 40 km long eruptive fissure that was created during one of the largest fissure eruptions of historical times. Before entering Eldgja we scale Gjatindur peak for an excellent view of a substantial part of this colossal fissure-crater. Next, our hike takes us along the rim of Eldgja with an excellent view of the spectacular Ofaerufoss where it cascades into the crevasse. We follow the river Ofaera until it escapes the canyon and then on to Holaskjol
We follow the Sydri Ofaera River (Southern Obstacle) where it cuts a canyon through the millennia-old lava from Eldgja eruption. The bizarre landscape is made up of coarse lava flows and smooth hills carpeted with ultra-green moss. Our destination is the Alftavatnakrokar (Swan-Lake Inlet) a sheltered spot in a well-vegetated valley with beautiful small lakes, lava formations and a magnificent natural lava bridge over river Sydri Ofaera. We hike back to Holaskjol taking a slightly northerly return route.
A drive through the impressive Northern Fjallabak. This is probably the most spectacular drive in Iceland as the bus winds over mountain passes, through canyons, crossing rivers until we get into the colourful region of Landmannalaugar. The mountains around Landmannalaugar are all colours of the rainbow The bedrock is mostly ryholitic, with endless metamorphic colours of geothermal alteration. For some the geothermal pool is the main attraction of Landmannalaugar. A warm stream flows out from underneath the black obsidian lava and a pool in the river is popular among hikers. The flow is such that all the water of the pool is replaced every few minutes.
After another soak in the thermal pool and breakfast we climb a small peak named Blahnjukur (Blue Peak) and Brennisteinsalds. After lunch we drive back to Reykjavik. This is another spectacular journey and takes us through Domadalur valley and past Iceland's most active volcano Mt.Hekla with its recent lavas and tephra fields.
Free morning; fly to London.