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This trip is for those who want to visit the uninhabited Iceland and inaccessible landscapes 9 months out of 12, without necessarily going on a trek.
This trip is perfect for photographers.
This trip will bring you in the highlands of Iceland, a volcanic area located along the rift emerging in Iceland. Here the contemplative, the walker and / or the photographer will be fulfilled, far from mass tourism. You will enjoy incredible landscapes with this unique feeling of being alone.
You will discover the region of Landmannalaugar with its multi-coloured mountains, the Hrafntinnusker’s plateau, the Maelifell’s desert, the numerous treasures of the region of Fjallabak with very different atmospheres.
The nights in mountains huts will also allow you to enjoy the silence of the highlands, and the chance to be disconnected from your digital equipment, more and more invasive in our lives.
The period is also perfect with the return of the aurora borealis. In autumn, colours are fantastic with a lower sun that gives golden tones, sometimes with the first pure snow on the peaks.
You’ll meet your guide in downtown Reykjavik near the cathedral at 9 am, which mean you need to be in Iceland at least the day before. We will start driving in direction of the Fjallabak area and the Hekla volcano. We will stop at the Valagja crater and the Raudufossar’s waterfall. We will settle in our hut for the next 3 nights. Diner at the hut.
After breakfast, we start heading to Landmannalaugar for a full day visit. The region offers several options for walks. The site is exceptional for all its different colors, rhyolite, obsidian flows, solfatares… There will be the possibility of having a bath in a river, naturally at 38°C (100°F).
Second day in the Landmannalaugar region we will explore some more sites, lakes, red craters…
Today we drive to the Hrafntinnusker’s plateau and make a few stops to enjoy all the volcanic areas with solfatares, mud pools, sulfur… an amazing landscape. We will spend the night in Dalakofinn at the footstep of Markafjot river, a hut surrounded by loneliness mountains.
Today we depart and follow a track that leads us to an untouched by time landscape to Aftavatn lake, we will pass a gorge then enter the Maelifellsandur’s black desert, which will bring us at the footstep of Maelifell mountain and our hut. This place is amazing and give usually, the desire of not leaving.
We stay one more day at the hut and have a chance to explore the surrounding. According to the weather forecast, we can walk in the Strutslaug valley and bath into a natural hot river, we are also really close to the glacier Torfajökull or the Rauðibotn crater…
This is our last day of exploration. We cross a huge desert and make some stops on the way at small oasis before getting back on the main road and make our way back to Reykjavik by the south coast. We will stop on the way to the beautiful beach of Reynisfjara. Arrival in the end of the afternoon, and night in Reykjavik downtown.
Transfer to the airport and international flight. You can also extend your stay, just contact us.
Minimum number of participants: 4 persons
Maximum number of participants: 8 persons
Hike, itinerary & security: Hike without porterage with a level from easy to moderate depending on the day. You will have always also the possibility to walk close to the hut.
Accommodation: hut and guesthouse
Trip extension: This trip can be combined with an individual extension to see more of Iceland. You can stay a couple of days in Reykjavik enjoying the northern most capital or visit another area. You can also add short excursions to the Blue Lagoon or go whale watching… For a trip extension don’t hesitate to contact us
Climate: because of the rough and changing climate in Iceland see below a list of recommended equipment to bring with you for this trip. You can except temperature between 0° and 20°C from April to September and from +5 to -20°C from October to March.
YOUR PERSONAL EQUIPMENT: