Day 1: Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker
We take the regular bus at 07:30, that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have a lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540 ')
Day 2: Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn
From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay the night.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610 ')
Day 3: Álftavatn-Emstrur
We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
Distance: 16km (10 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 ')
Day 4: Emstrur-Þórsmörk
We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend in to Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. Night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
Distance: 17km (10.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ')
Day 5: Þórsmörk-Reykjavík
We spend the morning in Þórsmörk where we walk along one of numerous paths. For example, we can visit to the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Harpa Concert Hall at 18:30, where the Iceland part of your trip comes to an end. Accomodation in a Guesthouse in Reykjavík
Day 6. Reykjavík- Kulusuk
We arrive to Kulusuk in the early afternoon. We walk from the airport to the village of Kulusuk (3km/ 2m) - a village of some 300 inhabitants and visit the local shop as well as the tiny family run museum/collection. In late afternoon we travel with a speed boat to the Qinertivaq fjord passing beautiful icebergs along the way. We build our camp for the night at the bottom of the fjord, in a magnificent setting, surrounded by 1600m (5250 ) high, steep granite mountains.
Walking: 1 hour. Boat: 1,5 hour.
Day 7. Sun Gate, Trout Lake and Sermilik Icefjord.
After breakfast we walk towards the Sun Gate mountain by the Trout Lake. Admire the reflection of the high mountains in the lake before continuing to its south end. After fording a small river we continue down a narrow valley still surrounded by high granite mountains. On our way we see rich arctic vegetation, willows, arctic craw berries and blue berries bushes (hardly lifting from the ground) and arctic flowers of all kinds, the most notable beeing the Arctic River Beauty. In the afternoon we start to get a view over to the west to the enormous Sermilik Icefjord, filled with icebergs of all sizes. The view is simply breathtaking with mountains and icebergs and the great Greenland Icecap lurring behind! Camp at the fjord.
Walk 17 km (10,5 m), 7 hours. Ascent/descent: 300 m.
Day 8. Along Sermilik Icefjord to Paarnakajiit
We start our walk along the impressive icefjord. A tiny path takes us across steep boulder slopes and down to a small sand beach covered in small icebergs on low tide. A second beach has even more stranded icebergs. We cross the Iceberg Beach and on our way we ford a small river. We continue at the foot of high mountains, across scraped granite „whale backs“ and arctic tundra wetlands before arriving to a small peninsula called Paarnakajiit where we put up our camp.
Walk 14 km (8,6 m), 6 to 7 hours. Ascent/descent: 200m.
Day 9. Paarnakajiit to Amitsivartiva Narrow fjord
From the Peninsula we walk by a narrow lake before arriving to an small and shallow fjord with yet another very impressive amount of small icebergs and stranded on low tide. We continue along the fjord and from its end we cross some relatively flat moorlands, along a beautiful river until we arrive to a bigger lake. We ford a small river and continue along the deep, blue/green lake. In the afternoon we arrive to a very narrow fjord, where we put up our camp.
Walk 12 km (7,5 m), 6 hours. Ascent/descent: 150 m
Day 10. Amitsivartiva narrow fjord to Tiniteqilaaq and Tasiilaq.
The day starts with the climb up along a mountain ridge abow the Sermilik Icefjord. We climb to a fantastic view point at 500 m (1800 ft) and admire the vast view over the Icefjord to the west and the „Matterhorn“ like mountains to the East. We continue along the ridge with great view on both hands until we descend into Tiniteqilaaq, a tiny hunters village with less than 200 inhabitants. After a short visit of the village we take a boat to Tasiilaq, the capital of East Greenland, a town of almost 2000 people. Night in a guesthouse.
Walk 14 km, (8,6M), 7 hours. Ascent/descent: 500m.
Day 11. Tasiilaq - Kulusuk
Early morning, we board the boat and approximately 40 minutes later we will be back in Kulusuk where our flight to Reykjavik will be waiting for us. Flight back to Reykjavík.
*All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group.
Participants of this combo tour needs to be aware that there is the likelihood of two different guides for the Iceland part and the Greenland part. The participants of the Iceland part and the Greenland part may also vary.