1. Name Hellismannaleid
  2. Length of trail 55 km, 34 miles
  3. Length in days 3 days
  4. Start of trail Landmannalaugar
  5. End of trail Rjupnavellir
  6. Traildino grading MW, Moderate walk, backpacking trail
  7. Hut tour grading T1, Walk


Hellismannaleid, Landmannalaugar – Rjupnavellir, 55 km, 3 days

From Rjupnavellir, west of mount Hekla, there is a footpath to Landmannalaugar. This path is called Hellismannaleid. You will walk around the northern foothills of the volcano, passing through a beautiful and vast, open landscape, still full of volcanic activity. You'll probably meet few other hikers. There are two huts to stay along the way, and the trail is marked.

From Landmannalaugar starts the popular Laugavegur trail, going south to Þórsmörk. This is quite a busy route. Would you rather walk alone, then the Hellismannaleid is a worthy alternative. Maybe you can even join a group to climb mount Hekla (1491 m, from the end of July).


Rate 9.0 | 1 vote | No 3. in Iceland
  • John P July 2020
  • Rate 9
  • Positive A quiet trail, I met no other hikers on it. Being alone made the austere landscape even more dramatic, with black ash plains, snow streaked mountains, broad valleys with braided rivers, a river crossing or two and some lakes. There are huts with camping facilities (flush toilets and showers) for overnight stops (although no shops).
  • Negative In many parts there is no visible trail, there are posts to follow, but these can be missing in places. There is a lot of ash that can be slow to walk on in places. You can start the trail from Leirubakki instead of Rjupnavellir, adding an extra 25 kilometres, but information is scant.
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