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Iceland 2021 – Part 2: #03 Thorsmork Tindfjöll Hike


Day 2 on our planned trip started by talking quite exhaustive with the wardens at the Langidalur Campsite where we slept in our tent.

They recommended us to reconsider hiking all the way to Landmannalaugar because of the worse conditions on the trail, especially on our planned last part from Alftavatn to Landmannalaugar. The last 12km were covered under a snowfield hiding signposts. The snow, like we experienced the day before was heavy and wet. Additionally weatherforecast was strong winds and rain on the day after around Alftavatn.

In 2019 we hiked from Landmannalauagar to Skogar in 3 days. The distance is about 85km with lots of elevation gain. This time we wanted to do the same route the opposite way in 4 days.

If you want to read about our hike in 2019 head on over to my old blog:

After evaluating our options we decided to stay the day in Thorsmork and hike a loop named the Tindfjöll hike.

We extended this hike by climbing the highest peak in Thörsmork: Rjupnafell

Best decision as the weather in Thörsmork was amazing.

tindfjöll hike
Tindfjöll Hike
The view towards Throsmork

After hiking half the trek we did the detour to hike up Rjupnafell (900m elevation gain)

rjupnafell view

We had the trail for ourselfes most of the time. We met only 4 other hikers during the whole hike.

The view from the top was an amazing 360 view. We spent about 1h at the top before continuing.

After descending we continued the Tindfjöll hike to the beautiful view of a small glacier before heading back to the Langidalur campsite.

This hike was about 6h in total, 930hm and 16km length.

The forecast for the next day was mixed so we decided to take the bus back to Hella and continue our trip.

Quite a bit different as we planned but you never know 🙂