Langisjór hiking


Distance: 2 km (one way)
Walking time: 2-3 hrs.
Path difficulty: Challenging path (red)

From the car park west of Sveinstindur is a trail taking you to the top of Sveinstindur (1089 m a.s.l.). The walk is quite steep but the view on a good day is stunning.


Around Sveinstindur

Distance: 11 km (circular path)
Walking time: 4 hrs. 
Path difficulty: Challenging path (red)

From the car park at Langisjór, the route follows the southern edge of the lake for about 4 km to a good vantage-point. At the end of Fagralón the path turns south and take you back on the southern side of Sveinstindur. The path follows some old trails but is not posted.


Sveinstindur - Skælingar - Eldgjá 

Distance: 30-40 km 
Walking time: 2-3 days 
Path difficulty: Challenging path (red)

The walk from Sveinstindur, following the Skaftá river along Skælingar and Eldgjá, is accepted as one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Iceland. It is 30-40 km long, depending on which route is chosen, and takes two or three days to walk. There are mountain huts at Sveinstindur, in Stóragil at Skælingar, and at Hólaskjól. The first two huts are owned by Útivist (utivist at and Hólaskjól is own by Veiðifélag Skaftártungumanna (holaskjol at

Accommodation must be reserved in advance.



Path difficulty: Challenging path (red)

Routes around Langisjór have been more and more popular in recent years, offering the chance to experience the stillness of the wilderness and the glory of the mountains. The route from the car park at Sveinstindur, around the lake, is about 50 km and usually takes three days (two nights). Hikers are often driven to Breiðbakur or the car park at the eastern end of the lake, so the walk can be shortened.  Please remember to protect the moss, walk on the existing paths and do not put up your tent on the moss.