What are we using for information on the Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork trail?
There are no English language walking guides that we can find for the area, so the best we can find is the description in the Lonely Planet Iceland guide. I’ll be copying the few relevant pages onto a single sheet of A4 paper rather than carrying the whole book.
There is a single, 1:100,000 map of the L to T trail and surrounding area; Special sheet No 7 1:100,000: Porsmork/Landmannalaugar.
It’s specially produced to cover the trail, and the trail and huts are marked out. I don’t know how accurate the mapping is but considering it’s only at one to one hundred thousand and the landscaping is a shifting mass of rock being affected by streams, glaciers and even volcanoes I’m not expecting anything quite up to the standard of Ordnance Survey.
As usual I’ve sent it off to Aqua 3 to have it laminated. Total weight 78gms without the paper sleeve.
The actual trail sounds to be well marked but I’ll be carrying the little Garmin Gecko GPS regardless. From what I hear, the Icelandic rely very heavily on them even when driving, especially in the winter. It seems sensible to have along.
There are also other sites that have write-ups of walks in Iceland that are helpful for background info such as making sure you have sunglasses, something to cover your face and gaiters against the volcanic dust storms that can blow up. One of the best I’ve found is Jonathan Ley’s A Hike Across Iceland which is fascinating reading.
It’s certainly not like we’re heading into uncharted wilderness but the lack of detailed information does make it rather fun planning.