Hut: Álftavatn

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Ferðafélag Íslands (The Iceland Touring Association, FÍ) operates two mountain huts on lake Álftavatn, for a total of 72 people in sleeping bag accommodation.

Both huts are equipped with gas stoves, utensils and running cold water. The bigger house is on two floors and houses 38 people. Downstairs is a hall, an open kitchen, dining room and four bedrooms. Upstairs are two dorm rooms. The smaller hut is divided into a kitchen and a dorm room with tables and chaires where 36 people can sleep.

The two huts are connected with a patio that also leads to the toilet house which is jointly used by the huts and the nearby camping site. The showers (accessible for a fee) are also located in the toilet house. There is also a small hut for the wardens. The camping ground is big. There is a winter latrine located a short distance from the toilet house.

The hut on lake Álftavatn was built in 1979, originally to house hikers on the popular Laugavegur, from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk. The huts are located about half-way on the trail. Those who hike Laugavegurinn sometimes hike all the way to Álftavatn on the first day, others prefer to spend the first night in Hrafntinnusker and the second night in Álftavatn.

The beautiful landscapes of the area offer varied hikes, i.e. to the gorge Álftaskarð, Brattháls and Torfahlaup. Lake Álftavatn is deep and decorative. In the past, whooper swans were hunted there, but after the drowning of the farmer of Fljótsdalur in 1838, witnessed by his teenage daughter, the hunt was abandoned. It is possible to drive jeeps (4x4) along Mt. Torfatindur to the narrow gorge Torfahlaup.


  • GPS Location: N 63°51.470 - W 19°13.640
  • Phone: 823 4008
  • Height above sea level: 550m
  • Next Hut: Hrafntinnusker and Hvanngil
  • Accessibility: Jeeps (4x4)
  • Mobile Connection: Yes
  • Hut Warden: During summer

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