12 km (7.45 miles)
Icelandic weather can be pretty brutal. Expect howling winds! The first part of this section of the trail goes across open ground and plenty of snow-drifts – in other words, nowhere to hide from the relentless wind! You leave the colourful rhyolite mountains and enter into an area with dark palagonite mountains and a breathtaking glacier view.
From the top of Jokultungur, there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and Lake Alftavatn (i.e. Whooper Swan Lake). From there you descend from the ridge to the valley floor (it's pretty steep) and begin to follow a small river and you will encounter your very first river crossing on the trail! (Highly suggest you change into another pair of shoes for this experience - who wants cold, wet feet for the rest of the trail?) You will notice that landscape will be a lot greener and you might notice a considerable increase in vegetatation.
It's not far to Lake Álftavatn from here!