This epic tour will take you on an odyssey through a multitude of dramatic landscapes, natural wonders, and places of epic beauty. Experience the incredible contrasts in Iceland’s nature, a country often referred to as the land of fire and ice. Traverse through landscapes of volcanoes, glaciers, hot springs, lava and much more. If you want an off-the-beaten-track adventure that encompasses natural wonders and places of sublime natural beauty, then this seven-day tour is the one for you!
Duration: 7 days
Pick-up: starts 7 am in Reykjavik (see details below)
Group maximum: 16 people
Available: June- Sept
Age limit: 15 years
- Laugavegur trail
- Landmannalaugar nature reserve
- Thorsmork valley
- Lake Alftavatn
- Eyjafjallajokull glacier
- Fimmvorduhals pass
- Small group experience
- Breathtaking scenery
- Guided group tour
- Luggage transport
- Explore the South Coast
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull
Accommodation: Dormitory style accommodation in rustic mountain huts with shared facilities. You might have to share a bunk with your fellow travellers. The huts are: Hrafntinnusker hut, Álftavatn hut, Emstrur hut and Thorsmork hut.
- Transportation from our meeting points
- English guided service
- Huts accommodation
- Meals (except for breakfast on the first day, and lunch and dinner on the 7th day)
- Luggage transport from hut to hut
- Showers costs 500 ISK and this is not included in the tour price. Available at all huts except Hrafntinnusker.
- Breakfast on the first day and lunch and dinner on the 7th day are not included
Bring with you: See detailed equipment list below. You will also receive an information package, including a packing list, a month before the tour starts.
Luggage storage: Is for any extra belongings that you will not be bringing on the trek and would like to leave at our luggage storage in Reykjavik.
Rental equipment: You can rent hiking boots, hiking poles, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants and a sleeping bag in the booking process.
Special diet: You can add a special diet to your booking for a small fee. Special diets include vegetarian, vegan or gluten free meals. We can also accommodate most allergies. Please make sure that you state which special diet you require.
The Laugavegur Trail is consistently rated as one of the best treks in the world, with National Geographic and others placing it within their top twenties. It has been enjoyed by Icelandic people for centuries, offering hikers the chance to explore a plethora of ever-changing landscapes in the land of fire and ice.
It begins in the rainbow-colored Landmannalaugar nature reserve, which is dotted with rhyolite mountains that change color when the light hits their surface. It is also renowned for its geothermal activity with bubbling mud pools, steaming hot springs and imperious volcanoes throughout the area. From there we will journey further into Iceland’s Highland wilderness, a place that is steeped in history and Nordic myth and legend. This combined with the luscious flora and fauna and a host of other spectacular sights makes for a truly enchanting week. Our friendly guide will tell us everything that we need to know about this amazing place: bringing the ancient folklore to life and teaching you about all the wonderful things that you will see.
The tour will take place in a tight-knit group of like-minded individuals from around the world and the majority of the people who take the trail with us create bonds of friendship that last for the rest of their lives. Our evenings will be spent in secluded mountain huts, replete with serene atmospheres, gorgeous views of the summer Icelandic sky and spectacular vistas over the surrounding area. They are generally located in peaceful oases, such as the beautiful Lake Álftavatn and the iconic Þórsmörk Valley.
The end of the Laugavegur Trail takes us to the famous Thorsmork Valley and emerald valley that is named after the Norse God of Thunder, Thor, who supposedly created it with a mighty blow of his hammer. It is nestled at the foot of the notorious Eyjafjallajökul Glacier, whose eruption of 2010 caused aviation chaos across Europe. A pair of new craters were hewn into the earth on that fateful day, which have since been named after Thor’s sons: Magni and Modi. We will explore this ever-changing volcanically crafted landscape on our fifth day, as we pick our way down the Fimmvörðuháls pass.
South Coast & Glacier Hike
On the final day, we explore Iceland’s iconic South Coast and experience walking on a glacier. We will see Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls in all their cascading glory and the majestic Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach before we head to the Solheimajokull Glacier for a glacier exploration.
This is the ultimate tour for adventure seekers and lovers of the great outdoors, looking for an awe-inspiring experience across places of magnificent natural beauty. Enjoy all the magic that the land of fire and ice has to offer, on a tour that will remain with you for the rest of your life.
Itinerary - the Laugavegur Trail / Trekking in the highlands of Iceland
Day 1 - Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker
Hiking: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 12km / 7.5mi
Ascent: 1540 ft
Our adventure begins, when we collect you from one of our pick-up points in Reykjavik or along the South Coast, from where we will make the scenic journey to the Landmannalaugar region, which will take us past a multitude of beautiful locations along the South Coast, before we turn inland and enjoy a view of Hekla Volcano, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. During the Middle Ages, it was believed to be the gateway to hell, only adding to the rich history of this incredible place. We will arrive in Landmannalaugar around midday, where we will eat lunch amidst the stunning scenery, before beginning our 7-day hiking adventure.
The first leg of our journey will take us through rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains, where the dancing rays of the sun dye the mountains various shades of ruby, amber, emerald, and sapphire. We will then pass the bubbling hot springs of Stórihver, replete with sulfur steam vents and teeming mud-pools. The journey through the meandering mountain paths is truly spectacular and will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure. We will spend our evening in the glassy obsidian field known as Hrafntinnusker, in an isolated hut, which provides stunning views over the surrounding area.
Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker - Lake Alftavatn
Hiking: 4-5 hrs
Distance: 12km / 7.5mi
Descent: 1610 ft
Day two will take us along the Reykjafjöll Mountain trail, whose snow-carpeted peaks reward us with majestic vistas over the surrounding area. Our journey will then take us on the descent to the Jökultungur area, a green oasis, whose rocks have been dyed shades of ruby and amber by the volcanic activity that has occurred there over the millennia.
As we push deeper into the Jökultungur area, the surroundings will change, with the colorful mountains becoming a darker shade of palagonite. We will then begin to scale the dramatic Jökultungur Mountain, whose summit provides spectacular views over the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. Before we begin to descend towards the luscious River Grashagakvisl, which offers a glorious contrast to the otherwise lifeless landscape. We will then ford a small glacial stream and before arriving at Lake Álftavatn, a serene and peaceful place of stunning natural beauty, where we will sleep in a small hut surrounded by gorgeous scenery.
Day 3 - Alftavatn Lake - Emstrur
Hiking: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 15km / 9.5mi
We start our day with another refreshing river fording as we skirt around the foot of the cone-shaped Stórasúla, volcano, whose luscious green slopes make for a magnificent picture. We will then head into the coal-black Mælifellssandur Desert, which was created by huge floods around 2500 years ago. At its heart is the stunning Hattafell Mountain, which rises like an emerald turret out of the otherwise foreboding landscape. The volcano gets its name from its strange flat top, while the desert is bisected by glacial streams whose icy blue waters contrast beautifully with the dark volcanic sands.
Once we have traversed the dark glacial desert we will arrive in Emstrur a gorgeous place that provides stunning views over the famous Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, a notorious stratovolcano that downed much of Europe’s Air fleet when it erupted in 2010, along with the mighty Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. By then we will be approaching our hut in the isolated Botnar, pausing at the sheer canyon that houses the Markarfljót River, which has carved a 200-meter-deep pathway through the Earth. We will then arrive at our hut in Botnar and take in the spectacular scenery as we bed down for the evening.
Day 4 - Emstrur - Thorsmork Valley
Hiking: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 15km / 9.5mi
Day four begins bright and early, with a traditional Icelandic breakfast in Botnar, before we head out across the gorgeous gorge that hosts the Emstruá River and cross a narrow bridge that fords a huge glacial mud stream. This will take us past a series of dramatic basalt columns that rise out of the volcanic landscape like columns and include a series of dark, craggy caverns before we head south to an ever-evolving landscape that is otherworldly in nature. It hosts the strangely shaped Einhyrningur Mountain, whose unique horn has earned it the nickname ‘Unicorn Mountain’.
By then we will be approaching an area rich in birchwood trees, which marks the beginning of the famous Thorsmork Valley, crossing a small glacial river on our way. Thorsmork is an area of sublime natural beauty: an oasis of emerald nestled between two massive glaciers. It gets its name from an Icelandic legend, which holds that it was created by a mighty blow of Thor’s hammer and is a truly spectacular place of awesome natural beauty. We will spend the night in one of the oldest huts in the valley, surrounded by mighty glaciers, imperious volcanoes, and luscious green vegetation. The ideal spot to appreciate the wonder of the Icelandic Highlands.
Day 5 - Magni & Modi Craters - Fimmvorduhals pass
Hiking: 7-8 hrs
Distance: 16km / 10mi
Day five’s adventure will take us across a bridge over the Krossá river, as we head towards the famous Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass that meanders its way through the mountain peaks and marks the starting point of the of Eyjafjallajökull Glacier, which erupted in 2010. The journey will pass through the luscious birch forests of Basar, ascending the Strákagil gorge, which passes along Kattarhryggir (The Cat‘s Spine). From there we will see the most recent additions to this volcanically crafted landscape: the Magni and Modi craters that were hewn into the earth by the volcanic eruption in 2010 and are named after the sons of Thor. The craters lie more than 1000 meters above sea level, meaning that we will probably have to hike across pristine snow carpeted fields to reach them. The final part of the hike is genuinely spectacular offering the chance to sit atop a volcano that is sandwiched between the mighty Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull Glaciers: a magnificent experience that will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure.
We will then return to Thorsmork, where we enjoy a traditional Icelandic grilled lamb and spend our last in the amazing Highlands before we head to Hella the next day.
Day 6 - Thorsmork Valley - Reykjavik
Hiking: 3 hrs
Distance: 6km / 3.5mi
Day six offers the chance to spend some time exploring the spectacular landscape around Thorsmork, which is dotted with a series of stunning hiking trails. Some people chose to remain by the hut and enjoy the secluded and peaceful atmosphere around Thorsmork. Whereas others choose to hike in the surrounding area, taking in places like Mount Valahnukur, which offers a sublime view over the valley and surrounding glaciers. It is especially known for the quality of the photos that can be taken from its summit and any budding amateur photographers should definitely choose to scale it. Once we have enjoyed all the magic that Thorsmork has to offer, then we will head to Hella by bus and spend the night in a country hotel, before we see the wonders of the South Coast on our final day.
*Please remind the bus driver that you will be getting off the bus at Hella.
Day 7 - South Coast Highlights & Glacier hike
Our final day will take us to Iceland’s iconic South Coast, which plays host to a series of incredible natural wonders that will leave you breathless. It begins with a breakfast buffet at your country hotel, before our friendly South Coast guide collects us and we head towards our first stop.
Our first stop will be the magnificent Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, whose cone-like curtain of water tumbles down into a teeming pool below. It’s known as the waterfall you can walk behind, allowing us to see its cascade from all angles. From there we will travel to the equally beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall, whose wide torrent vaults 60 meters down a sheer cliff into a gorge below. Skogafoss is a place of myth and legend, with locals believing that the unique rock formations that populate its slopes are petrified trolls who were turned to stone by the coming of the dawn. There is a winding path that weaves its way up the hillside, offering a panoramic view of the falls and surrounding area.
From there we will travel to Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, whose dark volcanic sands provide the perfect contrast to the blue waves of the Atlantic that wash against them. This incredible scene is enhanced by a series of basalt sea stacks that rise up the sheer cliff face behind it: a dramatic and beautiful series of rocks that have become symbolic of the entire area and had a great influence on Icelandic architecture.
Our final stop will be the spectacular Solheimajokull Glacier, where one of our friendly and certified guides will take us on a hiking experience on a vast icy natural wonder. There is nothing quite like walking across the unblemished snows of a glacier, which are flanked by dramatic crevasses and stunning ice sculptures. An adrenaline pumping experience that will give you a profound new perspective on the land of fire and ice. Our adventure ends when we drop you back in Reykjavik after 7 days filled with stunning nature, amazing wildlife and memories that will last a lifetime.
|07:00am||from Tourist information center at Reykjavik's city hall on Vonarstraeti.|
|07:05am||from Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut|
|07:15am||from Hallgrímskirkja Church – bus pick up/drop off nr. 8|
|7:30am||from Reykjavík Campsite in Front of Reykjavik City Hostel|
Meeting points outside Reykjavik:
|08:35am||from Selfoss N1 gas station|
|9:15am||from Hella Bus Terminal|
Equipment list - Bring with you
|Note: Some of the mountain huts have hot showers, a hot shower costs 500 ISK and this is not included in the tour price.|
|Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably be waterproof|
|Long sleeve top, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton|
|Rain jacket with a hood,preferably of breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar|
|Rain trousers, preferably of breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar|
|Gloves and mittens, one pair each. Wool or synthetic|
|Hiking socks, wool or synthetic, 2-3 pairs|
|Warm hat and/or balaclava|
|EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES OR SPECIAL PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED|
|Backpack, 25-40 L|
|Sleeping bag and travel pillow|
|Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. Suitcases are not recommended|
|Towels & bathing suit|
|Tooth brush and personal toiletries|
|Hiking poles (recommended, especially for crossing rivers)|
|Camera, batteries, memory card|
|Headlamp for trips in late season, after August 10th.|
|River shoes, old sneakers or similar for fording rivers.|