Strap on your hiking boots and hit the famous Laugavegur Trail! See the wonders of the South Coast and complete the Golden Circle on this epic 8-day tour.
Duration: 8 days
Group maximum: 16
Available: Jun. - Sept
Age limit: 14 years
- Laugavegur trek
- Álftavatn Lake
- Þórsmörk (Thorsmork)
- Fimmvörðuháls pass
- The South Coast
- Skógafoss waterfall
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Gljúfrabúi waterfall
- The Golden Circle route
- Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park
- Gullfoss waterfall
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- Secret Lagoon geothermal pool
- Glacier hike in Sólheimajökull
- Accommodation in mountain huts on day 1-5
- Accommodation in hotels in day 6-8
- All meals included on day 1-5.
- Breakfast on day 6-8
- English guided service
- Luggage transport
- Guided glacier hike
- Entrance fee at the Secret Lagoon
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
- All Required Safety Equipment
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This epic 8-day tour is perfect for adventurous souls who want the complete Icelandic experience. It begins in the majestic Highlands of Iceland, an untouched wilderness famed for multicolored mountains, bubbling hot springs, jet-black deserts, and mighty glaciers. We’ll be taking on the world-renowned Laugavegur trail, rated as one of the world’s best treks by National Geographic.
The adventure starts in Landmannalaugar, a fascinating geothermal area that is dominated by colorful rhyolite mountains. The route then continues through dark obsidian fields and jet-black deserts dotted with striking mountains and dormant volcanoes until we reach a luscious green oasis called Thórsmörk. From there we'll scale the dramatic Fimmvörðuhals mountain pass to see the fascinating volcanic landscape created by the glacier-capped Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
We’ll return to civilization on day 6 of the tour to see the wonders of Iceland’s famous South Coast, famed for its many waterfalls and black sand beaches. We’ll also strap on our crampons and go on an incredible glacier hike, gaining a profound insight into how these icy giants have helped to shape Iceland.
Our final day will be spent on Iceland's famous Golden Circle, encompassing Thingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss. Expect to see erupting geysers, exposed tectonic plates, and an incredible waterfall. We’ll cap off the adventure with a soak in the Secret Lagoon, a natural steaming hot spring just off the Golden Circle.
The entire tour will be accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide, who’ll tell you all about the amazing sights that you’re seeing. We’ll also have a support vehicle during the hiking portion of the tour, meaning that you won’t be weighed down by bags during our trek. We’ll stay in remote mountain huts and cozy hotels throughout the tour. If you want to see the land of fire and ice in all of its glory, then this is the perfect tour for you.
Day 1: Drive to Landmannalaugar and Start the Laugavegur Trek
Your adventure begins at 7 am when we collect you from your selected pick-up location and start our journey to the Highlands. The 3-4-hour drive is very scenic and passes a myriad of Iceland’s most famous attractions. The most notable is Iceland’s most active volcano, Hekla, which has erupted every decade or so for the past century. The volcanically crafted landscape around it is fascinating, with sprawling lava fields and rich vegetation.
- Laugavegur trek
- Fjallabak Nature Reserve
- Stórihver (“Large Spring”)
- Hekla Volcano views
- One night’s accommodation in Hrafntinnusker
We'll part with our support bus at Landmannalaugar and make a brief stop at our basecamp at the start of the Laugavegur Trail. There are a dining area and some restrooms, which you can take advantage of before our six-day trekking adventure begins.
The first stage of the Laugavegur trail is called Landmannalaugar, which translates to the ‘people’s pools.’ Travelers over the centuries would stop in this geothermal wonderland, to bathe in a hot spring and replenish themselves after the difficult journey through the Highlands.
Landmannalaugar is most famous for its remarkable rhyolite mountains, which are dyed various shades of blue, red, purple, yellow, and brown when the sun’s rays hit them. Make sure that you bring a camera because we guarantee some truly incredible photo opportunities!
We’ll stop at see the Stórihver hot spring towards the end of our first day’s trekking and then cross an obsidian desert on the way to our accommodation at Hrafntinnusker. The hut is located under snowy mountain peak and overlooking a spectacular geothermal valley. We’ll stop there, to enjoy some stunning panoramic views and a delicious dinner under the light of the midnight sun.
Distance: 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) / Walking Time: 4-5 hours / Ascent: 470 meters (1,540 feet)
Day 2: Laugavegur Trek - Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn Lake
Day two begins with a hearty breakfast before we make our way down into a verdant valley. Along the way, we'll pass the rainbow-colored Reykjafjöll Mountains and the fascinating Jökultungur area, where colorful minerals contrast with the sandy slopes of the mountains and the luscious green meadows of the valley. On a clear day, we’ll have stunning views over the entire Fjallabak area and Álftavatn Lake, which is where our next hut is located.
- Laugavegur trek
- Reykjafjöll mountain
- Álftavatn lake
- Accommodation with excellent kitchen and dining facilities
The lake is nestled in the heart of a sheltered green valley. To reach it, we’ll need to ford a small river on foot. This exciting experience is one of the highlights of the day for many people, despite the chilliness of the water! Your professional trekking guide will make sure that you’re safe throughout the river crossing.
The second hut is larger than the first and has an excellent kitchen and dining facilities. We’ll eat a delicious meal and then head out for a short walk around the area or relax, depending on the preferences of the group.
Distance: 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) / Walking Time: 4-5 hours / Descent: 490 meters (1,610 feet)
Day 3: Laugavegur Trek - Álftavatn Lake – Emstrur
We’ll eat a hearty breakfast and re-ford the stream – soon you’ll be an expert! Day 3’s trek is mostly flat and easy, allowing you to really appreciate the incredible surrounding scenery. The first half of the journey is dominated by views of the Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanoes, whose green moss-carpeted slopes provide a stark contrast to the surrounding black desert. They’re each uniquely beautiful and will provide some truly epic photographs.
- Laugavegur Trek
- Eyjafjallajökull views
- Mýrdalsjökull views
- Álftavatn Lake
- Stórasúla Volcano
- Hattafell Volcano
- Hut accommodation with stunning views
Our route to Emstrur takes us deeper into the jet-black desert. On clear days we’ll get some truly amazing views of both Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. As we near the hut, we'll be greeted by a remarkable green oasis in the heart of the black sand desert. It's balanced on the side of an incredible 656 ft (200 meters) deep river canyon, which has been carved into the earth by glacial meltwaters over the millennia.
Our accommodation for the evening is in a cozy hut, next to a picturesque stream. We'll cook dinner under the midnight sun, afterward, you can explore the surrounding area or get some well-earned rest.
Distance: 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) / Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Descent: 40 meters (130 feet)
Day 4: Laugavegur Trek - Emstrur - Thórsmörk Valley
Day four marks the final leg of the Laugavegur Trek. It begins as we hug the impressive Almenningar Gorge, which leads us past Mount Einhyrningur. Also known as ‘the Unicorn Mountain’, a breathtakingly beautiful mountain resembles a unicorn if you look at it from the right angle.
- Laugavegur trek
- Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) valley
- Mount Einhyrningur (“the Unicorn Mountain”)
- Hut accommodation beneath Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
We’ll soon reach the end of the barren desert and start to see bushes and small trees as we near the end of the Laugavegur Trek. We’ll hike all the way to a dense birch forest, signaling our arrival in Thorsmork. The valley is an incredible place, a verdant oasis that feels as though it has been dropped from outer space. Local legend claims that it was created by a single blow of Thor’s mighty hammer, hence its name Thor’s Mark.
Our hut will be right in the middle of this idyllic place, surrounded by mossy green slopes and spectacular views of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. We’ll eat a delicious dinner cooked by our guides and celebrate the completion of the iconic Laugavegur Trail.
Distance: 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) / Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Descent: 300 meters (985 feet)
Day 5: Thórsmörk - Fimmvörðuháls Pass
The fifth day of our trek is the most challenging, but also the most rewarding. We’ll be hiking up the legendary Fimmvörðuháls Pass, which bisects two glaciers and offers stunning views of Thorsmork and the surrounding areas.
- Fimmvörðuháls Pass
- Magni and Móði volcano craters
- Hut accommodation in Thorsmork
The views along the way are simply breathtaking. They include a diverse landscape with immense lava sculptures, moss-carpeted slopes, and the beautiful Thorsmork hovering below. As we near the summit, dramatic mountain ranges will puncture the horizon and sprawling glaciers seem to appear from every direction.
Fimmvörðuháls cuts through the Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers, the latter being responsible for the notorious eruption of 2010. We’ll visit the two craters that were created during that eruption, which were named Magni and Móði after the sons of Thor. The profound beauty of this volcanically crafted landscape has to be seen to be believed and will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime!
Our return journey takes us back down the same route to Thorsmork. You’ll get to see all the remarkable views again and savor the majestic beauty of Iceland’s Highlands. When we return to Thorsmork, we’ll celebrate the completion of the Laugavegur & Fimmvörduháls Trek and cross something off of our bucket list!
We’ll spend another night in Thorsmork, enjoying the remarkable scenery of this incredible place.
Distance: 16 kilometers (10 miles) / Walking Time: 7-8 hours / Ascent: 800 meters (2,600 feet)
Day 6. Thórsmörk hike - Hella
Our final day in Thorsmork is more flexible and will be organized according to the preferences of the group.
- The views of Katla volcano
- Valahnúkur Mountain
- Hotel accommodatrion in Hella
We could decide to explore the incredible volcanic landscapes around Katla and Eyjafjallajokull. Or, we could scale Valahnukur Mountain for a stunning view over Thorsmork. You can also remain in Thorsmork to simply relax and enjoy the scenery. Or, we could divide into smaller groups and do our own thing. Whatever we choose, amazing scenery and exciting hikes are guaranteed!
At the end of the day, our support bus will collect us from Thorsmork and take us to a comfortable countryside hotel in Hella.
Day 7: South Coast Nature Sightseeing and Glacier Hike
You'll get a well-deserved lie-in, on day 7, as we won't leave the hotel until between 9:30 and 10 am. The day will be less active, but no less beautiful, as we explore the wonders of Iceland's South Coast.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
- Reynisfjara black sand beach
- Sólheimajökull glacier
- A guided glacier Hike
- All Glacier Equipment
- Hotel accommodation in Reykjavik
We’ll spend the morning visiting two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, Skógafoss, and Seljalandsfoss. They’re very close to each other and equally spectacular in their own right. Both measure around 196 feet (60 meters).
Seljalandsfoss allows you to walk behind its roaring cascade, while Skogafoss is steeped in Norse myth and legend. We’ll also visit the secret Gljúfrabúi waterfall, which is hidden in a moss-covered gorge close to Seljalandsfoss.
From there, we’ll head to the iconic Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach. It’s known for having some of the most incredible basalt sea stacks in the world, which look a bit like the Giant’s Causeway in Ireland. While the way that the white-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean wash against the dark volcanic sands, make for some of the greatest photos that you’ll ever take.
Then, get ready for a totally different hiking adventure, as we strap on our crampons and get ready to walk on a glacier! We'll see this natural wonder in all its glory and explore the labyrinth of crevasses, deep moulins, and majestic ice sculptures.
One of our qualified glacier guides will be with us every step of the way, to show you the points of interest and tell you about how glaciers have helped to shape Iceland's dramatic landscapes. At the end of the day, we'll drive back to Reykjavik and spend the night in a comfortable hotel.
Day 8: Touring the Golden Circle
The last day of our adventure will be spent exploring the famous Golden Circle. It contains the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland and is an absolute must for anyone visiting the country. We’ll collect you from your hotel at around 9 am and head out for our final adventure.
- Thingvellir National Park
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Geysir Geothermal Area
- The Secret Lagoon
- Secret Lagoon entry
Our first stop will be Thingvellir National Park, one of Iceland’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, due to its historical and geological importance. We’ll visit the rugged rift valley, where you can see the Earth’s mantle tearing at the seams as the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates gradually pull apart. You’ll also see Althingi, where a gathering of Vikings formed the first Icelandic Parliament in 930 AD, it has operated ever since, making it the oldest parliament that is still in existence today.
From there we head to the Geysir Geothermal area, renowned for its bubbling hot springs and steaming fumaroles. The principal attraction is Strokkur, an active geyser that erupts every 5-8 minutes. We'll also make a brief stop at the, now dormant, Great Geysir, which used to erupt to heights of more than 100 meters and gives all geysers their names.
The final stop on the Golden Circle is Gullfoss (the golden waterfall), so named due to the golden hue its cascade takes as it thunders into a rugged canyon below. The impressive waterfall falls a total of 105 feet (32 meters) over several lava steps and was rated as one of the best waterfalls in the world by the World of Waterfalls. Make sure that you bring your camera because we guarantee some incredible photo opportunities.
We’ll cap off our 8-day adventure with a replenishing soak in a geothermal pool known as the Secret Lagoon. It’s set in the midst of a lava field and is next to a small erupting geyser. Finally, our epic 8-day tour has come to an end, we’ll drop you back at a Reykjavik hotel and bid you a fond farewell.