Iceland’s iconic highlands is a majestic natural wilderness that plays host to some of the most incredible wonders that exist. This spectacular trail begins in a volcanic paradise, which has dyed the surrounding mountains various shades of ruby, amber, and turquoise; from there we will cross craggy lava fields and grass-carpeted hills that play host to bubbling hot springs. As we push deeper, we will see mountains, glaciers, volcanoes and idyllic lakes, ending at the beautiful Thorsmork valley, supposedly created by a mighty blow of Thor’s hammer in Icelandic mythology. This spectacular hike was rated as one of the ‘20 best hikes in the world’ by National Geographic. An ineffable experience that words cannot do justice, this majestic trek will allow you to experience the best that Iceland has to offer.
Duration: 8 days
Group maximum: 16 participants
Age limit: 15 years
- Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
- Laugavegur Trail
- Thorsmork Valley
- Fimmvorduhals Volcano
- Lake Alftavatn
- Botnar (Emstrur)
- Small Group Experience
- Guided Trekking Tour
- Laugahraun Lava Fields
- Hot Springs
- Glacier Views
- Eyjafjallajokull Glacier
- Ljóti Pollur Crater Lake
- Hot Spring Bathing
Accommodation: Dormitory style accommodation in rustic but charming mountain huts with shared facilities. You might have to share a bunk with your fellow travellers. The huts we stay at are Landmannalaugar hut, Hrafntinnusker hut, Álftavatn hut, Emstrur hut and Thorsmork hut.
Included: Transportation from our meeting points, English guided service, huts accommodation, meals and luggage transport from hut to hut.
Please note that showers are not included but they can be purchased at the warden's hut.
Extras: 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.
On this magnificent 8-day trekking adventure, we will explore the ever-evolving Icelandic highlands, on an extended version of the iconic Laugavegur trail. It will take you through a world of extreme contrasts, replete with mighty glaciers, coal-black deserts, glassy obsidian fields, emerald valleys, craggy lava fields, capricious volcanos and crystalline glacial rivers. A place crammed full of alien beauty, which will leave you breathless, it is a wild and unspoiled landscape that defines the land of fire and ice.
Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
The trail begins in Landmannalaugar, an ancient geothermal wonderland, replete with rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains that gleam in the sun. From there we will hike towards Ljoti Pollur (Ugly Puddle), which is the total opposite of its name, passing the colorful volcano known as Brennisteinsalda that will reward us of an awe-inspiring view of the entire Landmannalaugar area. After our day of hiking, we will relax in the natural hot spring, a warm pool that lies in a volcanic desert with views of the magnificent multicolored landscapes that will remain in your memories for the rest of your life.
Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Volcano
The second half of our eight-day adventure will take us on the Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek, famed for its otherworldly landscapes and majestic natural wonders. We will wander across harsh lava fields, providing an apt reminder of how volcanic activity has shaped the land, cross glassy obsidian fields, wonder at multi-colored mountains, gaze at might glaciers and cross icy glacial rivers. The trip ends in the emerald valley of Thorsmork, an oasis of luscious vegetation that is steeped in rich history, myth, and legend. It also guards the entry to the famous Fimmvörðuháls Pass, which winds between the mighty Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers and provides views over the Magni and Modi, twin craters that were created by the notorious volcanic eruption that grounded much of Europe’s air fleet in 2010.
This magnificent tour will take you through a magical world, replete with more natural wonders than you could ever wish for. Perfect for anyone who loves nature, it will take you on a profound journey through one of the most beautiful wildernesses that our planet has to offer. Truly a bucket list experience!