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Laugavegur Trail - 6 Days Hiking Tour in Iceland - EI12

Trekking in the Highland - Huts Accommodation

Experience some of the most remote, breathtaking scenery in the world. This tour gives you plenty of opportunity to hike across diverse terrain whilst enjoying the stunning rugged beauty of the Icelandic highlands.




Duration: 6 days

Pick-up: starts 7 am in Reykjavik (see details below)

Group maximum: 16 people

Available: June- Sept

Age limit: 15 years

Difficulty: Moderate

Tour Highlights:
  • Laugavegur trail
  • Landmannalaugar nature reserve
  • Thorsmork valley
  • Lake Alftavatn
  • Eyjafjallajokull glacier
  • Fimmvorduhals pass
  • Small group experience
  • Breathtaking scenery
  • Guided group tour
  • Luggage transport

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.

Included: Transportation from our meeting points, English guided service, huts accommodation, meals and luggage transport from hut to hut.

Not included: Showers costs 500 ISK and this is not included in the tour price. Available at all huts except Hrafntinnusker.

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.

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Tour Description

The Laugavegur trail is renowned worldwide for its extreme diversity and stark beauty. Starting out in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal rainbow coloured wonderland, it winds through deserts, plains and gorges ending in a lush birch forest in the Thorsmork valley. Dazzling fields of obsidian, red and yellow rhyolite mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers attack the senses as you trek towards the stunning south coast of Iceland.

The trek itself starts in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland, known worldwide for its multicolored rhyolite mountains and warm hot springs that locals have enjoyed soaking in throughout the centuries. The scenery is breathtaking, while we make our way to the highlands and throughout the 6-day hike where you will be greeted with fields of obsidian, colorful mountains, black sands, hot springs, geysers, sparkling white glaciers and glacier rivers, elf churches and so much more.

While absorbing all of Iceland’s natural beauty our guides will tell you about these mysterious areas, the landscape, flora, fauna and folklore tales. You will be guided safely through this magical area we call home, stopping at all the right places to make sure you get the absolute best experience of Laugavegurinn as the locals call the trail.

laugavegur trail rainbow

Can you spot the rainbow?

We spend our nights in mountain huts at beautiful remote locations which we think adds to the charm of the hike. The locations include gorgeous places like Alftavatn, Hrafntinnusker and Thorsmork. In the huts, the guide will, along with the group, prepare great meals to enjoy together in a magical environment and atmosphere. Sometimes we even take an evening stroll to areas off the beaten track to visit some of the enchanting secret places we have been finding in the past years.

 

laugavegur trail scenery

All the beautiful landscapes...

At the end of the Laugavegur trail, we find ourselves in Thorsmork, a surprisingly green and fertile valley which is named after the Norse god of thunder Thor. Thor is believed to have struck down his hammer and formed the valley. Thorsmork is nestled at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull which became world known in 2010 when it erupted, stopping almost all air traffic to and from Europe. The two new craters that were formed in that eruption were named Magni and Modi after the sons of Thor. These newly formed craters are some of the spectacular things you will see and experience on this 6-day trekking tour.

Itinerary - the Laugavegur Trail / Trekking in the highlands of Iceland


Day 1 - Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

Trekking in the highlands

Clouds cast shadows across the marbled mountains

 

Hiking: 4-5 hrs

Distance: 12km / 7.5mi

Ascent: 470m

Ascent: 1540 ft

More details about day 1

The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) by Tjörnin pond at 7.00 a.m. where you meet your guide. It's located in downtown Reykjavik and within walking distance from most hotels, hostels and guesthouses in central Reykjavik. We also offer pick up at selected locations around Reykjavik (see other pick up locations in tour description). After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. The drive takes about 3-4 hours, on the way we travel along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Iceland's most active volcano, Hekla.

Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. The trail takes us through the rough lava field, Laugahraun. From there we move to the slopes of Brennisteinsalda, which is known worldwide for its incredible spectrums of colors and photogenic looks. We walk by the beautiful hot spring Storihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. Storihver is one of the very few green grounds we will encounter on this day. We spend the night in the hut in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote huts in Iceland.


Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker - Lake Alftavatn

hrafntinnusker mountain laugavegur trail

Hrafntinnusker - Mountains reflecting red sunlight

Hiking: 4-5 hrs

Distance: 12km / 7.5mi

Descent: 490m

Descent: 1610 ft

More details about day 2...

After a communal breakfast in the hut, we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjoll mountains and then descend into the Jokultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red. We will leave the colorful rhyolite mountains and enter into an area with dark palagonite mountains and a breathtaking glacier view. If the visibility is good we hike up to Mt. Haskerdingur were the view greets you with countless glaciers, mountains and volcanoes.

During the next steps, the landscape will be a lot greener and you might notice a considerable increase in vegetation. From the top of Jokultungur, there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and lake Alftavatn which is our next overnight stop. The trail down Jokulstungur is rather steep but once you are down you have landed in a fertile paradise on the banks of the river Grashagakvisl. Before reaching Alftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night in the hut by the lake.


Day 3 - Alftavatn Lake - Emstrur

alftavatn lake highlands of iceland

Alftavatn Lake - Breathtaking views all over

Hiking: 6-7 hrs

Distance: 15km / 9.5mi

Descent: 40m

Descent: 130ft

More details about day 3...

We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla and into the black desert of Maelifellssandur. On our way, we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur where there is a chance to enjoy a view of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Emstrur is a lush region where farmers used to graze their sheep during the summertime. Just before reaching the huts in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, approximately 200 m deep canyon carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The hut in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcomed sight after walking through the black sands.


Day 4 - Emstrur - Thorsmork Valley

markarfljot river canyon

Markarfljot river canyon close to Emstrur

Hiking: 6-7 hrs

Distance: 15km / 9.5mi

Descent: 300m

Descent: 985ft

More details about day 4...

We put Emstrur behind us and continue on our way to Thorsmork. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. We walk under the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur (“The Unicorn”) and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley nesting under the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, a magnificent place to spend the night.


Day 5 - Magni & Modi Craters - Fimmvorduhals pass

hiking tour fimmvorduhals iceland

Hiking across Iceland

Hiking: 7-8 hrs

Distance: 16km / 10mi

Ascent: 800m

Ascent: 2600ft

Read more about day 5...

Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two new craters formed in 2010, Magni and Modi, named after the sons of Thor. On the way, we pass by a formation of lava in a waterfall shape made in the eruption. Here you have a chance to see how Iceland is still being built, formed and shaped by its nature. We will be greeted with a fantastic view over the valley. We spend the night in Thorsmork and have a GOOD BYE party while enjoying a traditional Icelandic grilled Lamb for dinner.


Day 6 - Thorsmork Valley - Reykjavik

thorsmork valley iceland

Thorsmork Valley

Hiking: 3 hrs

Distance: 6km / 3.5mi

 

More details about day 6...

In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast in the hut before going out to explore the amazing surroundings. The volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajokull surround the Thorsmork valley, for thousands of years these volcanoes and the glaciers that cover them, have carved the sandstone in Thorsmork into surreal sculptures dotted with moss and arctic birch trees. We hike up the mountain Valahnukur for a fantastic view over the valley. Those who wish can also simply spend the day relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30 and offer drop off at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall), Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. From there taxis and local buses are available.

We also offer drop off at Hveragerði N1 gas station, Selfoss N1 gas station and Hella bus terminal on the way back to Reykjavik. Please inform the guide on the tour if you wish to get off at one of these places.

Pickup schedule:

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From Reykjavik:

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

Click here for the equipment list...
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
Sunglasses/sunscreen
Water bottle
Hiking poles (recommended, especially for crossing rivers)
Gaiters
Pen knife
Camera, batteries, memory card
Book
Headlamp for trips in late season, after August 10th.
Earplugs
River shoes, old sneakers or similar for fording rivers.

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