Laugavegur Trail - 6 days hiking tour in Iceland

Laugavegur Trail - 6 days hiking tour in Iceland - EI12

Trekking in the highland - Huts Accommodation

Alftavatn lake highlands iceland

Breathtaking views are the norm

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.

From 199 990 ISK
Mountain Huts Accommodation

Total duration: 6 days

Maximum group: 14 people

Age minimum: 15 years

Available: June - Sep

Distance: ~77 kilometres (48 miles)

Difficulty: Moderate

Pickup information: The Main meeting point is in front of the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) at 07:00am. See further information about the pickup schedule here below.

Accomodation: Dormitory accommodation in 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: A hot shower costs 500 ISK and this is not included in the tour price. Available at all huts except Hrafntinnusker.

Bring with you: Click here for full equipment list.

Luggage storage: We can store your luggage at our office while you are on your hiking tour. Price 3 500 ISK

Sleeping bag rental: 1 000 ISK per day.

Special diet: You can order special diet (vegetarian, vegan or gluten free). Price 1 000 ISK per person per day.

Footage from the hike

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Tour highlights

Laugavegur trail
Landmannalaugar nature reserve
Thorsmork valley
Lake Alftavatn
Eyjafjallajokull glacier
Fimmvorduhals pass
Small group experience
Breathtaking scenery

Pickup schedule

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

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.

Laugavegur trail hiking Iceland

Hiking across Iceland

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.

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.

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.

Trekking in the highlands of Iceland

Day 1 - Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker

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.

Atmosphere brewing over the peaks

Moody peaks


Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker - Lake Alftavatn

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.

Thorsmork Valley Iceland

Our man in Thorsmork


Day 3 - Alftavatn Lake - Emstrur

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.

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Hrafntinnusker - Mountains reflecting red sunlight


Day 4 - Emstrur - Thorsmork Valley

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.

landmannalaugar nature reserve

Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve - Can you spot the rainbow?


Day 5 - Magni & Modi Craters - Fimmvorduhals pass

Hiking: 7-8 hrs

Distance: 16km / 10mi

Ascent: 800m

Ascent: 2600ft

More details 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

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.

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Alftavatn Lake - Breathtaking views are the norm

Atmosphere brewing over the peaks

Moody peaks

Epic landscapes

Rocky outlook

Hiking tour in Fimmvorduhals Iceland

Hiking across Iceland

Trekking in the highlands

Clouds cast shadows across the marbled mountains

Beautiful scenery laugavegur

Iceland's textures and colours are everywhere

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Thorsmork Valley

Hrafntinnusker mount Laugavegur hike

Hrafntinnusker - Mountains reflecting red sunlight

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Can you spot the rainbow?

Snow clings to the slopes

Snow clings to the slopes

Markarfljot river canyon

Markarfljot river canyon

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Remember to bring good hiking shoes ;)

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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 River shoes, old sneakers or similar for fording rivers.
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
Gaiters
Pen knife
Camera, batteries, memory card
Book
Headlamp for trips in late season, after August 10th.
Earplugs

 

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