The Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek was selected as one of the top 20 hikes in the world, by National Geographic, a title it more than earns. It will take us through the stunningly beautiful Icelandic Highlands, an alluring wilderness, which will excite and delight in equal measure. Together, we hike from the geothermal paradise of Landmannalaugar with steaming hot springs and multicolored rhyolite moutains, passing through Hrafntinnusker, nested in a field of obsidian rocks. Then, we continue to the beautiful Lake Alftavatn and end in Thorsmork Valley, where we hike up to Fimmvorduhals volcano eruption area from 2010. Along the way, we will pass through everchanging landscapes of extreme contrast. It's a small group experience and a great way to see diverse scenery with a knowledgable guide.
Duration: 6 days / 5 nights
Group maximum: 14 participants
Available: Jun- Aug
Age limit: 15 years
Difficulty: Moderate (3/5)
- Laugavegur Trail
- Thorsmork Valley
- Small Group Experience
- Lake Alftavatn
- Knowledgeable guide
- Fimmvörduhals Volcano
Included: Transportation from our meeting points, English guided service, tent accommodation, camping fees, thin inflatable mattress, meals and luggage transport from hut to 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.
What to bring: See a detailed equipment list below.
The trek begins in Landmannalaugar, a majestic geothermal wonderland, renowned for its rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains and bubbling hot springs, which travelers have used throughout the centuries. It is a breath-taking place that one could spend a lifetime exploring, yet it is just a flavour of the many wonders that we will see, including massive fields of glassy obsidian, mountains dyed emerald, ruby, and amber in colour, foreboding jet-black deserts, bubbling hot springs, seething geysers, gleaming glaciers, crystalline glacial rivers, and much, much more.
We will traverse this majestic landscape with expert guides, who will teach you about the flora and fauna that is native to the area, its incredible geological history, and the many incredible folklore tales, which make it come alive. Come and explore this magical landscape and discover the many treasures that it hides.
Each night, we will camp in spectacular places that offer gorgeous panoramic views over this otherworldly terrain. These places are secluded and charming, including the idyllic lake Alftavatn, Hrafntinnusker and the emerald valley of Thorsmork. We will also learn how to prepare traditional Icelandic meals, which we will eat as a group, bringing a communal atmosphere, where you will make friends that last you a lifetime. If the conditions are good, we may take an evening walk, to find even more enchanting and secret places.
The trip finishes in the legendary Thorsmork Valley, an emerald oasis, which is believed to have been created by a mighty strike of Thor’s mighty hammer. It is nestled beneath the notorious Eyjafjallajokull glacier, whose 2010 eruption caused almost all European air traffic to be stopped. That eruption created to new volcanic craters, named Magni and Modi, after the sons of Thor, which are among the many spectacular sights that you will see on this incredible tour.
Adrenaline pumping fun, spectacular natural wonders, peaceful spots for profound reflection and so much, more: you name it and this incredible tour has it!
Day 1: LANDMANNALAUGAR - HRAFNTINNUSKER
The tour starts bright and early, at 7:00 am, when we all meet up next to the Reykjavik tourist information office, at Reykjavik City Hall, close to the Tjornin Pond. The tourist information office is located in the heart of downtown Reykjavik, close to the majority of hotels and hostels in the area. Then, once everyone has been introduced to one another, we will make the scenic journey to Landmannalaugar, which lasts between three and four hours. We will drive along the southern coast of Iceland, renowned for its incredible natural beauty, before turning inland and passing the capricious Hekla volcano, Iceland’s most active.
Upon arrival in Landmannalaugar, we will be greeted by a majestic geothermal wonderland of rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains and bubbling hot springs. From there we will travel through the Laugahraun lava field, scarred by the violent volcanic activity that defines the area. It was created by a massive eruption of the Brennisteinsalda Volcano in 1477, providing a fascinating insight into how fire has helped to craft Iceland’s many wonderful landscapes.
Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN (WHOOPER SWAN LAKE)
The second day of our hiking adventure will begin with a delicious Icelandic breakfast, set to a gorgeous natural backdrop before we head out onto the Reykjafjoll area, a mountainous path, replete with spectacular views of the surrounding area. Then we will begin to descend into the famous Jokultungur area, colored blood red and a vibrant orangey, yellow color by the almost constant volcanic activity which has occurred over the centuries.
Day 3: ALFTAVATN LAKE - EMSTRUR
Day three begins with another invigorating stream crossing as we skirt around the edges of the emerald green volcano Storasula, the perfect contrast to the otherwise black and foreboding landscape that surrounds it. From there we will enter the coal-black desert of Maelifellssandur, which is host to Hattafell, a unique volcano famous for its flat top.
Day 4: EMSTRUR-THORSMORK VALLEY
From Emstrur we will proceed on to the Thorsmork valley, along a winding path that skirts around the iconic and mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier. Then we will begin to descend towards, Almenningar, where clumps of trees begin to appear sporadically across the landscape, a signal that we are nearing the coast. As we push further into the incredible Icelandic wilderness, we will pass Einhyrningur (“The Unicorn”) a large mountain with a truly unique shape.
Day 5: HIKING TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO, FIMMVORDUHALS PASS
Day five begins bright and early, as we wave goodbye to Thorsmork and head towards the mountain pass, which weaves its way between the mighty Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull Glaciers. This ever-changing landscape has two new features known as Magni and Modi (the sons of Thor), giant volcanic craters, formed by the notorious eruption of 2010 that downed much of Europe’s air fleet.
Day 6: THORSMORK VALLEY-REYKJAVIK
The final day will be more relaxed and less intense than the others, with more freedom to explore the many magical sights that are hidden within the wonderland that is the Icelandic Highlands. Depending on the mood of the group, we can visit the imposing Katla volcano, the mighty Eyjafjallajokull glacier, and the many other spectacular sights which have crafted Thorsmork and the surrounding area. Finally, we will hike to the top of the impressive Valahnukur mountain, which offers awe-inspiring views over the fertile valley below it.
The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner)