This incredible tour will take you on a journey of exploration through Iceland’s dramatic highlands, as we pick our way along the famous Laugavegur Trail: rated as one of the 20 best hikes in the world by National Geographic. It encompasses an ever-evolving volcanically crafted landscape, replete with bubbling hot springs, rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains, glassy obsidian deserts, rugged lava fields and fertile valleys nestled between mighty glaciers. On our final day, we will go and explore Iceland’s iconic South Coast, which hosts cascading waterfalls and dark volcanic beaches before we end our adventure with an exciting hike on the Solheimajokull Glacier. It is an adventure without compare and an absolute must for nature lovers, who want to see all the magic that the land of fire and ice has to offer.
Duration: 5 days / 4 nights
Group maximum: 1:16 & 1:19
Available: Jun - Sep
Age limit: 14 years
- Laugavegur Trail
- South Coast Highlights
- Glacier Hike
- Small group experience
- Experienced guide
- Luggage transport between huts
- Hot Springs, Volcanoes & Glaciers
- Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
- Lake Alftavatn
- Thorsmork Valley
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skogafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Solheimajokull Glacier
- Stunning Nature
- Eyjafjallajokull view
- Myrdalsjokull view
- Transportation to/from the trail start/end
- English guided service
- Hut accommodation for 3 nights
- Accommodation in a country hotel for 1 night
- All meals while on the trek (except for dinner on day 4.)
- Breakfast on day 5.
- Luggage transport from hut to hut
- Guided tour of the South Coast and a glacier hike with a certified glacier guide.
*Please note that showers are not included in the price. They cost 500 ISK (in cash) and are available at all huts except Hrafntinnusker.
During the trek, dormitory style accommodation is included 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 and Emstrur hut. On the last night, you will stay in a country hotel in Hella.
Rentals & 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.
The Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek, from the multi-colored mountains of Landmannalaugar to the fertile Thorsmork Valley, is unquestionably one of the best hikes in the world. Taking us through a mesmerizing landscape that has been crafted by geothermal activity and the glaciers that call it home.
It begins in Landmannalaugar, a renowned geothermal paradise, whose hot springs and rhyolite mountains that change color as the sun’s rays dance upon them, have made it a legendary rest place for travelers throughout the millennia. The path will then take us deeper into Iceland’s Highland wilderness: a place dominated by snow-covered glaciers, vast volcanoes, glimmering glacial streams, otherworldly deserts, rugged lava fields, oases of green surrounded by foreboding rocky landscapes and much, much more. It is a landscape unlike any other you will ever see; whose beauty and chameleon-like nature will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure.
The tour will take place in small groups, allowing you to make the very most of our friendly guide, who will keep you safe in this incredible landscape and tell you all about the amazing things that you are seeing. The Highlands have long played a starring role in Norse and Viking legend and we will you about all the stories that have come to define the area.
All luggage, sleeping bags, food and kitchen equipment is transported between huts which means that conveniently, all you have to carry is a day backpack. We will spend our nights, in remote mountain huts, giving the adventure an authentic rural atmosphere. There we will prepare traditional Icelandic meals together and could potentially go on extra excursions to places off-the-beaten-track. The smallness of the groups and the camaraderie of the experience often generates bonds of friendship that last forever.
On the last day, we explore the highlights of the South Coast, including stunning waterfalls, a black sand beach, and the amazing glacier wonderland. The Laugavegur trek & South Coast highlights tour is a profound and amazing adventure that will take you to some of the most incredible places on the planet. There is no better way to enjoy some of the most magical things that the land of fire and ice has to offer.
Day 1: Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker
Our adventure begins when we collect you from one of our collection points in Reykjavik or along Iceland’s iconic South Coast. From there we will make the scenic drive to Iceland’s famous Highlands, the entire drive takes around 3-4 hours and will take you through a myriad of beautiful sights, including a view of Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes. We will arrive in Landmannalaugar, the starting point of the Laugavegur, at around lunchtime and begin our trekking adventure.
- Laugahraun Lava Field
- Stórihver Spring
Our hike starts as we walk through the stunning Laugahraun lava field, a rugged expanse of rock that was crafted by an eruption of the Brennisteinsalda Volcano in 1477. The hike will then proceed to the foothills of Brennisteinsalda itself, a multi-colored volcano, whose sides have been dyed the full spectrum of colors by the various sulfur deposits and plant life that populate its slopes. Once we have traversed this majestic natural wonder, then we will find ourselves at the Storihver Hot Spring, a fertile area, where wispy plumes of steam rise, making for a totally spectacular scene. We will then cross the unique Hrafntinnusker obsidian desert, which is populated by glassy orbs of black rock before we arrive at the isolated hut, where we will spend the evening after a day filled with adventure and delight.
Day 2: Hrafntinnusker - Lake Alftavatn
Our second day will begin with a delicious communal breakfast in our mountain hut before we head to the gorgeous snow-capped Reykjafjoll Mountains, renowned for their stunning views over the colorful Jökultungur area. From there we will begin our descent into Jökultungur itself, a magnificent valley that has been dyed various shades of red and yellow by the geothermal activity there. Then, as we push further the landscape will begin to change with dark palagonite mountains replacing the vibrant colorful surrounds, periodically contrasted by brilliant white snowy peaks.
- Reykjafjöll Moutains
- Lake Álftavatn
We will then begin our ascent to the top of Jökultungur itself, which will reward us with spectacular photogenic views over the Fjallabak nature reserve and Lake Alftavatn. Once we have enjoyed everything that this majestic place has to offer we will descend towards the fertile lake, where we will spend the evening, pausing to take in the luscious area around the River Grashagakvisl. We enjoy an invigorating stream crossing and arrive at our accommodation for the night, a charming hut by the beautiful Lake Alftavatn.
Day 3: Lake Alftavatn - Emstrur
Day three begins as day two finished, fording another stream, we then skirt around glaciers and mountains on our way to the glorious emerald volcano, known as Stórasúla, whose unique cone shape has enchanted visitors for centuries. Our journey will then take us to the coal-black Mælifellssandur Desert, whose dark sands are punctuated by icy blue glacial streams that make for a stark contrast. At its center is the magnificent Mt. Mælifell, which rises like a vibrant emerald turret out of the otherwise black landscape. The entire area is breathtakingly beautiful and will inspire awe and wonder in equal measure.
- Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
Once we have traversed this strange and otherworldly landscape, we will find ourselves in Emstrur, renowned for the variety of its flora and fauna. It plays host to the incredible Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon a majestic 200-meter canyon that has been hewn into the earth by the glacial river that cuts through it. We will pause for the evening nearby, enjoying a traditional Icelandic dinner, where we can discuss all the amazing things that we have seen during the day.
Day 4: Emstrur - Thorsmork Valley
The final day of our trekking adventure will take us to the luscious Thorsmork valley, as we skirt around the foothills of the gigantic Myrdalsjokull Glacier to the coastal region of Almenningar. This will take us past the one-of-a-kind Einhyrningur Mountain (The Unicorn), whose nickname originates from the odd horn that protrudes from its hilltop. By then we will be approaching the borders of Thorsmork itself, crossing yet another river and passing through a dense birch forest, before we are greeted by the emerald oasis that is nestled between the Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull Glaciers.
- Thorsmork Valley
- Mýrdalsjökull glacier view
- Hotel Accommodation (Hella area)
It is an essential part of the Icelandic Highlands that is steeped in myth and legend: supposedly created by a massive blow of Thor’s mighty hammer. There is no better place to end our stunning adventure and when we board the bus at 18:00, you will be sorry to depart this area of majestic natural beauty. Thankfully, we will spend our final day on Iceland’s spectacular South Coast where more adventures and amazing sights await. Your accommodation for the night is a country hotel in the small town of Hella, located in South Iceland.
*Please remind the bus driver that you will be getting off the bus at Hella.
Day 5: South Coast & Glacier Hike
Our final day will be spent exploring Iceland’s legendary South Coast, which is the second most popular tourist destination in Iceland, after the Golden Circle Route. Your morning starts with a breakfast buffet at your accommodation before you get picked up between 9:40 - 10:10. The day begins with a visit to the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, whose cylindrical torrent makes for a beautiful picture. Seljalandsfoss is known as the waterfall you can walk behind. We recommend you bring a waterproof jacket since you might get a little damp from the spray, but the view will make it worth every drop.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Sólheimajökull Glacier
- Hotel breakfast
- Guided minibus tour
- Glacier Hike on Sólheimajökull glacier
- Certified Glacier Guide
- Necessary Glacier Gear
We continue down the coast to the equally beautiful but different waterfall called Skogafoss, whose cascading torrent vaults down more than 60 meters into a shallow pool below. There are two fascinating rock structures situated around halfway up the hillside, which local legend believes were trolls who were turned to stone by the coming of dawn. If you still have some energy left, you can climb the 527 steps to the top of the hill where you can enjoy a stunning vista of the falls and the surrounding area.
Our next stop will be the mighty Solheimajokull Glacier, where we will spend an hour hiking and taking in the dramatic scenery that surrounds it. There is nothing more exhilarating than exploring this sublime icy wilderness, drinking in the ever-changing landscape and marveling at the incredible ice sculptures.
Our final stop of the day will be the black sand beach called Reynisfjara Beach, whose dark volcanic sands offer the ideal contrast to the deep blue waves that lap against them. This picture is framed by a series of glorious basalt sea stacks, whose beauty has inspired many of Iceland’s most famous architects as well as a spectacular view of Reynisdrangar, the impressive rock formations that rise out of the powerful sea.
Please note that the only meal included on this day is breakfast. We will be stopping at shops/restaurants where you can purchase food and snacks.
Once we have explored the magical wonders of the South Coast, we return to Reykjavik in the evening at around 8 pm. ending our wonderful 5 days of adventure, traversing the highlands of Iceland, walking on a glacier and exploring the beautiful Icelandic landscapes.
|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 a breathable fabric such as Gore-tex or similar|
|Rain trousers, preferably of a 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|
|Toothbrush and personal toiletries|
|Hiking poles (recommended, especially for crossing rivers)|
|Camera, batteries, memory card|
|Headlamp for trips in late season, after August 10th.|
|River shoes - neoprene, old sneakers or similar for fording rivers|
Pick-up in Reykjavik:
|07:00 am||from Tourist information center at Reykjavik's city hall on Vonarstraeti.|
|07:15 am||from Hallgrímskirkja Church – bus pick up/drop off nr. 8|
|7:30 am||from Reykjavík Campsite in Front of Reykjavik City Hostel|
Pick-up outside Reykjavik:
|08:35 am||from Selfoss N1 gas station|
|9:15 am||from Hella Bus Terminal|
At the end of the Laugavegur trek, on day 4, you will get a bus out of Thorsmork in the evening. The bus will drop you off at Hella on the South Coast, please remind the bus driver that you want to get out in Hella. On the following day (day 5), you will get picked up in Hella for an exciting south coast and glacier hike adventure. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off in Reykjavik at around 8 p.m.