Laugavegur Trail - 4 Day Hiking Tour in Iceland - TR-L4H

Trekking in the Highlands - Hut Accommodation

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Explore the highlands of Iceland on the epic Laugavegur Trail, known all over the world for its breathtaking scenery and ever-changing landscapes. Experience the contrasts of nature as you hike through geothermal areas of hot springs and multi-colored mountains, followed by fields of obsidian and lava, and ending in the valley that lies at the foothills of glaciers. This is a must-do for all nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts.

Duration: 4 days/3 nights

Group maximum: 16 participants

Available: Jun-Sep

Age limit: 14 years

Difficulty: Moderate (3/5)

Tour Highlights:
  • Laugavegur Trail
  • Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
  • Thorsmork Valley
  • Lake Alftavatn
  • Knowledgeable guide
  • Luggage transport
  • Small group experience
  • Guided group tour


Transportation to/from our meeting points, luggage transportation between huts, guided trekking tour, accommodation in huts and meals.


On this tour, we stay in dormitory-style mountain huts with shared facilities. The huts are rustic but charming and located in beautiful areas, including Hrafntinnusker, Lake Alftavatn and Botnar (Emstrur).

Pick-up and drop-off:

We offer pick up and drop off at various locations in Reykjavik and along the south coast. See more details below.

What to bring:

See a detailed equipment list below.

Northern Lights:

Between the end of August and end of September, there is a chance that we will see the Northern Lights during the trek!

Extras and rental equipment:

You can rent hiking boots, hiking poles, waterproof jacket, waterproof pants and a sleeping bag in the booking process.
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.  
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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rainbow on the the Laugavegur trail

Rainbow on the Laugavegur Trail

We will begin our magical adventure in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland, replete with bubbling hot springs and majestic rhyolite mountains: in all manner of greens, blues, and reds. Then as we trek deeper into these untouched highlands we will encounter: snow-topped glaciers, crystal clear glacial rivers, jet-black sands, steaming hot springs, cascading waterfalls, violent geysers, and mighty volcanoes. This alien Icelandic wilderness will leave you breathless at every turn, shocking and inspiring you in equal measure. Numerous times across the four days, you will stop and gaze from the panoramic views atop the peak of imposing mountains: over natural wonders such as glaciers, volcanoes, and waterfalls as far as the eye can see. It truly is a landscape like no other: forged by fire and ice across the millennia and something that everyone should add to their bucket list.

Our expert guides will be with you every step of the way: ensuring that you remain safe in this, sometimes harsh new world, while at the same time offering you incredible insights into the entire area. They will tell you the legendary tales about giants, trolls and heroes that Icelandic children are brought up on; teach you about the rich flora and fauna that are unique to the area; guide you to the secret places, that few others know about; teach you about the majestic wildlife that calls the area home; and take you to all the places that you won’t want to miss.

We will stay in isolated huts, which are situated high up mountains like Álftavatn, Emstrur, and Hrafntinnusker, giving a rustic, rural feel to the hike, which also ensures that on this trek you will really have the chance to get in touch with nature. In these remote places, our guides will help you to prepare delicious meals, a well-deserved reward at the end of a long hiking day. Together, we will share a trekking experience, adding to the camaraderie of the group, often resulting in long-lasting friendships.

The final stop on the Laugavegur Trek is known as Thorsmork (Þórsmörk), a luscious green, emerald valley, which is named after Thor (the Norse god of thunder). Local legend states that it was created when he struck the location with his mighty hammer. It is also hidden at the foot of the now infamous glacier Eyjafjallajokull, which erupted in 2010, an event that radically altered much of the surrounding area.

The Laugavegur trek is an unforgettable experience, where you will have the opportunity to explore some of the most untouched places on the planet: totally surrounded by the stunning beauty of the Icelandic Highlands.

Sizzling hot springs on Laugavegur

Sizzling hot grounds found on the Laugavegur



Your highland trekking adventure will begin bright and early, at 7.00 a.m.:  when we meet next to the Reykjavík tourist info by Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) close to Tjörnin pond. The meeting place is in downtown Reykjavik and is easily accessible from the majority of hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in the city. (You can also meet us at one of our other meeting points, please see the tour description for more details).

Day Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar
  • Mount Brennisteinsalda
  • Stóri Hver Hot Spring
  • Hrafntinnusker


  • Scenic drive from Reykjavík
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • One Night Hut Accommodation
Read more about day 1...

Then once the group is complete and you have all been introduced to one another, we will get on the bus to Landmannalaugar. Our drive there will take between 3 and 4 hours depending on the weather conditions, but don’t worry there will be plenty of amazing things for you to see along the way, including the capricious, volcano Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano. Once we arrive at Landmannalaugar, we will be greeted by a spectacular landscape: dotted with oozing hot springs and multi-colored mountains and it is there that we will begin our hike. We will begin by crossing the Laugahraun lava field: a craggy, but beautiful area, formed by the awesome rage of the Brennisteinsalda Volcano in 1477. Then we will move on to the slopes of Brennisteinsalda itself, a rainbow volcano, whose sides have been spectacularly colored by the combination of sulfur, plant life and red iron: making it one of the most beautiful volcanoes in the world and the perfect spot for a photograph. Once we have traversed Brennisteinsalda, we will pass by the idyllic and luscious spring of Storihver, before crossing the remarkable obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. In this spectacular, barren place, there are giant lumps of glassy obsidian as far as the eye can see a truly unique and beautiful sight. We will then arrive to our accommodation for the evening will be the isolated hut in Hrafntinnusker, where everyone will have the chance for a well-deserved rest.


landmannalaugar highlands iceland

See the multicolored mountains in Landmannalaugar


Day two of your trekking adventure will begin with a hearty communal breakfast in the hut, after which we will walk along the Reykjafjoll Mountains, which offer spectacular views of the surrounding area, before descending into the Jökultungur area.

Day Highlights

  • Álftavatn Lake
  • Fjallabak area
  • Jökultungur area
  • Mount Reykjafjöll


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • One Night Hut Accommodation
Read more about day 2...

This stunning valley has been dyed ruby red and amber yellow, by the centuries of geothermal activity and has an alien beauty that will leave you breathless. By now we will have left the multicolored rhyolite mountains behind and will be entering a place of dark palagonite mountains, sporadically dotted by brilliant white snow-capped glaciers. Then our expert guides will make a decision based upon the prevailing weather conditions: if visibility is good we will climb Mt. Haskerdingur, which offers panoramic views of beautiful glaciers, imposing mountains and imperious cliffs as far as the eye can see. If not then we will move towards much greener plains, as we climb to the summit of Jökultungur, which offers an incredible view of the Fjallabak area and Lake Alftavatn, which is where we will spend the night. The descent form Jokultungur is pretty steep but well worth the effort as it will take us to the fertile oasis that surrounds the River Grashagakvisl. After pausing to enjoy it we will ford a stream on foot and then spend the night at the serene Lake Álftavatn, meaning Whooper Swan Lake.

laugavegur trail hiking

Experience breathtaking views


The next day’s hike will begin as the last one finished: with a refreshing stream crossing, as we pick our way through the beautiful landscape, stopping to gaze at the emerald green volcano Stórasúla, before we reach the jet-black desert of Mælifellssandur. Mælifellssandur, is like being on another planet coal black sand as far as the eye can see, with the exception of the stunning Mt. Mælifell, a turret of green in an otherwise dark landscape.

Day Highlights

  • Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
  • Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier views
  • Volcano views
  • Black sand deserts


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • One Night Hut Accommodation
Read more about day 3...

The whole area will leave you breathless and is like nothing that you will ever see again. Once we have crossed this black desert we will reach Emstrur, containing two stunning glaciers known as Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull and luscious flora and fauna.  You will be struck by the contrast between this luscious green area and the barren black landscape that we crossed earlier in the day. Then we will turn down into the deep canyon known as Markarfljótsgljúfur, carved over millions of years by the glacial river that runs through it. Then we will arrive at the accommodation for the night: a picturesque hut at Botnar, where we will eat a hearty dinner and talk about all the incredible sights that we have seen.


snow cave on the laugavegur hike

Snow caves can be found on the Laugavegur trail


On the final day of the amazing trek, we will quickly put Emstrur in our rear-view mirrors as we make our way towards Thorsmork.

Day Highlights

  • Emstrur
  • Þórsmörk Valley
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall


  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Scenic drive back to Reykjavík
Read more about day 4...

Our route will take us close to the mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier and we will skirt around it, a few kilometers from its base, on our way to the coastal area of Almenningar. This will lead us beneath the unique mountain known as Einhyrningur (The Unicorn), famed for its majestic unicorn-like shape. After that, we will enter the dense birch forest in Thorsmork, whose tightly packed trees will make you feel like you are in a scene from Game of Thrones. On the other side of the forest lies the finishing point, Thorsmork, an emerald green valley that lies at the foot of the Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull Glaciers. It is the perfect place to finish and offers luscious greenery and imposing mountains: the essence of the Icelandic Highlands. The tired, happy and overpowered by the amazing things that we have seen, we will board the bus back to Reykjavik at 21:30, which can drop you off at various points throughout the city.


laugavegur hike views

A must-do for all nature lovers and hiking enthusiasts!

What to bring
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
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
Water bottle
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 details

Pick-up in Reykjavik:

07:00am from Tourist information center at Reykjavik's city hall on Vonarstraeti.
07:15am from Hallgrímskirkja Church – bus pick up/drop off nr. 8
7:30am from Reykjavík Campsite in Front of Reykjavik City Hostel

Pick-up outside Reykjavik:

08:35am from Selfoss N1 gas station
9:15am from Hella Bus Terminal
Drop-off points
  • Hallgrímskirkja Church
  • Reykjavik Campsite (Laugardalur)
  • Tourist Info Center at Reykjavik City Hall
  • Selfoss N1 gas station
  • Hella bus terminal

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Laugavegur Trail - 4 Day Tour - Rated 5.0/5 based on 5 customer reviews


5 by MA August 17, 2018
This was definitely one of the best experiences of ... my life! The Laugavegur trek is so scenic, so majestic, and only accessible by hiking. I highly recommend it. Extreme Iceland also did a fantastic job organizing everything.

Best journey

5 by Thida Siripisitsak August 1, 2018
At first, I think the price for 4 days is a bit pricey. However, Laugavegur is the easy trail you can conquer in just only 'good weather' conditions. If not, go with the tour is your best answer. My trip faced with a foggy condition in some part of the trail which we can't see anything just follow guide's step, luckily we have someone who knows well about the route. Our guide, Johann, is very helpful and also experienced in Laugavegur. I feel like I hiked with a friend not guide included other people in your group from all over the world that great memory. Eider (the driver) also a good chef, we can have not just a good meal, moreover, we have roasted lamb with mushroom sauce which you cannot imagine you're in the remote mountain, that's incredible!

Great trek, highly recommend

5 by Megan and Matt July 29, 2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the 4-day trek of the Laugavegur Trail in July 2018. Our guide Juri was extremely knowledgeable and fun to be around. He also did a great job at accommodating the varying levels of fitness on the walk, with regular breaks and optional extra hikes from the huts for those who still had energy. The scenery was spectacular and it was a great experience to see a side of Iceland that not all the tourists can see. We have already recommended this trek to numerous family and friends!

Incredible Experience!

5 by Ariana Mitchell July 14, 2018
We did the 4 day Laugavegur tour with Chris and it was by far the highlight of our trip to Iceland! We were a part of a perfectly sized group of 12 people and it was so much fun to get to know everyone over the course of the four days. Everything else that we did during our ten days in Iceland paled in comparison to the things that we saw while on the trek. Chris was a fun and knowledgeable guide and he absolutely made a difference in our experience!

Arnar AKA Thor

5 by John July 2, 2018
Arnar is an excellent guide and a fine young man. Had a great trip with a great group of people.
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