The Laugavegur hiking trail is among the top 20 best trails in the world according to National Geographic. Book a Laugavegur trekking and hiking tour to explore majestic rhyolite mountains, glacier valleys, and geothermal ponds. Whether you decide to spend your nights sleeping under the stars in tents or in a more comfortable bed of a mountain hut, we have plenty of multi-day trek options for every fitness level. Then decide for yourself if it’s worthy of the ranking!
Laugavegur hiking trail is on National Geographic’s list of the “World’s Best Trails”, and for good reason. The mountains have a vibrant multicolored appearance because of volcanic rocks known as rhyolite. These are common throughout Landmannalaugar, where many of our treks begin. Tiny rustic mountain huts where hikers can rest after a long day’s trek are as remote as it gets - though you’ll need to book well in advance to use these. The trekking trail stretches past Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland’s history and feared by generations of Vikings. Fields of obsidian, naturally formed volcanic glass, create an otherworldly atmosphere that everyone should experience.
We offer various opportunities to savor the magnificent landscape of Laugavegur, all of which are multi-day tours.
Is Laugavegur trail your sole goal for your Icelandic adventure? Choose from our shorter tours that cover only the Laugavegur trekking trail:
Are you keen on combining the Laugavegur trek with other exhilarating activities in Iceland? These longer tours are designed for travelers who are always hungry for more adventures:
Do you have any specific preferences for your accommodation? We offer tours with varied options, no matter your fitness level or accommodation requirements. All of our multi-day Laugavegur treks will consider your accommodation, whether you’re enjoying Laugar camping or seeking refuge in the mountain huts of the Highlands. Nights spent in tents are a real back-country experience, however, hut-to-hut trekking can provide incredible rustic stays every night.
Laugavegur Trail FAQ
The Laugavegur trail is 34 miles (55 km) long. It usually takes 2-4 days to hike depending on how intense you want the experience.
Laugavegur is a moderately strenuous hike. This means you need a decent level of physical preparation to successfully finish this hike, but you certainly don’t need to be a professional mountaineer.
The only time you can hike Laugavegur safely is between June and September. The winters in Iceland get so harsh that wandering out into remote places is very risky even for experienced mountaineers. Plus there is very little sunlight, so it’s better to reserve this experience for the summer months.
There will probably be other people in campsites or huts and you might meet fellow hikers on the trail, especially during high season. However, calling Laugavegur trail crowded would certainly be an overstatement.
The trail is mostly marked, so if you are a very experienced hiker and visit Iceland during summer, you should be able to pull this hike off without a guide. However, to be on the safe side, booking a tour with a professional Laugavegur trail guide is always a good idea. That way you won’t need to worry about planning, plus you’ll hear a lot of interesting facts and stories about the area!