The world famous Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork trek was named one of the ’20 Best Hikes in the World’ by National Geographic and more than lives up to its reputation.
Taking you through an ever-changing landscape which has been crafted over the millennia by the violent volcanoes and mighty glaciers that give the land of fire and ice its nickname. It is a truly incredible adventure that will take you through some of the most awe-inspiring and varied landscapes on the planet. Your Iceland adventure will be topped with a visit to Iceland’s South Coast, to see Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black sand beach and the majestic Solheimajokull for an exciting glacier hike.
Jun. - Sept.
Meet on location
1:16 & 1:19
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Small Group Experience
- Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
- Laugavegur Trail
- Thorsmork Valley
- Stunning Scenery
- Hot Springs, Glaciers & Volcanoes
- Lake Alftavatn
- Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
- Experienced Guide
- Eyjafjallajokull View
- Myrdalsjokull View
- All Accommodation
- All Meals
- English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
- Luggage Transport
- Transportation To/From the Trail
- Guided Laugavegur Trek
- Guided Glacier Hike w. a Certified Glacier Guide
- South Coast Tour
The Laugavegur Trail
The odyssey begins in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal paradise, populated by rainbow-colored mountains that change color in the sun. Then as we press deeper into this natural wilderness, we will find coal-black deserts, petrified lava, emerald valleys, mighty mountains, bubbling hot springs, glacial streams, deep canyons and much, much more. It is a place of myth and legend that offers an unforgettable experience in the land of fire and ice.
Our expert guides will help you to discover everything that this magical land has to offer, taking you to hidden places that lie off the beaten track, teaching you all about the rich flora and fauna, and ensuring that you know all about the myths and legends that have been passed down over the centuries.
We will spend our evenings in secluded huts, allowing you to really soak up the atmosphere of this incredible place. We will prepare traditional Icelandic meals together as a group, making it a great way to meet like-minded people and develop friendships that will last the test of time. (on the final night we will stay in a country hotel in Hella, close to the south coast of Iceland).
The Laugavegur trek is the perfect way to escape the modern world and have an adventure in an unspoiled wilderness, replete with more natural wonders than you could ever ask for. Its changing landscapes will make it feel like you have journeyed across an entire continent, making it an unforgettable experience that should occupy a place on everyone’s bucket list.
South Coast Highlights & Glacier Hike
If that wasn’t enough, the final day will take us to Iceland’s iconic south coast, where we will visit a plethora of magnificent natural sights that will leave you breathless. It starts with a pair of roaring waterfalls named Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss, continues to the jet-black sands of Reynisfjara Beach and finishes with a hike on the mighty Solheimajokull glacier: the perfect way to end an incredible 5-day adventure.
If you want to combine unique experiences, stunning natural scenery and lots of incredible hiking into one package, then this is the tour for you.
07:00 am from the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti or by arrangement from one of our other *meeting points.
Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:
7:00 a.m. – Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik’s City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
7:15 a.m. – Hallgrímskirkja Church
7:30 a.m. – Reykjavik Campsite
Day 1: REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR – HRAFNTINNUSKER
Our adventure begins bright and early when we collect you from one of our pick-up points in Reykjavik (Please note that this process could last up to 30 minutes depending on your location). From there we will make the 3 to 4-hour drive to Landmannalaugar, taking in some truly spectacular scenery along the way, including the violent Hekla, one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes.
Upon arrival at Landmannalaugar, we will find ourselves in a magnificent geothermal wonderland, whose colorful rhyolite mountains have become famous across the world. Our first stop will be the Laugahraun lava field, whose moss-covered rocks were crafted by a massive volcanic eruption of the Brennisteinsalda Volcano in 1477. Then we will find ourselves at the foot of Brennisteinsalda, whose slopes have been dyed blood red, amber yellow, turquoise and deep green by the volcano’s sulfur deposits over the centuries. This makes it one of the most photogenic places in all of Iceland and the perfect beginning to our odyssey into the Icelandic Highlands.
The next noteworthy stop is the Storihver Spring, where wispy plumes of smoke rise from its bubbling turquoise waters. It is a truly gorgeous place; whose luscious green scenery offers a stark contrast to the seething geothermal rage that occurs beneath its surface. Our final stop on day one is the legendary Hrafntinnusker obsidian desert, where dark glassy orbs of volcanic rock are dotted upon its jet-black surface: a truly unique place that is unlike any other landscape on earth. We will spend the evening in a secluded hut, whose isolated nature makes it ideal for anyone who loves to gaze at the Icelandic night sky.
Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER – LAKE ALFTAVATN
Day two begins with breakfast at the hut before we journey towards the beautiful Reykjafjoll Mountains, famed for their snowy peaks and majestic views of the surrounding area. Once we have reached their summit, we will begin to descend into the Jökultungur area, a luscious green valley, spattered with rocks that have been dyed various shades of ruby and amber, by the volcanic activity that has occurred over the centuries. This part of the trek is really special, with a totally unique landscape that visitors are bound to enjoy.
The scenery will begin to change when we reach the other side of Jökultungur as we put the colorful rhyolite mountains in our rear-view mirror and enter an area with darker palagonite mountains. The taller mountains have peaks carpeted with snow, meaning that we will be walking through a place of spectacular natural beauty.
Then we will begin to climb the Jökultungur Mountain, weaving around the mountain path to its summit. At the top, we will be rewarded by breathtaking views over the famous Fjallabak Nature Reserve, famous for the large number of birds that reside there. In the distance is the idyllic Lake Alftavatn, ensuring a majestic view that you are bound to enjoy.
As we approach our accommodation in Lake Alftavatn (Whooper Swan Lake), we will pass the luscious green oasis that surrounds the River Grashagakvisl, which is a stark contrast to the otherwise dark landscape. Then we will ford a small stream, before pausing for the evening at the gorgeous Lake Álftavatn.
Day 3: LAKE ALFTAVATN – EMSTRUR
Day three begins as day two ended, as we ford another stream and head deeper into Iceland’s sensational highlands. The first stop will be Stórasúla a grass-carpeted volcano that towers over the dark landscape, with the wide range of flora and fauna that surrounds it the perfect illustration of how rich volcanic soil is.
We will then move into the jet-black desert of Mælifellssandur: a gloomy landscape that is totally otherworldly. The black sands are crisscrossed by a large number of icy blue glacial streams that contrast with the dark sands. At its center is the emerald Mt. Mælifell, which rises like a green turret out of the black and makes it one of the most spine-tinglingly beautiful places that you will ever see.
From there we will approach Emstrur, a narrow green valley that where luscious vegetation abounds and the entire area throbs with life, a welcome sight after the black desert that we have just crossed. We will then take a small detour, to the deep canyon of Markarfljótsgljúfur, which has been carved into the earth by the icy glacial river that runs through it. Finally reaching Botnar, where we will spend the evening in a secluded mountain hut.
Day 4: EMSTRUR-THORSMORK VALLEY
Our last day in the Icelandic Highlands will take us to the famous Thorsmork Valley, a glorious oasis of green, nestled between two massive glaciers. We will begin by walking close to the huge Myrdalsjokull Glacier, which seems like an endless ocean of pristine white snow stretching far into the horizon. We will pass by the uniquely shaped Einhyrningur (The Unicorn), a strange mountain, which gets its name due to its similarity to the legendary creature.
Next, we will reach the dense birch forest that signals the beginning of Thorsmork, an emerald valley, which is consistently rated as one of the most beautiful places in all of Iceland. Icelandic folklore believes that it was created by a mighty blow of the Norse god of Thunder’s hammer, Thor and the valley more than lives up to this divine creation story.
Thorsmork is the kind of place that words fail to describe: an emerald valley, rimmed by mountains and massive glaciers, steeped in history and folklore. A place that everyone should visit once, which perfectly encapsulates everything that makes Iceland’s Highlands so special. We will leave it at around 21:30, traveling to a comfortable country hotel in preparation for our visit to Iceland’s famous South Coast, the next day.
*Please make sure that you notify the bus driver if you intend to get out at Hella.
Day 5: SOUTH COAST & GLACIER HIKE
The final day of our odyssey will take us to Iceland’s iconic south coast, which will begin with a breakfast buffet at your hotel. Then, you will be picked up from your hotel and we will make the scenic journey to the magnificent Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, famed for its cone-shaped torrent of water that crashes around 60 meters into a beautiful valley below. It has a secret cave hidden behind it, allowing us to see a waterfall from a totally different perspective. From there, we will head to the equally beautiful Skogafoss Waterfall, where a wider cascade of water vaults down into a teeming pool below. There is a meandering path cut into the hillside next to Skogafoss, which offers visitors the chance to climb to the top and enjoy an awe-inspiring view of the entire area. On our way up, we will see two fascinating rock formations, which local legend believes were a pair of trolls who were turned to stone, when they forget to take cover when the sun rose.
Our next stop will be on the coast, at Reynisfjara, a volcanic beach where the white-tipped waves of the Ocean offer a magnificent contrast to the jet-black sands of the beach. Behind it is a massive cliff face, which is dotted with a unique set of basalt columns that have become one of the symbols of the area. The whole scene is utterly majestic, and all visitors are sure to be impressed by its unique beauty.
The tour will end at the Solheimajokull Glacier a vast body of ice that unfurls like a tongue from the larger Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. It is especially popular due to its unique topography, where craters, ice, and crevices combine together to create a sublime natural wonder. Our journey will begin at our base camp at the foot of the glacier, where our expert glacier guide will provide you with all the equipment that you need and give you a short safety briefing. Then we will travel out onto the mighty glacier itself, where our guide will teach us all about glaciers and how they helped to create the Iceland that you see today. The adventure will be topped off, by the chance to try out some ice climbing an exhilarating experience that the adventurous amongst the group is sure to enjoy. After that, we will return to Reykjavik, where we will drop you off at your accommodation or a nearby authorized location.
* Please note that only breakfast at your accommodation is included on this day. We will stop at shops & restaurants where you can purchase meals.
Don’t worry, you can always rent sturdy hiking shoes, waterproof jacket and pants in the booking process or add it to your booking. See more.
Please keep in mind that we do not rent gear on location.
First of all, check the weather forecast but keep in mind that the weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, as you may have heard. We have a saying “If you don’t like the weather in Iceland, just wait 5 minutes” which is sometimes disturbingly accurate!
The weather can be anything from sunny to snowy in almost any season although snow is rare during summer time. We do suggest that you dress accordingly. This means in layers, thermal closest to you and waterproof on top. We’ve prepared a guide to help you get ready for your adventures, check out – How to prepare for hiking and trekking in Iceland.
No, please do not wear jeans and sneakers on this tour, it’s not appropriate clothing for this type of tour. Check the list of what to bring to see what kind of clothing is appropriate.
There is a saying in Iceland, if you don’t like the weather just wait 5 minutes. This might sound like a joke but it is strangely true! Thanks to the beloved Gulf Stream, our country enjoys a cool, temperate maritime climate, this means refreshing summers and fairly mild winters. So basically, Iceland maintains a surprisingly moderate temperature all year around. For further information about the weather in Iceland and how to dress for it.
If your tour includes a glacier activity it’s very important to dress appropriately. Dress in 3 or 4 upper layers such as a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment, topped off with a waterproof windbreaker. Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet. Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are best and then wind/waterproof pants over. We also recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy due to the high UV and sunlight reflection from the glacier.
You will need sturdy hiking boots that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours.
The drive from KEF airport to Reykjavik takes around 45 minutes. If your flight is delayed, please call our customer service team to go over what options you may have.
These are the two most common ways to get from the airport to Reykjavik city:
The cheapest and most convenient way of getting to and from Keflavik International Airport. The shuttle drops you off at the BSI Bus Terminal downtown or takes you all the way to your hotel or the closest drop off location. If you’re arriving on the same day as your tour departures we highly recommend to pick BSI Bus terminal as your pick up location.
Book your airport transfer in Iceland.
The quickest way to get to Reykjavik city is by a taxi. The taxis can drop you off at any of our pick-up locations. Taking a taxi is always more expensive than the airport shuttle.
For further information about getting to and from Keflavík International Airport.
Driving in Iceland can be tricky for two different reasons. The first being the weather conditions, especially in the winter months. The second reason is that if you’re not experienced in driving in conditions such as ice and snow then it could become dangerous.
If you are choosing a self-drive tour or to meet on location then make sure you have checked the driving conditions to make sure it is safe. At road.is you can find all the latest updates about travelling around Iceland. You should still check in the summer months just to make sure there is no storms or other types of weather warnings.
Iceland is a very high-tech country and we actually have one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world. Many restaurants and cafés, especially in Reykjavik, have free Wi-Fi access, so if you have a laptop, a tablet or a smartphone you can get Internet access almost anywhere. All of our vehicles also have free Wi-Fi.
Tipping is not a requirement in Iceland although it is permitted and is well received in most cases.
Here is the plus side to a cold country like Iceland. No dangerous insects survive here! Iceland has about three areas where some mosquitoes have now settled but nothing you will have to worry about on our tours. So, to sum it up, no you will not need any repellant!
All our tours are undertaken on the responsibility of its participants. Arctic Adventures does not assume any responsibility for accidents that are caused by its customers or can be traced to their own actions. Participants have to sign a waiver before undertaking all trips stating that they realize that all outdoor activities carry an inherent risk.