This incredible tour includes the very best of what Iceland has to offer. Amazing sights on the South Coast, hiking trails with breathtaking views, spectacular glacier hiking and of course the famous Golden Circle.
This is the best combination of activities you can do as an adventurer in Iceland. By joining us on this tour, you will get an in-depth experience of the very best of Iceland. Besides visiting the most famous natural attractions, such as geysers, giant waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers, and other thrilling geological curiosities, you will hike the trail that has been listed among the top 25 treks in the world by the National Geographic.
Jun. - Sept.
Meet on location
Departs from Overwrite
- Tour highlights
- Álftavatn Lake
- Þórsmörk (Thorsmork)
- South Coast (Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara)
- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
- Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)
- Breakfast each morning
- English guided service
- Luggage transport
- Glacier Hike
- All Required Safety Equipment
- Free WiFi on Board Your Bus
On the first day, we will explore the natural attractions of the famous Golden Circle tour route. This will lead us around Iceland’s most well-known geological features: the geothermal zone with its spouting geysers, an enormous waterfall, and the site where we will be able to walk along the crack between the tectonic plates. After exploring Iceland’s absolute must-visit places, we will head to a geothermal hot pool called the Secret Lagoon which we can soak in and relax with hot springs and mini geysers surrounding us. After the full day tour, we will head back to Reykjavík and you will be dropped off near a hotel that has been booked for you for the night.
The next day, we wake up early for a 7 am pick-up and leave civilization. We will take on rough roads when we enter the magnificent Icelandic Highlands, Iceland’s largest uninhabited wilderness. We will drive to Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland, where we will leave the bus behind and start our 6-day trek across the Highlands from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk.
Our path leads through vast lava fields and fields of obsidian, up and down red, brown, yellow, and blue mountains. We will climb a snow-capped peak before descending into a green valley. We will wander across black deserts and walk along thrilling canyons in the shadows of sparkling glaciers. We will stop at new places each night while hiking from hut to hut. Our luggage will be taken care of so we will not have to carry everything with us, only the most important equipment needed will come with us during the hike between the huts.
The Laugavegur Trek ends in a lush, green valley called Thorsmork, “Thor’s Forest”. It is nestled between three glaciers, one of which is the famous glacier-capped volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. On the sixth day, the hike will take you up to the new craters that were formed during the Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010. We will walk over the young ground of the Fimmvörðuhals mountain pass. In nice weather, we will have a magnificent view across the half of the Highlands. It has an unimaginable beauty that will surely enchant your mind! After completing the trek, we will leave the Highlands behind and return to civilization. We will spend the night in Hella, a small village on the South Coast.
On the last day, we will join a tour along Iceland’s South Coast. This day will be more relaxing but no less beautiful. During this nature sightseeing trip, you will see two of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and the famous black sand beach with its thrilling rock formations, sea stacks, and stone arches. To serve as proper closure for this amazing adventure, we will strap on crampons and climb up a thrilling glacier!
Day 1 : Drive to Landmannalaugar and Start the Laugavegur Trek
On our first day, you will have to will wake up early for a 7 am pick-up at a location that you will have chosen from our list. We will leave civilization and head directly towards the magnificent Highlands, Iceland’s largest uninhabited wilderness.
The drive to Landmannalaugar, the starting point of the hike, takes about 3-4 hours. The journey will be highly scenic as we will pass by the magnificent volcano Hekla. It is the most active volcano in Iceland, having erupted every 10-15 years throughout the last century. Today, there are no eruptions, but Hekla is still fascinating. From here, the unearthly landscape of the endless tundra awaits us.
Arriving in Landmannalaugar, we will leave our bus behind. The Laugavegur Trail starts in Landmannalaugar, in the geothermal wonderland of a nature reserve called Fjallabak, “Mountain’s Back”. There is a basecamp here with restrooms and a covered dining area. After eating a few bites, we will start our six-day trek across the Highlands.
We will walk past fantastic geothermal wonders. Hot springs, steaming ground, and vibrant colors will surround us in every direction. The rhyolite mountains are blue, red, purple, yellow, and brown with white snow patches here and there. On the way to our accommodation for the first night at Hrafntinnusker, we will see the Stórihver (“Large Spring”) natural hot spring before crossing over into the obsidian desert. As we ascend, the incredible panorama of the geothermal valley will enchant us all.
The hut is located under a snowy peak. There is often snow here all year round. We will spend the night in a cozy, nicely heated mountain hut where we will consume our delicious dinner together. In good weather, we can take short walks around the hut as the sun does not go down and it will be bright all night long!
Distance: 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) / Walking Time: 4-5 hours / Ascent: 470 meters (1,540 feet)
- Laugavegur Trek
- Fjallabak (Mountain's Back)
- Stórihver (“Large Spring”)
- Hekla Volcano views
- One night accommodation in Hrafntinnusker
Day 2: Laugavegur Trek - Hrafntinnusker - Álftavatn Lake
Our second day will start with a nutritious breakfast. With full bellies and fully energized, we will hit the path again and descend from the snowy peak into a green valley. En route, we will pass the colorful Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the Jökultungur area where the geothermal activity contrasts with the soft pale sandy hues and the green meadows of the valley. In good weather, we will have beautiful views over the whole Fjallabak area and of Álftavatn Lake, where we will be spending the night.
The lake is located in a protected green valley. Before arriving at our accommodation, we will have to cross a river on foot. This will be a very exciting experience for everyone! The water is extremely chilly, but is usually not too deep (up to the knee or thigh) and is safe to cross. We will help each other while our experienced, professional guide assists us.
This second hut is bigger than the first and has a spacious kitchen and dining area. After a good dinner, everyone will have the option of walking around the area if the weather is good.
Distance: 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) / Walking Time: 4-5 hours / Descent: 490 meters (1,610 feet)
- Laugavegur Trek
- Álftavatn Lake
- Spacious kitchen and dining area in accommodation
Day 3: Laugavegur Trek - Álftavatn Lake - Emstrur
The next day, after an energizing breakfast, we will start our day by wading across another stream. By now, we will be experienced stream crossers! The next part of the trail is quite flat and easy. We will pass by the incredibly scenic Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanoes. Their hills are covered by green moss which allows them to stand out stunningly from the surrounding black, rocky desert.
On our way to our next destination, Emstrur, in clear weather, we will get absolutely outstanding vistas of the nearby volcano-glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. As we approach the hut, a green oasis unfolds in the midst of the black sand desert on the side of a stunning 200-meter (656 foot) deep glacier river canyon. The hut is located by the side of a small stream, in an idyllic location.
Distance: 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) / Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Descent: 40 meters (130 feet)
- Laugavegur Trek
- Eyjafjallajökull views
- Mýrdalsjökull views
- Álftavatn Lake
- Stórasúla Volcano
- Hattafell Volcano
- Hut accommodation with stunning views
Day 4: Laugavegur Trek - Emstrur - Thórsmörk Valley
On the fourth day, we will hike the last leg of the Laugavegur Trek. We will start by walking along the mighty gorge of Almenningar and then pass by a jaw-dropping mountain which looks resembles a unicorn, called Mount Einhyrningur (“the Unicorn Mountain”).
The view of two glaciers will stay with us for many kilometers until we arrive in the lush vegetation of the valley where the hike ends. As we get closer, the vegetation will start to change and bushes and small trees will begin to appear here and there until we find ourselves in a characteristic birch forest. The name of Þórsmörk Valley means “Thor’s Forest”. The region deserves this name as its beautiful woodlands make it look like something from a fairytale.
Our accommodation will be in a hut in the heart of the valley surrounded by green mossy slopes beneath the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. This is the official end of the world-famous Laugavegur Trail.
Distance: 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) / Walking Time: 6-7 hours / Descent: 300 meters (985 feet)
- Laugavegur Trek
- Þórsmörk (Thorsmork)
- Mount Einhyrningur (“the Unicorn Mountain”)
- Hut accommodation beneath Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers
Day 5: Thórsmörk - Fimmvörðuháls Pass
On the fifth day, we will take on the most demanding – but perhaps the most scenic – leg of our trek. We will hike up to the magnificent Fimmvörðuháls Pass. The path leads from the valley along a steep path up to a broad plateau. The view all along the way is just unimaginable, jagged, mossy slopes and the scenic, green valley. As we climb higher, in good weather, we will able to see all of the scraggy mountain ranges, snowy peaks, and glaciers that surround us from every direction.
A famous mountain pass lies between the Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers, the latter covering the infamous volcano that erupted in 2010. We will visit the two new volcanic craters, Magni and Móði, which were formed during the Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010. Magni and Móði are named after the sons of the Norse god Þór (Thor), their names mean strong and brave. The scenery from here is absolutely mind-blowing!
After reaching the peaks of the craters, we will take the same path to return to Thórsmörk. On the way back, we will face the valley again and will be able to enjoy the scenery for the second time, even more so as we are walking down.
Here we can wish each other congratulations for completing the Laugavegur & Fimmvörduháls Hike, which was chosen one of 20 Best Hikes in the World by the National Geographic!
After we arrived back in Thórsmörk, we will get in our bus and leave the Highlands behind. We will return to civilization and enjoy the comfort of our hotel in Hella where we will probably sleep like babies!
Distance: 16 kilometers (10 miles) / Walking Time: 7-8 hours / Ascent: 800 meters (2,600 feet)
- Fimmvörðuháls Pass
- Magni and Móði volcano craters
- Accommodation in Hella
Day 6. Thórsmörk hike - Hella
The final day in the Icelandic wilderness will allow us to be more flexible. We will decide together the itinerary of the day. We can either explore the area of the volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajokull that are located nearby.
Or, we could also choose to hike up the Valahnukur Mountain, the most spectacular viewpoint over Thorsmork valley. It is also possible to simply stay in Thorsmork and relax. We can even divide into smaller groups and explore something else.
After our day in Thórsmörk, we will leave the Highlands behind and return to civilization. We will spend the night in a country hotel in Hella where we will probably sleep like babies
- Katla Volcano
- Valahnúkur Mountain
- Hotel in Hella
Day 7: South Coast Nature Sightseeing and Glacier Hike
After our exhausting multi-day trek adventure, we will nicely have enough time to sleep in a bit as we will be picked up at around 9:30 to 10 am on our seventh day. This day will be more relaxing – but not a bit less beautiful – as we will tour Iceland’s spectacular South Coast.
During our nature sightseeing trip, we will visit the two most famous waterfalls in Iceland, Skógafoss, and Seljalandsfoss. They are located a half an hour’s drive from each other and are both approximately 60 meters (196 feet) high.
Seljalandsfoss is narrower but offers visitors the opportunity to walk behind its beautiful cascade. Skógafoss has an impressive width of 24 meters (78 feet) and we can walk up close to its base to feel its spray on our faces! Additionally, we will visit the hidden waterfall near Seljalandsfoss, called Gljúfrabúi. It is located within a crack in the wall and is especially scenic!
The famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach will be the next stop on our South Coast trip. The site is known for its thrilling rock formations, sea stacks, and stone arches. Reynisfjara was listed among the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world by the National Geographic Magazine!
As the adventurous closure for our nature sightseeing road trip, we will strap on crampons and climb up a thrilling glacier! We will take a hike across the surface of the ancient ice and explore the glacier’s surreal formations, deep crevasses, and ice sculptures.
A professional glacier guide will be with us and will tell us about the history and geology of the area as well as about the features of the glaciers in general. After our long day, we will head back to Reykjavík where we will spend the night in a hotel.
- Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
- Skógafoss Waterfall
- Gljúfrabúi Waterfall
- Reynisfjara black sand beach
- Glacier Hike
- Night in Reykjavik hotel
- All Glacier Equipment
Day 8: Touring the Golden Circle
For the final day of our adventure, we will explore the splendid natural attractions offered by the famous Golden Circle route. We will pick you up at around 9 am and head towards the heart of the country. The Golden Circle tour route leads us around Iceland’s most well-known geological features: the geothermal zone with its spouting geysers, an enormous waterfall, and the site where we can walk along the crack between the tectonic plates.
Our first stop will be at Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, Icelandic history and great geological wonders come together, making this place one of Iceland’s most interesting sites. Thingvellir was the location of the first parliament in the world which was founded at around 930 AD. Moreover, the national park is most famous for having a rugged rift valley full of thrilling cracks in the zone where the tectonic plate boundaries move apart.
The next stop on our tour is the famous Geysir geothermal area. Here, we will enter the highly active geothermal field where the steaming ground, bubbling hot springs, and geysers will surround us. The main attraction of the site is Strokkur Geyser, which is famous for spouting water up 20-40 meters (65-131 feet) every 5-8 minutes.
Our third stop on the tour will be a gigantic waterfall called Gullfoss. According to the World of Waterfalls, this is one of the top ten best waterfalls in the world. It is no wonder why. The mighty fall drops a total of 32 meters (105 feet) in two stages as it flows through the rugged canyon, which at times can be 70 meters (229 feet) high itself. The first drop is 11 meters (36 feet) and the second is 21 meters (69 feet), making this waterfall exceptionally impressive.
After exploring Iceland’s absolute must-visit places, we will head to a geothermal hot pool called the Secret Lagoon which we can soak in and relax while hot springs and mini geysers surround us. After the full day tour, we will head back to Reykjavík where you will be dropped off near a hotel that has been arranged for you for the night.
- Thingvellir National Park
- Gullfoss Waterfall
- Secret Lagoon
- Hotel in Reykjavík
- Secret Lagoon entry
This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.
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Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.
After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.
Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Special Tours, has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summer time).
Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.
Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.
Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.
All of our tours are guided in English.
No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.
The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.
Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.
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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.
We have a maximum of 16 participants on the hut tour and 14 participants on the camping tour. The group size just depends on how many book for each departure.
Yes, we recommend to bring a water bottle that you can then fill with the tap water at the huts/campsites. It’s perfectly safe to drink and delicious. There are also several streams along where people tend to get more water from. It’s safe just ask the guide.
We always recommend our participants to use gaiters. The weather in Iceland can be quite wet so the trails subsequently get wet as well. They are not necessary but do help a lot and keep you from getting drenched when the rain starts to pour.
We recommend bringing hiking poles on the trek. However, they are not necessary and it depends on your personal preference. Many people prefer to have them for the river crossings and if you are used to hiking with poles then you should bring a pair with you. It’s also possible to rent a pair from us in the booking process.
Showers are found in every hut/campsite except the one at Hrafntinnusker. Using the showers costs 500 ISK and can be paid for at the warden’s hut at each hut/campsite.
The WC have toilet paper and soap for washing your hands. Anything else you might need for example shampoo, bandages, towels, washcloths, nail clippers etc. you will need to bring with you.
Since we are in the middle of nowhere there is very limited electricity at the huts and the access is restricted to a few power outlets if any. Charging costs 1,000 ISK and is often only possible for a very short amount of time (if possible at all). We always recommend bringing a portable charger. If you don’t have one and charging is necessary for you while on the trek, you will need to invest in one.
The huts are shared. They have dormitories with single and twin bunk beds so do be prepared to share a room with your fellow travelers.
The main luggage is transported between huts by a support vehicle provided by us. You will only need to carry a smaller day backpack with your lunch, water bottle, medication, sunglasses, river crossing shoes, rain gear, and other items or clothing you might need for the day.
There is a limit of 1 piece of luggage for each participant that can weigh up to 20 kg (+ your day backpack). Since there is limited space on the luggage trailer we kindly ask that you try to pack light out of consideration to other passengers on the tour. If you have extra luggage that you would like to leave in Reykjavik, then you can purchase luggage storage in the booking process.
We have the option of getting a luggage storage extra which is for all the extra baggage that you have with you in Iceland but will not be needing on the tour. It will be kept at our headquarters in Reykjavik for storage. You bring your luggage to the pick up locations and we will have a member of staff pick it up and returned to you after the tour.
The supported car will need to cross rivers to get between huts so we recommend a waterproof duffel bag since your luggage can get wet along the way. We also recommend that you put dry clothing and items in a plastic bag.
Our standard menu includes milk products, fish, nuts, meat and bread so if you are vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, have allergies or have other specific food preferences then we strongly suggest that you purchase the special food extra. This will help us in supplying the best meals possible for everyone.
Yes, you can rent a sleeping bag from us. You can purchase the rental when booking the tour OR you can add it to you booking at least 2 days before the tour starts.
Note that a sleeping bag cannot be rented once you are on the tour.
Yes, you can purchase the single tent rental either when you book the tour or by adding it to your booking at least 2 days before the start of the tour.
The only information we would appreciate from you is whether you have any medical issues we should be aware of.
IF you have any food restrictions, then please have a look at our Special Food Extra.
There is no WiFi in the huts but there are spots along the trail and by the huts where you can get 3G/4G connections. However, the connection is very flaky so we don’t really count on it.
The meals are prepared by all participants, guides and the team. Although the guide is usually the leader on the project this can go all ways. We have found that this brings the group together and makes a nice, fun and cozy atmosphere. Make food and friends at the same time.
Our multi-day tours are operated in a minibus which will give you a small group experience and a better connection with the guide.
Accommodation is included during your multi-day tour which is often booked far in advance. By booking with us, you don’t have to worry about finding an accommodation during the time of the tour. Staying overnight in the countryside gives you the opportunity to explore Iceland further and experience places that you would normally not be able to on a one day tour. Note that Adventure packages do not include accommodation.
You’ll have an English speaking licensed adventure guide throughout the tour that will be able to tell you about everything you will see along the way and knows where the best locations to stop by are to give you the absolute best experience.
When booking with Arctic Adventures, you are guaranteed an accommodation at a nice country hotel and/or a guesthouse. The hotels we have partnered up with are all of the same standard and offer nice rooms with made-up beds. The rooms come with private or shared bathrooms, depending on your booking. The standard room is a twin room but it’s possible to request a double room or a triple room, with no extra charge.
If you are traveling solo, you will have to add the single room fee if you wish to have a single room.
All hotels have free Wi-Fi. Towels, a hairdryer and a kettle are accessible at all of the hotels. Hotel breakfast is included!
A single supplement is available if you want to have your own room, but you are not required to pay a single supplement. If you are a single traveler and do not wish to book a single room, you’ll be roomed with another traveler of the same gender.
If your tour includes an accommodation, breakfast is included during the tour at the hotel/guesthouse restaurant. Meals and beverages are otherwise not included on your tour. However, we will be making stops at restaurants and convenience stores where you will be able to purchase all necessities.
You should count on spending around 8,000 ISK (80$) on food each day per person. Cash is not necessary, as credit cards are almost always accepted. Having a small amount of cash doesn’t hurt though.
Breakfast is included at all the hotels we stay in during the tour. The breakfast will be a typical breakfast buffet, offering bread, toppings, cereal, yogurt, fruits, coffee, and tea etc.
Your guide will also find a good place for the group to eat lunch. We always try to choose places that have a wide selection of dishes on the menu, so there will be options available for everyone. The dinner is usually at the hotels we stay at for the night.
For multi-day tours, each participant is allowed to bring a small backpack and 1 piece of luggage weighing a maximum of 20 kg (44 lbs).
* The combined dimensions of each bag must not exceed 158 cm (62 in).
* It’s possible to store your luggage with us in Reykjavík while you are on your tour, for a small fee. We highly recommend storing the luggage in Reykjavík to help us reduce our carbon footprint.
* Please note that luggage storage is not refundable.
We do welcome participants of all ages older than the listed minimum age for each tour. We have people of ages ranging from 8-99 years joining our multi-day tours. Our average group usually consists of participants between the age 20-55 years. We do get a lot of solo travellers joining our tours, as well as families and friends.
If you have difficulties participating in any of the activities included in the tour, for example, a glacier activity, you are more than welcome to skip it. You can explore your surroundings in the meantime or wait elsewhere. Our guide should be able to drop you off at a nearby place where there are some services available.
We drive on average around 300 km (186 miles) per day on our multi-day tours. You will be spending approximately 4-5 hours in the car each day. We do of course stop on multiple locations throughout the tour for sightseeing, activities, bathroom breaks and lunch stops.
If you are not sure that you have suitable gear for your tour, we offer some necessary items for rent. For most of our multi-day tours, we rent out waterproof jackets and pants as well as hiking boots. You can book these items and more under the selection “Extras” in the booking widget when booking your tour on our website.
If you have already booked the tour and wish to add some rental gear to your booking, you can do so at least 24 hours prior to your tour starts.
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Most of the hotels we use during our tours are remotely located and therefore ideal to spot the northern lights. If the forecast is in your favor, then it is more than likely that you will be able to see the magical show put on by the dancing northern lights during your tour with us. Most of the hotels offer a Northern Lights wake up call up on request if they lights are spotted.
The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and therefore we can unfortunately never promise that they will be seen. Their appearance depends upon atmospheric and weather conditions. The best time to see them is between September and March when it’s dark and clear. The sky needs to be as dark as possible, so the best places to see them are well away from city lights (that’s where we are going!).
For more information on the Northern Lights, please have a look at our Northern Lights information.
We always recommend booking a multi-day tour starting at least one day after arriving in Iceland. If you’re flying in from the US or will be landing early (4-6:30 am) you should be able to join the tour, but some risks would follow (i.e if the flight gets delayed) and could, therefore, miss out on the tour.