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Laugavegur Family Trekking

6 Days Trek (Tents)

Hike through the unique highlands of Iceland on the spectacular Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls Trails with your family.

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Hike from Landmannalaugar geothermal paradise over black sand deserts, beneath towering glaciers and famous volcanoes to the fertile valley of Þórsmörk (Thorsmork). Follow the Fimmvörðuháls trail to the mountain pass and the new craters created by the 2010 eruption, Magni and Móði – an adventure to remember.

  • Availability

    July - August

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Level

    Challenging

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Ratio

    1:16

  • Price from

    165.990 ISK

Tour highlights
Landmannalaugar
Hrafntinnusker
Álftavatn Lake
Emstrur
Þórsmörk Valley (Thorsmork Valley)
Magni and Móði craters at Fimmvörðuháls
Included
Transport
Guiding service
Accommodation in tents
All meals
Luggage transport

Pick-up time: 07:00 a.m. from the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti or by arrangement from one of our other *meeting points.

Enjoy the ultimate trekking in Iceland experience together with your family on a six day guided tour from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk on the world renowned Laugavegur trail. Next, you hike the Fimmvörðuháls trail taking you up to the Fimmvörðuháls Pass between two towering volcano mountain glaciers, Eyjafjalljökull and Mýrdalsjökull. These treks are each listed by National Geographic in their world top 20 trails. This tour provides an absolutely ultimate Iceland trekking experience because you get to do both.

This really is a fun and exciting adventure to treasure from start to finish. You will embark upon a journey through magical geothermal areas, impossibly colorful rhyolite mountains, volcanoes, new lava craters (2010) and glimmering white glaciers.  The greatest jewel in this glittering crown? You get to explore the very best of Icelandic nature and to make magical memories with your family. Each one of you will take home a backpack filled with precious moments and incredible highlights!

During the final two days you will camp in the valley of Þórsmörk (Thorsmork), perfect to explore the surrounding volcanoes and glaciers. Our hike will take you up to the high Fimmvörðuháls Pass where the first eruption of 2010 happened. It was this eruption which produced the two new craters, Magni and Móði. They are named after sons of the Norse Thunder God, Þór. Magni means strong and Móði means brave. We will also pass by the famous (some say infamous) volcano mountain glacier, Eyjafjallajökull – the 2010 eruption halted air traffic and dominated world news for a few months.

Your footsteps will take you ever further away from the buzz of the city as you step into the complete serenity of the amazingly peaceful Icelandic nature, mesmerizing scene after mesmerizing scene will open out before your eyes.

This six-day family trekking tour is a supported trek so your main luggage will be transported between camping places. You just carry a day bag. Particularly mindful of the younger children in the party a sturdy 4 x 4 Jeep is used to cross the larger rivers.

Your professional guide organizes everything and prepares the meals but assistance from participants is warmly welcomed. This tour gives a great opportunity to make friends with hiking families from around the world.

Remember to bring: Please check our detailed equipment list.

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

Meeting points outside of Reykjavik:
8:35 a.m. – Selfoss N1 gas station
9:15 a.m. – Hella- Bus Terminal

*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.

Drop off: Please check tour itinerary for drop off points and times.

Day 1: REYKJAVIK-LANDMANNALAUGAR AND FROM LANDMANNALAUGAR TO HRAFNTINNUSKER

Your tour starts when we meet you at Reykjavík Tourist Information at the City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti at 7.00.  The City Hall is located by the big pond (Tjörnin), close to the Icelandic Parliament, Alþingið. This point is within easy walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjavík. Pick up may also take place from a few other locations around Reykjavík, by arrangement.

After introductions, we board the scheduled bus which will take us to Landmannalaugar, where you will begin hiking Laugavegur.  The drive from Reykjavik takes about 3-4 hours, we travel along the scenic south coast before turning inland and passing close to Iceland’s most active volcano, the notorious Hekla. The road will get rougher and the rugged and raw Icelandic nature will be all around us.

Your hike begins in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland, dominated by vibrantly colorful rhyolite and soft sand-toned mountain peaks, you will see steaming hot springs. We will visit a very beautiful hot spring, Stórihver (Large Spring), before the trail takes us into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. We set up our first camp at the Hrafntinnusker campsite, one of the most remote camping grounds in Iceland.

Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

Day Highlights
Landmannalaugar
Stóri Hver hot spring
Mt. Brennisteinsalda
Hrafntinnusker
Included
Scenic drive from Reykjavík
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN

We get together over a nourishing breakfast in our kitchen tent. Today the Laugavegur Trek will take us along the Reykjafjöll Mountains before we drop down into the Jökultungur area. We will see how the geothermal activity has transformed these gullies into yellow and red natural masterpieces. From the top of Jökultungur, there are magnificent views over the whole Fjallabak area and the lake, Álftavatn (Swan Lake) which is where we will make our next overnight camp. To reach Álftavatn we will need to cross an unbridged stream on foot, exciting and refreshing for the feet. Our campsite is in an idyllic location next to a small stream at the side of the lake.

Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610′).

Day Highlights
Mount Reykjafjöll
Jökultungur area
Fjallabak
Álftavatn lake
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

Day 3: ALFTAVATN LAKE - EMSTRUR

After breakfast your day will begin with another refreshing stream crossing then we make our way past the unusual green volcano, Stórasúla (meaning Large Column) and into the black sand desert of Mælifellssandur. Along the way we will get a great view of Hattafell, a volcano with a rather strange flat top. The trail continues across this black glacial desert and into Emstrur, on a day with good visibility there is a chance to enjoy spectacular views of the mountain glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, each one harbors a well-known volcano beneath its ice cap! Just before the campsite in Botnar, we deviate a little from the path, taking a look at Markarfljótsgljúfur, an almost 200m deep canyon which has been carved out by the glacial river, Markarfljót.

The campsite in Botnar in an attractive vegetated area is a very welcome sight after the long walk, a soft green oasis magically appearing in the black sand desert. It is here that we will make camp and spend the night.
Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 ‘).

Day Highlights
Black sand deserts
Volcano views
Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier views
Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

Day 4: EMSTRUR - THORSMORK VALLEY

We leave Emstrur behind us and continue along the canyons all the way to Þórsmörk (Thorsmork). The trail takes us within a few kilometers of the fabulous glacier, Mýrdalsjökull, home to the greatly feared and awe inspiring volcano, Katla. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees start to come into view, this is a sure sign that we are getting closer the valley of Þórsmörk with its shrubs, trees, mosses and abundant greenery. We walk under the iconic mountain, Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountain) and enter the peaceful and sweetly scented dense birch forests of Þórsmörk. This green valley sitting under the towering glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull is a magnificent place to camp for the night. You can afford to celebrate a little, to trek Laugavegur is really special!

Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ‘).

 

Day Highlights
Emstrur
Mount Einhyrningur
Þórsmörk Valley
Glacier views
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

Day 5: HIKING TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO, FIMMVORDUHALS PASS

Today we set off from Þórsmörk quite early in the morning. Taking to the Fimmvörðuháls trail we head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. It is at Fimmvörðuháls that the first eruption in 2010 took place, creating a new lava field and two new volcano craters, Magni and Móði, named after sons of the Norse Thunder God, Þór (Thor). Along the way we will pass by a lava ‘waterfall’ lava formed during the eruption. Here you have a chance to picture how Iceland is still being constructed, shaped by the forces of fire and ice, in comparative terms this really is a very young land! Your efforts will be rewarded with fabulous views over the whole valley. You have completed the Fimmvörðuháls trek! We will camp at Þórsmörk and enjoy a party to celebrate your completion of two great Icelandic trails with a traditional Icelandic grilled lamb dinner.
Distance: 16 km (10 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 800 m (2600 ‘)

Day Highlights
Fimmvörðuháls Famous volcano eruption site of 2010
New craters Magni and Móði
Traditional Icelandic lamb meal
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

Day 6: THORSMORK VALLEY - REYKJAVIK

In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast before going out to explore this amazing valley. The volcanoes, Katla and Eyjafjallajökull, surround the Þórsmörk valley. For thousands of years these volcanoes and the glaciers which cover them have carved the Þórsmörk sandstone into surreal sculptures, nowadays these are richly embellished with mosses and interspersed with Arctic birch trees. We will hike up the mountain, Valahnúkur, to get a glorious overview of the whole area. Those who prefer to can simply spend the relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful birch scented place. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30. Drop off is available at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall)Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. Taxis and local bus services may be taken from these points.
Distance: 6 km (3.25 mi) Walking time: 3 hrs

Day Highlights
Mount Valahnúkur
Glacier views
Þórsmörk Valley
Seljalandsfoss (waterfall view)
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Scenic drive back to Reykjavík
What is the group size on the tours?

All of our tours are small group experiences. We have a maximum of 16 participants on the hut tour and 14 participants on the camping tour.

Is there any drinking water along the trail?

Yes, you can fill your water bottles with tap water at the huts/campsites. It’s perfectly safe to drink. There are also a few streams along the way with safe drinking water, just ask your guide.

Are gaiters necessary?

Gaiters are optional but we always recommend that our participants use them. The weather in Iceland can be quite wet so the trails subsequently get wet as well. They are not necessary but being drenched on a hike when conditions are wet and muddy is very unpleasant. Some rain pants have straps at the bottom which serve a similar purpose as gaiters so if you are equipped with those you don’t need both.

Are hiking poles necessary?

Hiking poles are also optional. The choice of using them or not of course depends on your own personal preference. Note that we do recommend hiking poles if you are used to hiking with them.

What is the group size on the Laugvegur Trek tours?

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.

Is there any drinking water along the Laugavegur trail?

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.

Are gaiters necessary on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Are hiking poles necessary on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Are there showers at the huts/campsites on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

How are the toilet facilities at the huts/campsites during the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Can you charge electronic devices at the huts on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Do I have to share a room with other people / What are the huts like?

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.

What do I have to carry on my Laugavegur Trek and what is transported for me?

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.

Are there any limitations on the size of luggage you can bring on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Is there somewhere I can leave my extra luggage while on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Why don’t you recommend suitcases on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

What is the Special Food Extra option for the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Can I rent a sleeping bag from you to use on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

I am a solo traveler, can I stay in a tent by myself?

Yes, you can purchase the single tent rental either when you book the tour or by adding it to you booking at least 2 days before the tour starts.

Is there any information you need from me when booking the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Is there WiFi or internet connection at the huts on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Does the guide prepare the meals on the Laugavegur trek?

The meals are prepared by all participants, guide and 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.

Disclaimer
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.

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