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Laugavegur Family Trekking

6 Days Trek (Tents)

Hike through the highlands of the unique island of Iceland on the Laugavegur trail with your family.

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Enjoy hiking from Landmannalaugar geothermal paradise over black sand deserts and glaciers before reaching the fertile valley Thorsmork. From there we will explore the famous Fimmvorduhals Volcano that erupted in 2010. 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
    165.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Landmannalaugar
Hrafntinnusker
Álftavatn lake
Emstrur
Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork Valley)
Magni and Móði craters 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 one of our other *meeting points.

Enjoy the ultimate outdoor experience in Iceland together with your whole family on a six day guided tour from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk and Eyjafjallajökull area with its volcanoes and lava fields. The Laugavegur trail is the absolute highlight of the South-West highlands. A fun and exciting adventure from start to finish as we embark upon a journey of magical geothermal areas, rhyolite mountains, fresh volcanoes and sparkling glaciers. On this trekking tour you are sure to be in complete serenity away from the city buzz. You and your family will go home with a backpack filled with beautiful memories from that time you explored the Iceland at it’s best.
It is a supported hiking so your main luggage will be transported from camp to camp and help you crossing the biggest rivers by a 4×4 Jeep. The final two days will be spent in Þórsmörk valley as will explore the glaciers surrounding and the volcanic eruption site of 2010. First Fimmvörðuháls pass where the erupted first started creating two new craters Magni and Móði and secondly the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano making the world news for months to come.
This is an adventure to remember.

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
7:00 a.m. – Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut
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

The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at the City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti at 7.00. The City Hall is located by the big pond (Tjörnin) and is within walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjavík. After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. We also offer pick up at selected locations around Reykjavik. The drive from Reykjavik takes about 3-4 hours, on the way we drive along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Iceland’s most active volcano, Hekla. Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. We walk by the beautiful hot spring Stórihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. We put up the first camp at the campsite in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote campsites 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

After a communal breakfast in our kitchen tent we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjöll mountains and then descend into the Jokultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red. From the top of Jokultungur there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and lake Alftavatn which is our next overnight stop. Before reaching Alftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. Our campsite is next to small stream by the lake.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610′).

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

Day 3: ALFTAVATN LAKE - EMSTRUR

We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla and into the black desert of Maelifellssandur. On our way we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur where there is a chance to enjoy the view on Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Just before reaching the campsite in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, almost 200m deep canyons carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The campsite in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcome sight after walking through the black sands.
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 put Emstrur behind us and continue along the canyons on our way to Thorsmork. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. We walk under the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest in Thórsmörk. Thorsmork is a green valley nesting under the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, a magnificent place to spend the Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ‘).

Day Highlights
Emstrur
Mt. Einhyrningur
Þórsmörk valley
Glacier views
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

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

Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two new volcanos formed in 2010, Magni and Modi, the sons of Thor. On the way we pass by a ”waterfall” of lava formed in the eruption. Here you have a chance to see how Iceland is still being constructed. fantastic view over the valley. We spend the night in Thorsmork and have a goodbye party while enjoying a traditional Icelandic grilled lamb for 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 in the hut before going out to explore amazing surroundings. The volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajökull surround the Þórsmörk valley, for thousands of years these volcanoes and the glaciers that cover them have carved the sandstone in Thorsmork into surreal sculptures dotted with moss and Arctic birch trees. We hike up the mountain Valahnúkur for a fantastic view over the valley. Those who wish can also simply spend the relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30 and offer drop off at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall)Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. From there taxis and local buses are available.
Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi) Walking time: 3 hrs

Day Highlights
Mt. Valahnúkur
Glacier views
Þórsmörk Valley
Seljalandsfoss (waterfall view)
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Scenic drive back to Reykjavík
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.

Note that some rain pants have straps at the bottom which serve the same purpose as gaiters so if you are bringing a pair of those you don’t need both.

Are hiking poles necessary on the Laugavegur trek?

This solely depends on your personal preference. If you are used to hiking with poles we do recommend using them for this trek.

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

Showers are found in every hut except the one at Hrafntinnusker. Using the showers costs 500 ISK and you will need to bring coins or cash for the payment (no cards are accepted).

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.

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 for storage. You bring your luggage to the pick up locations and we will have a member of staff pick up up and take it to the headquarters. When you return we will go to pick it up.

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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