The famous Laugavegur trail is the ultimate nature exploration tour for the whole family. The views and adventures will stay in your memories forever.
The Laugavegur trail is the most famous and popular trekking path in Iceland and now known globally as it is listed by the National Geographic as one of the best hiking trails in the world. It is well deserving of it’s fame leaving you with memories to last a lifetime. Let’s explore the highlights of the Icelandic highlands together with the whole family.
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Eyjafjallajökull glacier volcano
- Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
- Icelandic nature
- Guiding service
- All meals
- Luggage transport
Pick-up time: 07:00 a.m. in front of the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti or one of our other *meeting points.
The Laugavegur trail is listed by the National Geographic as one of the best hiking trails in the world and is well deserving of it’s fame.
We start at the geothermal paradise, Landmannalaugar, where we trek through the historic lava field of Laugahraun and colorful rhyolite mountains. We will embark upon a journey of diversity and adventure as we make our way further into the Icelandic highlands. The whole family will love spending time together in the nature, making new discoveries and meeting new people in this magical setting as we make our way over black sand deserts, a sparkling glacier, majestic mountains and past great canyons. The trek is a supported tour and we will drive your main luggage from camp to camp or help you in crossing the biggest rivers by a 4×4 Jeep.
This is the perfect trekking tour for all families seeking a healthy, active and fun holiday. The memories will last a lifetime.
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
*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 at 7 a.m. The City Hall on Vonarstræti is within walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjaviík. We also offer pick up at your door for a small fee. After introductions we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. The drive 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 ‘).
- Stórihver hot spring
Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN
After a communal breakfast in our kitchen tent we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjoll 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′).
- Mt. Reykjafjöll
- Jökultungur area
- Álftavatn lake
Day 3: ALFTAVATN LAKE - EMSTRUR
We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Storasula 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 ‘).
- Black sand deserts
- Volcano views
- Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier views
- Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon
DAY 4: EMSTRUR - THORSMORK - REYKJAVIK
We leave Emstrur behind and continue on our way to Thorsmork along the canyons. 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 at the foot of the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley situated between the rivers Krossa, Thronga and Markarfljot; offers a beautiful mountain view on volcanic glaciers Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull. We will be returning to Reykjavik at around 21:30 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: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985 ‘) Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs.
- Þórsmörk valley
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Scenic drive back to Reykjavik
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.
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.
This solely depends on your personal preference. If you are used to hiking with poles we do recommend using them for this 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).
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.
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.
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 you booking at least 2 days before the tour starts.
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, 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.
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.
Price from 155.990 ISK per person.
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