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Laugavegur Trekking

4 Days Family Trek (Tents)

The famous Laugavegur trail is the ultimate family trekking tour in spectacular nature. Create amazing memories to treasure forever!

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The Laugavegur trek, the most famous and popular trekking trail in Iceland, is now listed by National Geographic as one of the top hiking trails in the world. Hiking from the geothermal paradise of Landmannalaugar, crossing black sand deserts as glaciers tower high above you, to the green valley of Þórsmörk (Thorsmork) will leave the whole family with incredible memories.

  • Availability
    July-August
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Level
    Challenging
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    8 years
  • Ratio
    1:16
  • Price from
    155.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Landmannalaugar
Eyjafjallajökull Volcano Glacier
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork Valley)
Icelandic nature
Included
Transport
Guiding service
Accommodation
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 four day guided tour from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk on the world renowned Laugavegur trail, listed as a world top 20 trail by National Geographic. This tour provides an absolutely ultimate Iceland trekking experience for the whole family.

Each one of you will take home a backpack filled with precious memories and incredible highlights! You will hike through magical geothermal areas, impossibly colorful rhyolite mountains, and great canyons with famous volcano mountains and glistening glaciers decorating the horizon.  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. The best part of all? You get to explore the very best of Icelandic nature with your family and to make friends with hiking families from around the globe.

This four-day family trekking tour is a supported trek so your main luggage will be transported between camping places. You just need to 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 appreciated – enjoy being part of the friendly team!

Vouchers
Pick up and expected drop off times will be confirmed by our sales team after booking. When you arrange your trip you will initially be sent a voucher as proof of booking. This document will not contain your pick up and drop off details. Our sales team will send you a separate email containing your full itinerary, so please look out for this.

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

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.

After introductions, we board the scheduled bus which will take us to Landmannalaugar, where you will begin hiking the Laugavegur trail. 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 Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote camping grounds in Iceland.

We enjoy a delicious supper in our kitchen tent, getting to know one another better in the midst of the most magnificent Icelandic nature.

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

Day Highlights
Landmannalaugar
Stórihver hot spring
Hrafntinnusker
Included
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN

We get together over a nourishing breakfast in our kitchen tent before we set off to trek Iceland once again!

Today the trail 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. The 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 ft).

Day Highlights
Mount Reykjafjöll
Jökultungur area
Fjallabak area
Álftavatn Lake
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accomodation

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, an unusual flat-topped volcano. The trail continues over the 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 houses a well-known volcano beneath its ice cap! The magnificent mountain pass at Fimmvörðuháls sits between them.

Just before the campsite, 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. Trekking Iceland at its most glorious! The campsite 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 ft).

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

DAY 4: EMSTRUR - THORSMORK - REYKJAVIK

We leave Emstrur behind and continue on our way alongside fabulous canyons to Þórsmörk (Thorsmork). The trail will take us within a few kilometers of the great Mýrdalsjokull glacier. As we descend towards the Almenningar (gorge) a few trees can be seen, a sure sign we are getting closer to the birch forests of Þórsmörk. Our hike will take us to the foot of Mount Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountains), and yes, its shape really does resemble the creature of myth and legend! We enter the valley of Þórsmörk, a fertile green valley situated between the rivers Krossá, Þrongá and Markarfljot, there are magnificent views of the Mýrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull volcano mountain glaciers.

Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985 ‘) Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs.

We will arrive back in Reykjavik at around 21:30. Drop off is available at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall)Reykjavik Campsite and at the City Hall on Vonarstræti. Taxis and local bus services are available from these points.

Day Highlights
Emstrur
Þórsmörk valley
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Scenic drive back to Reykjavik
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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