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Laugavegur Trekking & Fimmvorduhals – 6 day hike (Huts)

Experience the Highlands of Iceland

Experience the highlands of Iceland on a 6 day hiking tour. You will get to see the best Icelandic nature has to offer glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields, geothermal colors and hot springs.

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Hiking the Laugavegur trail has no equals in Iceland. Add Fimmvörðuháls to the equation and you have a true magic! Laugavegur trail consists of about 55 km long trail between Landmannalaugar nature reserve and the valley of Þórsmörk.

  • Availability
    June 15th - September 18th
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    15 years
  • Ratio
    16:1
  • Price
    199.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Landmannalaugar
Hrafntinnusker
Álftavatn
Emstrur
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork)
Magni and Móði craters
Fimmvörðuháls
Included
Transport
Accommodation
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.

We start our trek in Landmannalaugar where the colorful rhyolite mountains set the tone for the following day’s scenery; fields of obsidian, red, pink and yellow mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers. The Laugavegur trail ends in Thorsmörk, a true oasis nestled at the foot of the famous glacier Eyjafjallajökull. After spending the night in Thorsmork, we hike up to the craters at Fimmvörduháls that are still warm since the eruption in 2010 and end our journey at Skógar. A maintained track is found for most of the route and your guide will make sure that you do not miss anything of interest, explain the scenery along the way as well as the geological history of Iceland. Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trek was recently chosen one of “20 Best Hikes in the world by National Geographic.”

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 - HRAFNTINNUSKER

We take off from the center of Reykjavik early morning to make the most of the day ahead. The drive to Landmannalaugar takes us about 3-4 hours along the south coast and into the highlands where we will be spending the rest of week. On our way, we will pass the magnificent Mt. Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland – erupting every 10 – 15 years in the last century. Landmannalaugar is the starting point for our hike. We make our way through the geothermal wonders that make this place so remarkable and take in the multicolored surroundings and the steaming hot springs. On the way to our first accommodation place, Hrafntinnusker we will come across Stórihver hot spring before crossing into the obsidian desert the place takes its name from.
Distance: 12km (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 good nights sleep and a nutritious breakfast, we head out again. On today’s agenda are the Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the Jökultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red over time. The top of Jökultungur is a great place to enjoy the view of the Fjallabak area and Álftavatn lake where we will be spending the night. Before we reach our accommodation place have a river to cross on foot, an exciting experience foreign to many hikers.
Distance: 12km (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

This day starts with a wading of another stream. Then we proceed into Mælifellssandur passing Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanos on our way to Emstrur where
we have a chance of an outstanding view of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Before arriving at the campsite in Botnar, we make our way to Markarfljótsgljúfur -an approximately 200-meter deep canyon form by a glacier river. We spend the night in Botnar, a green oasis in the black sand desert.
Distance: 15km (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

After breakfast, we leave Emstrur and continue the hike to Þórsmörk. We go through Almenningar by Mt. Einhyrningur, still having a great view of the glaciers we keep approaching. As we get closer to Þórsmörk a few trees begin to appear giving the tone for the dense birch forest that is so characteristic for Þórsmörk. We will stay below Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, a magnificent place to spend the night.
Distance: 15km (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

Fimmvörðuháls is a pass between Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull – the infamous volcano that erupted in 2010. We will be exploring the new volcanos Magni and Móði, that were formed in that eruption. The scenery on the Fimmvörðuháls pass is absolutely fantastic. The new lava gives a good idea about how Iceland is still being formed by geothermal activity. We will spend the spend another night in Þórsmork and celebrate our trek with a delicious grilled lamb in the traditional Icelandic way.
Distance: 16km (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

The last day of the tour will be spent exploring Þórsmörk and surroundings. We will hike up Mt. Útigönguhöfði and have a stunning view over the valley and the glaciers. For those that are not up for a serious hike, a stroll to Húsadalur might be an option, or just relaxing in Langidalur before we return to Reykjavík. On our way to the city, you can get a glimpse of Seljalandsfoss waterfall one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. 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 Reykjavik City Center (Aðalstræti 2). From there taxis and local buses are available.
Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi) Walking time: 3 hrs.

Day Highlights
Mt. Útgönguhöfði for a more challenging hike
Húsadalur valley for a slower hike
Langidalur valley
Seljalandsfoss (waterfall view)
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Scenic drive 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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