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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 see the best Icelandic nature has to offer - glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields, geothermal hot springs and colorful mountains.

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Hiking the Laugavegur trail is without equal in Iceland. Adding Fimmvörðuháls into the equation is absolute magic! The Laugavegur trail connects Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve with Þórsmörk valley, it is about 55 km long. See the new craters from the 2010 eruption at Fimmvörðuháls.

  • Availability
    June 15th - September 18th
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    15 years
  • Ratio
    16:1
  • Price from
    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 by arrangement at one of our other *meeting points.

Trekking tours are really friendly giving a great opportunity to get to know people from all over the world.  Your professional guide organizes and prepares the meals but the willing assistance of participants is greatly appreciated. Enjoy being part of a team – many hands make light work!

We leave Reykjavík early in the day for the 3 to 4 hours drive to Landmannalaugar. We pass through South Iceland before going up into the highlands to the geothermal hot spring area. The gentle green farmlands of the lowlands will give way to the awe inspiring volcanic scenery around the glorious Hekla Volcano. Your trek begins at Landmannalaugar where the incredibly colorful rhyolite mountains will set the color palette for the scenery; fields of obsidian, red, green and yellow mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers.  See the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring on the way to your accommodation at Hrafntinnusker. Hiking 12 km.

Day 2 will take you to the Reykjafjöll geothermal rhyolite mountains and the area around the Jökultungur peak with dramatic views over the Fjallabak area. We will need to wade a river on the way to our accommodation at Álftavatn lake! Hiking 12 km.  Day 3 we wade another stream as we trek into volcano country. Crossing Mælifellssandur, and passing the Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanos on the way to Emstrur, will give us outstanding views of the famous Eyjafjallajökull glacier and Mýrdalsjökull glacier, with the mighty Katla Volcano lurking ominously beneath it.  On our way to Botnar, a green oasis in the black sand desert where we will spend the night, we will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a 200 m deep canyon shaped by powerful glacier activity. Hiking 15 km. Day 4 we will complete the Laugavegur trail to Þórsmörk, passing through stunning Almenningar you will get great views of Mount Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountain). Your accommodation for the night will be in a stunning location at Þórsmörk beneath Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. Hiking 15 km.

Day 5 Fimmvörðuháls Pass and the new volcanic craters, Magni and Móði. These craters were formed in the first 2010 eruption, their names mean strong and brave, they were named after sons of the Norse Thunder God, Þór. Your knowledgeable guide will explain the unique geological features which surround you – outstandingly spectacular scenery all the way is guaranteed! Hiking 16 km. Your accommodation will be at Þórsmörk. We celebrate the trek with a traditional Icelandic lamb grill dinner. This is something really special. The Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trek has been listed by National Geographic as a world top 20 hike.

Day 6:  Hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði, or just maybe relax or stroll around Þórsmörk or perhaps a gentle wander to Húsadalur will be appealing? Glimpse Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the journey back. Return to Reykjavík will be early in the evening.

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

*Please note: You may have to wait up to 30 minutes before the bus departs from the listed locations.

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

Day 1: REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - HRAFNTINNUSKER

We depart early in the morning from the center of Reykjavik to make the most of the day. The drive to Landmannalaugar will take about 3-4 hours, first of all along the south coast and then up into the highlands where we will spend the rest of week. The journey itself is highly scenic and fascinating, taking us by the magnificent volcano mountain, Hekla, the most active volcano in Iceland. This volcano, said by many Europeans in the Middle Ages to be ‘The Gateway to Hell’ has erupted every 10 – 15 years throughout the last century. Landmannalaugar is the starting point for the Laugavegur trail. We will make our way through the geothermal wonders which make this place so remarkable, admire the incredibly vibrant colors of the rhyolite mountains and the steaming hot springs. On the way to our accommodation for our first night, at Hrafntinnusker, we will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring before crossing over into the obsidian desert, the flinty raven blackness of which inspired the name, Hrafntinnusker, in Icelandic Hrafn means raven.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

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

Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN

After a good sleep and a nutritious breakfast we will be energized and ready to go again!  The vibrantly colored Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the Jökultungur area are at the top of the agenda today. Geothermal activity has turned these craggy gullies into burnt, and sometimes vivid yellows and reds over time, these colors contrast dramatically with the soft pale sandy hues around them. The top of Jökultungur is a great place to enjoy views over the whole Fjallabak (behind the mountain) area and Álftavatn lake where we will be spending the night. To get to our accommodation we have to cross a river on foot. Wading a river is usually a very exciting experience for overseas hikers.
Distance: 12km (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 an energizing breakfast we are ready to set off again! We begin by wading across another stream as we proceed onto Mælifellssandur and into volcano country. We will pass the Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanoes on our way to Emstrur, from where, in clear visibility, we will get absolutely outstanding views of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull volcano mountain glaciers. On our way to Botnar, a green oasis in the midst of a black sand desert, we will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a stunning 200 m deep canyon fashioned by a glacial river. We will spend the night in this area.
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 a good breakfast, we leave Emstrur and continue the hike to Þórsmörk. As we go through the Almenningar gorge by Mount Einhyrningur (the Unicorn Mountain), we will still have a great view of the glaciers as we advance towards Þórsmörk. As we get closer the landscape and nature change, a few trees begin to appear here and there, setting the tone for the characteristic dense birch forest for which Þórsmörk is famous. Our accommodation will be in a simply magnificent location to spend a night, beneath the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. You can now celebrate your completion of the world famous Laugavegur Trail!

Distance: 15km (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

Fimmvörðuháls is the magnificent high mountain pass between Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull – the infamous volcano that erupted in 2010. Today you will be visiting the two new volcano craters,  Magni and Móði, which were formed in the first eruption in 2010. Magni and Móði are named after the sons of Þór (Thor), the Norse God, their names mean strong and brave. The scenery on the Fimmvörðuháls Pass is absolutely fantastic and totally stunning. The new lava really brings into sharp focus the way Iceland is still being formed by volcanic activity.  We will spend a final night among the other-worldly vistas of Þórsmork. Your completion of the Laugavegur and Fimmvorðuháls trails will be celebrated in the traditional Icelandic way with a delicious grilled lamb dinner.
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 the surrounding area. A hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði will give outstanding views over the valley and the glaciers. For those who are not up for a serious hike, a stroll to Húsadalur might be an option, or just relaxing around 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.

Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi) Walking time: 3 hrs.

Drop off is offered at: Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall)Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. Taxis and local buses services are available from these points.

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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