Overview

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.

Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar
  • Hrafntinnusker
  • Álftavatn
  • Emstrur
  • Þórsmörk (Thorsmork)
  • Magni and Móði craters
  • Fimmvörðuháls

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.

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  • Small group experience
  • Expert guides
Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 6 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Moderate
Minimum age 14 years
Ratio 1:16
Accommodation Included
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

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What's included

Included

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • All meals
  • Luggage transport

What to bring

  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom), at least two sets of shirts
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • At least one pair of gloves
  • 2 to 3 pairs of thick socks
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts/campsites
  • Day backpack, 25-40 L
  • River crossing shoes (old sneakers or similar for fording rivers)
  • Health supplies and prescription medicine
  • Personal medical kit to include personal medication
  • 1-2 liter water bottle
  • Towel

Not Included

  • Meet on location

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Itinerary

The Laugavegur Trail

The Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trek has been listed by National Geographic as one of the “World’s Best Hikes” due to the unique and extremely diverse landscape encountered on the trail. Everything from sizzling hot springs and volcanoes to icy white glaciers. We walk through geothermally active lands of multicolored rhyolite mountains, fields of obsidian, cross glacier rivers and so much more on our journey. We stay in rustic but charming highland huts, located in remote areas. Each area is unique, revealing new features in the ever-changing landscapes of the trail.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pick-up time: 07:00 am in front of the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti or at one of our other *meeting points by arrangement.

Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:
7:00 a.m. – Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik’s City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
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.

FAQ

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.

We recommend bringing hiking poles on the trek. However, they are not necessary and it depends on your personal preference. Many people prefer to have them for the river crossings and if you are used to hiking with poles then you should bring a pair with you. It’s also possible to rent a pair from us in the booking process.

Showers are found in every hut/campsite except the one at Hrafntinnusker. Using the showers costs 500 ISK and can be paid for at the warden’s hut at each hut/campsite.

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. If you have extra luggage that you would like to leave in Reykjavik, then you can purchase luggage storage in the booking process.

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 in Reykjavik for storage. You bring your luggage to the pick up locations and we will have a member of staff pick it up and returned to you after the tour.

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 your booking at least 2 days before the start of the tour.

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, guides and the 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.

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