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Laugavegur Trekking & Fimmvorduhals – 6 day hike (Tents)

Experience the Highlands of Iceland

A 6-day Laugavegur hiking tour. Take in the amazing nature of the Icelandic nature and spend the nights in a tent.

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  • Availability
    June 26th - August 21st
  • Duration
    6 days
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    15 years
  • Ratio
    16:1
  • Price
    165.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Landmannalaugar
Laugavegur trail
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork valley)
Hiking
Álftavatn
Hrafntinnusker
Included
Transport
Guiding service
Accommodation in tents
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.

This is the famous Laugavegur trek that National Geographic chose as one of the “20 Best Hikes in the world“. We leave Reykjavik and make our way to Landmannalaugar Nature reserve there we start the trek.  On this six-day trek through the Icelandic highlands, your can expect to experience the amazing environment and great views in a unique landscape -fields of obsidian, rhyolite mountains, black sands, white glaciers and green valleys. After finishing the Laugavegur trail itself, we take a day to hike up to the craters formed in the 2010 eruption at Fimmvörduháls. A maintained track is found for most of the route, but you might have to go off track for some parts and also cross rivers on foot.

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 meet at 07:00 a.m. from the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti. After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. We will be ready to start the hike around noon and start making our way to Hrafntinnusker through the magical Landmannalaugar area, surrounded by rhyolite mountains and mystical steam from the hot springs. Before we reach the campsite in Hrafntinnusker we will be crossing the obsidian desert the place takes its name after.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

Day Highlights
Landmannalaugar
Mt. Brennisteinsalda
Hrafntinnusker
Included
Scenic drive from Reykjavík
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

DAY 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN LAKE

After breakfast in our kitchen tent, we head out for the second section of the trail. We will make our way along the Reykjafjöll mountains and then to the magnificent Jökultungur area, where the gullies have been painted red and yellow by the geothermal activity over the years. A great view over Fjallabak and Álftavetn lake can be enjoyed from the top of Jökultungur. Before reaching Álftavatn, where we will be spending the night, we cross an unbridged stream on foot – a definite highlight for many and a new experience for most.
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

Day three starts with an invigorating stream crossing as we make our way to Mælifellssandur, a black sand desert. We will pass two volcanos on our way – the incredibly green Mt. Stórasúla and Mt. Hattafell, with a strange flat top. We continue our hike to Emstrur where on a clear day we will have a chance of an outstanding view of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. We will taka a small detour to admire the magnificent Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon before we reach our camping place at Botnar. This canyon is 200 meters deep and has been carved out by the Markarfljót river over the years. We will put up camp in a green oasis surrounded by a 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

We say goodbye to Emstrur and continue on the trek towards Þórsmörk. We will be hiking close to Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s 4th biggest glacier. As we come closer to the coast the landscape starts to change and we can even see a few trees as we approach Almenningar. We make our way past Mt. Einhyrningur, a characteristic tuff mountain shaped like a unicorn before we enter the birch forest in Þórsmörk where we will be spending the night.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985′).

Day Highlights
Emstrur
Mt. Einhyrningur
Glacier views
Glacier views
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

DAY 5: MAGNI AND MODI CRATERS AND FIMMVORDUHALS PASS

Today Fimmvörðuháls and the new craters from the famous Eyjafjallajökull eruption in 2010 are on the agenda. After a good nights sleep in the birch valley, we start our hike early morning and take on the last full day hike of this trip. With the glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, on each hand throughout the day, the exceptional view is sure to leave you stunned. We will spend our last night in Þórsmörk and will throw ourselves a farewell party with the traditional Icelandic grilled Lamb for 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 - REYKJAVIK

After a leisurely breakfast, we have some time to explore amazing surroundings before we start making our way back to the city. We hike up the mountain Útigönguhöfði for a fantastic view over the valley. Those who wish can also simply spend the relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place. On our way to Reykjavik, you can get a glimpse at the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, on of the most popular 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 the City Hall on Vonarstræti. From there taxis and local buses are available.
Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi). Walking time: 3 hrs.

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