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Laugavegur Trekking & Fimmvorduhals – 6 day hike (Tents)

Experience the Highlands of Iceland

A 6-day Laugavegur hiking tour. Take in absolutely incredible sights and spend your nights in a tent surrounded by the extraordinary Icelandic nature.

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The Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls Iceland hiking tours will show you some of the most stunning vistas in the world. Colorful rhyolite mountains, geothermal hot springs, Eyjafjalljökull and new lava craters from the 2010 eruption at the Fimmvörðuháls Pass.

  • Availability

    June - August

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    15 years

  • Ratio

    16:1

  • Price from

    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 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.

Accommodation is in tents. Your guide organizes the meals but assistance from participants is greatly appreciated. You will meet people from all over the world – be part of the team!

This six-day trek will really show you the Icelandic highlands. Be blown away by the otherworldly landscapes around Landmannalaugar – vibrant red and green hues of the rhyolite mountains and subdued caramel-colored peaks with mystical clouds of steam rising from the hot spring pool. This is just the appetizer!

Cross the fields of obsidian on your way to Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote camping sites in Iceland where we will set up camp. Day 2: The Laugavegur Trail will take you along the Reykjafjöll mountains and then into the Jökultungur area, from the top there are outstanding views over Fjallabak and Álftavatn (Swan Lake), we wade a stream on our way to the lake-side camping ground at Álftavatn. Day 3: Another stream crossing on foot then we hike up onto the black sands of Mælifellssandur, passing two volcano mountains, Stórasúla and Hattafell before, on a clear day, getting a view of Eyjafjallajökull. We see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a 200 m deep canyon, before camping at Botnar. Day 4: Hike close to Mýrdalsjökull glacier, passing the unicorn shaped Mount Einhyrningur, on the way to Þórsmörk, a lushly forested valley and the end of the trail. Trekking Laugavegur is so special! Camp at Þórsmörk, the valley of Þór, the Norse Thunder God.

Day 5: Now for another trek Iceland, your Fimmvörðuháls hike! Flanked by the towering glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, head through the Fimmvörðuháls mountain pass to see Magni and Móði, new volcanic craters formed by the first 2010 eruption. This trek gives you the excitement of wading small rivers and deviating from the path occasionally. Camping at Þórsmörk, we celebrate with a farewell party and a traditional Icelandic grilled lamb dinner. Day 6: Leisurely breakfast then a hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði giving stunning views over the whole valley, or just relax around Þórsmörk. On the way back to Reykjavík you will glimpse the elegant waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, returning at around 18:30 in the evening.

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
7:15 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 at the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti. We introduce ourselves and board the scheduled bus which will take us to Landmannalaugar, the beginning of the famous Laugavegur trail. On our way we pass through farmlands and small towns and villages. We will begin the trek around noon. First, there is the opportunity to take a breath and really absorb the mystical landscapes around Landmannalaugar. You will feel you have entered another world as you watch steam wafting surreally across the surface of the geothermal hot spring pool, in a landscape filled with brightly colored rhyolite and soft creamy mountain peaks.

Our destination will be the campsite at Hrafntinnusker, on the way we will cross the flinty raven blackness of the obsidian desert from which this place takes its name. The Icelandic word “hrafn” means raven, it is not necessary to be in Iceland for very long to realize that the name of a place is normally very descriptive of the appearance or features to be found there. Your guide will share some fascinating stories and geological information. The Hrafntinnusker camping ground is one of the most remote in Iceland. We get to know one another better – the kitchen tent is a great social hub!
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

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

DAY 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN LAKE

After a nourishing breakfast in our kitchen tent, we head out for the second section of the trail, today our destination will be the lake-side camp site at Álftavatn (Swan Lake). We will trek along the Reykjafjöll mountains and then onto the magnificent Jökultungur area, here the gullies have been painted vibrant shades of red and yellow by geothermal activity over the years. From the top of Jökultungur you will get fabulous views over Fjallabak and the lake, Álftavatn. To reach our camping ground we will need to cross an unbridged stream on foot – a new and exciting experience for many of the participants and a highlight for most! With our feet invigorated by the refreshing wade across the stream we will set up camp close to the lake. On a clear evening stunning and simply magnificent views will stretch as far as the eye can see in every direction.
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 your day will begin with another invigorating stream crossing as the trail takes us to Mælifellssandur, a barren but incredibly beautiful black sand desert. On the way we will pass two volcano mountains, the incredibly green Mount Stórasúla (Large Column), and Mount Hattafell, which has a rather strange flat top. Our trek continues to Emstrur, in good visibility you will have truly spectacular views of Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull, both towering mountain glaciers, each shrouding a famous volcano beneath its ice. The famous (or infamous, depending on your viewpoint) Eyjafjallajökull probably needs no further introduction after the 2010 eruption which curtailed air traffic almost world-wide. Mýrdalsjökull is home to the mighty and capricious Katla, Europeans referred to this volcano as ‘The Gateway to Hell’ in the Middle Ages. We will deviate slightly from the trail to admire the Markarfljótsgljúfur, a magnificent 200 m deep canyon, shaped by the powerful actions of the glacial river, Markarfljót. Our camping ground for the night will be at Botnar, a refreshing 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 with the final section of the Laugavegur trail which takes us into Þórsmörk (Thormork), a fertile valley with birch forests and abundant ferns, shrubs, other vegetation and remarkable mountain vistas. We will hike really close to Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s 4th biggest glacier. As we come closer to the valley of Þórmörk the landscape begins to change, an increasing number of trees will appear as we approach Almenningar, before we come to the birch forests around Þórsmörk. On our way we will pass Mount Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountain) whose shape does, not surprisingly, resemble the single horned creature of myth and legend. We will spend the night at the camping ground in Þórsmörk surrounded by mind-blowing and very peaceful scenery. You have now completed the Laugavegur trail! Tomorrow there is the excitement of the Fimmvörðuháls trail. So celebrate a little but not too much!
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985′).

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

DAY 5: MAGNI AND MODI CRATERS AND FIMMVORDUHALS PASS

Today the fabulous high mountain pass at Fimmvörðuháls and the two new lava craters formed by the first eruption in 2010 are on the agenda. After a rejuvenating sleep in the birch clad valley and a good breakfast we will be ready to set off early in the morning. This is the last full day of our hiking trip but there is still plenty to look forward to! The trail will take us up through the high pass between the twin glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. These two giants of fire and ice will flank us throughout the day, the totally stunning views are sure to leave you absolutely spellbound. Just when you are running out of superlatives to describe the vistas which are opening out all around you, something even more spectacular will leave you standing in wordless wonder. You will see the place where the new lava field, Goðahraun, was created in 2010, together with Magni and Móði, the two volcanic craters formed at that time. Magni and Móði are named after sons of the Norse Thunder God, Þór (Thor), their names mean strong and brave.  Heading back to Þórsmörk you will capture a different perspective on this stunning scenery. Your final night will be spent in Þórsmörk where we enjoy a farewell party, celebrating in the traditional Icelandic way with a 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 dinner
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

DAY 6: THORSMORK - REYKJAVIK

Today we start a little more slowly with a leisurely breakfast. We can then take some time to explore the amazing Þórsmörk surroundings before we make our way back to the city. There is a final hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði giving a fantastic overview of the whole valley. Those who prefer to can simply spend more time relaxing and enjoying the spectacular nature in this very beautiful place. On the journey back to Reykjavik, you will get a glimpse of the majestic waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30.

There is a final hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði giving a fantastic overview of the whole valley. There is also the option of a more gentle but still very lovely hike to the valley of Húsadalar (House Valley). Those who prefer to can simply spend more time relaxing and enjoying the spectacular nature in this very beautiful place. On the journey back to Reykjavik, you will get a glimpse of the majestic waterfall, Seljalandsfoss, one of the most popular attractions in Iceland. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30.

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

Are hiking poles necessary on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

Are there showers at the huts/campsites on the Laugavegur trek?

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.

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

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 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.

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.

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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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