This four-day trek will really show you the Icelandic highlands. Be blown away by the otherworldly Landmannalaugar landscapes – the extraordinary red and green hues of the rhyolite mountains and soft caramel-colored peaks as surreal clouds of steam rise from the hot spring pool. This is just the appetizer!
Today you will finally trek Laugavegur - hike the dream trail! 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 next few days. The journey itself is fasc...)
Today you will finally trek Laugavegur - hike the dream trail!
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 next few days. The journey itself is fascinating and scenic, 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 where we will start the Laugavegur trail which will take us through incredibly varied landscapes all the way to Þórsmörk (Thorsmork), a tender green valley with Arctic birch forests.
Landmannalaugar is the starting point of our 4-day adventure. It all begins with Laugahraun lava field and Vondugil canyon. They day gets even more exciting when you first see the incredibly vibrant colors of the rhyolite mountains, most notably Mt. Brennisteinsalda. We will spend our first night at Landmannalaugar. On the way there, we will see the Graenagil gorge, a green canyon that will take your breath away, and climb up to Blahnukur Volcano if time allows.
We enjoy a delicious dinner, get to know one another better and relax in the beauty and peace of nature.
Distance: 8km (4.9 mi), walking time: 4 hrs, Elevation gain: 470 m (1540 ft)
The second day of your trek Iceland begins with a nourishing breakfast before we set off hiking once again. The first major point of interest today is Hrafntinnusker, black obsidian desert. On the way there we will see the Stórihver (meaning large sp...)
The second day of your trek Iceland begins with a nourishing breakfast before we set off hiking once again.
The first major point of interest today is Hrafntinnusker, black obsidian desert. On the way there we will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring.
The vibrantly colored Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the Jökultungur area are also 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 contrasting dramatically with the soft pale sand-toned peaks around them. The top of Jökultungur is a marvelous place to enjoy stupendous views over the whole Fjallabak (behind the mountain) area and Álftavatn, the lake close to the mountain hut where we will be accommodated for the night. To get there we have to cross a river on foot, this is usually a very exciting experience for overseas hikers who have often never tried this.
We relax with a great dinner and enjoy the beautiful vistas which surround us.
Hiking: 20km (12.4 mi), walking time: 7-8 hrs, Ascent: 900 m (2952 ft).
After a good night´s sleep and 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 ...)
After a good night´s sleep and 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. If you are lucky, and there is good visibility, there will be absolutely outstanding views of two very famous volcano mountain glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. These ominous twins have delivered some awesome reminders of the power of nature, Eyjafjallajökull is the volcano whose eruptive power sent ash soaring to 30,000 ft severely disrupting air traffic in 2010, and Mýrdalsjökull shrouds the much feared and capricious Katla under its ice cap. On our way to Botnar, a green oasis in the midst of a black sand desert area, we will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a stunning 200 m deep canyon fashioned by a glacial river. Accommodation will be in this area.
We enjoy our final evening together with dinner and enjoy the spectacular scenery in the gentle light of evening.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi), walking time: 6-7 hrs, descent: 40 m (130 ft).
After our final breakfast together at the mountain hut, we leave the Emstrur area and continue along the trail to Þórsmörk. As we go through the Almenningar, a picturesque gorge by Mount Einhyrningur (the Unicorn Mountain), we will still have a great...)
After our final breakfast together at the mountain hut, we leave the Emstrur area and continue along the trail to Þórsmörk. As we go through the Almenningar, a picturesque 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 will change, a few trees begin to appear here and there, setting the tone for the characteristic dense birch forest for which Þórsmörk is famous. 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 ft).
One final highlight, on the way back to Reykjavík you will get a glimpse of the elegant waterfall, Seljalandsfoss!
We will arrive back in Reykjavik at around 19:45. Drop off is BSI bus stop in Reykjavik.
Accommodation is in mountain huts. Your guide organizes the meals but assistance from participants is expected. You will meet people from all over the world – enjoy being part of the friendly team! Pick up times and places Meeting points and times in...)
Accommodation is in mountain huts. Your guide organizes the meals but assistance from participants is expected. You will meet people from all over the world – enjoy being part of the friendly team!
Pick up times and places
*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.
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.
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.
Great experience, a year later...
Reviewed on September 18, 2021 by Richard Haviland From our post-trip system
Our group had canceled due to pandemic and rescheduled more than a year later. Arctic gave a fair accounting of our credits and were very accommodating with rescheduling and applying the previously made payments to other tours and activities. We're satisfied with the process and appreciative the AA was honest and true to their word. We did three AA activities- First, a volcano hike that was a very pleasant day even though we didn't get to see any flowing lava due to low cloud cover. 2nd activity was a 4-day Laugavegur hut trek that was truly memorable and outstanding. Our guide, Bitge, did a super job of managing a large group with a wide spectrum of abilities and fitness levels. Everybody had a great time and the settings were truly magnificent. 3rd and lastly was a 7-day self drive. We followed the recommended itinerary that AA put together and it was excellent. Very thoughtfully put together and flowed really nicely. The documentation provided was super informative and easy to follow. The scenery, day hikes, and attractions did not disappoint and the arrangements and accommodations were all very well done. Each day we stayed at different lodgings and all the reservations were in place and the check ins were smooth and easy- just right. We had such a good time, we hope to come back and bring the kids next time. Thanks again Arctic Adventures! Rick and Julie Haviland
Laugavegur Trek 8/31 - 9/3 2021
Reviewed on September 14, 2021 by Bill Gillette From our post-trip system
My son and I along with 16 other people from the US and Europe did the trek in late Aug early Sept 2021. The trek has been a dream of mine for years and finally got the chance after cancelling in 2020 due to COVID. Our guide " Biggie " was awesome with a wealth of knowledge of Iceland and the trail having been born and raised in a generational family of Iceland. My son and I flew half way around the world from Hawaii to meet up with other Hawaii friends doing the same hike. I am in my early 70's and found the hike from Landmannalaugar where the hot springs were to Thorsmark challenging but the views were stunning. The four day hut to hut seemed like the less stressful option and well worth not having to carry a heavy backpack plus the benefit of having meals provided. I looked forward to this once in a life time challenge, stepped out of my comfort zone and enjoyed the beauty of the world renowned glacier highlands, a hike I will never forget.
Couldn't recommend this trek enough!
Reviewed on September 06, 2021 by aditig2013 Review from TripAdvisor
I had the best time hiking the 4-day Laugavegur Trek with Biggi as my guide. He made our experience fun and very memorable. I have no doubt that if you have Biggi as your guide, you too will have the time of your life! He was super reliable, caring, and fun to be around.
This was my first trek ever and I am so glad I chose Arctic Adventures. Everything about the trek was well-organized and well-executed. They were also super accommodating of my vegan diet and made sure I had always had delicious warm meals to eat.
Couldn't recommend Arctic Adventures and Biggi enough!
4 day Laugavegur (Huts)
Reviewed on September 03, 2021 by Bastian From our post-trip system
Hello Artic Adventure Team, thanks for the trip last week. Overall it was a great experience. Of course it is mainly the fantastic landscape to make this trip for. but also the organisation was great (lugage / food / transportation). The biggest "THANK YOU" goes to Ivar who made this trip a real great time. Lots of information, keeping the team together and entertainment at the same time. Best guide ever!!! This was my third trip with AE - hopefuly not my last... Bastian
4 day hike in huts
Reviewed on September 07, 2019 by rachel-ex Review from TripAdvisor
I did the 4 day hike of the Laugavegur Trail the last week of August. Our guide Andree was amazing, very knowledgeable, a great cook, and overall a very sweet and enjoyable person to spend 4 days with! The hike is challenging especially day 1, and the huts are a good alternative to tent camping in my opinion, even though sharing tight quarters with strangers was a little stressful to me (I’m an introvert and like my own space ) Being in the Icelandic wilderness was truly amazing, views were unreal and the whole experience was 10/10. Highly recommend for any adventurous spirit!
Reviewed on September 05, 2018 by Amy From our post-trip system
I recently completed the 4-day Laugavegur Trek (Huts) with Arctic Adventures and cannot recommend them enough. Although many people hike this trail on their own, I am so glad that I went with a guide. While the trail itself is not that challenging (for the avid hiker), the weather can turn on a dime and when it does, you'll be happy to: (a) have a guide who knows the terrain and how to stay safe; (b) not be carrying a full pack; and (c) know that you have a warm bed and dinner ahead of you. So for me it was worth every penny. Here are some more specifics: Guide: Our guide, Zaho, was excellent. We always felt safe and never had to worry about anything. He also had a wonderfully generous spirit and always made sure that everyone in the group had everything they needed and were having a great time. Food: The food was always plentiful and delicious. For breakfasts, we had cereal, fruit, porridge, coffee and tea. Then we would pack sandwiches for the day (lunch meat, veggies, peanut butter, etc.). The days always ended with an elaborate and delicious dinner. Lots of snacks along the way too! Huts: The huts are *cozy*, so be prepared to get to know your group members! In some cases there are standalone or bunk-style single or double beds, and in other cases all mattresses are in one long row, right next to each other. They are clean and warm, though, and the bathroom facilities are well-maintained. All but one hut had hot showers available for about $5 for 5 minutes. Other info: make sure to follow the suggested packing list that they provide. I made use of every item on the list!
Best Tour Ever
Reviewed on July 15, 2018 by Ipshita Chakraborty From our post-trip system