This four-day trek through Icelandic highlands will reveal 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. And this is just the appetizer!
Today we'll take the dream trail through Laugavegur. We'll start our day driving towards Landmannalaugar for about 3-4 hours. We'll go along the South Coast and finally reach the highlands there we'll spend the next few days. The road itself is fasci...)
Today we'll take the dream trail through Laugavegur. We'll start our day driving towards Landmannalaugar for about 3-4 hours. We'll go along the South Coast and finally reach the highlands there we'll spend the next few days. The road itself is fascinating - we'll pass close to the most active volcano in Iceland, Hekla. This volcano, called "The Gateway to Hell" by many Europeans during the Middle Ages, erupted every 10-15 years throughout the last century. Landmannalaugar will be where we'll start the Laugavegur trail through the most unique and varied landscapes to Þórsmörk (Thorsmork), a tender green valley with Arctic birch forests.
Landmannalaugar is the starting point of our 4-day trekking adventure. It all begins with the Laugahraun lava field and Vondugil canyon, where we'll see the incredibly vibrant color of the rhyolite mountains. The most famous one is Mt. Brennisteinsalda, an 855-meter rainbow-colored mountain in Landmannalaugar.
We'll 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. If the time allows, we'll also climb up to Blahnukar Volcano.
In the evening, we'll enjoy a delicious dinner, get to know each other better, and relax in the beauty and serenity of Icelandic nature.
Distance: 8 km (4.9 mi), walking time: 4 hrs, elevation gain: 470 m (1540 ft).
The second day of our trek adventure begins with a nourishing breakfast before we set off hiking once again. Today's first major point of interest is Hrafntinnusker, a black obsidian desert. We will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spri...)
The second day of our trek adventure begins with a nourishing breakfast before we set off hiking once again.
Today's first major point of interest is Hrafntinnusker, a black obsidian desert. We will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring on the way there.
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 contrast dramatically with the soft pale sand-toned peaks around them. The top of Jökultungur is a marvelous place to enjoy spectacular views over the whole Fjallabak (behind the mountain) area and Álftavatn, the lake close to the mountain hut where we will stay for the night. To get there, we’ll have to cross a river on foot. Iver crossing will be a unique experience, especially for those who haven't tried it before.
We will relax with a great dinner and enjoy the beautiful vistas around us during the evening.
Hiking: 24 km (14.9 mi), walking time: 7-8 hrs, ascent: 900 m (2952 ft).
After a good night's sleep and an energizing breakfast, we're ready to set off again. We'll begin our journey by wading across another stream as we proceed onto Mælifellssandur and into volcano country. We will pass the Stórasúla and Hattafell volc...)
After a good night's sleep and an energizing breakfast, we're ready to set off again.
We'll begin our journey 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 we are lucky and have good visibility, there will be outstanding views of two very famous volcano mountain glaciers, Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. These ominous twins have delivered some fantastic 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 amid a black sand desert area, we will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a stunning 200 m deep canyon fashioned by a glacial river. Accommodation will be situated in this area.
We'll enjoy our final evening together with dinner and the spectacular scenery.
Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi), walking time: 6-7 hrs, descent: 40 m (130 ft).
After our final breakfast together at the mountain hut, we will leave the Emstrur area and continue along the trail to Þórsmörk. We will still have a great view of the glaciers as we go through the Almenningar, a picturesque gorge by Mount Einhyrning...)
After our final breakfast together at the mountain hut, we will leave the Emstrur area and continue along the trail to Þórsmörk. We will still have a great view of the glaciers as we go through the Almenningar, a picturesque gorge by Mount Einhyrningur (the Unicorn Mountain). As we get closer to Þórsmörk, the landscape and nature will change. A few trees appear here and there, setting the tone for the characteristic dense birch forest for which Þórsmörk is famous. It is a place where you can finally 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 at the BSI bus stop in Reykjavik.
Accommodation is in mountain huts. Your guide organizes the meals, although assistance from participants is appreciated. You will meet people from all over the world – enjoy being part of a friendly team! Pick-up times and places Meeting points and...)
Accommodation is in mountain huts. Your guide organizes the meals, although assistance from participants is appreciated. You will meet people from all over the world – enjoy being part of a friendly team!
Pick-up times and places
*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.
Get ready for the adventure through the highlands of Iceland with our trekking guide:
We have a maximum of 16 participants on the hut tour. The group size just depends on how many books are 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. 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.
There are no power outlets in the huts that are accessible to travelers. We encourage bringing your own power bank on the tour (you can pack that in your duffel bag which is transported by the support vehicle). In some cases, you can buy small portable chargers at the huts as well, but they are not always available.
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, we recommend storing luggage at the BSI Bus terminal (fees apply) or another luggage storage space in Reykjavik.
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 your booking at least 2 days before the tour starts. If you rent a sleeping bag, please bring a sleeping bag liner.
Please note that a sleeping bag cannot be rented once you are on 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.
Laugavegur Trek - 4 Day Hiking Tour (Huts)
Reviewed on March 03, 2022 by Sanjay Review from TripAdvisor
It was an amazing adventure across a series of equally amazing and breathtaking sights. Iceland is truly one of a kind, and all the experienced trekkers in our group were unanimous that this is possibly the greatest trek on the planet.
I would like to congratulate you for the outstanding organisation. Everything was smooth and as planned. I have a special word of thank and appreciation for Jono, our Malaysian born tour guide. He handled the fairly large group of 16 pax with ease, friendliness and competence. We felt safe and secure throughout the 55km journey. The atmosphere in the group was very family like, and Jono had a keen ear for everyone, and he generously shared his knowledge with the group.
I particularly enjoyed the great meals he so kindly prepared in the morning and at night; these were very welcome treats before and after a long day of walking.
I was also impressed about how well Jono expertly set the walking pace for the group. The group comprised two 12 years old kids, a few retirees and a 72 years old senior. Everyone felt comfortable despite the distance to be covered in a day, and the picture enthusiasts had ample time to take shots, without the risk of being left behind.
Thank you so much for the excellent organisation and for providing us with a first class tour guide!
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/ 55km hiking experience w Iceland's top tour guide
Reviewed on September 06, 2021 by Kim Review from TripAdvisor
If you're not touring w Biggi, you're doing it wrong. He's by far the best, most-attentive, fun, great-natured and energetic guide. He makes everyone feel welcome and included yet simultaneously does not baby sit nor rush anyone. He's dynamic and is a great cook. I highly recommend finding a tour with him as the guide.
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 Laugevegur trek review
Reviewed on July 09, 2021 by Kevin Review from TripAdvisor
We did the 4 day Laugevegur hike and I want to start with the fact that this was the best part of our 2 week trip to Iceland. :) The hike was amazing and highly recommended.
First, here is a few things to note:
- If doing the hike in June, expect snow on the hike. We hiked through about 12 km worth of snow on the first day
- the itinerary stated we would do the hike over 4 days, but it seems typical that until mid to late July, the first 2 days are combined into 1 long hike (24 km in one day instead of 2 12 km days) on day 2. On day 1, we did an extra hike (~ 5 miles) in Landmannalegur. Just good to know in advance and we recommend Arctic Adventures state this in their website as this made it much more difficult. It was also okay for us, but one girl on our trip could not complete the 24km in one day and had to not do the next day hiking.
-We paid for luggage service (had 2 items of larger luggage held at their office until after the tour) and this was not well organized. We were told the luggage would be waiting at one of the public bus stops after the hike (they have us take a public bus to get back to Reykjavik), they did not tell us which one was which concerning, and then none of the bus stops had our luggage and there was no phone number to call or way of contacting them when we got back to Reykjavik. 6 of us got stuck at a bus stop completely confused. We had to take a taxi ($30) to their office the next morning, in order to pick up our luggage after they opened at 9am. This was extremely inconvenient and is something Arctic Adventures needs to improve on. We had critical medication in the luggage and we are just lucky we didn't have to fly home the next morning.
We understand that these may have been hiccups due to COVID. But they are just things that can be improved. :) Again, was a great trip! Just make sure to bring a blind fold and ear plugs to get some sleep :)
Laugavegur Trek 5 stars; organization rather less
Reviewed on August 16, 2020 by Frank Review from TripAdvisor
The Laugavegur Trek is highly recommended. Fascinating landscapes and fantastic outdoor experiences. We did the 4 day hike, opting for sleeping in tents.
Whether we would recommend this operator (we had booked through Arctic Adventures is a different story. In Reykjavik, at the very first pick-up stop, the car was already 40 minutes late .. no explanation or excuse (a call to HQ after 30 minutes waiting time had resulted in a "we don't know ...").
Upon arrival at Landmannalaugar it came as a great surprise to EVERYBODY in the (very diverse) group that we would not start our walk as planned but stay in camp .. and wait until about noon the next day because another couple would join us from Reykjavik - and then we would do the first two legs of the walk (22 or 24 km) basically "in the afternoon". NOT a good start!
The upside: we got an unscheduled additional hike in the vicinity of Landmannalaugar that afternoon.
Our walking guide had a somewhat "rustic charm" and off-hand attitude .. only much later, at the last hut, her vast knowledge, experience and story telling came to the surface.
Before booking the tour we had called Arctic Adventures because we weren't sure whether to opt for sleeping in the lodge or in a tent. So we called HQ and were told that the tents were there for us and, therefore, no need to pitch them ourselves. Of course, that turned out not to be the case. Everybody pitches a tent from the collection that is provided. That is really no rocket science and we even enjoyed the experience (especially since we were lucky enough to never have to pitch or take down the tent in rain or during a storm). But it does show the "cracks" in the organization.
Finally, upon arrival at Thorsmörk, things got a bit hectic because we were not driven back to Reykjavik by the tour operator but put on a bus which supposedly would take us to Reykjavik. But, of course, we had to change buses at Sellfoss and then were dropped at the central bus station in Reykjavik instead of at the initially scheduled drop-off point).
But, again, this is a fabulous trek and worth the effort and cost to do it (maybe even better to do the 6 days, but we had other plans in the Highlands). We had good weather most of the time ... which is much more important than anything else.
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!
LAUGAVEGUR TREKKING – 4 DAY HIKE (HUTS)
Reviewed on August 20, 2019 by André Lopes Review from TripAdvisor
This was an amazing experience. To put it in context, I didn't have any trekking experience before doing this hike (although I admit my young age makes it easier for me to keep up) and I absolutely loved it.
The views: The best views you'll see in Iceland. If you come to this country and you only see the touristic spots (waterfalls, glaciers, beaches, etc.) then you didn't truly see what Iceland has to offer. You need to go deep into the mountains and see the stunning views for yourself. Just google Laugavegur on Google and you'll see what I'm talking about.
The guide: Zahary ("Zaho") was our guide. He was amazing, the whole group felt safe with him. Everytime somebody asked a question (Iceland curiosities or even the typical "what's for dinner tonight"), Zaho always knew the answer and was very kind. He's also an amazing (and rigorous) cook so be prepared for delicious meals. I was travelling solo and Zaho was very kind to take pictures of me whenever I asked and even sometimes he would take the initiative to take pictures of us. Overall amazing guide.
The group: Once again, I got extremely lucky with my group. Being the youngest and travelling solo, I saw in each of them an inspirational figure. Everybody was so nice I can't even describe. Leaving them at the 4th day knowing I will never see this group again teared my heart apart. I will never forget these people.
The food: If you're worried about being hungry during the trek, fear not. Since lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4 we were extremely well fed. Dinners were all amazingly cooked and with more food than you can eat; breakfasts were also delicious and for lunch we would pack sandwiches. Many people from my group brought extra snacks they bought before the trek and were super kind to share with the rest of the group (I got to try beef jerky for the first time, if you believe it). My advice is: if you want, bring some simple snacks with you (peanuts, walnuts, cookies, etc.) to eat along the trail and share with the group. Alcohol is also welcomed: a beer at the end of the hike feels like paradise. Two of the huts have a bar where you can purchase beer but they are expensive (as many of the things in Iceland).
The downside: The price, just that. It's extremely expensive (at least for the standards I'm used to, people leaving in countries with different costs of living may disagree).
A word of warning: We got extremely lucky with the weather, all the days were sunny and with clear views. This is very rare for Iceland and if you get cloudy days then your visibility will have a deep impact on your experience.
TL;DR: I couldn't imagine visiting Iceland and not doing this trek. It was one of the best experiences of my life and I truly recommend it, if you can afford it.
Grand Laugavegur Trek
Reviewed on September 30, 2018 by 585reedy Review from TripAdvisor
This was the most amazing trek of a lifetime, no wander it is among the top 10 in the world. We had Chris for the first couple of days at Landmannalaugar, then we had Jono for the remainder. They were both fantastic guides, couldn't fault them at all.
The people on the trek with me came from different countries but everyone was really friendly and we all got on well, which made it easier for me being on my own. The scenery was unbelievable and it kept changing so there was always something different. You think you had seen it all but over the hill, around the corner there was another wander to see . I don't really like the cold and we ended up walking in rain, hail and over ice but I just loved it couldn't get enough of it. The huts of course helped at the end of the day, they were all pretty good, then a lovely hot meal - what more could you want?? Jono made delicious soups & meals then for our last dinner together we had a roast which was mouth watering. I thought I would lose weight with all the hiking but we were fed very well.
If your thinking about doing the trek do it as it was worth every bit and if you can get Jono or Chris that would be a bonus. Leanne
Laugavegur trekking trip - 4 days of magic
Reviewed on September 19, 2018 by Corinne D Review from TripAdvisor
The views. The people. The experience. Everything was magical. A great place to step out of your comfort zone and learn more about yourself. You walk A lot, and every step is different. Every day is different, but it's also the same : breathtaking views. Our guide, Jono, was sensational. And he is an AMAZING COOK. I didn't think it was possible to eat so well in the middle of a sand desert in the artic. Seriously, if you are looking for an adventure of a life time this is the one.
Laugavegur 4 Day Trek
Reviewed on September 19, 2018 by marciacarlsonpack Review from TripAdvisor
This journey of a lifetime in the land of fire & ice was the fodder of fairytales! There is a mystery & magic in the Icelandic highlands which allows one to be and to see oneself, and it profoundly changes you from the inside out. Tough trek? Yes. But it was amazing and astounding as I proved myself to myself with every step. Exhilarating and life changing in ways only those on the alpine trek can know. I am eternal grateful to Jono, our most capable guide, for keeping us safe, adding his unique sense of wonder to the trek, and for the gourmet meals he prepared. There is not a better man to be found. To my fellow trekkers, yes, we are family ~ all of us, bound by a knowing that happened up there. If you are looking for a superb, top of the world, adventure, don't delay! Arctic Adventures & Jono will inspire you to do the greatest of things! It is with deep gratitude, that this "senior citizen" leaves such a rave review.
4 day Laugavegur trek
Reviewed on September 17, 2018 by Pete R Review from TripAdvisor
Incredible bucket list type trip that included:
Trekking the famous Laugavegur Trail in south Iceland with a small group (16) led by a professional guide from Arctic Adventures. Jono was superb in all areas, including guiding, knowledge of the area, setting expectations, cooking, safety and managing the group. He made the trip a huge success. Trekking was moderate to somewhat difficult depending on the shape you are in. You trek for over 30 miles in 4 days.
Incredible scenery including rock formations, colored mosses/plant, volcanoes, glaciers, canyons, waterfalls, steam pools, snow fields, stream crossings, Other-world views, black sand desert, Northern Lights and more.
Luggage was transported by vehicle separate from the group and was ready when we arrived at each hut. Facilities (huts) were sufficient (first hut) to good( last hut) to excellent (middle hut) but be prepared for roughing it and minimal privacy which is to be expected.
I recommend September as there were minimal campers which I hear is not the case in July and August. That said, each hut our group stayed in was reserved for us by Arctic Adventures and and all the other huts appeared to be fully occupied. There was a restaurant and bar in the second hut that was closed for the season. Be prepared for all weather conditions, leave all cotton at home, dress in layers and have waterproof jacket and pants. It was cold enough to snow and did on the higher peaks one night but also reached 60 degrees. We had rain on Day 1 but otherwise sun and clouds. It can also get very windy and blizzard conditions so be prepared. This trip was one of the greatest trips in my life and is highly recommended.
Laugavegur hiking trail 4 days
Reviewed on September 17, 2018 by Carolina V Review from TripAdvisor
This was a wonderful trip which I would whole heartedly recommend. The guide was really excellent and it was great fun to do the tour in a group of lovely like-minded people.
The terrain is beautiful and interesting and the trail offers great rewards, including the beautiful remote wilderness at the top of the mountain and interesting variety throughout including glacial summits and black sand and lava fields at the lower elevations.
The tour was very well organised, including excellent food and ongoing supplies i.e much needed cups of tea and hot soup at the right moment.
The tour is not cheap (nothing in Iceland ever is) and although the accommodation was very basic (which is fine and what we expected), I would have expected one bunk per person rather than one between two people. One night three bunk beds pushed together slept six people, pressed fairly tightly together, and although you get to know the group quite well, that was pretty cosy to say the least.
Awesome 4 day Laugavegur Trek
Reviewed on September 16, 2018 by Gary O Review from TripAdvisor
We did the 4 day Laugavegur Trek using the huts with Francois as our guide and had a great time. This was the highlight of our Iceland adventure. The scenery never disappointed! There was always something new to see over each ridge and around the next corner. The weather was about as good as it could be for September in Iceland with little wind and only a short rain spell on one day. Having hiked in the Canadian Rockies and New Zealand, this trek easily holds its own. And having your gear transported between huts by vehicle made it very enjoyable. The group we hiked with was from all over the world and was great to hike with. Do make sure to bring ear plugs though as the shared rooms in the hut can get a little noisy at night, depending on how many people snore.
Francois was a great guide, had plenty to share about each section of the trail, took us on some detours to see different features or views, as well as mare sure we were well fed. When it came to the safety of the group for things like river crossings there was no doubting that he knew what he was doing. And he managed the varying skill levels and physical abilities of the group very well, ensuring everyone had a good and successful hike.
Would gladly recommend both this trek and Francois.
Reviewed on September 16, 2018 by Dina T Review from TripAdvisor
Did the Laugavegur Trek with this company. As a solo traveler wasn’t sure what to expect but it was amazing! I was fortunate to experience this hike with a fantastic group of people and our hiking guide was outstanding; she was always positive and cheery, and was very knowledgeable about the geography along the trail. The meals provided along the trek were better than I would have ever expected and the back country huts were quite clean and comfortable. I would definitely book with this company again.
LAUGAVEGUR TREKKING – 4 DAY HIKE (HUTS) - OUTSTANDING
Reviewed on September 08, 2018 by Andy K Review from TripAdvisor
If you want an adventure and are an experienced hiker, this trip meets the bill. You will walk from the windswept highlands starting at an active volcanic caldera, past glaciers and end in Iceland's only temperate forest. Our guide Jono Liew was an top-notch guide with worldwide experience who knew the terrain intimately. He sometimes took us off the beaten path to see sights like hydrothermal springs and a majestic canyon. He is also a great cook. Arctic Adventures did not stint on the food either and provided for people with dietary restrictions, vegetarians or vegans.
That being said, if you are modest, like your personal space and creature comforts, be prepared to not have any of that. Icelandic trail huts are are spartan. You will be sleeping cheek by jowl with your trail mates in very close quarters and have to help with cooking and cleaning chores. Bathroom facilities are located in separate building. You have to pay to use the showers which may or may not have warm water. These are inconveniences, but worth it because the views are stunning.
You also need to be completely prepared for wide swings of weather. I recommend lightweight breathable and windproof outerwear. I wore a Northface ski shell and REI thin insulation water-resistant pants. Both dried out quickly on the trail after rain showers. Underneath, I wore a fleece jacket and thermals as needed. Avoid down jackets at all costs. Buy a pair of cheap neoprene booties for crossing rivers. You will be glad you did. Bring flip flops for walking in the huts. No boots allowed inside.
We signed up for the 4-day hike from Landmannalaugar to Torsmork, followed by a separate one-day south coast tour which included waterfalls, the famous Black Sand Beach and ice hiking up the Solheimajokull Glacier. The glacier hike was the best part of that day and well worth it.
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!
4-Day Laugavegur Trek Huts with Arctic Adventures
Reviewed on September 04, 2018 by mtltoronto Review from TripAdvisor
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 made sure to share any extra food with the wardens and other weary hikers that we met along the way.
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-bed 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!
Reviewed on September 01, 2018 by Sanja A Review from TripAdvisor
Absolutely amazing! I had a wonderful time - one of my best vacations ever. I was in a group of 11 people and had a excellent guide, Zahari (Zaho). He took very good care of all of us - and in addition, he is a great chef. I was very sad to leave - the group and the amazing scenery.
I can warmly recommend artic adventure and the best guide of all, Zaho.
Laugavegur Trek - 4 day hiking tour with Juraj
Reviewed on August 21, 2018 by Avi-G-29 Review from TripAdvisor
Logistics: The pick up and drop off points are well established, you are informed straight away who your main guide would be. The huts are organised in advance, the luggage is transported between huts before the group gets there so you have all your stuff in the rooms when you show up from the hike.
Food:As a vegetarian, I am usually prepared considering options can be quiet limited. Having said that, I forgot to inform the tour guys about this and when the guide went "I dont have any vegetarians do I?", my hand sheepishly went up. Juraj did an excellent job of accommodating my requirements. One or two meals were adjustments but no hike is complete without DIY food :)
Comfort: The size of the huts varies across the route, so it can range from uber cosy to uber spacious. The comfort level overall was brilliant thou. The huts are pretty warm, the mattresses are comfy (who knew they would have mattresses) and you get to chat with other hikers, get to know their stories and make some friends along the way.
Guide: He was a perfect mix of professional yet personable. Checked all the boxes that a guide probably should i.e. route knowledge, setting the pace, giving breaks, informing the group about things to look out for, hike stories etc. Juraj however was a bit more than this, he introduced me to some interesting music and turned out to be an excellent cook. He even said his grandma would certify me as an excellent potato chopper! He helped put a cake together with limited supplies for a person in our group who announced it was her 30th. Overall heck of a guide to get to know!
Trek: Its a stunning trek all around, you are greeted with some majestic views of the highlands. 4 days isn't enough to cover the vast landscape.Its a good mix of climbs and walks so fitness wise if you are fairly active you should be fine. There are a few river crossings so come with proper shoes otherwise you will end up doing what I did - flip-flops with socks over it!
If you are pressed for time like I was (I only had 8 days in total in Iceland) then definitely do this trek. Its relatively short and yet covers a wide range of Icelandic landscape plus great people along the way make it all the more better.
Hiking 4 days and 3 nights Laugavegur
Reviewed on August 20, 2018 by Paulo Review from TripAdvisor
One the one hand very beautifull and funny trekking to do. But on the other hand very expensive considering the all for the services that is made. For instance I had a really bad moment because some body did not take the rented sleep bag to the truck twice, causing 2 missings sleep bags. As I decide to not use them because it was so hot in the huts, the group and the guide thought I lost the sleep bags on the first and the second night. So a simple check would resolve it and I was realy fustrated.
Amazing experience: 4-day hike from Landmanalaugar to Porsmork
Reviewed on August 11, 2018 by Geetha_P_NY Review from TripAdvisor
We did the 4-day Laugavegur trail hut to hut hike. Approximate 52 kms over the course of 4 days. The weather conditions, landscape, and elevation were different every day.
From glaciers to ice fields to plains of lava rocks, we hiked everywhere. Amazing views of the volcanoes as well.
Our guide, Juraj, was a treat - he knew the hike extremely well; made sure he pointed out the key parts of the landscape along the way; and kept a cool head especially on day 2 when the weather was less than perfect. He was funny, extremely knowledgeable, kept a good pace, and also happened to be an exceptional cook!
The experiences in the huts - prepping, cooking, cleaning, board games - all in cramped quarters - will stay with us forever.
We were also lucky to do this hike with a group of people who were fun, easy to get along with, and made the entire experience memorable.
Highly recommend this experience.
Laugavegur Trek - 4 days
Reviewed on July 23, 2018 by SnowMonk Review from TripAdvisor
We completed the 4 day trek with our guide Juri in July 2018. The hike was fantastic and Juri was a great guide. He was extremely knowledgeable about the trail and Iceland in general, and looked after us all very well. He was also a fantastic cook and dinner was always something to look forward to after a long day of hiking. Thanks for making our experience so great Juri!
Best Tour Ever
Reviewed on July 15, 2018 by Ipshita Chakraborty From our post-trip system
4-day Laugavegur Trek with Arctic Adventures (with Jono as guide)
Reviewed on July 14, 2018 by Jo Review from TripAdvisor
The 4-day Laugavegur Trek run by Arctic Adventures is outstanding. I did the trip as a solo traveller (joining a group) at the very end of June/beginning of July (2018) and it was an adventure of a lifetime. Stunning scenery and just the right level of physical challenge. The logistics of the trip are expertly organised, from the pick ups and drop offs to the transporting luggage and provisions from hut to hut, so you can focus on enjoying the hiking each day and nothing else!
Our guide (Jono) was simply excellent: knowledgeable, conscientious, and as talented as guiding us across rivers and mountain passes as he was cooking up a storm in the evenings. The trail itself lived up to its reputation of having changeable weather: I went at the end of June/first few days of July - the start of the Icelandic “summer” - and over the four days we experienced sun, 35mph winds, rain (lots), and two half-days of pretty challenging walking on (deep) snow-covered ground. We crossed mountains, rivers, meadows, snow and volcanic ash deserts. The three huts we stayed at along the way were all small but perfectly comfortable, with the all/important boot rooms to dry damp gear. We had an amazing group of 12 people from 6 different countries.
If you are contemplating booking this trip, do expect: river crossings, changeable weather, potential to get cold and wet. Don’t expect: “summer”. Along with the comprehensive kit list you will be sent when you book, be sure to pack a small thermos, neoprene booties (far better than trainers or sandals for the river crossings), a sleeping bag liner, a couple of small dry bags (for belongings inside your day pack) and zip off/convertible trousers/shorts for the river crossings (a godsend). I would love to do this same trip again in future, it was just brilliant from start to finish.
Laugavegur 4 days trekking (huts) : a wonderful experience
Reviewed on July 13, 2018 by An Review from TripAdvisor
-4 days of trekking through an incredibly beautiful and constantly changing nature
-very well organized
-the guide (Yuri) was very competent, kind, supportive, patient, an excellent cook and also lovely company
-the huts were primitive as mountain huts tend to be, but two times out of three we could have a decent shower
-food was excellent
-the group (12 people) was diverse in age, nationalities and trekking experience. Everyone had a very positive attitude. After four days together you almost feel like a family - which is in itself a fine experience
-the trekking was for me (I am 59 and not really trained for this) at times rather heavy but thanks to the help of our guide and support of the group I managed quite well.
To summarize: I am very glad I have done this trip, it was a unique experience. I would recommend it to everyone who loves nature and doesn't mind a bit of exercise, cold and wind. Be sure to follow the clothing advice of the organisation: you really need it.
Extremely well organized tour (4-day Laugavegur trek in huts)
Reviewed on July 05, 2018 by freeXspirit Review from TripAdvisor
My wife and I did the 4-day Laugavegur trek with Arctic Adventures/Trek Iceland, and it was an incredible experience from start to finish. Booked it 3 weeks ahead of time for end of June...the company was prompt with responses and answered every inquiry in a timely manner.
We were picked up in Reykjavik for Landmannalaugar. Jono, our amazing guide, made formal introductions there before we set off on our trek. The trek is quite breathtaking...4 days through volcanic rock, sulphur springs, snow covered peaks, colorful rhyolite mountains, black sand desert, glaciers, waterfalls, rivers, and finally a birch forest - scenery is simply breathtaking!
Accommodation in huts is satisfactory (don't expect luxury accommodations - you'll be sharing a tiny room with 10-15 strangers in bunk beds...but it's far better than camping out in the cold). The first hut at Hrafntinnusker doesn't have showers, and has compost toilets. Rest of the huts on the trek have showers ($5 for 5 minutes of hot water in the shower) and flushing toilets. The company has a driver who shuttles between the huts to transport your luggage, sleeping bags, and fresh food/supplies, so that when you arrive at the next hut, your luggage and food/supplies are there already. We only needed to carry our daypacks and essentials for each day (snacks/lunch, rain gear, river crossing shoes, etc).
The meals were great! We prepared breakfast in the morning and packed our lunch for the day. For dinner, Jono was kind to prepare delicious meals for us (his lamb stew was amazing). We helped with chopping vegetables and cleaning dishes. Great way to bond as a group, and everyone was eager to help! Jono was a great guide to have – he loves his job and it shows – he is very knowledgeable about the landscape and has a keen interest in the geological and environmental elements that make Iceland so unique. If you’re lucky, you’ll get Jono as your guide if you decide to take this tour!
Overall a very pleasant and rewarding experience. My wife and I came back thrilled with having done this trek, and we would pick the same company if we were to do it again. 5 stars all the way!
Laugavegur trek & Ice climb
Reviewed on September 02, 2013 by Lissm Review from TripAdvisor
Did a wonderful 4-days Laugavegur-trek plus a glacier/ice climb day trip with Arctic Adventure - both adventures with really good and skilled guides.
Will not hesitate to book through this company again at my next trip to Iceland.