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Laugavegur Trekking – 4 day hike (Huts)

Scenic Trekking Tour in the Highlands

Laugavegur hiking trail, a beautiful escape from your everyday life

Hiking through nature that is formed by glaciers and volcanoes. Chosen as one of “20 Best Hikes in the world” by National Geographic.

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The geothermal wonderland, Landmannalaugar, is where this four-day trekking tour starts along the Laugavegur trail. Hike through the highlands of Iceland, towards the south and the trip ends in Þórsmörk valley.

  • Availability
    June 15th - September 18th
  • Duration
    4 days
  • Level
    Moderate
  • Pickup
    Yes
  • Meet on location
    No
  • Min. Age
    15 years
  • Ratio
    16:1
  • Price
    175.990 ISK
Tour highlights
Landmannalaugar
Laugavegur trail
Þórsmörk (Thorsmork valley)
Hiking
Included
Transport
Guiding service
Accommodation
All meals
Luggage transport from hut to hut

Pick-up time: 7 a.m. in front of the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti or one of our other *meeting points.

The itinerary explains the route over the four days. Our guides ensure guests that they are experiencing the best spots along the way. On this tour, our luggage is transported from hut to hut so only a light daypack is necessary on the hike. Accommodation and all meals are included and our knowledgeable guide will lead you safe and sound all the way. Laugavegur trek was chosen one of “20 Best Hikes in the world” by National Geographic.

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

Like all our other Laugavegur tours we take off from downtown Reykjavik in the early morning and head straight to Landmannalaugar. We will be there around 11 o’clock and set out on our hike as soon as we get there. Through the geothermal landscape we set our aim for Hrafntinnusker, obsidian desert the place takes its name after, where we will be spending the first night. Today you can expect to come across a magnificent geothermal scenario, including Stórihver hot spring, and rhyolite mountains. The night will be spent the hut in Hrafntinnusker.
Driving time: 3-4 hrs. Distance: 12km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

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

DAY 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN

We leave the hut after breakfast and continue on the Laugavegur trail. Today we walk along Mt. Reykjafjöll and into the spectacular Jökultungur area. Here the geothermal activity has turned the ravines red and yellow. From the top of Jökultungur we have a great view over lake Álftavatn and Fjallabak. Before reaching Álftavatn where we will be spending the night, we have to cross the first unbridged stream we will encounter.
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 - EMSTRUR

This day’s hike starts like yesterday’s ended – with a stream crossing. This part of the trail takes us through black sand deserts on our way to Emstrur. The volcano Stórasúla and the flat-topped Hattfell mountain make a fantastic contrast, as they rise from the desert draped in green. Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers lie spread out before us when we reach Emstrur. We take time to walk to Markarfljótsgljúfur, before reaching the hut in Botnar, to admire the 200m deep canyon. We will spend the night in a green oasis at Emstrur.
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 - REYKJAVIK

We leave Emstrur and continue on our way to Þórsmörk. We will be hiking within a few kilometers from the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier today, and can expect a great view of the glacier. As we descend into Almenningar the landscape changes and some trees start to appear, preparing us for the birch forest in Þórsmörk. The Laugavegur trail is behind us once we reach Þórsmörk. On our way to Reykjavík, you can get a glimpse at the majestic Seljalandsfoss waterfall, on of the most popular attractions in Iceland. We will be returning to Reykjavik at around 21:30 and offer drop off at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall)Reykjavik Campsite and Reykjavik City Center (Aðalstræti 2).
We expect to be back in Reykjavíkin the evening.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985′). Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs.

Day Highlights
Emstrur
Þórsmörk valley
Seljalandsfoss waterfall
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Scenic drive back to Reykjavík
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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