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Hike the famous Laugavegur trail from the geothermal wonderland of Landmannalaugar to the gentle birch forests of Þórsmörk. This stunning four-day trekking in Iceland tour is a truly great Iceland hike following an ancient pathway through some of the most amazing scenery on the planet!

Highlights

  • Trek Laugavegur trail
  • Explore Landmannalaugar area
  • Enjoy Þórsmörk (Thorsmork valley)
  • Try out trekking in Icelandic highlands

Included

  • Transport
  • Guiding service
  • Accommodation in private tents & large assembly tents for dinners
  • All meals (3 times a day)
  • Luggage transportation between stops

What to bring

  • Thermal outwear
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel sack
  • Day backpack
  • First aid kit
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Find an extensive packaging list in the itinerary

Tour Snapshot

Availability July - August
Duration 4 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Level Moderate
Minimum age 15 years
Ratio 1:14
Accommodation Included
Pick Up Yes
Meet on Location No

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Itinerary

Laugavegur trek was chosen as one of the “20 Best Hikes in the World” by National Geographic.

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!

What makes this trip even more exciting is the opportunity to really connect with nature by staying in tents. If you’re still not sure whether it’s a suitable accommodation for you, here are some advantages that come along with staying in a tent:

  • The tour sets off with a smaller number of travelers;
  • Living in a tent ensures more privacy than living in a hut where you have to sleep in a shared space;
  • There are large assembly tents for dinner and other gatherings for the overnight stops.

Laugavegur trail altitude profile:

Laugavegur

Hike the dream trail - today you trek Laugavegur!

The drive to Laugavegur 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 for the Laugavegur trail. We will make our way through the Laugahraun lava field and Vondugil canyon. We will also admire the incredibly vibrant colors of the rhyolite mountains, most notably Mt. Brennisteinsalda. On the way back to our camping site for our first night at Landmannlaugar, we will see the Graenagil gorge and climb up to Blahnukur Volcano if time allows. 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 Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

Day Highlights
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Mount Brennisteinsalda
Included
  • Scenic drive from Reykjavik
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation in tents

The second day of your trek in Iceland begins with a nourishing breakfast before we set off hiking once again.

After a good sleep and a nutritious breakfast, we will be energized and ready to go again! The pitch-black obsidian desert called Hrafntinnusker, vibrantly colored Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the Jökultungur area are 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 sandy hues around them. The top of Jökultungur is a great place to enjoy views over the whole Fjallabak (behind the mountain) area and Álftavatn lake where we will be spending the night. To get to our campsite we have to cross a river on foot. Wading a river is usually a very exciting experience for overseas hikers.

We will relax with a great dinner and enjoy the beautiful vistas around us during the evening.

Distance: 24km (14.9 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 900 m (2952′).

Day Highlights
  • Hrafntinnusker
  • Stóri Hver hot spring
  • Mount Reykjafjöll
  • Jökultungur area
  • Fjallabak area
  • Álftavatn lake
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation in tents

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 the 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. Our camping ground is in this area.

We enjoy our final evening together with dinner and enjoy the spectacular scenery in the gentle light of the evening.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi), walking time: 6-7 hrs, descent: 40 m (130 ft).

Day Highlights
  • Black sand deserts
  • Volcano views
  • Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier views
  • Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation in tents

After our final breakfast together at the camping site, 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, and 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 21:30 pm. Drop-off is at the BSI bus stop in Reykjavik.

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

Accommodation in tents and all meals are included, you can rest assured our knowledgeable guide will show you the very best spots and lead you safely and sound all the way. 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 times in Reykjavik:
Between 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.:


- Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
- Hallgrímskirkja Church
- Reykjavik Campsite

Meeting points and times outside Reykjavik:

*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: 

Laugavegur Trek Information Package

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4-Day Trekking Tour in Laugavegur

FAQ

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 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 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.

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