Hike through a landscape formed by glaciers and volcanoes. A unique scenery on a 4-day camping adventure.
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.
June 26th - June 21st
Meet on location
- Tour highlights
- Laugavegur trail
- Þórsmörk (Thorsmork valley)
- Guiding service
- All meals
- Luggage transport
Pick-up time: 07:00 a.m. from 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
*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 at Hrafntinnusker campsite.
Driving time: 3-4 hrs. Distance: 12km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540′).
- Mt. Brennisteinsalda
- Scenic drive from Reykjavik
DAY 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN
We leave the campsite 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′).
- Mt. Reykjafjöll
- Jökultungur area
- Álftavatn lake
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 pitch our tents in the little green oasis at Emstrur.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 40 m (130′).
- Black sand deserts
- Volcano views
- Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier views
- Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon
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 the City Hall on Vonarstræti. From there taxis and local buses are available.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 300 m (985′). Driving time: 3-3,5 hrs.
- Þórsmörk valley
- Seljalandsfoss waterfall
- Scenic drive to Reykjavík
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.
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.
This solely depends on your personal preference. If you are used to hiking with poles we do recommend using them for this 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).
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.
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.
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 you booking at least 2 days before the tour starts.
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, 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.
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.
Price from 155.990 ISK per person.
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