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Solo Travel Departure - Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals - 6 Day Hike (huts)

The Solo traveler’s departure of the Laugavegur trail

Solo Travel in Iceland - The Laugavegur hiking trail, the single traveler's paradise.

Attention all solo travelers looking for a hiking adventure, the Laugavegur trail is the tour for you!

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The Laugavegur Trail has for a long time attracted single travelers from all over the world. Iceland is an exceptionally safe destination for all solo travelers and a well-known hiking paradise. Share your passion for adventures and nature with like-minded travelers in the amazing landscape of Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk and everything in between. On this 6-day hiking tour in the Icelandic highlands, you will see the best Icelandic nature has to offer – glaciers, volcanoes, lava fields, geothermal hot springs and colorful mountains.

  • Availability

    July 3rd 2018

  • Duration

    6 days

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Moderate

  • Pickup

    Yes

  • Meet on location

    No

  • Min. Age

    15 years

  • Ratio

    1:16

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    199.990 ISK

Traveling solo in Iceland?

This is a great option for anyone traveling to Iceland and looking for an exciting adventure. Trekking tours are really friendly, giving a great opportunity to get to know like-minded people from all over the world.  Although you don’t know each other yet, you already know that you have a few things in common. For example, everyone in the group is keen on hiking in the outdoors, being up close and personal with nature and everyone is open to meeting new people.  Together, the whole group will organize and prepare meals with the assistance of your guide. It’s a great team building project and a good way to get to know your fellow traveling companions. Enjoy being part of a team – many hands make light work!

The Laugavegur Trail 

The Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trek has been listed by National Geographic as one of the “World’s Best Hikes” due to the unique and extremely diverse landscape encountered on the trail. Everything from sizzling hot springs and volcanoes to icy white glaciers. We walk through geothermally active lands of multicolored rhyolite mountains, fields of obsidian, cross glacier rivers and so much more on our journey. We stay in rustic but charming highland huts, located in remote areas. Each area is unique, revealing new features in the ever-changing landscapes of the trail.

Hiking from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork

On the first day, we leave Reykjavík early in the morning for the 3 to 4 hours drive to Landmannalaugar. We enjoy a scenic drive through South Iceland before going up into the highlands to the geothermal hot spring area. The gentle green farmlands of the lowlands will give way to the awe-inspiring volcanic scenery around the glorious Hekla Volcano. We begin our trekking adventure in Landmannalaugar where the incredibly colorful rhyolite mountains will set the color palette for the scenery; fields of obsidian, red, green and yellow mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers.  Along the way, we see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring on the way to your accommodation in Hrafntinnusker, an extremely remote mountain hut surrounded by a field of obsidian.

On the next day, we lace up our hiking boots and set foot to our next destination through the Reykjafjöll geothermal rhyolite mountains and the area around the Jökultungur peak with dramatic views over the Fjallabak area. It’s time for our first river crossing, a cold and refreshing experience before we reach our accommodation by Lake Álftavatn, a unique and beautiful location in the middle of the highlands.

We start our day with another stream wading as we trek into volcano country. Crossing Mælifellssandur, and passing the Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanoes on the way to Emstrur will give us outstanding views of the famous Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, with the mighty Katla Volcano lurking ominously beneath it.  On our way to Botnar, a green oasis in the black sand desert where we will spend the night, we will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a 200 m deep canyon shaped by powerful glacier activity.

The Laugavegur trail will be completed in Thorsmork, passing through stunning Almenningar you will get great views of Mount Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountain). Your accommodation for the night will be in a stunning location in Þórsmörk Valley. We rest our eyes know that we are surrounded by amazing landscapes beneath Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers.

On the fifth day, we hike the Fimmvörðuháls Pass to the new volcanic craters, Magni and Móði. These craters were formed in the first 2010 eruption, their names mean strong and brave, they were named after sons of the Norse Thunder God, Þór (e. Thor). Your knowledgeable guide will explain the unique geological features which surround you – prepare yourself for outstandingly spectacular scenery!

We spend another night in Thorsmork Valley and celebrate our accomplishments with a well-deserved traditional Icelandic lamb grill dinner.  On the last and final day, you have the choice to hike up Mount Valahnukur for an amazing view or maybe just relax or stroll around Þórsmörk or perhaps a gentle wander to Húsadalur will be appealing? Glimpse Seljalandsfoss waterfall on the journey back. We return to Reykjavík in the early evening at around 18:30. (Find more information and details in the “Itinerary” tab).

Remember to bring: Please check our detailed equipment list.

Pick-up time: 07:00 a.m. in front of the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti or by arrangement at one of our other *meeting points.

*Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:
7:00 a.m. – Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik’s City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
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

Please note: You may have to wait up to 30 minutes before the bus departs from the listed locations.

Drop off: at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall)Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. Taxis and local buses services are available from these points.

Day 1: REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - HRAFNTINNUSKER

Iceland-Landmannalaugar- Laugavegur-hike-trekking

We depart early in the morning from the center of Reykjavik to make the most of the day. 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 rest of week. The journey itself is highly scenic and fascinating, 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 the starting point for the Laugavegur trail. We will make our way through the geothermal wonders which make this place so remarkable, admire the incredibly vibrant colors of the rhyolite mountains and the steaming hot springs. On the way to our accommodation for our first night, at Hrafntinnusker, we will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring before crossing over into the obsidian desert, the flinty raven blackness of which inspired the name, Hrafntinnusker, in Icelandic Hrafn means raven.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540′).

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

Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN

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After a good sleep and a nutritious breakfast we will be energized and ready to go again!  The 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 accommodation we have to cross a river on foot. Wading a river is usually a very exciting experience for overseas hikers.
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 LAKE - EMSTRUR

Laugavegur-trek-backpacking-Iceland

After 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, from where, in clear visibility, we will get absolutely outstanding views of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull volcano mountain glaciers. On our way to Botnar, a green oasis in the midst of a black sand desert, we will see Markarfljótsgljúfur, a stunning 200 m deep canyon fashioned by a glacial river. We will spend the night in this area.
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 VALLEY

Thorsmork-volcano-hike-Iceland

After a good breakfast, we leave Emstrur and continue the hike to Þórsmörk. As we go through the Almenningargorge 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 change, a few trees begin to appear here and there, setting the tone for the characteristic dense birch forest for which Þórsmörk is famous. Our accommodation will be in a simply magnificent location to spend a night, beneath the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. 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′).

Day Highlights
Emstrur
Mt. Einhyrningur
Þórsmörk Valley
Glacier views
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

Day 5: HIKING TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO, FIMMVORDUHALS PASS

Fimmvorduhals-Volcano-hike-Iceland

Fimmvörðuháls is the magnificent high mountain pass between Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull – the infamous volcano that erupted in 2010. Today you will be visiting the two new volcano craters,  Magni and Móði, which were formed in the first eruption in 2010. Magni and Móði are named after the sons of Þór (Thor), the Norse God, their names mean strong and brave. The scenery on the Fimmvörðuháls Pass is absolutely fantastic and totally stunning. The new lava really brings into sharp focus the way Iceland is still being formed by volcanic activity.  We will spend a final night among the other-worldly vistas of Þórsmork. Your completion of the Laugavegur and Fimmvorðuháls trails will be celebrated in the traditional Icelandic way with a delicious grilled lamb dinner.
Distance: 16km (10 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 800 m (2600′).

Day Highlights
Fimmvörðuháls Famous volcano eruption site of 2010
New craters Magni and Móði
Traditional Icelandic lamb meal
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Refreshments
Dinner
Accommodation

Day 6: THORSMORK VALLEY - REYKJAVIK

Man on a mountain in thorsmork iceland

The last day of the tour will be spent exploring Þórsmörk and the surrounding area. A hike up Mount Útigönguhöfði will give outstanding views over the valley and the glaciers. For those who are not up for a serious hike, a stroll to Húsadalur might be an option, or just relaxing around Langidalur before we return to Reykjavík. On our way to the city, you can get a glimpse of Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30.

Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi) Walking time: 3 hrs.

Drop off is offered at: Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall)Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. Taxis and local buses services are available from these points.

Day Highlights
Mt. Útgönguhöfði for a more challenging hike
Húsadalur Valley for a slower hike
Langidalur Valley
Seljalandsfoss (waterfall view)
Included
Breakfast
Lunch
Scenic drive to Reykjavík
What is the group size on the tours?

All of our tours are small group experiences. We have a maximum of 16 participants on the hut tour and 14 participants on the camping tour.

Is there any drinking water along the trail?

Yes, you can fill your water bottles with tap water at the huts/campsites. It’s perfectly safe to drink. There are also a few streams along the way with safe drinking water, just ask your guide.

Are gaiters necessary?

Gaiters are optional but we always recommend that our participants use them. The weather in Iceland can be quite wet so the trails subsequently get wet as well. They are not necessary but being drenched on a hike when conditions are wet and muddy is very unpleasant. Some rain pants have straps at the bottom which serve a similar purpose as gaiters so if you are equipped with those you don’t need both.

Are hiking poles necessary?

Hiking poles are also optional. The choice of using them or not of course depends on your own personal preference. Note that we do recommend hiking poles if you are used to hiking with them.

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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