Overview

Trek the famous Laugavegur Trail on an overnight adventure. Chosen as one of the “20 Best Hikes in the World” by National Geographic, this trail lets you experience the best of Icelandic nature.

Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar
  • Thorsmork Valley
  • Hot Springs
  • Multicolored Rhyolite Mountains
  • Laugahraun Lava Field
  • Obsidian Rock Fields
  • Glaciers and Active Volcanoes
  • Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
  • Mt. Brennisteinsalda

Discover the legendary Laugavegur trail on the ultimate Iceland 4-day hike. From the geothermal paradise of Landmannalaugar to the wild birch forests of Þórsmörk, join our expert guides on an exciting adventure through the rugged Icelandic highlands. Along the way, you'll witness the wonderfully diverse landscapes that lay along this route, featuring colorful rhyolite mountains, volcanic rock formations, and natural hot springs. Spend the night in either a rustic mountain hut or in a comfortable camping tent.*

*Please specify your chosen accommodation of either a hut or tent at checkout.

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 4 / 6 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Difficulty Moderate
Minimum age 15
Group maximum 16
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Ratio 1:16 Guide to client ratio

From

155 990
Per Adult

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What's included

Included

  • Transportation
  • Accommodation in huts or tents
  • All meals
  • Luggage transportation

What to bring

  • Warm clothes
  • Waterproof, breathable jacket and pants for hiking
  • Waterproof hiking boots with sufficient ankle support and robust sole
  • Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)
  • Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Day pack
  • River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Money for the showers (500 kr in coins)
  • Power bank / portable charging device

Not Included

  • Special dietary requirements (available for an additional price)

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Itinerary

Information

Information Package & Equipment List

Pick up & Drop off Information: 

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

 

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

 

*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.

Drop off: Please check the tour itinerary for drop off points and times.

Hiking in Landmannalaugar national park

Tour pick-ups start at 7:00 am by the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík’s City Hall in Vonarstræti. You also have the option of meeting us at one of our other meeting points (see tour description).

We begin our Laugavegur adventure with a scenic drive to Landmannalaugar! The total trip takes about 3-4 hours and follows the famous South Coast route, renowned for its beautiful natural attractions. Farther inland we pass the infamous Hekla Volcano, known by people in the Middle Ages as “The Gateway to Hell." Hekla is the most active volcano in Iceland and has erupted every 10 – 15 years throughout the last century.

The Laugavegur trail begins at the geothermal oasis of Landmannalaugar or the “People's Pools.” The area contains a wealth of hot springs and is surrounded by dramatic rhyolite mountains. Right at the edge of Landmannalaugar sits the coal-black Laugahraun lava fields, an immense field of dried magma formed in 1477 during an eruption.

The highlight of today's trek is Mt. Brennisteinsalda (the Sulphur Wave), Iceland's most colorful mountain. The volcanic mountain is colored with black and blue lava and ash, green mosses, and red iron. Along the way we will pass the steaming vents of Stórihver(large spring”) hot spring and the black obsidian desert Hrafntinnusker.

We will spend the night in Hrafntinnusker, where you will be served a tasty dinner surrounded by nature.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi), Walking Time: 4-5 hrs, Elevation Gain: 470 m (1540 ft)

Day Highlights
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Mount Brennisteinsalda
  • Stóri Hver hot spring
  • Hrafntinnusker
Included
  • Scenic drive from Reykjavík
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
Group of hikers crossing the river on Laugavegur trail

The second day of your trek begins with a delicious group breakfast.

The highlights of today’s agenda  are the vibrant Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the stunning Jökultungur pass. Geothermal activity has painted these craggy gullies in vivid shades of yellow and red, contrasting dramatically with the sand-toned mountains that surround them. The peak of Jökultungur offers stupendous views over the whole Fjallabak(behind the mountain”) area and Álftavatn lake, a remote oasis only accessible by this trail. The descent down Jokultungur ends in an oasis of flora and fauna besides the Grashagakvisl river. To reach our Álftavatn campsite we have to cross the river on foot, a refreshing experience after a day of hiking!

Enjoy dinner next to beautiful lake vistas.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi), Walking Time: 4-5 hrs, Elevation Gain: 490 m (1610 ft)

Day Highlights
  • Mount Reykjafjöll
  • Jökultungur area
  • Fjallabak area
  • Álftavatn Lake
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
Man backpacking in the Landmannalaugar valley

We begin today by wading through another stream as we head into the volcanic deserts of Maelifellssandur. Along the way, we will pass two breathtaking volcanoes, Stórasúla and Hattafell. The first volcano is a verdant cone-shaped mountain while the second boasts a distinct flat top. The trail leads onto Emstrur, a grassy area where farmers used to graze their sheep. If we are lucky enough to get good visibility, there are outstanding panoramic views of the famous Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull mountain glaciers. These twin mountains both house powerful volcanoes beneath, including the capricious Katla. On the way to our campground will diverge from our path to gaze at the wondrous Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon, a 656 ft (200 m) deep valley hallowed out by the powerful Markarfljót river. Our campground for the night is in Botnar, a peaceful nature oasis surrounded by a black sand desert.

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
Group of people hiking in Thorsmork

After our final breakfast together we leave the Emstrur area and head to Thórsmörk, the final section of the trail!

Thorsmork translates to “Valley of Thor“ because legend has it the valley was created by Thor's mighty hammer Mjölnir, which split open the mountain range and created a deep gorge. Thorsmork is a lush area with dense birch forests and various wildlife. On our way to the valley we will trek past Mt. Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountain), a peak shaped like its mythical namesake. The summit offers beautiful views of Iceland's fourth-biggest glacier, Mýrdalsjökull. As we get closer to our final destination the landscape will begin to change with more trees popping up. Our trek ends in the stunning Thorsmork valley. Snap celebratory photos and enjoy the scenery before getting ready for our ride back to Reykjavík!

During our ride back we will stop at the photogenic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. These falls are famous for the unique footpath that stretches all the way around so tourists can stand behind the cascade.

We will arrive back in Reykjavik at around 8:30 pm. Drop off is available at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall), Reykjavik Campsite, and the City Hall on Vonarstræti.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi), Walking Time: 6-7 hrs, Descent: 300 m (985 ft).

Day Highlights
  • Emstrur
  • Þórsmörk Valley
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Glacier views
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation

Reviews

5
Based on 3 reviews

Laugavegur Trek 4 Day Hiking Tour

1- of 3 reviews

Laudavegur hike

Reviewed on September 09, 2018 by Jerald From our post-trip system

Chris was an excellent guide. He had an in-depth knowledge of the hike and paced the hike perfectly. We enjoyed the hike very much despite the bad weather. The meals were surprisingly good.

Amazing Experience

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!

Best Tour Ever

Reviewed on July 15, 2018 by Ipshita Chakraborty From our post-trip system

My husband and I had an amazing 4 days with Arctic Adventures Laugavegur Trek. We went through some brilliant landscape, truly awe-inspiring and magnificent. Our guide Emily was the best guide I've ever traveled with. She was extremely knowledgeable and very passionate about her work. She was kind, compassionate and very mindful of the varied pace in the group of 16 people. The hikes were well spaced out, with lot of cookie and chocolate breaks in between so it is really well suited for people of all fitness levels. We had some delicious meals during our hike, the highlight being the Icelandic lamb stew made by the co-guide Saily. The group lived like a family during the 4 days of the hike. The only suggestion for improvement will be a better coordination of the return journey to Reykjavik. We had to change buses, and the second bus company had no idea that we were supposed to take that. However, thanks to another Arctic Adventure guide Alex, we were able to get to the second bus and return to Reykjavik. Alex even helped us in finding our airbnb location in Reykjavik. Overall, we had the most amazing time in Iceland thanks to this tour. It is highly recommended to anyone interested in seeing the beauty of the Icelandic highlands.

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