Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 4 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 15
Group maximum 16 people
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
Meeting points outside of Reykjavik:
8:15 a.m. – Selfoss N1 gas station
9:00 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.
Pick-up for a tour starts at 7:00 am by the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík's City Hall in Vonarstræti. You also have an option of meeting us at one of our other meeting points (see tour description). We begin our Laugavegur adventure with a ...)
Pick-up for a tour starts at 7:00 am by the Tourist Information Center at Reykjavík's City Hall in Vonarstræti. You also have an 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. Further inland, we pass the infamous Hekla Volcano, which was known to 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: 12 km (7.5 mi), Walking Time: 4-5 hrs, Elevation Gain: 470 m (1540 ft).
The second day of your trek begins with a delicious 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 ...)
The second day of your trek begins with a delicious 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 surrounding them. The peak of Jökultungur offers spectacular 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!
In the evening, enjoy dinner next to beautiful lake vistas.
Distance: 24 km (7.5 mi), Walking Time: 4-5 hrs, Elevation Gain: 490 m (1610 ft).
We begin our day 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 th...)
We begin our day 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 to 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 keep mighty 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: 15 km (9.5 mi), Walking Time: 6-7 hrs, Descent: 40 m (130 ft).
After our final breakfast together, we leave the Emstrur area and head to Thórsmörk, the last 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 ope...)
After our final breakfast together, we leave the Emstrur area and head to Thórsmörk, the last 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 formed a deep gorge. Thorsmork is an Mt. Einhyrningur lush area with dense birch forests and various wildlife. On our way to the valley, we will trek past (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: 15 km (9.5 mi), Walking Time: 6-7 hrs, Descent: 300 m (985 ft).
Laugavegur 4 day trek
Reviewed on September 03, 2019 by Roger Nissim From our post-trip system
Really enjoyed this hike with every day different from the previous one.
Andrea our guide was knowledgeable, professional, well organized and funny; a perfect combination. The success of the hike was helped by the good weather we enjoyed. Wish I has known about the 6 day option as we would have gone for that.
This hike really deserves to be in National Geographic's top 20 hikes worldwide
Trip of a lifetime
Reviewed on August 16, 2019 by Sarah Burdsall From our post-trip system
We recently trekked the Laugavegur trail with family and friends and had an amazing time. The communication and logistics of pick up and drop off were seamless as were the details sent pre-trip about packing. Our guide Zahary, Zaho, was the best we could have wished for. He was funny, attentive, professional, a wonderful cook, and knew so much about the area. Zaho took wonderful care of us and made the challenges each day feel safe. We had wonderful weather and were able to take a few side trips to beautiful vistas and lunch spots which added to the amazing scenery. Our group became a close knit group of friends and the group dynamics working with our guide and each other was pretty much flawless. We feel very fortunate to have had the stars align to allow our guide, group, weather, and chosen tour company to share the perfect experience trekking this beautiful country via the Laugavegur trail.
Laugavegur Trek - 4 Day Hiking Tour
Reviewed on July 09, 2019 by Stephanie Esplin Review from TripAdvisor
I did the Laugavegur Trek - 4 Day Hiking Tour in huts and I cannot recommend it highly enough. I couldn’t have asked for a better hiking experience. We started with a fantastic group of 16 strangers who soon became friends. On this trek, you will be pushed out of your comfort zone to witness some of the most beautiful scenery the world has to offer. The pictures don’t do it justice, you have to see it for yourself!
We were lucky to have Matt as our guide, who was the heart and soul of our group. He was incredibly knowledgeable, encouraging, accommodating and funny (but serious when he needed to be). He’s professional and takes his job seriously but has fun while doing it. We even passed a couple during our trek who said “that guy is great, I wish he was our guide” which gives credence to his expertise and infectious personality.
I have never looked back on an experience as fondly as I do this one and am fortunate to have experienced it with such a great guide and group.
This was a wonderful trip
Reviewed on September 17, 2018 by Carolina Valsecchi From our post-trip system
This was a wonderful trip which I would whole heartedly recommend. The guide was really excellent and it was great fun to do the tour in a group of lovely like-minded people.
The terrain is beautiful and interesting and the trail offers great rewards, including the beautiful remote wilderness at the top of the mountain and interesting variety throughout including glacial summits and black sand and lava fields at the lower elevations.
The tour was very well organised, including excellent food and ongoing supplies i.e much needed cups of tea and hot soup at the right moment.
The tour is not cheap (nothing in Iceland ever is) and although the accommodation was very basic (which is fine and what we expected), I would have expected one bunk per person rather than one between two people. One night three bunk beds pushed together slept six people, pressed fairly tightly together, and although you get to know the group quite well, that was pretty cosy to say the least.
4 day - Laugavegur Hike with group of seven family members
Reviewed on September 15, 2018 by Marc Review from TripAdvisor
All good, safe, well paced. Rustic but well protected huts. Good food. Time to relax at end of day (helped by great weather).
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.
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.
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!
Nice Happy !
Reviewed on August 27, 2018 by Kazushige From our post-trip system
Thank you very much !
I enjoyed my experience with your staff & other members Great views, good meals,friedly members !
I am satisfied very well !
Everything was okay.
Reviewed on August 15, 2018 by Axel Radecker From our post-trip system
Everything was okay. The Guide, although he was only nineteen, was very professionel and a very good cook. That was wonderful!
Of course, the price of your trip ist rather high. Many of our friends, who are interested on Island ans the Laugavegur hiking trail, could not afford it.
Excellent Laugavegur Trek with guide Juraj
Reviewed on August 14, 2018 by MidwestMaven14 Review from TripAdvisor
The trek itself is fantastic and the variety of scenery that is encountered is amazing. This is highly recommended as a bucket list experience. This was made all the better by our excellent guide, Juraj. He was a laid back, but competent leader for our group. He fostered a good sense of community within our group, kept us safe and comfortable during inclement weather, and cooked some delicious food. I will recall this trip fondly for the rest of my life.
Fantastic Laugavegur trek
Reviewed on August 14, 2018 by Mira Review from TripAdvisor
I had originally booked the 4-day hike with Trek Iceland. Right from the start with the pickup in Reykjavik the service from the guides were excellent and very professional, which lasted throughout the entire trek.
Our group of 11 consisted of only solo travelers, and we quickly established a friendly and easygoing group dynamic. Our guide Chris was always enthusiastic and truly passionate about nature, his energy and commitment leading the group making the trek a true joy.
The Iclandic landscape is absolutely stunning and well worth the footwork. So much so that I, and others, decided to extend the trip and do the full 6-day hike! The huts are cozy with amicable atmospheres - although crowded, so earplugs are recommended when sleeping. Plenty of food and snacks were provided throughout the trip and with no problems regarding vegetarian diets.
Truly a trip of a lifetime in a place like no other and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone!
Great Laugavegur trek
Reviewed on August 11, 2018 by LucitaPaz Review from TripAdvisor
I signed up for the 4 day Laugavegur trek. Was lucky that my whole group was travelling solo so everyone was really friendly and open. It was a mixed bunch of people. I felt like you could go whatever pace you wanted as the group regularly stopped to wait/regroup throughout the hike. our guide Chris was so energetic, positive and passionate about Iceland and its Geology. The hike was so good I ended up extending to the 6 day trek, which was definitely worth doing. The food on the trek was great, and the huts were VERY warm. The pace/amount of time allowed to wake up/get going in the morning was good. Eye mask and good ear plugs required.
Reviewed on August 06, 2018 by M From our post-trip system
Great guide (Johann), good organization, amazing nature. Tour was not fully booked - we were about 11 Pax + guide and I felt this to be the ideal group size.
4 Day Laugavegur Trek (Huts) with Arctic Adventures
Reviewed on August 05, 2018 by Jane Review from TripAdvisor
We recently returned from this 4 day trek and it was SPECTACULAR……one of our absolute favorite family trips! We are a family of 5 (2 parents and 3 daughters, ages 16-22) and sharing this experience with the 12 others in our group (11 other hikers from various countries and our guide, Norris) was great fun.
The Laugavegur trail is truly stunning and you experience so many different landscapes. For me, an overlook that we hiked to on Day 3 may be the most beautiful view ever. Norris was a very capable, patient, and fun guide and we highly recommend him. During the trek he made us aware of everything we needed to know to safely traverse the terrain and rivers. He also shared interesting information about the landscape and Icelandic history, and even entertained us with Norse myths. His love of Iceland and what he does really makes you appreciate the added value of a talented guide.
Be sure to adhere to the packing list as you will likely need it all—different layers, river crossing shoes, rain gear, etc. And finally, I found that the things that I was most apprehensive about ahead of time—being grouped with strangers & sleeping in the huts—honestly added to the richness of this experience. This was a truly great trip and our entire family is so grateful to have taken it!
Reviewed on July 26, 2018 by Mairead Nally From our post-trip system
I had an utterly brilliant time on the 4 day hike. I think the Laugavegur hike is on of the best trails I've ever hiked. Our guide, Zaho, was good company and he looked after us very well.
I am vegetarian and I was happily surprised about the quality of the vegetarian food that was provided.
Thank you for a brilliant time!
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.
So glad I was with Trek Iceland
Reviewed on July 06, 2018 by fiddleswaffles Review from TripAdvisor
This hike has been on my bucket list for a while, and I couldn’t be happier that I did it with Trek Iceland. Weather our first day was really rough- it was a straight up blizzard- and having our guide, Francois, was vital. Trek also managed to secure our (camping) group shelter in the hut the first night as well which was a lifesaver. I can’t speak highly enough of Francois, Heidar, and the rest of the Trek Iceland team.
They send you a lot of great packing info when you sign up, and there’s plenty of tips in the reviews here, but here’s some of my advice:
-You don’t need to be in perfect shape to do this hike, but you should be ready for and accustomed to pushing yourself. The trail itself isn’t super demanding elevation or terrain wise, but there’s a lot of ups and downs, really cold river crossings, and 5-7 hours of walking a day for 4-6 days straight.
-Eye mask, ear plugs, buff, and gaiters were my MVP gear.
-For river crossings, I had water sandals and neoprene socks which were great. The sandals were also my camp shoes which felt awesome after a long day in boots.
Overall: great guide, great food, great trail, go do it.
Reviewed on June 25, 2018 by Nieves Cascón From our post-trip system
A great group of all ages and nationalities guided through stunning landscapes by the best team. Really happy to have been a part of this adventure!
Hiking pass a must if doing the Laugavegur Trail
Reviewed on August 31, 2017 by Jessica Review from TripAdvisor
The hikers pass was great. We got dropped off at Landmanalauger and could get picked up at either Skogar or Thorsmork. There were other options too. We weren't sure how long we wanted to hike so this was perfect. It was quite expensive but once we saw the roads it made a lot more sense. Crazy roads with lots of potholes, and many, many river crossings (in a bus!!).
Try to get to the bus early (15-30 minutes before departure) when coming back from the hike. The bus fills up quickly, and they prioritize people who already have a hikers pass. I would not risk it by trying to get a ticket on the spot.
Another note to hikers. STAY ON THE TRAIL! I learned after a couple of days that the moss that it all over the hike takes decades to grow back and tourists have been causing erosion! This also applies to tents. Put your tent in a designated area! Also, do your part and pick up any trash if you see it on the trail. Let's not make a bad name for ourselves as tourists and be respectful!
Five out of five.
Reviewed on August 30, 2017 by KristiSF Review from TripAdvisor
My friends and I were fortunate to be able to experience the 4-day Laugavegur a few weeks ago to celebrate one friend’s 40th birthday. Some of us spent extra time in Iceland and we all agree that the trek was by far the highlight. The landscape is incredible; dramatic yet accessible, rugged yet fragile. I didn’t want to leave and could have easily extended our hike to a longer one. There is so much to explore.
Trek Iceland made the experience feel easy so we could focus on the scenery and having fun. We felt safe, were well-cared-for and well-fed. Our guide, Francois, was awesome. He was professional, educational, took the more dangerous sections like river crossings seriously, and connected well with our crazy group. It is obvious that he loves the mountains and connecting with people.
The hike itself is moderate. Not super challenging for active people like my group of friends, but there are some steep sections and interesting terrain at times that add spice to the hike. And, you can never predict how the weather will change things. Be prepared. I can imagine people with no experience hiking may need to take some sections slowly, but it’s all doable. There were a lot of tourists on the hike which was a bummer but understandable. We were able to experience some detours off the main path that felt secluded, and of course were gorgeous.
We went with the huts, though I think I would do tents the next time as they’re more my speed. The huts were nice though, warm and dry, comfy mattresses on the beds, running water, and nice kitchens and common areas where you can hang out and bond with the rest of your group. Bring earplugs. You’ll be sharing a room with 15+ people and, at least in our group, most of them ended up snoring!
Go. You won’t be disappointed.
Brilliant 4 day trek
Reviewed on August 11, 2017 by Alan Review from TripAdvisor
We booked the Laugavegur Trek - 4 Day Hiking Tour (Huts) in January 17, we followed all the information on what to pack and what to expect and it didn't disappoint. What an amazing experience, fantastic, made even better by Friman our guide. His knowledge of the area is superb and has lots of stories to tell.
We had a mixed group, Americans, Danes, French, Australian (really a Kiwi), Japanese, German and us (UK), he managed the whole group very well and we were looked after very well.
The huts are basic but the are clean and dry which is all we wanted after a days trek.
The walk is what I would call moderate (I'm 50 and fairly active but no athlete!), around 10 miles per day over mixed terrain (rock, gravel, snow), but Friman paced it well with plenty of information stops and lunch breaks.
The scenery is stunning, don't forget to take a camera.
Thanks, an experience I will never forget.
Laugavegur Family Trek - 4 day camping
Reviewed on July 28, 2017 by KLOU Review from TripAdvisor
We did this trek with our kids aged 14 and 11. The scenery is spectacular, and we had a fantastic time. The office staff were helpful - we had no issues with booking and they promptly answered any questions I had. The trip has an age recommendation for minimum age 8; I think age 11 is the youngest I would recommend, and my youngest is a very experienced day hiker. While the hiking itself is not difficult; one must also have the stamina last through the duration of the trip and the energy to fight the variable weather elements and cross the frigid rivers with possibly strong currents. .
Our guide, Jono, was incomparable: experienced, knowledgeable, responsible and a great cook as well. He paced our group well, answered all of our questions and kept us entertained. Due to the snowy conditions at Hrafntinnusker, he recommended that we camp at Landmannalauger the first night, and hike all the way to Afltavn on the second day. I was apprehensive about such a long distance in one day, but everyone including the kids did fine and it proved to be a great call for missing out on big downpours of rain.
While there are many backpackers around without a guide, we had the advantage of not only our guide's knowledge of the trail, terrain and weather patterns, expert advice on the best place and technique to cross the rivers, and luggage transport (only need to carry a daypack), but also a cooking/dining tent in each campground where we could sit at a picnic table sheltered from the wind / rain and enjoy a hot breakfast or tasty dinner. The food was great - no complaints. We helped with meal prep and dish washing. I would highly recommend this trip for people who are avid hikers and lovers of the outdoors.
Amazing 4 day Laugavegur trek camping
Reviewed on July 27, 2017 by rosiea982017 Review from TripAdvisor
Amazing trip, 100% worthwhile.
I recently completed the 4 day Laugavegur Trek and it was fantastic! So much so I am wanting to come back next year and take part in the 6 day trek. The views were spectacular, the walks around 4-5 hours was a perfect length and the food was hearty and delicious. What really made the trip was our guide François. He was attentive made sure everyone was ok with the pace and kept hydrated, was very patient with those who were afraid of the river crossings. Moreover he would happily chat and answer all our questions about Iceland. I couldn’t recommend the trip more.
The only slight negative was the admin side. I paid extra for pick up and drop off to and from my hostel. When I double checked with the company a few days before the trip they then said they didn’t do pick up and drop off and I should go to the nearest pick up point – around half an hour away from my hotel. Which was a pain getting to at half 6 in the morning with heavy bags. Then on the way home a taxi did pick me up but the company told him the wrong drop off address and we ended up going to the wrong hotel.
Nevertheless fantastic trip and would recommend to anyone thinking of coming to Iceland.
Laugavegur 4 day Trek
Reviewed on July 26, 2017 by Alan Review from TripAdvisor
An excellent trip which was really well managed by our leader Francois. The weather on the first day was pretty dire with torrential rain and winds so after discussion with the hut guardian at Hrafntinnusker where there was a blizzard, it was decided to stay at the Landmannalauger hut instead of carrying on to the Hrafntinnusker hut. That meant a long day 2 to cover the scheduled routes for both days 1 and 2 but we all managed. The scenery was amazing and the walk to the Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon from Emstrur hut was very special - returning at midnight in full light!
A great group, excellent guiding from Francois and truly special scenery - superb.
Laugavegur Trail 4day camping
Reviewed on July 24, 2017 by fgg2918 Review from TripAdvisor
Great trip despite the gale force winds and rain and cold. Francois had our tent group get accommodated into a hut as was required by the Search and Rescue team in charge of the trails, and we were cozy. He is terrific. We made it with Francois' excellent guidance. If you are thinking about this trip, definitely do the tent cuz the huts can get really crowded. The kitchen tent is warm and spacious.
Reviewed on July 17, 2017 by Peter Review from TripAdvisor
Wonferful 4 days on the Laugavegur Trail. Yuri was a great guide and cook. The scenery is amazing. The huts comfortable and the whole trek was well organised. Definitely a must for ayone with a spirit of adventure.
This trek gets you to spectacular scenery
Reviewed on October 26, 2016 by stressbunny Review from TripAdvisor
We did the 4 day Laugavegur Trek, staying in hostels. Very glad we chose this option and not tents, as the tent dwellers were suffering with the cold in mid August. The cost was exorbitant for what you would expect in other countries for the level of service, but apparently normal for Iceland. For example, the bunk beds were two to a mattress, scarce cold showers which you had to queue for (and pay for hot water), eating took place in the sleeping area which is culturally unacceptable in some other countries, food was camp-style basic and no alcohol served or available for sale at the hostels. Our trek leader did a great job at looking after a large group with diverse abilities and explained as much as she could patiently. Take your own alcohol and comforts if you book and expect huts at the public level despite the price.
amazing experience- 4 days laugavegur hike
Reviewed on September 07, 2016 by shir1987 Review from TripAdvisor
I joined a tour of 4 days laugavegur hiking in huts with the guide Lilija and it was amazing experience.
Our guide Lilija was born in Iceland and had amazing stories to tell us about Iceland geologic, nature, culture and more. She did it with a lot of enthusiasm and passion and it seems that she really like what she is doing and has huge amount of knowledge, that added a lot to the experience from the trip.
Our guide also had creative ideas to solve problem that occurred on our way.
She offered us detour/extra walking that were always prettier than the original path.
Regarding to other reviews I saw before I decided to go with trek Iceland they were right. Trek Iceland does go with only one guide to the trek and even though I was slower than the other that 90% of the time didn't bother me because Lilija stopped and waited for us and helped crossing difficult terrains. Also the other reviews were right, the guide is the cook and we were the one to wash the dishes and cutting vegtables, that was a group effort and it didn't feel like a bother. We were lucky because our guide was an amazing cook and we were spoiled by her all over the way. After every difficult paths he spoiled us with cookies, chocolate, dry fruits and more, we were always surprised of how much she could carry with her. About the weather, even though I had mixed feeling of going to this trek as this was the first one for me and the weather in the end of the season might is bad (we went on the 28.8, and I come from a very warm country ) I was amazed of the good weather we had, one day light rain, most of the other days were amazing beside a day that started with crazy wind and drizzle that were gone after an hour and changed to a wonderful day. Overall this was the top of my trip and I glad I chose to do the trek even with my lack of experience hiking or shape.
Beautiful scenery, challenging hike, low budget accomadations, guide challenges
Reviewed on August 22, 2016 by crapipa Review from TripAdvisor
I just completed the 4 day Laugavegur trek. It was absolutely gorgeous. I enjoyed every minute of the hiking part of the trek. For that, I would give the trip 5 stars. The trail was quite crowded, but we seemed to be far enough apart from other groups, you didn't necessarily feel bunched up with other people.
The food and guide part of this trip left much to be desired. We ended up having to cook and clean the entire time as our guide was not very skilled in this area. Not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but something I did not expect given the price of the tour. We would longingly look at other groups in our shared huts and drool over their food as they appeared to have a cook.
Our guide, was a nice guy, but he didn't seem to know too much about the area. If he did, he didn't seem to like to share too much of it. Again, something I did not expect given the price of the tour. It seems to be a consistent theme in these reviews that Trek Iceland provides only one guide for 16 people. This can be a dangerous situation should someone way in the back fall down. Our guide would not have known. Gambling with safety is not really a good idea.
The huts were interesting - if you have not had to sleep in close quarters with a bunch of people - strangers lying next to you, think about this before you sign up. All 16 of us were jammed in one room in a hut. We had a great group so it worked out, but this could be an issue for some.
The food was low budget - the same sandwiches every day, limited snacks (hope you like Icelandic chocolate and raisinettes). Cold cereal in the morning. Hot, if you wanted burned muesli. Dinners were pretty good given our group had some amazing cooks. Be prepared to make your own coffee. Little things like this irritate me, but may not be a big deal to others. And again, the cost of this trip did not match the food quality or service.
Before booking this trip, I would definitely take the time to research different companies. and read the Average and Below ratings on trip advisor to see what you can and cannot tolerate. These reviews are where you learn the downsides of a trip. There are consistent themes here.
Very responsive company
Reviewed on August 19, 2016 by Arturo Review from TripAdvisor
Just returned from the four day Laugavegur trek. Had a wonderful time, the varied scenery was incredible. We did the guided hut option. For those of you coming to Iceland for the first time, the weather changes every five minutes. You need to be prepared! When they tell you, three layers with you. They know what they are saying! Bring the appropriate clothing, and the experience will be so much better. The huts range from ok to good. It's the only option. It's not the company! Be flexible! The guide was excellent! Armann was excellent , gave us clear instructions, was knowledgeable and responsive. The food is nutritious, but simple. There is just so much you can do! I would certainly recommend this company, and will use it in my future trips to Iceland.
Early season Laugavegur Trekking - an experience to remember
Reviewed on July 01, 2016 by 07Michael-QLD-1551 Review from TripAdvisor
The experience was phenomenal. At times it was quite demanding, but it had exhilarating scenery and was very rewarding. Our guide was great - he had a wealth of knowledge (has a background as a geophysicist); experience in the area specifically; always kept us up to date and informed at briefings for weather, conditions, what to expect and river crossings etc; and a great warmth and sense of humour. Never ceased to keep spirits high and helped the group to bond - by the end it was very sad to say goodbye (both to the group, guides and to the beautiful location).
The tour was well organised and had plentiful and surprisingly good food for a trek. The huts were in quite good condition, clean and most importantly warm.
Going early in the season had the advantage of having fewer numbers on the track - very often our group were the only ones in sight. A possible disadvantage was an increased chance of poorer weather (our group had poor weather for first day and a half,but was excellent for the remainder). I am very glad to have gone with a company in a group - it added an incredible amount to the overall experience compared to going along and unaided. It is also through quite an isolated area where conditions can change rapidly, as we experienced, making us further grateful for having a guide.
Laugavegur hike - Brilliantly led by our guides Fifa and Francois!
Reviewed on August 29, 2015 by mehtaarun79 Review from TripAdvisor
My wife and I signed up for the 4 day Laugavegur Trek from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork. Given this was our first such hiking/camping experience we (especially I :)) had a lot of anxiety about what to expect and how efficiently the trek will be managed throughout those 4 days. But all our anxieties were laid to rest by our super brilliant guides Fifa and Francois. They were just outstanding in how they lead the trek each of those days. They demonstrated excellent knowledge of the landscape and trek route, great group management and outstanding time management skills. They also were great at improvising and making the best of the worst situations.
For example, on the first day of the hike to Hrafntinnusker, the visibility was poor in the highlands and it was very windy too but Fifa and Francois lead the group brilliantly, ensuring that each of us 15 trekkers were together, guiding us through the right path in near zero visibility and keeping our spirits up along the way. They were very patient with every person of the group, and paced the trek to ensure that everyone was able to move along at a reasonable pace while also giving the group time to take in the breathtaking scenery. River crossings can be challenging for us first timers, but Fifa and Francois would first cross the river to get a sense for the currents and the best path to cross, and would then come back to take us across the river with them. Hats off to them for doing this especially when the water was freezing cold!
Francois and Fifa cooked some really delicious meals for the group. We had some great porridge for breakfast, and delicious pastas, bolognese, and traditional icelandic lamb soup for dinner. These sumptuous dinners were a great way to end a hard day's hike. Francois and Fifa went out of their way to make the group feel special and cared for. For example, they gave a very sweet surprise by making a cake to celebrate the birthday of one of our loved (and youngest :)) group members, and went out of their way to change their plans and cook a barbecue for us the night before we left.
Of-course the beauty of Iceland that one gets to experience on the trek is breathtaking, but it isn't enjoyable even a tiny bit if one is not with the right guide. And we were fortunate to have two of the best guides one could ever hope for on such an arduous and challenging trek. Having two guides for a group of 15 trekkers, each with varying ability of trekking and dietary requirements really helped make things run efficiently and smoothly.
Thanks Fifa and Francois for a great trek - you both were awesome and we look forward to doing a trek with you again in the future! Ya ya? Yao! Thak! :-)
Reviewed on June 22, 2015 by floridatraveldad Review from TripAdvisor
My son and I did the 4-day Laugavegur Trail trek. Because the northern part of the trail was closed, our guide had to create a good 4-day trek that approximated the actual trail. They did that and more. The trek itself was outrageously wonderful. 6 stars.
Accommodations were, of course, kind of primitive, but you don't do this for the creature comforts. Our guides, Einar, Totte and Francois; were all great. The hikes were all so scenic and interesting. The group we were with was also great.
So why 4 (4.9) stars? On the last day, when we had completed the 4-day adventure; a trek vehicle was supposed to take us back to the town center of Reykjavik, leaving Borsmork at about 4 and arriving in town at around 6:30-7. But trek apparently sub-contracted this to Reykjavik Excursions. They picked us up at 3:15, (we had to abandon our hot chocolate and hurry down to the river as we had received no notice of the departure time change), we had to switch buses twice (dragging all of our camping gear from one storage area to another twice), and then we ended up at the Reykjavik Bus Terminal--about 4 miles from downtown! Plus, the R Excursions people knew nothing about the luggage that we had left with trek. After a couple of phone calls, a taxi driver with Reykjavik Excursions picked us up, took us to the trek luggage storage facility, we got our suitcases, and then finally got downtown by 9 pm. So, 4 different vehicles, arriving 2+ hours late. From a glowing 5 star down to a 4.9.
I would do it again, though.
4-day Laugavegur trek
Reviewed on October 26, 2014 by oreodunker Review from TripAdvisor
Doing the hike with Trek Iceland was the best decision we made. They provided everything: sturdy tents, all meals, hiking poles, sleeping bags (rented out for a fee) and most importantly, a fantastic guide in the form of Doddi.
Like most Icelanders, Doddi speaks good English and is so enthusiastic about showing off the best of his country. He suggested additional hikes that offered spectacular views and you won't regret doing these when the weather is good. He also looked out for our safety by picking out the best routes to cross, waiting in the river as we waded through, setting a good pace and giving well-timed breaks. He also cooked all our meals, which were delicious. We helped out by chopping stuff and washing up afterwards.
I was a little apprehensive about camping out at first but after seeing the conditions in the hut, I was happy to be in a tent. We set these up ourselves without much difficulty and single hikers shouldn't have problems getting help from the others.
As we were preparing for the trip, Styrmir was very prompt in replying emails and they even accommodated our last-minute request for hiking poles with no problems. Payment was easily made by credit card through a link that was sent.
I would recommend going with Trek as it allows you to hike with a very light pack, allowing you to just enjoy the breathtaking Icelandic wilderness.
Laugavegur Trek 26
Reviewed on June 27, 2014 by Liza Review from TripAdvisor
I went for a Laugavegur Trek 26 in June and was in guide Svavar's team(16-19 June). Overall, the trek is well organised and i enjoyed the experience. Food was good and there's ample sandwiches and nourishment for us all. I did feel the mountainhuts were a tad too packed for comfort but it is fine. For those planning on going for the trek, i'd really recommend staying in the huts because of the cold weather and wind. Svavar is a great guide whose spirit is always up & running and he takes time to enquire how we are doing.
I had a really hard time trekking through huge lengths of snow & i was tired but he does well by not egging me nor pressurising me, but still gave me ample positive vibes to get me through. I do warn though that when i did this trek, i was unsure about the team combining 2 days' worth of trek into 1(on the 2nd day due to the not-too-good weather on the first day) because it lasted about 11hours and we covered 24km. That was a tad too much for me who is of moderate fitness and hardly trekked. Pls bring your Advils, trekking sticks, toilet paper, duct tape to act as plaster strips, energy effervescent pills. The four day trek is an extremely gd trek to cover the magical sights of Landmannalaugger. Trek Iceland is a great agency !
4 day Laugavegur trek
Reviewed on August 23, 2013 by morag1 Review from TripAdvisor
Our guide Svaver was excellent, very friendly and informative and a great cook. His driver was also a good cook and had well needed flasks of coffee and water for tea prepared when we arrived at the huts.
The scenery on this trip is beautiful, especially the first 2 days. The distances are slightly longer than advertised though (I measured the 3rd day on my GPS watch supposed to be 15k was nearer 20) and even the predominantly downhill days have some ascent in them so you do need to be fitter than you'd expect just looking at the daily distances.
The huts are very basic, no shower in the first hut, only 1 working shower in the next 2 and we slept in mixed dormatories in single and double bunk beds. We were mainly with others in our group though, our group got on well, we enjoyed chatting together on an evening and the huts or camping (which looked a bit cold and miserable) are the only way to see this beautiful scenery.
I would recommend Trek to anyone thinking of doing this tour.
The offroad bus trips there and back were exciting as well, I didn't know buses could go through rivers that deep!