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.
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 sceni...)
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: 8km (4.9 mi), Walking Time: 4 hrs, Elevation Gain: 470 m (1540 ft)
The second day of your trek begins with a delicious group breakfast. The first major point of interest today is Hrafntinnusker, black obsidian desert. On the way there we will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring. The vibrantly colored...)
The second day of your trek begins with a delicious group breakfast.
The first major point of interest today is Hrafntinnusker, black obsidian desert. On the way there we will see the Stórihver (meaning large spring) hot spring.
The vibrantly colored Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the Jökultungur area are also 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 contrasting dramatically with the soft pale sand-toned peaks around them. The top of Jökultungur is a marvelous place to enjoy stupendous views over the whole Fjallabak (behind the mountain) area and Álftavatn, the lake close to the mountain hut where we will be accommodated for the night. To get there we have to cross a river on foot, this is usually a very exciting experience for overseas hikers who have often never tried this.
We relax with a great dinner and enjoy the beautiful vistas which surround us.
Distance: 20km (12.4 mi), Walking Time: 7-8 hrs, Elevation Gain: 900 m (2952 ft)
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 s...)
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).
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 ope...)
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 19:45. Drop off is BSI bus stop in Reykjavik.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi), Walking Time: 6-7 hrs, Descent: 300 m (985 ft).
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!
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.