Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 6 day
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 15
Group maximum 16
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes
The Laugavegur trail is renowned worldwide for its extreme diversity and stark beauty. Starting in Landmannalaugar, a rainbow-colored geothermal wonderland, it winds through deserts, plains, and gorges ending in a lush birch forest in the Thorsmork valley. Dazzling fields of obsidian, red and yellow rhyolite mountains, black sands, and sparkling white glaciers attack the senses as you trek towards the stunning south coast of Iceland.
The trek itself starts in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland known worldwide for its multicolored rhyolite mountains and warm hot springs that locals have enjoyed soaking in throughout the centuries. The scenery is breathtaking while we make our way to the highlands and throughout the 6-day hike, where you will be greeted with fields of obsidian, colorful mountains, black sands, hot springs, geysers, sparkling white glaciers, glacier rivers, elf churches, and so much more.
While absorbing all of Iceland’s natural beauty, our guides will tell you about these mysterious areas, landscapes, flora, fauna, and folklore tales. You will be guided safely through this magical area we call home, stopping at all the right places to make sure you get the absolute best experience of Laugavegurinn, as the locals call the trail.
We spend our nights in mountain huts at beautiful remote locations, which we think adds to the charm of the hike. The locations include gorgeous places like Alftavatn, Hrafntinnusker, and Thorsmork. In the huts, the guide will, along with the group, prepare great meals to enjoy together in a magical environment and atmosphere. Sometimes we even take an evening stroll to areas off the beaten track to visit some of the enchanting secret places we have found in past years.
At the end of the Laugavegur trail, we find ourselves in Thorsmork, a surprisingly green and fertile valley named after the Norse god of thunder Thor. Thor is believed to have struck down his hammer and formed the valley. Thorsmork is nestled at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull which became world-known in 2010 when it erupted, stopping almost all air traffic to and from Europe. The two new craters formed in that eruption were named Magni and Modi after the sons of Thor. These newly formed craters are some of the spectacular things you will see and experience on this 6-day trekking tour.
The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) by Tjörnin pond at 7.00 a.m. where you meet your guide. It's located in downtown Reykjavik and within walking distance from most hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in cen...)
The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) by Tjörnin pond at 7.00 a.m. where you meet your guide. It's located in downtown Reykjavik and within walking distance from most hotels, hostels, and guesthouses in central Reykjavik. We also offer to pick up at selected locations around Reykjavik (see other pick-up locations in the tour description).
After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. The drive takes about 3-4 hours. On the way, we travel along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Iceland's most active volcano, Hekla.
Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. The trail takes us through the rough lava field, Laugahraun. From there, we move to the slopes of Brennisteinsalda, which is known worldwide for its incredible spectrums of colors and photogenic looks. We walk by the beautiful hot spring Storihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. Storihver is one of the very few green grounds we will encounter on this day.
We spend the night in the hut, one of the most remote huts in Iceland.
Hiking: 4 hrs
Distance: 8km / 4.9mi
Ascent: 1540 ft
After a good sleep and a nutritious breakfast, we will be energized and ready to go again! Pitch-black obsidian desert called Hrafntinnusker, vibrantly colored Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains, and the Jökultungur area are at the top of the agenda toda...)
After a good sleep and a nutritious breakfast, we will be energized and ready to go again! Pitch-black obsidian desert called Hrafntinnusker, 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. We have to cross a river on foot to get to our accommodation. Wading a river is usually a fascinating experience for overseas hikers.
Hiking: 7 hrs
Distance: 24km / 14.9mi
Descent: 2952 ft
We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla and into the black desert of Maelifellssandur. On our way, we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this bla...)
We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla and into the black desert of Maelifellssandur. On our way, we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur, where there is a chance to enjoy a view of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Emstrur is a lush region where farmers used to graze their sheep during the summertime.
Before reaching the huts in Botnar, we turn off the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, an approximately 200 m deep canyon carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The hut in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcomed sight after walking through the black sands.
Hiking: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 15km / 9.5mi
We put Emstrur behind us and continue on our way to Thorsmork. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar, a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. We ...)
We put Emstrur behind us and continue on our way to Thorsmork. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar, a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. We walk under the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur (“The Unicorn”) and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley nesting under the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, a magnificent place to spend the night.
Hiking: 6-7 hrs
Distance: 15km / 9.5mi
Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two new craters formed in 2010, Magni and Modi, named after the sons of Norse god Thor. ...)
Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two new craters formed in 2010, Magni and Modi, named after the sons of Norse god Thor.
On the way, we pass by a formation of lava in a waterfall shape made in the eruption. Here you have a chance to see how Iceland is still being built, formed, and shaped by its nature. We will be greeted with a fantastic view over the valley.
We spend the night in Thorsmork and have a goodbye party while enjoying a traditional Icelandic grilled Lamb for dinner.
Hiking: 7-8 hrs
Distance: 16km / 10mi
We have a leisurely breakfast in the hut in the morning before exploring the incredible surroundings. The volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajokull surround the Thorsmork valley. For thousands of years, these volcanoes and the glaciers that cover them have...)
We have a leisurely breakfast in the hut in the morning before exploring the incredible surroundings. The volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajokull surround the Thorsmork valley. For thousands of years, these volcanoes and the glaciers that cover them have carved the sandstone in Thorsmork into surreal sculptures dotted with moss and arctic birch trees. We hike up the mountain Valahnukur for a fantastic view of the valley. Those who wish can also spend the day relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place.
We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30 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.
We also offer a drop-off at Hveragerði N1 gas station, Selfoss N1 gas station, and Hella bus terminal on the way back to Reykjavik. Please inform the guide on the tour if you wish to get off at one of these places.
Hiking: 3 hrs
Distance: 6km / 3.5mi
Information Package & Equipment List Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:Between 7:00 - 7:30 a.m.:- Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti- Hallgrímskirkja Church- Reykjavik Campsite Meeting points outside of Reykjavik: 8:15 a.m. – Self...)
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.
Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Trek - 6 day tour
Reviewed on August 22, 2019 by aurelieb978 Review from TripAdvisor
Great trail! Wonderful landscapes, that vary from day to day. We are happy we chose the 6-day trail (instead of the 4-day one), since it allowed us to enjoy the beautiful Thorsmork area after the trek (the hike of day 5 is more challenging than the other ones, but it's worth it!).
All practical aspects regarding transport, equipment and food were very well organized by Arctic Adventures.
There was a very good atmosphere in our group. Our guide, Matt, contributed a lot to that! He guided us very safely (especially in the more "technical" parts, when crossing rivers or parts covered with snow) and always with enthusiasm. He told us many facts about Iceland during the breaks. And, last but not least, he prepared delicious meals for breakfast and dinner!
Excellent guides - 6 day Laugavegur and Fimmvorouhals trek in huts
Reviewed on August 12, 2019 by twitterpook Review from TripAdvisor
6 day Laugavegur and Fimmvorouhals trek in huts with Matt
Reviewed on July 13, 2019 by Globe traveller Review from TripAdvisor
This is a wonderful experience which far exceeded my expectations (especially as we had 5 days of unexpected sunny weather!). With Matt as our guide we felt confident to hike in challenging terrain (over snow fields, up lava scree and through glacial rivers) and he always knew the best places to stop for a break and a view while he entertained and educated us with stories about Iceland and the surrounding geographical wonders we were experiencing.
Although we were expected to help with the meal preparation and washing up and we slept in bunk beds with the the toilets in a separate block this was all part of the fun. There was plenty of good quality food provided throughout the trip. I would not hesitate to recommend this trip to others
Laugavegur 6 days huts
Reviewed on September 24, 2018 by Froniga G Review from TripAdvisor
Excellent trek with beautiful scenery. Guide (Jono) was well informed and great at managing group dynamics. Food was delicious and exceeded my expectations. Be prepared for snow! Huts were great but toilets sometimes a little far from hut. Some huts were cramped with narrow beds. Although not an issue for our group, it would have been awful during peak season or on a trek without friends or family.
Incredible 6 day Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek (Camping)
Reviewed on August 29, 2018 by Carolyn C Review from TripAdvisor
My sister and I just completed the 6 day trek in tents. We have both done multiple hikes including the Inca Trail and Mount Kilimanjaro and we enjoyed this trek the most!
The landscape is breathtaking and changes very quickly. Our guide François was excellent- we always felt safe, he was attentive to the needs of the different group members. The hike itself is great- some uphills but we never felt overwhelmed with the difficulty- François was great at pacing the group, which had quite a range of ages and fitness levels.
Expect to do some dishes and help with the cooking- but this is all part of the fun of the trek and really helps with the group bonding. Francois was always up the earliest to make sure we had coffee and breakfast in the mornings- and we all pitched in to help him cook dinner each night.
Also I would recommend choosing tents over huts- you have the benefit of both your own private space at night, as well as a private meals area each night (the huts had to share kitchens with other tour groups). By the end of the trek the tents only took about 10 minutes to put up!!
Some things to bring:
- Ear plugs and eye mask
- Hand lotion and lip balm: your hands will be dry from the cold weather!!!
- If you wear compression tights under your hiking pants, consider getting some shorter ones for river crossing days.
- Make sure you have good waterproof gear (pants and jacket)!!!!!
Overall we loved this experience and would highly recommend it! Would definitely do it again- and make sure you request François!
Info about huts on Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals 6-day trek
Reviewed on August 21, 2018 by Jean O Review from TripAdvisor
Our 6-day hike with Trek Iceland, under the expert guidance of Frimann, was wonderful. I can't recommend it enough. I'm writing this to provide info on the huts we used, so folks know what to expect. The four huts we used:
Hrafntinnusker hut: 18 people in one large room in sleeping bags on bunk beds, dining area in middle of room. Small kitchen, outdoor non-flush latrines, no showers.
Álftavatn hut: 16 people in sleeping bags on narrow twin beds. Large kitchen and dining area, outdoor toilets and showers.
Emstrur hut: 20 people in one room on double platform beds. Room includes very small kitchen and dining area. Outdoor toilets and showers shared with other huts.
Thorsmork hut: a narrow bed of my own! In a room (with no door) shared with only four other people! Large kitchen, large dining area, outdoor toilets and showers. A small bar selling drinks and snacks at unpredictable hours.
All huts have quiet hours from 11 pm to 7 am and cold running water. Hot showers are (currently) 500 krona for 5 minutes' hot water. Using the toilets at night means putting on boots and a jacket and probably taking a torch or headlamp with you. Having said all that, the huts were all warm and bright and had everything we needed to be safe, clean, and dry.
6 day trek Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals
Reviewed on August 19, 2018 by Lynn H Review from TripAdvisor
The trek began on 10.08.18 when we met our guide Hjalti Steinn and the other members of our group. There were 4 of us Brits, 4 Americans, a Mexican, an Austrian, a Belgian and 2 Dutch but everyone spoke English and we all got on well. It is a shame there is not time to use the thermal pool before the trek begins. The trek itself was brilliant with wonderful scenery and Hjalti was very knowledgable about the countryside we were in. The first hut was a shock - especially the toilets which need a serious upgrade - the sleeping arrangements were cosy and we soon got used to being all in together. The other huts were much better. I had been worried about the vegetarian food having read some bad reviews but Hjalti catered well and the food he provided for everyone was excellent. I did not do day 5 to the new craters as they had to start late because of high winds and I thought it sounded difficult with edges and ledges so I stayed in the valley and enjoyed a relaxing day. In they end they had to turn back anyway so i don't feel I missed out.Hjalti was an excellent guide and looked after us really well making this a truly great experience.
6 day Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Trek - 6 Day Tour (Huts) / great experience
Reviewed on August 16, 2018 by dgast72 Review from TripAdvisor
Two friends and me booked the 6-days-Trek Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls with Arctic Adventures. We exspected a small group and were suprised that there were 50 people in the bus (different groups together). The trek startet in Landmannalaugar. We hoped, that we could take a short bath there before the tour, but that was impossible. The guide said, we had no time für that. So we startet our hike to Hraftinnusker. Very fast, no time to take pictures because of the bad weather conditions. The hut was very small for so many people, there were no showers, and it's true: You could be forced to share your bed with a stranger, if you travel alone...after the first "shock" it was absolutely okay, because we were happy to have booked sleeping in huts and not in tents, the weather was really terrible. And there is no other possibility to spend the night.
The next days were much better, the huts, too. We enjoyed the beautiful landscapes and got used to the overnight stays in huts. Our guide Francois from Belgium was very friendly, intelligent, knew a lot to tell about Iceland and was a very good cook. He showed us fantastic places and did a lot to make us happy. The grilled lamb was great. I'd never exspected such good food on this tour. If you had a demanding day, you are happy, if there is omeone, who cares for you (coffee, good food, nice smile) and Francois did.
First time in my life I used my hiking poles. Very good decision. The distances a day were 12-20km. I will never forget the hail in the black sandy desert.
I was a little bit disappointed, because we did not see the volcanic craters Magni and Móði. Francois said, it would took two hours more that day to go there. And it was raining. I think I was the only one that day who wanted to go there, because it was in the description of the tour and I really had loved it to see it.
In our group were people from Canada, Mexiko, Korea and Germany. We had much fun together.
I would do this tour again. It is not easy, but everything was well organized and a great experience. You meet so many nice and interesting people, don't have to carry a heavy backpack and can enjoy the beautiful landscape, cross rivers...I can highly recommend 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.
6 day family hiking trek on the Laugavegur trail with Trek Iceland
Reviewed on July 23, 2018 by Zoe T Review from TripAdvisor
We did the 6 day trail with our two teenage sons in July 2018 and had a fantastic time. Top marks to our brilliant guide Norris, who was always cheerful, kept us safe and was a great source of information about Icelandic geography,myths and culture (and jokes).
Day 1 was a tough initiation, finishing with a seemingly endless trudge through a snowfield to the campsite, but when we got there the kitchen tent was pitched and Ardar the driver had hot soup waiting for us. After that the walking (and the weather) got considerably easier until Day 5 and the trip up the volcano, which was tough but worth it for the sublime 360 degree views. Highlights: the extraordinary and varied landscape of Iceland, ranging from glaciers to black sand desert to lush flowered woodland. Also the excellent hot food which Norris cooked from scratch every night, including barbecued lamb, salmon pasta, and local tinned pears with homemade chocolate sauce. There was plenty to eat and more snacks for the road. Low point: the facilities offered at the campsites are very basic and can be crowded with long queues for the hot showers. But you are still better off in a tent than crowding in to the noisy (and smelly) huts. You also need to sleep in an eye mask to combat the 24/7 sunlight.
The walking was reasonably demanding but even the youngsters coped well (we had three 10 year olds with us) and Norris was very patient and kind if someone had a problem with heights or a troublesome knee. The views were out of this world, especially when the clouds cleared. We also had the good fortune to see an Arctic fox. I would thoroughly recommend this tour, which was very well planned and organised.
Laugavegur Trail - Trek Iceland
Reviewed on July 01, 2018 by Anne G Review from TripAdvisor
Did the 6 day trek with Trek Iceland. Really amazing trip-scenary is as shown in the video. Our guide Marcin was amazing - guiding a group of 16 folks (most older than him by a good 15-20 years) with grace and humor. I would call this a moderate and occasionally strenuous hike... a few areas of pretty good drop offs if heights bother you.. In June, lots of snow to trek through - so recommend the huts vs tents. Our group had representations from 10 countries so we felt very fortunate for that and made for some lively conversations. The huts may surprise you if you are not used to sharing small spaces. Don't bring too much stuff, but consider bringing wine/alcohol if you drink. They transport your extra stuff so you can splurge a little And bring krona, you'll want to tip your guide. Highly recommend this hike with this compay
Wonderful family trek
Reviewed on September 23, 2017 by Merritt4297 Review from TripAdvisor
We did the six day Laugavegur trek with Palmi as our guide. Palmi did a fantastic job guiding our diverse group (ages 7 to 50+) and teaching us about many fascinating aspects of Iceland. The tent accommodations were adequate. The large group tent was comfortable, and the food was fantastic. We enjoyed a wonderful sheep soup, smoked salmon, and a traditional Icelandic dessert, among other treats. The trek itself was stunningly beautiful, inspiring, and peaceful. What an amazing place!
6 Day Trek with Huts
Reviewed on August 14, 2017 by Sabrina K Review from TripAdvisor
Reviewed on August 14, 2017 by mreagansteele Review from TripAdvisor
My partner and I just returned from the Laugavegur 6 day trek and stayed in huts along the way. We had 16 in our group of all nationalities and ages who were expertly taken care of by our Icelandic guide Elli, a true professional who had the perfect combination of leadership, sense of humor, and a great knowledge of the country and the geography along the way. Trek did a good job in advance of answering all of our questions and I feel as if you read the various reviews on this site you will get a very good understanding of what to expect during your trek. Wonderful experience all the way around. Matt and Elizabeth White Mountains, NH
LAUGAVEGURINN 6 Day Trek - Five Stars - But Read The Review!
Reviewed on August 09, 2017 by Rob V Review from TripAdvisor
LAUGAVEGURINN/FIMMVÖRÐUHÁLS PASS - 6 Days with Huts.
First of all, why you should consider going on this trek and why it gets a 5 star rating: because it is an Epic Hike. (National Geographic agrees as this hike appears in one of their best hikes in the world lists).
You will travel through a totally unique, unpopulated and truly awe-inspiring landscape that is most likely unlike anything you have ever seen before. Every day is different and unforgettable.
However, before deciding to go read the reviews here and make sure you understand the details. While fantastic, this trip will not be for everybody. There are basically two ways to do this hike. One, make all the arrangements yourself and then strap on a backpack loaded with everything you will need for 6 days including all food; or two, sign-up for the tour, let Trek Iceland (aka Arctic Trek) make the arrangements and transport everything for you except a day pack. Going with Trek Iceland does not change the nature of the huts you will stay in, or the facilities available at the huts, but you will be eating something better than freeze-dried rations and carrying a lot less weight.
A consistent criticism of this tour company is that one guide is not enough for a random group of 16 people. I agree with this and considered making this a four star review for this reason. Our group was lucky in that for the four day Laugavegurinn trek we had two guides: a fantastic main guide Arni and also another great guide who was in training (I did not get his name). This provided a lot of flexibility dealing with the different speeds and abilities across the group.
The next most frequent criticism is the sleeping arrangement. In most cases all 16 people sleep together in the same room on less than 16 beds (each bed a little larger than a twin). As you are in a sleeping bag and will generally sleep with your clothes on this is OK, but definitely a situation uncommon even in low-end hostel travel. However this is simply the only option if you are staying in huts. Definitely bring blindfolds and earplugs! (And maybe a sleep aid like Gravol).
The hike is described as moderate which in practice means it is fairly straight-forward for some and very challenging for others. (I was more on the challenged side). We went on the first hike of the season which meant the 1st day was hiking through snow. We pretty much had rain every day and it was common to get a soaking-foot crossing small streams (unless you have a completely waterproof boot). There are a few challenging climbs, both up and down, but of course this is the price for amazing vistas. I found it very helpful to have hiking poles for both the small stream crossings and tough downhill sections.
So I am very glad that I went, and I am also very glad that we did many training hikes in preparation!
Early July 6 Days camping
Reviewed on August 07, 2017 by Allison F Review from TripAdvisor
My friend and I joined a 6-day camping trek through Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals in early July. The scenery was spectacular, the group was lovely and our guide Francois was a gem - knowledgable, thoughtful of the group. and lots of fun. He really made it! Tents were good for the terrain (I brought my own but it almost blew away at windy Emstur). Only two things to consider: 1. although the hiking is not technically challenging, there are long days and for someone with bad knees, this could be a very difficult and painful hike. 2. My friend was a vegetarian and there were limited protein options for her, other than cheese. Otherwise, would highly recommend this company and this trek. And special shout out to all the staff and volunteers who keep the trails and campsites in such good shape.
Reviewed on August 07, 2017 by Lori B Review from TripAdvisor
I just returned from the 6 day trek that I did with my daughter. We had a fabulous time. We were lucky to be in with a group of very interesting people. Everyone got along and we made new friends. Our guide was awesome. One surprise was the size of the huts. Some are very small and they put a lot of people in them. One small hut was set up to accommodate 20 people! Be prepared for zero privacy and sleeping right next to someone you met a few hours ago. If you can deal with this and are ready for some serious hiking, I strongly recommend this. The sights were amazing.
Amazing Trek Through Southern Iceland
Reviewed on August 07, 2017 by Liz G Review from TripAdvisor
My husband and I did a six day trek from July 28-August 2, 2017 on the Landmannalaugar trail from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork. (Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Trek - 6 Day Tour (Huts)) The tour was incredibly well organized. Our guide, Perrigud (apologies if I got the spelling wrong) was EXCEPTIONAL! He had great knowledge of the terrain and the country and was a fabulous cook! He was great about sharing stories and answering questions. The landscape on this trek was gorgeous and ever changing. Trek did a great job of telling us what to pack and we used most of what we did pack. We lucked out with very good weather but we needed some of those extra layers and rain gear and were glad we had them. Physically, this is a challenging trek covering 60 miles (100km) over the 6 days, but the pace is reasonable and hiking time per day averaged 5 or 6 hours.
Memorable for its beauty and challenges
Reviewed on August 02, 2017 by Wendy F Review from TripAdvisor
I took the Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Trek - 6 Day Tour (Huts) with Trek Iceland with my 14-year old son and we both found it extraordinary and amazing. Neither of us like driving much; nor do we like visiting nature with throngs of people in tour buses; so we chose this trek for its small group and active, closer to nature experience. The landscape is otherworldly, our guide was fantastic. Our group of 18 was international and lovely. We had a fabulous time. My son said it changed his life and for us, it was a tremendous bonding experience. We recommend it highly.
I will say - be prepared for cold, rainy weather; we had to stay in one hut for two nights because of a storm. The huts, particularly the first one with its very stinky outhouse, are extremely rustic (but preferred to camping in the rain), and the route is challenging - 8-10 miles of hiking, sometimes on steep ridges. Know what you are getting into and then enjoy every minute!
An experience never to be forgotten
Reviewed on August 01, 2017 by Hluppy Review from TripAdvisor
I've just come back from the 6 day Laugavegur trip stopping in huts. All very well organised, our guide was excellent and we were well looked after. Some of the huts are more basic than others but this added to the adventure. I was a little worried about the food that would be provided as I'm a fussy eater but I've returned home and put on weight.... The information provided before the trip was really helpful, only comment would be that you really do need a pole for the river crossings so they should be part of the compulsory kit rather than optional. Would recommend the trek and the company.
Laugavegur 6 day trek
Reviewed on July 13, 2017 by Melissa H Review from TripAdvisor
Cannot recommend this company or the trek enough! Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and made it so much fun. The accomodation and food provided each night was fantastic. Highly recommend doing the 6 day over the 4, as the last couple of days were by far the most amazing. Anyone thinking about doing this trek, go with Trek Iceland!
Great experience but room for improvement
Reviewed on July 10, 2017 by NeroCalifornia Review from TripAdvisor
I joined Trek Iceland for their 6 day/5 night Laugevagur/Fimmvorduhals hut trip. Great hike, beautiful scenery, great group. There were 16 of us, crammed into one room each night at the huts, which was a bit cosy. But my bigger concern is I thought it was too much to expect one guide to deal with all of us and all the food and cooking and cleaning up. We all pitched in and a few of the guys stayed in the back to help the slower and more cautious trekkers, which is a lot to ask of a guest. It would be better to have smaller groups or two guides per trip. And it should be automatic that books on geology, flora and fauna are available in the language of the guests at each hut. Since the driver is bringing the food and luggage, throw the books and maps in the truck too.
6 day Landmannalaugar to Fimmvorduhals (huts)
Reviewed on July 09, 2017 by Rghtwng8 Review from TripAdvisor
We had an incredible experience with Trek Iceland, and particularly with our guide, Juri. He did a great job gauging what our group could do, and because of that, we were able to spend a day taking lots of detours and going a bit further in order to catch sights off the trail. I especially appreciated Juri's help with some of the tougher downhills! Juri is also an enthusiastic chef and we ate like kings and queens the entire way. The entire trip had an upbeat vibe, and whether the hut was big or small, we were comfortable at every site. I enthusiastically recommend this tour for fit folks who want to enjoy an adventure in Iceland's backcountry in the company of likeminded people.
Laugavegur 6 Day Trek - Spectacular & Surprising
Reviewed on September 26, 2016 by Leslie M Review from TripAdvisor
If scenery is priceless, then the 6-day Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek lives up to its reputation for stark, wild and unbelievably beautiful landscapes. Hiking through lava fields, geothermal colors, venting hot springs, mountains so green they bend your eyeballs and glaciers trying to peak through the clouds is truly a magical, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
But if you’re concerned about what value a US$250 per day price tag provides, you may be disappointed.
For those of us who have stayed in huts and refugios around the world, whether hiking with a group or solo, the Trek Iceland (and its parent company Arctic Adventures) tour was a shock that could have been avoided, I might add, by either me drilling down into reviews of the trip or by the TI providing more information on their website or through informational emails prior to departure. TI is very good about answering specific questions via emails, but volunteering relevant information (apart from the itinerary and a packing list) could be improved.
Surprise number one: my husband and I showed up at the appointed time and place in Reykjavik to find out that our group was comprised of 14 other people and just one guide. It doesn’t matter how competent he (or she) is, it’s just not right that one person should be responsible for administration (picking up and dropping off customers), supervising the drivers, guiding clients on the trail (across rivers and through snowstorms) and cooking meals for 18 people (including the guide and driver).
Surprise number two: clients are required to prepare the food, cook meals, wash dishes and clean up. Yes, meal preparation can be (and is) a bonding experience with other hikers in your group. Just tell us that’s what “all meals provided” means when we book the trip.
Surprise number three: the huts are jam-packed with other travelers and range from the minuscule (where your 16-person group may be eating and sleeping together in the same 650 square foot room) to the two-story building boasting a real a community/dining room but you’ll still be sleeping on a bunk in a hallway upstairs with throngs of people milling about. And I won’t comment on the bathroom situation.
Surprise four: bring money for a short, hot shower at several of the huts. Surprise five: in addition to bringing a book (on the packing list) to read, bring a deck of cards or travel games as none are available at the huts and you’ll have plenty of down time after hiking (i.e. we covered 10 miles in five hours).
As promised Trek Iceland provided transportation from Reykjavik to/from the trailheads and our duffel bags were seamlessly transported from hut to hut, allowing us to hike with only a daypack. We brought a few bottles of wine with us so we could have one with dinner each night; we also brought money to buy something for nights four and five since there’s a store at the last hut that sells expensive beer and wine (having emailed TI about that beforehand).
The weather is a crap shoot in Iceland (no surprises there!) and we were so looking forward to day 5, the hike up to the newest craters at Fimmvörduháls. Due to inclement weather (and the wardens advised against even trying), we didn’t make it to Magni and Móði, but we were treated to a fabulous hike led by our intrepid guide Arni (a fabulous cook as well!) who got us through a blinding storm on the plains of Morinsheioi only to drop down into the gorgeous Utholmar valley where the weather cleared immediately and the scenery was absolutely spectacular.
So go now! With the crush of tourists flocking to Iceland, officials have got to think about permitting this trail and/or upgrading facilities. The Laugavegur is a national treasure for the hardy and proud souls that live in Iceland as well visitors seeking a truly wilderness experience.
Reviewed on September 15, 2016 by Carol202013 Review from TripAdvisor
I went on the 6-day trek (beginning August 29, 2016) - Iceland is indescribably beautiful! Our guide Feva, was very personable and is very knowledgeable about Iceland from geology and the beautiful elements of the highlands to the history of the country itself. She was patient and managed our group of 16 with ease. She gave us a lot of chocolate too...esp after those icy river crossings! The trekking company delivered all that they promised...transport from Reykjavik to the highlands and transporting our duffel bags each day while we luxuriously carried only our day pack. Meals were great as prepared by our guide--we covered the after meal clean up. We really lucked out with weather and even saw Northern Lights! I highly recommend this trip!
Amazing 6 days trek from Landmannalaugar to Dorsmork
Reviewed on September 11, 2016 by Cedric Bijon Review from TripAdvisor
An amazing 6 days trek in the south part of Iceland. Everyday is different landscape (smoky volcano hills, black desert, glacier, rivers,...). Every night, I got good and confortable place to sleep in hut. The food was amazing. All these 6 wonderful days won't be possible without my guide "Juri" who's very skillful and have a really good knowledge about the region and the local legends and stories.
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Reviewed on August 24, 2016 by Lu B Review from TripAdvisor
We did a six day hut to hut hike with Trek and were very pleased. Our guide had flawless English and really looked out for everyone along our adventure. The huts are rustic but do the job. Our food was good although breakfast needed more variety. I would hike with Inga anytime.
Reviewed on January 23, 2016 by laurad123456789 Review from TripAdvisor
I did the 6 day Landmannalaugar trek and it was absolutely amazing. The Guides, Fípa and Francois, were fantastic. They were super enthusiastic and helpful. They helped make the trek very comfortable and you could talk to them about any problems you were having. Another group of the same size only had one guide, which I wouldn't think was enough. It was great having two guides!
The food cooked was amazing and dietary requirements were perfectly catered for.
I was traveling solo in Iceland, so it was a great way to do some trekking with a group.
The scenery was unbelievable and even in bad weather conditions, it was incredible.
Everything about the trek was perfect!
Thank you Fípa, Francois and the Trek is team!
6 day Laugavegur trek with the best guides ever!
Reviewed on October 01, 2015 by Trailsandspills Review from TripAdvisor
I did the 6 day Laugavegur trek in the middle of September with Doddi and Svavar as our guides from Trek Iceland. The trek itself is almost beautiful and grand beyond belief. Our senses were continuously assaulted by vista after vista. Granted, we had perfect weather - blue skies and sunshine and not a drop of rain for 4 out of 6 days. The trek would probably be a very different experience if we had run into bad weather but it would still have been beautiful. Doddi and Svavar are both amazing guides who were conscious of the group's differing comfort levels and kept a comfortable pace to ensure that everyone was having a good time. Doddi is also an amazing cook and I looked forward to his meals every evening. I've done several multi-day treks and I can confidently say that these 2 guides from Trek Iceland are the best guides I've ever had. Keep up the good work!
“Six day hike along The Laugavegur Trail with Trek Iceland.” guided by Magdalena (Maggie) Nowak
Reviewed on September 11, 2015 by USAFA87 Review from TripAdvisor
This was an amazing hike. I've done similar trips in New Zealand (Routeburn and Milford), Machu Piccu, Kilimanjaro, etc and this the best. Booking with Trek was easy and efficient providing us with all the information we needed. Our actual guide "Maggie" was amazing, fun to be with, informative, hard working, safety conscious and looking for ways to make the trip fun and memorable. She would hike all day, take care of her guest then lead our groups efforts in the kitchen to whip up an amazing meal. We had a great group of people from all over the world in our group, and Maggie helped bring us all together to make the experience that much better. I would do this hike again in an instant and only wish we'd had more time together.
Trek 25: Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls trekking - 6 days
Reviewed on August 26, 2015 by jennandjade Review from TripAdvisor
Four of us from Toronto, Canada did Trek 25 during the week of Aug 2-7 and we had an absolutely amazing time!
- overall, booking the trek was very simple and straighforward online. The website provides a good level of detail on the specifics of each day of the trek and it also provides good packing and equipment lists.
- unfortunately my husband and I made a mistake in our booking and needed to make a change. The folks in the office were responsive and helped us find a solution. We ended up having to pay for a second guide as they can only have 1 guide per 16 people and we made 18. I would have rated the trek as excellent if it weren't for the issues we had and the additional funds we had to pay. Two people left after day 1 of the trek so we were down to 16, another only trekked for 2 of the 6 days and required almost the full attention of the second guide, so we did not feel that it was fair that we had to shoulder the full costs of the second guide.
Organization/Coordination of the Trek: EXCELLENT
- The trek was very well organized and prepared. Our guides were able to quickly improvise when something did not go as planned which made the entire experience very seamless and enjoyable.
Guides: EXCELLENT / ABSOLUTELY AMAZING!
- Our guides (Francois and Arny) were absolutely phanomenal and made the entire experience excellent. Francois (our lead guide) always kept the group on track and on time and we never felt rushed nor did he ever show any concern/stress during the trip despite needing to improvise from time to time. I've been on treks before and he is without a doubt the best guide i have ever had.
- Both of our guides were extremely friendly, helpful, and pleasant. They really made the entire trip for us. They spent time with everyone on the trek and did their very best to ensure everyone was having a good time and assisting if anyone needed help.
- I can not possibly try and describe the beauty of the landscapes and scenery that we saw during our six days. Each day was a completely - volcanic rock, moss covered hills, glaciers, open planes... There is no better way to see the landscapes of iceland than on a trek like this...
- we were in pretty remote areas and had to either carry or have our food transported so our expectations were super high. That being said, the food was pretty good. breakfast was a delicious oatmeal with lots of fruit, our dinners were also pretty stellar - we had cod, smoked salmon, lamb soup, and pasta - all very tasty. Lunches were the only thing that lacked but we had to carry our food so it was sandwiches every day (deli meats, cheese, and veggies) - after 6 days it really stared to wear on us :)
I would recommend this trek and particularly, our guides to anyone who is thinking of going to iceland or looking for an amazing trek!
Six day hike along The Laugavegur Trail with Trek Iceland.
Reviewed on August 21, 2015 by Clarence H Review from TripAdvisor
I was on, Trek 25 - The Laugavegur Trek which took us to the most famous hiking trail in Iceland, known all over the world for the scenic beauty of its trails. Enjoy hiking from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and Fimmvörduháls Volcano. Great guides, François and Árný who took excellent care of us during the trek making sure we were well fed and all of our needs were met. I can highly recommend this trip with this great company. The whole experience is something I will never forget. I plan to do it again in the summer of 2016.
Amazing 6 day hike!!! Incredible guide (Magdalena)!! Highly recommend this tour with TREK Iceland
Reviewed on August 20, 2015 by James L Review from TripAdvisor
6 day, hut to hut hike with our incredible guide - Magdalena Nowak (Maggie). Every day was different. Some of the most amazing scenery I have ever seen. Every night, Maggie cooked us a fantastic meal (with a little help from our group). One of the neatest things about this trip was the people we met. Our group of people, from all over the world, really bonded well and had a great time. This trip will be tough to beat!!
Great Service and Experience
Reviewed on July 08, 2015 by rvn85 Review from TripAdvisor
Booked a 6 day trek for Landmannalaugur and the Fimmvorduhals at the beginning of the year. 1 week before the trek started, the company emailed us to inform us about situation in Landmannalaugur due to the snow blockages and our alternate plans to enjoy the rest of the trek. Excellent job in managing our expectations! The guide for the trek was just as great! During the trek, my hiking boots let me down and broke down. My guide spared no effort to source an alternative one for me so that I could continue on. Great service and experience from Trek Iceland!
Great, well organized trek!
Reviewed on July 06, 2015 by Kate H Review from TripAdvisor
We hiked the six day tour in huts (Trek 25). Even though the conditions were difficult, with extra river crossings and extra snow, our guides Geirmundur and Francois made sure we were well informed, comfortable and also ate really well. As a fan of the Icelandic Sagas, I was super happy that Geirmundur knew them so well and could point out locations from Njal's Saga on the trek. The scenery is truly unlike anything I had ever seen, and the warmth, care, and information from the guides made it a much richer trip than if we had been on our own. Book with these guys, you will not be sorry you did. And hope that you get either Geirmundur, Francois, or hopefully both. Thanks trek.is!
six day Laugavegur trek (Trek 25C)
Reviewed on September 13, 2014 by Rick S Review from TripAdvisor
I just got back from this six day tour and was glad I went with Trek Iceland. As I prepared Styrmir was prompt and courteous in responding to my emails. Our guide Gisli was friendly and knowledgeable about the area where we hiked (His field of study in college was geology). He also was great company as we walked and was very solicitous of everyone and kept a good pace but with well timed breaks. The scenery is otherworldly as we walked on glaciers and lava fields and through streams. Trek Iceland is not responsible for the huts where you stay and they are crowded, but treat it like summer camp and you'll be fine. I'm almost 59 years old and in average shape and i didn't find the walk too strenuous. If you're interested in this hike do the six day and not the four day. The last day of the hike is truly spectacular.
6 Day Laugavegur Trek (Trek 25)
Reviewed on September 12, 2014 by Shoestring Jetsetter Review from TripAdvisor
I recently completed the 6 day Laugavegur trek with guide Svavar. I am a novice hiker, but it was a challenging and completely rewarding experience. Svavar and Noni (our luggage transporter, cook and mountain biker extraordinaire) made it a wonderful experience. Do not book with any other company, as they are simply booking agents and you will end up with Trek Iceland either way. The 16 hikers in our group came from all over the world and included exceptional people who I am proud to call friends now.
Day 4 and 5 are optional hikes and, contrary to the schedule, you attempt the difficult hike up to the Fimvorduhals Pass on Day 5, not Day 6. If you choose not to attempt the pass, there are plenty of easier but still rewarding hikes in the area.
It's more than likely that you will be sharing bunks at least half the time. The first hut, Hrftinusker, had terrible bathrooms but the huts were otherwise comfortable and welcoming.
“6 day Laugarvegaur trek, Trek Iceland”
Reviewed on August 30, 2014 by ELauzon Review from TripAdvisor
This was an unforgettable experience. It was challenging and thrilling. Our group was expertly shepherded through the magnificent landscape of Iceland by our guide Svavar, who was always positive and encouraging. The food was cooked by our guide and driver (who took the baggage each day). It was good and plentiful and the cleanup was done by the hikers. The first hut was the least pleasant of the huts, but they improved as the hike progressed. The four day hike completes the Laugarvegaur trail section. Days 5 and 6 are extra hikes. I had a great sense of comradeship and achievement by the end of the trek.
6 day Laugarvegaur trek, Trek Iceland
Reviewed on July 11, 2014 by Maggie F Review from TripAdvisor
This trek was a fantastic experience - a great way to see such an interesting country. The geology is in your face - I felt I got to know this planet of ours that bit better. For me it was physically challenging - only average fitness- but I was so gratified to find I could cope and to end my week wanting more of the same! Our guide Svavar was always cheerful, encouraging and helpful - essential for getting us through some bad weather and some difficult climbing. The comradeship of the group increased through the week and we felt we knew each other well by the end. The huts varied - only half had showers, sleeping was communal, drying out facilities varied, but I suppose that increased the bonding of the group....I would do it again and recommend it to anyone -fitness allowing.
laugavegur to thorsmork - 6 day trek
Reviewed on June 24, 2014 by CarleneGroen Review from TripAdvisor
Gisli, the guide for my trip was awesome! He stayed up all night to make sure my tent didn't blow over during a particularly windy night, and still had coffee ready for the morning! He is also a fantastic cook (lamb with fresh thyme picked on the hike is the best), he can also talk for hours about the viscosity of different lava flows, obsidian and basalt formations as well as elf and troll stories. I would not want any other company than Trek to be there for every river and glacier crossing.
Laugavegur Trekking & Fimmvörðuháls August 2013
Reviewed on August 17, 2013 by Barbara K Review from TripAdvisor
Well planned and organized 6 day trek in enjoyable company. Our guide Gummy was highly professional, super motivated and attentive. To top it all he was an amazing chef as well and delighted our palate each day for supper and dinner.
The trek by itself is amazing and beyond words to express (let's call it ridiculous ;-))
My best Iceland experience so far - highly recommended!