Overview

Hike the world-famous Laugavegur Trail on a scenic 6-day adventure. The Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek was named one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic because of its extraordinary landscapes.

Highlights

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

Iceland is known for hosting the most diverse landscapes on Earth. The Laugavegur Trail opens up otherworldly landscapes, where you’ll witness all kinds of weather conditions and discover unique geological formations. Cross the 34 miles (55km) from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork, where you can choose to continue on to Fimmvörðuháls Pass, another 15 mi (25 km) trek. Discover why Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice as you encounter everything from volcanic rock formations, natural hot springs, and black sand deserts.

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

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Included

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

What to bring

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

Not Included

  • Special dietary requirements (available for an additional price)

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Itinerary

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Information Package & Equipment List

Pick up & Drop off Information: 

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

 

Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:

7:00 a.m. – Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik’s City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti

7:15 a.m. – Hallgrímskirkja Church

7:30 a.m. – Reykjavik Campsite

 

Meeting points outside of Reykjavik:

8:35 a.m. – Selfoss N1 gas station

9:15 a.m. – Hella- Bus Terminal

 

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

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

Hiking Kerlingarfjöll Geothermal Area

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

Our Laugavegur adventure begins with a scenic ride to Landmannalaugar! The total drive takes about 3-4 hours and follows the South Coast route, famous for its breathtaking natural attractions. As we turn inland we pass the volatile Hekla Volcano, called “The Gateway to Hell” in the Middle Ages. Hekla has erupted every 10 – 15 years throughout the last century and is the most active volcano in Iceland.

The Laugavegur trail starts at Landmannalaugar (the “People's Pools”), a geothermal paradise of hot springs surrounded by rhyolite mountains. The dramatic multicolored mountains and glittering pools are situated by the coal-black Laugahraun lava field, a vast stretch of dried magma formed during an eruption in 1477.

The highlight of the day is Mt. Brennisteinsalda (the Sulphur Wave), the most colorful mountain in Iceland. The volcano mountain is painted with blue and black lava, red iron, and green mosses. On our route we will witness the vast Laugahraun lava fields, bubbling Stórihver (large spring) hot spring, and the obsidian desert of Hrafntinnusker.

Your evening will be spent in Hrafntinnusker, where you will be served a delicious dinner while surrounded by beautiful scenery.

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

Day Highlights
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Mount Brennisteinsalda
  • Stóri Hver hot spring
  • Hrafntinnusker
Included
  • Scenic drive from Reykjavík
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
Hikers crossing river in Landmannalaugar in Iceland

Our day two destination is the glittering Álftavatn (Swan Lake), a remote lake oasis only accessible by the Laugavegur trail. After breakfast we hit the trail, beginning our hike along the rhyolite Reykjafjöll mountains and descending into the stunning Jökultungur area. The peaks and gullies of these mountains are colored in vivid shades of red, yellow, and blue by years of geothermal activity. If the visibility is good we will summit Mt. Haskerdingur, which offers stunning views of palagonite mountains and ancient glaciers.

As the route winds through Jökultungur pass, you’ll encounter beautiful panoramas of the Fjallabak area and Alftavatn lake, our next overnight stop. The trail down Jokultungur is a bit steep but ends in an oasis of greenery on the Grashagakvisl river. To reach our lake-side campsite we must wade through a gentle stream, a refreshing way to cool off after a long hike! We will spend the night in the hut or tent by the beautiful Alftavatn lake.

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

Day Highlights
  • Mount Reykjafjöll
  • Jökultungur area
  • Fjallabak area
  • Álftavatn Lake
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
Man hiker on the top of Landmannalaugar

Today begins with another stream crossing as we head into the black sand desert of Maelifellssandur. Along the way we will pass two unique volcanoes, the verdant green Mt. Stórasúla (Large Column) and Mt. Hattafell, notable for its distinct flat top. The trail continues onto Emstrur, a lush region where farmers used to graze their sheep. If the visibility is good, you will have stunning panoramic views of Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers, both of which house volcanoes underneath. We will depart slightly from the trail to marvel at the magnificent Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon, a 656 ft (200 m) deep valley shaped by the powerful glacial river Markarfljót. Our campground for the night will be in Botnar, a lovely green oasis surrounded by a black sand desert.

Distance: 15km (9.5 mi), Walking Time: 6-7 hrs, Descent: 40 m (130 ft).

Day Highlights
  • Black sand deserts
  • Volcano views
  • Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glacier views
  • Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
Group of hikers hiking in Thorsmork

Today marks the final portion of the Laugavegur trail, where we leave Emstrur to head to Thorsmork (the Valley of Thor). Legend has it the valley was created when Thor put down his mighty hammer Mjölnir, which split the mountain range and created a deep gorge. Thorsmork is a fertile valley with dense birch forests and an abundance of flora and fauna. On our way we will hike past Mt. Einhyrningur (Unicorn Mountain) whose shape, fittingly, resembles the single-horned mythical creature. The summit offers majestic views of Mýrdalsjökull, Iceland’s fourth-biggest glacier. We will spend the evening at Thorsmork campground surrounded by mind-blowing scenery. Tonight we will rest up so we can tackle the Fimmvörðuháls tomorrow!

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

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

Between the Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers lies the famous Fimmvorduhals Pass (five-cairn trail). The 13.6 mi (22km) route is an extension of Laugavegur Trail and is popular with adventurers who wish to explore more of Iceland’s untamed nature.

Today’s highlights are Magni and Modi craters. Because of their proximity to Thorsmork they were named after the sons of Thor, whose names mean “strong” and” brave”. Magni and Modi were formed by the infamous eruption of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in 2010, making them two of the youngest craters in the country. Witness the unusual geology of Iceland as we hike lunar rock landscapes to reach these calderas.

The scenery along the entire trail is stunning. At the end you will be rewarded with views of the majestic Skogafoss Waterfall. Back at our Thorsmork campsite, we will celebrate the completion of both the Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals trails with an authentic grilled lamb dinner!

Distance: 16km (10 mi). Walking time: 7-8 hrs. Ascent: 800 m (2600 ft).

Day Highlights
  • Fimmvörðuháls
  • Magni and Móði craters
  • Traditional Icelandic lamb dinner
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
Thorsmork Landscape in Iceland

Our final tour day will be spent discovering Thorsmork and the surrounding area. Hike up Útigönguhöfði Mountain for breathtaking views of the valley and glaciers. Yet another fantastic opportunity to snap some awesome photos!

Those in the group who aren’t up for a serious hike can take a stroll to Húsadalur or simply spend the afternoon relaxing in Langidalur valley until we return to Reykjavík.

For our ride back to the capital, we will take the scenic South Coast route. If the weather is favorable we will make a stop at the photogenic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall. Characterized by a footpath that stretches all the way around it, it is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland.

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: 6 km (3.5 mi), Walking Time: 3 hrs, Ascent: 275m (902 ft).

Day Highlights
  • Mt. Útgönguhöfði for a more challenging hike
  • Húsadalur Valley for a slower hike
  • Langidalur Valley
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Scenic drive to Reykjavík

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