Overview

Discover amazing landscapes & the unique world of glaciers!

Highlights

  • Laugavegur Trail
  • Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
  • Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork Valley)
  • Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals Trail)
  • Álftavatn (e. Lake Alftavatn)
  • Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull Glacier)
  • Hraftinnusker Obsidian Field
  • Emstrur
  • Glaciers
  • South Coast Highlights
  • Glacier Hike
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Hot Springs
  • One of the 20 Best Hikes in the World
  • Magni & Modi Craters
  • Markarfljotsgljufur Canyon
  • Laugahraun Lava Field
  • Highlands of Iceland

The ultimate trekking tour in Iceland and the highlights of the South Coast. Prepare for an epic adventure!

  • Personal Experience
  • Trusted Tour Operator
  • Expert guides
  • Small group
Availability Jun - Sept
Duration 7 days
Departs From Reykjavik
Minimum age 14 years
Difficulty Moderate
Meet on Location No
Pick Up Yes

From

249 990
Per Adult
    • Flexible Cancellation up to 24 hours
    • No booking fees
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What's included

Included

  • Transportation To/From the Trail
  • Guided Laugavegur Trek
  • Guided Glacier Hike with a Certified Glacier Guide
  • Tour of the South Coast
  • Experienced Trekking Guide
  • Accommodation in Huts for 5 Nights
  • Accommodation in a Country Hotel for 1 Night
  • Meals on the Trekking Tour
  • Luggage Transport from Hut to Hut
  • Small Group Experience

What to bring

  • Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof
  • Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)
  • Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)
  • Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore-Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)
  • Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)
  • Warm hat and/or balaclava
  • HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
  • Day backpack about 25-40 L
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. (Suitcases are not recommended, we recommend a waterproof duffel bag)
  • River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush and personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • 1-2 L Water bottle
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Penknife
  • Camera, batteries & memory card
  • Book
  • Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
  • Earplugs
  • 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

The Laugavegur Trail

happy hikers at laugavegur trail

The Laugavegur trail is a trek you will remember forever. There is a good reason this trail has been a local favorite for centuries.

Explore the wonders of the Icelandic landscape in stunning rural settings. The trek itself starts in the colorful nature reserve of Landmannlaugar high in the Southern Highlands of Iceland. This place is known for its geothermal activity, sour magma mountains, and volcanic looks. The scenery of Landmannalaugar is breathtaking with multicolored mountains and fields of lava... and that's only the beginning. During these 7 days, you will encounter some of the most beautiful places this world has to offer. The landscape, the dramatic effect of nature, the flora, the fauna and the folklore tales your experienced guide will tell you about will fill your trip with adventures and memories to last a lifetime. 

All of this on a small group of like-minded people from all over the world. The Laugavegur is known to bring people together as the group shares memories that will last them a lifetime. 

We spend our nights in rustic but charming mountain huts at beautiful remote locations which adds to the charm of the hike. The locations include gorgeous places like lake Álftavatn and Þórsmörk valley. If the group is up for it we will take evening strolls to areas off the beaten track to visit some of the enchanting secret places we have been finding in the past years.

Fimmvorduhals Pass

At the end of the Laugavegur trail, we find ourselves in Þórmsörk e. Thorsmork, a surprisingly green and fertile valley which is 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 Eyjafjallajökull which became world known in 2010 when it erupted, stopping almost all air traffic to and from Europe. The two new craters that were formed in that eruption were named Magni and Modi after the sons of Thor. These newly formed craters are some of the spectacular things your will encounter on your last day as we make our way over the Fimmvörðuháls pass. 

South Coast Waterfalls & Bilbo Glacier Adventure

On the last day, we’ll visit the most impressive waterfalls on the South Coast including Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The main highlight of the day is an extensive glacier hike and blue ice exploration on the majestic Solheimajokull Glacier.

Our expert glacier guides are always looking for new ice formations to share with the world. Bilbo the Samoyed Puppy, our best-loved junior guide, has sniffed out lots of curious crevasses on Solheimajokull Glacier. See Bilbo’s latest discoveries on this exciting glacier hike!

Together with your guide, trek across the glacier to discover blue ice moulins, deep crevasses, and jagged ridges. This blue ice experience is the stuff dreams are made of (regardless of whether you’re a beginner or an experienced hiker).

It's the ultimate tour for all hiking & outdoor enthusiasts looking for a surreal experience, combining highland trekking, south coast sightseeing, and a glacier hiking adventure. Experience extreme contrasts of nature with epic landscapes —  this tour has it all!

main base camp in landmannalaugar area

The journey starts as we pick you up at one of our meeting points in Reykjavik or along the South Coast. We enjoy the scenic drive along the coast before turning inland going past one of Iceland’s most famous and feared volcanoes called Hekla. This active volcano was believed to be the gateway to hell, only adding to the mystique and excitement of this remarkable place. Upon arrival in Landmannalaugar around mid-day, we pack our lunches and lace up our hiking boots for this is where we leave the roads and hit the trails. Landmannalaugar is known for its multicolored mountains, hot springs and fields of lava.

Our path lets us explore Landmannalaugar region, taking us through Laugahraun lava field and Vondugil canyon, past fascinating rhyolite mountains and green valleys. The views along the trail are stunning and are sure to take your breath away. Landmannalaugar will be our resting place for the night. 

Meals included: lunch, refreshments & dinner.

Distance: 8 km / 4.9 mi

Hiking Time: 4 hours

Altitude: Ascent

Altitude value: 470 m / 1540 '

Day Highlights
  • Hekla volcano
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Laugahraun lava field
  • Brennisteinsalda volcano
  • Storihver hot spring
  • Hrafntinnusker
Included
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
mount Hraftinnusker with a rainbow

Today, we will first traverse Hrafntinnusker, a flinty obsidian desert. We will continue to hike along the Reykjafjöll mountain to the Jökultungur area and ending in Alftavatn. This glacier surrounded area has even more hot springs and hopefully an ice cave to visit. From Jökultungur area we will descend sharply to the green grassy slopes around Álftavatn, but not before stopping at the top to take in the beautiful views. Before reaching Lake Álftavatn we will cross our first river so bring wading shoes or sandals (with straps). In the beautiful surroundings of Lake Álftavatn we will enjoy a nice dinner together before we spend the night listening to ghost stories in the twilight.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.

Distance: 20 km / 12.4 mi

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Altitude: Ascent

Altitude value: 900 m / 2950 '

Day Highlights
  • Reykjafjoll Mountains
  • Jökultungur area
  • Mt. Haskerdingur
  • Lake Alftavatn
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Accommodation
people hiking near Hrafntinnusker laugavegur trail

Today we set out from lake Álftavatn after a good nights sleep and start our day by wading another stream near the majestic volcano Stórasúla. Ahead is the desert of Mælifellssandur which formed in catastrophic floods 2500 years ago. When making our way to the desert we will pass the memorable mountain volcano Hattafell. This volcano is known for it’s strange looking and green flat top which it takes its name from. We will cross the black glacial desert as we continue to make our way into Emstrur taking in the view of the famous Eyjafjallajökull, the stratovolcano that erupted in 2010 and the beautiful Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. Just by our hut in Botnar we make a stop to explore the vast canyons of Markarfljót river which gores 200 meters deep with red and black walls. The night is spent at Botnar (Emstrur).

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.

Distance: 15 km / 9.5 mi

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Altitude: Descent

Altitude value: 40 m / 130 '

Day Highlights
  • Stórasúla
  • Mælifellssandur desert
  • Mt. Mælifell
  • Emstrur valley
  • Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
  • Botnar
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Accommodation
mossy river valley in thorsmork in summer

Today we start to make our way out of Emstur going through the alluring gorge of Emstruá river where we will cross a narrow bridge with a massive stream of glacial mud. We will pass gorgeous basalt columns and deep canyons as we head south making the landscape even more diverse from what we have seen before on our trail. We will keep the odd looking mountain Einhyrningur on our right side, named after its strange horn. Einhyrningur means Unicorn but some like to refer to the mountain as a Rhino. By afternoon we will reach the breathtakingly beautiful birch forest inside Þórsmörk valley crossing a small glacial river on foot along the way. We spend the night in a hut in Langidalur. The hut is one of the oldest in Thorsmork with the glistening white glacier/volcano of Eyjafjallajökull watching over us. 

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.

Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi)

Hiking Time: 6-7 hours

Altitude: Descent

Altitude value: 300 m / 985 '

Day Highlights
  • Myrdalsjokull Glacier
  • Einhyrningur (The Unicorn) mountain
  • Thorsmork Valley
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Dinner
  • Accommodation
trekking around fimmvorduhals trail in thorsmork

We start out from Langidalur across the plains of Krossá. We are heading for Fimmvörðuháls famous for being the starting point of Eyjafjallajökulls glacier volcano eruption in 2010. We will hike into the lush birch forests at Básar heading upwards in the gorge Strákagil along the Kattarhryggir (Cat‘s spine).

We will go towards the new craters Magni and Móði which formed in the eruption in 2010. Þórsmörk valley is named after the pagan thunder god Thor so it was very much in rhythm to name these new craters after his sons Magni and Móði. The craters are at about 1000 meters above sea level which means that we are likely to have to hike through snowfields before reaching them.

It is a truly unforgettable experience to sit at the top of a volcano between two glaciers, Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull. After finishing our adventurous trek, we will stay in a cozy hut in Þórsmörk for the night.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.

Distance: 15 km / 10 mi

Hiking Time: 7-8 hours

Altitude: Ascent

Altitude value: 800 m / 2600 '

Day Highlights
  • Thorsmork Valley
  • Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull Glaciers
  • Magni and Modi craters
  • Fimmvörðuháls pass
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Accommodation
group trekking thorsmork valley

We enjoy a nice breakfast in the hut before heading out on our adventure. Thorsmork is surrounded by endless beauty and multiple hiking trails giving us several options for the day.

On this day, some participants choose to spend the day by the hut, soaking in the surroundings before going back to humanity. Others can choose to hike around the area. Mount Valahnukur is a popular hike located just next to the hut, a fun and short hike with an amazing view of the valley and fantastic photo opportunities.

Once we have indulged in the beautiful landscapes, we head back to Hella by bus, where you will spend the night at a country hotel. Please remind the bus driver that you will be getting off the bus at Hella.

Meals included: breakfast, lunch & refreshments. There are restaurants at Hella where you can get dinner.

Distance: 6 km / 3.5 mi

Hiking Time: ~3 hours

Altitude: Ascent

Altitude value: 275 m / 902 '

Day Highlights
  • A hike or our choice
  • Thórsmörk
  • Stunning landscapes
  • Superjeep ride
Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments
  • Hotel accommodation
seljalandsfoss waterfall and glacier hiking

Our last day will be spent exploring the most beautiful waterfalls on the South Coast and hiking on the mighty Solheimajokull Glacier. First, enjoy a nice breakfast at your accommodation and then we’ll pick you up in Hella for a day full of adventures.

Discover Skogafoss, one of the largest and most dramatic waterfalls in Iceland. This epic cascade drops an impressive 60 m (197 ft) into a pool below. On sunny days, the waterfall creates single or double rainbows. 

Next, prepare for an epic hike on the brilliant blue Solheimajokull Glacier. Your guide will give you everything you need  — crampons, harness, an ice ax, and a helmet. Together with your guide, hike atop the glistening Solheimajokull. The ice cap is a glacier tongue of Mýrdalsjökul, the fourth-largest glacier in Iceland.

As you trek across the ancient ice, explore sinkholes, crevasses, and jagged ridges. Your guide will tell you all about the glacier and nearby surroundings. Never hiked on a glacier before? Don’t worry. No previous experience is needed to take part in this glacier adventure.

On our way back to Reykjavik, we’ll stop at Seljalandsfoss, the waterfall that you can walk behind. Take a path around the back of Seljalandsfoss and see the thundering cascade from a completely new perspective!

Our day ends in Reykjavik where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel or a nearby location.

Meals included: breakfast. 

Day Highlights
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Hike on Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Skogafoss waterfall
Included
  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transportation
  • Guided glacier hike
  • Guided nature sightseeing tour

Pick up

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. - 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

After the south coast and glacier hike tour on day 7, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavik at around 7 - 8 p.m.

FAQ

Still got questions about the tour? Hopefully you will find the answer here.

Iceland is known for unforeseeable weather. It is likely that you can see all 4 seasons in one day.

Dressing for that kind sort of weather can always be demanding so we always suggest dressing in layers. 3 or 4 upper layers are highly recommended, for example, a light t-shirt (preferably wool) next to the skin, then a fleece or heavy wool garment topped off with a waterproof windbreaker.

Jeans are not recommended for our trips as they are not suitable for the weather conditions, they become very heavy, cold and uncomfortable to wear when they get wet.

Lightweight hiking pants, track pants or long cotton pants are convenient and wear wind/waterproof pants over. There is high UV and sunlight reflecting off on the glacier so we highly recommend using sunglasses and sunscreen even if it is cloudy.

You will need sturdy hiking shoes that fit crampons for the glacier hiking tours. If you do not own a pair then we rent out suitable hiking boots as well as a waterproof raincoat and trousers.

This is surely a personal choice, we do not deny pregnant women on our glacier trips but we highly recommend you to take a closer look at our trip description and difficulty ratings, they will hopefully give you a better idea. We also recommend you to contact your physician, as pregnant women’s health can be quite different. If you have any further questions or concerns then feel free to contact us.

Crampons make you enable to walk on the glacier ice without slipping. They are metal spikes that we attach to the soles of your hiking shoes.

It is good to bring your own backpack on our full day or half day tours. It’s the best carry-on for a small lunch, extra clothes and other necessary items.

Lunch is not provided on any of our trips, therefore we recommend you to bring your own lunch especially for the longer trips, snacks and a bottle of water (you can refill it on the trip).

The scenery on the tour is full of stunning, scenic views that are photographable so you should definitely bring your camera along.

Yes, we have specially trained and certified glacier guide on every glacier tour that we offer. And for our 3rd party tours we only partner with operators that meet our quality and safety standards.

Yes, we provide you with all necessary glacier gear for our glacier hiking tours. Ice axe, harness, and helmets are provided. This will help you to complete the tour safely.

Iceland is known to have a lot of snow and when the snow stays long enough in one place than it turns to ice. Over long periods of time, the ice layers up becoming huge blocks called glaciers. It forms to create ginormous glaciers that sweep across huge masses of land. Iceland is home of the largest glacier in Europe that is called Vatnajökull. The Glacier Guides can tell you more about and everything you need to know about the Glaciers.

Rain is common in Iceland but we never let the rain be in our way to go forward with our tours.
That’s why we highly recommend appropriate clothing so you can be warm and dry on the tours.
Nature is out of our control and therefore we need to adapt to the weather. Your safety is our first priority so if your safety is compromised by going on the tour then we will cancel it and you will get full reimbursement.

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