Join us on an exhilarating 4 or 6-day hike on Iceland’s most popular hiking trail - the Laugavegur Trail. For those with a limited amount of time in the country, we recommend our 4-day trekking adventure from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork Valley. However, if you have more than enough days to spare, our 6-day hiking experience is perfect for you, during which you’ll have a chance to hike the famous Fimmvörðuháls Pass!
On your way across the Icelandic highlands, you’ll be surrounded by the earthly colors of rhyolite mountains, tip-toe around the infamous Eyjafjallajökull Volcano, wade across glacier-fed rivers, and sleep at the edge of Thorsmork Valley. Your accommodation in huts or campsites each day will be enveloped by supernatural views. After the hike, you’ll head home inspired by Iceland’s wild nature and ready to meet the coming challenges! You’ll head home with a bag full of memories and more than enough stories to tell.
Day 1 - Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker Our journey to the starting point of the hike begins when we pick you up from Reykjavik. You can choose your pick up point from the list provided upon booking. The bus trip to Landmannalaugar will take a few...
Day 1 - Landmannalaugar to Hrafntinnusker
Our journey to the starting point of the hike begins when we pick you up from Reykjavik. You can choose your pick up point from the list provided upon booking. The bus trip to Landmannalaugar will take a few hours, however, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Iceland’s south coast, drive by the gateway to hell, known as Hekla Volcano, further on, you’ll be greeted by the multicolored beauty of the Highlands.
Once everyone is ready, we’ll start our multi-day adventure in Iceland’s highlands. We’ll leave Landmannalaugar, a hot spring paradise, and on our way to our first camp, we’ll cross the vast Laugahraun Lava Fields. Then, we’ll come upon the verdant Storihver Hot Spring. Soak the view up as the grassland, enveloping the hot spring will be the only vegetation you’ll see all day.
Our accommodation for the night is located in a desert of obsidian rocks in Hrafntinnusker. The inspiration behind the name Hrafntinnusker derives from Hrafn, meaning “raven” in Icelandic. Depending on your chosen accommodation, you’ll stay in a hut or pitch your tents on the campground.
Day 2 - Hrafntinnusker to Alftavatn Lake
After a scrumptious breakfast, cooked by our talented guides, we’ll continue our hike. Day 2’s highlight will be the Reykjafjöll Rhyolite Mountains, saturated with shades of fluorescent red, sunkissed yellow, and luminescent blue. Seldom dotted with sunlit lily-white snow and gently carved by deep gullies, the mountains are the perfect backdrop for some awesome photos!
Once atop Jökultungur, stunning views of our next camp at the Álftavatn Lake open up. We’ll then start descending and reach our camp after crossing a gentle stream. Our guides will prepare a feast for us and then we’re free to fall asleep in an area bursting with lush vegetation.
Day 3 - Alftavatn Lake to Emstrur
After everyone’s had their breakfast, we’ll pack up and start our hike. Day 3 is all about contrasts. After crossing a few rivers, we’ll hike up the Stórasúla and Hattafell Volcanoes. Atop, we’ll be rewarded with the martian-like scenery of the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, bordered by black sand deserts. As we make our way further towards Botnar, Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon will open up just under our feet, unfolding views of a moss-covered valley, with a frantically fast glacier river, carving its way through the foothills.
After we’ll cross black sand fields, we pitch our tents in the field, surrounded by a lush verdant oasis, or settle in the comfy hut for the night.
Day 4 - Emstrur to Thorsmork Valley
Day 4 is the final, yet most exciting day of the trail, as we finally reach our ultimate destination - Thorsmork Valley. After our last breakfast together, we’ll move on to the green fields that surround Einhyrningur Mountain, whose summit offers some spectacular glacial views.
Then we’ll cross the Thronga River and enter a dense birch forest on the other side. This birch forest marks the beginning of our final destination - Thorsmork Valley. Named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor, legend has it that the valley was created when Thor put down his mighty hammer Mjölnir, splitting the mountain range and creating a deep and rugged valley.
On the way back to Reykjavik, we’ll also get a glimpse of the stunning Seljandafoss Waterfall. You can expect to be back at your hotel at around 9:30 p.m.
Day 4 - Emstrur to Thorsmork Valley After our breakfast, we’ll leave the black sand deserts behind and pass into the green fields that surround Einhyrningur Mountain, whose summit offers some majestic glacial views. A few miles in, we’ll wade acros...
Day 4 - Emstrur to Thorsmork Valley
After our breakfast, we’ll leave the black sand deserts behind and pass into the green fields that surround Einhyrningur Mountain, whose summit offers some majestic glacial views.
A few miles in, we’ll wade across one more river, the Thronga River, before we enter a dense birch forest, which marks the beginning of our final destination - Thorsmork Valley. Named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor, legend has it that the valley was created when Thor put down his mighty hammer Mjölnir, splitting the mountain range and creating a deep and rugged valley.
Our accommodation for the night will be situated just under the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, with magnificent views of them both. You can then celebrate the completion of the world-famous Laugavegur Trail!
Day 5 - Fimmvorduhals Pass
Between Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull Glaciers, lies the famous Fimmvorduhals Pass. Measuring 13.6 mi (22km), it’s an extension of the Laugavegur Trail for those who wish to continue their journey across Iceland’s untamed nature. After the infamous eruption of Eyjafjallajökull Volcano in 2010, two craters were formed and promptly named after the sons of Thor. We’ll hike up to both craters, Modi and Magni, passing anumber of waterfalls along the way. At the end of the pass, we’ll be rewarded with the views of the grand Skogafoss Waterfall.
We’ll spend the night back at Thorsmork, where we’ll celebrate the completion of both trails with a celebratory grilled lamb dinner.
Day 6 - Thorsmork to Reykjavik
Our final day of the tour will be spent exploring hiking trails in and around Thorsmork valley. Spectacular views of Thorsmork will open up when we hike atop Útigönguhöfði Mountain. Surrounding glaciers are also visible from the top where you’ll be presented with yet another fantastic opportunity for breathtaking photos! Those of us who are not up for a hike to the top of the mountain may take a stroll to Húsadalur or spend the afternoon relaxing in Langidalur.
Our ride back to Reykjavik along the south coast of Iceland is incredibly scenic. Weather permitting, we’ll even be able to snag a glimpse of the photogenic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall!
Reviewed 09/09/2018 by Jerald
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 05/09/2018 by Amy
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 15/07/2018 by Ipshita Chakraborty
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.