June – August
This 4 Day Laugavegur Backpacking Trek from Landamannalaugar to Þórsmörk is the perfect option for hikers who are looking for adventure but are short on time. On this tour, you can experience the amazing splendor of the famous Laugavegur trail in just 4 days. You will traverse in between vibrant yellow rhyolite mountains and through black sand deserts. This trail also takes you past majestic canyons and into the green valley of Thor during this adventure.
During this tour, you will hike with an experienced, professional guide through the Laugavegur trail. You will walk for 4-7 hours per day, in a group of 6 to 14 participants. The total walking distance on this tour is about 56 km (35 miles) with a maximum ascent of 600m (1900 feet).
Accommodations on this tour are provided in heated mountain huts. Some of the huts have electricity and some have hot water as well. The mountain huts have dormitories with single and twin bunk beds and/or mattresses. Participants must be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group. Please note that luggage transfer during hikes is not included in this tour. For more information about this tour please check out the detailed itinerary and FAQ section above.
This route is a part of the longer trail listed by National Geographic as one of the 20 best treks in the world. For the full grand route, check out the 7 Day Laugavegur Trek.
No, the meeting point for this tour is at the BSI Bus Station in Reykjavik.
The meeting point for this tour is at the BSÍ Main Bus Terminal in Reykjavík at 07:15 on departure day.
This tour is a total of 4 days, 3 nights. Accommodations in a mountain hut are included in the tour.
For your own wellbeing and safety we strongly suggest following the advice of our equipment list, this includes having good quality rain-gear, tops, and bottoms!
Also, respect that cotton clothing is not appropriate for any strenuous outdoor activity – this includes jeans and t-shirts. Modern outdoor clothing is by far more comfortable and will greatly improve your experience.
Equipment List for Trekking Tours:
Boots and Clothing:
Yes, you can rent a sleeping bag when you book the tour. The additional cost is 7,000 ISK for the duration of the trip.
Yes, luggage transport is not included in this tour so guests do carry their backpack between destinations.
During the trek, the accommodation will be in basic mountain huts in dormitories with single and double bunk beds or mattresses. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group. Some huts also have a continuous line of beds.
The huts are equipped with gas stoves, kitchen utensils and running cold water and the toilets are in separate huts.
You can shower in the huts that have showers available, some huts do not have any shower facilities. Where showers are available there is a small fee to use them.
It is usually possible to charge electronics in all huts for 1000 ISK per item (payable by cash or card). Sometimes charging is not possible due to lack of power as solar cells are used to generate the power. Therefore we recommend bringing power banks for charging your electric devices.
Yes, restrictions due to allergies and/or religious reasons can be accommodated. It is also possible to accommodate vegetarian dietary requirements, gluten-free and vegan diet at additional cost.
For this option, please select the “Special dietary during the tour (ISK 4,500)” option when booking the tour.
15% of the tour price is non-refundable.
50% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 30 – 59 days prior to departure.
25% of the tour price is refundable if canceled 16 – 29 days prior to departure.
Cancellations received less than 15 days prior to departure are non-refundable.
Cancellations must be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please be mindful of possible time zone differences. Iceland is in the GMT time zone.
If you do need to cancel your tour, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible.
Day 1: Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker
We take the public bus from BSI bus terminal at 08:00, that during the summer months drives the mountain tracks that lead to Landmannalaugar, passing by the Hekla volcano and other volcanoes in the Dómadalur area. Arriving in Landmannalaugar at noon, we have a lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes us past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540 ‘)
Day 2: Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn
From Hrafntinnusker we descend down in the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there we enjoy fascinating views to the south to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon we arrive at Álftavatn hut where we stay the night.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610 ‘)
Day 3: Álftavatn-Emstrur
We pass at the foot of the green conic volcano of Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, we enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where we stay the night, we visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
Distance: 16km (10 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 ‘)
Day 4: Emstrur-Þórsmörk-Reykjavík
We continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. As our hike is coming to an end for the day, we descend into Þórsmörk’s (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. From Þórsmörk we take the afternoon bus back to Reykjavík.
Distance: 17km (10.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ‘)
*All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, paricipants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group.