Known as one of the best treks in Iceland, the Laugavegur Trek is an amazing adventure in the Icelandic highlands. This trek will take you from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk in 5 days. The diverse landscape witnessed on this trek is the perfect backdrop for a memorable hiking trip in Iceland. On this tour, accommodation is provided in mountain huts.
Laugavegur trek crosses many spectacles including the third biggest geothermal zone in the world and through yellow rhyolite mountains. It goes over black deserts, past great canyons and finally into the stunning valley of Þórsmörk. It is no coincidence that the Laugavegur hike each year attracts travelers from around the world in addition to being a great favorite amongst locals.
On this trail, adventurous travelers hike from the geothermal valley of Landamannalaugar and over the Southern Highlands. The trail ends in the valley of Thor, Þórsmörk, at the foot of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano.
On this tour, participants hike in groups of 6-16 persons. The walking time per day is on average 4-7 hours for a total walking distance of 56 km (35 miles) in five days. The maximum ascent during the trek is 600m (1900 feet), with an altitude of 200-1100 meters (650 – 3600 feet).
For more information about this tour please check out the detailed itinerary and FAQ section above.
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No, but if you would like to be picked up and dropped off at your accommodations in Reykjavík you can choose this option when booking the tour.
Additional cost for hotel transfer is 2,500 ISK per person each way.
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 7 days, 6 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.
No, on this tour all the overnight gear is transported from one hut to the next. You will only need to carry your daypack during each day’s hike.
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.
There are showers available in all huts except for the first night for 500 ISK per 5 minutes (payable by cash or card).
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.
Breakfast is included on day 2, 3, 4 and 5.
Lunch is included on all 5 days.
Dinner is included on day 1, 2, 3 and 4.
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 where 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
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. After arriving at the huts in Þórsmörk, we top off this amazing adventure with a barbecue!
Distance: 17km (10.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985‘)
Day 5: Þórsmörk-Reykjavík
We spend the morning in Þórsmörk where we walk along one of the numerous paths. For example, we can visit the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where the magnificent views can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal where the trip ends.at 19:20
*All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travelers from the group