5-Day Laugavegur Trek in Huts

  • Availability

    June - September


    5 days

  • Difficulty


  • Pickup


  • Minimum Age

    14 Years

  • Price

    ISK 301.664

Tour Highlights:

  • Þórsmörk (Thorsmork Valley)
  • Hiking in one of Iceland‘s famous trek
  • Landmannalaugar


  • Qualified guide for 5 days
  • Food for 5 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5)
  • Public transportation to and from Reykjavík
  • Accommodation in mountain huts dormitory style
  • Transfer of luggage
  • Final evening barbecue party in Þórsmörk

The 5-Day Laugavegur Trek in Huts

Known as one of the best treks in Iceland, the Laugavegur Trek is a fantastic 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 grand canyons, and finally into the stunning valley of Þórsmörk. It is no coincidence that the Laugavegur hike each year attracts travelers worldwide and is an excellent 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. On average, the walking time per day is 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).

Please check out the detailed itinerary and FAQ section above for more information about this tour.


Frequently Asked Questions

Is pickup and dropoff at accommodations in Reykjavík available for this tour?

No, pickup at hotels is not available for this tour. The meeting point is at the BSI Bus Station in downtown Reykjavík:

Where is the meeting point for this tour?

The meeting point for this tour is at the BSÍ Main Bus Terminal in Reykjavík at 07:15 on departure day.

What is the duration of this tour?

This tour is a total of 7 days, 6 nights. Accommodations in a mountain hut are included in the tour.

What should I pack/wear on this 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:

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.
  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.
  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).
  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.
  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable.
  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable. Please note that full raingear is mandatory in Iceland.
  • Gloves
  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs.
  • Warm hat.

Other gear:

  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!
  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)
  • River shoes – Walking sandals or old running shoes with a good grip are a good choice, along with a pair of warm socks or neoprene socks. Open sandals or flip-flops will not do the job
  • Light sleeping bag
  • Towel – lightweight and packable
  • Sunglasses & sun protection
  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle 0,5 – 1L.
  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut.
  • Casual clothes/change of clothes for wearing in the hut
  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care
  • Prescription medication and other personal health items
  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.

Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s)
  • Gaiters
  • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings
  • Penknife
  • Earplugs
  • Sun/rain Hat or a Cap. Shorts
  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks)
  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)
  • Camera, spare batteries
  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing
  • Slippers for indoor use
  • Aperitif or other heart-warming spirits


Click here for further information about trekking equipment.

Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag for this tour?

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.

Will I need to carry my luggage each day?

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.

What are the sleeping arrangements like in the huts?

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.

Is it possible to take a shower in the huts?

There are showers available in all huts except for the first night for 500 ISK per 5 minutes (payable by cash or card).

Is it possible to charge phones and/or batteries in the huts?

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.

Which meals are included in the tour?

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.

I have dietary restrictions and/or allergies, can I still go on this tour?

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.

What is the cancellation policy for this 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 info@iat.is.

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. 

Who is the tour operator of this tour ?

Our trusted partners Icelandic Mountain Guides are the operator of this tour.

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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

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