4-Day Laugavegur Trek: Explore Iceland’s Stunning Landscape

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kr.279990

Min Age

15 years

Duration

4 days

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable overnight adventure trekking the renowned Laugavegur Trail. Recognized as one of the “20 Best Hikes in the World” by National Geographic, this trail offers a remarkable opportunity to immerse yourself in the stunning beauty of Icelandic nature.

Highlights Of The Tour

✓ Trek Laugavegur trail

✓ Explore Landmannalaugar area

✓ Enjoy Þórsmörk (Thorsmork valley)

✓ Try out trekking in Icelandic highlands

Included/Exclude

  • Transport
  • Guiding service
  • Accommodation in private tents & large assembly tents for dinners
  • All meals (3 times a day)
  • Luggage transportation between stops

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons

Tour Plan

About the Tour

Embark on the ultimate 4-day hike through Iceland’s legendary Laugavegur trail, guided by our expert team. From the enchanting Landmannalaugar geothermal area to the untamed beauty of Þórsmörk’s birch forests, this adventure promises an exhilarating journey through the rugged Icelandic highlands.

Prepare to be awed by the diverse landscapes showcasing vibrant rhyolite mountains, volcanic formations, and soothing natural hot springs. Spend your nights nestled in cozy mountain huts or beneath the stars in comfortable camping tents.

Not sure which accommodation option suits you best? Let’s break it down:

Opt for camping if you prefer a smaller group setting and crave more privacy during rest times. Plus, enjoy communal dinners and gatherings in spacious assembly tents.

Prefer the comforts of a hut? You’ll bunk down in charming dormitory-style accommodations, complete with heated rooms, bunk beds, and access to kitchen facilities including a gas stove and running water. 

 REYKJAVIK – LANDMANNALAUGAR

The pick-up for our tour kicks off at 7:00 am at the Tourist Information Center located at Reykjavík’s City Hall on Vonarstræti. If that doesn’t suit you, there’s always the option of meeting us at one of our other designated meeting spots, as detailed in the tour description.

Our Laugavegur adventure commences with a picturesque drive to Landmannalaugar, a journey lasting around 3-4 hours along the famed South Coast route, celebrated for its natural wonders. Along the way, we’ll pass by the legendary Hekla Volcano, once dubbed “The Gateway to Hell” in medieval times. This active volcano has kept a fiery reputation, erupting every decade or so throughout the past century.

Our trailhead awaits at Landmannalaugar, a geothermal paradise known as the “People’s Pools,” boasting an abundance of hot springs amidst breathtaking rhyolite mountains. Nestled on the fringes of Landmannalaugar lies the striking Laugahraun lava fields, a vast expanse of solidified magma formed during a tumultuous eruption in 1477.

Today’s highlight is the awe-inspiring Mt. Brennisteinsalda, also known as the Sulphur Wave, Iceland’s most vividly colorful mountain. Its volcanic slopes are adorned with a tapestry of black and blue lava, green mosses, and red iron deposits.

We’ll spend the night in the mountains, where you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner amidst the serene beauty of nature.

Expect a trek covering 12 km (7.5 mi), with a walking time of 4-5 hours and an elevation gain of 470 m (1540 ft).

 Landmannalaugar – HRAFNTINNUSKER – LAKE ALFTAVATN

On the second day of your trek, kickstart your morning with a hearty breakfast to fuel your adventure ahead.

Today’s journey leads us past the bubbling vents of Stórihver, a notable hot spring, and through the striking black obsidian desert of Hrafntinnusker.

The day’s highlights include the breathtaking Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the awe-inspiring Jökultungur pass. These rugged gullies, adorned in vibrant hues of yellow and red courtesy of geothermal activity, create a stunning contrast against the sandy-toned mountains that encircle them. From the summit of Jökultungur, you’ll be treated to sweeping panoramas of the entire Fjallabak (“behind the mountain”) region and the tranquil Álftavatn lake, a hidden gem accessible solely via this trail. Descending from Jökultungur, you’ll encounter a verdant oasis teeming with flora and fauna beside the Grashagakvisl river. To reach our Álftavatn campsite, we’ll embark on a refreshing river crossing, a welcome respite after a day of hiking.

Come evening, dine amidst the serene beauty of the lake’s surroundings, soaking in the peaceful atmosphere.

Expect a trek covering 24 km (14.9 mi), with a walking time of 4-5 hours and an elevation gain of 490 m (1610 ft).

LAKE ALFTAVATN – EMSTRUR

Our day kicks off with another adventurous stream crossing as we venture into the volcanic landscapes of Maelifellssandur. Along the way, we’ll encounter two magnificent volcanoes, Stórasúla and Hattafell. Stórasúla presents itself as a lush, cone-shaped mountain, while Hattafell boasts a unique flat summit. Our trail leads us to Emstrur, a grassy expanse once frequented by local farmers for sheep grazing.

If luck is on our side and visibility is clear, we’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the renowned Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. These towering giants conceal powerful volcanoes, including the temperamental Katla. En route to our campground, we’ll take a detour to marvel at the awe-inspiring Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon, carved out by the mighty Markarfljót river to a depth of 656 ft (200 m). Our night’s campground awaits in Botnar, a tranquil haven nestled amidst a black sand desert.

Today’s trek spans 15 km (9.5 mi), with an estimated walking time of 6-7 hours and a descent of 40 m (130 ft).

 EMSTRUR – THORSMORK

After savoring our last breakfast together, we bid farewell to the Emstrur area and set our sights on Thórsmörk, the final stretch of our journey!

Thorsmork, also known as the “Valley of Thor,” holds a legendary tale of creation, with folklore suggesting that Thor’s mighty hammer Mjölnir split the mountain range, forming this deep gorge. It’s a lush expanse adorned with dense birch forests and teeming with wildlife. Along our path to the valley, we’ll trek past Mount Einhyrningur, aptly named for its resemblance to the mythical unicorn. From its summit, we’re treated to breathtaking vistas of Iceland’s fourth-largest glacier, Mýrdalsjökull. As we draw nearer to our destination, the landscape transitions, with more trees dotting the scenery. Our journey culminates in the stunning Thórsmörk valley, where we’ll capture celebratory photos and soak in the picturesque surroundings before preparing for our return ride to Reykjavík.

On our way back, we’ll make a memorable stop at the iconic Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, renowned for its unique footpath that allows visitors to walk behind the cascading water.

We anticipate our return to Reykjavík around 8:30 pm, with drop-off options available at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (near Kringlan shopping mall), Reykjavík Campsite, and Reykjavík City Hall on Vonarstræti.

Today’s trek spans 15 km (9.5 mi), with an estimated walking time of 6-7 hours and a descent of 300 m (985 ft)

What To Bring

  • Thermal outwear
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Travel sack
  • Day backpack
  • First aid kit
  • Water bottle
  • Towel
  • Find an extensive packaging list in the itinerary

Cancellation Policy

  • Cancellations for all-day excursions can be made by email up to 24 hours before departure, and the entire money will be returned. Any cancellations made less than 24 hours before the scheduled departure time are not subject to refund.
  • If the operator cancels the trip due to severe weather, hazardous driving conditions, or other reasons, we will help you rebook a different day or book alternate activities if feasible, or we’ll give you a full refund.
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