5-Day Laugavegur Trek, South Coast & Glacier Hiking Adventure

From

kr.329990

Min Age

15 years

Duration

5 days

Overview

Embark on an unforgettable adventure as we explore the Icelandic highlands along the renowned Laugavegur Trail. Discover breathtaking scenery, ancient volcanic formations, and lush valleys that will transport you to another world

Highlights Of The Tour

Laugavegur Trail

✓ Stunning Scenery

✓ Lake Alftavatn

✓ Emstrur

✓ Eyjafjallajokull View

✓ Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area

✓ Thorsmork Valley

✓ Hot Springs, Glaciers & Volcanoes

✓ Hrafntinnusker

✓ Myrdalsjokull View

Included/Exclude

  • Transportation To/From the Trail
  • All Accommodation
  • Meals (except for breakfast on the first day, dinner in the 4th day, and lunch and dinner on the 5th day)
  • English Speaking Licensed Adventure Guide
  • Luggage Transport
  • Guided Laugavegur Trek
  • Guided Glacier Hike w. a Certified Glacier Guide
  • South Coast Tour

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons

Tour Plan

About the Tour

Immerse yourself in Iceland’s stunning landscapes as you journey from rainbow-colored volcanoes in Landmannalaugar to glacier foothills in Thorsmork. It’s the ultimate way to experience the contrasting beauty of Iceland’s natural wonders. Plus, wrap up your adventure with a day exploring breathtaking waterfalls on the South Coast and embarking on an exhilarating glacier hike on the mesmerizing blue ice of Solheimajokull. Ideal for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike, this experience offers a chance to witness the profound beauty of Iceland’s landscapes firsthand.

 Reykjavik – Landmannalaugar

Our adventure kicks off with pickups from various points in Reykjavik or along the South Coast. Once everyone is gathered, we’ll set off on a scenic journey inland, taking in sights like the intriguing Hekla volcano along the way. This journey typically lasts 3 to 4 hours, allowing us to soak up Iceland’s stunning scenery and atmosphere.

Upon reaching Landmannalaugar, we’ll be greeted by the impressive sight of the Laugahraun lava field, a striking blend of green and black shaped by volcanic activity. Crossing Laugahraun, we’ll enter the foothills of Brennisteinsalda itself, known for its vibrant slopes tinted in various colors. It’s the perfect start to our wilderness trek in Iceland.

Our first night will be spent at Landmannalaugar huts.

 Landmannalaugar – Lake Alftavatn

After enjoying a hearty Icelandic breakfast, we’ll set out for an adventurous day ahead. Our journey takes us to Hrafntinnusker, an intriguing pitch-black obsidian desert that promises a unique experience. Moving forward, we’ll encounter the majestic Reykjafjoll Mountains, offering breathtaking snowy peak vistas that stretch as far as the eye can see.

Descending into the picturesque Jökultungur area, we’ll be greeted by a stunning emerald valley adorned with rocks dyed in vibrant hues by ancient volcanic activity. This part of our trek feels almost surreal, with landscapes that seem to belong to another world entirely.

As we traverse through Jökultungur, the scenery will gradually shift, giving way to darker and more ominous palagonite mountains. These towering peaks, capped with snow-covered glaciers, create a profound and awe-inspiring atmosphere that captivates the senses.

Our journey continues as we ascend Jökultungur Mountain, winding along its path to reach the summit. Once there, we’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of Fjallabak Nature Reserve, a pristine landscape shaped by millennia of erosion, and the serene Lake Álftavatn below.

Descending towards the tranquil River Grashagakvisl, nestled amidst the rugged terrain, we’ll cross a small stream before reaching the serene shores of Lake Álftavatn, also known as “Whooper Swan Lake,” where we’ll spend the night.

 Lake Alftavatn – Emstrur

On day three, our adventure kicks off with an exhilarating stream crossing as we venture deeper into the captivating Icelandic wilderness. Skirting around the base of Stórasúla, a verdant volcano carpeted with lush grass, we’re treated to a remarkable display of nature’s bounty nurtured by rich volcanic soil.

Continuing on our journey, we enter the striking coal-black expanse of Mælifellssandur, a landscape like no other, dotted with icy-blue streams that meander through the rugged terrain. At its heart stands the magnificent Mt. Mælifell, its emerald green slopes contrasting beautifully with the surrounding darkness. The vibrant bursts of color against the jet-black backdrop create a truly mesmerizing scene.

After traversing this captivating black desert, we arrive at Emstrur, a narrow valley bursting with rich flora and fauna as far as the eye can see. Our next destination is the awe-inspiring Markarfljótsgljúfur canyon, a rugged gorge carved by the glacial river that flows through its depths.

Finally, we make our way to our accommodation at Botnar, where we’ll dine under the stars, reflecting on the incredible sights and experiences of the day’s adventures.

Emstrur-Thorsmork Valley

Our last day in Iceland’s highlands promises a journey to Thorsmork, a breathtaking valley nestled between two powerful glaciers. Beginning near the imposing Myrdalsjokull glacier, we’ll enjoy the stunning glacial views as we navigate around its base. Along the way, we’ll pass by the uniquely shaped Einhyrningur (The Unicorn) mountain, known for its resemblance to the mythical creature.

Entering Thorsmork, we’ll be greeted by a lush birch forest, marking the beginning of this vibrant oasis. Legend has it that Thor, the Norse god, created this valley with a strike of his hammer, adding to its mystique and allure. Surrounded by towering mountains and adorned with verdant vegetation, Thorsmork epitomizes the beauty of the Icelandic Highlands, offering the perfect conclusion to our wilderness adventure.

After exploring Thorsmork, we’ll depart around 6 p.m. and head to a comfortable country hotel for a night of relaxation. This marks the end of our journey through Iceland’s majestic landscapes, as we prepare to conclude our adventure on the scenic south coast. If you plan to disembark at Hella, please inform the bus driver accordingly.

 South Coast Waterfalls & Glacier Adventure

On the final day of our adventure, we’ll explore Iceland’s stunning south coast, starting the day with a hearty breakfast at your accommodation before being picked up at your hotel.

Our first stop is Skogafoss, a magnificent waterfall towering 60 meters high. Marvel at the cascading water as it plunges over ancient cliffs that were once part of the coastline.

Next, we’ll embark on an exhilarating hike on the mighty Solheimajokull Glacier. Accompanied by a knowledgeable glacier guide, we’ll explore this mesmerizing blue ice wonderland, navigating jagged ice ridges, deep crevasses, and moulins. It’s an experience that will leave a lasting impression.

After our glacier hike, we’ll visit the stunning Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, renowned for its unique footpath that winds around the back of the waterfall. Take a stroll around Seljalandsfoss and marvel at nature’s beauty from a different perspective.

As the day draws to a close, we’ll return to Reykjavik in the evening, dropping you off at your accommodation or a nearby location.

What To Bring

  • Thermal underwear (top and bottom), at least two sets of shirts
  • Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
  • Hiking pants
  • Waterproof and breathable pants and jacket
  • Wool/fleece hat
  • At least one pair of gloves
  • 2 to 3 pairs of thick socks
  • Waterproof hiking boots
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow
  • Sun glasses
  • Sunscreen / after sun cream
  • Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts/campsites
  • Day backpack, 25-40 L
  • River crossing shoes (old sneakers or similar for fording rivers)
  • Health supplies and prescription medicine
  • Personal medical kit to include personal medication
  • 1-2 liter water bottle
  • Towel

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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18

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Closet space

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42″ flat-screen TV

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