8-Day Laugavegur Trek Adventure

From

kr.429990

Min Age

15 years

Duration

8 days

Overview

This incredible tour showcases the best that Iceland has to offer. Experience the stunning natural beauty of the South Coast and embark on an unforgettable hiking adventure.

Highlights Of The Tour

Laugavegur trek

✓ Landmannalaugar

✓ Hraftinnusker

✓ Álftavatn Lake

✓ Emstrur

✓ Þórsmörk (Thorsmork)

✓ Fimmvörðuháls pass

✓ South Coast (Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss)

✓ Gljúfrabúi Waterfall

✓ Golden Circle (Þingvellir, Gullfoss, Geysir)

✓ Secret Lagoon geothermal pool

✓ Glacier hike in Sólheimajökull

Included/Exclude

  • Transport
  • Accommodation in mountain huts on day 1-5
  • Accommodation in hotels on day 6-7
  • All meals included on day 1-5.
  • Breakfast included on day 6-8
  • English guided service
  • Luggage transport
  • Guided Glacier Hike
  • All Required Safety Equipment
  • Free WiFi on Board Your Bus

Tour Amenities

Accepts Credit Cards
Car Parking
Free Coupons

Tour Plan

About the Tour

Recognized as one of the top 25 treks in the world by National Geographic, this unforgettable 8-day adventure begins with a journey into the uninhabited wilderness of the Icelandic Highlands. Travelers will embark on a 6-day trek across the Highlands, starting in the geothermal wonderland of Landmannalaugar and ending in Þórsmörk.

The path leads through diverse landscapes, including vast lava fields, obsidian fields, and multicolored mountains. Participants will climb snow-capped peaks, descend into green valleys, and traverse black deserts and thrilling canyons in the shadow of sparkling glaciers. Each night, travelers will stay in a different hut, with luggage transported between locations for convenience.

The Laugavegur Trek concludes in the lush, green valley of Þórsmörk, nestled between three glaciers, including the famous glacier-capped volcano Eyjafjallajökull. On the fifth day, the hike ascends to new craters formed during the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption, traversing the young ground of the Fimmvörðuháls mountain pass with breathtaking views of the Highlands.

The sixth day offers a choice to explore the area around the volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajökull or enjoy another scenic hike in Þórsmörk. The adventure then returns to civilization, with an overnight stay in Hella, a small village on the South Coast.

The seventh day features a relaxing tour of Iceland’s South Coast, including visits to the famous waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, and an exhilarating glacier climb. The final day explores the Golden Circle tour route, showcasing Iceland’s most well-known geological features: a geothermal zone with spouting geysers, an enormous waterfall, and a walk between tectonic plates. The journey concludes with a relaxing soak in the Secret Lagoon geothermal hot pool.

 Drive to Landmannalaugar and Start the Laugavegur Trek

On the first day, prepare for an early start with a pick-up between 7:00-7:30 AM from a chosen location. Leaving civilization behind, the journey heads directly into the vast Icelandic Highlands, a magnificent uninhabited wilderness.

The scenic drive to Landmannalaugar, the hike’s starting point, takes approximately 3-4 hours. Along the way, the majestic volcano Hekla, Iceland’s most active, comes into view, adding a touch of awe to the journey.

Upon arrival in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland and nature reserve known as Fjallabak, the trek begins. After a quick bite at the basecamp, with restrooms and a covered dining area, the six-day journey across the Highlands commences.

The Laugavegur Trail starts in Landmannalaugar, leading through the Laugahraun lava field and Vondugil canyon. Hikers will be captivated by the vibrant colors of the rhyolite mountains, particularly Mt. Brennisteinsalda. The return to accommodation includes witnessing the Graenagil gorge and, if time allows, ascending Blahnukur Volcano. The day’s distance covers 8 kilometers (4.9 miles) with a walking time of 4-5 hours and an ascent of 470 meters (1,540 feet).

 Laugavegur Trek – Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn Lake

The second day begins with a hearty breakfast, fueling hikers for the day’s adventure. Descending from the snowy peak into a verdant valley, the trail winds past the vibrantly colored Reykjafjöll rhyolite mountains and the Jökultungur area, where geothermal activity contrasts with soft, pale sandy hues and lush green meadows.

Weather permitting, hikers will be treated to stunning vistas of the Fjallabak area and Álftavatn Lake, the night’s destination. The lake rests in a protected green valley, reached after an exciting river crossing on foot. The water, though chilly, is typically shallow and safe, with assistance from the guide.

The second hut offers a more spacious setting than the first, complete with a kitchen and dining area. A satisfying dinner concludes the day, followed by an optional walk around the area, weather permitting. The day’s trek covers 24 kilometers (14.9 miles) with a walking time of 4-5 hours and a descent of 490 meters (1,610 feet).

 Laugavegur Trek – Álftavatn Lake – Emstrur

Refreshed by breakfast, the third day begins with a familiar challenge: another stream crossing, for which hikers are now seasoned pros. The trail levels out, becoming easier as it passes the breathtaking Stórasúla and Hattafell volcanoes, their green moss-covered hills contrasting strikingly with the surrounding black, rocky desert.

In clear conditions, hikers will enjoy spectacular views of the nearby Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull volcano-glaciers. As the Emstrur hut approaches, a green oasis emerges amidst the black sand desert, nestled beside a stunning 200-meter (656-foot) deep glacier river canyon. The idyllically situated hut stands alongside a small stream.

This day’s hike covers a distance of 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) with a walking time of 6-7 hours and a descent of 40 meters (130 feet).

 Laugavegur Trek – Emstrur – Thórsmörk Valley

The fourth day marks the final leg of the Laugavegur Trek, beginning with a hike along the impressive Almenningar gorge, followed by a passage near the striking Mount Einhyrningur, aptly named “the Unicorn Mountain” for its unique shape.

The stunning view of two glaciers accompanies hikers for kilometers before reaching the lush valley that signifies the end of the trail. As the journey nears its conclusion, the landscape gradually transforms, with bushes and small trees emerging until hikers find themselves in a characteristic birch forest. Þórsmörk Valley, aptly named “Thor’s Forest,” boasts a fairytale-like beauty with its enchanting woodlands.

The day culminates at a hut nestled in the heart of the valley, surrounded by green mossy slopes and framed by the Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers. This marks the official end of the renowned Laugavegur Trail. The day’s distance covers 15 kilometers (9.5 miles) with a walking time of 6-7 hours and a descent of 300 meters (985 feet).

 Thórsmörk – Fimmvörðuháls Pass

The fifth day presents the most challenging yet arguably most scenic leg of the trek: the ascent to the magnificent Fimmvörðuháls Pass. The trail climbs steeply from the valley to a vast plateau, offering unimaginable views of jagged, mossy slopes and the picturesque green valley. With clear weather, the full panorama of rugged mountain ranges, snow-capped peaks, and glaciers unfolds in every direction.

The renowned mountain pass lies between the Mýrdalajökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers, the latter home to the infamous volcano that erupted in 2010. Hikers will visit Magni and Móði, two new volcanic craters formed during that eruption and named after the sons of the Norse god Thor, signifying strength and bravery. The scenery here is truly awe-inspiring.

After reaching the crater peaks, the group retraces their steps back to Thórsmörk, enjoying the valley scenery once more from a descending perspective. This marks the completion of the Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Hike, honored as one of the National Geographic’s 20 Best Hikes in the World. The day’s distance spans 16 kilometers (10 miles) with a walking time of 7-8 hours and an ascent of 800 meters (2,600 feet).

Thórsmörk hike – Hella

The final day in the Icelandic wilderness offers flexibility for travelers. The day’s itinerary will be decided collaboratively, with options to explore the nearby volcanoes Katla and Eyjafjallajokull, hike up Valahnukur Mountain for stunning views of Thorsmork valley, or simply relax and unwind in Thorsmork. Smaller groups may even choose to explore other areas of interest.

After this last day in Thórsmörk, the journey returns to civilization, with an overnight stay at a country hotel in Hella, promising a restful night’s sleep after the adventurous trek.

 South Coast Nature Sightseeing and Glacier Hike

The seventh day offers a more leisurely pace after the multi-day trek, with a later morning pick-up. A relaxing yet scenic tour of Iceland’s South Coast awaits, featuring visits to two of the country’s most renowned waterfalls: Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, each approximately 60 meters (196 feet) high.

Seljalandsfoss, while narrower, boasts a unique path that allows visitors to walk behind its cascading waters. Skógafoss, with its impressive 24-meter (78-foot) width, offers a chance to experience the spray up close.

The tour culminates in an exhilarating glacier climb, equipped with crampons to explore the ancient ice’s surreal formations, deep crevasses, and ice sculptures. A knowledgeable glacier guide will share insights into the area’s history, geology, and glacier features.

After a fulfilling day, the journey returns to Reykjavík for a comfortable overnight stay at a hote

 Touring the Golden Circle

The final day of this adventure is dedicated to exploring the renowned Golden Circle route, showcasing Iceland’s most iconic natural wonders. Starting with an early pick-up around 8:00 AM, the journey ventures into the heart of Iceland, where geological marvels await.

The Golden Circle route encompasses a geothermal zone with erupting geysers, a majestic waterfall, and a unique location to walk between tectonic plates. The first stop, Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, blends rich history with stunning geological formations. This site holds significance as the location of the world’s first parliament, established around 930 AD. The park also features a rugged rift valley, filled with dramatic cracks where tectonic plates meet.

The next stop is the renowned Geysir geothermal area, a highly active zone characterized by steaming ground, bubbling hot springs, and erupting geysers. The highlight is Strokkur Geyser, known for its impressive water spouts reaching 20-40 meters (65-131 feet) every 5-8 minutes.

The tour concludes with a visit to the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, considered one of the world’s top ten waterfalls. The waterfall’s two-stage descent, totaling 32 meters (105 feet), flows through a dramatic canyon, creating an awe-inspiring spectacle.

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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