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Laugavegur Trek (Huts), 5 Days, Hike, Iceland

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A classic Iceland adventure holiday on a trail named as one of the 20 best treks in the world by National Geographic. You’ll experience all of the breathtaking natural beauty while trekking through this very special and unique landscape.

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Experience the Classic Laugavegur Trek

The rumours are true! Trekking in Iceland’s southern highlands, from the geothermal hotspots in Landmannalaugar to the lush green landscape in Þórsmörk valley, is even more beautiful in person. You will traverse in between vibrant yellow rhyolite mountains, over black sand deserts and past majestic canyons during this adventure.

The magical and diverse landscape, combined with the long and bright Icelandic summer days, will capture your nature-loving heart. Your highly experienced and knowledge trekking guide will show you all the popular sites and hidden gems along this trail. In the evenings, you will relax and rejuvenate in cozy mountain huts and enjoy delicious Icelandic meals. We top off this amazing adventure with a celebratory BBQ on our the last night in Þórsmörk. It is not a coincidence that this trail was named as one of the 20 best treks in the world by National Geographic.

Itinerary

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, were we will stay the night, in the late afternoon.
Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) 
Walking time: 
4 – 5 hrs    
Ascent: 
470 m (1540 ft)

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: 12 km (7.5 mi)      
Walking time: 
4 – 5 hrs  
Descent: 
490 m (1610 ft)

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: 16 km (10 mi)    
Walking time: 
6 – 7 hrs      
Descent: 
40 m (130 ft)

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: 17 km (10.5 mi) 
Walking time: 
6 – 7 hrs       
Descent: 
300 m (985 ft)

DAY 5 – Þórsmörk – Reykjavík

We spend the morning in Þórsmörk where we walk along one of numerous paths. For example, we can visit to the Sönghellir cave (Song cave), climb up the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent view can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal where the trip ends at 19:20.

Please note

  • 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.
The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Experienced and qualified guide
  • Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories
  • Transport at the beginning and end of trek
  • Breakfast (4), Lunch (5), Dinner (4)
  • Transfer of luggage

Optional Extras

  • Sleeping bag
  • Accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the tour
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Sleeping bag
  • Showers in huts (payable on site)
  1. 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 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: 12 km (7.5 mi) 
    Walking time: 
    4 – 5 hrs    
    Ascent: 
    470 m (1540 ft)

  2. 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: 12 km (7.5 mi)      
    Walking time: 
    4 – 5 hrs  
    Descent: 
    490 m (1610 ft)

  3. 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: 16 km (10 mi)    
    Walking time: 
    6 – 7 hrs      
    Descent: 
    40 m (130 ft)

  4. 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 kilometres 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 colourful flowers. After arriving at the huts in Þórsmörk, we top off this amazing adventure with a barbecue!
    Distance: 17 km (10.5 mi) 
    Walking time: 
    6 – 7 hrs       
    Descent: 
    300 m (985 ft)

  5. 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 view can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik BSI bus terminal where the trip ends at 19:20.

    Please note

    • 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 travellers from the group.

Activity Level: Challenging Active Holiday

Suites those that are physically active and have some background in basic travelling in mountainous terrain with a backpack. 6 – 7 hrs walking per day.

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