7 nights/ 8 days
Reykjavik to Reykjavik

Chosen as one of the “20 Best Hikes in the World” by National Geographic, the Laugavegur Trek is the most famous hiking trail in Iceland. It is known all over the world for its trails offering astounding and breathtaking sceneries. This four-day trek starts from Landmannalaugar, a geothermal paradise globally known for its steaming hot springs and colorful rhyolite mountains. From there we make our way up into the highlands where we are greeted with glaciers and glacier rivers, black sands, hot springs, waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes. The scenery throughout the 34-mile trek is breathtaking, with views over mountains and glaciers as far as the eye can see. While absorbing everything Iceland nature has to offer, our guide will tell you about these mysterious areas, the landscape, flora, fauna and folklore tales that Icelanders have been brought up hearing throughout the centuries.  The Laugavegur trek gives you the opportunity to explore some of the most remote places in Iceland, all while enjoying the magical beauty of the Icelandic highlands.

2017 Dates:July 1-8 $3350 ($250 Single Supplement - hotel only, excluding huts)
Trip Leader(s):Asdis
Places Visited:Reykjavik, Thingvellir National Park, Landmannalaugar, Hrafntinnusker, Alftavatn Lake, Emstrur, Thorsmork, Skogar
Activities:Trekking
Group Size:Min. 8 Max. 12
Travel Style:Basic
Physical Rating:Moderate

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Hike Iceland’s most famous and iconic route
  • See the kaleidoscope of colors that characterizes the ever-changing geographical wonderland of Iceland
  • Hike near glaciers and stunning mountain vistas
  • Soak in natural hot springs and see other geothermal features
  • Explore some of the most remote places in Iceland, all while enjoying the magical beauty of the Icelandic highlands.

Day 1: Reykjavik

Today is arrival day, so there are no activities planned. Our hotel is located in the heart of Reykjavik, close to a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes. Once you get settled in, get your bearings by visiting the observation deck of Hallgrimskirkja, or “the big white church.” Visit the church and take the elevator to the top floor for the best view in the city. Afterwards, take a stroll down to the Solfar (Sun Voyager) sculpture on the waterfront and then continue down to the harbor for lunch or dinner.

Upon arrival, you can easily get to our starting hotel by taking the Fly Bus, which departs from Keflavik Airport 35-40 minutes after each flight arrival , the cost is 2800ISK one way for transfer to your hotel. Should you arrive before check-in time you can leave your luggage at the hotel to go explore the city.

Overnight at City Center Hotel or similar

Day 2: Reykjavik/ Landmannalaugar (B, D)

After breakfast, we’ll say goodbye to civilization as we make our way to Landmannalaugar, in the interior highlands. Landmannalaugar is a superb example of mind-blowing landscapes. It is at the edge of Laugahraun lava field, which was formed in an eruption around the year 1477.

On the way, we’ll visit Thingvellir National Park, one of the country’s most historical sites and most frequently visited sites in the country. It was declared a National Park in 1930 and nominated to the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2004. We’ll stop by the geothermal area of Geysir, the home of the one and only Geysir. There the ground gurgles, bubbles and super-heated water escapes from the ground with enormous force. Next, we’ll stroll down to Gullfoss, the undisputed queen of Icelandic waterfalls. Gullfoss is an amazing sight, the water rushes down three steps of lava layers with breathtaking power and grandeur.

The route through the highlands is a remote road that passes by Mt. Hekla, Iceland’s most active volcano, once believed to be the entrance to hell. The road gets progressively rockier as it climbs up to Landmannalaugar, our home for the night.  This is a nice hut with a well-equipped kitchen, surrounded by mountains with a natural hot thermal pool located just 100 meters away.

INCLUDED:

  • Thingvellir National Park Visit
  • Geysir Visit
  • Gulfoss Waterfall Visit
  • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

Estimated Travel Time: 3-4 hours driving
Overnight at Landmannalaugar Hut

Day 3: Landmannalaugar/ Hrafntinnusker (B, L, D)

Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. The trail takes us through the Laugahraun lava field, which was formed in an eruption around the year 1477. From there we move to the slopes of Brennisteinsalda, which is known worldwide for its incredible spectrums of colors and photographic scenery. We walk by the beautiful hot spring, Storihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. Storihver is one of the very few green grounds we’ll encounter on this day. Between Landmannalaugar and Hrafntinnusker there are several water crossings over rivers, streams, and possibly snow. We’ll spend the night in the Hrafntinnusker Hut, one of the most remote huts in Iceland.

INCLUDED:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner

Estimated hiking time: 4-5 hours
Hiking Distance: 12km (7.5 miles)
Hiking Ascent: 470m (1540 ft)

Overnight at Hrafntinnusker Hut (please note there is no shower available at this hut)

Day 4: Hrafntinnusker/ Alftavatn (B, L, D)

After a communal breakfast in the hut, we’ll head out again and walk along the Reykjafjoll mountains and then descend into the Jokultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red. We will leave the colorful rhyolite mountains and enter into an area with dark palagonite mountains and a breathtaking glacier view. If the visibility is good, we’ll hike up to Mt. Haskerdingur where the view greets you with the countless glaciers, mountains and volcanoes. From here, the landscape will be a lot greener and you might notice a considerable increase in vegetation. From the top of Jokultungur, there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and Lake Alftavatn, which is our next overnight stop. The trail down Jokulstungur is rather steep, but once you make it down, you have landed in a fertile paradise on the banks of the river Grashagakvisl. Before reaching Alftavatn, we cross an unbridged stream on foot and spend the night in the hut by the lake.

INCLUDED:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Estimated hiking time: 4-5 hours
Hiking Distance: 12km (7.5 miles)
Hiking Descent: 490m (1610 ft)

Overnight at Alftavatn Hut

Day 5: Alftavatn / Emstrur (B, L, D)

We’ll set out from Alftavatn Lake and start the day with another refreshing stream crossing at the foot of the majestic volcano Storasula and into the black desert of Mælifellssandur. On our way, we’ll see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We’ll walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur where there is a chance to enjoy the view on Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Just before reaching the hut in Botnar, we’ll turn off the path to take look at Markarfljotsgljufur, a canyon that is almost 200m deep and carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The hut in Botnar is a little green oasis, a welcome sight after walking through the black sands.

INCLUDED:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Estimated hiking time: 6-7 hours
Hiking Distance: 15km (9 miles)
Hiking Descent: 40m (130 ft)
Overnight at
Botnar Hut

Day 6: Emstrur/ Thorsmork Valley (B, L, D)

This morning, we’ll leave Emstrur behind and continue our way to Thorsmork along the canyons. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. Enjoy the change in landscape and a break from crossing through chilly rivers. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. This downhill section of the hike is among the most challenging sections of the trek. We walk at the foot of the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork valley, an area where warmer temperatures allow vegetation like moss birchwood and shrubs to grow. It offers a beautiful mountain view of volcanic glaciers Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull. Thorsmork is situated between the rivers Krossa, Thronga and Markarfljot.

INCLUDED:

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Estimated Hiking Time: 6-7 hours
Hiking Distance: 15km (9.5 miles)
Hiking Descent: 300m (985 ft)
Overnight at
Thorsmork Hut

Day 7: Thorsmork/ Reykjavik (B, L)

Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning across the plains of Krossa into the lush birch forests at Basar heading upwards in Strakagil gorge along Kattarhryggir (Cat’s spine) towards the craters of Magni and Modi. These craters were created in a short eruption in 2010 that was a prelude to the large eruption in Eyjafjallajokull. The craters are 1000 meters above sea level so we will hike through snowfields before reaching our destination. It is an unforgettable experience to sit atop a warm/hot volcano between the two glaciers of Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull.

The trail continues past several waterfalls and ends at Skogafoss, one of the largest and most recognizable waterfalls in Iceland. The 60m (200ft) high falls form a constant mist that floats in the air. If viewed in the sunlight, the mist can create rainbows. The sound and view of the thundering water cutting through the green hills make the falls a must-see on any trip to Iceland.

After enjoying our last moments viewing the beautiful landscapes, we’ll jump back on the bus for our journey back to Reykjavik.

For those not wishing to hike on this day, you will have the option to take the public bus back to Reykjavik.

INCLUDED:

  • Fimmvörðuháls Hike to Skogafoss Falls OR Public Bus from Thorsmork to Reykjavik
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Estimated Hiking Time: 8-10 hours
Hiking Distance: 22km (13.6 miles)
Hiking Ascent: 1000m (3280 ft)
Estimated Travel Time: 2 hours driving
Overnight at City Center Hotel or similar

Day 8: Reykjavik/ Depart Iceland (B)

Today is departure day and a free day to knock off those last-minute bucket list items and possibly do some shopping. You can take the Fly Bus to the airport in time for your departure and possibly consider a stop at the famous geothermal spa of the Blue Lagoon. The warm water are rich in minerals such as silica and sulfur and bathing in the Blue Lagoon has many health benefits and is perfect for relaxing and re-energizing after our trekking adventure. The Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world according to National Geographic.

INCLUDED:

  • Meals: Breakfast

What’s Included?

Standard hotel w/ breakfast, 2 nights
Mountain Huts w/ full board, 5 nights
Local, English & Icelandic speaking guide
National Park Fees
Luggage, Gear transport from hut to hut (hikers carry daypack)
Meals indicated in the itinerary (B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)

What’s Not Included?

Roundtrip international airfare to Reykjavik
Beverages & Meals not specified
Airport transfers
Shower service at the huts
Optional Activities
Gratuities
Personal Expenses
Travel Insurance

ABOUT HUT-TO-HUT TREKKING

Out hut-to-hut trekking excursion allow guests to experience Iceland’s backcountry with the comfort of carrying only a day pack with your lunch, water bottle, river crossing shoes, rain gear, and other items or clothing you might need for the day. Your main luggage is transported between huts by a support vehicle. The huts include bunk accommodation in rooms for up to 20 people and shared kitchen with stoves, pots, pans, crockery and cutlery. All meals are included during the trek and will be prepared by the guide and the group. Pack lunches are also provided for you to take with you on the trail.  There are showers at the huts except for the one at Hrafntinnusker. Using the shower service costs 500 ISK ($5) and you need to bring coins (no cards).

 

Trip Length
7 Nights/ 8 Days
Travel Style
Basic
Physical Rating
Moderate
Price
Starting at $3350