Laugavegur trail is Iceland’s most famous one, very few trails offer more diversity and beauty.
Duration: 4 days/3 nights
The Laugavegur trail is known all over the world because there are few trails that offer more diversity and beauty.
This 6 day hike takes you along Iceland's most renowned hiking route, Laugavegur and onwards over Fimmvorduhals trail where you'll see the still warm craters Modi and Magni which were formed in the 2010 volcanic eruption. Experience fields of obsidian, red and yellow mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers during this guided tour perfect for soft and experienced hikers alike!
This tour is also available as a camping tour. Please contact us for more information.
Minimum age is 15 years old
Day 1: Reykjavik - Landmannalaugar - Hrafntinnusker
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540 ')
We meet at 7:00 at Ráðhústorgið (Town Hall) on Vonarstraeti - Tourist Information Center. The bus will leave sharp at 7:30. We also offer pick up at your accommodation between 7:15 and 7:45.
The drive takes about 3-4 hours, on the way we drive along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Icelands most active volcano, Hekla. Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. We walk by the beautiful hot spring Storihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. We spend the night in the hut in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote huts in Iceland.
Day 2: Hrafntinnusker - Alftavatn
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610 ')
After breakfast in the hut we 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. From the top of Jokultungur there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and lake Alftavatn which is our next overnight stop. Before reaching Alftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night in the hut by the lake.
Day 3: Alftavatn - Botnar
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 ')
We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Storasula and into the black desert of Maelifellssandur. On our way we will see Hattafell, a volcano with a strange flat top. We walk through this black glacial desert and into Emstrur where there is chance to enjoy the view of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Just before reaching the hut in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, almost 200m deep canyons carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The hut in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcome sight after walking through the black sands.
Day 4: Botnar - Thorsmork
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ')
We put Emstrur behind us and continue along the canyons on our way to Thorsmork. The trail takes us within a few kilometers from the great Myrdalsjokull glacier. As we descend towards Almenningar a few trees can be seen, a sign we are getting closer to the coast. We walk under the characteristic mountain Einhyrningur and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley nesting under the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, a magnificent place to spend the night.
Day 5: Thorsmork
Distance: 0-10 km (0-6 mi) Walking time: 0-6 hrs
There is a lot to see and do in Thorsmork. We spend the day exploring this unique place, walking on one of many paths that go around the valley. We can for example visit the Song cave or go for hike up Valahnjukur, an excellent view point. Those who wish can simply relax and enjoy nature in this beautiful place. We spend the night in Thorsmork.
Day 6: Thorsmork - Fimmvorduhals - Reykjavik
Distance: 16km (10 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 800 m (2600 ')
Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two new volcanos formed in 2010, Magni and Modi, the sons of Thor. On the way we pass by a "waterfall" of lava formed in the eruption. Here you have a chance to see how Iceland is still being constructed.
We return to Reykjavik in the early evening where the tour ends at the main tourist info, Adalstraeti 2, in the heart of Reykjavik. From there taxis and local buses are available.
Iris at Iceland Travel is phenomenal! She made booking my trip so easy. She quickly responded to my emails. I did the Grand Laugavegur Trek and it was amazing. Our guides were professional and experienced. They shared an immense amount of knowledge about Iceland and Laugavegur. This was my second trip to Iceland and I will definitely be back!