Laugavegur Trail Iceland

Laugavegur Trail Iceland

The Famous Laugavegur Trek – Five day trek from hut to hut
The best known of all treks in Iceland, this trail leads from the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar in the southern highlands, south to Þórsmörk valley, at the foot of world famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano. The trail crosses the third biggest geothermal zone in the world, lies through yellow rhyolite mountains, over black deserts, past great canyons and into the verdurous valley of Þórsmörk. It is no coincidence that the “Laugavegur” hike each year attracts travellers from around the world in addition of being a great favorite amongst locals. Accommodation in mountain huts. This trek is also available with luggage transfer.

We have different variations of the Landmannalaugar trek. 

Backpacking, camping, self guided and 3, 5 & 7 day treks. Contact us for details.

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    The Laugavegur Trek runs to 55km including a 22km extension via the Fimmvörðuháls pass—through the island nation’s iconic southern highlands. Hikers traverse expansive lava fields, glacial streams, and trek breathtaking landscapes with volcanos, hot springs and glaciers.

    Take the scheduled bus 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, it is ideal to have lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes you past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut in the late afternoon, were you will stay the night.

    From Hrafntinnusker you descend down into the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there you enjoy fascinating views southwards to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers.

    You pass the foot of the green conic volcano Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, you enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where you stay the night, you can visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon, cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.

    Continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as you descend into Þórsmörk’s green valleys (the woods of Thor), filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers.

    You spend the morning in Þórsmörk with a possibility of walking along one of its numerous paths. For example, visit the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”) or climb the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent views can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus back to Reykjavík.

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Detail Description
Trip Type
Self-Guided Trekking holiday
Accommodation
Guest-house in Reykjavik. Mountain huts on walk.
Duration
7 Days (05 Days walking)
Distance
56 km. (35 miles)
Walking per Day:
4-7 hours
Altitude
200-1100 m. (650-3600 feet)
Ascent
Maximum 600 m. (1970 feet)
Getting there
Direct flight with WOW airlines from Dublin to Reykjavík
Difficulty level
Moderate:
Accessible to all those in good health, who are doing some sport regularly, and who are used to all-terrain walks. 4-6 hours walk per day, without much carrying.

What we do

We put together the trip for you: reserve the hotels, transfer the luggage and organise your transfers to the start of your itineraries. Each tour includes a complete Road book with detailed itineraries, information for visits along the way, a detailed map and total peace of mind with our 24-hour local support.

We work with local operators through-out each destination that are passionate about their regions.

We can tailor make this tour, if you want to add an extra rest day, spend a few days relaxing before or after the trip just let us know and we will be happy to provide a quotation.

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik
Checkin Hotel. Day at leisure

Day 2: Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker
Take the scheduled bus 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, it is ideal to have lunch and then head south into the mountains. The trail takes you past small gorges, steaming hot springs and yellow mountain ridges. Arrival at Hrafntinnusker mountain hut in the late afternoon, were you will stay the night,.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540 ‘)

Day 3: Hrafntinnusker-Álftavatn
From Hrafntinnusker you descend down into the gullies of Jökultungur with hundreds of steaming hot springs and mud pools. Up there you enjoy fascinating views southwards to the Álftavatn area (Swan Lake), and the Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull glaciers. In the afternoon you arrive at Álftavatn hut where you stay the night.
Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610 ‘)

Day 4: Álftavatn-Emstur
You pass the foot of the green conic volcano Stórasúla before entering the black deserts of Mælifellssandur. Heading towards another ancient and verdurous volcano, the Hattfell, you enter the Emstrur region where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before arriving at the Botnar hut where you stay the night, you can visit the magnificent Markarfljót canyon, cut almost 200 m down into the rocks south of Hattfell.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 ‘)

Day 5: Emstur-Þórsmörk
Continue up and down through the small valleys and gullies of Emstrur, where the great Mýrdalsjökull glacier rises only a couple of kilometers away. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as you descend into Þórsmörk’s green valleys (the woods of Thor), filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. Accommodation in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.
Distance: 15km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ‘)

Day 6: Þórsmörk-Reykjavík
You spend the morning in Þórsmörk with a possibility of walking along one of its numerous paths. For example, visit the Sönghellir cave (“Song cave”) or climb the small mountain of Valahnúkur from where magnificent views can be enjoyed, before taking the afternoon bus back to Reykjavík. Arrival at Reykjavik Central bus Station at around 19:00. Transfer to guesthouse. Overnight

Day 7
Checkout hotel. Transfer to airport for flight home. Flight departs for Dublin at 06:20.

*All of the huts are heated, some have electricity and some have hot water. They all have bunk rooms with single and twin beds, participants have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers.

Date: Available in June – September
Price based on two sharing: From €1965 per person.
Flights: Book direct with WOW airlines from €193

Included:

  • Pre & post tour accommodation in Reykjavik.
  • Guide for 5 days
  • Food for 5 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5),
  • Transportation to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage.

 

Not included:

  • International flights to and from Iceland, transportation between Keflavík airport and Reykjavík, accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the trek, transportation to and from meeting point (BSI Bus terminal), sleeping bag.

Your Accommodation

Pre and post trek guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik. Accommodation upgrades available.

Trek

Staying in huts during the trek. 

  • The rooms have bunks and twin beds. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group. Some huts also have a continuous line of beds.


Is it possible to take a shower in the huts?

  • Yes, it is possible in Álftavatn (Day 2), Emstrur (Day 3) and in Þórsmörk (Days 4 and 5) – it costs 500 ISK pr. shower and you can only pay cash.


Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the huts?

  • It is possible to charge batteries and phones in Álftavatn (Day 2), Emstrur (Day 3) and in Þórsmörk (Days 4 and 5). This also costs 500 ISK pr. battery charge. Again, you can only pay cash.


Do the huts have running water?

  • Yes, all the huts have running water except the hut on Fimmvörðuháls – there we melt snow for water.


Can  dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons be accomodated?

  • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also accommodate vegetarian dietary requirements.
  • Gluten free and Vegan diet will cost a little extra – 1.500 ISK pr. day.

Flights

Flights are not included in the price. Adventure Holidays do not book flights. We will  advise you on best times, dates and airfares to book.

What type of sleeping bag do I need for this trek? What temperature rating do I need?

  • A basic sleeping bag with no specific temperature rating is sufficient for this trek since all the huts are heated.


Is it possible to rent a sleeping bag for the tour?

Yes, it is possible. The prices pr. sleeping bag are as follows.

  • IMG31 – Landmannalaugar Þórsmörk: 7.900 ISK
  • IMG35 – Þórsmörk Skógar: 5.800 ISK
  • IMG36 – Landmannalaugar Skógar: 10.000 ISK

Please contact us at sales@adventure-holidays.ie if you wish to rent a sleeping bag.

What are the sleeping arrangements like in the huts?

  • The rooms have bunks and twin beds. Passengers have to be prepared to share a bunk with other travellers from the group. Some huts also have a continuous line of beds.


Is it possible to take a shower in the huts?

  • Yes, it is possible in Álftavatn (Day 2), Emstrur (Day 3) and in Þórsmörk (Days 4 and 5) – it costs 500 ISK pr. shower and you can only pay cash.


Is it possible to charge batteries and phones in the huts?

  • It is possible to charge batteries and phones in Álftavatn (Day 2), Emstrur (Day 3) and in Þórsmörk (Days 4 and 5). This also costs 500 ISK pr. battery charge. Again, you can only pay cash.


Do the huts have running water?

  • Yes, all the huts have running water except the hut on Fimmvörðuháls – there we melt snow for water.


Can you accommodate dietary requirements due to allergy or religious reasons?

  • Yes, we can accommodate such requirements. We can also accommodate vegetarian dietary requirements.
  • Gluten free and Vegan diet will cost a little extra – 1.500 ISK pr. day.


Meeting point and time

  • Meeting point is at the Harpa Concert Hall located in the city center of Reykjavík. The address is Austurbakki 2.
  • A representative from Icelandic Mountain Guides will be inside standing next to a sign that says „Meeting Point“. Please approach the representative and let him know you have arrived.
  • Meeting time is at 6:45 am.
  • We offer the service of picking passengers up from their accommodation in the greater Reykjavík area and driving them to the meeting point – the BSI Bus terminal.
  • If you have arranged a pick up through our company, you will be picked up from your accommodation between 6:15 and 6:30 am.


How much luggage do we carry during the hikes?

  • All of your larger luggage is transported for you between huts by the support vehicle.
  • You have to carry your daypack which needs to contain some extra clothes, (e.g. rain coat, rain trousers, extra socks, gloves, hat etc.), water bottle, food for the day and river crossing shoes (not on day 1 though).


River crossing

Participants will need to cross rivers every day except on day 1. The water level in the rivers changes from time to time due to seasonal conditions. In some cases we will be able to step from stone to stone to get to the other side. In other cases we will need to take our shoes and socks off, put on river crossing shoes and wade the rivers. Your guide will provide you with advice on river crossing as welll as help you to cross the river. Trekking poles might come in handy when wading rivers as well as crossing with a partner.

River crossing shoes – what type?

  • The most important thing when choosing shoes for crossing the rivers is to have shoes with good grip since the bottom of the rivers can be very slippery and/or rocky.
  • We recommend passengers to bring either an old pair of sneakers or a pair of sturdy sandals for crossing the rivers. The sneakers don’t dry easily though and can be a heavy addition to your backpack.


Note:
 The rivers can be very cold so bring warm socks such as neoprene socks.

What is included and what is not included in the price?

  • Included: Guide for 5 days, food for 5 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 5), transportation to and from Reykjavík, mountain hut fees, cooking gear and transfer of luggage. Pre & post tour accommodation in Reykjavik
  • Not included: International flights to and from Iceland, transportation between Keflavík airport and Reykjavík, accommodation in Reykjavík before and after the trek, transportation to and from meeting point (BSI Bus terminal), sleeping bag.


Cancellation policy


Do you require a full payment at the time of booking?

  • Yes, we do. It is not possible to pay a deposit or confirmation fee.


Do passengers assist with preparing breakfast and dinner during the trek?

  • This is by no means necessary but guides always welcome assistance with breakfast and dinner from passengers.


Is it possible to leave extra luggage somewhere back in Reykjavík while on the trip?

  • If you are staying at the same hotel / guesthouse before and after the trek then you can leave your extra luggage there for no extra charge.
  • The BSI Bus terminal can also store your bags for 500 ISK pr. bag pr. day.


Do all departures have an English speaking guide?

  • Yes, every single one. We also have selected departures with an English and German speaking guide, English and Spanish speaking guide and also departures with and English and French speaking guide.


Is it possible to take a bath in the hot spring in Landmannalaugar?

  • Yes, it is possible but only for a short while.


How much is the pick-up and drop off option?

  • The price is 5.000 ISK total
  • If you have arranged for a pick-up, you will be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík or the Reykjavík area between 7:00 and 7:15 am.


General info

  • The tour ends at the Reykjavík Harpa Concert Hall at around 6:30 pm.
  • The tour starts at the Reykjavík Harpa Concert Hall at 6:45 am.
  • The minimum age of participants on this trek is 16 years.
  • Jeans are an absolute no-no in highland tours in Iceland! We also recommend that participants do not wear cotton. See the equipment list for more information.

If you have any other questions about this tour, you can contact us at sales@adventure-holidays.ie

From Price pp

€1,869

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