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Iceland - Laugavegur, hiking the volcanoes

The Laugavegur is the most popular trek in Iceland. It is a five day vehicle assisted trek where you walk from hut to hut. The adventures trek takes you from the geothermal valley of Landmannalaugar in the southern highlands to the Þórsmörk valley. Þórsmörk lies at the foot the Eyjafjallajökull volcano which became famous around the world when it stopped all air traffic in Europe for several weeks back in 2010. The trekking route leads through the most active geothermal zone in the world, through yellow rhyolite mountains, black deserts and past great canyons and into the wild valley of Þórsmörk. There is a very good reason that the “Laugavegur” trek attracts travelers from around the world every year. It is actually also a favorite hike amongst Icelanders!

  • 5 days trekking from hut to hut
  • Local English speaking expert guide
  • Walkking hours per day: 4-7 hours
  • Total walking distance: 56 km. (35 miles)
  • Altitude: 200-1100 m. (650-3600 feet)
  • Maximum Ascent: 600 m. (1900 feet)
  • Group size: 6 to 16 participants
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Day 1 Reykjavík-Landmannalaugar-Hrafntinnusker

We meet at the bus station and take the regular bus that lead to Landmannalaugar. The drive route 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.

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.

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.

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. At the end of the day the vegetation starts to grow thicker and higher as we descend in to Þórsmörk's (the woods of Thor) green valleys filled with arctic birch forests and colorful flowers. Night in one of the huts in Þórsmörk.

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 Central bus Station at 19:00, where the trip ends.

Price includes

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
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
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Date of return

Practical info

General information

This is land-only prices. 

It is your own responsibilty to get to Reykjavik Bus terminal (BSI) on the starting day.

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.

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 Mountain Adventures 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 – 1.000 ISK pr. day.

Meeting point and time

Meeting point is at the BSI Bus terminal located near the center of Reykjavík. The address is Vatnsmyrarvegur 10, 101 Reykjavík.

A representative from our local partner will be inside the terminal standing next to a sign that says „Meeting Point“. Please approach the representative and let him know you have arrived.

Meeting time is at 7:15 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 7:00 and 7:15 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 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. 

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