Icelandic Tourist Board
TREK 25 - The Laugavegur Trek takes us to the most famous hiking trail in Iceland, known all over the world for the scenic beauty of its trails. Enjoy hiking from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and Fimmvorduhals Volcano.
Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
Álftavatn (e. Alftavatn lake)
Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull glacier)
Magni and Móði (e. Magni and Modi)
- Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals pass)
- 7 a.m. at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) - Tourist Information Center
- See other meeting points in the tour description
- Transport to/from our meeting points
- Guiding Service
- Luggage transport between campsites
- Campsites in Hrafntinnusker, Álftavatn, Emstrur and Thorsmork
We are inviting you and your family to enjoy the Top 20 Best World´s Hikes of Laugavegur & Fimmvörduháls.
Enjoy a family outdoor experience on this six day guided tour from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and Eyjafjallajokull area with its volcanoes and lava fields. A fun and exciting adventure as we bring you along amazing trails, to geothermal areas and the Icelandic highlands. Starting in Landmannalaugar surrounded by stunning rhyolite mountains and heading south towards volcanoes and vast glaciers. On this trekking tour, you are sure to enjoy a great holiday far from the buzzing city and your children will go back home with a backpack full of memories. You will meet other traveling families and watch your children play carefree in the unspoiled nature. It is a supported hiking so your main luggage will be transported from camp to camp and help you crossing the biggest rivers by a 4x4 Jeep. The Laugavegur Trek is the best volcano tour in South Iceland. It takes you from Landmannalaugar, a geothermal wonderland, through extensive fields of obsidian mountains and black sands deserts past sparkling white glaciers to Thorsmork, a green valley nestled at the foot of the famous glacier Eyjafjallajokull. We end our journey by hiking to the newest craters at Fimmvorduhals Pass named Magni and Modi, after the sons of Thor, the Norse god of thunder.
Meeting points and times:
7:00 a.m. - Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti;
7:00 a.m. - Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut;
7:15 a.m. - Hallgrímskirkja Church;
7:30 a.m. - Reykjavik Campsite.
*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.
Day 1: REYKJAVIK-LANDMANNALAUGAR AND FROM LANDMANNALAUGAR TO HRAFNTINNUSKER
The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at the City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti at 7.00. The City Hall is located by the big pond (Tjörnin) and is within walking distance of most hotels and guesthouses in central Reykjavík. After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. We also offer pick up at selected locations around Reykjavik (see other pick up locations in tour description). The drive from Reykjavik takes about 3-4 hours, on the way we drive along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Iceland’s 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 Stórihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. We put up the first camp at the campsite in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote campsites in Iceland.
(L, r, D) Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540').
Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN (WHOOPER SWAN LAKE)
After a communal breakfast in our kitchen tent we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjöll 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. Our campsite is next to small stream by the lake.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610').
Day 3: ALFTAVATN LAKE-EMSTRUR
We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla 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 a chance to enjoy the view on Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Just before reaching the campsite in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, almost 200m deep canyons carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The campsite in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcome sight after walking through the black sands.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 ').
Day 4: EMSTRUR-THORSMORK VALLEY
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 Thórsmörk. Thorsmork is a green valley nesting under the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull, a magnificent place to spend the night.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ').
Day 5: HIKING TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO, FIMMVORDUHALS PASS
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. fantastic view over the valley. We spend the night in Thorsmork and have a goodbye party while enjoying a traditional Icelandic grilled lamb for dinner.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 16 km (10 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 800 m (2600 ')
Day 6: THORSMORK VALLEY - REYKJAVIK
In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast in the hut before going out to explore amazing surroundings. The volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajokull surround the Thorsmork valley, for thousands of years these volcanoes and the glaciers that cover them have carved the sandstone in Thorsmork into surreal sculptures dotted with moss and Arctic birch trees. We hike up the mountain Valahnukur for a fantastic view over the valley. Those who wish can also simply spend the relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening where the tour ends at the tourist information center around 18:30, in the heart of Reykjavik. From there taxis and local buses are available.
(B, L) Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi) Walking time: 3 hrs
The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner)
- Hiking boots, good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support for walking on rough trails. They should have a robust sole and preferably be waterproof.
- Long sleeve top, thermal underwear made of wool or synthetics, not cotton.
- Rain jacket with a hood, preferably of breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
- Rain trousers, preferably of breathable fabric such as Gore tex or similar
- Gloves and mittens, one pair each. Wool or synthetic
- Hiking socks, wool or synthetic, 2-3 pairs
- Warm hat and/or balaclava
- EXTRAS OF IMPORTANT HEALTH SUPPLIES OR SPECIAL PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
- Backpack, 30-50 liters
- River shoes, old sneakers or similar for fording rivers.
- Sleeping bag and travel pillow
- Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. Suitcases are not recommended
- Tooth brush and personal toiletries
- Water bottle
- Hiking poles
- Pen knife
- Camera, batteries, memory card
- Headlamp for trips in late season, after August 10th.
- Power bank / portable charging device