Icelandic Tourist Board
Trek 38 - Eight Day Tour to Landmannalaugar together with Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals. This Top 20 Best World's hikes will allow you to see first-hand the raw power of Mother Nature at Work. Wild places, challenging hikes and volcanoes stirring your imagination.
Laugahraun lava field
Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
Álftavatn (e. Alftavatn lake)
Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull glacier)
Magni and Móði (e. Magni and Modi)
Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals pass)
- Ljóti Pollur crater lake (e. Ugly Puddle)
- 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
- All meals
- Luggage transport from hut to hut
- Dormitory style mountains huts
- Landmannalaugar hut, Hrafntinnusker hut, Álftavatn hut, Emstrur hut and Thorsmork hut
Now you have a chance to experience exceptional landscapes and geographical phenomena, to discover the land of extreme contrasts. You will be impressed by the unearthly beauty of Landmannalaugar, Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals hiking trails and its natural surroundings. Start in Landmannalaugar, one of Iceland's great wonders and most geologically active areas, with the active volcano Hekla in its neighborhood. Hike towards the ill-named crater lake of Ljoti Pollur (Ugly Puddle), to Iceland's most colorful volcano - Brennisteinsalda or Sudurnamur, rhyolite mountain with its superb view of the whole Landmannalaugar area. Enjoy swimming in a natural hot pool, where both hot and cold water flows out from beneath Laugahraun (Lagoon Lava) mixing to form an ideal hot bath. And finally, embark on the adventure of the Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek, a truly great trail winding into the essence of a place of a harsh and otherworldly splendor. Rambling lava fields, obsidian lands, caramel-colored mountains, black sands and sparkling white glaciers. Culminate your trip in the fertile and historic paradise of Thorsmork hiking to Fimmvorduhals Pass- the high spit of land between Eyjafjallajokull glacier and the larger Myrdalsjokull ice cap- and to the new twin craters, formed in the eruption of Eyjafjallajokull volcano in 2010, Magni and Modi. The valley Thorsmork is named after the Norse thunder god Thor who is believed to have struck down his hammer and formed the valley. The craters Magni and Modi were then named after Thor’s sons. The place itself is in one word magical!
The Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek was chosen one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic.
Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:
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
Meeting points outside of Reykjavik:
8:35 from Selfoss N1 gas station
9:15 from Hella- Bus Terminal
*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.
Day 1: FROSTASTADAVATN, LJOTIPOLLUR
The tour starts by the Reykjavík tourist info at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) by Tjörnin pond at 7.00 a.m. It's located in downtown Reykjavik and within walking distance from most hotels, hostels and guesthouses in central Reykjavik. We also offer pick up at your Reykjavik accommodation for a small fee. After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. From Reykjavik, we drive inland through the beautiful Thjorsardalur valley, named after the river Thjorsa and the longest river in Iceland, towards Hekla Volcano. Passing extensive lava fields from previous eruptions we approach the Landmannalaugar area with its amazing peaks. After our lunch, we will set on a 10 km hike to ill-named Ljótipollur (Ugly Puddle) Lake, one of 42 of the World’s Most Beautiful Crater Lakes. An incredible red crater filled with bright -blue water and real eye-candy. In the evening, you can enjoy a relaxing bath at the natural steaming hot spring pool. We stay both nights in a comfortable and cozy hut in Landmannalaugar.
( L, r, D) Driving: 4 hours Hiking Distance 10-12 km (6-7,50 mi)
Day 2: BRENNISTEINSALDA, VONDUGIL AND SUÐURNAMUR RHYOLITE MOUNTAIN
Today we will hike till Sudurnamur, a 200 000 years old mountain rich in rhyolite mineral. On the way up to the Sudurnamur you will enjoy numbers of ravines and colorful sights of the area and from its top, a dramatic landscape of the Landmannalaugar empire can be seen; Mt. Kirkjufell, Laugahraun lava, Blahnukur volcano or Brennisteinsalda, the most colorful mountain in Iceland. We spend another night in the beautiful Landmannalaugar.
(B, L, r, D) Driving: 0 hours Hiking Distance 11 km (6,84 mi)
Day 3: LAUGAVEGUR, FROM LANDMANNALAUGAR TO HRAFNTINNUSKER
This day until 12:00 afternoon we will enjoy a free time and get ready for the next part of our Laugavegur Trek, a good time to bathe in the hot springs and get yourself ready for the next days. After lunch, we join a new guide and some new participants. Next our hike starts passing through rambling Laugahraun lava field. Passing by the Brennisteinsalda multicolor mountain and through the geothermal wonderland. On our way, we will admire caramel-colored peaks, 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.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 12km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Ascent: 470 m (1540 ')
Day 4: HRAFNTINNUSKER-ALFTAVATN (WHOOPER SWAN LAKE)
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, 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.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi) Walking time: 4-5 hrs Descent: 490 m (1610 ')
Day 5: ALFTAVATN LAKE-EMSTRUR
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 a chance to enjoy the view on Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Just before reaching the hut in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, almost 200m deep canyon 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.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 40 m (130 ')
Day 6: EMSTRUR-THORSMORK VALLEY
We put Emstrur behind us and continue 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.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ')
Day 7: 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. We spend the night in Thorsmork and have a traditional Icelandic Lambalæri (Icelandic Lamb).
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 16 km (10 mi) Walking time: 7-8 hrs Ascent: 800 m (2600 ')
Day 8: THORSMORK VALLEY - REYKJAVIK
In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast in the hut before going out to explore the 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 day relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening where the tour ends around 18:30 at the tourist information center in the heart of Reykjavik. From there taxis and local buses are available, but drop off at your accommodation can also be purchased with your tour.
(B, L) Driving: 4 hours Walking time: 4-5 hrs
The entries in bold at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner).
Outside of Reykjavik, we offer these pick-up places en-route to Landmannalaugar
8:35 from Hveragerði * N1 gas station
8:50 from Selfoss N1 gas station
9:30 from Hella- Bus Terminal
* Stop only upon passenger request.
- Thermal underwear (long sleeve top and bottom) made of wool or synthetics (not cotton)
- Wool or fleece thermal mid layer
- Hiking pants (we don't recommend cottons as they take long to dry if wet)
- Hiking socks made of wool or synthetic (at least 2-3 pairs)
- Waterproof and breathable (fabric such as Gore Tex or similar) both pants and jacket (preferably with a hood)
- Gloves and mittens - wool or synthetic (waterproof over gloves/mitts recommended)
- Warm hat and/or balaclava
- HEALTH SUPPLIES AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICINE IF NEEDED
- Day backpack about 25-40 L
- Travel sack for your baggage that is transported between huts. (Suitcases are not recommended, we recommend a waterproof duffel bag)
- River crossing shoes -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
- Sleeping bag and travel pillow
- Towel & bathing suit
- Tooth brush and personal toiletries
- 1-2 L Water bottle
- Hiking poles
- Pen knife
- Camera, batteries & memory card
- Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
- Power bank / portable charging device