Grand Laugavegur Trek - 8 Day Tour
Landmannalaugar, Laugavegur and Fimmvörðuháls
Best of the Laugavegur - the ultimate hiking experience!
Landmannalaugar, Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals. Eight-day trekking 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.
- June - Sept
- 8 days / 7 nights
- Total Distance
- 98 km
- Max. Ascent
- 800 m
- Moderate (3/5)
- Min. Age
- 15 years
- 235 990
- Laugavegur Trail
- Hot Springs
- Geothermal Bathing
- Mt. Brennisteinsalda
- Laugahraun Lava Field
- Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
- Álftavatn (e. Lake Alftavatn)
- Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull Glacier)
- Magni & Móði Volcano Craters (e. Magni and Modi)
- Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals Pass)
- Ljóti Pollur crater lake (e. Ugly Puddle)
- Multicolored Rhyolite Mountains
- Fields of Obsidian Rocks
- Markarfljotsgljufur Canyon
- Highlands of Iceland
- Amazing Nature
- Mt. Bláhnúkur
What Is Included?
- Transportation To/From the Trail
- Guiding Service
- Experienced Trekking Guide
- Accommodation in Huts
- Luggage Transport from Hut to Hut
- Small Group Experience
Experience the highlights of the Highlands first-hand, starting with Landmannalaugar, a geothermal paradise of multicolored mountains, hot springs and fields of lava. Continue on the Laugavegur trail, which was chosen one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" together with the Fimmvörðuháls trail by National Geographic. The trail is known for its contrasts and diversity in landscapes, all the way to Þórsmörk Valley. We end our journey with a hike up to Fimmvörðuháls Volcano and end the day with a delicious and well-deserved barbeque in the beautiful surroundings of Þórsmörk, celebrating our achievements of the past days.
About the tour
Now you have a chance to experience exceptional landscapes of the extended Laugavegur trail 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.
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.
FROSTASTADAVATN - LJOTIPOLLUR (E. UGLY PUDDLE)
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 several other pick-up locations (see pick-up and drop-off information).
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. On the first two nights, we stay at the comfortable and cozy hut in Landmannalaugar, surrounded by the beautiful surroundings of Landmannalaugar geothermal area.
Meals included: lunch, refreshments & dinner.
BRENNISTEINSALDA, VONDUGIL & SUDURNAMUR RHYOLITE MOUNTAIN
Today we will hike the Sudurnamur Trail. Suðurnámur (e. Mount Sudurnamur) is a 200 000 years old mountain rich in rhyolite mineral.
We walk through the geothermal landscapes of Landmannalaugar, full of hot springs, steamy grounds and multicolored mountains. As we walk up the ridge of Sudurnamur, we enjoy incredible landscapes of ravines and the colorful sights of the area. On the top of Sudurnamur, you are greeted with the most amazing view! Dramatic landscapes of the vast geothermal area including Mt. Kirkjufell, Laugahraun lava, Blahnukur Volcano and Brennisteinsalda, the most colorful mountain in Iceland.
We return to the hut in Landmannalaugar where we have the chance relax in the geothermal hot pool after a long and delightful hiking day.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.
REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - 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.
HRAFNTINNUSKER - LAKE ALFTAVATN
LAKE ALFTAVATN - 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.
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.
HIKING THE FIMMVORDUHALS PASS TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO CRATERS
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).
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 at around 18:30.
Click here for the Laugavegur information package and detailed checklist:
- Hiking boots - good sturdy boots with sufficient ankle support, robust sole and waterproof
- 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 - e.g. quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps!), old sneakers or neoprene shoes
- Sleeping bag and travel pillow
- Swimming suit (for the geothermal pool in Landmannalaugar)
- Toothbrush and personal toiletries
- 1-2 L Water bottle
- Hiking poles
- Camera, batteries & memory card
- Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
- Money for the showers (500 kr in coins)
- Power bank / portable charging device
Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:
7:00 a.m. - Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
7:15 a.m. - Hallgrímskirkja Church
7:30 a.m. - Reykjavik Campsite
Meeting points outside of Reykjavik:
*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.
6:10 p .m. - Orkan gas station on Miklabraut (by Kringlan)
6:20 p.m. - Reykjavik Campsite
6:30 p.m. - Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
*Please note that these are estimated return times, road and weather conditions can affect the timetable.
What is the group size on the tours?
All of our tours are small group experiences. We have a maximum of 16 participants on the hut tour and 14 participants on the camping tour.
Is there any drinking water along the trail?
Yes, you can fill your water bottles with tap water at the huts/campsites. It's perfectly safe to drink. There are also several streams along the way with safe drinking water, just ask your guide.
Equipment & Clothing
Are gaiters necessary?
Gaiters are optional but we always recommend that our participants use them. The weather in Iceland can be quite wet so the trails subsequently get wet as well. They are not necessary but being drenched on a hike when conditions are wet and muddy is very unpleasant. Some rain pants have straps at the bottom which serve a similar purpose as gaiters so if you are equipped with those you don't need both.
Are hiking poles necessary?
Hiking poles are also optional. The choice of using them or not, of course, depends on your own personal preference. Note that we do recommend hiking poles if you are used to hiking with them.
What our customers are saying about this tour
"Grand Laugavegur Trek"5
Absolutly a highlight of this year (June 2017) and one of my past decade. This 8 day Trek is awesome with breath taking landscapes of glaciers, rivers, and volcanos to mention but a few. Trek Iceland is an amazing organization. Who would have thought I would be eating delicious, fall off the bone, lamb from the grill or eat as much salmon as you can - on a trek. When the weather turned bad and we had to trek two days in one, or the precipitous cliff got me nervous - I could have not had safer an...
"Awesome 8 day Grand Laugevegur Trek, staying in huts"5
Spectacular scenery and so much variety over the course of the 8 day trek, starting with 2 days in Landmannalaugar, where the weather was foul (and the Laugevegur route shut for a couple of days beacuse of it) but even so enoyed the thermal pools, the Green Valley and walk to Ljoti Pollur (Ugly Puddle) crater lake. VERY grateful for a warm, dry hut to sleep in - camping would have been dreadful. Weather improved for the start of 4 days following the Laugevegur in the company of the awesome Frim...