Laugavegur Trek & Glacier Hike - 7 Day Tour (Huts)

Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Trek, South Coast and Glacier Hike

Discover amazing landscapes & the unique world of glaciers!

Laugavegur, South Coast & Glacier Hike. Hike the most famous trail in Iceland, explore the south coast highlights and end your journey with a hike on Solheimajokull glacier. The Laugavegur trek has been listed by the National Geographic as one of the top 20 trails in the whole world and should be on every hiker's bucket list. Don't miss out on the highlights of the Icelandic highlands and natural wonders of the South Coast, including Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Reynisfjara black sand beach. Take a walk on blue ice and treat yourself to views of a lifetime. Challenge yourself in the country of fire and ice, it's the ultimate tour for all hiking enthusiasts looking to explore Iceland's best and secluded places!

  • Availabillity
  • June - Sept
  • Duration
  • 7 days / 6 nights
  • Max. Ascent
  • 800 m / 2600 '
  • Level
  • Moderate (3/5)
  • Min. Age
  • 15 years
  • Accommodation
  • Huts / Country Hotel
  • Price
  • 223 990

Highlights

  • Laugavegur Trail
  • Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
  • Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork Valley)
  • Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals Trail)
  • Álftavatn (e. Lake Alftavatn)
  • Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull Glacier)
  • Hraftinnusker Obsidian Field
  • Emstrur
  • Glaciers
  • South Coast Highlights
  • Glacier Hike
  • Solheimajokull Glacier
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Hot Springs
  • One of the 20 Best Hikes in the World
  • Magni & Modi Craters
  • Markarfljotsgljufur Canyon
  • Laugahraun Lava Field
  • Highlands of Iceland

What Is Included?

  • Transportation To/From the Trail
  • Guided Laugavegur Trek
  • Guided Glacier Hike with a Certified Glacier Guide
  • Tour of the South Coast
  • Experienced Trekking Guide
  • Accommodation in Huts for 5 Nights
  • Accommodation in a Country Hotel for 1 Night
  • Meals on the Trekking Tour
  • Luggage Transport from Hut to Hut
  • Small Group Experience

Tour Description

The ultimate trekking tour in Iceland and the highlights of the South Coast. Prepare for an epic adventure!

The Laugavegur Trail

The Laugavegur trail is a trek you will remember forever. There is a good reason this trail has been a local favorite for centuries.

Explore the wonders of the Icelandic landscape in stunning rural settings. The trek itself starts in the colorful nature reserve of Landmannlaugar high in the Southern Highlands of Iceland. This place is known for its geothermal activity, sour magma mountains, and volcanic looks. The scenery of Landmannalaugar is breathtaking with multicolored mountains and fields of lava... and that's only the beginning. During these 7 days, you will encounter some of the most beautiful places this world has to offer. The landscape, the dramatic effect of nature, the flora, the fauna and the folklore tales your experienced guide will tell you about will fill your trip with adventures and memories to last a lifetime. 

All of this on a small group of like-minded people from all over the world. The Laugavegur is known to bring people together as the group shares memories that will last them a lifetime. 

We spend our nights in rustic but charming mountain huts at beautiful remote locations which adds to the charm of the hike. The locations include gorgeous places like lake Álftavatn and Þórsmörk valley. If the group is up for it we will take evening strolls to areas off the beaten track to visit some of the enchanting secret places we have been finding in the past years.

Fimmvorduhals Pass

At the end of the Laugavegur trail, we find ourselves in Þórmsörk e. Thorsmork, a surprisingly green and fertile valley which is named after the Norse God of Thunder Thor. Thor is believed to have struck down his hammer and formed the valley. Thorsmork is nestled at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajökull which became world known in 2010 when it erupted, stopping almost all air traffic to and from Europe. The two new craters that were formed in that eruption were named Magni and Modi after the sons of Thor. These newly formed craters are some of the spectacular things your will encounter on your last day as we make our way over the Fimmvörðuháls pass. 

South Coast & Glacier Hike

Instead of heading back to Reykjavik, we stay in the south for some south coast sightseeing and glacier action. The last day includes a visit to all the highlights of the South Coast, including Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black sand beach and the amazing Solheimajokull Glacier, where we put our hiking boots back on for a glacier exploration.

It's the ultimate tour for all hiking & outdoor enthusiasts looking for a surreal experience, combining highland trekking, south coast sightseeing and a glacier hiking adventure. Experience extreme contrasts in nature with epic landscapes - this tour has it all!

 

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Itinerary

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day

1

REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - HRAFNTINNUSKER

12 km / 7.5 mi
Distance
4 - 5 hours
Hiking Time
470 m / 1540 '
Ascent

day

2

HRAFNTINNUSKER - LAKE ALFTAVATN

12 km / 7.5 mi
Distance
4 - 5 hours
Hiking Time
490 m / 1610 '
Descent

day

3

ALFTAVATN - BOTNAR (EMSTRUR)

15 km / 9.5 mi
Distance
6 - 7 hours
Hiking Time
40 m / 130 '
Descent

day

4

EMSTRUR - THORSMORK VALLEY

15 km (9.5 mi)
Distance
6-7 hrs
Hiking Time
300 m / 985 '
Descent

day

5

THORSMORK VALLEY - FIMMVORDUHALS VOLCANO

16 km (10 mi)
Distance
7-8 hrs
Hiking Time
800 m / 2600 '
Ascent

day

6

THORSMORK VALLEY - HELLA

6 km (3.5 mi)
Distance
~3 hrs
Hiking Time
275 m / 902 '
Ascent

day

7

SOUTH COAST HIGHLIGHTS & GLACIER HIKE

Practical Info

Basic 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 -for example quick drying trail runners, sandals (with straps) or neoprene shoes
  • Sleeping bag and travel pillow
  • Towel
  • Toothbrush and personal toiletries
  • Sunglasses/sunscreen
  • 1-2 L Water bottle
  • Hiking poles
  • Gaiters
  • Penknife
  • Camera, batteries & memory card
  • Book
  • Headlamp for trips in late season (after August 10th)
  • Earplugs
  • Money for the showers (500 kr in coins)
  • Power bank / portable charging device

Pick up

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:

8:35 a.m. - Selfoss N1 gas station
9:15 a.m. - Hella Bus Terminal

*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.

Drop off

After the south coast and glacier hike tour on day 7, you will be dropped off at your accommodation in Reykjavik at around 8 p.m.

General Questions

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.