Laugavegur Trek, South Coast & Glacier Hike - 5 Day Tour (Huts) | TR-L5H

Hike from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork, Explore the South Coast & Hike on Solheimajokull Glacier

Laugavegur trail, south coast & glacier hiking adventure!

On this epic trek, we will journey into the alien world of the Icelandic highlands on the famous Laugavegur Trail, renowned across the world for its awe-inspiring scenery, ancient volcanic landscapes and emerald valleys. One minute you will be traversing rainbow-colored volcanoes in Landmannalaugar and the next you will be skirting around the foothills of glaciers in Thorsmork, it's the ideal way to explore the land of ice and fire. As a final added bonus, we will spend our last day exploring coastal waterfalls including Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss waterfalls, Reynisfjara black sand beach and the mesmerizing world of glaciers on an exciting glacier hike on the blue ice of Solheimajokull. Perfect for those who wish to experience the profound beauty that Iceland has to offer and a must for anyone who loves hiking, nature and the great outdoors!

  • Availabillity
  • June - Sept
  • Duration
  • 5 days/ 4 nights
  • Max. Ascent
  • 490 m / 1607 '
  • Level
  • Moderate (3/5)
  • Min. Age
  • 14 years
  • Accommodation
  • Huts / Country Hotel
  • Price
  • 199 990

Highlights

  • Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
  • Thorsmork Valley
  • Laugavegur Trail
  • Botnar in Emstrur
  • South Coast Highlights
  • Seljalandsfoss Waterfall
  • Skogafoss Waterfall
  • Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach
  • Lake Alftavatn
  • Fields of Lava & Obsidian
  • Glacier Hike on Solheimajokull
  • Hrafntinnusker
  • Hot Springs
  • Glaciers
  • Volcano Views
  • Geothermal Areas
  • Multicolored Rhyolite Mountains
  • Laugahraun Lava Field
  • Markarfljotsgljufur Canyon
  • Highlands of Iceland

What Is Included?

  • Transportation To/From the Trail
  • Guided Laugavegur Trek
  • Experienced Trekking Guide
  • Accommodation in Huts for 3 Nights
  • Meals on the Trekking Tour
  • Luggage Transport from Hut to Hut
  • Small Group Experience
  • Guided Glacier Hike with a Certified Glacier Guide
  • Tour of the South Coast
  • Accommodation in a Country Hotel for 1 Night

Tour Description

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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

LAKE ALFTAVATN – 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

SOUTH COAST & 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 5, 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.