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

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
  • 15 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

The Laugavegur Trail

Popular in Iceland for many centuries, the Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork hike gained international recognition, when it was selected as one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic. It will take you across ever-evolving landscapes, crafted by volcanos and glaciers throughout the centuries, giving you a true understanding of how Iceland came to be known as the land of fire and ice.

Our adventure starts in Landmannalaugar, renowned for its rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains,which change color as the sun hits them. Then as we move deeper into this stunning Icelandic wilderness, we will encounter jet-black volcanic deserts of lava, emerald hills, uniquely shaped mountains, seething hot springs, crystalline glacial rivers and ancient valleys steeped in Icelandic folklore.

South Coast Highlights & Glacier Hike

On our final day, instead of returning to Reykjavik, we will spend our day on the south coast where we will spend our day visiting beautiful natural wonders and hiking on a glacier. We will see a duo of cascading waterfalls called Seljalandsfoss & Skógafoss, the incredible Reynisfjara black-sand beach, famous for the fascinating basalt rock formations that populate its cliffs and end our day exploring the fascinating Solheimajokull glacier.

Our friendly guides will help you to explore this alien world, guiding you to all the hidden spots of beauty that lie slightly off the beaten track. Ensuring that you are safe while telling you everything that you need to know, about the things we see and explaining the rich cultural history that has made it such an amazing hiking destination.

Our nights will be spent in secluded huts, perched high up in the hills, giving the trip a more natural and authentic feel. The group will prepare traditional Icelandic meals together and this teamwork and camaraderie often means that people make friends that last a lifetime. On the last night, you will stay at a country hotel in Hella, located on the south coast of Iceland.

The Laugavegur trek is an awe-inspiring experience that will take you deep into an unspoiled natural wilderness. From places of exquisite natural beauty to harsh volcanic landscapes, and much, much more, the Laugavegur Trek is a bucket-list experience that has everything that you could ever ask for.

 

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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 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.