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!
- June - Sept
- 5 days/ 4 nights
- Max. Ascent
- 490 m / 1607 '
- Moderate (3/5)
- Min. Age
- 14 years
- Huts / Country Hotel
- 199 990
- 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
- Hot Springs
- 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
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.
REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - HRAFNTINNUSKER
Day one of our adventure begins with collection from one of our many pick-up points in Reykjavik or along the South Coast (please note that this process may last up to 30 minutes depending on your location). Then once everyone is together, we will make the scenic journey inland, taking in famous sights such as the capricious Hekla volcano, whose many eruptions have crafted the surrounding area. The entire journey will last between 3 & 4 hours depending on the time of year and is a great way to soak up some of Iceland’s magnificent scenery and atmosphere.
Once we reach Landmannalaugar, we will be greeted by the imposing and awe-inspiring sight of the Laugahraun lava field: a glorious mix of green and black, crafted by the violent rage of the Brennisteinsalda Volcano in 1477. Once we have crossed Laugahraun, we will find ourselves in the foothills of Brennisteinsalda itself, whose vibrantly colored slopes have been dyed various shades of ruby, amber, emerald, and sapphire by the centuries of volcanic activity that it has experienced. This has made it one of the most iconic sights in all of Iceland and the ideal start to our trek into the Icelandic wilderness.
Once we have passed Brennisteinsalda, we will start to see plumes of smoke rising into the air, from the sapphire waters of the Stroihver Spring. It is a beautiful place, which combines luscious green vegetation with the awesome power of the geothermal activity that takes place just beneath Iceland’s surface. Our final stop will be Hrafntinnusker, a glassy obsidian desert, whose black sands are populated by gleaming glass-like orbs that reflect the light. We will spend the night in a small hut located in this geological paradise, which is just as beautiful under starlight as it is during the day.
Meals included: lunch, refreshments & dinner.
HRAFNTINNUSKER – LAKE ALFTAVATN
After a traditional Icelandic breakfast, we will head towards the Reykjafjoll Mountains, whose snowy peaks provide awe-inspiring views over the surrounding area. After which, we will begin to descend into the Jökultungur area, a gorgeous emerald valley, replete with rocks that have been dyed blood red and vivid yellow by the volcanic activity that has occurred over the millennia. This part of the walk is especially majestic, with an otherworldly quality that is completely unique.
As we move through Jökultungur, the scenery will start to change: we will put the colorful rhyolite mountains behind us and enter an area filled with darker and more foreboding palagonite mountains. The higher mountains are dotted with snow-peaked glaciers, making it a profound place that will take your breath away.
By now we will be at the foot of the Jökultungur Mountain and our ascent will start to begin, meandering around the mountain path to its summit. Once we have scaled it, we will be rewarded by awe-inspiring views over Fjallabak an incredible nature reserve, whose majestic landscape has been crafted by erosion over thousands of years and the picturesque Lake Alftavatn.
We will begin our descent towards the River Grashagakvisl, an emerald green oasis in an otherwise dark and rocky landscape, fording a small stream before we arrive at the idyllic Lake Álftavatn, (Whooper Swan Lake), where we will spend the night.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.
LAKE ALFTAVATN – EMSTRUR
Day three’s adventure begins with an invigorating stream fording, as we press deeper into the spectacular Icelandic wilderness. Skirting around the foot of Stórasúla, a grass-carpeted volcano that rises up out of the beautiful landscape. This magnificent area is the perfect illustration of how rich volcanic soil is.
From there we will pass into the coal-black desert of Mælifellssandur: a foreboding black landscape, punctuated by icy-blue streams, which makes it one of the most unique places on the entire planet. Its center is pierced by the glorious Mt. Mælifell, an emerald green mountain that contrasts beautifully with the surrounding area. The entire area is truly stunning, with vibrant bursts of color, contrasting beautifully with the jet-black landscape.
Once we have traversed this beautiful black landscape, we will reach Emstrur, a narrow valley, with rich flora and fauna as far as the eye can see. Our penultimate stop will be the deep canyon of Markarfljótsgljúfur, a craggy canyon that has been hewn into the earth by the glacial river that runs through it. From there we will travel to our accommodation at Botnar, where we will dine under the stars and discuss the many beautiful things that we have seen on our adventures.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.
Our final day in Iceland’s highlands will take us to Thorsmork, a stunning emerald valley nestled between two mighty glaciers. The journey begins close to the mighty Myrdalsjokull glacier, as we pick our way around its base an enjoy some stunning glacial scenery. From there we will travel past the uniquely shaped Einhyrningur (The Unicorn), a mountain, so named because it looks eerily similar to the legendary creature.
This will take us to a dense birch forest that marks the start of Thorsmork, an oasis of life and color nestled between the Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull Glaciers. It is named Thorsmork, because in Icelandic myth, Thor, created the valley with a blow of his mighty hammer. Steeped in myth and legend, rimmed by magnificent mountains and carpeted in green vegetation, it is the essence of the Icelandic Highlands, the ideal place to finish our time in this spectacular natural wilderness. We will depart Thorsmork at around 6 p.m., heading to a comfortable country hotel for a night of relative luxury, before we finish our adventure on Iceland’s majestic south coast. Please make sure that you notify the bus driver that you will be getting out at Hella.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & refreshments. There are restaurants at Hella where you can get dinner.
The final day of our adventure will be spent exploring Iceland’s gorgeous south coast, starting with breakfast at your accommodation followed by a pick up at your hotel. Our first stop will be the Seljalandsfoss waterfall, renowned for its cylindrical jet of powerful water and the cave which lies behind it, allowing visitors to enjoy it from a completely different perspective. From there we will move to the Skogafoss waterfall, where cascading water tumbles of the craggy cliff edge and falls 60 meters to the volcanic ledge below. A winding path is cut into the hill beside it, allowing visitors to climb to the top and enjoy the view of the surrounding area.
After that, we will press on to the black sands of Reynisfjara, where the white-crested waves of the Atlantic Ocean contrast starkly with the volcanic sands of the beach. This wonderful sight is framed by an iconic series of basalt columns, which look a bit the tubes of a massive organ and make for an alluring and beautiful sight that guests are bound to appreciate.
Our final stop of the day will be the Solheimajokull Glacier an icy wonderland riddled with amazing rock crevices and craters, which extends out like a tongue from Iceland’s fourth largest glacier. It is a unique place to hike and our expert guide will tell us all about how these incredible natural wonders, helped shape Iceland and the planet as a whole. Whilst on the glacier, there will also be the chance to partake in some ice climbing, with our expert guides providing all the equipment and expertise that you need. After that, we will return to Reykjavik, where we will drop you off at your accommodation or a nearby location.
Meals included: breakfast. We will stop at shops & restaurants where you can purchase meals.
- 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
- 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.
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.
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.