Laugavegur Trek - 4 Day Hiking Tour
Hiking from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork
Trek the most famous hiking trail in Iceland!
Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork - the Laugavegur Trail. Iceland's most famous hiking trail Laugavegur is known worldwide for its astounding and breathtaking sceneries. Join us on this 4-day trekking adventure where we experience the highlands of Iceland and its diverse landscapes. Glaciers, bubbling hot springs, fields of lava, multi-colored mountains and much much more!
- June - Sept
- 4 days / 3 nights
- Total Distance
- 55 km
- Max. Ascent
- 490 m
- Moderate (3/5)
- Min. Age
- 15 years
- 159 990
- Laugavegur Trail
- Thorsmork Valley
- Lake Alftavatn
- Geothermal Areas
- Hot Springs
- Multicolored Rhyolite Mountains
- Laugahraun Lava Field
- Fields of Obsidian Rock
- Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
- Mount Brennisteinsalda
- Amazing Nature
- Highlands of Iceland
What Is Included?
- Transportation To/From the Trail
- Guiding Service
- Experienced Trekking Guide
- Accommodation in Huts or Tents
- Luggage Transport from Hut to Hut
- Small Group Experience
The Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek was chosen one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic because of the unique landscapes and scenery you find along the trail.
The Laugavegur Trek starts in Landmannalaugar, a geothermal paradise globally known for its steaming hot springs and colorful rhyolite mountains. From there we make our way deeper into the highlands where we are greeted with glaciers and glacier rivers, black sands, hot springs, waterfalls, geysers and volcanoes. Scenery and landscapes throughout the trek are truly breathtaking. With numerous stunning natural features in every step and views over mountains and glaciers as far as the eye can see. While absorbing everything Icelandic nature has to offer our guides will tell you about these mysterious areas, the landscape, flora, fauna and folklore tales that Icelanders have been brought up hearing throughout the centuries.
Our guides will always make you feel safe while we make our way on this unforgettable trail, stopping at all the right places making sure you get the absolute best experience every day. We spend our nights either in rustic mountain huts or in camping tents (choose which upon booking) in beautiful remote locations, which adds to the charm of the hike. In the huts, the guides will, along with the group, prepare great meals to enjoy together in a magical environment and atmosphere. Sometimes we even take an evening stroll to see some of the secret places we have found trekking the area off the beaten track.
At the end of the Laugavegur Trek, we find ourselves in Thorsmork (Þórsmörk), a green and fertile valley which takes its name from the Norse god of thunder, Thor, who is believed to have created the valley by striking down his hammer. Thorsmork is nestled at the foot of the famous glacier Eyjafjallajokull which erupted in 2010 and completely reformed some of the area.
The Laugavegur trek gives you the opportunity to explore some of the most remote places in Iceland all while enjoying the magical beauty of the Icelandic highlands.
- Great choice for solo travelers (no single supplement)!
- At the end of August and September, we have the chances of seeing Northern Lights on the Laugavegur trail.
- Also available as a camping tour: Laugavegur Trek camping adventure
- Want to hike some more? Add two days hiking in Þórsmörk on our Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Trek - 6 day tour
Choose to overnight in Huts or Tents (specify in checkout).
Please note that you are opting to overnight in Huts
Please note that you are opting to overnight in Camping
REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - HRAFNTINNUSKER
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. You can also meet us at one of our other meeting points (see tour description). After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. The drive takes about 3-4 hours, on the way we travel along the south coast and then turn inland and pass Iceland's most active volcano, Hekla. Our hike starts in Landmannalaugar as we walk through this geothermal wonderland and look at the colorful mountains and steaming hot springs. The trail takes us through the rough lava field, Laugahraun. From there we move to the slopes of Brennisteinsalda, which is known worldwide for its incredible spectrums of colors and photogenic looks. We walk by the beautiful hot spring Storihver before crossing into the obsidian desert by Hrafntinnusker. Storihver er one of the very few green grounds we will encounter on this day. We spend the night in Hrafntinnusker.
Meals included: lunch, refreshments & dinner.
HRAFNTINNUSKER - LAKE ALFTAVATN
After a communal breakfast, we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjoll mountains and then descend into the Jökultungur area. The geothermal activity has turned these gullies yellow and red. We will leave the colorful rhyolite mountains and enter into an area with dark palagonite mountains and a breathtaking glacier view. If the visibility is good we hike up to Mt. Haskerdingur were the view greets you with countless glaciers, mountains and volcanoes. During the next steps, the landscape will be a lot greener and you might notice a considerable increase in vegetation. From the top of Jökultungur, there is a great view over the Fjallabak area and lake Alftavatn which is our next overnight stop. The trail down Jokulstungur is rather steep but once you are down you have landed in a fertile paradise on the banks of the river Grashagakvisl. Before reaching Álftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night by the lake.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.
LAKE ALFTAVATN - EMSTRUR
We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Stórasúla and into the black desert of Mælifellssandur. 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 a view of Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull glaciers. Emstrur is a lush region where farmers used to graze their sheep during the summertime. Just before reaching Botnar, we turn of the path to look at Markarfljótsgljúfur, approximately 200 m deep canyon carved out by the glacial river Markarfljót. The sleeping arrangement in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcomed sight after walking through the black sands.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch, refreshments & dinner.
EMSTRUR - THORSMORK
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 (“The Unicorn”) and into the dense birch forest in Thorsmork. Thorsmork is a green valley nesting under the glaciers Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. After enjoying our last moments viewing the beautiful landscapes of the highlands we jump on a bus back to Reykjavik.
Meals included: breakfast, lunch & refreshments.
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 -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.
9:40 p .m. - Orkan gas station on Miklabraut (by Kringlan)
9:50 p.m. - Reykjavik Campsite
10:00 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
"Excellent Laugavegur Trek with guide Juraj"5
The trek itself is fantastic and the variety of scenery that is encountered is amazing. This is highly recommended as a bucket list experience. This was made all the better by our excellent guide, Juraj. He was a laid back, but competent leader for our group. He fostered a good sense of community within our group, kept us safe and comfortable during inclement weather, and cooked some delicious food. I will recall this trip fondly for the rest of my life.
"Excellent experience from start to finish!"5
My wife and I did the 4-day Laugavegur trek with Arctic Adventures/Trek Iceland, and it was an incredible experience from start to finish. Booked it 3 weeks ahead of time for end of June...the company was prompt with responses and answered every inquiry in a timely manner. We were picked up in Reykjavik for Landmannalaugar. Some earlier reviewers have complained about the lack of introductions on the bus - we felt this would have been unnecessary coz there were several day hikers on the bus as ...
"Best hike of my life"5
The pictures I saw of the "4-day trek with huts' on the website seemed too good to be true. Well the real thing was even better. Our guides (Ellie and Artie) were outstanding and the group experience was fun while still providing plenty of opportunity for tranquility and peace. Many of the views felt like I was on another planet. This adventure was one of the greatest of my life!!
"Five out of five."5
My friends and I were fortunate to be able to experience the 4-day Laugavegur a few weeks ago to celebrate one friend’s 40th birthday. Some of us spent extra time in Iceland and we all agree that the trek was by far the highlight. The landscape is incredible; dramatic yet accessible, rugged yet fragile. I didn’t want to leave and could have easily extended our hike to a longer one. There is so much to explore. Trek Iceland made the experience feel easy so we could focus on the scenery and havi...