Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Trek for Solo Travelers- 6 Day Tour (Huts)
Solo Travelers Hiking Tour - Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and Fimmvorduhals Volcano
Meet like-minded travelers while hiking in the Highlands in a small group!
Solo Traveler Hiking in Iceland - from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork & Fimmvorduhals Volcano on July 3rd. Attention to all Solo Travelers! Join us on a hike of a lifetime through Iceland's most famous hiking trail, the Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls. Meet like-minded fellow single travelers and enjoy trekking through beautifully diverse landscapes in the Highlands of Iceland. Share experiences and make memories!
- July 9th 2019
- 6 days / 5 nights
- Total Distance
- 77 km / 47.8 mi
- Max. Ascent
- 800 m / 2624 '
- Moderate (3/5)
- Min. Age
- 18 years
- 199 990
- Breathtaking Views
- Solo Traveler Group
- Meet like-minded people
- Friendly Guide
- Amazing Icelandic nature
- Laugavegur Trail
- Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area
- Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
- Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals pass)
- Álftavatn (e. Alftavatn lake)
- Hot Springs
- Lava Fields
What Is Included?
- Transportation To/From the Trail
- Guiding Service
- Experienced Trekking Guide
- Accommodation in Huts
- Luggage Transport from Hut to Hut
- Small Group Experience
This is your chance to hike in the amazing Highlands of Iceland with like-minded travelers in a small group!
Traveling Solo to Iceland?
Join us and other solo travelers on the famous Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Trek. This trail was chosen one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic and what better way to try it than with other like-minded spirits. Joining a hiking tour in a country like Iceland, rich of diverse landscapes, is a fantastic way to get to know new people and bond over epic views and remarkable experiences. Our Laugavegur Trekking Tours have always been very popular with solo travelers so we decided to dedicate a departure in 2017 to our solo participants. Iceland is known for being a relatively safe place to travel by yourself so it's a great trek for both female solo travelers as well as male. This is your moment to get a flavor of Icelandic nature and welcome new friends from all over the world into your life.
Read all about why Iceland is a great destination for solo travelers: Traveling Solo - Iceland is great for solo travelers
The Laugavegur Trail
Starting in Landmannalaugar, we walk through a geothermal wonderland, known worldwide for its multicolored rhyolite mountains and warm hot springs that locals have enjoyed soaking in throughout the centuries. The scenery is enchanting, while we make our way to the highlands and throughout the 6-day hike where you will be greeted with fields of obsidian, colorful mountains, black sands, hot springs, geysers, sparkling white glaciers and glacier rivers, elf churches and so much more.
While absorbing all of Iceland’s natural beauty your guide will tell you about these mysterious areas, the landscape, flora, fauna and folklore tales known before only to locals. You will be guided safely through this magical area we call home, stopping at all the right places to make sure you get the absolute best experience.
At the end of the Laugavegur trail, we find ourselves in Thorsmork, a surprisingly green and fertile valley which is named after the Norse God of Thunder, Thor. Thorsmork is nestled at the foot of the glacier Eyjafjallajokull which became world known in 2010 when it erupted, stopping almost all air traffic to and from Europe. From Thorsmork, we will hike up the valley, between Eyjafjallajokull and Mýrdalsjökull glaciers, through a pass known as Fimmvörðuháls. This is where we find the two new craters that were formed in the eruption, Magni and Móði, named after the sons of Thor. These newly formed craters are some of the spectacular things you will see and experience on this 6-day trekking tour.
We spend our nights in rustic mountain huts at beautiful remote locations which we think adds to the charm of the hike. The locations include gorgeous places like Álftavatn, Hrafntinnusker and Thorsmork. In the evenings, the whole group will join to help to prepare delicious meals together, a great way to bond and get to know each other creating a friendly and smile-creating atmosphere. Sometimes we even take an evening stroll to areas off the beaten track to visit some of the enchanting secret places we have been finding in the past years.
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. where you meet your guide. It's located in downtown Reykjavik and within walking distance from most hotels, hostels and guesthouses in central Reykjavik. We also offer pick up at selected locations around Reykjavik (see other pick up locations in 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 is one of the very few green grounds we will encounter on this day. We spend the night in the hut in Hrafntinnusker, one of the most remote huts in Iceland.
HRAFNTINNUSKER - LAKE ALFTAVATN
After a communal breakfast in the hut, we head out again and walk along the Reykjafjoll mountains and then descend into the Jokultungur 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 Jokultungur, 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 Alftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night in the hut by the lake.
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 Maelifellssandur. 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 the huts in Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, approximately 200 m deep canyon carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. The hut in Botnar is in a little green oasis, a welcomed sight after walking through the black sands.
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, a magnificent place to spend the night.
HIKING FIMMVORDUHALS PASS TO MAGNI & MODI VOLCANO CRATERS
Today we leave Thorsmork early in the morning and head for the mountain pass between the two glaciers, Eyjafjallajokull and Myrdalsjokull. We will walk up to the two new craters formed in 2010, Magni and Modi, named after the sons of Thor.
On the way, we pass by a formation of lava in a waterfall shape made in the eruption. Here you have a chance to see how Iceland is still being built, formed and shaped by its nature. We will be greeted with a fantastic view over the valley. We spend the night in Thorsmork and have a farewell party while enjoying a traditional Icelandic grilled Lamb for dinner.
THORSMORK VALLEY - REYKJAVIK
In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast in the hut before going out to explore the amazing surroundings. The volcanos Katla and Eyjafjallajokull surround the Thorsmork valley, for thousands of years these volcanoes and the glaciers that cover them, have carved the sandstone in Thorsmork into surreal sculptures dotted with moss and arctic birch trees.
We hike up the mountain Valahnukur for a fantastic view over the valley. Those who wish can also simply spend the day relaxing and enjoying nature in this beautiful place. We return to Reykjavik in the early evening at around 18:30 and offer drop off at Miklabraut 101 Orkan gas station (by Kringlan shopping mall), Reykjavik Campsite and the City Hall on Vonarstræti. From there taxis and local buses are available.
- 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.
6:10 p .m. - Orkan gas station on Miklabraut (by Kringlan)
6:20 p.m. - Reykjavik Campsite
6:30 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.