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!

  • Availabillity
  • July 9th 2019
  • Duration
  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Total Distance
  • 77 km / 47.8 mi
  • Max. Ascent
  • 800 m / 2624 '
  • Level
  • Moderate (3/5)
  • Min. Age
  • 18 years
  • Accommodation
  • Huts
  • Price
  • 199 990

Highlights

  • 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)
  • Emstrur
  • Hot Springs
  • Glaciers
  • Volcanoes
  • Hrafntinnusker
  • Lava Fields

What Is Included?

  • Transportation To/From the Trail
  • Guiding Service
  • Experienced Trekking Guide
  • Accommodation in Huts
  • Meals
  • Luggage Transport from Hut to Hut
  • Small Group Experience

Tour Description

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.

 

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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

HIKING FIMMVORDUHALS PASS TO MAGNI & MODI VOLCANO CRATERS

16 km / 10 mi
Distance
7-8 hrs
Hiking Time
800 m / 2600 '
Ascent

day

6

THORSMORK VALLEY - REYKJAVIK

6 km / 3.5 mi
Distance
~3 hrs
Hiking Time
275 m / 902 '
Ascent

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

Outside Reykjavik

4:00 p.m. - Hvolsvöllur N1 gas station
4:40 p.m. - Hella Bus Terminal
5:20 p.m. - Selfoss N1 gas station
5:35 p.m. - Hveragerði N1 Gas Station (stops only if passengers ask for especially)

In Reykjavik

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.

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.