Laugavegur & Fimmvorduhals Trek - 6 Day Tour (Camping)

Hiking from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk and Fimmvörðuháls Volcano

Chosen one of the Best Hikes in the World!

Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork & Fimmvorduhals Volcano. The Laugavegur Trek takes us to the most famous hiking trail in Iceland, known all over the world for the scenic beauty of its trails. Enjoy hiking from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and up to Fimmvorduhals Volcano eruption area from 2010. A great way to explore the diverse nature in Iceland while camping in amazing surroundings!

  • Availabillity
  • June - August
  • Duration
  • 6 days / 5 nights
  • Total Distance
  • 77 km / 47.8 mi
  • Max. Ascent
  • 800 m / 2600 '
  • Level
  • Moderate (3/5)
  • Min. Age
  • 15 years
  • Accommodation
  • Camping
  • Price
  • 165 990

Highlights

  • Trekking Tour in Iceland
  • Laugavegur Trail
  • Landmannalaugar
  • Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
  • Álftavatn (e. Alftavatn lake)
  • Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull glacier)
  • Magni and Móði (e. Magni and Modi)
  • Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals pass)
  • Small group experience

What Is Included?

  • Transport
  • Guiding Service
  • Tents (2-3 persons)
  • Insulation mattress
  • Meals
  • Luggage transport from camp to camp
  • Showers are not included in the price but can be purchased at all huts but Hrafntinnusker (500 ISK).

Tour Description

The Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek, from Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork and Fimmvörðuháls, was chosen one of the "20 Best Hikes in the World" by National Geographic and for a good reason.

 The trek itself starts in Landmannalaugar, 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 breathtaking, 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 our guides will tell you about these mysterious areas, the landscape, flora, fauna and folklore tales. 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.

We spend our nights at campsites located in beautiful remote locations which we think adds to the charm of the hike. The locations include gorgeous places like Alftavatn, Hrafntinnusker and Thorsmork. In the food tent, the guide 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 areas off the beaten track to visit some of the enchanting secret places we have been finding in the past years.

At the end of the Laugavegur Trek, we find ourselves in Thorsmork, a surprisingly green and fertile valley which is named after the Norse god of thunder Thor. Thor is believed to have struck down his hammer and formed the valley. 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. The two new craters that were formed in that eruption were named Magni and Modi 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.

 

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Itinerary

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day

1

REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR - HRAFNTINNUSKER

12 km / 7.5 mi
Distance
4-5 hrs
Hiking Time
470 / 1540 '
Ascent

day

2

HRAFNTINNUSKER - LAKE ALFTAVATN

12 km / 7.5 mi
Distance
4-5 hrs
Hiking Time
490 / 1610 '
Descent

day

3

LAKE ALFTAVATN - EMSTRUR

15 km / 9.5 mi
Distance
6-7 hrs
Hiking Time
40 m / 130 '
Descent

day

4

Day 4: EMSTRUR-THORSMORK VALLEY

15 km / 9.5 mi
Distance
6-7 hrs
Hiking Time
300 m / 985 '
Descent

day

5

HIKING TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO, FIMMVORDUHALS PASS

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.

What our customers are saying about this tour

"Incredible 6 day Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek (Camping)"

5

My sister and I just completed the 6 day trek in tents. We have both done multiple hikes including the Inca Trail and Mount Kilimanjaro and we enjoyed this trek the most! The landscape is breathtaking and changes very quickly. Our guide François was excellent- we always felt safe, he was attentive to the needs of the different group members. The hike itself is great- some uphills but we never felt overwhelmed with the difficulty- François was great at pacing the group, which had quite a range o...

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"So glad I was with Trek Iceland"

5

This hike has been on my bucket list for a while, and I couldn’t be happier that I did it with Trek Iceland. Weather our first day was really rough- it was a straight up blizzard- and having our guide, Francois, was vital. Trek also managed to secure our (camping) group shelter in the hut the first night as well which was a lifesaver. I can’t speak highly enough of Francois, Heidar, and the rest of the Trek Iceland team.

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