Icelandic Tourist Board
TREK 25 - 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 Fimmvorduhals Volcano.
Þórsmörk (e. Thorsmork valley)
Álftavatn (e. Alftavatn lake)
Eyjafjallajökull (e. Eyjafjallajokull glacier)
Magni and Móði (e. Magni and Modi)
- Fimmvörðuháls (e. Fimmvorduhals pass)
- 7 a.m. at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) - Tourist Information Center
- See other meeting points in the tour description
- Guiding Service
- Tents (2-3 persons)
- Insulation mattress
- Luggage transport from camp to camp
- Campsites in Hrafntinnusker, Álftavatn, Emstrur and Thorsmork
The Laugavegur and Fimmvorduhals Trek 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.
Meeting points and times in Reykjavik:
7:00 a.m. - Tourist Information Center at Reykjavik's City Hall (Ráðhúsið) on Vonarstræti
7:00 a.m. - Sólfarið (Sun Voyager) on Sæbraut
7:15 a.m. - Hallgrímskirkja Church
7:30 a.m. - Reykjavik Campsite
Meeting points outside of Reykjavik:
8:35 from Selfoss N1 gas station
9:15 from Hella- Bus Terminal
*Note that it can take up to 30 minutes before the bus departs the given locations.
Day 1: REYKJAVIK - LANDMANNALAUGAR AND 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. After introductions, we board the scheduled bus that takes us to Landmannalaugar. We also offer pick up at selected locations around Reykjavik (see other pick up locations in tour description). The drive takes about 3-4 hours, on the way we drive 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 at Hrafntinnusker.
(L, r, D). Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Ascent: 470 m (1540 ').
Day 2: HRAFNTINNUSKER - ALFTAVATN (WHOOPER SWAN LAKE)
After a communal breakfast, 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 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 Alftavatn we cross an unbridged stream on foot. We spend the night at the camping site right next to the lake.
(B, L, r, D). Distance: 12 km (7.5 mi). Walking time: 4-5 hrs. Descent: 490 m (1610 ').
Day 3: ALFTAVATN LAKE - EMSTRUR
We start the day with another refreshing stream crossing as we make our way past the green volcano Storasula 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 Botnar we turn of the path to look at Markarfljotsgljufur, approximately 200 m deep canyon carved out by the glacial river Markarfljot. Botnar is a little green oasis, a welcomed sight after walking through the black sands. We put up our tents and spend the night at Botnar.
(B, L, r, D). Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi). Walking time: 6-7 hrs. Descent: 40 m (130 ').
Day 4: EMSTRUR-THORSMORK VALLEY
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, which is 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.
(B, L, r, D) Distance: 15 km (9.5 mi) Walking time: 6-7 hrs Descent: 300 m (985 ')
Day 5: HIKING TO MAGNI AND MODI VOLCANO, FIMMVORDUHALS PASS
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, sons of Thor. On the way, we pass by a "waterfall" of lava formed 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 goodbye party while enjoying a traditional Icelandic grilled lamb for dinner.
(B, L, r, D). Distance: 16 km (10 mi). Walking time: 7-8 hrs. Ascent: 800 m (2600 ').
Day 6: THORSMORK VALLEY-REYKJAVIK
In the morning we have a leisurely breakfast 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 where the tour ends at the tourist information center around 18:30, in the heart of Reykjavik. From there taxis and local buses are available.
(B, L). Distance: 6 km (3,5 mi). Walking time: 3 hrs.
The entries at the end of each day indicate the meals included (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, r=refreshment, D= Dinner)
Outside of Reykjavik we offer these pick-up places en-route to Landmannalaugar
8:35 from Hveragerði * N1 gas station
8:50 from Selfoss N1 gas station
9:30 from Hella- Bus Terminal
* Stops only if passengers - so please let us know if you would like to be picked-up or dropped off here.
- 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
- Tooth brush and personal toiletries
- 1-2 L Water bottle
- Hiking poles
- Pen knife
- 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