2 Day Thorsmork & Landmannalaugar Hike
Explore two of Iceland's most epic hiking areas explored
See the best bits of the legendary Laugavegur Trail and hike through Iceland’s spectacular highlands
This incredible two-day hiking tour will allow you to see the best parts of one of the best hiking trails in the world – the Laugavegur Trail. We’ll begin in Thórsmörk – an emerald oasis nestled between two glaciers, ascending the legendary Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass for spectacular views over the entire Highlands. We’ll spend the second day in Landmannalaugar – a renowned geothermal wonderland dotted by stunning multicolored rhyolite mountains. If you love hiking and want to see the best parts of the Laugavegur Trail, then this is the perfect tour for you.
- June - September
- 2 days
- Total Distance
- 24 km / 15 mi
- Max. Ascent
- 800 m / 2625 '
- Min. Age
- 14 years
- 59 990
- Fjallabak Nature Reserve
- Landmannalaugar Nature Reserve
- Brennisteinsalda volcano
- The view of Hekla volcano
- Bathing in a natural hot spring
- Seljalandfoss waterfall
- Thorsmork Nature Reserve
- Fimmvörðuháls mountain pass
- Magni and Modi volcanic craters
- Super Jeep ride
- Guided small group hikes
What Is Included?
- Transport to & from Reykjavík
- An Experienced Hiking Guide
- Access to the hot spring
- Accommodation in a hotel room for one night
- Breakfast on day two
- Super Jeep ride
- Guided hikes on both days
Day one – Thórsmörk and the Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass
We’ll collect you at around 8:00 from one of our designated Reykjavik pick-up points and make the scenic drive along the South Coast to the Highlands. On our way, we’ll make a brief stop at the glorious Seljalandsfoss waterfall – famed for being the only waterfall in Iceland that you can walk behind.
Our journey through the Highlands is quite exhilarating – taking us along some bumpy gravel roads and across several icy glacial streams. The landscape is straight out of Norse myth and we’ll pass sprawling glacier tongues, craggy mountain ridges, and fascinating rock formations. You’ll soon understand why trolls, elves, and giants all play prominent roles in Icelandic legend!
We’ll head to the very heart of Thórsmörk Valley – an emerald oasis nestled between two glaciers, which was supposedly created by a single blow of Thor’s mighty hammer. We’ll leave the vehicle there and begin our hike. The ascent is slow, to begin with meandering towards the top of the valley, then as it starts to get steeper, spectacular views will start to unfold before your eyes. They reach a crescendo when we reach a wide plateau that offers panoramas across the entire Highlands.
We’ll get back on the trail once again and start to climb towards the famous Fimmvörðuháls Mountain Pass. On the way, we’ll stop at Magni and Modi – two vast volcanic craters that were carved into the Earth by the notorious Eyjafjallajökull eruption of 2010. The scenery is truly incredible – a volcanic wonderland of lava sculptures and vicious craters, surrounded by glaciers and mountains – the epitome of the land of fire and ice. If we’re lucky and the weather is clear, then we might see the rainbow-colored Landmannalaugar Mountains in the distance.
The hike is challenging and is ideal for people who want to push their limits amidst majestic natural scenery. The total elevation gained is around 800 meters and we’ll walk for 16 kilometers, but the beauty of Thórsmörk and the surrounding area makes it well worth the effort.
Once we have conquered its peak – we’ll head back down to Thórsmörk, see some more incredible views and then drive to a comfortable country hotel, where we will spend the evening.
Day 2: The Landmannalaugar Hike
Day two begins with a hearty Icelandic breakfast at the hotel, before we hop in our bus and make the scenic drive to Landmannalaugar. We’ll pass through jet black volcanically scarred deserts, along with the famous Hekla volcano on the way. We’ll reach the Landmannalaugar basecamp and have a quick bite to eat amidst the colorful valley surrounded by rhyolite mountains.
We’ll be hiking the first section of the world-famous Laugavegur Trail – rated as one of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic. It starts at the basecamp and takes us through the Laugahraun lava field, which is surrounded by fields of glassy obsidian. We’ll also be surrounded by the rainbow-colored rhyolite mountains that make the route so famous.
Our final destination will be Mount Brennisteinsalda – known as the sulfur wave thanks to the colored spots on its slopes. The trail then splits, taking us to an emerald canyon called Graenagil. If we have time, then we’ll climb to the top of Bláhnjúkur volcano (the Blue Peak) for a spectacular view over the entire area.
The adventure ends with a relaxing soak in the Landmannalaugar hot pool, which has been used by weary travelers for centuries – the perfect end to an awesome two-days.
This hike is around 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) long and takes approximately, 4-6 hours, with a maximum ascent of 503 meters / 1650 feet.
- Warm outdoor clothing
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Headwear and gloves
- Good hiking shoes (note: hiking shoes, waterproof jacket, and pants can be rented online).
- Lunch and snacks
- Water bottle
Pick-up starts at 8 a.m. from our selected locations in the Reykjavik area.
*Meeting time at N1 Gas Station in Hvolsvollur is at around 9:40 a.m.
*Please note that it can take up to 30 minutes for us to arrive