Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork | Four-day lightweight backpacking tour

Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork | Four-day lightweight backpacking tour
The Laugavegur trek exposes guests to both the fire and ice of Iceland, with geothermal areas and glacier views.
Your guides will sort out your meals throughout this Laugavegur Trek.
The Highlands of Iceland are riddled with canyons and ravines.
The huts on the Laugavegur trek are immersed in incredible highland nature.
Red, mineral rich water trickles through in a highland stream.
Due to Iceland's regular eruptions, much of the Highlands are covered in black sands.

Immerse yourself in the unbelievable beauty of the Icelandic Highlands with this four-day-trek along the Laugavegur Trail, from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk. This excursion should not be missed by avid hikers who are eager to witness this country at its most beautiful.

The Laugavegur Trail is the nation’s most renowned hiking route. Over the course of 56 kilometers (35 miles), you will get to see incredible rhyolite mountains, plunging valleys, verdant forests, gleaming glaciers, and hot springs that you can bathe in. The contrasts in color, the scale of the features, and the diversity of sites make any hike here a magical experience.

Everything about this tour is made convenient for those participating in it. Unlike many other hikes through this area, each day ends in a mountain cabin, so those worried about camping need not fear. Likewise, food and sleeping bags will be transported between huts.

All huts are heated, and some have electricity and hot water. All meals are provided for you throughout the tour, and transfers to and from Reykjavík are included. Of course, you will be in the company of experienced and friendly guides throughout the tour.

Explore the highlands of Iceland in depth with this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Check availability by choosing a date.

If you prefer trekking Laugavegur with a full luggage transfer, we recommend the more relaxed Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork | Five-day hiking tour, which also includes a night in Þórsmörk with a barbecue feast.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Aug.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Iceland, Highlands, Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Álftavatn, Laugavegur Hiking Trail, Stórasúla
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 07:15.

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
BSI Bus Terminal
  • Experienced and qualified guide

  • Mountain hut sleeping bag accommodation in dormitories

  • Transport at the beginning and end of trek

  • Breakfast (3), Lunch (4), Dinner (3)

  • Showers in huts (payable on site)

  • Transfer of luggage

What to bring:
  • Good quality rain-gear, tops and bottoms

  • Sturdy Hiking Boots – waterproof with good ankle support.

  • Long sleeve shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic

  • T-shirt (thermal underwear) – Wool or synthetic.

  • Light wool or fleece sweater (2nd layer).

  • Trousers – Strong and light material that dries quickly e.g. soft-shell.

  • Jacket with a good hood – windproof, waterproof and breathable.

  • Rain trousers – windproof, waterproof and breathable.

  • Gloves

  • Socks – Wool or synthetic. Two or three pairs

  • Warm hat.

  • Other gear:

  • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts. Please avoid bringing a suitcase!

  • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day.

  • River shoes

  • Light Sleeping bag

  • Towel – light weight and packable

  • Sunglasses & sun protection.

  • Water container – thermos flask or water bottle

  • Headlamp for reading and getting around the hut

  • Casual clothes / change of clothes for wearing in the hut.

  • Personal first aid kit – including blister care.

  • Prescription medication and other personal health items.

  • Toiletries; Toothbrush, toothpaste etc.

  • Optional gear:

  • Walking pole(s).

  • Gaiters

  • Neoprene socks – highly recommended for river crossings.

  • Pen knife.

  • Earplugs

  • Thermal mat (for lunch breaks). 

  • Camera, spare batteries.

  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.

  • Should you have any questions regarding this equipment list or the equipment on our tours feel free to contact your operator directly

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Landmannalaugar

The Landmannalaugar region of the highlands is full of spectacular contrasts.

You will begin this tour at the BSI Bus Terminal, where your guide will meet you before everyone boards the bus. After loading on your gear and meeting your group, you will set off for an early morning drive along the South Coast to Landmannalaugar.

You’ll have lunch in this spectacular region before beginning your hike. Your first day will take you through Landmannalaugar’s rhyolite mountains and past its many hot springs. Your destination is the mountain hut Hrafntinnusker, where you will rest for the evening.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)

Walking time: 4-5 hours

Ascent: 470m (1540 ft)

Day 2 - To Álftavatn

The highlands of Iceland have many giant crater lakes.

Day two will start with a descent into the gorge of Jökultungur, where there are a wealth of hot springs and steaming vents. From here, you’ll have wonderful views of the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull. The gorgeous Lake Álftavatn (Swan Lake) lies between you and them.

This lake, beautifully serene and known for its wealth of birdlife, is your destination for the day. You’ll arrive at the hut here by late afternoon to rest up for the next adventure tomorrow.

Distance: 12km (7.5 mi)

Walking time: 4-5 hours

Descent: 490m (1610 ft)

Day 3 - Mælifellssandur

Mælifellssandur in the highlands is an expanse of darkness surrounded by vivid greenery.

The haunting black sand desert Mælifellssandur will dominate the landscape you see today. While beautiful in its own right, it is best known for the verdant mountains, such as Stórasúla, that arise from it like plants, contrasting dramatically with the surrounding scenery.

You will then head to the Emstrur region, a rural stretch where farmers used to graze their sheep in summer. Before staying at the cabin here, you will detour to the beautiful Markarfljót canyon.

Distance: 16km (10 mi)

Walking time: 6-7 hours

Descent: 40m (130 ft)

Day 4 - Þórsmörk

Any multi-day hike through the highlands will involve river crossings, as a network of waterways web across the region.

On your final day, you will head through the valleys of Emstrur, in the shadow of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Your destination is Þórsmörk, a nature reserve so beautiful that it was named after Thor, the most esteemed Old Norse deity. This forested region is stunningly beautiful, and the perfect place to end this once-in-a-lifetime hike.

A bus will be waiting here for you to take an afternoon journey back to Reykjavík.

Distance: 17km (10.5mi)

Walking time: 6-7 hours

Descent: 300m (985 ft)

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