7-Day Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Trek in Huts

7-Day Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Trek in Huts
The Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls Treks are actually old routes used by early Icelanders to navigate the highlands.
The passes through the highlands of Iceland are dramatic and otherworldly.
Steam rises from geothermal areas throughout the Laugavegur & Fimmvörðuháls trails.
Mýrdalsjökull is a beautiful glacier that is within sight throughout most of these treks.
The mountain huts of the highlands are immersed in untouched nature.
The views from the mountain huts mean you don't miss out on waking up to incredible nature by staying in them.

Combine two of Iceland’s most popular highland hiking trails, with a week you’ll never forget trekking from Landmannalaugar to Skógar. Those seeking to make the most of Iceland’s incredible natural beauty with a good level of fitness should not overlook this tour.

The tour begins when you are transferred from Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar in the highlands. This oasis of hot springs, rivers and rhyolite mountains is unbelievably beautiful, but just a taste of what is ahead. From here, you will take the Laugavegur trail over four days to the stunning forested valley of Þórsmörk.

This trail takes you by vast glaciers, around crater lakes, and across deserts of black sands, in an array of landscapes that look like they belong to another planet.

From Þórsmörk, you will continue your journey, taking a new trail, Fimmvörðuhals. This route, defined by similar glacier views, steaming earth, and dramatic ridges and valleys, will eventually take you to Skógar. Here, you can admire the spectacular South Coast waterfall Skógafoss before returning to Reykjavík.

Your accommodation throughout the journey is in comfortable mountain huts. For most of the trek, your luggage will be taken from hut to hut for your convenience, and all meals are included for the duration of the tour.

Hikers will find no better way to spend a week in Iceland than by joining this excursion. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 07:15

Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

Included:
  • Guide for 7 days

  • Public transportation to and from Reykjavík

  • Food for 7 days (from lunch day 1 to lunch day 7)

  • Accommodation in mountain huts, dormitory style

  • Luggage transport from day 1 to day 5 - and to the endpoint of the trek where you will be joined again with your main 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

  • 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 0,5 – 1L

  • 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)

  • Puffy jacket (e.g. Primaloft or down)

  • Camera, spare batteries.

  • Dry-bags for electronics and extra clothing.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Landmannalaugar


The highlands of Iceland, including at Landmannalaugar, has many hot springs.


On day one, you will meet your guide and group at the BSI Terminal, to catch your bus to Landmannalaugar; if you need, you can organise transfer here while booking for a slight fee. You will then be driven along the scenic South Coast to this highland retreat.

You’ll have your lunch, before setting out on your hike. Heading south, you will enter a region of rhyolite mountains and steaming earth, with hot-springs, rivers and valleys, all to admire. By late afternoon, you’ll reach a mountain hut where you can unwind and marvel at the midnight sun.


Day 2 - Álftarvatn


Crater lakes are dotted across the highlands, and require some slightly difficult hiking to reach in summer.


On your second day, you will head deeper into the highlands, through more dramatic valleys and gorges. Your destination will come into sight quite soon into your hike, but it will take a fair few hours to reach. Álftavatn is a highland lake, renowned for its excess of birdlife and dramatic surrounding mountains.

Also within sight throughout this hike will be the glaciers of Eyjafjallajökull (which erupted in 2010) and Mýrdalsjökull. Get used to seeing them, as they will be dominant features on the skyline throughout the week.


Day 3 - Mælifellssandur and Emstrur


One of the most haunting parts of Iceland is Mælifellssandur.


Today, you will cross the vast black sand desert of Mælifellssandur, a haunting expanse with a great wealth of folklore that your guide will describe to you. The most notable feature of this empty region is the standalone mountain Stórasúla; it rises a verdant green from endless darkness and has been featured in several Hollywood movies.

Emstrur is much more luscious that Mælifellsandur, but no less scenic; farmers historically used this area for grazing sheep. You will find your mountain hut here and retire for the night.


Day 4 - Emstrur and Þórsmörk


The Laugavegur Trek starts at Landmannalaugar, ends at Þórsmörk, and is only available in summer.


On your fourth day, you will finally reach the Þórsmörk region, ending your time taking the Laugavegur trail. As you hike, the land around you will become more and more verdant, until you are in a valley filled with trees, wildflowers, and snaking river systems. By evening, you’ll have reached your mountain hut.


Day 5 - Þórsmörk


Beneath the midnight sun, the Icelandic Highlands gain a golden glow.


On day five, you will have the opportunity to explore Þórsmörk better. This area is so incredible that it was named after the Old Norse God of Thunder, Thor - or Þór. You may have a few new people joining you on this day, to start the Fimmvörðuháls component of the trek tomorrow.


Day 6 - Fimmvörðuháls Trail


A web of rivers and streams cover the highlands, so bring shoes you don't mind getting wet.


You will take the first half of the Fimmvörðuháls Trail on day six. The first region you will pass through is called Goðalönd, which directly translates to the Land of Gods; when you see the glaciers rising nearby, the dramatic cliffs and ridges, and the beautiful wildflowers, you will have little doubt as to why.

Following that, you will pass across the fresh lava from Eyjafjallajökull’s 2010 eruption, with the earth still warm in some places. Finally, you will head to a high point of the Fimmvörðuháls Pass, where your last mountain cabin awaits.


Day 7 - Skógar and Journey Home


The final site of the Fimmvörðuháls trek is Skógafoss waterfall on the South Coast.


On the final day of this tour, you will take the rest of the Fimmvörðuháls Trail to Skógar. This route will run alongside the Skógaá river, which is dotted with beautiful gorges and picturesque waterfalls. It culminates in a waterfall greater than any other along its length, the mighty Skógafoss.

From Skógafoss, you will board a bus and finally return to Reykjavík.


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