Hike some of Iceland’s most popular trails, without having to worry about rental cars or tour groups, with the Hiking Bus Passport. This pass will give you the right to board any ‘Iceland On Your Own’ bus heading from Reykjavík to either the base of the Laugavegur trail or the Fimmvörðuháls trail and any bus to take you from the end of the trail back to the capital.
The Hiking Bus Passport comes in three different forms. Two of which will take you on each of the trails above, and the third one which combines them. Passports are valid for the route that you select from June 13th to September 7th, so there is no need to rush.
The Laugavegur trail is the more challenging of the routes, taking 3-4 days as you hike from the incredible Highland region of Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, a forested valley renowned for its beauty. The hike is one of the most famous in Iceland and takes you through a diverse array of beautiful scenery.
The Fimmvörðuháls trail, meanwhile, can be done within a day, taking 7-10 hours, or in two days as there is a hut to sleep in midway. The route has become increasingly popular since 2010, as it passes over the fresh lava formed by the notorious eruption of the volcano and glacier Eyjafjallajökull. It, in fact, goes through a pass between this mighty glacier and another, Mýrdalsjökull.
Avid Trekkers can enjoy the hike of a lifetime in Iceland, and considering the savings made with a bus passport, could have a surprisingly affordable holiday in Iceland. As there are also numerous shorter hiking trails in both Þórsmörk and Landmannalaugar, this passport should also appeal to those who seek to immerse themselves in nature without going on a longer hike, and not needing to worry about driving or being a part of a tour group.
The beauty of a bus passport is the amount of freedom you have; you decide the timing of everything and are beholden to no-one. Considering you are likely to be camping if taking the Laugavegur trail, you don’t even need to worry about accommodation. The one thing to keep in mind is making sure you catch your buses.
Hike Iceland’s most beautiful reaches without going over-budget, and do so with complete freedom. Check availability by choosing a date.
For the hike itself you'll need to bring layers of warm clothing, food and a tent (or book accommodation on the way beforehand). It is enough to bring a 0,5 litre bottle of water that you can refill on the way.
The Passport is available from 13 June to 7 September. Note that some routes start later or end earlier, please observe each individual schedule. Road and weather conditions might affect individual routes as well.
This passport is valid for a journey to either trailhead, and return transfer from the end of trail.