Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork | Four-Day Camping Tour

Landmannalaugar to Thorsmork | Four-Day Camping Tour
Even though this is a summer tour, the highlands will still have peaks capped with snow.
Life finds a way in the barren land of the highlands.
The colours of Landmannalaugar are vibrant and defy belief.
Much of the Laugavegur trail is dramatic, barren and haunting.
A barren valley leading to a verdant Highland oasis.
Landmannalaugar is a hot-spot of geothermal activity.

Camp along Iceland’s most popular and arguably most beautiful hike, with this four-day guided tour along the Laugavegur hiking trail. Taking you from Landmannalaugar to Þórsmörk, this tour is perfectly suited to those who love the outdoors, camping, and fully immersing themselves in nature.

This tour begins at the BSI Bus Terminal, unless you opt for a hotel pick-up, which will take you there. Once your group is gathered, you’ll hop on a public bus, that will take you to the beginning of the Laugavegur trek in the unbelievably beautiful Landmannalaugar region. 

Your first day here will be easy and relaxed; you’ll set up camp, then spend the afternoon hiking through the brightly coloured rhyolite mountains and geothermal areas, until coming to a warm river. You are welcome to enjoy a refreshing soak, easing any tension from your muscles in preparation for the journey ahead. 

The second day will be more challenging, but incredibly rewarding. You will start by hiking through Landmannalaugar’s hot spring areas and along towering mountain ridges until you reach a stretch of dramatic, steaming lava fields.

This incredible region is called Hrafntinnusker, and you will make your way across it until you reach the serene, beautifully located lake, Álftavatn. It is on the banks of this that you will set up camp for the evening, in the shadow of the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull.

The third day will start impressively, as you skirt around the moss-coated, cone-shaped volcano Stórasúla. You will reach the black sands of Mælifellsandur, a haunting, desert-like stretch that you will cross to reach a second verdant volcano, Hattfell.

A little south of here is the Markafljót Canyon, a magnificent and dramatic feature worth marvelling over. You will set up camp this evening near Botnar, a location in the remote, long-deserted farming region of Emstrur.

After packing up camp on the fourth day, you will travel across the rolling landscape of this region, the glacier Mýdalsjökull rising just kilometres from you. The further you traverse, the less barren the landscape will get, signalling that you are reaching the far end of the Laugavegur trek. Soon, you will start to descend into a forested valley, thick with birch trees and covered in wildflowers: Þórsmörk.

On the fourth afternoon, you will be no doubt struck in awe at the beauty and diversity of the ‘Valley of Thor’. You will have a good chance to admire it as you travel all the way through. Once you emerge on the other side in the evening, you’ll find yourself at a bus stop, where a public bus will whisk you back to Reykjavík. 

This is the hiking trip of a lifetime, and for the adventurous and nature-loving, there is no better way to experience it than when combining it with camping. 

If the idea of such an immersion in nature appeals to you, then do not hesitate to book. Prepare to be blown away by Iceland at its best. Check availability by choosing a date

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Hot Spring Bathing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Landmannalaugar, Þórsmörk, Eyjafjallajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Álftavatn, Laugavegur Hiking Trail, Stórasúla, Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon
Pickup information:

    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.

    • Guide for 4 days

    • Food for 4 days (from lunch on day 1 to lunch on day 4)

    • Transportation to and from Reykjavík

    • Tents

    • Mattresses

    • Communal camping equipment

    • Cooking gear

    • Camping fees

    • Transfer of luggage during the trek.

    • Sleeping bag (can be added for 6850 ISK)

    What to bring:
    • Sturdy Hiking Boots – preferably waterproof with ankle support. 

    • Thermal underwear

    • Fleece layers

    • Waterproof outerwear

    • Gloves, hats, several pairs of warm socks

    • A duffel bag for the transport of your overnight gear between huts.

    • Backpack for extra clothes and food during the day. 25 – 40L (1500 – 2500 cu in)  

    • Sturdy shoes for crossing river

    • Light weight and warm sleeping bg

    • Towel – light weight and packable. 

    • Sunglasses & sun protection. 

    • Water container

    • Personal first aid kit

    • Toiletries

    • Walking pole, pen knife, camera, waterproof bag (all optional)

    Good to know:

    The tents bed two people each. If you would like your own, you can specify for an additional 10,000 ISK.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - From Reykjavík to Landmannalaugar

    Landmannalaugar is a colourful highland region.

    Your first day will begin at the BSI Terminal, where you will meet your group and take a public bus to the Landmannalaugar region. This drive will last about three hours, and take you through some stunning scenery, past the notorious volcano Hekla, and the Dómadalur range.

    Once you reach Landmannalaugar, you will set up camp. The rest of the day is then yours. You could use the opportunity to take one of many hiking trails to the geothermal areas or rhyolite mountains, or simply unwind in a natural hot spring, surrounding by incredible nature.

    You will spend the night in Landmannalaugar.

    Day 2 - From Landmannalaugar to Álfavatn

    Camping is very popular in the Highlands of Iceland.

    For day two, you will spend up to eight hours hiking through some incredibly beautiful regions. You will trek out of Landmannalaugar, to Hraftinnusker, passing beautiful mountain ridges, dramatic lava fields, and bubbling hot springs. You will then descend into the gullies of the mountain Jökultungur, where the hilly, grassy terrain is broken by steaming geothermal areas.

    As you continue South, you will have stunning views of the 'Swan Lake', otherwise known as Álftavatn, and the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. You will reach the banks of this lake, where you will set up camp for the night.

    Day 3 - From Álftavatn to Emstrur

    Stórasúla is an iconic mountain featured in Game of Thrones.

    The third day will centre around crossing the vast black-sand desert-like region of Mælifellsandur. You will start by passing the cone-shaped volcano Stórasúla, noted for its bright green colouration, before reaching this desolate stretch.

    Your trek across the Mælifellsandur will finish once you reach a second volcano, Hattfell. This marks the start of the Emstrur region, which was once a popular place for farmers to let their sheep graze. It is now, however, long-since deserted. Before setting up camp, you will visit the dramatic Markafljót Canyon.

    You will spend the evening near Botnar in Emstrur.

    Day 4 - Emstrur to Þórsmörk

    Þórsmörk is one of Iceland's greenest places.

    For the final day of your trek, you will walk through the hills and gullies of the Emstrur region, in the shadow of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier. As you travel, you will notice the vegetation grow thicker and thicker, marking the beginning of your final destination, Þorsmörk.

    You will spend your afternoon crossing this beautiful area, amongst a forest of birch and across a carpet of wildflowers. By evening, you will reach the public bus stop, and jump aboard for a return journey to Reykjavík.

    You will finish this tour back at the BSI Bus Terminal.

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